All articles by Alex Blair

Alex Blair is a UK-based reporter for GlobalData Media. He has worked for titles in English and Spanish, specialising in disruptive themes from geopolitics, to AI, to sportswashing.

Alex Blair

Turkey moves against Europe with trade corridor alternative to IPEC

President Erdogan says Ankara may “part ways with the EU” as G20-supported shipping and rail corridor proposes to bypass Turkey.

Signal: US targets Turkey with unprecedented shipping sanctions

Turkish transport deals remain stagnant as five shipping companies are sanctioned for aiding Moscow in its war against Ukraine.

Signal: Mexico enlists UN help to tackle drug trafficking in Port of Manzanillo

The cartel and drug activity in Mexico has stunted foreign direct investment to the country.

Signal: EU, USA, India, Saudi Arabia and UAE agree on rail and shipping corridor

Biden capitalises on Xi’s and Putin’s absence at G20 to counter influence against China’s Belt and Road project in the oil-rich region.

Ukraine to bypass Russia’s Black Sea grain blockade through Croatian ports

Zagreb has agreed to let Kyiv use Croatian ports on the Danube and Adriatic Sea to continue exports.

Signal: Indian Railways pledges $3.9bn as first female CEO takes charge

Jaya Varma Sinha’s appointment as Chairman and CEO has seen Indian Railway Finance Corporation share prices rise dramatically.

Signal: mentions of grain and Russia dominate transport filings

The spike comes as Erdogan implores Putin to revive Black Sea grain deal Moscow withdrew from in July.

Signal: Turkish LNG shipping remains strong despite Black Sea conflict

Russia’s blockade and port drone attacks have not dented Turkey’s steady stream of LNG shipments from Azerbaijan to Eastern Europe.

Signal: Germany leads the way in European transport patents

Supply chain issues and climate change are among the primary thematic factors driving Germany to the top of patent charts.

Signal: US overtakes China in transport-related filings

The shift comes as the Biden administration pledges $94m for “Smart” mobility projects and $12m for US marine highways.