This week I am visiting the island country of Malta, in the center of the Mediterranean, where I lived previously for several years. The leaders of the EU just had a conference here, which ended on Friday.
Now that they have been whisked away in their jets and limos the island (we must make sure they don’t get too close to the real world) is getting back to normal. Malta is a nice place for tourism and for shipping. I highly recommend a visit. See the video of the week for a great view of Malta.
In this issue:
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines: one of the large Japanese carriers
Torecome: a Togo based freight forwarder. Togo is an often overlooked country in West Africa
Cosmatos: A shipping and forwarding company in Greece
Wishing you pleasant reading and, until next week, I remain,
Bo H. Drewsen
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines – A Major International Shipowner
Director North Europe
Do you accept break-bulk cargo by containership on all of your trade lanes or only to specific areas?
We do accept Out of Gauge and Break Bulk cargo on our container service to and from Europe / Asia, but also Europe / South Africa and Europe / US.
Torecom Transit, a Togo based Freight Forwarder
What are the main export commodities of your country and who are the major trading partners around the world?
The main export commodities of Togo are phosphate, cotton, coffee & cocoa. Actually, we have individual economic operators who travel to China, India and Dubai handling the trading business between Togo and the rest of the world.
Cosmatos Shipping: A Shipping and Forwarding Company in Greece
Ms. Elisabeth Cosmatos
Is project cargo in/out of Greece and surrounding countries a business that you are active in? Tell us about projects that you have handled recently.
Cosmatos Group was first involved in Project Cargo in the late 1990’s when we became significantly involved in military transport. Apart from big vehicles, such as Leopard Tanks, we handled big volumes of ammunition and dangerous goods, which gave us the experience to enter the project business.
World Bank Group Flagship Report
Doing Business 2017
– New Zealand is first on ease of doing business among 190 economies.
– Entrepreneurs in 137 economies saw improvements in regulatory framework.
– Paying taxes topic now includes postfiling processes—such as tax refunds, tax audits and administrative tax appeals.
– Doing Business adds gender dimension in three of the 10 topics included in the ease of doing business ranking: starting a business, registering property and enforcing contracts.
– Somalia added as 190th economy covered in the report.
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