The Swiss confluence

Logistics firm, Dachser, opened for business in Switzerland 55 years ago and has played a role in facilitating the timely movement of freight via various modes for the Alpine Republic.

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Chipping at the semiconductor monopoly

It takes an integrated semiconductor supply chain involving thousands of companies and millions of people to form the backbone of today’s digital economy. Such complexity drives 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, smart factories, quantum computing and data processing. All was going well, too, until Covid-19 came to town.

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In Bruges

Belgium’s Federal Planning Bureau released a statement in September 2021 forecasting a return to pre-coronavirus levels for the economy by the year’s end.

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Singapore sling

Singapore, according to DHL, handled 36.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers in 2020, little changed from the 37.2 million TEUs in 2019. It also retained its position as the world’s largest bunkering port in 2020, recording marine fuel sales of almost 49.8 million metric tonnes.

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The state of a nation

Industrial production in Austria, according to Trading Economics, advanced 23.4 per cent year-on-year in May 2021, following a revised record 33.8 per cent in April, reflecting a continued economic recovery and the low base effect.

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Life in the fast lane

In the months leading up to Tokyo 2020 mainstream media speculated on whether the already postponed international multi-sport event – which was shifted to 23 July to 8 August 2021 – would ultimately be cancelled due to an ongoing health crisis throughout Japan.

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Norse code

Norway has a substantial number of trailers to serve the infrastructure in the country according to Tom Haugvaldstad, Head of Road Freight, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight Norway.

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Market Report: Chile

Producer prices in Chile soared 10.2 per cent over a year earlier in November of 2020, following an 8.1 per cent rise in the previous month. Prices advanced faster for mining and quarrying (18.6 per cent vs 14.7 per cent in November), namely copper extraction (22 per cent) and manufacturing (3.1 per cent vs 2.4 per cent).

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The Yangon yield

The Observatory of Economic Complexity has listed a series of international trade data about Myanmar. In 2018, the country was ranked the top 71 economy in the world based on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), number 72 in total exports, 69 in total imports and 122nd most complex economy.

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A powerful impression

During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, in March, European Central Bank (ECB) President, Christine Lagarde, dismissed calls by Italy for financial assistance. Lagarde, however, changed her tune after her initial response was met with disdain from the financial market community to one of commitment to avoid fragmentation for the euro area.

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