>> CMA-CGM’s acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines and Cosco’s merger with China Shipping Container Line (CSCL), prompted the need for a few changes in the current capacity-sharing agreements amongst the shipping lines. More.

>> MDST has been appointed by Transport for the North (TfN), in partnership with York Aviation and Regeneris Consulting, to carry out a review of international passenger connectivity in the North of England. More.

>> Chris Rowland, Managing Director of MDST, presented the draft conclusions from the Transport for the North (TfN) Freight & Logistics Strategy at the Freight in the City Conference in Manchester on 3 March 2016. More.

>> With 22 maritime services, Iran is expected to see an increase of around 250% in the capacity of container shipping passing through its ports in spring 2016, as shipping lines seek to benefit from the removal of sanctions. More.

>> MDST Chairman, Mike Garratt, wrote to the editor of RAIL magazine in March about the future of rail freight in Great Britain. More.

>> MDST has examined the evidence for Chinese ‘dumping’ of steel on the global and UK markets using its World Cargo Database, which allows it to monitor world trade by both volume and value and for detailed commodities. More.

>> East Asia export box trade sees growth of 1.7% in 2015, says MDST in an article published by Lloyds List. More.

>> Global demand in 2015Q1 is estimated to have grown at a higher rate than 2014Q1, but still not fast enough to narrow the gap with capacity. More.

>> The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has published road traffic forecasts which used MDST’s GB Freight Model (GBFM) to develop forecasts to 2040 for HGV traffic on the British road network. More.

>> Ports should be at the centre of distribution chains says MDST. More.

>> Based on its analysis of Eurostat port statistics and its own World Cargo Database, MDS Transmodal has concluded that ports handled 640 million tonnes in 2014, a market share of 40%. More.

>> SECA and lower fuel prices: extra costs or savings for shippers?  More.

>> MDST, in association with Savills, has completed the Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Distribution Study for the Leicester and Leicestershire Housing Planning and Infrastructure Group (HPIG).  More.

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MDS Transmodal is a consultancy which provides analysis and advice on strategic, commercial and economic issues mainly related to freight transport and logistics.  Our work is based on the development and maintenance of a unique and comprehensive set of databases and transport models as well as the expertise of our consultants.

The consultancy was founded in 1983 and has completed hundreds of projects involving research for, and providing advice to, private and public sector clients worldwide.

10 key facts about MDS Transmodal

  1. Our expertise covers all modes of transport, including maritime and rail freight transport, road freight and distribution, urban logistics, inland waterways and coastal shipping, RORO and ferries and intermodal freight transport.
  2. We believe good data are the basis for good consultancy. For this reason, we have developed and continue to maintain global trade and transport databases which we use in our consultancy work.
  3. Our focus on quantitative analysis and our knowledge of relevant markets and transport economics allows us to develop models that simulate entire transport markets at a macro-level or the financial position of individual companies and the commercial viability of a service at a micro-level.
  4. We are both “local and global” as, although we are based in the UK, we assemble global trade and transport databases and have an international client base.
  5. In the UK market in the last five years we have worked for the UK Department for Transport, a range of property developers of railfreight distribution parks, Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation, most of the major ports, numerous transport and local authorities and many London-based financial institutions.
  6. In overseas markets in the last five years we have worked for the European Commission and port authorities, shippers, shipping lines and governmental organisations, carrying out projects in the Republic of Ireland, Turkey, Italy, Estonia, Slovenia, France, Croatia, the Netherlands, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
  7. We have completed port, rail freight and air freight forecasts for the UK Department for Transport and our GB Freight Model has been used as the freight module of the UK Government’s National Transport Model.
  8. Our consultants have an average of over 20 years’ experience as transport consultants and practitioners, offering a range of expertise in transport economics, transport modelling and transport policy.
  9. Our consultants contribute to the debate on the key issues affecting global freight transport and logistics by speaking at industry conferences and seminars and at meetings of trade associations.
  10. Our work is focused on strategic, commercial and economic issues related to logistics and freight transport, including the role that logistics and freight transport can play in economic regeneration.