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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE-JULY, 2018 • Page 21 Multimodal Americas to hear debate on drones, blockchain Kerry adds cross-border rail and truck alternatives KERRY Logistics has improved its rail and road freight ca- pabilities by launching new cross-border rail and trucking services from China through Kazakhstan to Caucasus and Turkey. Leveraging the company’s existing presence in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in Cau- casus, the company says it is well positioned to capture the growing trades in new markets in the region and Europe. Starting from Lianyungang, the bridgehead of the New Eurasian Land Bridge in China, the new westbound rail freight service will bring shipments across Kazakhstan and the Caspian Sea to multiple desti- nations in Turkey through the newly-built Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. To offer greater flexibil- ity to customers with different volume needs, both block train and single wagon services are being offered. With a transit time of 18-20 days, the main products to be moved by the new cross-border services will include electronic parts, electrical appliances, minerals, auto parts and other industrial goods. In addition to the rail freight service, a trucking service along the same trade route from China to Caucasus and Turkey has also been launched, with an additional 50 trucks for the company’s existing fleet . With a transit time of around 12-14 days, this will provide an alternative solution for cus- tomers who look for a faster way of getting consignments to their destinations. THE FIFTH industrial revolution - in which humans and machines increasingly collaborate in manu- facturing - and the radical effect of blockchain on the supply chain are just two of the debates taking place at the inaugural Multimodal Ameri- cas exhibition and conference this autumn in Toronto, Canada. Panel discussions exploring the development of unmanned freight aircraft, as well as the rise of robot- ics and artificial intelligence in the warehouse also feature in the free- to-attend show, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from 16 to 18 October. “Our new Multimodal Americas event builds on the legacy estab- lished by its counterpart show in the UK, bringing together supply chain experts from across the logistics in- dustry for opportunities to network and learn from the experts,” said Robert Jervis, Logistics Portfolio director, Clarion Events. ”The seminar content at our inau- gural event focuses on new tech- nologies that are transforming the way industry does business, helping logistics specialists prepare for a rapidly-evolving supply chain land- scape, as well as learning about new ways of working together.” Other debates taking place dur- ing the event include the rapid growth of the rail freight market in North America, digital transfor- mation in the supply chain and the development of inland ports in the USA and Canada. Keynote speakers include Yu- ree Hong, founder of She Block- chainers, Asia; Dheeraj Kohli, vice president and global head Unisys and Keith Reardon, vice president Intermodal, CN Rail. More than 300 exhibitors are expected to attend the show, with companies including Air Canada Cargo, Agility, DP World, DSV, Rubb Buildings, and Canadian National Railway already signed. The show has teamed with The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) 2018 Air Cargo Forum and the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA) 70th anniversary conference and exhibition, bringing together key stakeholders from across the en- tire global transport and logistics industry. Multimodal Americas is also being backed by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the Freight Management Associa- tion of Canada (FMA), the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF), and the Canadian Association of Importers & Exporters (I.E .Canada). More at multimodalamericas.com New freight centre for Budapest CARGO City, a new dedicated freight centre, is being built at Budapest Air- port, Hungary. As an integral part of the EUR160 million (HUF50 billion) BUD: 2020 Develop- ment Program, Budapest Airport is investing in the development of its cargo business in a number of areas. The Hungarian hub has all the favourable conditions needed for growth of all-cargo flights already operated by carriers including Cargolux, Turkish Cargo, and Qatar Airways Cargo, as well as belly cargo operations. Budapest Airport opened two major integrator facilities in the summer of 2017, with Cargo City’s handover planned for summer 2019.