Year: 2005

DHL signs landmark agreement for regional hub at Jordan Queen Alia Airport

DHL Jordan recently announced the development of a 4,000 square metre regional hub at the Queen Alia Airport to be operational before the end of 2006. The development of the hub was confirmed on November 29th 2005 with the signature of the agreement by Rhys Williams, Jordan Country Manager of DHL and Captain Suleiman Obeidat, Director General of the Jordan Civil Aviation Authority. The hub will act as a link between the Middle East, Europe and North Africa facilitating trade and enhancing the DHL express services through a state-of-the-art facility with onsite customs clearance. ‘We are delighted that DHL has chosen to develop a regional hub in Jordan and believe this initiative will build a long-lasting relationship and generate further investments,’ said Captain Suleiman Obeidat. ‘Our aim is for Queen Alia Airport to become a cargo hub in the region and DHL is contributing to this vision.’

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EU clears France’s La Poste to transfer financial ops to Banque Postale unit

The European Commission said it has given its go-ahead to the transfer of the banking and financial business of France’s state-owned post office La Poste to Banque Postale, a fully owned subsidiary. ‘The conversion of the financial business of La Poste into a subsidiary is in itself a major step towards greater transparency in the banking sector in France,’ said competition commissioner Neelie Kroes in a statement.

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MPs call UK Royal Mail’s employee share plans incoherent

Royal Mail’s plans to give its employees shares hit a political problem yesterday when an all-party group of MPs said that they lacked coherence and that there were less controversial ways of motivating staff. The Trade and Industry Select Committee said that the explanations for the plan, a cornerstone of chairman Allan Leighton’s aspirations for Royal Mail, “are far from complete and no coherent process for how these shares would be transferred or traded has been given. If Royal Mail’s management still wish to pursue commercial ways of motivating their employees, we believe there are less controversial ways to do this, such as the current profit-sharing scheme.”

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Deutsche Post appoints new Management Board Member

Deutsche Post AG has appointed John Allan as new management board member of the company, Deutsche Post said on December 20, 2005. Allan will head in the next three years the company’s enlarged logistics operations after the acquisition of British logistics and freight group Exel Plc. Allan, who was CEO of Exel for more than 10 years, will be responsible for the integration of the acquired company with Deutsche Post’s logistics division and its future business development. Allan will succeed Frank Appel as head of the logistics division, who in the future will be responsible for the newly created Global Corporate Services division as well as for the Global Customer Solutions division.

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EU clears Post Danmark, CVC to buy stake in Belgian postal service

Denmark’s national postal service, Post Danmark A/S, won EU regulatory approval Tuesday for its plans to buy a 49 percent stake in Belgium’s La Poste-De Post.
Post Danmark and its minority shareholder CVC Capital Partners are paying the Belgian state EUR300 million (USD361 million) and will help modernize the service. Belgium will keep the remaining 51 percent of the shares in the country’s postal service and the company will remain headquartered in Brussels.

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La Poste to enter China by partnering with Kerry EAS

France’s La Poste is to cut into the Chinese market by forming a partnership with China’s logistics company Kerry EAS. The two parties has clinched an initial agreement, and they will respectively make CNY 100 million investment in creating a joint venture. Besides, they have been in touch since the beginning of the year, and their new company is expected to be launch into operation in 2006.

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GCC 2006 express market set to rise 15 per cent, says TNT Gulf Chief

The GCC’s express market is set to grow by around 15% in 2006, according to the Managing Director of TNT Gulf. According to Mark Pell, Saudi Arabia’s imminent entry into the WTO and the progressive unification of the GCC, will contribute to growth. However, he warns that initiatives will only pay real dividends if commitment is at all levels of government, especially customs. ‘The ambiguity, understanding and application of customs legislation varies from country to country and officials around the region need to consult the industry more regularly to ensure any new implementations can be practically achieved by us and ultimately encourage legitimate trade growth,’ he said. ‘Failure to recognise and deal with these issues in a coherent and timely way will result in businesses creating alternatives and circumventing the system. When this happens, it’s generally the freight industry that has to pick up the pieces.’ Nevertheless Pell says there is reason for optimism.

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MPs condemn ‘untimely’ opening up of UK postal market

The postal regulator Postcomm’s decision to open the postal market to full competition from the beginning of next month is today criticised as “untimely” by a committee of MPs. In a report published today on Royal Mail after liberalisation of the market, the trade and industry committee warns that Royal Mail “has been asked to prepare for competition at a time of great commercial uncertainty”. MPs say that at a time when Postcomm is reviewing the price that Royal Mail can charge for its regulated services, the company is facing “huge challenges in addressing its pensions deficit and investment needs”. The committee says opening the market to competition did not pose a threat to Royal Mail’s obligation to deliver across the UK for the same price. But it warns that “the regulator must remain vigilant to ensure that competition in postal services does not come at the cost of universal service”. Any universal service which allowed exemptions such as rural areas was “not worthy of the name”.

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