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  • 23 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    LaGuardia Terminal Reopens After Evacuation
    source: AirWise
    New York’s LaGuardia Airport Terminal B has reopened after an abandoned vehicle was cleared. Read more here.  

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Maersk restructures to focus on container line, terminals and forwarding
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    A.P. Møller-Mærsk has announced a major restructuring initiative that will lead to it focusing exclusively on its container line, terminals and forwarding businesses as “an integrated Transport & Logistics company”, with a new focus on acquisitions as the preferred option for expansion.  Read more here
     
    Shipping industry braces for more challenges ahead following Hanjin collapse
    source: Shippingazette
    EXPERTS expect the fallout from the collapse of Hanjin Shipping is far from over, already having delayed shipments to retailers and leaving shippers and handlers uncertain of payment. Operators of major ports also can expect a sea change, too, experts say. If the current crisis results in fewer lines, the business rivalry could intensify among ports. Given that terminal operators are often affiliated with shipping lines - or have a direct interest - the mergers could benefit one port over another. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    K-Line denies financial problems following ‘false’ rumours
    source: Loyd’s Loading List
    International container shipping group K-Line yesterday issued a statement to customers denying that it is in financial trouble or close to bankruptcy, in response to rumours and what it described as “false statements” allegedly circulated by APL Logistics. Read more here.  
     
    K Line dismisses bankruptcy speculation
    source: TheLoadStar
    As we begin to become accustomed to a Hanjin-less world, the inevitable question is: who’s next? Read more here
     
    Congestion at Port of Chittagong in Bangladesh
    source: CIFFA
    The Port of Chittagong is experiencing acute container congestion, says Delmar International, mainly due to slow delivery of import cargo that arrived before and after the Islamic holiday, Eid. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Hanjin Receivership and Various Requests for Letters of Indemnification
    source: CIFFA
    With the extra charges assessed by terminal operators and railroads to move Hanjin containers have come a variety of requests to members to sign letters of indemnity. As containers and the cargos in them move from the port through rail and various co-loaders, everyone is interested in obtaining indemnification.
    • Sign only letters that identify specific cargo, BLs, containers, etc. We do not recommend signing any general letter of indemnification.
    • Sign only when you have obtained a similar (back to back) letter of indemnification from your customer.
    • Inform your customer of their options (although, realistically, there are no other options: either you sign the letter and get your cargo, or the cargo sits somewhere at the customer's liability and storage cost).
    • There is a troublesome phrase on many of the recent letters of indemnification, requiring the signer to accept liability for "unforeseeable additional charges." This is difficult, and normally we would recommend that you not sign. However, if you have a commercial relationship with the requestor, it is probable that that phrase won't be taken advantage of. It would be prudent to make a note on the indemnification letter requiring them to advise you immediately of any additional charges, so that you can advise your customer. And, include that phrase in the letter of indemnity you send to your customer.
    Finally, please remember that CIFFA is not a law firm and does not have any lawyer or any other person qualified to give legal advice on staff. CIFFA offers its members general guidance and assistance based on the collected experience of its members and staff. Please read CIFFA's legal disclaimer.
    [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    CP Announces Customer Station Enhancements - New Manage Diversions Tool
    source: CIFFA
    CP introduces its new Manage Diversions tool. This improved tool will:
    • Ensure your diversion request is handled quickly and efficiently
    • Provide updates to you in your Message Centre and via email if you have subscribed to updates in your Profile
    ​If you require assistance with any of the tools in Customer Station, contact Customer Service at 1-888-333-8111 or email the eBusiness Support team, at eb_support@cpr.ca. 

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    CBSA Memorandum D3-3-1: Freight Forwarder Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements
    source: CIFFA
    This memorandum has been revised to include pre-arrival, arrival and post-arrival processes for house bills, house bill close messages and supplementary cargo data. Read the memorandum here
     
    Air Canada constructing new hangar at Toronto Pearson hub
    source: Canadian Shipper
    TORONTO, Ont.–Air Canada has broken ground on a new $90-million aircraft hangar project at Toronto Pearson Airport supporting its ongoing expansion of the Toronto global hub. Once complete, the new Hangar 5 building will cover an area equal to seven professional hockey rinks and accommodate five aircraft at one time.  Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    US expands expedited ocean freight customs clearance programme
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    CBP this week posted a document providing additional information on the expansion of the Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval (AQUA) programme under its Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) initiative. The AQUA Lane programme allows for qualified sea carriers to expedite their customs clearance process by unlading goods immediately upon arrival to port. The CBP document can be accessed here.  

  • 22 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Lufthansa Offers New Deal To Pilots
    source: AirWise
    Lufthansa has made a new offer to its pilots in an effort to resume talks with the Vereinigung Cockpit union which stalled earlier this month. Read more here
     
    'Painful' Air Cargo Hazmat Fine Signals Tougher Stance by U.S. FAA on Violations
    source: CIFFA
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) appears to be increasing its fines to shippers for violations of hazardous materials regulations. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Hanjin rehabilitation 'realistically impossible', says Seoul Central District Court
    source: Shippingazette
    SEOUL Central District Court, the one handling Hanjin Shipping's receivership, has said a rehabilitation plan is "realistically impossible" if top priority debt such as backlogged charter fees exceed KRW1 trillion (US$896 million), reports South Korea's Yonhap newswire. Backlogged charter fees that occurred after Hanjin Shipping's court receivership have topped KRW40 billion, while cargo owners' claims for damages are expected to begin in earnest after three to four weeks have passed from original delivery schedules, the report said. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Driverless, autonomous ships to become reality in 15 years: NAVTOR
    source: Shippingazette
    NORWAY's NAVTOR, a provider of e-navigation technology and services, has been selected to represent the maritime industry in the ENABLE project that aims to prove, verify and validate the safety of autonomous vehicles in Europe. This will be built upon continuous data sharing between vessels and land, with key navigation functions migrating from the crew to office-based teams. "Together with actors from sectors such as research institutes and the car industry, which has already made huge leaps forward in autonomy, we can accelerate the development of safe, reliable and innovative solutions for maritime." [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Manila to focus new Bejing talks on trade, investment and infrastructure
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Philippines will end talks with China on resolving the Spratly Island-South China Sea dispute and refocus on investment, infrastructure development and trade, reports Dubai's Gulf News. President Rodrigo Duterte has adopted a practical foreign policy with China, explained pro-China analysts in Manila. 
    Earlier, after the PCA ruling that favoured the Philippines, President Duterte said he wanted bilateral talks with China so that Filipino fishermen on the western seaboard of northern Luzon could fish at the Scarborough Shoal. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    CargoSmart Provides Tool to Track Hanjin and Typhoon-Affected Ships 
    source: CIFFA
    CargoSmart's Global Vessel Monitoring Center has launched a pop-up tool to help shippers track both their Hanjin shipments on the water and vessels affected by Typhoon Meranti. Click here to access the tool. 
     
    Squamish Terminals Opens Newly Constructed East Dock
    source: CIFFA
    Squamish Terminals has begun operations at its newly constructed East Dock, which had to be rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original structure in April 2015. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    HMM joining 2M alliance may not be a done deal after all, post-Hanjin
    source: TheLoadStar
    In the wake of the bankruptcy of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping, compatriot Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) joining the 2M alliance may not be a done deal after all, according to Alphaliner. Read more here
     
    Who wins and who loses as the world goes green
    source: AJOT
    TUCSON, Ariz. – While it’s clear that the world needs to change the way its resources are consumed and distributed, for many, the path to a sustainable future may not be so clear. Read more here

  • 21 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Lufthansa, Air China Sign Joint Venture Deal
    source: AirWise
    Lufthansa and Air China have signed a commercial joint venture agreement to jointly operate flights between Europe and China.The agreement will implement a memorandum of understanding reached between the carriers in 2014. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Court tells Hanjin to return chartered ships to owners to cut costs
    source: Shippingazette
    NEAR-BANKRUPT Hanjin Shipping has been told by a South Korean court return all chartered vessels to cut costs while the company reduces its fleet size, reports Bloomberg News. Hanjin has already returned four box ships and three bulk carriers to their owners, and plans to remove 13 more containerships, the company said. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Terminal operators adapting to tough box shipping market, says Drewry
    source: Shippingazette
    AGAINST a backdrop of slowing world trade and the rising dominance of mega ships and mega shipping alliances in the market, global container terminal operators have been changing tack to meet the challenges. Drewry summarises these pressures as being the "significant softening of demand growth, higher opex and capex costs due to bigger ships, increased business risks from larger liner alliances and loss-making carriers pressuring for lower terminal handling charges," reports Lloyd's Loading List. "Having a shipping line as a shareholder can be seen as a way of trying to tie in alliance volumes, although the choice of terminal by an alliance is never down to a single carrier's wishes." [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Hanjin Shipping Plan Would See Sale of Most of its Ships 
    source: CIFFA
    Hanjin Shipping Co. is considering a restructuring plan to sell more than half its ships, the Wall Street Journal reported on September 16. However, liquidation remains the most likely outcome for the company, the newspaper cited its source as saying. Read more here
     
    Port of Oakland's Largest Terminal Says Night Gates Are Here to Stay
    source: CIFFA
    Following a successful three-month trial, night gates are now permanent at the Oakland International Container Terminal. Read more here
     
    Dockworker Strike at Santos in Brazil 
    source: CIFFA
    Dockworkers at the largest port in South America have gone on strike just days after customs officers in the harbor decided to increase the frequency of slowdowns in their campaign for higher wages. The indefinite strike at Santos began on September 20 when hundreds of stevedores downed tools at three terminals in the port. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Feeder operators forced to revamp schedules and alliances after Hanjin collapse
    source: TheLoadStar
    Feeder operators caught out by Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy have been forced to re-jig their service schedules and form new alliances. Read more here
     
    Stop doing it incorrectly! FOB vs FCA and Transfer of title. How the Hanjin bankruptcy can still screw you.
    source: TheLoadStar
    A very interesting blog from the director of global supply chain at Hampton Products. It explains Free on Board and Free to Carrier – and why both exporters and importers should use the latter to ensure there is clarity over risk and fees in the result of a supply chain disruption – such as Hanjin’s bankruptcy.  Both the shipper and the buyer need to understand the concepts involved and make sure they are subsumed into supply chains to ensure there is no confusion. Worth a read for cargo owners in particular – and very relevant at the moment. Read more here

  • 20 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    ACI Air Cargo Inc. to Open Air Cargo Screening Centres at Canadian Airports
    source: CIFFA
    ACI Air Cargo Inc., an air cargo handling company based at Pearson International Airport, plans to open air cargo screening centres in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Hamilton in October, in the first phase of a plan to open at most major Canadian airports across the country by 2018. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    EU ocean freight pricing rules ‘should be adopted worldwide’
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    New EU pricing rules for shippers that come into force in December should be adopted globally to increase price transparency and prevent uncompetitive behaviour, Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) told a conference in Asia this week.
    Alex Veitch, GSF’s head of policy, gave a presentation to the Global Liner Shipping Asia Conference in Singapore exploring competition issues in the maritime supply chain including megaships and alliances, the collapse of Hanjin, and price signalling − the practice of companies indicating their pricing intentions to their competitors through public announcements – which GSF argues take place when container lines announce ‘General Rate Increases’ (GRIs).
    The new European legislation comes into force on 7 December following a three-year EU investigation. Fourteen shipping lines have agreed to significantly change their pricing behaviour, but Veitch said the legislation didn’t go far enough and should be adopted worldwide.  [Excerpted from Lloyds Loading List]
     
    30 Percent of Hanjin Ships Unloaded
    source: CIFFA
    Of the 97 container ships operated by near-bankrupt Hanjin Shipping Co., 28 have completed their cargo unloading at ports around the world as of September 18, the company reported. Thirty-four ships remain stranded at sea. Hanjin also said it is in negotiations to begin unloading in New York, Singapore and Mexico. 
     
    Singapore court gives near-bankrupt Hanjin a break by stalling creditors
    source: Shippingazette
    SINGAPORE's High Court has granted a temporary reprieve for the near-bankrupt Hanjin Shipping, allowing the Korean carrier's ships to sail into the city-state without fear of being impounded as it struggles to settle a US$5.37 billion debt, reports Agence France-Presse. "I was satisfied that the Korean rehabilitation orders should be recognised and assistance rendered," Judge Aedit Abdullah said, adding this could be "to the extent of preventing arrest of ships of the Hanjin fleet." About two thirds of its cargo fleet is stranded at sea, while some of its ships have been seized at various ports worldwide, including one container vessel in Singapore. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Creditors in court to have Hanjin ships in US waters to stay put
    source: Shippingazette
    HANJIN creditors have made a plea in US bankruptcy court that chartered ships operated by the collapsed Korean container line that are in US waters stay where they are, reports Lloyd's Loading List. The plea highlights the competing interests at stake as Hanjin's business unravels in the wake of the shipping giant's bankruptcy. Dozens of ships remain stranded at sea with billions of dollars of goods, and it is unclear whether those shipments would be released if the vessels are seized by creditors. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Giant fire engulfs Wan Hai ship in Hong Kong waters
    source: Splash 24/7
    Hong Kong’s Marine Department has maintained a no go zone around the Wan Hai 307containership which suffered a spectacular fire yesterday evening, with smoke still detected from some of the boxes onboard the 2,200 teu ship today by commuters heading to work by ferry. The ship is now moored between Cheung Chau and Lamma islands.  Read more here
     
    World Shipping Council: VGM compliance 95pc, but more time needed
    source: Shipping Gazette
    THE World Shipping Council, representing 90 per cent of the world's ocean liner capacity, reports that the rate of compliance by shippers to UN demands for the verification of the gross mass of their containers and its contents (VGM) has reached 95 per cent worldwide, according to Lloyd's Loading List.
    WSC told the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) the compliance of its member companies had steadily increased since the July 1, but that the three-month period of grace should be extended beyond October 1.  [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 19 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    GSF Says Aviation Needs Global Climate Change Deal
    source: CIFFA 
    With cargo owners under increasing pressure to report on the carbon footprints of their supply chains, the aviation sector must agree on a global deal to tackle climate change, the Global Shippers' Forum (GSF) said in its new Aviation Emissions Policy Statement.Read more here

    Lufthansa, Pilot Union Talks End Without Agreement
    source: AirWise
    Informal talks between Lufthansa and its pilot union have ended without agreement, the Vereinigung Cockpit union said. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Public comments invited for marine terminal project, north shore of the Saguenay
    source: CanadianShipper
    OTTAWA, Ont.–The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency  is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Marine Terminal Project on the North Shore of the Saguenay, located in Quebec, and has invited the public to comment on any potential environmental effects. Read more here
     
    Hanjin Shipping Vessels Now 'Under Arrest' off B.C. Coast over $3.6 Million in Unpaid Bills
    source: CIFFA
    On September 15, two Hanjin Shipping container vessels were reported as detained at anchor off the B.C. coast with a list of creditors seeking at least $3.6 million in unpaid bills. Read more here
     
    Container Lines Report 95% VGM Compliance Rate - and Rising
    source: CIFFA
    Container lines around the world are reporting a high rate of compliance with the new SOLAS requirements for the verification of the gross mass of a packed container since their implementation on July 1, reporting a 95% VGM compliance rate, and rising. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Brexit may be a bonus for freight forwarders, but it could stunt logistics growth
    source: TheLoadStar
    The UK’s decision to leave the European Union could result in a surge of intercontinental cargo movements for the country’s freight forwarding industry. Read more here

  • 16 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Brexit raises fears among Irish exporters in need of EU airport trucking
    source: Shippingazette
    IRISH exporters have raised concerns that once the UK is free of the EU, "air truck" transit across England may be impossible under new rules to get to EU airports. The availability of air freight capacity has not kept pace with the growth in Ireland's international trade for many years. As a result, "air trucks" became a default mechanism to meet exporters' needs, but now have become an integral part of the Irish supply chain to reach international markets. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    FMA to hold seminar on resolving price and service disputes with carriers
    source: CanadianShipper
    OTTAWA, Ont.–The Freight Management Association of Canada is presenting a briefing session on resolving price and service disputes with carriers, using the Canada Transportation Act. Read more here
     
    Major carriers to debate impact of Panama Canal on Americas trades
    source: Shippingazette
    TOP container shipping lines and the Mexican Association of Shipping Agents will congregate at the October 11 - 13 TOC Americas Conference in Cancun to discuss how the expanded Panama Canal has ushered in a new era of 'big shipping" for the western hemisphere, and its effects on container trades. Understanding how 'big ships, big carriers and big network synergies" will impact regional port and terminal operations - and investment - will be a key part of the debate, with views from APM Terminals, Grupo Mexgal, Port of Cartagena, Ports America, PSA, SSA Mexico, TC Mariel Cuba and Ultramar. [Excerpted from Shippingazette] 
     
    Typhoon Hits Taiwan Port
    source: CIFFA
    Typhoon Meranti hit the Port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan on Wednesday, blowing over several containers stored at a yard in Kaohsiung's Siaogang District, and causing 10 vessels in Kaohsiung Harbor to break loose from their moorings, Focus Taiwan reported. A vessel also destroyed two cranes at a terminal after ramming into them. The terminal could be out of operation for weeks.
     
    'Thinking outside the box and using common feeders could save container lines millions'
    source: TheLoadStar
    Cash-strapped deepsea container lines could achieve around $250m of annual “hidden value” cost savings in the European feeder market, according to a new white paper published by SeaIntel Maritime Analysis. Read more here
     
    Smart Containers, Smarter Data, Smarter Industry
    source: GlobalTrade
    It doesn’t take much to see and experience the rapid advancement of technology in the world. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    CBSA EDI Maintenance Outage - Sunday, September 18
    source: CIFFA
    For maintenance purposes, all Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) applications will be unavailable on Sunday, September 18 from 04:30 to 06:00 ET, as well as between 07:00 and 08:30 ET. This includes: all incoming data or outbound messages such as acknowledgements, reject messages and notices, e.g. RNS, Completeness Notices during this time.

  • 15 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Typhoon Meranti hits Xiamen airport and Kaohsiung port
    source: TheLoadStar
    Xiamen Airport has been badly damaged by Typhoon Meranti, according to Flightglobal. While there is no information on the airport’s website at the moment, flights have been cancelled and delayed. Read more here
     
    Airlines place embargo on Samsung Note 7 smartphone transport
    source: Air Cargo News
    Airlines are banning the carriage of Samsung Note 7 smartphones as cargo after of spate of recent incidents that have seen the devices burst into flames sparked a product recall. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Hanjin creditors call on US court to allow them to arrest chartered ships
    source: The Loadstar
    A group of bunker suppliers and tug operators and one of the world’s largest container leasing companies have launched a joint request to the US bankruptcy court to allow them to arrest Hanjin-operated vessels due to call at US ports.  Read more here
     
    Vessels Urged to Dock due to Typhoon Miranti
    source: CIFFA
    Hundreds of people have been evacuated and vessels ordered back to harbour in Taiwan and in the Guangdong Province of China as Typhoon Miranti approaches, according to reports. Read more here

    Shippers share some blame for Hanjin Shipping collapse: SeaIntel
    source: Canadian Shipper
    COPENHAGEN, Den.–Shippers played a major role in creating the conditions that led to Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy filing. This was the conclusion of analyst SeaIntel in a report into the fall of Hanjin Shipping. Read more here.  
     
    Panama Canal to resist entering 'price war' with Suez after it slashes tariffs
    source: Shipping Gazette
    THE Panama Canal will not engage in a "price war" with the Suez Canal, which has started offering discounts of up to 65 per cent, to avoid losing ground to its rival that can accommodate vessels of up to 22,500 TEU compared to the expanded Panama Canal's much lower limit of 14,000 TEU.  Read more here.  

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    CP COO says onboard cameras could improve safety
    source: CanadianShipper
    TORONTO, Ont.–CP’s chief operating officer, Keith Creel, said a recent derailment of a Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. freight train in central Toronto might have been avoided if an onboard camera tracking the crew’s actions had been in effect. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Update to Canadian Export Requirements for Processed Products
    source: CIFFA
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated the Canadian Export Requirements for Processed Products (fruits, vegetables and maple products). French fries exported to Colombia now require a Certificate of Free Sale to accompany shipments. Read more here
     
    St. Lawrence Seaway sees slight uptick in August traffic
    source: AJOT
    Washington, D.C. - “As we approach the mid-year point of the 2016 navigation season we continue to see a diversified mix of cargoes moving throughout the Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Seaway System,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    U.K. Won’t Be ‘Pulling Up the Drawbridge’ After Brexit Decision
    source: AJOT
    The U.K.’s vote in June to leave the European Union gives the country a chance to seek new trading partners and broaden its global horizons, State Minister Alan Duncan said Wednesday in Washington. Read more here

  • 14 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    For all the cargo already unloaded, terminals must free the containers so that trade is not hindered.
    source: theLoadStar
    Airlines must ban the shipment of defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones if they want to comply with IATA’s dangerous goods regulations. Read more here
     
    The Dynamic Partnership Of Air Freight And The Supply Chain
    source: Forbes
    This article is about the things you don’t know about air cargo.  Ok, to be honest, these are things I didn’t know until I read the book Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and the Supply Chain. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Europeans fear Hanjin collapse will halt manufacturing supply chains
    source: Shippingazette
    EUROPEAN shippers have raised concerns that Hanjin Shipping's bankruptcy may result in just-in-time manufacturing supply chains and assembly lines being brought to a standstill. Drewry said Hanjin has a market share of six per cent on Asia-east coast North America and a nine per cent share of Asia-west coast North America trade lanes. For all the cargo already unloaded, terminals must free the containers so that trade is not hindered. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    French Port Workers to Join Strike Against Labour Reform
    source: CIFFA
    French CGT trade union port workers will join a nationwide strike against French labour reforms on Sept. 15, the union said on Monday, a move that could disrupt oil, grain and other commodity shipments at French ports. The hardline CGT union led rolling nationwide strikes against the labour reform between April and June against the reform that they said will curb workers' rights and make it easier for companies to fire workers. The union has demanded that the law be withdrawn.
     
    NCBFAA to Tackle Demurrage Issue with FMC
    source: CIFFA
    According to American Shipper, The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) has said the association, along with other groups, will submit a petition to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on behalf of its members who feel they have been incorrectly assessed demurrage. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Study says WTO Canada’s “best hedge” against uncertain trade future
    source: CanadianShipper
    MONTREAL, Que.– As regional trade negotiations become more complicated and contentious in the midst of Brexit, anti-NAFTA rhetoric in the United States and mounting opposition to CETA and the TPP, strengthening the World Trade Organization (WTO) should be a central objective of Canadian trade policy, says a new study from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Read more here
     
    Drone Delivery Canada announces new flight achievements
    source: CanadianShipper
    TORONTO, Ont.–Drone Delivery Canada has advanced its commercial testing and achieved positive results on its payload pickup and drop off capabilities utilizing its proprietary semi-autonomous auto-pilot system which enables automated take off, landings, way-point navigation and pre-programmed maneuvers to occur. Read more here
     
    Canadian ports conference reviews wide spectrum of challenges
    source: CanadianShipper
    THUNDER BAY, Ont.–Staged at Ontario’s Lake Superior Port of Thunder Bay on Sept. 7-9, the 58th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) covered a broad range of subjects from the challenges of reducing costs to maritime innovation and new channels of communication in a digital world. Read more here

  • 13 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    No uptick in air cargo demand yet in wake of Hanjin bankruptcy
    source: Shippingazette
    THE air cargo industry needs to adopt a wait and see attitude on whether the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping will result in more demand for air cargo, says Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW). Mr Schwartz went on to say that should any opportunities arise, Atlas, which leases and charters aircraft, would be able to provide capacity to cater for that demand. The report said that other air cargo carriers and charter brokers have also indicated that they have not yet observed an increase in demand related to Hanjin's receivership. Cargo with an estimated value of US$14 billion is stranded on Hanjin's 141 ships worldwide as service providers refuse to work for the Korean shipping line owing to concerns that they won't receive payment, and the vessels have been banned from docking at ports. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Air Djibouti Puts Air Cargo Service on Hold
    source: CIFFA
    Air Djibouti is temporarily shifting its focus to passenger operations until air cargo facilities in Djibouti improve. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Three mega alliances now control 44pc of world's US$130 billion box fleet
    source: Shippingazette
    THE world's container shipping industry is beyond a doubt dominated by the three mega shipping alliances, which collectively account for 44 per cent of the global box fleet capacity worth US$130 billion, according to VesselsValue.com. Ocean Alliance is expected to control the largest market share on the Far East-North America transpacific route, with a 39 per cent share of the current capacity deployed on the trade. The Alliance stands at number three and has a total of 347 vessels, at 2.7 million TEU, worth $16.61 billion. The biggest members in The Alliance are the merged Hapag-Lloyd and UASC which combined contribute 121 vessels for a total of 1.07 million TEU valued at $6.6 billion. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Four Korean lines form Mini Alliance to fill in for bankrupt Hanjin
    source: Shippingazette
    A KOREAN consortium, calling itself the Mini Alliance, and made up of four companies has formed to fill the gap left by bankrupt Hanjin Shipping, reports Singapore's Splash 24/7. HMM said it has been in talks about joining the 2M container shipping alliance with Maersk Line and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and hopes to sign a final contract in November. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Shippers share much blame in collapse of Hanjin Shipping: SeaIntel
    source: Shippingazette
    SHIPPERS played a major role in creating the conditions that led to Hanjin Shipping's bankruptcy filing, particularly, because the ongoing downwards pressure on rates in recent years has led to shipping lines becoming caught up in a heavily loss-making industry. "We are aware this might be a controversial point of view seen from shipper side, and we are not 'blaming" them alone - it takes two to tango. SeaIntel warned shippers worldwide to begin planning for rising costs for ocean freight compared to the current levels. "The alternative is a situation where we will indeed again see large-scale supply chain disruptions," the report said. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    St. Louis is told to prepare for freight growth
    source: STL Today
    The value of freight shipped through the St. Louis region is expected to increase 74 percent to $483 billion in 2045, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Read more here
    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    All aboard for ‘One Belt, One Road’? Afghanistan freight train one stop in China’s bigger drive
    source: TheLoadStar
    China is attempting to strengthen ties with Afghanistan to help it boost exports to the country – and through the country. Read more here.
    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Global Affairs Canada Reports on the Potential Economic Impact of Canada's Potential Participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
    source: CIFFA
    In a report issued last week, Global Affairs Canada assesses the potential economic impact of the TPP Agreement on Canada and other TPP member countries in terms of income gains and new trade and investment opportunities based on the final negotiated outcomes of the TPP Agreement, which was concluded in Atlanta, Ga. in October 2015.See report here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Ballast Water Convention becomes law in 2017
    source: TheLoadStar
    Few outside shipping’s technical circles understand ballast water management systems – and hell, why should they – but the practice of taking on ballast water in one part of the world and discharging it elsewhere represents one of the greatest threats to many marine ecosystems, as it has resulted in “the spread of invasive aquatic species, which can cause havoc for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to substantial economic loss”. Read more here

  • 12 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    American looks to fresh produce, high-end goods to fill HK-LA flights
    source: Shippingazette
    AMERICAN Airlines has launched a daily nonstop service using a Boeing 777-300 aircraft that can carry 40 LD3 containers filled with high-value fresh produce. "Recently, we also started service to Tokyo-Haneda and Auckland. Demand for our cargo services is strong, not just to our hubs in the US, but throughout our unrivalled network in Latin America." In Hong Kong, American will continue to be represented by Antares International as the GSA and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (HACTL) as the handler. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    NY-NJ ports fall behind US east coast facilities in container imports
    source: Shippingazette
    THE volume of laden containers imported through the Port of New York and New Jersey fell in July for the fifth consecutive month, a 6.9 per cent decline showing the port lagging behind the rest of the east coast as the peak season takes hold, according to IHS Media. The relatively weak performance by the Port of New York and New Jersey raise questions whether the gains made by the port when container business was diverted from the west coast due to labour problems there, during late 2014 and early 2015, are ebbing away. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Hanjin Wins U.S. Bankruptcy Shield, Allowing Cargo Off Ships
    source: AJOT
    Hanjin Shipping Co. won court protection for its ships bound for the U.S., allowing the company to unload four vessels without fear of having them seized by creditors. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Hanjin’s collapse set to raise freight costs
    source: HellenicShippingNews
    The collapse of Hanjin Shipping will raise the cost to United States businesses and consumers of a wide range of imported goods, from furniture and clothing to fresh fruit and frozen meat, according to federal agencies, shippers and retailers. Read more here
     
    Autonomous Freight Shuttle Debuts at Texas Port
    source: MHL News
    Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Freight Shuttle System (FSS) was debuted on Sept. 9. The system will move truck trailers and containers through congest ports and border crossing. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    September US retail imports strong despite Hanjin bankruptcy
    source: Shippingazette
    IMPORT volume through US major ports should be at near-peak levels this month even as retailers work to cope with the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. "Despite the apparent slowdown in economic activity being reported around the world, the volume of imports continues to grow slowly, much along the lines that we have been projecting," Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. Global Port Tracker covers the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma, New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades, Miami and Houston. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 9 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    FAA Advises Against Galaxy Note 7 Use On Aircraft
    source: Airwise
    The US Federal Aviation Administration has advised passengers not to use or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones onboard aircraft.
    “In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage,” the FAA said in a statement.  Read more here.
     
    Shippers strive for greater role in creation of air cargo regulations
    source: AirCargoNews
    The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is developing a closer relationship with ICAO in order to give the UN organisation a wider view of the impact its regulations have on the whole air cargo supply chain. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Maersk and MSC add transpacific services in wake of Hanjin bankruptcy
    source: Splash 24/7
    Maersk Line and MSC, who make up the 2M network, have moved to snaffle up business that was previously controlled by defunct Hanjin Shipping.
    Maersk Line is introducing a new service between Asia and the United States West Coast. The first sailing is scheduled for 15 September. Read more here.
     
    Terminal operators under fire from shippers over high fees for releasing Hanjin containers
    source: TheLoadStar
    The fall-out from the bankruptcy of South Korean line Hanjin continues this week as more forwarder groups and shipper representatives turn on terminals refusing to release Hanjin containers to customers unless they pay high charges. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Driverless HGV project moves forward in Singapore
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    French firm GaussinManugistique has been short-listed in a call for tender from the Singapore government for the design, manufacture and testing of robotic, driverless heavy goods vehicles intended for transporting containers and goods in towns and on public roads in a convoy.  Read more here.  

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection - ACE Update
    source: CIFFA
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced yesterday that, as a result of a readiness assessment for the post-release capacity transition, CBP has moved the mandatory-use date from October 1 to October 29, 2016. Read more here
     
    Brexit: when it happens, will it bring storms or smooth sailing for industry?
    source: TheLoadStar
    The ramifications of the UK vote to leave the EU range from “a few years of rough seas” to “preparing the ship for storm conditions”, according to speakers at a Supply Chain Academy conference last week. Read more here

  • 8 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Pilotage issue creates stir at Canadian ports conference
    source: AJOT
    Sparks flew over high pilotage costs on the Great Lakes at a Canadian ports conference held a Thunder Bay, on the tip of Lake Superior. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Hanjin collapse makes life harder for Korea's rebounding exporters
    source: Shippingazette
    SOUTH KOREA's rebounding exports received a severe blow when Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy last week because they could not longer be loaded to reach overseas markets, reports Japan's Nikkei Asian Review. It recently survived a liquidity crunch of its own when creditors agreed to extend loans for the shipper which successfully cut its charter fees with shipowners. Korea also has smaller players, such as Korea Marine Transport Co and Pan Ocean, but neither have ships big enough to replace Hanjin's. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Drewry scolds shippers over Hanjin, for thinking carriers too big to fail
    source: Shippingazette
    DREWRY Maritime Research allowed itself a big "I-told-you-so" when reflecting on the Hanjin Shipping debacle which has ended in bankruptcy court. Drewry said immediate collateral would be widespread. "Ports and terminals that have recently accepted Hanjin ships and containers will not only lose a customer but might not get paid for work carried out," said the analyst. Shippers should also expect a short-term shock as the reduction of capacity was already inflating rates out of Asia, according to Drewry. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    25-Year New York Harbor Dredging Project Complete
    source: CIFFA
    The project to deepen navigation channels in New York Harbor, which started more than 25 years ago, is now complete. Thirty-eight miles of channels were deepened to 50 feet to allow larger container ships to access Port Newark/Port Elizabeth.
     
    Hanjin Scarlett Worked Yesterday and Some Links for Interesting Reading
    source: CIFFA
    The Hanjin Scarlett moved onto its berth at Prince Rupert and was being worked yesterday.  Everyone who has made arrangement with the terminal operator DP World and CN Rail (see Special eBulletin #6) and paid the charges should expect to have cargo moving soon. [Excerpted from CIFFA] For more information, click here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Canadian Pacific emphasizes rail safety with start of new school year
    source: CanadianShipper
    CALGARY, Alta.– With the return of the school year, Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) is reminding students, parents and caregivers that the safe route to school does not include trespassing on railway property. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Montreal’s Port in the City Day planned for September 10
    source: CanadianShipper
    MONTREAL, Que.–Montreal Port Authority is organizing Port in the City Day on Saturday, September 10, 2016. This annual event aims to introduce citizens to Port facilities and the major role that the Port of Montreal plays in the economy and social fabric of Montreal and the province of Quebec. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    China's Zika Disinsection Requirements for U.S. Exports Updated: Regionalization Implemented
    source: CIFFA
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has released updated information about China's Zika disinfection requirements for exports from the U.S. Note that this is not official USDA guidance; FAS recommends that exporters verify import requirements with their Chinese customers before shipping any goods. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Success for trial run of lorries between Bangladesh and India
    source: TheLoadStar
    Problems with congestion in sea ports and by air in Bangladesh could be relieved in part by a new route which has opened: overland to India. Read more here
     
    France Will Dismantle Migrant Camp at Port of Calais by End of Year
    source: CIFFA
    The French government has announced that it will solve security problems around the Port of Calais, including dismantling the migrant camp known as "The Jungle" by the end of this year. Read more here

  • 7 September 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Hanjin diverts 61 container ships disrupted by its receivership to ports where they cannot be seized
    source: NationalPost
    South Korea said Hanjin Shipping Co. will try to steer vessels to ports to unload cargo as the government attempts to contain global supply-chain disruptions stemming from the container line’s court receivership filing. The shares jumped after Yonhap News Agency reported the government will offer loans to the company. Read more here
     
    US east coast ports return to normal service after Hermine
    source: Splash 24/7
    Ports on the US east coast which were closed or restricted because of Hurricane Hermine have returned to normal service the US Coast Guard (USCG) says.
    Hermine began as a tropical depression that moved up from Cuba and led to the closure to maritime traffic of the ports of Savannah and Brunswick (both in Georgia) and Charleston (South Carolina) while others up the coast as far as New Jersey and Delaware were put on alert.  Read more here
     
    Relief for Samsung is air cargo's loss, as US judge rules Hanjin ships can unload
    source: The Loadstar
    The air freight industry appears to have missed a boost to business from the collapse of container line Hanjin, after a US court ruled that the line’s ships could dock under provisional bankruptcy protection.
    However, with many ships stuck outside ports the world over, it would seem likely that manufacturers in some regions, unable to access their shipments, will need to charter aircraft to replace the goods.
     
    DP World to Advise Azerbaijan Government on Developing Free Trade Zone
    source: The Loadstar
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7 September 2016: Global trade enabler DP World has entered into an advisory agreement with the Azerbaijan Ministry of Economy and the Port of Baku to develop a framework for the Alyat Free Trade Zone in Azerbaijan. The future business hub is planned to become part of a network of economic zones in the country to develop the economy and to form part of the Eurasian trade corridor. Read more here. 

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Curbs on US truck speeds, time behind wheel, expected to cut capacity
    source: Shippingazette
    REGULATORS in the US are moving more rapidly toward another controversial trucking mandate, proposing a rule requiring speed limiters to be installed on trucks at the factory. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has pressed for a speed limiter mandate since 2006. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, however, adamantly opposes the mandate, along with the mandate for electronic logging devices scheduled to take effect in December 2017. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    White Paper: Recession-proof Prince Rupert seems to weather every storm
    source: Shippingazette
    US AND Canadian ports have had their ups and downs over the last 10 years, but for little Prince Rupert in the wilderness 400 nautical miles north of Vancouver it's been pretty much up all the way. Prince Rupert's Fairview Container Terminal was conceived mainly to handle imports from Asia destined for the Midwest, but the planners always included exports as part of the mix. Western Canada, particularly British Columbia, has the highest concentration of forest products in North America. The growth of Prince Rupert's container trade has been so strong that DP World and the port authority are considering even more expansion of the port's current annual capacity of 850,000 TEU. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    G20 Leaders' Communique, Hangzhou Summit
    source: CIFFA
    After their meeting on September 4 and 5, leaders of the G20 released a communique, saying that, while the global economic recovery is progressing, growth is still weaker than desirable. Read more here
     
    One Belt, One Road Explained
    source: Splash 24/7
    A Google search for One Belt, One Road (OBOR) gives you about 15,700,000 results. Total spending on OBOR, in those same articles, varies from a low figure of $1.2trn to a high figure of $21trn. This concept currently covers some 65 countries in three continents encompassing 4.4bn people.  Read more here

  • 6 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES  
     
    British Airways Flights Delayed After Computer Problem
    source: AirWise
    Computer problems at British Airways caused widespread check-in delays at many airports on Tuesday morning. Read more here
     
    Protest Halts London City Airport Flights
    source: AirWise
    Flights at London City airport were disrupted on Tuesday morning as protesters swam across the dock and accessed the runway. Read more here
     
    Demand for Air Cargo Strengthens in July
    source: IATA
    ​​Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in July 2016 showing robust growth in demand. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Statement from the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Hanjin Shipping Co.
    source: AJOT
    “The Port of Long Beach continues its round-the-clock monitoring of the developments regarding Hanjin Shipping Co., particularly the potential impacts to operations at affected Long Beach marine terminals. The goods movement situation remains fluid and Port executives, in conjunction with the Board of Harbor Commissioners, are constantly engaged with our customers and stakeholders to ensure that the flow of cargo through our Port continues as smoothly as possible.” [Excerpted from AJOT]
     
    Hanjin shipping collapse in South Korea leaves freight stranded, portends weakening global economy
    source: ABC
    The collapse of a South Korean freight shipping line is starting to cause chaos and confusion at major ports around the Asia-Pacific region. Read more here
     
    Hanjin Shipping's Parent Steps In to Help Unload Stranded Cargo
    source: Fortune
    Hanjin Group will raise funds as its chairman contributes billions of won from private funds.Hanjin Shipping’s parent firm plans to raise 100 billion won ($90.46 million) to fund the unloading of billions of dollars worth of cargo aboard vessels stranded around the world in the wake of its court receivership filing last week. Read more here
     
    FMC Establishes Protocol for all Public Communications Related to Hanjin Shipping Disruptions 
    source: CIFFA
    The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has established a protocol for communicating requests for assistance to the agency concerning developments related to the status of Hanjin Shipping. Allegations of Shipping Act violations or requests for assistance related to retrieving or receiving cargo in transit should be communicated in writing. Read full details here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    National Trucking Week 2016: heavy trucks and their drivers deserve a “brake”
    source: CanadianShipper
    BCTA, a member-based, non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization, is the recognised voice of the provincial motor carrier industry, representing over 1,200 truck and motor coach fleets and over 250 suppliers to the industry. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Notice of Field Studies in September 2016
    source: CIFFA
    The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is continuing field studies in September 2016 as part of ongoing environmental and technical work for the Container Capacity Improvement ProgramRead more here

  • 2 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES  
     
    China Airlines Cargo resumes flights to India, ending 4-year suspension
    source: Shippingazette
    CHINA Airlines Cargo has launched freighter services to Luxembourg from Delhi operated by Boeing 747-400 aircraft and in partnership with India-based Ascent Air. The "Make in India" initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has boosted the country's logistics industry as demand for delivery of resources to India and merchandise out of the country has been on the rise. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Naked Hanjin ships seized, cargo refused, creditors grab what's grabbable
    source: Shippingazette
    KOREA's big box carrier Hanjin Shipping, stopped taking cargo and US ports began turning away its ships after it filed for receivership. Three of its ships, reported the WSJ, expected at Los Angeles and Long Beach drifted off the coast Wednesday, their contents marooned indefinitely. Government officials said Hanjin's receivership also could lead to the company's exclusion from a global shipping alliance, reducing its chances of survival. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    10,700-TEU APL calls at Charleston - port's biggest ever box ship
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Port of Charleston has handled its largest containership to date, the 10,700-TEU APL Yangshan. The ship is deployed on the weekly China East Coast "CEC" service via the Suez Canal. The mega ship's milestone visit comes on the heels of the arrival of two new cranes last month, boosting vessel handling capabilities at SCPA's Wando Welch Terminal. The cranes, which offer 155 feet of lift height from the dock, are expected to be operational by December. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    FMC Statement Regarding Status of Hanjin Shipping
    source: CIFFA 
    The Federal Maritime Commission is aware that Hanjin Shipping has advised its customers that the company's application to engage in a voluntary restructuring process was denied by its creditors. Read more here
     
    Activity Returns To Normal At France's Biggest Box Port Le Havre
    source: CIFFA
    "Activity returned to normal Thursday at France's biggest container port, Le Havre, following a lightning strike Wednesday by the CGT port and dock workers' union in protest against the arrest of two of its members. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy causes turmoil in global sea freight
    source: TheGuardian
    Some vessels seized by authorities and creditors, with others refused entry to ports unload after South Korean company loses the support of banks. The bankruptcy of the Hanjin shipping line has thrown ports and retailers around the world into confusion, with giant container ships marooned and merchants worrying whether hundreds of tonnes of goods being carried by the South Korean company will reach shelves. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canadian PM hopes to spring 'spy' and save Canada's canola crop
    source: Shippingazette
    CANADIAN Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting China in hopes of springing a citizen accused of stealing state secrets but also hoping to save his nation's canola grain crop from a Chinese regulators who would shutdown the world's biggest export market for the commodity. Until the breakthrough, the Canadians say there has been no reply to a request for further information or comment from China's quarantine authority, which enacted the new restriction. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Obama sets out to save Trans-Pacific Partnership with Asian help
    source: Shippingazette
    US PRESIDENT Barack Obama will attempt to persuade the nation's trading partners during his forthcoming trip to Asia that he can still win congressional approval for a free-trade deal, say White House aides. "It can be massaged, changed, worked on during the next administration," Mr McConnell told the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. He previously said the Senate wouldn't consider the TPP before the election. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 1 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES  

     
    Frankfurt Flights Restart After Terminal Evacuation
    source: AirWise
    Flights were halted at Frankfurt airport on Wednesday morning after a security breach was caused by a woman who bypassed a security check. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Indian Unions Reject Government's Appeal To Drop Friday Strike
    source: CIFFA
    Indian trade unions are mobilizing against industrial reforms that would impact the country's ports and railways, as well as other industries. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Quay extension, dredging to be done at Abu Dhabi's Khalifa port
    source: Shippingazette
    IN the latest phase of expansion, the quay wall of Khalifa port in Abu Dhabi will be extended by 1,000 metres and the main channel and basin will be dredged to 18 metres from 16. "Building on recent growth at Khalifa port, we are future proofing our operations to ensure we can continue to attract the world's leading operators to use our world-class facilities that will see capesize vessels, the largest in the cargo industry, come directly into an Abu Dhabi port for the very first time." [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Hanjin board votes unanimously for bankruptcy after lenders abandon ship
    source: Shippingazette
    HANJIN Shipping, South Korea's biggest container shipping line, decided to apply for court receivership after lenders ended all support, reports Bloomberg News.South Korea's shipbuilders and shipping firms, which underpinned decades of economic growth, are reeling under debt after racking up losses amid a downturn caused by overcapacity and sluggish trade, forcing state banks to pick winners, Reuters reported.Hanjin's lead creditor, state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), said on Tuesday inadequate financial support from parent Hanjin Group to an ongoing debt restructuring plan forced creditor banks to pull the plug. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]\
     
    Port of Virginia refuses Hanjin cargo as result of carrier’s bankruptcy
    source: AJOT
    Norfolk – Effective immediately, The Port of Virginia will not be accepting any inbound Hanjin cargo (freight for export) at any of the port’s marine or intermodal terminals. The port, however, will accept empty Hanjin containers at the PPCY. Read more here
     
    Hanjin Ships Get Stranded in High Seas, Roiling Supply Chain
    source: AJOT
    Hanjin Shipping Co.’s vessels are getting stranded at sea after the South Korean container mover filed for court protection, roiling the supply chain of televisions and consumer goods ahead of the holiday season. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    China Delays New Canola Rules In Late Reprieve For Canada
    source: CIFFA
    China agreed on Wednesday to delay introducing stricter rules on canola shipments from Canada while both countries work to end a months-long trade spat, offering an eleventh hour temporary reprieve for Canada's farmers. One day before the new standard was due to go into force. Read more here
     
    Canada Post, Canadian Union of Postal Workers reach agreements
    source: CanadiaShipper
    OTTAWA, Ont.–Canada Post announced it has reached tentative short-term agreements with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Read more here

  • 31 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES  
     
    Air Cargo Security Amendments: Countdown to October 17th, 2016
    source: CIFFA
    New Air Cargo Security regulations come into force on October 17, 2016 - some seven weeks from now. Will we be ready? And by 'we' we mean shippers, trucking and warehouse operators, freight forwarders, ground handling agents and airlines. The short answer it seems is - no. Read more here
     
    Southwest, Pilots Reach 'Agreement In Principle' On New Contract
    source: CIFFA 
    Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), the union representing the carrier's 8,400 pilots, have reached an "agreement in principle" on a new contract, according to SWAPA. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    ANA Cancellations Continue As 787 Engines Replaced
    source: AirWise
    ANA has started removing some Boeing 787 Dreamliners from service for engine replacement and repair after finding faults on some of its Rolls-Royce engines. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    FMC Statement on Proposed Ocean Alliance Agreement
    source: CIFFA
    The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission voted in favor of requesting additional information from "The Ocean Alliance" parties. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Quarterly Trucking Transportation Market Update: Is the Party Over?
    source: LogisticsManagement
    Shippers are benefiting from temporary excess capacity in the truckload market, but analysts say this condition is temporary. The driver situation, increasing regulations, and inventory sell-offs all point to a tighter capacity situation in 2017 and beyond. It’s a buyer’s market right now in the trucking industry, particularly in the $320 billion truckload (TL) sector. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    CN Rail Holding Hanjin Cargo During a 24 Hour Pause
    source: CIFFA
    Today it was announced that Hanjin restructuring has fallen through. Read the Bloomberg article here

  • 30 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES  
     
    Canada Behind In The Use Of Canine For Air Cargo Security
    source: CIFFA
    The article "Find the bomb! Good boy! Man's best friend may be our best bet for staying safe" appeared in the Washington Post earlier this month demonstrates how man's best friend can help in staying safe. Read more here
     
    Sri Lanka's Colombo Airport to Partly Close for Maintenance in Early 2017
    source: CIFFA
    Sri Lanka's Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) will partially close between Jan. 6 and April 6, 2017, for maintenance work on its 3,350 meter-long main runway. The BIA partial closure will affect all flights. View the list of flight changes here
     
    Beyond e-AWB, it's time for air cargo to embrace digital technology
    source: Shippingazette
    THE air freight sector must now take the plunge into full supply chain digital technology well beyond adopting the electronic air waybills (e-AWB) that consumes attention today, says an e-commerce expert. And while the US is leading the way, other countries are expected to develop similar regimes. The development of e-commerce is another reason for companies to improve the sophistication of their systems and processes. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Port of Prince Rupert Begins Work On New Maintenance And Warehouse Complex
    source: CIFFA
    The Port of Prince Rupert announced Monday a $16 million dollar investment in a new maintenance and warehouse complex, with construction scheduled to begin in two weeks. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    U.S. DoT Proposes Speed Limiters For Large Commercial Vehicles
    source: CIFFA
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Friday August 26, 2016 that the Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) propose equipping heavy-duty vehicles with devices that limit their speeds on U.S. roadways, and requiring those devices be set to a maximum speed, a safety measure that could save lives and more than $1 billion in fuel costs each year. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    G20: Seven Steps To Sustained Economic Growth
    source: CIFFA
    The International Chamber of Commerce has put forward a set of business recommendations to help leaders of the world's major economies prepare for discussions on the world's most pressing economic policy challenges at next month's G20 Summit taking place Hangzhou, China. Read more here

  • 29 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES  
     
    Vienna Flights Disrupted Due To ATC Problems
    source: AirWise
    Flight data computer problems caused delays and cancellations to operations at Vienna Airport on Sunday. Read more here
     
    LAX Police Say Reports Of Gunfire A False Alarm
    source: AirWise
    Reports of gunfire at Los Angeles Airport turned out to be a false alarm after terminals were evacuated on Sunday night. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Transportation Safety Board releases findings of safety summit
    source: CanadianShipper
    GATINEAU, Que.–The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released the proceedings of the Transportation Safety Summit it held this spring. Read more here
     
    Maersk Notice - Anticipated Canada Postal Disruption
    source: CIFFA
    In preparation for an imminent work stoppage at Canada Post, Maersk is advising customers on alternative payment options to prevent any delay in payments being processed. In the event of this strike, Maersk is reminding customers that payments should not be sent via mail, as it would not be applied to customer accounts. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Rail freight news in brief
    source: RailwayGazette
    The first train from China to Afghanistan left Nantong in eastern China’s Jiangsu province on August 25.
    What is described as the first train from China to Afghanistan left Nantong in eastern China’s Jiangsu province on August 25, carrying 84 containers. It is scheduled to take 15 days to complete the journey to Hairatan via the Alataw Pass, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Read more here

  • 26 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES  
     
    Power Outage Halts Miami-Area Flights
    source: AirWise
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    A power outage at a regional ATC control room caused a temporary halt to flights into Miami and other area airports on Thursday. Read more here
     
    World airports show air freight recovering in richer countries
    source: Shippingazette
    WORLD airports saw cargo volumes increase 0.5 per cent in the first half as demand slowed in emerging markets and developing economies and signs of a recovery surfaced in advanced economies. Montreal-based Airports Council International (ACI) figures show the 0.5 per cent growth rate in global freight volumes comprised a 0.3 per cent increase in international freight and one per cent in domestic freight, reported London's Air Cargo News. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    OOCL Announces North Pacific Sailing Schedule Cancellation for October
    source: Shipping Gazette
    HONG KONG's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has announced the cancellation of transpacific sailing in anticipation of low demand in October.
    This will affect the North Pacific 3 (NP3) that was estimated to arrive at Qingdao on October 11 in Week 40 on EB, and ETA Vancouver on October 28 in Week 43 on WB.
    The service resumes with 6,310-TEU HLC Frankfurt Express (FAX) 042E/W: ETA Qingdao on October 17 in Week 41 on EB with an ETA at Vancouver on November 4 in Week 44 on WB.
     
    Another Hurdle for The Ocean Alliance
    source:  Lloyd’s Loading List
    Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission today voted in favor of requesting additional information from The Ocean Alliance parties.
    The Request for Additional Information (RFAI) effectively stops the clock on the agreement until such time as the filing parties answer the questions proposed in the RFAI. Once those questions are answered and filed with the Commission, a new 45-day clock commences.  Read more here
     
    ‘Predatory commercial strategies’ to blame for low freight rates
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    ‘Predatory’ pricing strategies by container lines are at least partly to blame for the low ocean freight rates of the past few months, with new data indicating that recent utilisation rates have been higher than last year.
    Container shipping analyst. Drewry this week said that carriers had been adapting to the current relatively low-growth environment, finding ways to improve ship utilisation on most trades despite the heavy influx of big new ships, through selective use of missed or void sailings in weak-demand months - and more intensive scrapping of smaller ships to free up space for cascading of ships to new lanes. [ Excerpted from Lloyds Loading List ]
     
    OOCL advisory: China's Zika Prevention Policy affects importers
    source: Shipping Gazette
    HONG KONG's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has issued an advisory that containers from areas affected by the Zika virus into China are subject to anti-mosquito treatment (disinfection) at the place of origin or at the discharging port in China.
    "Please note that carriers are not involved in this procedure and all related costs for the necessary treatment shall be borne by the customer," said the OOCL advisory. 
    As of August 22, the affected countries and regions published on the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) are: 
    In Africa, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau. In the Americas, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius, and Saba, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
    In the Pacific, American Samoa, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Vietnam. In southeast Asia, Indonesia and Thailand.
    "Please take note that the country list is subject to change by the Chinese authorities. For the most up-to-date list, please refer to the AQSIQ website and for the latest developments at the regional and port level, please refer to the local CIQ (China Inspection and Quarantine) offices. 
     
    Iran keen to participate in Nicaragua Canal project
    source: Splash 24/7
    The long dormant plan to build a canal through Nicaragua to rival the newly expanded Panama Canal could be revived. First mooted by a Beijing telecoms tycoon, Wang Jing, more than four years ago, the project has since gone quiet, on the back of environmental concerns and Wang’s financial concerns.  Read more here.

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Union Representing Canada Post Issues 72-Hour Strike Notice
    source: CIFFA
    The union representing a majority of workers at Canada Post has issued a 72-hour notice of job action as it tries to bargain a collective agreement with the Crown Corporation. Read more here
     
    Halifax Port Boom Tops All in North America
    source: CIFFA
    Container traffic at the Port of Halifax is spiking this year as it grabs a growing share of the market due to its newfound ability to receive bigger cargo ships coming through the new Suez and Panama Canals. Read more here
     
    Why Are Canada's Exports Tumbling? By Peter G. Hall, EDC
    source: CIFFA
    Let's call it as it is. Canada is hardly setting records on the international trade track these days. Far from it - we're actually digressing. Growth surged at the beginning of the year in line with expectations, but a swift U-turn dashed those hopes, and the news has been pretty gloomy since. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    China-North Korea border trade rebounds despite sanctions on North Korea
    source: Shippingazette
    TRADE activity between China and North Korea has "rebounded" in spite of the requirements of the United Nations Security Council sanctions and a drop in the prices of North Korean minerals, senior research fellow at the Sejong Institute, Lee Jong-seok, reported local news service CBS No Cut News. The flow of North Korean labourers into China has also increased, signalling the commitment of local Chinese authorities and businesses to employ North Korean labour for economic development, according to CBS. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 25 August 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES  
     
    Canadian ports maintain focus on widening horizons
    source: AJOT
    Canadian ports maintain focus on widening horizons
    Canada’s ports are spreading a wide net to help offset a slump in global commodity demand. Read more here
     
    Government, vessel owners fail to find solution to Bangladesh waterways strike
    source: BDNews
    A meeting between the government representatives and owners of vessels has ended without any solution to the ongoing waterways workers' strike that has grounded vessels on all major ports of Bangladesh. After Thursday's meeting, Labour Affairs Director FM Ashrafuzzaman, however, hoped a solution to the impasse would be found at the earliest. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Canadian Truck Driver Gap Widens
    source: CIFFA
    The Canadian for-hire trucking industry could be short up to 48,000 drivers by 2024, according to a new study prepared for the Canadian Trucking Alliance. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Notice of Labour Day (Sept. 5) Gate Closure at Fraser Surrey Docks 
    source: CIFFA
    Please note that Fraser Surrey Docks will not have any gate operations on Monday September 5th for the Labour Day holiday. Regular gate operations will recommence on Tuesday September 6th at 8:00 am. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Reminder CN Intermodal Gate Hours for Labour Day (September 5, 2016)
    source: CIFFA
    The CN intermodal gate hours for Labour Day (September 5, 2016) for Canada and the U.S. are posted here.  
     
    CDPQ Infra, CN enter agreement on tracks
    source: CanadianShipper
    MONTRÉAL, Que.– As part of its Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project update, CDPQ Infra said that it has entered into an agreement with CN. Read more here

  • 24 August 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES  
     
    East and west Panama shipping lanes out of service for repairs till Friday
    source: Shippingazette 
    THE west lane of Miraflores Panama Canal locks will be out of commission until Friday while dry chamber seal repairs on done on the Miter gates 106-107, 114-115, 118-199 and 122-123. The booking slot available through the auction process, as well as slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, and the slots for neopanamax vessels, will continue to be offered during this period. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]\
     
    Port of Long Beach releases 2015 pollution study
    source: AJOT
    Reveals impacts of terminal congestion on last year’s air quality
    Blue skies at the Port of Long BeachPollution around the Port of Long Beach has been dramatically cut over the last decade, however, according to the latest study, lingering effects from ships at anchor in early 2015 impacted air quality last year. Read more here. 
     
    Water Transport Workers' Strike Paralyses Bangladesh Ports
    source: CIFFA
    All major river All major river ports and at least one seaport in Bangladesh have been paralysed with the waterways workers going on a nationwide strike. Read more here. 

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    British truckers increase heavy goods vehicle efficiency 2.8pc in 2015
    source: Shippingazette
    BRITISH truckers achieved a 2.8 per cent improvement in heavy goods vehicle (HGV) efficiency last year, having already gained a 20 per cent increase in efficiency in the last 10 years, said a Department for Transport (DfT) report. The DfT road freight activity statistics for 2015 show the amount of goods transported on the UK's roads were up 12 per cent last year, but the logistics industry was able to achieve this with just a nine per cent increase in HGV use, reported Lloyd's Loading List. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    How Will Autonomous Trucks Affect the Freight and Road Haulage Sectors?  
    source: HandyShipping 
    What Are the Rules? What's the Best System? Camera vs Radar? Platoon vs Solo? Drivers' Hours? 
    To write an authoritative piece on the current stage of development and adoption of autonomous vehicles at this point would require a book rather than an article. Read more here. 
     
    Road, Rail Access To LA-LB Ports Fully Regained After Wildfire Disruption
    source: CIFFA 
    Truck and intermodal rail traffic in Southern California are back to normal after wildfires in San Bernardino County disrupted commercial and vehicular traffic for five days last week. Cargo-handling at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex had not been impacted by the fire. The fire was 89 percent contained, said a spokesperson for the San Bernardino National Forest, on Monday. [Excerpted from JOC Online]

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    CFIA Scheduled Network Maintenance, 24 August
    source: CIFFA
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be performing network maintenance on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 from 6:30AM to 7:00AM (EST). Consequently, the following service will be unavailable during this time:
    Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)
    If you require assistance or have any questions please contact the National Import Service Centre (NISC) at 1-800-835-4486.

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    US eco rule orders fuel efficient trucks into existence using aluminum
    source: Shippingazette
    NEW environmental regulations to boost fuel economy in US trucking by ordering more fuel efficient trucks into existence have been adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Already, the aluminum industry plans to work closely with manufacturers and suppliers on cost-effective vehicle mass reduction and freight efficiency solutions which can meet the new standards, starting with the 2018 model year. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    U.S Department of Agriculture's Service Update on Chinese Zika Requirements
    source: CIFFA
    Further to our ebulletins last week, the U.S Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service posted an update on August 19, 2016 on China's requirements for shipments from Zika-infected countries. The document include questions and answers, including information on goods trans-shipped through the U.S. Read more here

  • 23 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES 

    Bangladesh's forwarders call for more charter flights amidst capacity shortage
    source: Air Cargo News
    Bangladesh-based freight forwarders are calling for the government to speed up the approval of cargo charter flights as they face an airfreight capacity shortage.
    Bangladesh Freight Forwarders Association (BAFFA) director of public relations Nurul Amin, said that while some airlines were trying to operate ad-hoc charters, there was not enough capacity to cater for demand.He added that there are delays in getting permission and flights are operating with one-way traffic, making the cost of transport expensive.
    Mr. Nurul said the present capacity shortage was expected to last until mid-October, but there could be another peak in November ahead of the Christmas holiday.[ Excerpted from Air Cargo News]
     
    Flights Cancelled As Typhoon Hits Tokyo
    source: AirWise
    Hundreds of flights were cancelled at Tokyo airports on Monday as heavy rain caused by Typhoon Mindulle lashed the area. Read more here
     
    YVR lands Beijing Capital Airlines
    source: CanadianShipper
    RICHMOND, B.C.–Vancouver International Airport (YVR) announced that Beijing Capital Airlines (BCA) will begin service between Vancouver and Hangzhou, via Qingdao on December 30, 2016. The new, thrice-weekly service marks the first time Beijing Capital Airlines will fly to any destination in North America, said the release.
    The new route between YVR and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) via Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO) will be flown on an Airbus 330. [Excerpted from Canadian Shipper]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES  
     
    Mobile App To Improve Efficiency In Port Of Vancouver Supply Chain
    source: CIFFA
    The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority launched an innovative mobile app last week that brings real-time monitoring of port operations to users across the supply chain. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Hapag-Lloyd reports 'extremely high' VGM compliance - MSC reports 100pc
    source: Shippingazette
    THE controversial United Nations Verified Gross Mass (VGM) regulation that took effect July 1 now has Hapag-Lloyd reporting "extreme high" customer compliance and MSC reporting 100 per cent. But Hapag-Lloyd has also reported timely transmissions of VGM weight figures had resulted in the successful implementation of the UN's International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) amended Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) rules. While dire predictions proved unfounded of massive congestion caused by hold ups occasioned by independent weight "verification" - because there was none - time was still lost, in other areas, reported Lloyd's Loading List. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    India set to change ports policy
    source: Splash 24/ 7
    New Delhi is set to make some of the largest changes to its ports set-up in a generation. The shipping minister, Nitin Gadkari, outlined plans yesterday to scrap the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) a replace it with something that he described as a “simple to understand, transparent and business friendly”.  Read more here.

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Softened Global Economy and Market Fluctuations Contribute To Reduced Traffic Through Port of Vancouver
    source: CIFFA 
    A softened global economy, the weakened Canadian dollar, and some containerized cargo shifting back to United States ports following an extended labour disruption on the U.S. west coast last year are primary factors contributing to lighter than usual traffic through the Port of Vancouver, according to the port authority's 2016 mid-year statistics report released today. Read more here
     
    St. Lawrence Seaway fighting headwinds
    source: AJOT
    St. Lawrence Seaway fighting headwinds The St. Lawrence Seaway, the waterway that links the Atlantic Ocean to the industrial heartlands of Canada and the United States, is continuing to buck headwinds, with current shipping trends showing little improvement this year from 2015. [Excerpted from AJOT]

  • 22 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES 

    Aviation groups call for stricter enforcement of lithium battery rules
    source: Shippingazette
    GOVERNMENTS must strictly enforce laws against "rogue producers and exporters" and impose stiffer penalties on companies that put shipments of improperly tested batteries on cargo aircraft, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Growth of worldwide shipments of lithium-ion batteries is projected to average 20 per cent annually for the next decade or so after reaching about $16 billion last year. A lack of enforcement is leading to increasing pressure on airlines and regulators to unilaterally ban all lithium battery shipments by aircraft. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES  
     
    2016 Container Traffic Forecast Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert
    source: CIFFA
    In 2016, Ocean Shipping Consultants developed a container traffic forecast for the west coast of Canada. This report considered emerging global economic trends and data, and forecasted that container demand through the Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert would be 6.62 million twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) by 2030 (base case), with 5.93 million TEUs and 7.53 million TEUs as the low case and high case respectively. Read more here
     
    Santos Customs Strikes Bite Shippers, Liners Hard
    source: CIFFA
    "Strikes and slowdowns by Brazilian customs officers are causing chaos and losses for shippers and shipping lines of more than 8 million reais ($2.5 million), a figure that grows daily, according to the head of a local shipping agents' association. These slowdowns, which have taken place every Tuesday and Thursday for five weeks now, and occasional one-day strikes have caused around 2,000 import containers to be delayed every day as they await inspection. There are also delays for crew changes while overall safety has been affected for vessels waiting for clearance of key equipment." [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES  
     
    Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan talk of building railway from Europe and Asia
    source: Shippingazette
    DURING a joint visit to Azerbaijan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, have discussed ways to strengthen transport links, including a potential railway link through Azerbaijan that seeks take some share of the cargo that is being shipped via the Suez Canal. Russia would be able to use the new route to export goods to Asian markets and the Gulf region and it would provide a shorter passage for Iranian goods to northern and eastern Europe. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    ATA hopeful greenhouse gas emissions rules will not be too disruptive
    source: Shippingazette
    THE American Trucking Associations said it was hopeful that the 10-year phase-in period for the truck greenhouse gas emissions regulations would not be unduly disruptive to fleets and manufacturers. Since EPA and NHTSA announced the second round of standards for commercial trucks, engines and trailers in 2015, ATA has been evaluating their potential impacts and has been in constant dialogue with fleets, suppliers, and manufacturers to make sure that Phase 2 could be implemented. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    CN Intermodal Gate Hours For Monday Sept. 5th, 2016 Now Available
    source: CIFFA
    CN intermodal gate hours for Labour Day holiday, Monday September 5, 2016 is now available. The gate hours can be found at Canada - Intermodal Holiday Gate Hours (PDF) 
     
    Freight train derailment a ‘wake-up call’ on rail safety, councillor says
    source: TheStar
    Human error is being blamed for a freight train derailment in the heart of Toronto Sunday morning that had crews scrambling to contain a diesel fuel leak. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canada, Northwest Territories launch project protecting northern roads
    source: CanadianShipper
    YELLOWKNIFE, NWT–The Honourable Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport, along with Wally Schumann; the Northwest Territories’ Transportation Minister, and Michael McLeod; Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, have launched the second phase of the Northwest Territories (NWT) Transportation Monitoring Program and the extension of research activities along established test sites. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    ZIKA Fumigation Requirements for U.S. Cargo to China
    source: AJOT
    A notice has been issued from Leon Skarshinski, Commercial Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Embassy of the United States of America in Beijing, China - who has announced the conclusion of a meeting with China AQSIQ DG and senior staff regarding the mosquito fumigation requirement for U.S. originating cargo. Read more here

  • 19 August 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES 

    Hapag Lloyd Reports ‘Extremely High’ VGM Compliance Rate
    source: Lloyds Loading ListHapag-Lloyd has reported “extremely high” compliance rates saying customers’ efforts and timely transmissions had resulted in the successful implementation of the IMO’s amended SOLAS rules.
     
    To ensure the required data quality, it reminded customers that they needed to declare an accurate weight, including the tare weight, stressing that Hapag-Lloyd would not add the tare weight. It also said customers needed to make sure that the verification signature includes the name of the responsible person, adding: “For the sake of clarity abbreviations, numbers or signs should not be used.
     
    The line also stressed the need for customers to submit their VGM on time, recommending that customers send the VGM as soon as their container is packed and sealed.[Excerpted from Lloyd’s Loading List]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES  
     
    Uber Invests in Self-Driving Trucks
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    Uber Technologies is putting its capital and research capabilities behind self-driving trucks by acquiring US trucking technology specialist Ottomotto, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)reported today.
     
    The WSJ said the deal worth around $680 million promised to accelerate the push toward autonomous technology in trucking. [Excerpted from Lloyd’s Loading List]

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Halifax first half boxes soar 19.6pc, posts biggest gain in North America
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Port of Halifax has posted a 19.6 per cent year-on-year increase in the first half container volume - the biggest gain recorded by any North American port this year, reported Halifax Chronicle Herald. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Suezmax makes historic transit across the Panama Canal
    source: Splash24/7
    On a day where suezmax tankers were trading on the Baltic Exchange time charter market for less than $1,000 there was one cause for celebration. The Greek tanker Aegean Unity yesterday became the first suezmax to cross the expanded Panama Canal. Read more here

  • 18 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     

    Tighten up Enforcement or Face Battery Ban, Says Freight Industry

    source: Air Cargo News

    Freight industry and manufacturing groups have written to governments worldwide to demand stricter enforcement of international regulations on the transport of lithium batteries.  Read more here


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES 

    CMA CGM Begins Consolidating Different Brands
    source: CIFFA 
    Ocean carrier CMA CGM will consolidate the existing transpacific businesses of its ANL and US Lines brands between North America and Asia under the APL brand. Marseille, France-based CMA CGM acquired a majority of Neptune Orient Lines, the Singapore-based parent company of APL, earlier this year. On or around Sept. 1, NOL will be delisted from the Singapore stock exchange and be 100 percent owned by CMA CGM. "At that time, CMA CGM will begin to consolidate certain operations under its various brands worldwide," the companies said in a petition with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).
     
    Asian Ports Need New Investment, Say Analysts
    source: The Loadstar
    Declining freight volumes and reconfigured container vessel deployments may give Asia’s ports time to regroup, say industry analysts, who add that investment in infrastructure is badly needed.  Read more here.  

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES  
     
    CN Update for Montreal (Taschereau) Terminal Flooding
    Source: CIFFA 
    CN has advised that as of mid-afternoon Wednesday: "They are now completely fluid at the gate, pump trucks are picking up the remaining water left under the overpass."
     
    Passenger Trains Increasingly Used to Transport Urgent Shipments
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    The number of time-critical biological samples carried on passenger trains in the UK has increased by 100% over the last 12 months, with other urgent products including documents, auto parts, and perishables also using the new specialist freight transport system.  Read more here.  
     
    CP Seeks Supply Chain Collaboration to Move 2016-17 Grain Crop
    source: Canadian Shipper
    CALGARY, Alta.–Canadian Pacific said it is well-positioned and ready to move this year’s western Canadian grain crop, which is forecast to be significantly bigger than the five-year average, to market.  Read more here


    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Sweden Still Wants 'Invasive Species' Ban On Canada-U.S. Lobster
    source: CIFFA 
    Sweden is not backing away from its campaign to ban the import of live lobsters into the European Union, arguing a "precautionary approach" justifies its claim that the presence of North American lobsters in European waters constitutes an invasive species risk.
     
    In late July, the Swedish agency issued its rebuttal to Canadian and U.S. scientists who have dismissed its risk assessment as unscientific, unjustified and in one instance "absurd." 


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Floods in Bangladesh hit perishables, reducing vegetable exports by half
    source: Shipping Gazette
    FLOODS in Bangladesh have damaged crops in most of the vegetable growing districts, resulting in vegetable shipments out of Dhaka airport falling to 70-80 tonnes daily, down from 150-180 tonnes, says Bangladesh Fruits, Vegetables and Allied Products Exporters' Association chief Mohammed Mansur.

    Vegetable exports have been hit since the first week of June, when the floodwaters first ravaged the crops. As of last week crops on 12,500 hectares in 23 districts have been inundated, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).  [Excerpted from Shipping Gazette]

  • 17 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
     
    July Air Cargo Traffic in China Hints at a Recovery Set for Take Off
    source: The Loadstar
    The Asia-Pacific air cargo market appears to be on the mend, judging from traffic numbers reported from airlines and airports in the region for July, especially the all-important Chinese market. Read more here
     
    e-AWB preferred at Geneva station effective Oct. 1: AC Cargo
    source: CanadianShipper
    MONTREAL, Que.– Air Canada Cargo announced that electronic air waybill (e-AWB) will become the preferred method of shipping cargo at its Geneva station (GVA), effective October 1, 2016. Read more here
     
    Beijing Capital Airlines Schedules Vancouver Debut In December 2016
    source: CIFFA
    Beijing Capital Airlines this month has filed planned operational schedule for its debut to Canada. Based on the schedule listing as well as recent approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency, the airline will operate Hangzhou - Qingdao - Vancouver route from December 30, 2016, 3 times a week. 

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES 

    Worker shortage a reality for Prince Rupert and Port Edward: study
    source: CanadianShipper
    VANCOUVER, B.C.–Employers in Prince Rupert and Port Edward will have to develop strategies to increase labour participation rates to avoid shortages in the light industrial, retail and hospitality sectors as workers choose more high-paying jobs in the region, according to a new study released by the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table. Read more here
     
    Northwest Seaport Alliance Launches Program To Extend Terminal Gate Times Through Peak Season
    source: CIFFA
    The Northwest Seaport Alliance will reimburse up to $2 million to extend gate hours at its international container terminals during peak season.  Read more here
     
    Mixed fortunes for Californian container ports
    source: LloydsLoadingList
    CALIFORNIA’s container port majors Long Beach and Los Angeles, comprising the largest box complex in the US and North America, have reported rather mixed fortunes in their respective throughput figures at the start of the peak season. [Excerpted from Lloyds Loading List].

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Worker Shortage a Reality for Prince Rupert and Port Edward: Study
    source: Canadian Shipper
    VANCOUVER, B.C.–Employers in Prince Rupert and Port Edward will have to develop strategies to increase labour participation rates to avoid shortages in the light industrial, retail and hospitality sectors as workers choose more high-paying jobs in the region, according to a new study released by the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table.  Read more here.  

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Three Reasons Why Global Maritime Trade Will Reach its Peak
    source: Shipping Today
    Maritime transport is driven by what people consume, where things are produced and the energy that is needed for all this. In all three areas, we might be reaching a peak: shipping could be confronted with peak consumption, peak trade and peak fossil fuels.  Read more here.  

  • 16 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Governments Must Clamp Down on Rogue Lithium Battery Shippers
    source: CIFFA
    IATA partnered with leaders of the lithium battery supply chain to demand stricter enforcement of international regulations regarding the transport of lithium batteries. Read more here
     
    Airlines 'barking up the wrong tree' and not ready to take advantage of e-commerce boom
    source: TheLoadStar
    Airlines are in danger of missing the bus on e-commerce. Some may not even know where the bus station is, carriers were warned this week. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES 

    Panama Canal draft increases to 13.41 metres from 11.74
    source: Shippingazette
    THE maximum draft permitted for neopanamax vessels to pass through the Panama Canal has been raised to 13.41 metres in tropical fresh water (TFW) based on the current water level of the Gatun Lake and forecast weather conditions in the near term.Read more here
     
    Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding to expand into Zayed Port
    source: Splash 24/7
    A new ship repair facility with a ‘floating’ dry dock is to be opened at Zayed Port in the UAE after the facility’s operator, Abu Dhabi Ports, signed a long-term contract with Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB). Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Softwood Lumber Dispute To Get Summer Study At Trade Committee
    source: CIFFA
    The long-running softwood lumber dispute is set to get a special hearing in Ottawa as MPs on the trade committee plan to reconvene this week. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Singapore to host IATA's 2016 WFS September 19 at Marina Bay Sands
    source: Shippingazette
    THE International Air Transport Association's (IATA) 2016 World Financial Symposium (WFS) will focus on building high performing financial organisations, adding a fifth strategic pillar to the Industry aiming at achieving sustained airline financial health. Read more here

  • 15 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Delta Operations Return To Normal After Last Week's Power Outage
    source: CIFFA
    Delta Air Lines says its flight operations returned to normal Friday after customers faced cancellations and delays last week as a result of a power outage in Atlanta on Monday morning. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    2 Terminals At JFK Airport Resuming Operations After Reports Of Shots Fired
    source: CIFFA
    Two terminals at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport are resuming normal operations Monday morning after reports of shots fired prompted evacuations and grounded and diverted flights. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Lufthansa, Pilots Union Pay Talks Fail
    source: AirWise
    Talks between Lufthansa and its pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit have ended with no agreement reached. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES 

    U.S. West Coast Longshoremen To Begin Contract Extension Talks With Employers
    source: CIFFA
    Delegates from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) who met in San Francisco last week for a caucus, voted Thursday to have the union enter into discussions with representatives of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to discuss a contract extension. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    China ups anti-Zika measures for inbound boxes
    source: Splash 24/7
    China, where one in two containers in the world transit, is upping its anti-Zika measures in a move that could slow down supply chains in and out of the world’s manufacturing powerhouse. Read more here
     
    3,000 jobs lost in S Korea with shipbuilding industry in crisis
    source: TheLoadStar
    At least 3,000 employees who worked for South Korea’s three largest shipbuilders quit their jobs in the first half of the year, as the industry underwent extensive restructuring to cope with global oversupply and low demand amid a general economic slowdown, the companies said Sunday. Read more here

  • 12 August 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    China ups anti-Zika measures for inbound boxes
    source: Splash 24/7
    China, where one in two containers in the world transit, is upping its anti-Zika measures in a move that could slow down supply chains in and out of the world’s manufacturing powerhouse. Read more here
     
    Container shipping rates sink yet again, despite start of 'peak season'
    source: TheLoadStar
    Spot container shipping rates fell across all the main container trades this week as carriers released a set of half-year financial results that almost uniformly showed the industry operating at a loss. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES 

    Saskatchewan urges rail companies to prepare for “larger than average” crop
    source: CanadianShipper
    REGINA, Sask.–The Saskatchewan government is urging rail companies to be prepared to deal with a larger than average crop this year. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES 

    New Normal, or Not? By Peter G. Hall, EDC
    source: CIFFA
    Dismal' is no longer the exclusive moniker of economists. The label can now be attached to the popular media, to pundits of all stripes, maybe even to those in the religious realm with an apocalyptic bent - and increasingly, to the general public. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Up to 52 tonnes of diesel spilled from grounded Transocean rig
    source: Splash24/7
    The Transocean Winner rig which ran aground Monday night on the Scottish isle of Lewis might have spilled as much as 52 tonnes of fuel, according to Hugh Shaw, the UK government’s representative for maritime and salvage. Read more here
     
    Reinventing the Freight Industry
    source: Forbes
    There have been several articles published on the trucking industry that describe the money flowing into startup firms that are looking to disrupt the freight industry the way that Uber disrupted the taxi industry. Read more here

  • 11 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Brussels Airport Operating Normally After Bomb Threats
    source: AirWise
    Two Scandinavian Airlines planes were involved in bomb threats on Wednesday as they flew to Brussels' Zavantem Airport. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Global Container Port Traffic Growth To Remain Flat
    source: CIFFA
    Global container traffic likely will grow by just 0.3 percent this year, the second-slowest growth rate since 2009, when volume shrank by 8.3 percent in the wake of the global financial crisis, according to Alphaliner. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Shippers Hold The High Ground In Logistics Partnerships, But Disruption Is Coming, Report Finds
    source: CIFFA
    Shippers are calling the shots with logistics providers and carriers are facing downward pricing pressure - however, imminent disruption could change the landscape in fundamental ways. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES 

    Drone Delivery Canada to collaborate with Canadian retailer on last mile solution
    source: CanadianShipper
    TORONTO, Ont.– Drone Delivery Canada has entered into an agreement with a Canadian retailer, unnamed at this time, whereby the two organizations will explore a collaboration to introduce drone delivery services within the retailer’s logistics model.Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Dubai to bid to host FIATA World Congress 2020
    source: Shippingazette 
    PLANS to win the FIATA (Federation Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimiles) World Congress 2020 bid were discussed at a recent high-level meeting in Dubai. Read more here

  • 10 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Delta To Cancel 90 Flights On Wednesday
    source: AirWise
    Delta cancelled 775 flights on Tuesday as it moved towards normal operations after the power outage that caused system-wide disruption. Read more here
     
    KLM Pilots Union Threatens Legal Action
    source: AirWise
    The Dutch Airline Pilots Association VNV has threatened to take KLM to court if the airline doesn't implement an agreement on pensions. Read more here
     
    Ailing air cargo market calls for new flight patterns
    source: JOC
    These are challenging times for the air cargo industry. On one hand there are large customers like Amazon who are setting up their own air cargo operations and on the other very few air cargo airlines are profitable because of incessant price wars on key routes and a general slump in world trade. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Port of Philadelphia welcomes its first neopanamax of 8,800 TEU
    source: Shippingazette
    THE first of the new neopanamaxes called the Port of Philadelphia to begin a new phase of transport along the Delaware River, says the American Journal of Transportation.Read more here
     
    Maersk Line quits 10 ports in China
    source: Splash24/7
    Maersk Line will cease services to and from 10 Chinese ports in what is thought to be an effort to reduce costs and focus on more profitable ports, reports say. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    Russia and Iran plan rail link to snag share of Suez traffic
    source: TheLoadStar
    Azerbaijan is cementing its aim to become a major transport hub after offering to pay half the funding needed to extend Iran’s rail network to the Azeri border, to link with Russia.Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    China builds hardened aircraft shelters in South China Sea
    source: WashingtonTimes
    Photos released Monday show China is making progress on building several dozen hardened shelters for military aircraft on disputed islands in the South China Sea that China claims are sovereign territory. Read more here
     
    CBP Informed Compliance Letters Cause for Audit Concern
    source: CIFFA
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection is increasing its enforcement efforts by targeting importers it suspects may have compliance deficiencies. [Exerpted from CIFFA]

  • 9 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    ANA Schedules Canadian Charter Slights Starting in September 2016
    source: CIFFA
    ANA announced that it plans to operate a number of charter flights to Canada, in conjunction with Japanese tour operators using a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, the planned charter flights as follow.
     
    September 28, 2016
    Nagoya Chubu > Montreal
    NH1982 NGO1140 - 1050YUL 777
     
    October 3, 2016
    Osaka Kansai > Toronto > Nagoya Chubu
    NH1984 KIX1140 - 1055YYZ 777
    NH1981 YYZ1500 - 1740+1NGO 777
     
    October 8, 2016
    Montreal > Sapporo Chitose> Osaka Kansai
    NH1983 YUL1305 - 1500+1CTS1655+1 - 1910+1KIX 777
     
    LATAM Brasil Ends Toronto Service Starting in September 2016
    source: CIFFA 
    LATAM Airlines Brasil announced this week it is ending service to Canada on/after October 1, 2016. The carrier currently operates Sao Paulo Guarulhos - New York JFK - Toronto routing twice a week, with a Boeing 767 aircraft.
     
    Existing schedule as follow.
    JJ8102 GRU2205 - 0710+1JFK1110+1 - 1255+1YYZ 763 24
    JJ8103 YYZ1550 - 1745JFK2150 - 0900+1GRU 763 35
     
    Overall frequencies on Sao Paulo - New York sector remains unchanged at 10 weekly level for the month of October 2016.
     
    Delta Flight Cancellations Continue
    source: AirWise
    Delta said it was cancelling nearly 250 flights on Tuesday as it works to restore operations after a power loss that caused extensive disruption to its flights worldwide.Read more here
     
    Cargo XML Standard to be Accepted by U.S. CBP
    source: CIFFA
    IATA announced Monday that IATA's Cargo-XML messaging standard will be utilized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (US-CBP) to collect advance cross-border data on US export shipments. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Hamburg Sud USEC-SAWC loop moves to Staten Island from NJ terminal
    source: CIFFA
    Hamburg Sud is changing terminals on their United States East Coast to South America West Coast service from Global Container Terminal in Bayonne, NJ to GCT Terminal in Staten Island, NY. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Russia invites China to invest in its shipyards
    source: Splash 24/7
    [...]“We are proposing our Chinese colleagues to contribute to the development of our shipbuilding in the [Russian] Far East. We are interested in attracting Chinese partners,” Andrei Denisov,  Russia’s ambassador to China, told Sputnik. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Minister Announces Initiatives to Deepen Commercial Relationship With ASEAN's Fast-Growing Economies
    source: CIFFA
    August 8, 2016 - At the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Ministers meeting, Canada and ASEAN launched an annual trade policy dialogue, a forum to discuss greater trade liberalization, increased commercial cooperation, and measures to reduce barriers to trade. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Closure of Chinese Factories in the Shanghai Area for G20 Summit, Fuels Delay Warnings
    source: CIFFA
    The order by the Chinese government for 255 Shanghai-based industrial facilities to shut down ahead of the G20 Summit on September 4-6, is prompting warnings on potential delays to shipments originating in the Shanghai area. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    NAFTA Trade Falls for 17th Straight Month
    source: American Shipper
    The total value of cross-border trade between the United States and its partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Canada and Mexico continued its decline in May 2016.
    NAFTA freight value slipped 3.1 percent to $89.8 billion for the month compared with May 2015 after dropping 3.2 percent year-over-year in April, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).  Read more here

  • 8 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Delta Flights To Restart After Computer Outage
    source: AirWise
    Delta Air Lines said that a ground stop has been lifted and limited departures are resuming following a power outage that caused delays and flight cancellations worldwide.Read more here
     
    American Airlines, Unions Agree Ground Staff Pay Deal
    source: AirWise
    American Airlines and the TWU-IAM Association union alliance have agreed an interim deal that will increase wages for 30,000 ground staff. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    MSC Alexandra damaged in Singapore Strait collision
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    Mediterranean Shipping Company’s 14,000teuMSC Alexandra was significantly damaged in a collision incident in the Singapore Strait late last week.MSC Alexandra was sailing under the Panama flag on its Jade Service toward Asia when it was in collision with a very large crude carrier (VLCC) at approximately 23.55 (local time) last Thursday.
    [Excerpted from Lloyds Loading List]
     
    Drewry expects more mergers among container terminal operators
    source: Shippingazette
    GLOBAL container port demand is anticipated by Drewry to rise by less than three per cent annually over the next five years, with projections softened mainly due to the slowdown in China's exports. Read more here
     
    Logistics could save $200bn a year with India's GST
    source: TheLoadStar
    The proposal by the Indian government to replace myriad state taxes with a nationwide goods and services tax has been lauded as potentially having the same kind of impact as the creation of a common market in Europe – doing away with a whole lot of bureaucracy and inefficiency and allowing economic growth to flourish through lower logistics costs.Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    Rail freight news in brief
    source: RailWayGazette
    Central Maine & Quebec Railway has taken delivery of the first of eight EMD GP38-3 locomotives which are being modernised by Cad Railway Industries. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Canadian International Merchandise Trade for June 2016
    source: CIFFA
    Canada's imports increased 0.8% to $45.0 billion in June. Import volumes were up 0.7% and prices rose 0.2%. Exports increased 0.6% to $41.4 billion, as prices were up 2.0%, while volumes fell 1.4%. As a result, Canada's merchandise trade deficit with the world widened from $3.5 billion in May to a record $3.6 billion in June. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    TAPA warns of ‘big increase’ in cargo thefts
    source: Air Cargo News
    Cargo crimes in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region continue to grow in frequency, according to the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) Incident Information Service (IIS) database. Read more here

  • 5 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Second Runway Reopens At Dubai Airport
    source: AirWise
    Normal runway operations have resumed at Dubai Airport after the wreckage of the crashed Emirates Boeing 777 was removed and the runway reopened. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Shipping lines lay-up box ships to increase freight rates during peak season
    source: Shipping Gazette
    IN an attempt to drive up freight rates and load factors, container shipping lines are idling vessels of all sizes during the current peak shipping season. Read more here.  
     
    What does an expanded Panama Canal actually mean for global trade?
    source: Splash24/7
    Every time I think about the Panama Canal, I cannot resist wondering what the international shipping would look like if there was no physical way of sending the ships through the canal so conveniently placed between the large land masses of continental Americas. Read more here
     
    Jurong Port starts operations of combi terminal in Singapore
    source: Lloyd'sListing
    SINGAPORE-based Jurong Port has launched a new terminal to cater to multipurpose vessels carrying containers and general cargo. Read more here
     
    Megatrends in ocean freight
    source: LogisticsManagement
    You might be expecting a timely column on ocean trade with insight into the new weighing requirements and how shippers are struggling to meet the new IMO rules.Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    PierPass fee hike complaints attract FMC attention
    source: Lloyd'sListing
    THE Federal Maritime Commission and shippers using the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have expressed concerns over the effectiveness and transparency of the PierPass extended-gate programme ahead of a 1.9% increase in the programme’s fees.Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    CBSA - Port of Windsor Notice Retracted
    source: CIFFA
    The CBSA has advised that the notice in Tuesday's eBulletin "CBSA - Port of Windsor Now Accepting Electronic RMD Packages for Goods Arrived in Canada but Not Cleared" has been retracted by the CBSA and commercial processing protocols returned as they were prior to this memo being issued at the Port of Windsor. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Customs brokers face risk of fraud charges for giving advice: insurer
    source: Shipping Gazette
    CUSTOMS brokers can be exposed to legal liability and accused of negligence if not fraud for providing advice to customers, say British TT Club insurers.  Read more here.  

  • 4 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Air France Counts Cost As Cabin Crew Strike Ends
    source: CIFFA
    Air France flights were due to return to near normal levels on Wednesday as the seven-day strike by cabin crew ended, but unions raised the prospect of further industrial action. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Demand for Air Cargo Picks up in June
    source: CIFFA
    IATA released data for global air freight demand in June 2016 showing a rise in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) of 4.3% year-on-year. [Excerpted from CIFFA] 

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Terminals in Ports of L.A., Long Beach move chassis rule to September 1
    source: CanadianShipper
    LONG BEACH, Calif.–The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) has extended the implementation date of a new tariff rule for chassis services by one month until September 1. Read more here
     
    Hapag-Lloyd announces Americas Service Terminal Change
    source: AJOT
    Hapag-Lloyd announced a terminal change for the USW service at the Port of New York from GCT Bayonne to NYCT-Staten Island (GCT New York).Last USW sailing for GCT Bayonne:
    Limari voyage 0155N
    ETA September 8, 2016
    First USW sailing for NYCT-Staten Island:
    LOA voyage 0148N
    ETA September 15, 2016
    Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    New rule proposed to allow shippers to switch U.S. railways
    source: CanadianShipper
    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Shippers will be allowed to switch cargo among large railways if there’s reasonable access to competing tracks, under a proposed rule from the US Surface Transportation Board (STB). Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Australian Immigration and Border Workers Plan 24hrs Strike August 12
    source: CIFFA
    Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection workers are planning to strike for a day, affecting travellers and freight nationally. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    FTA backs Home Affairs Committee report after night of violence in Calais
    source: FTA
    Following a night of violence which saw a truck driver threatened with a chainsaw, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is backing a Home Affairs Select Committee report calling on the Government to maintain juxtaposed border controls at Calais to protect the UK against terrorism and criminal gangs.  Read more here.   
     
    China's July factory activity unexpectedly dips on softer orders and flooding
    source: The Loadstar
    Bad news from China. Manufacturing shrank in July, as demand dwindled and flooding affected output. Analysts are concerned that the trend could continue unless the government boosts spending. Read more here
     
    Why Forecast Accuracy Alone Can’t Solve Service Level Problems
    source: SupplyChainBrief
    In recent blogs we’ve discussed the importance of forecast accuracy. But forecast accuracy alone can’t solve inventory issues—particularly in the long tail where a zero forecast for slow-moving items renders WMAPE forecast error essentially meaningless.Read more here

  • 3 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Emirates update on flight delays and cancellations
    source: AirCargoNews
    Emirates expects operations at Dubai International Airport to resume at "approximately at 1830 local time", following the crash landing of a Boeing 777 passenger aircraft belonging to the airline at the Middle East hub this morning. Read more here.
     
    Air France Counts Cost As Cabin Crew Strike Ends
    source: AirWise
    Air France flights are due to return to near normal levels on Wednesday as the seven-day strike by cabin crew ended, but unions raised the prospect of further industrial action. Read more here
     
    US Customs delays air cargo security rule-making again
    source: AmericanShipper
    Making it mandatory for airlines and freight forwarders to file advanced information about cargo loaded onto aircraft bound for the United States seemed like a foregone conclusion several years ago, but U.S.  Read more here
     
    Demand for global air freight picks up in June 2016: IATA
    source: BusinessStandard
    Global air freight demand rises at 14-months high pace of 4.3% in June 2016. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Santos Shipper Woes Mount As Fog Again Closes Harbor
    source: CIFFA
    Record fog is delaying shipments at South America's busiest port of Santos, Brazil, adding to other woes shippers are coping with, including from customs slowdowns and a recurring labor dispute between terminal operators and dockworkers. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Business leaders urge LA/LB dockers to start early labour talks
    source: Shippingazette
    US WEST coast dockers, who're among the most highly paid blue-collar workers in the United States, are to decide next month whether to enter labour talks three years before their contract expires. Read more here
     
    Pokémon GO and the world of container shipping as we knew it
    source: Splash 24/7
    Rahul Kapoor, head of Drewry Financial Research Services, tries to decipher the effects of the evolving consumer psyche and how the traditional GDP to container trade model is so last century.  Read more here
     

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    Trucking too complex to be 'Uber-ised', claims new report
    source: TheLoadStar
    The ‘Uber’ model will not work for trucking, according to a new report by Armstrong & Associates. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    IMPORTANT - CBSA eManifest Deconsolidation Notice Scenarios Walkthrough Q&A Documents
    source: CIFFA
    As a reminder it is very important that forwarders, terminal operators, airline ground handling operators, warehouse operators (especially CW), and rail carriers get the eManifest notices and critically important they get "Deconsolidation Notices".[Excerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    China Orders 255 Shanghai Industrial Facilities To Shut For G20
    source: CIFFA
    China ordered at least 255 Shanghai-based industrial facilities, including part of a major oil refinery operated by Sinopec Corp, to shut for 14 days to reduce pollution ahead of the G20 summit. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Concerns raised over fraud issues faced byforwarders
    source: LloydsListing
    The balancing act for forwarders and customs brokers between providing services to clients and complying with their customs obligations is becoming increasingly complicated due to heightened competition and changing international trade regulations, freight insurance and risk management specialist TT Club has warned.  Read more here
     
    WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement gains two members
    source: AmericanShipper
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) said Peru and Saudi Arabia have become the latest members to ratify the global trade body’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).  Read more here.  

  • 2 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Typhoon Nida Hits Hong Kong, Flights Cancelled
    source: AirWise
    Typhoon Nida battered Hong Kong on Tuesday morning, disrupting hundreds of flights and causing train and ferry cancellations, with low-lying areas put on flood alert. Read more here
     
    Atlas Air shareholders could lose out in one-sided aircraft deal with Amazon, while Atlas executives stand to gain millions
    source: The Loadstar
    It has been revealed that Amazon has the right to cancel the aircraft CMI deal agreed with Atlas Air at just 180 days’ notice, in terms that will surely be questioned by investors at next week’s earnings call.  Read more here
     
    Xiamen Airlines touches down in Canada for the first time
    source: CanadianShipper
    RICHMOND, B.C.–Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has celebrated the inaugural flight of Xiamen Airlines to North America. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Better late than never, say forwarders as shippers launch surcharge campaign
    source: The Loadstar
    Freight forwarders have responded to this week’s demand by shippers for an end to surcharges, claiming it is a call they have already made. Read more here
     
    Shipping cycles and trick cycles
    source: Splash24/7
    The editor asked for my thoughts on the idea that the ‘shipping cycle’ might become a thing of the past, thanks to improvements in our ability to process data. Read more here
     
    Port Saint John and DP World Enter Long-Term Lease for Operation of West Side Container Terminal
    source: CIFFA
    On Thursday, Port Saint John officials announced a lease agreement with global trade enabler DP World for the operation of its container terminal, the largest private sector investment in the port in decades. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    China’s ratification of the United Nations TIR Convention opens prospects for new international trade routes
    source: CanadianShipper
    GENEVA, Switz.–China has taken a key step towards the development of international economic corridors with its regional trading partners and the rest of the world with the ratification of the United Nations TIR Convention. Read more here
     
    Iran's big plans on corridors, railways and transportation
    source: Sawya
    Plans and policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways in the Hassan Rouhani Administration are focused on establishing new routes, especially the routes which complete corridors, Hossein Ashoori, vice president of operation and international transportation of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways told Trend. Read more here
     
    Peru, Saudi Arabia Ratify Trade Facilitation Agreement
    source: CIFFA
    Peru and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have ratified the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). [Excerpted from CIFFA]

  • 1 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    IAG Trims Growth Plans Further After Brexit Vote
    source: AirWise
    IAG has further trimmed growth plans for 2016 and given a cautious outlook for annual earnings due to weaker trading and the slump in sterling after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Read more here
     
    FROM MAGAZINE: Air cargo industry in Brazil gears up for the Olympic challenge
    source: StatTimes
    With the Rio Olympics 2016 just around the corner, preparations are going on in right earnest across the host country – Brazil. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Panama Canal lock lane to close 3 days, another for 12 hours
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Panama Canal's west lane of Miraflores Locks will be out of service for three days from 10pm Tuesday, August 2 until 10pm Friday, reports GAC Hot Port News. Read more here
    GROUND AND RAILUPDATES
     
    New rule proposed to allow shippers to switch US railways
    source: Shippingazette
    SHIPPERS will be allowed to switch cargo among large railways if there's reasonable access to competing tracks, under a proposed rule from the US Surface Transportation Board (STB), reports Bloomberg. Read more here
     
    Rail freight news in brief
    source: RialWayGazette
    CSX has launched the Queen City Express service between the Port of Wilmington and CSX’s intermodal terminal in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more here
     
    Digital Freight Matching - Why "Uber for Trucking" is a Misnomer
    source: PRNewswire
    WEST ALLIS, Wis., July 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A report published Friday by Armstrong & Associates, Inc. (A&A) highlights the inaccuracy of the term "Uber for Trucking." Read more here

  • 27 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Terror attacks, strikes and rising costs giving AF-KLM Cargo a bumpy flight
    source: The Loadstar
    Restructuring at Air France-KLM Cargo has started to take effect, despite a weak market and overcapacity, the group said today, as it also announced the cancellation of some 10% of AF long-haul flights due to strike action.  Read more here.  
     
    Air France Cabin Crew Start Week Long Strike
    source: Airwise
    A week-long strike by cabin crew at Air France has caused the cancellation of around 13 percent of the carrier’s flights planned for Wednesday.
    For Thursday, the airline will cancel around 30 percent of short and medium-haul flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle, while keeping around 90 percent of long-haul flights running. Around 80 percent of domestic flights will also operate, it said.  Read more here.  
     
    US airlines win nod to operate day-time flights to Tokyo's Haneda
    source: Shippingazette
    FOUR US airlines - American, Delta, Hawaiian and United - have received provisional approval from US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to launch new daytime services to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport. Read more here
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    OOCL interim results highlight industry's poor financial performance
    source: Lloyds Listing
    Orient Overseas Container Line's (OOCL) interim results serve to highlight the poor financial performance of the container shipping industry currently.  Read more here.   
     
    ‘We’ll not entertain the rate reduction’: Gerry Wang remains firm on Hanjin charters
    source: Splash 24/7
    Gerry Wang, the head of Seaspan Corp, has firmly reiterated his stance that he will not budge in charter renegotiations with South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping. Read more here
     
    Maersk-MSC cuts ports on Asia-Europe route by deploying mega ships
    source: Shipping Gazette
    THE Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and Maersk Line will reduce the number of direct port calls across their Asia-North Europe network. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAILUPDATES
     
    CN declares dividend as profit off 3pc to US$649 million and revenue falls 9pc
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Canadian National Railway's second quarter net profit declined 3.1 per cent year on year to C$858 million (US$649 million), drawn on quarterly revenues of C$2.84 billion, which fell nine per cent. Read more here

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    GCT Deltaport N4 Update - Implementation Date Postponed
    source: CIFFA 
    The following notice was issued by GCT Canada to Deltaport ocean carriers, rail carriers and trucking companies. As previously announced, GCT Canada has been working on the new Navis Terminal Operating System (TOS) at Deltaport.  [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Drone Delivery Canada tests drone logistics platform
    source: CanadianShipper
    TORONTO, Ont.– Drone Delivery Canada has reported positive results from its initial commercial testing on its next generation drone logistics platform 4.0. Read more here. 
     
    Government of Canada Expedites Removal of Legacy Tank Cars For Crude Oil Transport
    source: CIFFA
    On July 25, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, issued Protective Direction 38, which accelerates the phasing out of DOT-111 tank cars for crude oil service to November 1, 2016. [Ecerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    U.S. Customs seeks to clarify ISF filing responsibility
    source: American Shipper
    U.S. Customs officials want to expand, for certain types of shipments, the definition of the party required to electronically submit the Importer Security Filing (ISF) 24 hours prior to vessel loading at an overseas port.  Read more here.  

  • 26 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    EPA To Regulate Aircraft Carbon Emissions
    source: AirWise
    The US Environmental Protection Agency has paved the way for new curbs on emissions from passenger jets by ruling that greenhouse gases from aircraft endanger public health. Read more here
     
    Air France Cabin Crew Plan To Strike July 27th to August 2
    source: CIFFA
    Air France cabin crew, represented by the SNPNC-FO and UNSA-PNC, plan to go on strike July 27 to August 2, 2016. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    CMA CGM Introduces New Online Form to Submit VGM
    source: CIFFA 
    CMA CGM announced Friday that in order to provide customers with more flexibility to report Verified Gross Mass weights, the carrier has created a new form to assist customers who have one or several VGM declarations. Read more here.
     
    Very little harmonisation on new VGM rules - shipper body
    source: Lloyd'sListing
    The introduction of new verified gross mass (VGM) international container-weighing rules on 1 July may not have caused much supply chain disruption, but the ruling has still not been implemented fully, fairly or in a standardised global manner, according to shipper representatives.  Read more here. 
     
    Hull holed after Cosco 8,500-TEUer side-swipes Panama Canal wall
    source: Shipping Gazette
    COSCO's 8,500-TEU Xin Fei Zhou scraped the Panama Canal wall in the Agua Clara locks, local media reported.
    The ship's hull was damaged and "breached", however, the canal's traffic was not affected as the canal wall suffered only a minor damage, local media reports say. Read more here. 
     
    APL expands reefer service to cope with surge in Japanese fresh produce
    source: Shipping Gazette
    SINGAPORE's APL, now a unit if French shipping giant CMA CGM, recently expanded its reefer services to cope with the demand surge for Japanese fresh produce.
    Demand comes from across Asia and with increasing markets in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam, reports London's Loadstar.  Read more here. 

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    When Uber enters the shipping industry
    source: Splash24/7
    As a keen private sailor and having spent the first 10 years of my career at sea, I simply can’t help myself from stopping and admiring old sailing vessels if I happen to walk past one. Read more here. 
     
    Freight slump cuts into CN’s quarterly profit
    source: TheGlobeAndMail
    Canadian National Railway Co.’s profit fell by 3 per cent in the second quarter amid an industry-wide slump in railway freight. Read more here. 

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    REMINDER CBSA Office Closure, Port of Toronto, Ontario
    source: CIFFA
    The following is a notice from CBSA:
    On behalf of the CBSA, Commercial Operations District in the GTA Region, this notice is to inform you that the CBSA office located at 1 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario will be closing on September 2, 2016 at the close of business. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Retailers rethink inventory strategies after years of packed shelves
    source: Supply Chain Digest
    Excess inventory has been partly blamed for the trouble afflicting the freight market this year. But according to Supply Chain Digest, retailers are now looking to reduce inventory levels, keeping just days’ worth rather than weeks’. This article explains how US retailer Home Depot, among others, wants to grow sales by nearly 15% by 2018 – while keeping inventory levels flat or slightly down. Read more here. 
     
    US retailer makes first delivery to customer's home
    source: Lloyds Listing
    7 Eleven, the US convenience retailer and drone start-up Flirtey have announced what they claim is the first fully-autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence. Read more here. 

  • 25 July 2016

    Delay in decision over Heathrow expansion 'costing UK £6m a day'
    source: TheLoadStar
    MPs from across the political divide have demanded an “urgent” decision on whether to expand Heathrow or Gatwick airport. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    G6 Alliance Announces Asia-North America West Coast Update
    source: Lloyds Listing
    Members of the G6 Alliance have announced a change within their Asia-North America West Coast products in response to changes in market demand.  Read more here.
     
    OOCL's H1 operational update paints a grim picture of life on the ocean wave
    source: The Loadstar
    As a harbinger of ocean carrier interim results, OOCL’s operational H1 update paints a grim picture of the financial performance of the industry in the first six months of the year. Read more here.  
     
    Korean Air Arrives with Hanjin Shipping Rescue Package
    Source: Splash 24/7
    In what is likely to be another crucial week for the survival of Hanjin Shipping, reports are emerging in Seoul that Korean Air, a Hanjin Group subsidiary, will pump up to KRW700bn ($615m) into the struggling line, nearly twice as much as the KRW400bn originally earmarked.  Read more here.
     
    Rotterdam 'must adapt to a changing world' as port sees H1 volumes decline
    source: TheLoadStar
    There was good news and bad news as Europe’s largest ocean gateway reported its half-year figures this week. Read more here

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    CFIB - New Inter-Provincial Trade Deal: Will Small Businesses Be The Big Winners?
    source: CIFFA
    Provincial and territorial premiers have announced a plan to update and improve Canada's Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), a move that should help small businesses achieve something closer to barrier-free trade within Canada. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Squeaky Wheels: No schedules for freight trains at level crossings
    source: MontrealGazette
    Is there a way to access information on freight train schedules? Very long, very slow trains cross Bridge Street, causing long delays to commuters using the Victoria Bridge.Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Inflexible retail models hinder competition and growth: Accenture
    source: CanadianShipper
    NEW YORK, N.Y.–New research from Accenture suggests that retailers’ inflexible operating models are hindering their ability to be competitive and achieve growth. Read more here
     
    Dover  Traffic Delays Ease After Weekend Chaos
    source: Lloyds Listing
    Delays at Dover have eased after the chaos over the weekend which saw 12-mile tailbacks in traffic and vehicles queuing for up to 14 hours because of extra French security checks at the UK's biggest Channel port.  Read more here.
     
    US trade deal with neighbours and higher wages could rip into Cambodia's garment exports
    source:  The Loadstar
    Cambodia’s garment exports could take a hit from the inclusion of neighbouring Vietnam in the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
    “The TPP can be a low-light for Cambodia’s export industry, as factory owners are looking for other countries to manufacture their products,” said Marco Civardi, area managing director for Vietnam & Cambodia at Damco. Read more here.  
     

  • 22 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Cathay imposes 'airfreight adjustment' for fuel, as Lufthansa goes 'back to basics'
    source: The Loadstar
    The quality carriers are fighting back, following the news that Emirates is to raise prices.
    Cathay Pacific Cargo has implemented a new fuel surcharge adjustment structure, effective September 1.  Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Brazilian Shippers Suffer National Customs Slowdown, Santos Strike Ahead Of Olympics
    source: CIFFA 
    Brazilian shippers are suffering from a double whammy of industrial action this week as customs officials start a nationwide slowdown and dockworkers strike at the port of Santos with the Olympics just weeks away. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    G6 Alliance Announces Asia-North America West Coast Service Update
    source: CIFFA
    Members of the G6 Alliance today announced a change within their Asia - North America West Coast products in response to changes in market demand. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    MSI: Shipping cycles to become shorter with lower peaks
    source: Splash 24/7
    [...]"When markets are strong owners are not as interested in understanding how and when they could earn a little more and financiers are not as concerned with market risk exposure. When markets soften the reverse is usually true,” Kent says. Read more here. 
     
    HK's port needs more back-up land and barge berths: HKCTOA
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association (HKCTOA) has called on the government to increase the number of barge berths and to open up more back-up land for the port to remain competitive. Read more here

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    CBSA Customs Notice 16-19 Update to Implementation of Accounts Receivable Ledger
    source: CIFFA
    This notice is a follow-up to Customs Notice 16-06 providing further information to Trade Chain Partners (TCPs) about the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) implementation of the Accounts Receivable Ledger (ARL). [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Government of Canada investing in safety at regional airports
    source: CanadianShipper
    SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont.– On July 20, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at regional airports across the country. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Shipowners have the power to revolutionise ship recycling by going green
    source: TheLoadStar
    Ship scrapping and recycling is a natural and inevitable part of a vessel’s lifecycle, and many people rely on this vital market, both directly and indirectly. Read more here
     
    Very handy: this map shows every country’s major exports
    source: TheLoadStar
    A bank has put out this handy little map showing the major exports of all countries, based on data from the CIA World Fact Book. Click here to view map
     
    UK's Newest Deep Water Container Port Wins Accolade for Carbon Emission Reduction  
    source: HandyShippingGuide
    DP World's London Gateway Port, the UK’s latest deep-sea container terminal, has been awarded The Planet Mark™ for demonstrating its commitment to carbon emissions reduction. Read more here

  • 21 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Lufthansa Cargo New Online Offering For Standard Shipments
    source: CIFFA
    Lufthansa Cargo has announced it is launching td.Basic, a new online offering for standard air cargo which will be available from September 2016. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Shippers Contracts Valid Until March 2017 : Merged Cosco CSCL
    source: Shippingazette
    SHIPPERS contracts signed with Cosco Container Lines and China Shipping Container Lines will be honoured until March 31, 2017, when the newly merged China Cosco Shipping Corporation joins the Ocean Alliance, IHS Media reported. 
    Read more here
     
    Container shipping consolidation will not return sector to profitability
    source Lloyds Loading List
    Consolidation of the container shipping business will not return the sector to profitability, according to one leading equity analyst. Read more here.  
     
    National Retail Federation Shares Views on Ocean Cargo Supply Chain
    source: Logistics Management
    An interesting Q&A, with the National Retail Federation’s supply chain vice president, in Logistics Management.He bemoans the lack of clarity surrounding the new VGM rules, and calls for a healthier carrier industry, where shipping lines stop chasing market share and start working out how to become profitable. Read more here
     
    Scrapping not enough to halt rates slide – 'stop ordering so many new ships'
    source: TheLoadStar
    The world’s container shipping lines have been scrapping and laying-up increasing numbers of vessels to contain a freight rate slide as the trade enters its traditional peak season. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Seized axle, crew fatigue caused November 2014 CN train derailment in B.C.: TSB
    source: CanadianShipper
    RICHMOND, B.C.–In its investigation report (R14V0215) the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a seized and locked axle, crew fatigue, and misinterpretation of a fault indicator led to the derailment of a Canadian National Railway (CN) train near Kwinitsa, British Columbia. Read more here

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Planning for Prince George as a Beef Processing and Export Centre
    source: Government of Canada
    The Governments of Canada and British Columbia are contributing funding towards the development of a business plan as the next step in having a federally-inspected beef processing plant up and running in Prince George.  Read more here.  
     
    Canada And Quebec Join Forces To Promote Trade With Europe
    source: CIFFA [...]
    "Canada and Quebec are joining efforts to promote a progressive trade agenda in Europe. We are demonstrating to European business and government leaders, and to the general public, that Canada and Quebec are committed to implementing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement [CETA] as soon as possible." [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Paris issues tender to develop five urban logistics hubs
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    The City of Paris has invited transport and logistics firms to tender for the development of five derelict sites in the French capital into urban logistics hubs as it seeks to reduce pollution from HGVs and minimise the environmental impact from the strong growth in e-commerce. Read more here.
      
    Bangladesh tightens security to keep export supply chains flowing
    source: The Loadstar
    Bangladesh is doing all it can to keep its garment industry secure in the face of international concern over terrorism. Read more here

  • 20 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Air France-KLM Opens New Cargo Facility At JFK
    source: CIFFA
    Air France-KLM Cargo has opened an improved freight handling facility at New York's biggest airfreight gateway, JFK. [Excerpted from CIFFA] 

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    VGM Disruption 'Limited' In First Two Weeks, Say Forwarders
    source: CIFFA
    The much-feared prospect of major ocean freight disruption under the new verified gross mass (VGM) international container-weighing rules introduced on 1 July has apparently not materialised in the first two weeks, according to international freight forwarding federation FIATA, although there has been some lengthening of transit times. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Service Providers Missing the Big Picture with VGM - a Canadian Perspective
    source: CIFFA
    Further to the article above by Lloyds Loading Lists, the July / August edition of Canadian Shipper magazine has a good article by Laurie Turnbull on how ports, carriers and intermediaries such as forwarders provide value-added service for their customers by providing solutions to such issues as VGM. Read the latest edition and Laurie's article (page 54) here
     
    Hong Kong container terminals renew plea for more land
    source: Splash 24/7
    The Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association (HKCTOA) has renewed its plea for more land and barge berths at the city’s Kwai Tsing port to help it stay competitive in the era of ultra-large containerships. Read more here
     
    East Coast ports welcome larger ships via new Panama Canal
    source: Shippingazette
    AFTER investing US$1.3 billion in dredging and infrastructure PortMiami recently played host to the MOL Majesty, becoming the first container ship to arrive there through the new Panama Canal locks. Read more here
     
    The National Retail Federation and ocean supply chains
    source: TheLoadStar
    An interesting Q&A, with the National Retail Federation’s supply chain vice president, in Logistics Management. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Grain cars belonging to the Cascadia Grain Terminal derailed Tuesday afternoon near the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge
    source: CBC
    Six grain cars derailed near the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in Burnaby, B.C., Tuesday afternoon. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    EU insists China respect Hague court's rejection of its South China Sea
    source: Shippingazette
    THE European Union has insisted China uphold international law in reaction to the rejection of its claim over the South China Sea by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague. Read more here
     
    Truckmakers fined a record $3.24bn by EU for price-fixing
    source: TheLoadStar
    Truck manufacturers are facing a record  fine for fixing truck prices over 14 years, reports Bloomberg. Read more here.
     
    New EU Transport Strategy: promising for freight emissions, but lacking on bioenergy, shipping and aviation
    source: Bellona
    BRUSSELS – Today’s European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility makes the EU ambition for road transport clear: future mobility in Europe will need to be low-emission in terms of carbon and air pollutants. Read more here

  • 19 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Turkish restarts flights to the US as FAA lifts restrictions
    source: AirCargoNews
    Following the decision on Monday 18 July of America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to withdraw its prohibition on carriers flying into the country either directly or via a third country from Turkey, the latter’s flag-carrier moved quickly to relaunch flights into the US. Read more here
     
    Cathay imposes 'airfreight adjustment' for fuel, as Lufthansa goes 'back to basics'
    source: The Loadstar
    The quality carriers are fighting back, following the news that Emirates is to raise prices.
    Cathay Pacific Cargo has implemented a new fuel surcharge adjustment structure, effective September 1.  Read more here.  
     
    Alaska Airlines Vancouver Service Changes Starting August 2016
    source: CIFFA
    Alaska Airlines starting August 27th, 2016 is increasing Mainline operation on Seattle - Vancouver route, with the addition of 2nd daily Boeing 737 service, operating during night-time hours from Seattle, morning hours from Vancouver (effective August 28). [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    IATA index shows air cargo executives foresee gloomy outlook
    source: Shippingazette
    IATA's July 2016 Business Confidence Index shows that airline CFOs and heads of cargo are less optimistic about the economic prospects for the next 12 months than at the same time last year. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Several factors, including Brexit, could lower cross-Channel transport rates
    source: Shippingazette
    THERE are fears that European cross-Channel road freight pricing and competitiveness could be negatively impacted by the UK's vote to exit the European Union. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Protest Of NY-NJ Port Hiring Practices Grabs Attention By Temporarily Slowing Truckers
    source: CIFFA
    Trucks slowed to a crawl, and stopped entirely, creating an extensive traffic snarl at the Port of New York and New Jersey at lunchtime Monday as a motorcade organized by the mayor of Newark to protest port hiring practices made its way through the port.[Excerpted from CIFFA]

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canadian results of 2016 International Roadcheck revealed
    source: CanadianShipper
    OTTAWA, Ont. – Results of Canada’s 2016 International Roadcheck were released this week and according to the numbers, in Canada, nearly 82% of commercial vehicles inspected this year passed CVSA’s on-road inspection criteria. Read more here
    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    2016 Logistics Performance Index - Published Results
    source: CIFFA
    As you are aware, FIATA participates every year in the World Bank's Logistics Performance Index (LPI) survey. The input is then utilized to publish the LPI which scores countries on their performance on logistics. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Beijing relaxes FTZ restrictions
    source: Splash 24/7
    China’s State Council has released a document with revised regulations on the country’s four free trade zones (FTZs) in Shanghai, Guangdong, Tianjin and Fujian, to further promote the development of the areas. Read more here

  • 18 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Forwarders finally on equal footing with air cargo carriers following outbreak of peace between IATA and FIATA
    source: The Loadstar
    It has taken four years, and several disagreements, but forwarders are no longer mere “agents” of the airlines. Read more here
     
    FAA bans flights between US and Turkey
    source: The Loadstar
    In what will be a huge blow for Turkish Airlines, all flights between Turkey and the US have been suspended until further notice. Read more here.  
     
    Turkey’s logistics sector recovering again following failed coup
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    Turkey’s logistics sector appears to be recovering quickly again from another traumatic few days, with air cargo activities returning to normal following the failed coup attempt that began last Friday. Read more here.  

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Libya's Ports Almost At A Standstill As Civil And Terrorist Wars Tear The Country Apart
    source: CIFFA
    Libya's ports are lying almost idle after dockers have moved out to the front line to fight Islamic State. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    US box ports lose market share to rivals in Canada and Mexico
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    US ports continued to lose market share to competitors in Mexico and Canada last year as shippers and forwarders sought alternative, less-disrupted North American gateways. Read more here.   

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    CP Changing Financial Institutions - Updates Required
    source: CIFFA
    Canadian Pacific is in the process of transitioning to new financial institutions and have completed the migration of on-line payments received through the Customer Station Manage Invoices Tool. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    CN Intermodal Gate Hours For First Monday In August
    source: CIFFA
    CN has issued the Intermodal gate hours for the Civic Holiday August 1st 2016. They can be found at: Intermodal gate hours for the first Monday in August - August 1st, 2016 (Canada)

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canada, Alberta announce new major infrastructure funding
    source: CanadianShipper
    CALGARY, Alta.– The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Alberta, Rachel Notley, have announced funding to construct the southwest portion of the Calgary Ring Road. Read more here
     
    Greens block expansion of Port Vancouver, seeks to end all development
    source: Shippingazette
    CANADA's port of Vancouver is facing stiff resistance from an opposition group called Against Port Expansion in the Fraser Estuary (APE) over the port's C$9.5 billion (US$7.25 billion) of proposed expansion projects. Read more here

  • 15 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Delta Woes Signal Tougher Trans-Atlantic Business
    source: Airwise
    Delta Air Lines' decision to sell fewer seats from the UK this winter highlights the threat that Britain's planned exit from the European Union and stiffer airline competition pose to US airlines that have raked in cash from flights across the Atlantic.  Read more here.

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Section of Houston Ship Channel closed after chemical spill
    source: Splash 24/7
    A section of the Houston Ship Channel, one of the world’s busiest trade waterways, were closed for several hours on Thursday after 500 gallons of the chemical benzene spilled from a tanker moored at the Vopak Terminal, according to the Associated Press. Read more here
     
    Japanese yards on edge as orderbook dries up
    source: Splash 24/7
    A strong Yen and very limited appetite for new tonnage has pushed Japanese shipyards into a dangerous position. New orders in the first half plunged 82%, the worst performance seen since 2008. Read more here
     
    Santos Port Labor Talks Continue, But Further Protests Possible
    source: CIFFA
    Shippers using the port of Santos, Brazil, have enjoyed a week of peace after intermittent strikes and labor slowdowns during the first week of July, but the calm may not last much longer. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    CBSA Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) SCHEDULED Maintenance Outage
    source: CIFFA
    TCC16-092 - All clients and service providers who transmit trade data using EDI.
    For maintenance purposes, all EDI applications will be unavailable on Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 04:30 and 6:00 ET as well as between 09:00 and 10:30 ET. [Exceprted from CIFFA]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Truck attack in Nice raises issues for the freight sector
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    Like the terrorist attacks in recent years via the aviation sector, the latest appalling terrorist attack in Europe, again in France and this time in Nice, will have implications for the freight transport sector because of the use of a truck as a weapon.  Read more here.
     
    Wider Panama Canal threatens transcontinental road and rail volume
    source: Shippingazette
    NOW that the expanded Panama Canal can handle nearly triple the cargo it could before, transcontinental rail and road freight is under threat, reports Alabama's Commercial Carrier Journal. Read more here
     

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Global shipping confidence is at all-time low: survey
    source: Shippingazette
    STRUGGLING with a glut of ships, a faltering global economy, weaker consumer demand and Britain's vote to leave the EU pressure is building up on parts of the container shipping industry already suffering from its worst downturn. Read more here.  
     
    Small peak season for retailers with back-to-school volumes: NRF/Hackett
    source: Canadian Shipper
    WASHINGTON, D.C.– The National Retail Federation (NRF)’s Global Port Tracker said that  major ports in the U.S. are expected to experience a small increase in July as merchants stock up for the back-to-school season. Read more here

  • 14 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Norwegian Air Says Brexit Not Affecting Bookings
    source: AirWise
    Norwegian Air Shuttle, Europe's third-largest low-cost airline by passenger numbers, said Britain's decision to leave the European Union and the economic uncertainty associated with it was not having any impact on its bookings. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Struggling Hanjin Shipping offloading stake in Vietnamese terminal
    source: Splash 24/7
    Financially troubled Hanjin Shipping is selling its stake in Tan CangCaiMep International Terminal (TCIT) in southern Vietnam. Read more here.
     
    Experts Warn of Overcapacity Crisis in China’s Ports
    source: The Loadstar
    Shanghai Daily has warned that the slump seen in industries such as steel and cement will soon hit the ports business. Read more here.
     
    HMM signs up to partner Maersk and MSC in 2M Alliance next year
    source: The Loadstar
    Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced today it is to join the 2M alliance in April next year. Read more here.
     
    U.S. Container Import Volumes Approach Peak Season
    source: CIFFA
    August is still expected to be the peak shipping month this year, even though volumes during the month are forecasted to be lower year-over-year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Panama Back on Top in Battle of the Canals
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    The Panama Canal’s third set of locks opened for business only a few short weeks ago, yet it is already paying dividends amid reports that it is has replaced its rival the Suez Canal as the preferred route for traffic heading to the US east coast from the Far East.Read more here.  
     

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Funding given for Port Saint John modernization project
    source: Splash 24/7
    Federal and provincial authorities have committed to funding the lion’s share of modernization costs for Port Saint John, eastern Canada’s largest port, according to CBC. Read more here
     

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Be warned: September's G20 summit in Hangzhou will disrupt cargo flows
    source: The Loadstar
    UK forwarder Ligentia has issued a notice on the potential impacts on logistics of the G20 summit in Hangzhou in September.  Read more here.  

  • 13 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Frankfurt freight on the move again
    source: AirCargoNews
    The German Customs computer problem that caused a backlog of import cargo at Frankfurt airport over the weekend has now been cleared, Air Cargo News has learned.Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Rumours Grow on Hyundai Merchant Marine Takeover by Maersk
    source: The Loadstar
    From the Korea Times comes this analysis of the speculation that Hyundai’s bid to join the 2M shipping alliance of Maersk and MSC is a prelude to a takeover of the South Korean carrier by Maersk. This theory was first postulated by Drewry, but has been strongly rejected by a government that has worked so hard to save the company from bankruptcy.  Read more here
     
    MSC Reports Full Weighing Compliance in France
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    Mediterranean Shipping Co France, which covers seven terminals in the French metropolitan area, has reported 100% compliance with the new rules requiring containers to have a verified gross mass.  Read more here.  
     

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    UK to build truck park to ease traffic when Channel services disrupted
    source: Shippingazette
    CONSTRUCTION is to start in the UK soon on a big truck park near Stanford in Kent as a long-term solution to the problems caused on the M20 and surrounding roads when Operation Stack is used when cross-Channel services are disrupted. Read nmore here
     
    Calais  Truck-Train Service Suspended Due to Migrant Incursions
    source: Lloyds’ Loading List
    A new ‘rail motorway’ service for unaccompanied road trailers between Calais and the French Pyrenees, VIIA Britanica, was suspended indefinitely late last week following repeated incursions by migrants.  Read more here

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Decision Time for EU-Canada Trade
    source: Government of Canada
    In turbulent political times, both in Europe and on our side of the Atlantic, headlines are too often dominated by division and disagreement, never more so than since last month's news from the United Kingdom. We are living today in possibly the most protectionist moment, in many influential parts of the world, and particularly in Western industrialized democracies.  Read more here.
     
    Canada's Future Growth Zones By Peter Hall, EDC
    source:  EDC
    If the science of economics is truly dismal, then now must be its heyday. Six sub-standard post-recession years have birthed a glut of gloom. Few forecasters - in Canada or elsewhere - brave the high side, either run down by repeated retreats, or fearing the 'heretic' moniker. Now, there's a close cluster around consensus, and a general acquiescence to 'new-normal-nomics'. Read more here

  • 11 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Brazil May Sell Sao Paulo And Rio Airports
    source: AirWise
    The Brazilian government will consider selling airports in Sao Paulo and Rio to help reduce a large fiscal deficit next year, interim President Michel Temer said in a newspaper interview on Sunday. Read more here.
     
    Air China to launch Shanghai-San Jose route
    source: CanadianShipper
    BEIJING, China– On July 8, 2016, Air China) announced the launch of its Shanghai-San Jose route to being September 1, 2016. Read more here
     
    German Customs IT Problem Hits Frankfurt Cargo Import Clearance
    source: CIFFA
    A German Customs computer problem has caused a backlog of import cargo at Frankfurt airport. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Container imports via US west coast regains lost ground from rival east coast
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Pacific Maritime Association reports that laden boxes crossing US west coast docks in May fell 1.5 per cent, while exports fell 2.6 per cent with total of laden boxes falling 1.9 per cent year on year. Read more here
     
    NEWS FLASH: L.A./Long Beach terminal operators to increase Traffic Mitigation Fee
    source: AmericanShipper
    Marine terminal operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach revealed Friday they will  increase the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF), which is charged to shippers moving cargo through terminals during the day. Read more here
     
    GCT Notice ToDeltaport Ocean Carriers, Rail Carriers and Trucking Companies
    source: CIFFA
    Please be advised that GCT's new Navis Terminal Operating System (TOS) is scheduled to "Go-Live" at Deltaport on Saturday, August 6th. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canada Post agrees to 30-day extension followed by binding arbitration
    source: CanadianShipper
    OTTAWA, Ont.–Canada Post has informed the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) that it is fully prepared to negotiate intensively for the next 30 days under an extended “cooling off period” to reach negotiated settlements. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Chinese steel output likely to exceed expectations
    source: Splash24/7
    China’s economy has experienced a significant turn since the first two months of the year and could far exceed second half of the year expectations. Read more here

  • 8 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    E-Commerce Boom Drives Demand for B737 Freighter Conversions Higher Than Supply
    source: The Loadstar
    Carriers (or internet sales giants) looking to turn Boeing 737s into cargo aircraft are facing a veritable obstacle course.
    Not only are conversion slots booked solid beyond 2016, but feedstock is proving harder to find than anticipated, as passenger airlines are holding on to their 737-400s.  Read more here.  
     
    Air Cargo Industry Fury At New Customs Penalties In The Bahamas
    source: CIFFA 
    It may be a small market, but it's clearly an impassioned one. The Bahamas government, in its infinite wisdom, has made some Customs amendments without consulting the industry. As a result they appear, if this article is correct, nigh-on impossible to implement. Air freight costs are expected to increase "tremendously". [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    BIC Container Tare Weight Database Goes Live
    source: CIFFA
    The new database of container tare weight data recently announced by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC) (see eBulletin from June 22, 2016) is now live, with more than half a million containers already uploaded and new files being added daily. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    GCT Canada Service Change Update
    source: CIFFA 
    The previously announced change of services between Deltaport and Vanterm will now be made effective July 25, 2016. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Santos Labor Dispute Delays Ships, Rolls Cargo
    source: CIFFA
    After four days of stop-start industrial action from angry stevedores that caused delays and rolled cargo, shippers using the Brazilian port of Santos can finally breathe a sigh of relief as an uneasy peace seems to have taken hold. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

     
    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canada should prepare for new trade, technology era: Conference Board
    source: CanadianShipper
    OTTAWA, Ont.– A new report from The Conference Board of Canada warns that Canada is facing a dramatically different global economic and business world and can no longer rely on high commodity prices or traditional manufacturing for future export successes and wealth. Read more here.

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    ICS and ECSA reject proposed EU ship recycling licences
    source: Splash24/7
    The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) say ship recycling licences proposed by the EU could be seen as “anti-competitive” and would undermine the IMO’s own efforts to improve working and environmental conditions at shipbreaking yards in developing countries. Read more here. 
     
    European Commission Proposes Signature And Conclusion of EU-Canada Trade Deal
    source: CIFFA
    On July 5th, 2016 the European Commission formally proposed to the Council of the EU the signature and conclusion of a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. [Excerpted from CIFFA] 
     
    Brexit could impact China's exports to Europe, say analysts
    source: Shippingazette
    China's exports to its biggest trade partner, the European Union (EU), could be impacted by a potential trade barrier between the UK and the EU in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the EU, analysts warn. Read more here

  • 7 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Hahn Airport Sale Close To Collapse
    source: AirWise
    The sale of Germany's Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to a Chinese investor appears close to collapse, the airport's local government owner said, after the buyer failed to make an initial payment last week. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    VGM rule introduced, brings no delay, or disruption to world waterfronts
    source: Shippingazette
    WHILE "some issues were reported in Asian export hubs as new VGM rules kick in," said Lloyd's List in its worldwide survey of the UN's container weight verification rule's introduction, it did not report any examples. Read more here
     
     
    China, Malaysia look to co-build extension to Port Klang capacity
    source: Shippingazette
    CHINA and Malaysia are in talks to build a third terminal at the country's biggest harbour, Port Klang, says Malaysian Minister of Transport Low Tong Lai. Read more here. 
     
     
    Hong Kong changes distress and collision signals regulation
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Hong Kong Marine Department has announced that amendments to the Merchant Shipping (Safety) (Signals of Distress and Prevention of Collisions) Regulations, Cap.369N have been made to implement changes to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 adopted by the International Maritime Organisation.Read more here
     
     
    Labor Work Stoppage To Hit US Ports Thursday
    source: CIFFA
    U.S. East and West Coast ports are preparing for a planned hour-long work stoppage that will impact container terminals worldwide Thursday as part of an international protest designed to draw attention to dockworkers' rights. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
     
    China's Ningbo E-Port Offers Centralized Platform For VGM Submission
    source: CIFFA
    The Port of Ningbo has integrated CargoSmart's software for shippers and forwarders to meet new container weight requirements with its electronic platform for exchanging data between logistics providers, as well as between logistics providers and government agencies, the port said Wednesday. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
     
    Port of NY/NJ to handle largest containership in port history
    source: AmericanShipper
    The Port of New York and New Jersey on Friday will handle the largest containership in its history, according to a statement from the port authority. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    CP and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference release statements on layoffs
    source: CanadianShipper
    CALGARY, Alta. Canadian Pacific Railway Limited has responded to what it calls incorrect, misleading and inflammatory claims by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Maintenance of Way Employees Division (TCRC-MWED) leadership. Read more here

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canada should prepare for new trade, technology era: Conference Board
    source: CanadianShipper
    OTTAWA, Ont.– A new report from The Conference Board of Canada warns that Canada is facing a dramatically different global economic and business world and can no longer rely on high commodity prices or traditional manufacturing for future export successes and wealth. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Be bold and build – post-Brexit UK must be able to compete, say business leaders
    source: TheLoadStar
    Business leaders have called for a post-Brexit UK to deliver “strong, calm and decisive leadership on infrastructure decision”, and to put expansion at Heathrow on top of the agenda. Read more here

  • 6 July 2016

    French Air Traffic Control Strike Triggers Another 300 Flight Cancellations
    source: CIFFA 
    Over 300 European flights were expected to be canceled July 5 during another French air traffic control (ATC) walkout. European lobby group Airlines for Europe (A4E) said the strike was expected to last for 35 hours and will see more than 200 flight cancellations-delays and time-consuming detours not included. Later this month, another strike will hit Italy with hundreds of flights at risk of being canceled," said the group. Eurocontrol said it was experiencing moderate to high delays around Paris, with up to moderate disruption around the cities of Brest, Bordeaux and Marseille on Tuesday
     
     
    AirBridgeCargo Adds Phnom Penh to SouthEast Asian Network
    source Aircargonews

    AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) is expanding its Southeast Asia coverage with the introduction of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to its network, increasing its number of destinations in the region to 11.  Read more here. 
     
     
    E AWB Penetration Continues to rise in May
    source: Aircargonews
    Electronic-air waybill (e-AWB) usage remained on a growth trajectory in May, after the surprise 
    drop-off in penetration in March
    .
    Figures from IATA show that in May e-AWB penetration reached a new record of 39%, compared with 38.3% in April.  Read more here. 
     
     
    Chennai Airport Volumes Spike as Processes Improve and Hi-Tech Traffic Increases
    source: The Loadstar
    Chennai Airport has enticed back air cargo customers with “more focus on technology and less human interference”. Cargo throughput in May was up 35%, year on year, to 42.765m tonnes. The Express reports that Nokia, Lenovo, Foxconn, Nissan and BMW have all increased volumes, while the airport has implemented changes such as single-window clearance.  Read more here.

     
    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    HMM 'Risks a New Rates War' as it Increases Asia-Middle East Capacity
    source: The Loadstar
    Hyundai Merchant Marine’s (HMM) move to expand its Asia-Middle East presence by upgrading its KMS [Korea-Middle East] service, and introduce a second loop, could trigger a rate collapse on the trade, according to Alphaliner.
    On Monday, HMM said that, from tomorrow, the new Korea-Middle East Express (KME) service would deploy three 8,600 teu ships and three 6,800 teu vessels.  Read more here

     
    APMT Reports ‘Smooth Transition’ as VGM Rule Takes Effect
    source: American Shipper
    APM Terminals (APMT) said Monday that export cargo loading has proceeded like normal since the International Maritime Organization's new verified gross mass (VGM) rule took effect last week.  Read more here


    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    CP to Lay Off 500 Track Maintenance Workers
    source: American Shipper
    Canadian Pacific Railway will lay off 500 track maintenance workers in the coming weeks, a move that has officials with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference raising concerns about safety, the union group said in a release.  Read more here.  


    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canada Post Issues 72-Hour Lockout Notice, Work Stoppage Possible Friday
    Source: CIFFA 
    Canada Post said it intends to lock out its workers starting on Friday after months of negotiations have failed to make a labour deal between the postal carrier and its largest union. The move comes hours after Canada Post said its latest offer presented on June 25 was fair and reasonable, and that it still hoped to negotiate a deal with the union. Read more
    here.
     

    CFIA D-95-08: Phytosanitary Import Requirements For Fresh Temperate Fruits And Tree Nuts
    source: CIFFA 
    This directive provides the phytosanitary import requirements for fresh temperate fruit and tree nuts. Several changes have been made as part of this revision. This directive supersedes all previous versions this directive as well as the documents listed in Appendix 6. Read full details
    here
     

     
    CFIA - List of Establishments Approved to Export to Mexico
    source: CIFFA 
    Please be advised that the List of Establishments approved to export meat to Mexico in Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures (MHMP), has been revised to include names and species chosen by these establishments. Establishments eligible to export to Mexico can use only one name for export of meat and meat products to Mexico. Read more
    here


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    WTO Members Start Eliminating Technology Tariffs
    source: American Shipper
    With the entering into force of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA) on July 1, member countries of the international trade body have started eliminating tariffs on hundreds of information technology goods.  Read more here

     
    Checkpoint opened along Shipkila Pass to boost Indo-China trade
    source: Shipping Gazette
    THE opening of a 'single window" at the zero point along the Shipkila Pass to facilitate the checking of goods at one site by multiple agencies is expected to give lift India-China trade along the pass this year.
    The 'single window" means traders will not have to open up their trade products at multiple points as in the past when the checking was done by various agencies like customs, the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), local police and other central intelligence agencies, reported Chandigarh Tribune News Service north of Delhi.  Read more here.

     
    China's cross-border e-commerce purchases to surge 41pc
    source: Shipping Gazette
    A RECENT eMarketer report shows that more than 15 per cent of Chinese, or 181.2 million customers, will purchase e-commerce goods from abroad this year, representing a 41.6 per cent increase over 2015, when 128 million Chinese engaged in cross-border online purchases.  Read more here.

  • 5 July 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Box Weighing Off to A Relatively Smooth Start
    Source: Loyd’s Loading List
    Initial ocean freight operations under the new regulations requiring shippers to notify lines of a container’s verified gross mass (VGM) prior to loading appear to have progressed relatively smoothly, although some Asian export ports – including the world’s largest container port Shanghai – reported containers arriving without a VGM on the first day.  Read more here. 

     
     
    The Odd Trio
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    In one of the more bizarre twists in the container shipping market it emerged last week that financially troubled carrier South Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is in talks with the world’s two largest lines, Maersk Line and MSC about the possibility of joining them in the 2M alliance. Read more here. 


     
    JNPT Becomes First Port in Logistics Data Tagging of Containers
    source: Economic Times
    NEW DELHI: Jawaharlal Nehru Port has become the first port in the country to implement logistics data tagging of containers. 

    The port implemented the logistics data bank tagging of containers, first of its kind facility, which will help importers and exporters track their goods in transit through logistics data bank service.  Read more here


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Cambodia the New Hot-Spot for Air Freight Providers as Rival Bangladesh Falters
    source: The Loadstar
    Cambodia is the hot new destination in air freight, with numerous carriers taking advantage of its growth in volumes by adding freighter flights.

    Two airlines announced new operations yesterday: both AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and Thailand’s K Mile adding services into Phnom Pehn. Read more here. 

     
     
    Vietnam Grabs Market Share from Asian Rivals in European Trade
    source: Shipping Gazette
    THE signing of a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union is expected to result in the Southeast Asian luring more EU trade away from other nations in the region.

    Vietnam accounted for 19.1 per cent of the EUR201.4 billion (US$227 billion) in trade between the EU and Asean in 2015, up from 15.8 per cent in 2014, reports Bloomberg.  Read more here. 

     

    El Salvador Ratifies WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 
    source: CIFFA 
    El Salvador has ratified the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the fourth Central American nation to accept the new accord. El Salvador's ambassador to the WTO, presented his country's instrument of ratification to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 4 July.



    Incoterms® Rules Turn 80
    source: CIFFA 
    July marks the 80th anniversary of the flagship International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Incoterms® rules. ICC is kick-starting celebrations by bringing you six facts about the indispensable international commercial trade terms: 

    80 Years
    One of ICC's very first initiatives as the world business organization was to facilitate international trade. The many differences in practices and legal interpretations between traders around the globe necessitated a common set of guidelines. As a response, the ICC Incoterms® rules were officially established in 1936 and have been evolving ever since.

    8 Editions
    Because commercial practices constantly develop with time, it is essential that the ICC Incoterms® rules follow suit. After the initial introduction, there have been seven revisions to the terms reflecting contemporary methods of carrying goods, implementing contracts of sale, clearing goods for export and import and using documents as evidence in order to secure the rights of the entitled persons to receive the goods from carriers at agreed destinations. The most recent edition is 
    Incoterms® 2010 with an update to the rules anticipated for 2020.

    11 Trade terms
    ICC Incoterms® rules are each composed of a three letter acronym. They are designed to explain a specific set of responsibilities of the buyer and seller in a contract for the sale of goods, relating to transport and delivery. Today, the Incoterms 2010® rules comprise 
    eleven trade terms : EXW (Ex Works), FCA (Free Carrier), CPT (Carriage Paid to), CIP (Carriage and Insurance Paid to), DAT (Delivered at Terminal), DAP (Delivered at Place), DDP (Delivered Duty Paid), FAS (Free alongside Ship), FOB (Free on Board), CFR (Cost and Freight) and CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight).

    31 Translations
    ICC Incoterms® rules have always been intended for both international and domestic use. That is why it was important for ICC to 
    translate the terms into multiple languages. From Dutch to Macedonian, 31 versions are available today to help ensure proper use and interpretation.

    140+ Countries
    The first study of the ICC Incoterms® rules was limited to a scope of just thirteen countries. Now, the commercial trade terms are sold in over 140 countries. This number continues to increase every year.

    1 Official creator
    Since its inception in 1919, ICC's mission has been to promote international trade and investment. Constituting a defined global language for trading across borders, ICC Incoterms® rules truly foster this undertaking.

    As the originator and developer of the Incoterms® rules, ICC protects the name "Incoterms" and the Incoterms®2010 logo as 
    trademarks
     to help the trading community identify official and authentic ICC products and services relating to the Incoterms® rules.

  • 4 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    DAC Airport Backlog
    DAC airport is experiencing a huge backlog at the moment. Due to ongoing Eid holidays, factories handed over more than a thousand tons of cargo resulting in carriers over booking. 

    The scanning of cargo has been slowed by the influx of cargo and increased security concerns resulting in shipment delays. Due to this unbearable cargo pressure, hundreds of trucks are in queue at unloading area and forwarders are having problem to handover cargo to carriers within prescribed cutoff times.  

    All carriers are facing 2-3 days delay at DAC airport and at hub points as well (re-booking) and transit. Carriers are accepting cargo only at inflated prices and priority is being given to clear up the backlog on a first come first serve basis.
     
    Following last Friday night’s terrorist attack that took place in Dhaka the city is under Red Alert.  Government has limited internet access and blocked roads in certain areas as security precautions. As a result, cargo movement from warehouse to airport is delayed.



    Air Serbia Re-Introduces Flights to U.S. 
    source: CIFFA 
    Air Serbia has launched five weekly flights with an A330-200 aircraft to the United States for the first time since the 1990s. The service runs between Belgrade's Nikola Tesla International Airport and New York JFK International Airport.
     
     
    May Was Not Such a Merry Month for Air Cargo
    source: Air Cargo News
    May was another month of “disappointment” for air cargo as demand growth was “limited to 0.5%”, according to 
    WorldACD.
    The analyst said it was hardly surprised by the low growth figure given that “world trade is in a slump”. During the month, volumes originating from North America declined by 4% year on year, whereas the Middle East and South Asia (MESA) grew by 4%.  Read more here

     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Service reliability of ocean carriers hits six-month high: Drewry
    source: Shipping Gazette
    CARRIER Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, shows that ocean carriers achieved a six-month high for liner service reliability in May, reports the American Journal of Transportation. Read more here. 


    Shipper Fury Over ‘Unjustified VGM Charges’
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    Some container lines and other service providers appear to be exploiting the introduction of the new international container-weighing rules by imposing “exorbitant and unjustified” charges for questionable and unspecified ‘administration fees’ and other ‘services’, the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) claims.  Read more here.  
     
     
    Brexit Vote to Have Limited Impact on Box Shipping
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    Despite the uncertainty over the UK’s position in the world after its exit from the EU, Brexit should have little direct impact on the container shipping, analysts at Alphaliner say.  Read more here.  

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canada Expands Air Transport Agreement with Mexico
    source: Canadian Shipper
    OTTAWA, Ont.–Canada has expanded its Air Transport Agreement with Mexico.
    The expanded agreement builds on the existing Canada-Mexico Air Transport Agreement, negotiated in 2011. Canada and Mexico already enjoy a liberal air transport relationship, allowing any number of airlines from both countries to offer services between any Canadian and Mexican cities.   Read more here. 

     
     
    Newfoundland & Labrador and New Brunswick HST Increase July 1st, 2016
    source: CIFFA 
    Effective July 1, 2016, the HST rate in New Brunswick would be 15%, of which 5% would represent the federal part and 10% the provincial part.
     
    An increase to the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial part of the HST by 2% is taking place. Effective July 1, 2016, the HST rate in Newfoundland and Labrador would be 15% of which 5% would represent the federal part and 10% the provincial part.
     
    Additionally, Prince Edward Island (PEI) will be increasing their HST by 2 percentage points to 15% effective October 1st, 2016. Full details can be found 
    here

     
     
    Quebec subsidy firms up US$1 billion Bombardier C Series investment
    source: Shipping Gazette
    THE Quebec provincial government has struck a deal with Montreal-based planemaker, Bombardier for a US$1 billion investment in its troubled C Series jetliner.

    The C Series, more than two years late and US$2 billion over budget, will be carved out into a partnership 50.5 per cent owned by Bombardier and 49.5 per cent by Quebec, the company said in a statement, Bloomberg reported.  Read more here.  


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Afghanistan to Become 164th WTO Member On 29 July 2016
    source: CIFFA 
    Afghanistan has notified the WTO that its Parliament has ratified its Protocol of Accession, clearing the final hurdle for its WTO membership. According to WTO rules, Afghanistan will become the 164th member of the Organization on 29 July, 30 days after its instrument of acceptance was deposited at the WTO. Afghanistan applied for WTO membership in 2004, with members of the accession working party concluding the negotiations on 11 November 2015.
     

    Shippers Get Smart as Use of Container Tracking Devices on a Per-Trip Basis Soars
    source: The Loadstar
    Declining asset costs and a variety of external factors are driving the container shipping industry into increasing use of container tracking and monitoring devices.

    Speaking to The Loadstar on the sidelines of the recent TOC Container Supply Chain conference in Hamburg, Mike Dempsey, vice president of containers and ports at mobile asset tracking technology firm Orbcomm, said the surge of interest in monitoring cargo in the reefer sector would be be followed by interest from dry cargo shippers.  Read more here. 

     

    South Asia the Star Performer in a Sluggish First Quarter for Container Ports
    source: The Loadstar
    With sluggish global container port growth of just 0.5% in the first quarter of the year, which followed a miserable 1% growth in 2015, Drewry has identified the South Asia region as a “shining light” in an otherwise weak global market.

    According to Drewry Maritime Research data, the South Asia/Indian subcontinent saw container throughput gain 5.3% in the first three months of this year, compared with the same period of 2015. Read more here. 

  • 30 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    UK Delays Runway Decision Due to EU Exit Fallout
    source: news.airwise.com
    Britain will not decide where to build a new runway at a London airport until at least October due to the political turmoil following Britons' vote to leave the European Union.
    London Heathrow has been campaigning for 25 years to build an additional runway and a decision had been expected this summer, after it was pushed back by the government from last year.  Read more 
    here  
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    SOLAS Help Resource Launched Ahead of Tomorrow’s Deadline
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    On the eve of the implementation date for the new global Verified Gross Mass (VGM) container-weighing regulations, freight insurance specialist TT Club has assured the freight sector that help remains available, publishing a “pithy”, user-friendly summary for all those involved.  Read more here 

     

    NVOs Unhappy Over Continuing VGM Confusion 
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    UK forwarders and NVOCCs have found it really tough to get information from lines ahead of tomorrow’s implementation deadline for new container weighing rules and say a lack of co-ordination among lines had made preparations extremely difficult.  Read more here.  

     
     
    OOCL Leads the Pack as Reliability Becomes Key to Container Line Marketing Strategy
    source: The Loadstar                                                         
    Ocean carriers are focusing on better schedule reliability and faster sailing times as selling points to differentiate their services in the run-up to major alliance changes next April.
    According to the latest Carrier Performance Insight, produced by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, carriers hit a six-month high for liner service reliability in May, achieving an on-time average of 76% over the 10 trades covered – a 4.1 percentage point improvement on the month before.  Read more here.  

     

     
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
     
    In Omnichannel, Matching Freight Spend to Inventory Control, Fulfillment is A Delicate Task
    source: DC Velocity
    A consumer in Jacksonville, Fla., orders several products from a retailer's website. As soon as the order is received, the retailer's omnichannel platform scans inventory records for a store in Hilton Head Island, S.C., 170 miles to the north. The retailer sees the products are available at the Hilton Head store and are classified there as "excess stock."  Read more here.  




  • 29 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

     
    Now Germany Limits Air Cargo Imports from Bangladesh in Further Blow to Garment Exporters
    source: The Loadstar
    Bangladeshi exporters are reeling from Germany’s decision to restrict direct air cargo imports from the country, while its main seaport, Chittagong, continues to battle severe congestion.

    On Sunday, after a ban was imposed, Lufthansa was forced to leave up to 60 tons of garments in Dhaka, and the exporters had to take the shipments back to the factories. With the Eid holiday coming up in July, garment makers were geared up for additional exports.  Read more here. 
     
     
    Work starts on new US$7.9 million distribution facility at Edmonton Airport
    source: Shipping Gazette
    CONSTRUCTION has started on a new distribution warehouse at Edmonton International Airport that marks the latest step in the area's growth as a regional economic powerhouse, reports the Edmonton Journal.

    The C$10 million (US$7.9 million) multi-use facility is being erected south of the airport terminal by Annapolis, and will house such firms as flight caterer Gate Gourmet and air cargo support companies Airport Terminal Services and Swissport Canada. Read more here
     
     
    Istanbul Flights Resume
    source: Air Cargo News
    UPDATED: Istanbul's Ataturk Airport is operating flights this morning following last night's terrorist shooting and suicide-bombings.
    Flights had been suspended in the aftermath of the attack. Read more here. 

     
     
    European Freighters Compete for Canada-LatAm Traffice as Air Cargo Yields ‘Go Crazy’
    source: The Loadstar
    Air Canada (AC) is facing some odd competition for its new freighter operation to Latin America.

    In tandem with Canadian all-cargo carrier Cargojet, AC launched a weekly freighter run from Toronto to Bogota and Lima via Atlanta in June, alongside a twice-weekly freighter from Toronto via Dallas/Ft Worth to Mexico City.  Read more here.  


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Montreal Gateway Terminal Publishes Details and Q&A on VGM Requirements 
    source: CIFFA 
    Montreal Gateway Terminals has published their details for administering the Container VGM requirements that come into effect on July 1, 2016. The links to the Frequently Asked Questions can be found in the news section 
    here
     
    The "weighing service - guarantee of payment" form can be found 
    here along with the rate for this service.
     
     
    Port of NY-NJ Notice - IMO Regulations on Verified Gross Mass Begin July 1st
    source: CIFFA 
    The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) SOLAS VI/2 regulation on verified gross mass (VGM) takes effect on Friday, July 1, 2016, at ports worldwide. All terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey will provide scale weights for use, at the carrier's discretion, for export containers arriving to a terminal by truck without a VGM. Under those conditions, a US$10 fee may be assessed by the terminals to the ocean carrier. When a shipper has a VGM, they must coordinate directly with their ocean carriers for the timing and format for transmitting. Container weights provided by the railroads are not accepted for VGM purposes.
     
    For all exports received into Maher Terminals via ExpressRail Elizabeth, a VGM supplied by the ocean carrier via EDI will still be required before a container will be loaded onboard a vessel.
     
    At PNCT, APMT, GCT New York, GCT Bayonne and RHCT, any export container arriving via rail without a VGM will be assessed a $75 charge, weighed and the weight transmitted to the ocean carrier via EDI, once the charge has been paid. If you have specific questions about your cargo, please contact your terminal operator.
     

    Congestion Cripples Bangladesh's Chittagong Port
    source: JOC
    Shippers and ocean carriers using Bangladesh's main gateway port of Chittagong have been battling heavy congestion for the past few weeks, and with the typical bump in import volumes during Ramadan and expected peak season demand, an improvement in cargo-handling appears to be months away. Read more 
    here (login required).  
     
     
    Drewry: 35pc shippers expect low peak season, dashing rate hike hopes
    source: CIFFA 
    IN a poll undertaken by London's Drewry Maritime Research, 35 per cent of shippers expect volumes to be lower than last year's peak season months of July, August and September, only 18 per cent anticipate an increase and 47 per cent expect a status quo.

    The poor state of the global economy was the most common reason given by shipper respondents for their pessimistic growth forecast. "We don't expect any peak whatsoever given the capacity in the market and an overall subdued global economy," one shipper was cited as saying reported The Loadstar.  Read more 
    here.  
     
     
    California Ports Given Extension for Emission Reduction Plan
    source: Splash 24/7
    California’s clean air agency has extended by three months a deadline by which diesel-powered ships need to show how they will achieve big reductions in polluting emissions while at berth in the state’s ports.

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is deferring from July 1 to October 1 the date for ship operators to submit a plan identifying which compliance option they will use to lower by 70% the emissions while their vessels are at berth in the Golden State.  Read more 
    here.
      


    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVENRNMENT UPDATES

    CBSA Message - Canada Day Holiday July 1, 2016
    source: CIFFA 
    Clients Affected: All clients and service providers who transmit trade data using EDI and/or eManifest Portal.

    The Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU) of the Canada Border Services Agency will be closed on the statutory holiday of Friday, July 1, 2016. For urgent client service outside business hours and statutory holiday, please contact the TCCU hotline at 1-888-957-7224 and your enquiry will be answered by a TCCU officer. Also, please refer to the following CBSA website 
    link that offers guidelines for clients using the TCCU's after-hours/weekend/holiday pager service.


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    NAFTA Trade Decline Continues in April
    source: American Shipper
    The total value of cross-border trade between the United States and its partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Canada and Mexico continued to decline in April 2016.

    NAFTA freight value slipped 3.2 percent to $90.4 billion for the month compared with April 2015 after dropping 5.8 percent year-over-year in March….  Read more here.  

  • 28 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Asian Airlines See Cargo Demand Slide in May
    source: Air Cargo News
    Asian airlines saw air cargo demand slide in May, while extra capacity caused load factors to decline.
    The latest figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) show that air cargo demand increased by 0.7% year on year in May in freight tonne km terms.  Read more here.  
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Signs of rate war ending as liners make capacity cuts: Drewry
    source: Shipping Gazette
    DREWRY's Container Insight Weekly saw the fall in spot rates in the first quarter as evidence of a fierce war for market share among ocean carriers.
    Maersk Line suffered a 26 per cent drop in revenue per container for a seven per cent increase in volume, it said.  Read more here

     

    CMA CGM sells in-house trucker as it sheds non-core assets
    source: Shipping Gazette
    THE sale of Greenmodal Route to trucker Jacky Perrenot marks latest move by French Shipping giant CMA CGM to shed non-core assets, reports Lloyd's Loading List.  Read more here.  
     
     
    HMM Granted Extra Time to Get its Finances in Order
    Source: Splash 24/7
    Struggling Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has been handed another month’s breathing space by creditors to get its financial footing safely in place. The new deadline is the end of July.
    HMM is in negotiations with Maersk and MSC to join the 2M container alliance having earlier been barred from entering the six-member new grouping called THE Alliance. Read more here.  
     
     
    CMA CGM Ready to Delist NOL
    source: Splash 24/7
    CMA CGM has crossed the 90% ownership threshold in Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), the parent of boxline APL.
    Following its all-cash voluntary conditional general offer) for NOL which was launched on June 6, CMA CGM now owns 2,361,044,044 shares representing approximately 90.68% of NOL’s share capital.  Read more here.  
     
     
    Hapag-Lloyd and UASC Agree a Merger
    source: Splash 24/7
    Container lines Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) have agreed on the terms of a merger.
    All shares would be transferred to the German carrier as part of the deal, which has been approved by Hapag-Lloyd’s supervisory board.  Read more here.  
     
     
    Soren Skou Appointed New CEO of Maersk Group
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    Maersk Group’s Board of Directors has appointed Søren Skou as the new Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Møller - Mærsk, replacing Nils Andersen, who will leave the Maersk Group. The changes are effective as of 1 July.  Read  more here


    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVENRNMENT UPDATES

    CBSA Reminder TCC16-085 - After-hour Emergency Service
    source: CIFFA 
    This notice is to remind clients about TCCU after-hour service guidelines (outside regular business hours / weekends / holidays). 
     

    *After-hours support is available for urgent situations weekdays from 17:00 to 08:00 Eastern Time and 24 hours on weekends and statutory holidays. An emergency is defined as a situation that prevents clients from transmitting data to the CBSA or receiving data from the CBSA and/or which cannot wait for resolution until the next regular business day.

    ​*When calling the TCCU hotline, choose the following two options: if you require assistance with an EDI transmission, press 1 or if you are login into the CBSA eManifest or Trusted Trader Portal, press 2.

    *To resolve emergency situations as efficiently and effectively as possible, clients contacting the TCCU are expected to have troubleshooting experience and be acquainted with their systems and software.

    *Clients are responsible to communicate information provided by the TCCU to their colleagues (for example during a shift change).  Repeat calls to the TCCU regarding the same issue/transaction are not considered an emergency.

    Prior to contacting the TCCU after-hour service, clients should review the guidelines for using the TCCU after-hour service emergency service at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/eservices/outside-exterieur-eng.html.  The TCCU webpage http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/eservices/faq-eng.html also provides the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding troubleshooting methods.



    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    IMF Lower US Economic Growth Forecast for 2016
    source: American Shipper
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its forecast for U.S. growth this year, urging the Federal Reserve to lean toward modestly overshooting its inflation target in considering whether the economy can handle higher interest rates Read more 
    here.  
     
     
    FAA Keeps Amazon in Crosshairs for Hazmat Violations
    source: American Shipper
    The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday proposed two separate civil penalties against Amazon.com, Inc. in the combined amount of $130,000 for alleged violations of federal hazardous materials regulations.  Read more here

  • 27 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    China Airlines Cancels Flights As Staff Strike (Friday)
    source: CIFFA 
    Taiwan's China Airlines grounded most of its flights for Friday as hundreds of flight attendants went on strike over changes to working conditions.

    The strike forced the suspension of China Airlines' flights out of Taipei's Songshan Airport and at the main international airport in Taoyuan because of safety concerns for crew and ground staff, the company said in a statement issued an hour before the strike began at midnight.

    Flights out of Taiwan's smaller domestic airports were expected to operate as normal. (Excerpted from Reuters)
     
     
    Aeromexico Suspends Services To/From Caracas, Venezuela
    source: CIFFA
    Aeromexico announced on Friday June 24th that almost five years after it started to serve the Mexico City - Caracas route, it has decided to suspend its flights indefinitely, due to the complicated economic situation prevailing in Venezuela. Visit the airlines website for further information.
     
     
    Airport Industry Calls for Single European Aviation Market Following Brexit Vote
    source: Air Cargo News
    Rulemakers have been urged to maintain Europe’s single aviation market following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

    The 
    Airports Council International (ACI) Europe has called for the European Union (EU) and UK aviation markets to remain fully integrated in the future to safe guard and promote air connectivity. Read more here.  
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Bizarrre Twist as HMM Changes Tack and Starts to Woo 2M Alliance for Membership
    source: The Loadstar
    The debate on the reasoning behind the potential alliance grouping of the 2M’s Maersk Line and MSC and the financially troubled Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) continues.

    In a week of a seismic political shock in the UK that could have a far-reaching and long-lasting impact on global trade, there were minor tremors emerging from the Copenhagen headquarters of Maersk.  Read more here.  
     
     
    Maersk man says 2M plans to shift service from Suez to Panama route

    source: Shipping Gazette
    MAERSK's network chief Anders Boenaes says the 2M Alliance partners Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co plan to shift one of their Asia-US east coast services from the Suez to the Panama route, reports IHS Media.  Read more h
    ere.  


    New Advice Published on SOLAS Compliance
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has issued updated advice for members ahead of the 1 July introduction of new international container weight verification rules, with the advice developed and published in conjunction with the World Shipping Council, the TT Club and the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA).  Read more here.
     
     
    Spot Market ‘ Dysfunctional and Incomprehensible for Shippers’
    source: Lloyds Listing
    The Asia-Europe ocean container spot market has become “dysfunctional” and increasingly difficult for freight buyers to navigate, according to Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.

    In a briefing for importers and exporters, the analyst said constant General Rate Increases (GRIs) by lines on Asia-Europe trades were both unproductive and confusing.  Read more here.  

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

     
    DP World Vancouver - VGM Process For Trucking Community
    source: CIFFA
    DP World has issued the following clear instructions for their VGM process in Vancouver.
    "Over the past several months, there have been many discussions around requirements for VGM/SOLAS container weighing. Hopefully you are all familiar with the acronym 'VGM' or Verified Gross Mass by now. If you're not, in a nutshell, all export containers loading to a vessel or departing on a vessel from July 1st require a VGM or certified weight. At this stage the responsibility lies with a shipper to arrange and submit VGM to their particular ocean carrier before documentation cut-off.
     
    The basic process works like this:
    1. Shippers must have their containers scaled and advise the shipping line of the weight.
    2. The weight can only be provided from a scale certified by Measurements Canada.
    3. The Shipping Line must confirm with the terminal operator that a VGM has been provided.
    4. If the container does not have a VGM, it cannot load to the vessel.
     
    So how does this affect the trucking community?
     
    It's business as usual for all containers. The assumption is that all containers arriving at the terminal have a VGM already supplied.
     
    DP World Vancouver however, is also offering a VGM container weighing service if required by a shipper or shipping line. In order to make this request, corresponding shipper needs to complete a VGM request form (available on the DP World website 
    www.dpworld.ca under "Client Centre"). The Customer Service department will then process payment, book an export drop-off appointment and coordinate container weighing. A VGM scale ticket will be provided by Customer Service to the party requesting the service.
     
    I have a VGM appointment, what happens when I arrive at the terminal?
     
    1. All truckers with a VGM appointment must use Lane 1. As a reminder we will update our pre in-gate board.
    2. Proceed to the pedestal and speak to our ingate checker for processing. At this point a few things may happen;
     
    a) Once you receive your interchange ticket, you'll be directed to one of two scales for further processing. After scaling, you will then proceed to the export yard location on your ticket.
     
    OR...
     
    b) You will be directed to a specific yard location to offload the container - the terminal will scale later.
     
    Note:
    a) The checker at the in-gate will not read your container seal, this will be done at the scale.
    b) We will not be providing a scale ticket to the trucker - the scale ticket will be sent directly to the shipper from Customer Service.
     
    What happens at the scale?
     
    1. Trucker proceeds to scale and is guided by forklift operator where to stop. If another truck is present at the scale, approaching truck must give enough room for the preceding truck to back up.
    2. Forklift operator unloads the container. Truck must back up until clear of scale loading area. The container must remain with the same truck.
    For trucks with 2 x 20' container this process will be repeated twice.
    3. Forklift operator positions container on scale for weighing.
    4. Checker prints scale ticket and reads/record tare and seal number on ticket.
    5. Checker gives forklift operator confirmation the container is ready to be re-loaded.
    6. Forklift operator alerts truck driver to move forward for re-loading of the container.\
    7. Trucker proceeds to export block.
     
    NOTE TO STREET TRUCKS: Please slow down and be mindful of pedestrians working when approaching the scale.
     
    Where are the scales?  Both terminal scales are located at the north end of G & H blocks.
     
    If you have further questions, please contact Customer Service.



    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    India Relaxes Foreign Ownership Conditions
    source: Air Cargo News
    The Indian government confirmed its relaxation of the rules governing foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indian companies in several sectors, including the aviation industry.

    Among the changes, the government is now allowing foreign investors that are not airline companies to own all 100% of the shares of Indian carriers, raising the limit from 49%.  Read more here.  
     
     
    China's trade with Belt and Road countries exceeds US$1 trillion in 2015
    Source: Shipping Gazette
    CHINESE President Xi Jinping has revealed that China's trade with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative has surpassed US$1 trillion last year, accounting for a quarter of the nation's total foreign trade.

    Over 70 countries and international organisations have taken part in the Belt and Road Initiative and some 30 countries have signed cooperation deals with China to jointly push forward the initiative over the past three years, President Xi told the Uzbek Parliament, reports Xinhua.  Read more here.  

     

  • 23 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Air France Pilots Cancel June 24-27 Walkout
    source: CIFFA
     
    Strike action planned by Air France pilots for June 24-27 has been canceled, although a national strike could still disrupt air traffic control services on June 23. [Excerpted from CIFFA] 
     
    Netherlands-Based easyJet Pilots to Strike On Friday (June 24th)
    source: CIFFA
     
    Dozens of easyJet pilots based in the Netherlands will hold a second strike on Friday lasting 24 hours after failing to secure better working hours, pensions and sick pay from the budget airline. [Excerpted from CIFFA] 
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    GCT Canada: Canada Day (July 1) Gate Schedule
    source: CIFFA
     
    As a reminder, GCT Deltaport and GCT Vanterm truck gates will be closed on Friday, July 1st in recognition of Canada Day. Vessel and Rail operations will work as required. [Excerpted from CIFFA] 

     
    Drewry poll finds most big shippers expect flat or bleak peak season
    source: Shippingazette
     
    MOST major owners expect flat or lower ocean freight demand compared with last summer, according to a survey by London's Drewry Maritime Research. Read more here

     
    Shippers blame ULCVs for causing congestion and delays at European hub ports
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    Despite a reduction in weekly capacity and port calls on the main Asia-Europe trade, both carriers’ customers and suppliers said they were continuing to struggle with the cargo peaks caused by the continuing deployment of ultra-large container ships on the trade.Read more here
     
     
    Robots to connect vessels to shore power
    source: WorldCargoNews
     
    ABB will supply power and propulsion systems for two battery powered ferries that includes a robot for connecting the vessels to shore power. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

     
    BNSF RailPass cuts truckers' time from road to ramp in half
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway has now adopted a dispatch system for pickup and delivery of containers at its intermodal hubs. Read more here
     

  • 22 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    New Luxembourg-Shanghai air pharma corridor planned
    source: Shippingazette
     
    Luxembourg Airport and Eastern Air Logistics (EAL), the cargo terminal operator at Shanghai's Hongqiao and Pudong airports, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote a pharma corridor between Luxembourg and Shanghai.Read more here
     
     
    New Istanbul airport to handle 5.5 million tonnes annually
    source: Shippingazette
     
    ISTANBUL'S US$11 billion airport is still under construction and 25 per cent complete despite opposition from environmentalists.The project is part of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's ambitious infrastructure development project that he hopes will bolster his nation's position in regional and global markets. Read more here
     
     
    Allegiant Air, Pilots Agree Tentative Deal
    source: AirWise
     
    Allegiant Travel said it has struck a tentative contract agreement with pilots at Allegiant Air after prolonged negotiations. Read more here
     
     
    Netherlands-based easyJet Pilots To Strike On Friday
    source: AirWise
     
    Dozens of easyJet pilots based in the Netherlands will hold a second strike on Friday lasting 24 hours after failing to secure better working hours, pensions and sick pay from the budget airline. Read more here
     
     
    Pilot shortage threatens regional air cargo links, carrier association warns
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    Regional freighter flights, including spokes connecting small communities to integrator hubs, are at risk from the worsening pilot shortage in the US, the Regional Air Cargo Carrier Association (RACCA) has warned. Read more here
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Autonomous shipping: ‘It’s not if, it’s when’
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    The Rolls-Royce led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) yesterday published a whitepaper to coincide with its presentations at the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam. The whitepaper outlines the project’s vision of how remote and autonomous shipping will become a reality. Read more here
     
     
    BIC Launching Pilot Database To Include Tare Weights
    source: CIFFA
     
    The Bureau International des Containers (BIC), a non-profit organisation supporting the container industry with multiple registration databases, has opened a central database with weights ahead of the July 1 implementation of the new SOLAS verification gross weight (VGM) rule. This new, free of charge Technical Characteristics Database (TCD) has been created to make fulfilling the VGM requirement easier for 'Method 2' (calculation) for shippers, those who add cargo and secure material weight to the container's tare weight to obtain the VGM. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

     
    Europe seeks to boost rail freight competitiveness
    source: IRJ 
     
    FIVE European railway and freight associations and European Union (EU) transport ministers have each pledged to boost the competitiveness of rail freight on the nine TEN-T freight corridors. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    Beaconsfield mayor worried about CP Rail plan to increase freight train speeds
    source: CBC
     
    Canadian Pacific Railway says it will increase the speed of some freight trains travelling through Beaconsfield, a plan that has local politicians and some residents on edge. Read more here. 

  • 21 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Italian Air Traffic Controllers To Strike Again July 23
    source: CIFFA 
    Italian air traffic controllers (ATC) will strike again Saturday, July 23, which could result in numerous flight cancellations during one of the busiest summer holiday travel days, European lobby group Airlines for Europe (A4E) said in a June 17 statement. [Excerpted from CIFFA] 
     
    Singapore Air resumes non-stop flights to US after three years absence
    source: Shippingazette
     
    Singapore Airlines will resume nonstop flights to the US three years after they were suspended, thus ending the reign of United Airlines as the only carrier flying direct between the two countries. Read more here
     
    New air cargo terminal inaugurated at central India's Raipur airport
    source: Shippingazette
     
    The aviation sector of central India's Raipur got a major boost with inauguration of common user domestic cargo terminal (CUDCT) at old terminal building, Swami Vivekananda airport, reports the Times of India. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    PSA buys fleet of automated guided vehicles
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Singapore is moving ahead with developing a futuristic port. Terminal operator PSA Singapore has bought 22 new automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for its container terminals, bringing the fleet to 30 units. Read more here
     
    Smart shipping needs smarter regulation
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    The era of ‘smart shipping’ needs much smarter regulation, supported by greater engagement from the industry to lobby for a favourable operating environment, according to a leading voice in Singapore shipping. Read more here
     
    Old workhorses to bow out as bigger box ships transit Panama Canal
    source: Shippingazette
     
    Many panamax boxships that have been the workhorses of the Panama Canal stand to be put out of service as the first postpanamaxes move from Asia to the US east coast, says London's Loadstar. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

     
    RPM Trucking Industry Safety program approved to provide certification courses
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    WINNIPEG, Man.–Manitoba Trucking Association said it is making history with its RPM Trucking Industry Safety program. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    Central database of empty box weights opens before VGM rule date
    source: Shippingazette
     
    The Bureau International des Containers (BIC), a non-profit organisation supporting the container industry with multiple registration databases, has opened central database with weights ahead of the July 1 implementation of the new SOLAS verification gross weight (VGM) rule. Read more here
     
    JUMORE organizes first cross-border E-commerce summit in China
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    BEIJING, China– The first cross-border e-Commerce Summit, which focuses on applying the idea of the sharing economy to achieve global connectivity and economic cooperation, was held in Beijing on June 16. Read more here

  • 20 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    UK Referendum Could Affect Airline Traffic Rights
    source: AirWise
     
    A British vote to leave the European Union in Thursday's referendum would call into question EU agreements on open airspace that have allowed a huge expansion of air travel, creating uncertainty for British and other EU airlines. Read more here
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Ownership structures in shipping should become more transparent
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Ownership structures in shipping should become more transparent, early results from our latest survey overwhelmingly shows. MarPoll, the quarterly online survey carried by Splash and Maritime CEO magazine, features nine topical questions ranging from emissions to shipping cycles, big boxships, technology and shipbroking. Read more here. 
     
    US regulator urges carriers to accept port operator's figure as VGM
    source: Shippingazette
     
    Using the container weight taken at the terminal gate as the verified gross mass (VGM) is a "simple and efficient solution to assure the continued flow of export cargoes", says Federal Maritime Commission chairman Mario Cordero. Read more here
     
    Picture Special: London Gateway gets a lift as new cranes arrive for Berth 3
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    Slightly incredibly, given the apparent state of the vessel, two massive cranes arrived safe and sound from China, via the Cape of Good Hope, to arrive at London Gateway.Read more here
     

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

     
    Proposed locomotive emissions regulations reduce air pollutants
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    OTTAWA, Ont.–The Government of Canada published proposed Locomotive Emissions Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 18, 2016 to limit air pollution. Read more here
     
    Self-driving trucks: what's the future for America's 3.5m truckers?
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    Driverless vehicles appear to be one of the new breed of disruptive technologies that is most likely to have a genuine impact on the freight and logistics industry. Read more here.
     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    Legislation to expand pre-clearance between Canada, U.S.: Feds
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    OTTAWA, Ont.–The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on June 17 announced the introduction of legislation in the House of Commons to expand the highly popular and effective preclearance agreement with the United States. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    Saint Kitts And Nevis Ratifies WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 
    source: CIFFA
     
    Saint Kitts and Nevis has ratified the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the fifth Caribbean WTO member to do so. St. Kitts and Nevis deposited its instruments of acceptance with the WTO secretariat on 17 June. Read more here. 

  • 17 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Canada To Introduce New Flight Crew Hours Regulations
    source: AirWise
     
    The Canadian government is preparing to announce new regulations to ensure commercial pilots throughout the airline industry get enough rest, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said. Read more here
     
    Airports of Thailand To Spend USD$5.5 Bln On Expansion
    source: AirWise
     
    Airports of Thailand, the country's main airport operator, plans to spend THB194 billion baht (USD$5.5 billion) over the next 15 years to expand its six airports to handle a boom in visitor numbers. Read more here
     
     
    Manchester Airports Group weathers French strike with high cargo volumes
    source: Shippingazette
     
    STRIKING French air traffic controllers failed to deflect Manchester Airports Group (MAG) cargo growth in May 2016, reports London's Air Cargo News. Read more here
     
     
    New aircraft and new markets for air cargo carriers looking to expand
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    It’s not been officially announced, but UK air cargo carrier Cargologicair’s latest 747-8F is expected to arrive very soon – and will also be exhibited at next month’s Farnborough Airshow in the UK. Read more here
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Oakland port's night-time gates and operations remain to ease congestion
    source: Shippingazette
     
    AUTHORITIES at the US west coast port of Oakland have announced that the night gates will remain open even after a port subsidy expires this month. In addition, Oakland International Container Terminal said it will offer full operations at night. Read more here
     
     
    Ship scrapping set to hit record level this year as more panamaxes become redundantChittagong ship breaking
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    Ship scrapping appears set to hit record levels this year, according to shipbroker and services firm Clarksons. Read more here
     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Rail provisions extended in Canada Transportation Act
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    OTTAWA, Ont.– The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today announced that the Government of Canada is postponing for one year the repeal of certain provisions of the Canada Transportation Act that were enacted in 2014 by the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act. Read more here

     
    National Research Council spearheads research with provinces, industry on “innovative aluminium products”
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    OTTAWA, Ont.–A newly formed alliance called ALTec Industrial research R&D Group is consolidating research efforts in the Canadian aluminium sector to develop innovative aluminium products for ground transportation vehicles. As a cost-effective and sustainable material, aluminum is increasingly being used to manufacture components for lightweight vehicles which reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and meet increasingly stringent fuel consumption requirements. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    India's crowded terrain means bullet train to be elevated over 350 kilometres
    source: Shippingazette
     
    INDIA may spend as much as US$16 billion - over $1 billion more than expected - on its first bullet train simply to elevate the entire railway, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter, reported Bloomberg. Read more here

  • 16 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Indian Cabinet Approves Aviation Policy
    source: AirWise
     
    India has made it easier for the country's airlines to fly abroad as part of the first set of comprehensive rules governing civil aviation designed to boost air travel and economic growth. Read more here
     
    Long term labour agreements in place with all Air Canada unions in Canada
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    MONTREAL, Que.–Air Canada has ratified its 10th and final labour agreement with its Canadian unions. This completes Air Canada’s current cycle of labour negotiations and establishes long term contracts extending in most cases over a ten year duration for all of its approximately 25,000 unionized employees in Canada, the company announced.Read more here
     
    Comment: a new balance between ‘the business’ and IT could boost air cargo
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    The correlation between different types of IT investments and profitability was analysed in a recent benchmark study (see here). Read more here
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Shippers worried about carrier ‘uncertainty’
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Shippers have stopped celebrating the lowest freight rates in living memory and now concerned about the uncertain state of container supply chains, according to Rolf Niese, head of logistics operations at British American Tobacco. Read more here
     
    Most vessels subject to SOLAS now ready for electronic chart display
    source: Shippingazette
     
    DATA published by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) at Posidonia shows that 59 per cent of the 42,000 internationally trading vessels are now ready for electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) carriage. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


    Government of Canada Extends Provisions For Rail In The Canada Transportation Act
    source: CIFFA
     
    The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Wednesday announced that the Government of Canada is postponing for one year the repeal of certain provisions of the Canada Transportation Act that were enacted in 2014 by the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act. [Excerpted from CIFFA] 
     
    CTA study predicts driver shortage to be worse than previously thought
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    TORONTO, Ont. – A new study by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) reveals that the driver shortage in the Canadian for-hire trucking industry is escalating quicker that previously believed. Read more here
     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Drone Delivery Canada Corp. to trade on Canadian Securities Exchange
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    TORONTO, Ont.– Drone Delivery Canada Corp. announced that the Company has listed its securities on the Canadian Securities Exchange and its common shares will commence trading on June 16, 2016. Read more here


     
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    Angela Merkel urges China on transparent, reliable investment rules
    source: Shippingazette
     
    GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang sought to limit conflict over trade during talks overshadowed by angst in Germany about a Chinese company's EUR4.6 billion (US$5.2 billion) bid for robot maker Kuka AG. Read more here. 
     
    China says it will open e-commerce, logistics to foreign investment
    source: Shippingazette
     
    CHINA plans to lift restrictions to investments by foreign firms in a range of service industries, including e-commerce, logistics, accounting and auditing, says Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng. Read more here

  • 15 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Lufthansa Cargo to cut 700-800 jobs and ‘offer solutions to private customers’
    source: LloydsLoadingList
     
    Lufthansa Cargo has unveiled plans to cut 700-800 jobs from its worldwide workforce of around 4,600 by the end of 2017 as part of plans to save €80 million annually, in order to improve the carrier’s competitiveness.   Read more here

    Air France Pilot Strike Cost More Than €40 Mln
    source: AirWise
     
    Air France said the last four days of strikes by pilots would cost the airline more than EUR€40 million. A spokeswoman for Air France, who confirmed comments given by chief executive Frederic Gagey to AFP, said the company plans to meet unions by the end of the week. Read more here
     
    Long Term Labour Agreements in Place with All Air Canada Unions in Canada
    source: CIFFA
     
    Air Canada today confirmed the ratification of its 10th and final labour agreement with its Canadian unions. This completes Air Canada's current cycle of labour negotiations and establishes long term contracts extending in most cases over a ten year duration for all of its approximately 25,000 unionized employees in Canada. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Another trans-Pacific carrier cuts capacity amid back-to-school restocking
    source: JOC
     
    China Cosco Shipping has suspended a service from Asia to the U.S. West Coast, joining two other carriers that have pulled capacity on the trade laneeven as the season for back-to-school restocking kicks into gear. 
    The last eastbound vessel on China Cosco Shipping’s America-Asia Container route, which utilized ships with capacities ranging from 8,500 twenty-foot-equivalent units to 10,000 TEUs, will sail from Lianyungang on June 8, according to shipping analyst Alphaliner.   Read more here (login required) 
     
    Shipping lines in financial trouble pose a risk to our supply chains, claim shippers
    source: The Loadstar
    Major shippers are calling on shipping lines to develop a greater range of services and claim carriers experiencing financial difficulties pose a huge risk to their supply chains.
    Rolf Niese, until recently head of logistics operations at British American Tobacco, told delegates at the TOC Container Supply Chain event that many shippers had “celebrated” the lowest freight rates seen in living memory.
     
    Kenya not ready to comply with UN's rule for container weights by July 1
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE East African Shippers Council (EASC) said members were not ready to comply with the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) demand for verified gross mass (VGM) weights to be provided for each container before loading. Read more here
     
    Is Zero-Emission Freight Possible? The Port of Los Angeles Thinks So
    source: Smithsonian
     
    In a conference room high above the 43 miles of waterways that make up the Port of Los Angeles, the view is incredible: cranes, ships and the massive Pacific Ocean. Read more here
     
    CMA CGM and PSA Confirm Container Terminal Joint Venture
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    CMA CGM and PSA Singapore Terminals have announced the formation of a joint venture company CMA CGM-PSA Lion Terminal to operate and use four mega container berths at PasirPanjang Terminal Phases 3 and 4 in Singapore.  Read more here.

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


    Automated Gates Expected to Cut Truck Congestion at Chennai Port
    source: Shipping Gazette
     
    INDIA's Port of Chennai has set up radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology for gate operations to complete gate processes quicker. 
    The development is expected to reduce wait times for truck drivers outside the terminals. Read more here
     
    China's Silk Road scheme brings opportunities to Hong Kong: HKTDC
    source: Shippingazette
     
    HONG KONG expects to benefit from China's new "silk road" initiative aimed at developing trade links in Asia and beyond, reports Reuters. "You have a lot of building materials that will need to be transported. That will have demand for shipping," said Jenny Koo, service promotion director for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Read more here
     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    CFIA - Update to the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures - United States
    source: CIFFA
     
    Please be advised that export requirements under section 11.7.3, Annex W - United States of the Chapter 11 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures (MHMP), have been updated with the following information:
     
    Est. 086: add code 03B (raw product - not intact) for chicken, duck, lamb, mutton, turkey and veal.
     
    The update can be found here


     
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    Outlook for Vietnam's logistics sector bright as exports, production rise
    source: Shippingazette
     
    VIETNAM's future looks bright, according to freight forwarders, amid a boost in manufacturing output and spike in exports by all modes of transport, reports Lloyd's Loading List. DHL Global Forwarding ASEAN chief Thomas Tieber said it was an "exciting" market because recent legislation had reduced bureaucracy and border controls with the rest of Southeast Asia and China had been eased. Read more here
     
    Manufacturing Trends ‘Set to Soften Box Trade Growth’
    source: Lloyds Loading List
     
    Container shipping will undergo a prolonged period of softer growth as manufacturing trends impact long-haul container trade demand and traditional transhipment strategies, according to Drewry Maritime Research (DMR).DMR forecasts global throughput growth of less than 4% per year for the next five years at container ports.  Read more here.  

  • 14 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Norway Reopens Airspace After Technical Outage
    source: AirWise
    Norway gradually reopened its airspace and resumed flights on Tuesday following radar problems earlier in the day that had triggered a shutdown in western parts of the country.
     
     
    Six U.S. Airlines Approved For First Regular Flights To Cuba
    source: CIFFA
     
    The U.S. Transportation Department on Friday approved six domestics airlines to begin scheduled flights between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis/St. Paul and Cuba as early as this fall. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
     
    Air France pilot strike threatens relations with Dutch KLM partner
    source: Shippingazette
     
    A PLAN by Air France pilots to strike during the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France, threatens to damage relations with their Dutch sister unit, KLM, Bloomberg reports. Air France-KLM Group's French arm has been meeting with pilot unions for days in an effort to avert a walkout, said the report. Read more here

     
    Greek Civil Aviation Workers to Strike
    source: AirWise
     
    Greek civil aviation workers plan a five-day strike next week in protest at the long-term lease of 14 regional airports.  Read more here. 
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Workers at DSME vote to go on strike
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Around 85% of 7,000 unionised workers at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have voted in favour of industrial action at the South Korean yard, reports say.Read more here
     
     
    Ship detained for using a drone while transiting Suez Canal
    source: Splash 24/7 
     
    Scandinavian P&I Club Gard has warned its members on the dangers of using drones at sea. A vessel entered with Gard was recently detained following the launch of a drone to photograph the vessel proceeding through the Suez Canal. Read more here
     
     
    Born-again Panama heralds cargo drain to USEC from USWC: Drewry
    source: Shippingazette
     
    BIGGER ships in Panama Canal will carry more Asian cargo to and from the US east coast ports even if the number of services remains the same or falls. That's because ship sizes are expected to increase 25 per cent to 5,900 TEU, according to London's Drewry Maritime Research. Read more here
     
     
    Hutchison terminals ‘SOLAS-ready’
    source: Lloyd'sLoadingList
     
    Hutchison Port Holdings Trust has followed PSA by declaring that its port network is now SOLAS-ready. The container terminal operator said that its terminals, including Hongkong International Terminals, COSCO-HIT Terminals, and Asia Container Terminals in Hong Kong and Yantian International Container Terminals in Shenzhen – were now in full compliance with the new Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment to the International Maritime Organization’ s SOLAS convention, which comes into force on 1 July. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

     
    Roland Spedition starts new Hamburg-Nuremberg block-train service
    source: Shippingazette
     
    VIENNA-BASED Roland Spedition forwarders has started operating its own container block-train service linking three Hamburg container terminals with the Tricon terminal in Nuremberg. Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    U.S., Canada Lumber Talks Stalled, Litigation Looms
    source: CIFFA
     
    Talks between Canada and the United States to resolve a dispute over exports of softwood lumber are making little progress and the matter likely will return to the courts, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Friday. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

     
    Quebec, Bombardier Deal By Month's End
    source: AirWise
     
    The Canadian province of Quebec expects to complete an agreement to invest USD$1 billion in Bombardier's CSeries by the end of June, Premier Philippe Couillard said. "Our objective is to finish it by June 30," Couillard told reporters in Montreal. "I think that's realistic. Things are progressing well." Read more here

     
    Transport Canada, Minister Garneau kick off drone safety campaign
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    OTTAWA, Ont.– The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today launched a national safety campaign and reiterated the Government of Canada’s intention to propose new regulations for UAVs, or drones as they are more commonly known. Read more here

  • 13 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Air Canada Inaugurates Toronto-Budapest Service - New Route Extends Air Canada Rouge’s Summer Expansion
    source: AJOT
     
    MONTREAL - The arrival of flight AC1910 from Toronto-Pearson at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport this morning further extends Air Canada Rouge’s presence in Central Europe. Read more here

     
    SAS, EasyJet Pilots Join Air France as Europe Hit by Strikes
    source: AJOT
     
    Swedish pilots flying for SAS AB, the owner of Scandinavian Airlines, extended a walkout in a pay dispute to a fourth day, joining cockpit crews at Air France-KLM Group in hitting travel the opening weekend of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Read more here
     
     
    Argentina Airport Workers Strike For 48 Hours
    source: CIFFA
     
    Airport workers in Argentina began a 48-hour strike on Friday over a wage dispute with the government. The strike will continue until the government agrees to talks with the workers over pay, the union said. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
     
    Gatwick Delays Over Week-End Caused By Runway 'Pothole'
    source: CIFFA
     
    London's second-busiest airport, Gatwick, was plunged into chaos over the weekend after heavy rain opened up a pothole in the main runway. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
     
    Air France Pilots' Strike Continues
    source: CIFFA
     
    Air France is expecting to cancel around 21% of its flight schedule on June 13 as its pilots continue their four-day walkout. In a statement, Air France said around 27% of its pilots are involved in the action, which started on June 11 is set to continue until June 14. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
     
    Shipment of lithium batteries poses big problem to air cargo sector
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE current embargo on bulk shipping of lithium batteries on passenger flights will cripple many otherwise healthy industries, says New York's Air Cargo World. Read more here. 
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Panama Canal suspends draft restrictions in panamax locks
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announces that the first draft restriction announced in its advisory to shipping on April 18 has been suspended. Read more here
     
     
    BIFA warns members use VGM "grace" period wisely or be penalised
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE British International Freight Association (BIFA) is urging its members and the freight forwarding community to get ready to comply with the new rules making the reporting of a container's verified gross mass (VGM) mandatory prior to loading on board a vessel.Read more here
     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Prince Rupert: Evolution From Remote Fishing Port Into Critical Container Shipping Link
    source: CIFFA
     
    In 2007, Canada's Port of Prince Rupert executed a phenomenal turnaround of its business through reinvention of its Fairview Terminal. Over the last few decades, global economic changes had eliminated the formerly thriving industry in the primarily fishing port and paper/pulp mill town. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
     
    G3 Terminal Vancouver Receives Project Approval
    source: CIFFA 
     
    Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has approved G3 Terminal Vancouver's application to construct a grain handling and export facility on the Lynnterm West Gate site in North Vancouver. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

  • 10 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Air France To Protect Euro Flights During Strike - CEO
    source: AirWise
     
    Air France said a pilots strike starting on Saturday would force the cancellation of up to 30 percent of flights but the airline would strive to ensure minimal disruption to flights serving cities hosting Euro 2016 football matches. Read more here
     
     
    New cargo facility at Mumbai airport expects 8pc annual growth
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE new domestic cargo terminal at Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), near Western Express Highway in Vile Parle, expects business to grow annually by between seven and eight per cent with the surge in e-commerce business, which currently accounts for about 75-80 per cent of the total domestic cargo business of MIAL.
     
     
    SAS Pilot Talks Enter Extra Time As Strikes Loom
    source: CIFFA
     
    SAS Scandinavian Airlines is facing the threat of two walkouts, as it seeks to hammer out labor deals with its Norwegian and Swedish pilots. SAS started collective labor agreement discussions with pilots from the two countries in April. However, it failed to reach a mediated agreement with Norwegian short-haul pilots by the midnight deadline on June 8 and its Swedish pilots have given notice of strike action on June 10. SAS and the Norwegian pilot unions have agreed to continue the mediation process in overtime, past the original deadline, and SAS is determined to reach an agreement.
     
     
    Air Canada Service To Fort Mcmurray Resumes June 10
    source: CIFFA
     
    Air Canada Cargo has advised that flights and cargo service to and from Fort McMurray, Alberta (YMM) will resume Friday June 10. Flights are open for cargo bookings as usual. For more information contact your local Air Canada Cargo representative or 1-800-387-4865 in Canada.
     
     
    Air Canada Cargo and Cargojet Successfully Launch First Freighter Flight to South America
    source: AJOT
     
    Only direct scheduled freighter service between Canada and Latin America. MONTREAL, QC and MISSISSAUGA, ON - Air Canada Cargo and Cargojet Airways Ltd., a subsidiary of Cargojet Inc. (TSX: CJT, CJT.A), (“Cargojet’) commenced service today with the first freighter flight to Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru, operated with a Cargojet B767-300F aircraft. Read more here
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Price, risk and trust ‘the top reasons shippers switch carriers’
    source: Lloyd’s Listing
     
    Price, risk management, and loss of trust are the top three reasons freight shippers switch containership carriers, according to a new survey by Xeneta, the Oslo-based benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerised ocean freight.

     
    Striking port workers hold rally in front of Athens Stock Exchange
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Striking port workers today protested in front of the Athens Stock Exchange where a meeting was taking place to rubber stamp Cosco Pacific’s controversial takeover of Piraeus port. Read more here
     
     
    Neopanamax makes history with first transit through expanded Panama Canal locks
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    The Panama Canal’s contracted vessel transited the new Atlantic-facing Agua Clara Locks yesterday. These transits, performed by the neopanamax dry bulk carrier Baroque, are part of a series of training events occurring in the run-up to the expanded canal’s June 26 inauguration. Read more here
     
     
    Port of NY & NJ Confirms Capability to Handle Larger Vessels
    source: CIFFA 
     
    On June 7, officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed that the Port of New York and New Jersey will be able to handle 14,000 TEU vessels toward the end of 2017. [Excerpted from CIFFA] 
     
     
    Peel Ports introduces in-port container weighing at Liverpool
    source: AJOT
     
    Weighbridges installed at multi-lane autogates.  Standard solutions to be introduced at other group ports.  Process trials taking place before new rules take effect on 1 July 2016. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


    CN urges communities to submit input risk assessments on hazmat transits
    source: Shippingazette
     
    CANADIAN National Railway (CN) wants local communities to submit risk assessments along rail routes carrying hazardous materials. CN said it performs specific risk assessments on railway lines carrying substantial amounts of dangerous goods, looking at factors such as population and emergency response capabilities. Read more here
     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Vancouver's Terminal 2 project moves another step forward
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE Canadian Government has moved Port Metro Vancouver's application to construct Terminal 2 at Roberts Bank adjacent to Deltaport, from the "completeness review" to review by an environmental panel, reports the American Journal of Transportation. The terminal, which could surpass Deltaport as the largest in Canada, is a key component of Vancouver's plans to expand container handling capacity. Read more here
     
     
    Canadian Exports Give St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Solid Start
    source: CIFFA
     
    Canadian exports to the U.S. and abroad have kept St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments at a solid pace, despite tough economic conditions for some commodities. Seaway year-to-date shipments (March 21 to May 31) reached 6.5 million metric tons, down 4 per cent (282,000 metric tons) compared to the same period last year, due mainly to tonnage decreases in iron ore and imported steel. However, there were a number of positive cargo categories. [Excerpted from CIFFA]


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Footwear industries call for regulatory harmonization
    source: American Shipper
     
    Trade associations on both sides of the Atlantic urged duty-free treatment for footwear and other steps to make it easier to sell shoes between the United States and the European Union.  Read more here.  

  • 9 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Commercial Air Service to Resume at Fort McMurray International Airport
    source: CIFFA
     
    Commercial air service is scheduled to resume at Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) on June 10, 2016. This day will mark an important milestone for the community. YMM will be marking the occasion with a reopening celebration. The first flight from EIA to YMM is scheduled to depart at 8:35 am on Friday, June 10. Read more here

     
    Two more cargo carriers set for take-off in Russia, despite its declining air freight market
    source: The Loadstar
     
    New air cargo carriers are picking over the bones of Tranasero, the Russian carrier which stopped operations in October – but could find it tough to squeeze into a declining market.  Read more here.  

     
    Mumbai Airport sees cargo volumes take off on e-commerce business
    source: The Loadstar
     
    Mumbai International Airport has opened a domestic cargo terminal to help the growing e-commerce business in India. The airport has launched a common user terminal to handle 300,000 tonnes of cargo each year, in an attempt to cater for expected air freight growth of 12.5% CAGR over the next five years. Read more here.  

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Hapag-Lloyd postpones transpac peak season surcharge
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
     
    Hapag-Lloyd is postponing the implementation of a transpacific peak season surcharge (PSS) planned for 15 June amid continuing overcapacity on east Asia-North America container trades, with implementation now scheduled for 1 July. Read more here.  
     
     
    Biggest Indian Port One Step Closer To Truck Tolls
    source: CIFFA
     
    India's port regulator, Tariff Authority for Major Ports, has tentatively allowed Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to charge toll fees for truck cargo gated in and out of terminals at the country's biggest container gateway. The provisional ruling comes after the port filed an application with TAMP for the go-ahead and port-user associations, including the Mumbai-NhavaSheva Ship Agents' Association, protested the new levy, claiming it was outside the scope of the approved scale of rates for JNPT. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


    Striking drivers at LA, Long Beach & San Diego ports hold protest march
    source: Shippingazette
     
    STRIKING drivers have held a march through Wilmington to demand the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach & San Diego, California stop doing business with "lawbreaking" companies. The truck drivers are supported by warehouse workers and the union leaders. Read more here
     
     
    CN asks municipalities to submit input on key route corridors
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    WINNIPEG, Man.–CN is encouraging communities to submit input for corridor risk assessments along rail routes carrying significant amounts of dangerous goods. CN performs specific risk assessments on railway lines carrying substantial amounts of dangerous goods, known as Key Routes, looking at factors such as population and emergency response capabilities. Under new Transport Canada regulations, CN will incorporate input from Canadian municipalities along these Key Routes as part of those risk assessments, the company said. Read more here. 
     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    HPA Notice - South Marginal Road Reconstruction Taking Place From June To September
    source: CIFFA
     
    Starting this month, the Halifax Port Authority will reconstruct a portion of South Marginal Road. Construction will take place from the Mission to Seafarers office to the South End Container Terminal (Halterm) truck entrance. The purpose of the construction is to upgrade existing rail crossings, remove rail sections that are no longer in use, add curbs and sidewalks and significantly improve water drainage. During the construction period, vehicle traffic will be reduced to one lane with minimal periods of stop-and-go traffic. The waterside pedestrian walkways along South Marginal Road will be unavailable. Please click here.  
     
     
    Chamber of Shipping recognizes World Oceans Day
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    OTTAWA, Ont.– The Chamber of Shipping recognized World Oceans Day June 8, with a release supporting the protection of Canada’s oceans, as marine shipping is intrinsically connected to the health of our oceans. Through efforts at the International Maritime Organization and in Canada, positive change is underway to reduce the impact on the environment through advanced ship-design, and reductions of air emissions, aquatic invasive species, and ship generated noise, it said. Read more here


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Most influential women in logistics narrowed down to final shortlist
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
     
    Women in Logistics has revealed the final shortlist of the most influential individuals and businesses that will be bidding for a much sought-after award on 17 June 2016. Read more here.  

  • 8 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    EU Transport Chief to Battle Airline Subsidies in Persian Gulf
    source: AJOT
     
    European Union governments gave EU transport chief Violeta Bulc the go-ahead to negotiate aviation agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, setting up a potential clash over alleged unfair subsidies to airlines based in the two Persian Gulf nations.
     
    European transport ministers meeting on Tuesday in Luxembourg included a provision on financial transparency in the negotiating mandates for Bulc, targeting any market-distorting aid to Emirates, Etihad Airways PJSC and Qatar Airways Ltd. The ministers also approved similar mandates for accords with Turkey and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
     
     
     
    DHS Says US Airport Screening Improving
    source: AirWise
     
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is working to improve airport screening after major lapses last year, a US government investigator said, adding that the agency has embraced oversight.
     
    "As a result of our audit reports… TSA is now, for the first time in memory, critically assessing its deficiencies in an honest and objective light," said John Roth, inspector general of the US Department of Homeland Security, the TSA's parent agency. "We are generally satisfied with the response we have seen at TSA."
     
    Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    OOCL launches the first capacity cuts on the transpacific as freight rates sink to unsustainable levels
    source: The Loadstar
     
    OOCL has announced that it will suspend its transpacific service out of central China.
    The service, the CC1, which operates as part of the G6 alliance, will stop for six weeks, commencing with the arrival of the Hyundai Shanghai in Qingdao on 19 June.
    No reason was given by the carrier for the suspension, but weak demand combined with excess capacity has driven freight rates down to rock-bottom levels on the route this year.  

    Read more here.
     
     
    Suez Canal offers up to 65% discount for Asia-North America east coast carriers
    source: Lloyds Loading List
     
    The Suez Canal Authority has announced plans to offer a significant discount on toll fees of up to 65% to traffic heading on the backhaul eastbound leg from the North American east coast to South and Southeast Asia, as the waterway looks to increase the pressure on its rival, the Panama Canal.
     
    With immediate effect, containerships departing from Norfolk, Virginia, and North American ports further north heading to the port of Kelang in Malaysia and east Asian ports thereafter will be granted a 45% reduction on the Suez Canal’s normal tolls, according to the SCA.  

    Read more here

     
    G6 takes shipper fears on board and phases-out HMM ships from Asia-Europe trades
    source: The Loadstar
     
    The G6 Alliance is to phase out troubled ocean carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine’s (HMM) ships from its joint services on the Asia-North Europe tradelane and replace them with vessels from other partners.
     
    According to Alphaliner, the decision to drop the ships from the route is a “pre-emptive move” to avoid “potential operational disruptions” as a consequence of the South Korean company’s financial restructuring.  

    Read more here.  
     
     
    China vows to ignore Hague court's South China Sea judgment
    source: Shippingazette
     
    CHINA has rebuffed American pressure to curb its activity in the South China Sea, restating its sovereignty over the disputed territory and saying it "has no fear of trouble", Reuters reports.
     
    On the Asian security summit, Admiral Sun Jianguo said China will not be bullied, including over a pending international court ruling over its claims in the vital trade route.
     
    "We do not make trouble, but we have no fear of trouble," Admiral Sun told the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, where 600 security delegates gathered for three days.
     
     
     
    New guidance on SOLAS a welcome move
    source: Lloyd'sLoadingList
     
    Latest IMO circular on VGM urging a policy of ‘practical and pragmatic' enforcement by authorities over the first three months will assist implementation, says TT Club’s Peregrine Storrs-Fox
     
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued a Circular to all Member States and the transport industry this week in order to assist the implementation of the VGM amendment to SOLAS, which comes into effect on 1 July.  TT Club welcomes the move, noting that governments have also been urged to engage with the industry in their jurisdictions to assist with compliance and to share best practice with other national authorities.
     

     
    Bad news for Port Klang as CMA CGM signs up for container terminal JV with PSA at Singapore
    source: The Loadstar
     
    After its acquisition of APL, French shipping line CMA CGM is expected to also sign a joint-venture agreement to develop a new hub at Singapore with the port’s operator, PSA.
     
    The move was indicated last year with CMA CGM’s original takeover offer, accompanied by a series of mollifying comments from vice-chairmanRodolpheSaade to Singaporeans clearly worried about their jobs.

    Read more here.  


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Disregarding trade compliance “risky business”: survey
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.– Multinational companies are not investing in their employees’ trade compliance training, even though organizations and individuals that fail to comply with trade regulations face substantial penalties, according to survey results released from global trade management solutions provider Amber Road and its Global Trade Academy.
     
    The survey of 300 U.S.-based global companies across a range of revenues and industries found that 56 percent of executives at the companies surveyed are not investing in trade compliance training, even though 28 percent of those companies had already been fined or warned by government agencies for noncompliance.
     
     
     
    U.S. consumers aren't buying more international products despite the dollar's surge
    source: American Shipper
     
    U.S. consumers were supposed to be the world's economic engine, but haven't been straying from domestic shores.
    Despite the double-digit advance in the U.S. trade-weighted broad dollar index in 2015 on the heels of the rally in the second half of 2014, real goods imports (excluding petroleum) have gone nowhere for over a year:
    That is, although it got a lot cheaper for the U.S. to buy stuff from the rest of the world, Americans haven't been doing so.  

    Read more here.  

  • 7 June 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    DP World unveils $1billion project to develop greenfield container port in Ecuador
    source: The Loadstar
     
    DP World has won a concession to develop and operate a new container facility in Ecuador, a Latin America’s country that has proved most resistant to international terminal operators.
     
    The Dubai-headquartered operator today said it been awarded a 50-year concession to develop the port of Posorja, located around 65km from its largest port of Guayaquil.
     
     
     
    A more comfortable berth for live lobsters
    source: The Loadstar
     
    A few weeks ago CMA CGM announced that it had developed specialised container for transporting live lobsters caught in the Canadian waters of Nova Scotia to the food markets of Europe, thus making air freight redundant. It is not the first time a shipping line has tried to capture a market that has always been in the hands of airlines.  

    Read more here.
     
     
    Port of Oakland to extend night-time operations
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    The Port of Oakland announced on Monday that its International Container Terminal will continue with night-time operations from Mondays to Thursdays even beyond the expiry of a port subsidy this month.
     
    Night-time operations began two months ago as a temporary measure and funded by a $1.5m Port of Oakland subsidy program. It has proved very popular.

    GROUND & RAIL UPDATES


    Teamsters seek Socal port ban on misclassifying 'illegal truckers'
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE Teamsters Union Port Division is calling on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to "ban trucking companies if they "illegally misclassify truck drivers" as independent contractors.
     
    Teamsters director Fred Potter said compliant companies are facing an "unfair advantage" from those that continue to avoid treating their drivers as employees.
     
     
     
    62 managers sacked at coal-starved Burlington Northern Santa Fe
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway has cut 62 management jobs and reduced itself from three regions to two as layoffs mount and coal volumes fall because of environmental regulations and low natural gas prices.
     
    The Association of American Railroads said April coal volumes on United States railways were down 39.7 per cent year on year, reported American Shipper.
     
     
     
    Peace Bridge (Fort Erie, ON and Buffalo, NY) Rehab To Begin This Month
    source: CIFFA
     
    American Bridge Company has been awarded an $80.5-million contract to rehabilitate the Peace Bridge - an international crossing connecting Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. The work is part of a five-year, $186-million capital project and begins this month. No lane closures are expected until mid-October. Construction is to be finished by 2019 and will be completed in four stages. The project will be a coordinated effort between both sides of the border to ensure completion with minimal impacts on motorists, tourists, bus passengers and commercial carriers. Rehabilitating the Peace Bridge will involve everything from replacing structural steel to new traffic control gantries, and add a pedestrian walkway.(Except from Today's Trucking)


    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     

    Claude Mongeau to Step Down from Role as CN CEO
    source: Canadian Shipper
     
    MONTREAL, Ont.–CN announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer Claude Mongeau will step down from his role leading CN at the end of June. Mongeau joined CN 22 years ago, was CN’s Chief Financial Officer for 11 years, and its Chief Executive Officer for the last six and a half years.  

    Read more here.  
     
     
    Halifax Port Authority Achieves Top Marks For Commitment To Environmental Sustainability
    source: CIFFA
     
    The Halifax Port Authority has achieved top marks as measured by Green Marine environmental sustainability criteria. This places the Halifax Port Authority among the top-rated Canadian ports as measured by Green Marine.
     
    The Halifax Port Authority is measured in four Green Marine categories: Greenhouse Gases, Spill Prevention, Community Impacts and Environmental Leadership. In all four categories, Halifax has achieved Level 5 ratings which reflect excellence and leadership. The 2015 Performance Report, containing the individual results of all of the program's participants, is available here


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Technology shift bringing an end to shipping cycles
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Prepare to say goodbye to everything you thought you knew about shipping – that was the conclusion from the morning session of the TradeWindsShipowners Forum, held at Posidonia in Athens today.
     
    “Shipping cycles are a thing of the past,” Christopher Wiernicki, chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) told delegates.
     

     
    'Outlook dim for Latin America trade in 2016', but Mexico is still shining
    source: The Loadstar 
     
    Trade prospects for Latin America are looking distinctly dim this year, according to a recent Maersk Line trade report,
     
    East coast volumes are predicted to shrink as major economies continue to struggle with recession, while west coast export nations face declining demand from China.  

    Read more here.  

  • 6 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Henan Civil Aviation Development Investment said to buy Hahn Airport
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Co (HNCA) that owns 35 per cent of Cargolux. is reportedly about to buy loss-making Hahn Airport, 115 kilometres north west of Frankfurt.
     
    According to www.cargoforwarder.eu, which quoted "reliable sources, a agreement had been finalised with HNCA on "a double-digit million euro [sale] price" and that the deal will be officially announced in the coming days.
     
     
     
    Air Canada’s New Service from Montreal to Casablanca takes off!
    source: AJOT
     
    MONTREAL - The arrival of flight AC1936 at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport this morning marks the successful launch of non-stop service between Montreal and Casablanca, Air Canada’s first African route and the only scheduled non-stop service to North Africa by a North American carrier. Flights between Montreal and the famed Moroccan city will be operated until October 29th, 2016 by Air Canada Rouge with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Service is scheduled to resume on May 1, 2017.
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    More capacity cuts on the way
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
     
    Permanent cuts to capacity have proved to be the only effective way of reviving ailing freight rates in an environment of weak demand thus far, and industry analysts say its success only points to further supply reductions in the months ahead.
     
    Alphaliner said given the current market conditions, on top of the CMA CGM-APL consolidation and the uncertainties posed by Hyundai Merchant Marine and Hanjin Shipping’s financial restructuring moves, this will lead to significant capacity reductions, as carriers move to stop the severe rate slide of the past few months.  

    Read more here.  
     
     
    Shipping must prepare for stricter black carbon emission regulations
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    A new global challenge and a compliance monitoring market are emerging, due to tightening environmental regulations. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Turku have joined forces in an international project – Shipping Emissions in the Arctic – with the aim of making the measurement of black carbon emissions from shipping more reliable.
     
    The initial results show that engine loads and fuel types have a major impact on black carbon emissions from ships.
     
     
     
    2M takes advantage of lull in competition to revamp services for faster transit times
    source: The Loadstar
     
    Faster transit times and improved reliability will be the key battlegrounds for alliances on the Asia-Europe trades when the four groupings become three next April.
     
    According to Drewry, last week’s Asia-North Europe network redesign by 2M partners MSC and Maersk was focused on these two key elements.  

    Read more here

     
    Striking workers preparing for massive march through Wilmington on Monday starting at 3:00 PM PST
    source: AJOT
     
    Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach & San Diego, CA –Hours after striking port drivers and warehouse workers, union leaders, and supporters called on the ports to stop doing business with lawbreaking companies, picket lines expanded to XPO Cartage’s San Diego-based yard (NYSE: XPO), as well as to the yard of one of XPO’s major customers, Toyota, on the U.S.-Mexico border. Long lines of trucks at the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, and in San Diego are having a significant impact on the U.S. supply chain, which relies on the timely movement of cargo in and out of our nation’s largest seaport, through which more than 40% of U.S. imports arrive before being shipped by truck and rail to every zip code in America.
     
     
    'Auckland's port will have to be moved'
    source: The Loadstar
     
    The future of the port of Auckland might have little material impact beyond the shores of New Zealand, but the discussion under way in the city says a lot about the relationship between freight and society in the 21st century. With mayoral elections in Auckland looming, a majority of the candidates argue that the entire port needs to be moved, rather than grant it permission to extend its facilities, as port authority figures have requested.

    Read more here
     
     
    G6 Alliance announces Asia-Europe Schedule Update
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    HONG KONG, China–Members of the G6 Alliance have announced additional void sailings within their Asia-Europe product to adjust to market demand.
     
    As the G6 Alliance continues to review its product profile, the Loop 6 service will be suspended until further notice, the Alliance said.
     

    GROUND & RAIL UPDATES


    Calais migrants ‘using gas bottles in truck barricades’
    source: Lloyd’s Loading  List
     
    Migrants are using increasingly dangerous methods in their attempt to stop and enter trucks heading for the port of Calais, police sources have claimed.
     
    Unions representing police officers said that in the past fortnight, migrants had begun resorting to burning mattresses, tree trunks, and branches and placing them near gas bottles as they seek to barricade the ring road leading to the Channel port, in order to force trucks to slow down or stop.  

    Read more here.  

     
    Vancouver gets the OK for a new high speed grain terminal
    source: AJOT
     
    Port Metro Vancouver has approved an application by Global Grain Group (G3) to build a new high throughput grain export terminal at the port.
     
    G3 is a new grain company built from the remnants of the former Canadian Wheat Board and purchased by Bunge and the state-owned Saudi Agricultural Livestock Investment Company.
     
    Read more here

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     

    Canada's GDP up 2.4pc as exports and consumers drive growth
    source: Shippingazette
     
    CANADA's GDP grew 2.4 per cent in the first quarter to C$1.78 trillion (US$1.37 trillion) on the strength of exports and consumer spending.
     
    But the increase fell short of expectations - a 2.8 per cent gain - and set the stage for a weak second quarter as Canada endured continuing lower commodity prices, reported the Wall Street Journal.
     


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Freight forwarders urged not to be complacent on SOLAS ‘grace’ period
    source: AJOT
     
    The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is urging its members and the freight forwarding community not to be complacent about new rules concerning the reporting of the “verified gross mass” of every container, in light of the recent IMO circular on VGM urging a policy of ‘practical and pragmatic’ enforcement by authorities over the first three months after the new rules take effect on July 1.
     
    Robert Keen, director general of the trade association for UK freight forwarders says that whilst there has been ongoing concerns regarding the application of the container weighing requirements, which has led to an IMO committee issuing a statement suggesting some leniency be applied after July 1, international trade should not allow this grace period to shape its plans in regards to complying with the implementation of the new rules.
     

  • 3 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    IATA Raises Airline Profit Forecast
    source: AirWise
     
    IATA says airlines should make more money than previously expected this year, helped by low oil prices and work by airlines to fill planes and drive ancillary revenues.
     
    IATA, representing over 260 airlines accounting for 83 percent of global air traffic, is now forecasting they will make a collective net profit of USD$39.4 billion this year, up from a previous estimate of USD$36.3 billion and with more than half of all profits generated by North American carriers.
     
    Read more here.
     
     
    US Airforwarders Association urge use of private sniffer dogs for cargo
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE US Airforwarders Association (AfA) is urging use of air cargo sniffer dogs and plans to lobby US policymakers to permit canines from private providers to perform screening duties.
     
    The US Transportation Security Agency (TSA) previously allocated sniffer dogs to air cargo, but over time they have been shifted to passenger terminals, reports Perth's Aircargo Asia-Pacific.
     
    Read more here. 
     
     
    Air China Expands Vancouver Service in August/September 2016
    source: CIFFA
     
    Air China has made further adjustment to planned Beijing - Vancouver operation, which sees overall frequency increases from 14 to 17 weekly, from August 16 to September 6, 2016. In addition, CA997/998 service is now scheduled to be operated by Airbus A330-300, from July 1 to August 31. 

     
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    PSA, CMA CGM outline preparations for VGM
    source: American Shipper

    Singapore-based global terminal operator PSA International and French ocean carrier CMA CGM said they are ready to comply with a July 1 deadline set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for shippers to submit documentation certifying the weight of containers tendered. Without receiving the measurements in advance, carriers are prohibited from loading cargo boxes on vessels. 

    Read more here. 
     
     
    Vietnam’s port brace for chaos as they await clarification on how to apply VGM
    source: The Loadstar

    Vietnam’s shipping community is in a state of confusion over the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) regulations, with widespread disruption to its burgeoning export industries expected from 1 July.
    With only a month until the IMO’s new container weighing rules come into effect, a lack of finalised guidelines from the Vietnam Maritime Administration (Vinamarine), coupled with poor shipper awareness, could mean boxes piling up at ports, as well as road congestion caused by a possible “no-VGM, no gate-in” policy by terminal operators. 

    Read more here.  
     
     
    No end in sight for Bangladesh congestion as garments fail to sail
    source: The Loadstar

    If you are trying to get garments out of Bangladesh, expect delays, both by air and sea. According to forwarder Ligentia, shippers are looking to sea-air services to avoid airport delays, where security and scanning issues have slowed processes. Sea-air services are via Singapore, Dubai or Colombo.

    At Chittagong port, however, ships carrying raw materials have been unable to dock after the port suspended operations in May due to a cyclone – and the congestion has yet to ease. Delays are four to five days, according to one company. To make matters worse, reportedSourcing Journal, an April strike by shipping workers has added to the congestion. 

    Read more here. 
     
      
    K Line commits to slash vessel CO2 emissions
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line)has upped its commitments to slash its CO2 emissions going forward.
    The giant Japanese shipping line achieved 13.6% reduction in CO2 emissions in 2015 against its 2011 level, as a result of deployment of larger vessels, using advanced energy-saving technologies including electronically controlled engines, as well as slow steaming.
     
    Read more here. 
     
     
    UASC delays vote on Hapag-Lloyd merger
    source: Splash 24/7

    United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has delayed a shareholder vote on the proposed merger with German shipping line Hapag-Lloyd.

    UASC said the shareholders of the company were generally supportive of the ongoing discussions with Hapag-Lloyd and recognised the strategic value of a potential combination of both businesses in an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held yesterday. 

    Read more here. 


     

    GROUND & RAIL UPDATES


    Uber-like road haulage start-up ignites transcontinental US trade
    source: Shippingazette
     
    ROADIE, an Uber-like road haulage scheme, with the organisation charging US$12 to $500, with drivers getting 80 per cent of the fee, has set itself up in Atlanta, Georgia.
     
    The company has expanded in eight south-eastern states and then went nationwide, reports the Dallas Morning News.
     
    Read more here. 



    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Floods, Strikes Disrupt French Daily Life as Euro 2016 Nears
    source: AJOT

    France is facing unusual levels of disruption from labor strikes and disastrous flooding with only a week to go before the start of Europe’s biggest sporting event, the Euro 2016 soccer championship.

    Overflowing rivers forced the evacuation of thousands south of Paris, while the Seine River traversing the capital rose to its highest in more than 34 years, shutting down the Louvre museum and some suburban train traffic. Meanwhile, strikes to protest a proposed labor law are disrupting railway traffic elsewhere, have caused gasoline shortages and reduced electricity output. 

    Read more here.  

  • 2 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

     
    French Air Traffic Controllers To Strike Again
    source: CIFFA 
     
    European carriers are bracing for further disruption, as France's air traffic controllers plan another walkout which threatens to be the worst of 2016. Eurocontrol is warning that French air traffic control (ATC) could be affected by a French public services strike from 0400UTC on June 2 until 0400UTC on June 3. This will be immediately followed by an ATC-specific walkout from 0400UTC on June 3 until 0400UTC on June 6, in protest against future reforms.
     
    European airline lobby group Airlines for Europe (A4E) has warned that the June 3-6 strike threatens delays, cancellations and long detours. "They are looking at up to 3,000 cancellations, or more, if this hits hard. 

     
    Asian carriers monthly: demand grows in April but yields under pressure
    source: AircargoNews
     
    Asian air cargo carriers benefitted from better than expected demand in April but yields remained under pressure.
     
    The latest figures from Asian air cargo carriers show that the majority monitored in Air Cargo News’ monthly summary recorded an improvement compared with the rest of the year.
     
    This is partly down to the fact that in the first quarter of the year comparisons with 2015 are negatively affected by a demand rush last year due to industrial action at US west coast seaports.
     

     
    Airfreight industry to benefit from perishables growth despite modal shift
    source: AircargoNews
     
    The airfreight industry will continue to benefit from growth in the perishables market despite the threat of ocean transport grabbing marketshare.
     
    Speaking at the Cool Chain Association (CCA) Perishables Summit in Barcelona, CAA member Janet Coldebella, who is also Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo business development manager – fresh, Americas, said that although ocean freight providers were taking market share, several shippers who had made the move had tried once and moved back.
     
    “Transit times are still too long to guarantee the quality and shelf life that retailers demand,” she said.
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Port Drivers Go On Strike In L.A./Long Beach
    source: CIFFA 
     
    Drivers are striking fat our companies doing business in and around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, claiming they are being misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. Drivers from XPO Cartage, XPO Port Services and K&R Transportation (owned by California Cartage) went on strike Wednesday, joining drivers at Intermodal Bridge Transport who went on strike Tuesday afternoon. In addition, warehouse workers at K&R's sister company, California Cartage Warehouse, are also on strike. It's not known how many drivers are involved in the strike, but a spokesman for the Harbor Trucking Company, said the drayage companies he has spoken to say less than 1 percent of their workers are involved in the action. Picketing is occurring at the companies' yards, warehouses and distribution centers, and the group and ambulatory picketing will occur at marine terminals and other locations throughout the day and into the night, the group said. (Excerpted from American Shipper)

     
    One-day national port strike hits France's leading container terminals
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
     
    A 24-hour national ports strike in France today has impacted activity at France's leading container ports, Le Havre and Marseille.
     
    The stoppage by the Ports and Docks branch of the CGT trade union, the latest in a spate of industrial action over the past few weeks in protest to new labour laws, has impacted  the schedules of six box ships at Le Havre, an industry source told Lloyd's Loading List.  

    Read more here

     
    Chamber: Congestion at Yangon cannot be resolved overnight
    source: Shippingazette
     
    TO clear cargo backlogs at Yangon (Rangoon) port will require round-the-clock operations and the lifting of a ban the halts activities outside of the hours between 9am and 4pm daily imposed by customs, according to the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
     
    "Most countries around the world use round-the-clock loading and unloading processing services. Our trading system will be able to develop quickly now that we have introduced this fast-track method too, especially if customs clearance is also streamlined," UMFCCI joint secretary general U Aye Lwin told the Myanmar Times.  

    Read more here


     
    Maersk Line Announces Improvement to Asia-North Europe network
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
     
    Maersk Line has announced improvements to its network between Asia and North Europe within the framework of the 2M alliance which it operates with MSC across five weekly service loops.
    “Maersk Line will eliminate overlapping port pairs in order to reduce the number of direct port calls in the network. This enables increased reliability through slower network speeds while the reduction in port calls make it possible for Maersk Line to maintain competitive transit times," the Danish shipping line said in a statement.

     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    Important New Rules For Dangerous Goods in Canada
    source: CIFFA
     
    Shippers required to report more dangerous goods information
     
    June 1, 2016 - The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Wednesday announced several amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations to improve reporting requirements in order to enhance public safety and improve local emergency response.
     
    Effective today (June 1, 2016), individuals responsible for dangerous goods must report more information to the department, such as:
     
     Dangerous goods that have been lost, stolen, or interfered with; 
    Road incidents involving dangerous goods; and 
    Undeclared or mis-declared dangerous goods transported by passenger aircraft.
     
    The amendments also make permanent a previously announced ban on lithium-ion battery cargo shipments on passenger aircraft.
     
     Read more on the Amendments to Part 8 of TDG Act in Canada Gazette

  • 1 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

     
    Second Airline Suspends Flights To Venezuela
    source: CIFFA
     
    The largest airline in Latin America, Latam, says it is suspending its flights to Venezuela because of the worsening economic situation. The suspension came a day after Germany's Lufthansa said it would suspend its services to the country. The German company said Venezuela owed it millions in ticket revenues. Oil-rich Venezuela has been hit hard by the global drop in oil prices and suffers from high inflation and a chronic shortage of basic goods. Several airline companies have said that currency controls in Venezuela made it impossible for airlines to convert their earnings into dollars and send the money abroad. In a statement, Latam airlines said it would suspend its operations to Caracas airport "temporarily and for an unspecified time". It said flights on its Sao Paulo to Caracas route would end first, within days, and the other routes it runs to Caracas from Lima and Santiago would be halted by the end of July. Lufthansa said that it will suspend flights to Venezuela from 18 June due to economic difficulties in the country. (Excerpted from the BBC)


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    American forwarders urge FMC to ensure shippers don't pay VGM costs
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) has urged the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to see that compliance costs of container weights be verified not be passed on to US exporters or forwarders acting as shippers.
     
    In a letter to the FMC, the association lawyer Edward Greenberg said the agreement between the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) and six major east and Gulf Coast ports to establish a process for transmitting VGM data to the carriers be accepted by the regulator.
     
    OCEMA represents 19 carriers in North America. The rule, called verified gross mass (VGM), is an amendment to the UN's International Maritime Organisation's existing Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention. 
     
     
     
    Collapsed wall latest disaster to hit gaff prone Panama Canal
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said traffic is normal and there will be no problem with meeting the deadline for inaugurating the Canal expansion project, despite the collapse of a wall segment at one of its locks, according to AFP.
     
    The expanded Canal is due for formal inauguration on June 26, and opening for commercial activity the following day.

    Read more here.  
     
     
    Efforts continue to refloat cargo ship grounded in Lake Superior
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    The self-unloading cargo ship Roger Blough remained grounded in Lake Superior on Tuesday, four days since it ran aground on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior.
     
    Combined efforts of US Coast Guard (USCG), salvage crews and the vessel’s Canadian owners Great Lakes Fleet are moving towards refloating the ship.  

    Read more here
     
     
    Rotterdam port is to open a new Scheldt-Seine inland shipping link by 2021
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE Rotterdam Port Promotion Council (RPPC) has announced that financing for the new Scheldt-Seine connection to expand inland shipping options from 2018 to 2021. 
     
    This was discussed at a seminar in Lille involving Danser Group managing director Ben Maelissa, Port of Rotterdam development chief Peter ten Broek and RPPC managing director Marjolein Warburg. 
     

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


    Swiss declare Alps tamed as Gotthard rail tunnel opens
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    One of the great engineering projects of recent history was achieved today when Swiss authorities announced the completion of the Gotthard Tunnel, some 17 years after construction began. Stretching 57km at a cost of some $23.2bn, the tunnel forms one of the main north-south European rail lines, effectively linking the Dutch gateway of Rotterdam with its Italian counterpart of Genoa on the Mediterranean. 
     
     
     
    CBP - Commercial and Oversized Vehicles Unable to Cross Into U.S. at Rouses Point Starting June 6
    source: CIFFA
     
    Commercial and oversized vehicles, and vehicles with a trailer in tow, must use an alternate crossing route starting June 6, 2016. The temporary diversion is due to construction, and expected to last two weeks. "Signs wi
    ll be placed north of the port of entry to assist drivers with a detour route."
     
    Drivers of commercial vehicles are advised to enter the U.S. at the Champlain port of entry further west by utilizing Route 15. Oversized vehicles and vehicles with something in tow should use the Overton Corners and Champlain ports of entry. Overton Corners is 1.5 miles away from Rouses Point and is the closest alternative. When approaching Rouses Point from Canada on Quebec 223, travelers can drive west on Montee d' Odeltown Road, and then south on Quebec 221 to arrive at the Overton Corners port of entry. CBP will advise when all vehicles may use the Rouses Point border crossing again.


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    U.S. economy showing signs of life after rough start to the year
    source: American Shipper
     
    The United States economy grew more than initially expected in the first quarter of 2016, according to a “second” preliminary estimate issued by the U.S. Commerce Department on Friday.
     
    U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) – the broadest measure of a nation’s overall economic health – increased 0.8 percent during the quarter, down from a 1.4 percent advance in the fourth quarter of 2015. Gross domestic product is a calculation of the value of the goods and services produced by a nation’s economy minus the value of the goods and services used up in production.  

    Read more here.  

  • 31 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

     
    Lufthansa Suspends Caracas Flights
    source: AirWise
     
    Lufthansa will temporarily suspend flights to Venezuela from June due to economic difficulties in the South American nation and problems converting local currency.
    International airlines have for years struggled to repatriate billions of dollars in revenue held in the local bolivar currency due to exchange controls, prompting many to limit service and require that passengers pay fares in US dollars.

    Read more here
     
     
    IATA - Air Freight Markets Grow in April
    source: CIFFA
     
    IATA released demand growth results for global air freight markets for April 2016 showing a 3.2% increase in demand measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) compared to the same period last year. Yields remained pressured as April freight capacity (measured in available freight tonne kilometers or AFTKs) increased by 6.6% year-on-year. The increase in demand was broad-based across all regions with the exception of Latin America. The strongest growth occurred in the Middle East and Europe, with April demand up by 7.7% and 6.8%, respectively, compared to the same period last year. While growth appears to be stronger than in the preceding months of 2016, this is largely due to the disappearance from the comparison data of distorting factors associated with the 2015 strike at seaports on the US West Coast.
     
    Overall, the demand for air cargo remains soft and lags behind the relatively robust growth on the passenger side of the business. This is largely driven by weak world trade. The first quarter of 2016 saw the first annual decline in trade volumes since the global financial crisis in 2009, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) predicts only sluggish growth for the remainder of 2016.
     
    Regional Analysis in Detail
     
    Asia-Pacific airlines' demand for air cargo was basically flat with a 0.1% rise in April compared to last year. Capacity expanded 2.8%. The largest factor impacting this stagnation is weak trade-globally and in the region.
     
    North American carriers experienced a significant upward swing in year-on-year performance as the exaggerated effects of last year's US seaport disruption wore off. Demand grew by 4% in April 2016 compared to the same period last year, significantly better that the 0.8% drop the previous month. 
     
    European airlines witnessed a 6.8% increase in freight volumes in April 2016, the highest growth since November 2013. The strong European performance corresponds with an increase in export orders in Germany over the last few months. Despite European cargo demand trending upwards, performance remains weak in historical terms. Seasonally adjusted demand in April 2016 was only 1.5% higher than mid-2011. 
     
    Middle Eastern carriers saw demand expand by 7.7% and capacity rise 11.0% in April 2016 compared to the same period last year. Although carriers in the region continued to report the fastest growth in aggregate, the April growth rate was about half that recorded in April 2015. This reflects both a slowdown in network expansion by the region's main carriers over the past six months and weak trading conditions. 
     
    Latin American airlines reported a decline in demand of 5.9% and a drop in capacity of 0.7%, as economic conditions continued to worsen, particularly in the region's largest economy, Brazil. 
     
    African carriers saw flat-line freight growth in April 2016 compared to the same period last year. Notably, on the back of long-haul expansion, the capacity for African airlines surged by 24.3% year-on-year. This is more than double the pace of any other region in recent months.
     
     
    Air Canada Cargo Service To Brisbane Starts, New Locations For Syd And Mel
    source: CIFFA
     
    Along with the new service to and from Brisbane, starting on June 1, Air Canada Cargo announced that they will also be handled at new locations at Sydney and Melbourne as of June 6.
     
    GROUND HANDLING, NEW ADDRESSES FOR SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE 
     
    As of June 6, our ground handling at Sydney Airport (SYD) and Melbourne Airport (MEL) will be managed by Menzies Aviation. Full detail can be found here
     
     
    Airports look to raise transport standards as pharma air cargo volumes grow
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    With a dire market for general air cargo, pharmaceuticals continue to prop up the sector, according to the latest figures from WorldACD.
     
    And companies are doing their utmost to impress pharma shippers with their high standards.
     
    Pharma shipments rose 12.3%, year-on-year, in April, with Middle East traffic seeing most growth at 16.6%, against 7.3% in Europe.
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Myanmar looks to ease port congestion
    source: Splash24/7
     
    Myanmar is pushing ahead with a variety of new rulings aimed at easing congestion at its ports.
     
    Customs teams at Yangon’s ports will now operate 24 hours a day, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry said yesterday.
     
    Earlier this month the port authority in Yangon started fining owners of containers that have lain idle at the port for too long as it emerged boxships are having to wait up to 10 days to call at the cramped port.

    Read more here
     
     
    HMM urged to merge with Hanjin Shipping to join THE Alliance
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    THE Alliance, a brand new grouping of six containerlines, only has room for one South Korean member, according to a government official in Seoul, which could spark a merger between Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM).
     
    The government source, speaking on condition of anonymity with local media outlet Business Korea, said THE Alliance, which Hanjin formed this month with partners NYK, MOL, K Line, Yang Ming and Hapag-Lloyd, had room for only one Korean partner. HMM would likely be absorbed by Hanjin, another government source claimed.
     
     
     
    SOLAS box weigh-ins benefit big fish at expense of small fry: Stifel
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE UN's new container weight verification rule that comes into force on July 1 stands to benefit big multinational concerns at the expense of smaller ones, according to logistics investment analyst Stifel, reports Lloyd's Loading List.
     
    "The onset of more regulations favours the larger players, squeezing out the smaller companies and raising the barriers to entry," said Stifel in its quarterly update on the freight forwarding market. 
     
    Under the IMO's amendments to its Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention the regulation is expected to bring new business to forwarders and major shippers and the expense of smaller players.
     
     
     
    U.S. Feds Seeking New Ideas to Achieve 100 Percent Cargo Container Scanning
    source: CIFFA