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  • 9 December 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    New Safety-Awareness Video: SOS ULD -- Time to Take ULD Care!
    source: CIFFA
    Unit load devices (ULDs) are essential to the air transportation business. They are used to transport $6.8 trillion worth of goods each year, representing about 35 percent of international trade. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Blockchain wants to be friends with your financial supply chain
    source: TheLoadStar
    More on blockchain, the latest tech development that could potentially revolutionise the supply chain, in this argument, by digitising the $7trn of payables and receivables on company ledgers around the world. Read more here
     
    Deltaport makes it the Trifecta of Delays at Vancouver Terminals
    source: CIFFA
    First it was Vanterm and Centerm facing critical delays in terminal operations, due primarily to inefficient rail switching. The cause of these backlogs is not related to rail-equipment availability or long-haul rail issues. This is purely an on-dock switching issue and one that could possibly have been mitigated or avoided by better oversight or transparency among the players. After several weeks, the Inner Harbour terminal switching issues are being addressed, and it is expected that backlogs -- which have been averaging more than a week -- will be reduced by Christmas. Read more here
     
    Zim and THE Alliance to offer joint Mediterranean-US east coast services next year
    source: TheLoadStar
    THE Alliance and Israeli carrier Zim are to combine Mediterranean-US east coast services next April. Read more here
     
    The Alliance boosts service to Med-N America east coast network coverage
    source: Shippingazette
    SHIPPING lines participating in THE Alliance - Hapag-Lloyd, "K"Line, MOL, NYK and Yang Ming - have announced "enhancements" to their proposed Mediterranean-North America east coast service offering that they plan to launch at the beginning of April 2017 along with all of their other services, subject to regulatory approval. "By differentiating the port coverage within the Mediterranean, the members of THE Alliance will offer their customer's superior transit times between the two important regions US/Canada and Mediterranean," it said. The new port rotation of the AL 6 service will be: Salerno, Livorno, La Spezia, Genoa, FOS, Halifax, New York, Norfolk, Savannah and returning to Salerno. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]


    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Turnover at Large Truckload Fleets Drops to New Five-Year Low
    source: AJOT
    Churn Rate at Large Fleets Dropped to 81% in the Third Quarter
    Arlington, Va. - Today, American Trucking Associations said the turnover rate at truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue dropped two points to 81%, the third decline in 2016, in the third quarter – the lowest point since the second quarter of 2011. Read more here

  • 8 December 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Air Canada Adds Six Destinations to its U.S. Schedule for 2017 
    source: CIFFA
    Air Canada announced on December 7 that it will launch six new non-stop U.S. services. Three of the routes, Toronto to San Antonio, Memphis and Savannah, bring new destinations into the airline's U.S. network, while the addition of Montreal to Dallas-Fort Worth, Vancouver to Denver and the conversion of the Vancouver-Phoenix route to year-round operation, will deepen Air Canada's transborder schedule. 
     
    The new non-stop services will be operated by Air Canada Express starting in May 2017 and continue year-round, except for Toronto-Savannah, which will operate on a summer seasonal basis. 
     
    Find more details in Air Canada's press release.

    Taiwan government urged to help debt-ridden Yang Ming
    source: The Loadstar
    Shortly after senior Taiwanese shipping line executives denounced suggestions that its two main shipping lines, Yang Ming and Evergreen, might merge, it now appears that Taiwan’s ministry of transportation and communications is considering merging the former with state-owned port operator Taiwan International Port Corp. One reason is that the government continues to hold a 33% stake in Yang Ming – while Evergreen is privately owned – making a merger with the port company a far easier process to manage.  Read more here.  
     
    Air Freight Demand Rose 8.2 Pct In October - IATA
    source: Airwise
    Demand for global air freight rose 8.2 percent in October compared with 2015, the fastest growth in 18 months IATA said in its monthly report.
     
    Capacity in available freight tonne km increased by 3.6 percent over the same period. Read more here
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    The Alliance prepares contingency plans for another shipping line bankruptcy
    source: The Loadstar
    In the wake of the Hanjin bankruptcy, THE Alliance has devised a “catastrophic instrument” funding mechanism, to be used if one of its member lines were to fail.
     
    The proposals would allow fellow alliance lines to “take other actions to facilitate the movement or cargo carried by the affected party to the intended port of discharge or other locations”.  Read more here. 
     
    Under pressure Yang Ming sells Taipei office
    source: Splash 24/7
    Shipping lines selling property tends to be a sure sign of a crisis. Yang Ming, the world’s ninth largest line and mired in debts, has sold an office in Taipei for $60m as it fights to balance its books.  Read more here.
     
     
    Shippers in the US urge FMC to make changes to the Shipping Act
    source: Splash 24/7
    The National Retail Federation and a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups in the US has asked the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to set a new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging what they describe as “unfair fees” when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.
    Read more here
     
    Hapag-Lloyd names first 10,500 TEU ship “Valparaíso Express”
    source: Canadian Shipper
    VALPARAISO, Chile–Hapag-Lloyd held a naming ceremony December 7 for the “Valparaíso Express”, the first of five new vessels in its new 10,500 TEU class. Rozío Gonzaléz, the wife of . Andrónico Luksic, Chairman of the Board of the Quiñenco Group, performed the ceremony at the Terminal Pacifico Sur (TPS) in the port of Valparaíso, where the new ship will call regularly in future. Read more here. 
     

     
    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canada’s merchandise exports increase in October
    source: Canadian Shipper
    OTTAWA, Ont.–In the run up to November’s US elections, Canadian merchandise exports increased by 0.5% in October in nominal terms. The growth in was supported by stronger pricing, fueled by a 1.4% depreciation in the Loonie against the US dollar in October. Overall, exports have now increased in four of the last five months, said the latest EDC Export Monitor.  Read more here

  • 7 December 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    More security could slow airfreight flows even further - IATA
    source: AirCargo
    Adding layers of air cargo security could end up slowing the flow of airfreight around the world, IATA's senior manager for Cargo, Customs and Claims Christian Piaget has told the Transport Security conference in London. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Greek Strike Halts Port Operations
    source: CIFFA
    After an initial 48-hour strike by seafarers stopped activity at all Greek ports, an extension of 48 hours was called by the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO), continuing the strike until at least December 6. The strike is the seafarers' protest against the imminent cutting of their long-standing special tax status, and other intended changes to insurance rights, labour, retirement age and pensions. Read more here
     
    Port of Savannah Gets Four New Ship-to-Shore Cranes
    source: CIFFA
    The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) reports that the Port of Savannah has received four new super post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes at its Garden City Terminal. Learn more here
     
    Trump presidency viewed as plus as ports seek infrastructure gains
    source: AJOT
    Having Donald Trump in the White House is apt to help advance infrastructure improvements at ports and throughout the U.S. supply chain, the head of the AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities) said today. Read more here
     
    Last stuck boxes on Hanjin ship have been unloaded
    source: Shippingazette
    THE last of the containers left stuck on board a stricken Hanjin Shipping containership have been discharged, three months after the South Korean carrier filed for court receivership. The Hanjin Rome is also expected to be scrapped upon release, it added, while Hanjin Vienna will be returned to its owner. Two Hanjin ships remain active. These ships were originally supposed to be part of the sale of Hanjin's transpacific network awarded to Korea Line earlier in November. "These five 6,655 TEU ships are expected to be sold, but they will hardly fetch more than US$70 million in total in the current environment of depressed market values for container shipping assets," said Alphaliner. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    CP Rail Customer Advisory: Winter Storm Warnings in Effect -- Southern Manitoba/North Dakota Region -- December 6
    source: CIFFA
    On December 6, CP advised that high winds and blowing snow had created periods of whiteout conditions from Southern Manitoba to Enderlin, N.D. that could cause minor delays. The weather was expected to improve into today.

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    There’s No Fairy Tale Ending for Canada Exporters Mired in Slump
    source: AJOT
    Canadians like to see themselves as the perennial optimists of global trade, even now as questions mount almost everywhere else over the benefits of open economies. Read more here

  • 6 December 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center to be expanded
    source: AJOT
    Considerable enlargement announced for coming year on fifth anniversary
    Lufthansa Cargo is to significantly expand the Cool Center at its home hub in Frankfurt: “After five years of success, we want more. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    West Coast Terminals Not Ready for CBSA D4 Notices via EDI
    source: CIFFA 
    Neither of the major terminal operators at Canada's west coast ports is ready to process CBSA EDI D4 Notices (including the Deconsolidation Notice), and our understanding is that it will be several weeks before they are ready -- possibly not until mid-Q1 2017. In the meantime, both GCT and DP World will accept any of the three paper alternatives, as outlined in Customs Notice CN16-20. Everyone is in agreement that the manual, paper alternatives to the Deconsolidation Notice should be considered temporary and there is an imperative to achieve fully implemented, paperless inbound movement of goods. Until that happens, please work with carriers and terminals to ensure that cargo can move. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Taiwan government urged to help debt-ridden Yang Ming
    source: TheLoardStar
    Shortly after senior Taiwanese shipping line executives denounced suggestions that its two main shipping lines, Yang Ming and Evergreen, might merge, it now appears that Taiwan’s ministry of transportation and communications is considering merging the former with state-owned port operator Taiwan International Port Corp. Read more here
     
    THE Alliance comes up with financial safeguards in event of Hanjin scenario
    source: Shippingazette
    Container lines within the planned THE Alliance are developing safeguards, including an emergency fund, to help recover stranded cargo if one of the members collapses as Hanjin Shipping did this year. "I find it more than just creative. It's a group looking for a solution. If a solution like that were to occur, I think the other alliances would follow suit with the same kind of instrument,"said Mr Doyle, who was speaking recently at a North Atlantic Port Association meeting outside of Washington,DC. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 5 December 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Airfreight faces risk of security slowdown, says IATA expert
    source: AirCargoNews
    Much of the emphasis in air cargo security has been to add yet further measures and could end up slowing the flow of airfreight around the world, an IATA expert told the Transport Security conference in London. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Pacific Gateway Constrained by Increasing Inadequacy of Rail Switching Service
    source: CIFFA
    • The Issue
    ​Increasing delays of intermodal cargo imported to Vancouver through container terminals on the South Shore of Burrard Inlet has reached a tipping point.
    • Interswitching 101 
    Interswitching is an operation performed by a designated railway company where the rail carrier performs the switching in and switching out of rail cars into and out of the port's container terminal(s) then hands off the laden rail cars to another rail carrier that performs the "line haul" (the majority of the linear distance of the overall railway movement). 
    • Moving Forward 
    The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the associated terminals, and rail service providers are collaboratively developing infrastructure solutions, with the objective of resolving this situation in the longer term. 
     
    Port of Vancouver South Shore Operations Update
    source: CIFFA
    In recent weeks, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) has increased its regular contact with terminals, railways and shipping lines regarding operating conditions on the South Shore of Burrard Inlet. Read more here
     
    FIATA Among Signatories of Declaration to Stop Maritime Shipping of Counterfeit Goods
    source: CIFFA
    Global shipping firms, freight forwarders, brand owners -- whose products are counterfeited -- and industry organizations, including FIATA and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), signed the Declaration of Intent to Prevent the Maritime Transport of Counterfeit Goods on Nov. 29. Read more here
     
    Container terminal operators can't invest if shipping alliances squeeze prices too tight
    source: TheLoadStar
    Heavy-handed negotiating tactics by container alliances could drive down future port investments if terminal operators find the risk of return too high, according to Drewry. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    There’s No Fairy Tale Ending for Canada Exporters Mired in Slump
    source: AJOT
    Canadians like to see themselves as the perennial optimists of global trade, even now as questions mount almost everywhere else over the benefits of open economies. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Supply Chain Chaos in India
    India's transport and logistics industry has been left scrambling by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sudden and unexpected decision to ban the issue of 500- (US$7) and 1,000-rupee banknotes. Read more here

  • 2 December 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Delta Pilots Approve New Contract
    source: AirWise
    Pilots at Delta Air Lines have ratified a new contract that will give a 30 percent pay increase over three years. Read more here
     
    Lufthansa Pilot Union Seeks Clarity On Pay Offer
    source: AirWise
    Lufthansa’s pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit has requested clarification of the airline’s latest pay offer. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Southern US east coast ports building new cold store facilities to grow market share
    source: TheLoadStar
    Investment in refrigerated goods handling facilities at US east coast ports is building up to almost frantic levels as those in the south Atlantic look to win market share from their northern competitors. Read more here
     
    Brazil's Port of Santos' Libra Terminais to lay off 220 workers
    source: Shippingazette
    PLAGUED by overcapacity and a loss of services, the port of Santos' container terminal Libra Terminais is to make redundant at least 220 workers, equivalent to nearly half its workforce, according to Port Operators of the State of Sao Paulo (Settaport). The port in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has been dealing with a glut of capacity since mid-2013, when the opening of Embraport and Brasil Terminal Portuaria raised the number of container terminals at the port to six and doubled the port's total capacity to 6.4 million TEU. Yet the port only handled 3.78 million TEU in 2015. As a result, terminal handling charges dived by 35 per cent. The president of Settaport, Francisco Jose Nogueira, told a local Santos newspaper that he expects another 50 layoffs in the short term, which would leave Libra Terminais with a workforce of 250. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Smart ships will give women new opportunities in shipping, says WISTA
    source: Shippingazette
    HIGHLY automated smart ships will require smart workers to run them within a decade, says the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association president Sue Terpilowski. Huge amounts of data will be available from smart ships and she predicted more opportunities for women in shipping industry roles. "These ships are going to be telling you about the weight and the stresses on deck, when slow steaming would be appropriate, and many more operational elements," she said. Technology is being developed that can be adapted to shipping operations and over the next five years Ms Terpilowski predicts that there will be machine to machine (M2M) and the internet of things (IoT) connectivity in logistics. The role of the seafarer may well be transferred ashore and the skills needed to operate vessels safely and efficiently will change. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Reminder: Plan Ahead for Chinese New Year Shutdowns
    source: CIFFA
    In 2017, the Chinese New Year falls on January 28. Because factories close for up to two weeks before and after this celebration, preplanning for required shipments is essential. 
     
    India pilot study shows how the cold chain can help reduce food loss and carbon emissions
    source: AJOT
    SINGAPORE - Investment in the cold chain – specifically pre-cooling and transport refrigeration equipment – can reduce food loss by 76 percent and carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2E) by 16 percent. Read more here

  • 1 December 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Port Performance Before and After SOLAS VGM
    source: CIFFA
    In its November 2016 Innovating newsletter, CargoSmart reported on port performance at six ports before and after the new Safety of Life at Sea Verified Gross Mass (SOLAS VGM) requirement related to loaded containers went into effect on July 1, 2016. Read more here
     
    Hanjin Shipping's demise may lead to the end for profitable global trade
    source: Shippingazette
    HANJIN Sooho is under arrest in Shanghai port ?one of 20 or more vessels trapped by the collapse in August of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, at least 10 of them in China alone. Industry experts say more than 500,000 containers are trapped on these ships, with cargoes on board worth more than US$14 billion. Since any one container can hold consignments from dozens of exporters, the dreadful reality is that thousands of the region's companies have had goods helplessly trapped for almost three months, with no prospect of early release, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported. While this might all be music to the ears of Donald Trump, who is calling on US companies to abandon their long global supply chains, and bring production home, for most multinationals and so many of the companies in Hong Kong and China that rely for their livelihoods on boisterous global trade, the picture emerging from the Hanjin crash could hardly be bleaker. Our shipping lines may be at the hard end of the challenge facing globally-distributed manufacturing and trade, but in a city like Hong Kong many thousands in our trading economy face lean times. {Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Ballast Water - does it have the power to scrap ships?
    source: AJOT
    What has one to do with the other you might ask? First we need to address what ballast water is and how it affects our oceans. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    When borders close – flash back a century
    source: TheLoadStar
    This analysis from The New York Times is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how society is underpinned by its supply chains, and where these are going in the rapidly evolving new world order of Donald Trump, Brexit and what is next round the corner (because something surely is). Read more here
     
    Maritime industry applauds the Trump’s choice of Elaine Chao for Department of Transportation
    source: AJOT
    WASHINGTON - The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) - the voice of the domestic maritime industry - today issued the following statement on the selection of Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the next United States Secretary of Transportation. Read more here
     
    Infrastructure, trade facilitation keys to unlocking silk road potential: IRU
    source: CanadianShipepr
    BRUSSELS, Bel.–China’s major policy program, ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) offers significant opportunities for European road transport operators, but needs to be supported by investment and development of transport infrastructure and the use of trade facilitation tools, such as TIR. Read more here

  • 30 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Lufthansa Workers Plan Competing Rallies in Rift Over Strike
    source: AJOT
    Deutsche Lufthansa AG employees plan competing rallies at Frankfurt airport on Wednesday as some workers side with management to oppose a pilots strike entering its sixth day. Read more here
     
    Hong Kong Airlines to make first flight to Vancouver in 2017
    source: canadianshipper.com
    RICHMOND, B.C.–Hong Kong Airlines announced non-stop daily service between Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) starting on June 30, 2017. This year-round service marks the airline’s North American debut and will offer increased access from Vancouver to Hong Kong.  Read more here
     
    Gulf airlines face renewed threat from protectionist Trump
    source: TheLoadStar
    Donald Trump’s protectionist stance could widen the divide between US and Gulf carriers afterhe takes office in January, according to Arabian Supply Chain.
    Last month, Delta chief executive Ed Bastian reignited a row between US airlines and Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways, claiming that the Gulf carriers had breached Open Skies policy having received $42bn in government subsidies to unfairly spur their growth.  Read more here.  

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    OOCL cuts low-demand winter sailings on its Trans-Atlantic trade
    source: Shippingazette
    HONG Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has announced that it has withdrawn a number of sailings on its Trans-Atlantic trade due to the expected low demand during the Christmas and New ear.  Read more here
     
    Hamburg Sud Owners Are Exploring Sale of the Shipping Business
    source: WSJ
    The owner of one of the world’s biggest container-shipping companies is considering putting the business up for sale, people familiar with the matter said, as the industry battles a prolonged slump. Read more here
     
    Accident Causes Three-Hour Delay at St. Lawrence Seaway Lock - November 29
    soure: CIFFA
    A ship arrestor at the Ste-Catherine lock of the South Shore Canal near Montreal was struck and damaged on Nov. 29. The accident delayed three upbound and two downbound vessels. 

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Follow Either Proper eHBL Transmission or ACI & Paper: Don't Mix the Two 
    source: CIFFA
     Please follow either the eHBL path or the ACI & paper path, but don't mix up elements of the two.
    If you file eHBL, that 8000 CCN is the CCN the broker will use to make the Customs release request-no paper re-manifest. If the terminal/warehouse doesn't have the D4 Notices yet, you may present paper to the warehouse in order to pick up your goods.  The only paper you can present is outlined in Customs Notice 16-20, and two of the three options allowed must be stamped by the CBSA at the long room before presentation to the warehouse. (Do not present paper re-manifests for eHBL shipments.)
    If you do not file eHBL, you must file the ACI Supplementary (S10) data and present a normal paper re-manifest to the long room for stamping-just like you have done for the past several years. That paper re-manifest release request cannot hold the same 8000 CCN as the ACI Supplementary filing. They must be different 8000 CCNs.  [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Quake puts part of Wellington port out of action ‘indefinitely’
    source: splash247.com
    The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the south island of New Zealand will keep parts of Wellington’s CentrePort off limits for a long time. The port, built on reclaimed land, has suffered from sunken land, liquefaction and damaged container cranes.  Read more here.  
     
    Brussels to crack down on VAT fraud by firms shipping goods to EU
    source: theguardian.com
    Brussels is this week expected to confirm a crackdown on hordes of overseas firms that are together shipping 150m small parcels a year to European online shoppers without charging VAT – often illegally.
    The move comes as Europe’s airports, rail freight terminals, and shipping container ports are deluged by record numbers of parcels ordered by Christmas shoppers on sites such as Amazon and eBay.  Read more here

  • 29 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Lufthansa pilots announce more strikes this week
    source: TheLoadStar
    While the direct effect on Lufthansa Cargo could have been worse, with freighters operating and and the airline trying to keep long-haul flights going, it’s a tough time of year for strikes. Read more here.  

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    New LongRead: Opportunity knocks as investment grows in Africa
    source: TheLoadStar
    Falls in oil and commodity prices have led to lower economic activity in Africa – but there are a host of projects and investments under way to boost its infrastructure and create opportunities for logistics providers. Read more here
     
    Drewry says new alliance schedules won't ease Asia–Med overcapacity concerns
    source: TheLoadStar
    The Asia-Mediterranean trade is still “over-tonnaged”, with headhaul ship utilisation below other major east–west markets, according to Drewry. Read more here
     
    Port of Philadelphia to spend US$300 million to double box capacity
    source: Shippingazette
    A US$300 million investment in the Port of Philadelphia is expected to more than double container capacity from 400,000 TEU to 900,000 TEU, rising to 1.2 million TEU a year in the future, reports the American Journal of Transportation. These improvements will also provide increased breakbulk capacity and a substantial increase in automobile-handling. Electrification throughout the terminal will also be modernised to support electric cranes and cold ironing. The improvements at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port's primary container facility, will occur at about the time of the completion of the Delaware Main Channel Deepening Project, the dredging of the main channel from 40 to 45 feet. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Canada Freight Transport and Shipping Report - road freight to increase by 3.5% in 2017
    source: YahooFinance
    We anticipate positive growth rates for Canada's freight modes and sea ports in 2017 although slow economy expansion will stall growth to some extent. Read more here

  • 28 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Fresh series of air traffic management projects in Europe get green light
    source: AJOT
    Present at the signing were representatives from INEA, SESAR DM, and the European Commission.
    Present at the signing were representatives from INEA, SESAR DM, and the European Commission.
    Brussels, Belgium - The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) has given the green light on the second round of air traffic management (ATM) projects aimed at both harmonising and modernising European airspace. Read more here
     
    IATA joins fight against smugglers of endangered species
    source: Shippingazette
    THE International Air Transport Association (IATA) is to launch of an Airport Wildlife Trafficking Assessment Tool which will help defeat smugglers of endangered species. A global rollout is planned for 2017. IATA's director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, said: "We are working in close partnership with USAID Routes, WCO, CITES and other organisations to make the world a much more difficult place for wildlife traffickers. Our common goal is to preserve our precious wildlife inheritance for future generations to enjoy." Earlier this year, IATA, along with 26 of its member airlines signed the Duke of Cambridge's United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration. Signatories have committed to raise awareness of wildlife trafficking, train staff to help spot traffickers, and improve cooperation between transport bodies and regulatory and enforcement organisations. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Lufthansa Pilots To Strike Tuesday & Wednesday
    source: AirWise
    The VC pilots union at Lufthansa has given notice of further strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    HMM widens its port terminal portfolio with Hanjin's TTI facility at Algeciras
    source: TheLoadStar
    As the sale of Hanjin assets gathers pace, Korean compatriot Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has revealed it will acquire its bankrupt rival’s terminal in the Spanish transhipment hub of Algeciras. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    China's 'belt & road' makes US$35 billion Pakistani transport investment
    source: Shippingazette
    MORE than 75 per cent of a projected US$46 billion Chinese-led investment in Pakistani transport infrastructure will be made as part of China's Silk Road plan. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is seeking to boost growth to the highest in about a decade after China announced its investment plans in the nation of about 190 million people last year, reported Bloomberg. It's part of an initiative the Chinese government calls "One Belt, One Road" that aims to revive trade across Central Asia and into Europe via a network of railways, ports and highways. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 25 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Lufthansa Pilot Strike Extended Into Saturday
    source: AirWise
    Lufthansa pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit has extended strike action for another day, to midnight Saturday, but only for long-haul flights. Read more here
     
    Lufthansa’s CEO Says It Must Defeat Pilot Strike to Survive
    source: AJOT
    Deutsche Lufthansa AG Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr said Europe’s third-largest airline must hold its nerve and face down striking pilots if it’s to deliver meaningful savings and survive as a force in aviation. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    PSA warns of disposal of Hanjin boxes unclaimed by November 28
    source: Shippingazette
    PORT of Singapore (PSA) has urged cargo owners, consignees, shippers and/or freight forwarders to contact them by November 28 to claim Hanjin Shipping's containers and/or the cargoes inside remaining at its terminals and storage yards. For shipper-owned containers, the shipper will take over the lease or sublease of the container from Hanjin and work out an arrangement with another shipping line to send the box to its final destination port. The shipper will have to pay the handling fees for such containers. PSA has set up an operations centre to handle these cargoes and said that to collect Hanjin containers for local import, the boxes are unloaded from vessels and placed in the container yards. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    LA Mayor urges LA-LB port officials to be bold on pollution cleanup
    source: Shippingazette
    LOS Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has called on local ports to accelerate their goals for cleaning up pollution during a during a rare joint meeting this week of the Los Angeles and Long Beach port governing boards. The two ports are the largest stationary source of pollution in Southern California, despite years of efforts that have dramatically cut harmful emissions. Released last week, the proposal could cost truckers, shippers and other port operators billions of dollars and is likely to face far less support from a federal administration headed by Donald Trump, who has said climate change is a hoax. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Canada's largest Atlantic port Halifax prepare to handled ultra-class vessels
    source: Shippingazette
    HALIFAX Port Authority is working to develop a master plan that will allow the facility to berth and service two ultra-class vessels simultaneously, the authority's senior vice president, Paul MacIsaac, said. Ocean Alliance has started bringing larger vessels to Halterm and the G6 Alliance has added calls and larger vessels at the Ceres terminal, Mr MacIsaac said. The port's Fairview Cove Container Terminal is operated by Ceres-Halifax while the South End Container Terminal is operated by Halterm, which is owned and operated by the Macquarie Group. The Port of Halifax, with no changes to existing infrastructure, can berth a vessel up to 16,000 TEU currently, but the goal of a master planning process is to identify ways to berth two 13,000-14,000 TEU vessels simultaneously. Development of a master plan is underway and WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world's leading port master planning firms, has been hired to develop it. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

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    U.S. and Chinese Delegations Conclude the 27th Session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce
    source: AJOT
    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker led a U.S. delegation in discussions with Vice Premier Wang Yang and other Chinese government officials as part of the 27thsession of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Washington. Read more here
     
    A Thanksgiving for shipping
    source: Splash24/7
    The shipping industry, whether for dry bulk, tankers, containerships or offshore, has ridden a monumental wave in 2016, a wave as impressive as Kanagawa’s Great Wave – metaphorically speaking. Read more here

  • 24 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Lufthansa Pilot Strike Extended Again
    source: AirWise
    The pilot strike at Lufthansa has been extended by a further day, into Friday, causing additional disruption for passengers. Read more here
     
    IATA to launch new platform to simplify shipment management
    source: Shippingazette
    SMALL- and medium-sized air freight forwarders will be able to create, send and manage electronic air waybills (e-AWB), house bills and electronic consignment security declarations, using a new online platform to be launched by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The launch of the new tool comes as the air cargo industry continues to struggle with the adoption of electronic technology. Smaller forwarders and Customs agents in less developed parts of the world are often accused of holding up the development of electronic processes because they lack the relevant systems. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

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    Hanjin's death was 'political blundering over economic sense': analyst says
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Korean government has been accused of bungling the collapse of Hanjin Shipping and should have closed down Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) instead, argued Tan Hua Joo, an analyst at Alphaliner, at the 2-day Sixth Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference in Hong Kong. Both HMM and Hanjin went through massive restructuring earlier this year, with Hanjin going bankrupt at the end of August, the largest bankruptcy in liner shipping history. The gap between the top 7 players, including the soon to be merged trio of Japanese liners, and the rest of the market is going to become too large and pose a significant challenge for medium-sized companies to run effectively in the future, Mr Tan argued. Read more here. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Nicaragua's canal: in a sleepy Pacific port, something stirs
    source: TheLoadStar
    Oh wow, here comes the Nicaragua Canal once more… There has been little more than an extended silence on this over the last year, although given that 2016 has been the year that saw Panama open its massive expansion, that may hardly seem surprising. Read more here
     
    Massive private investments in port of Antwerp
    source: AJOT
    Massive investments in the port of Antwerp are coming in the next few years. The SEA-Invest group is planning construction of a new tanker terminal in the Delwaide dock representing an investment of 250 million euros. Read more here

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    China's One Belt, One Road will bring prosperity to shipping: HK conference
    source: Shippingazette
    WHILE US president-elect Donald Trump has added another layer of pessimism to shipping, a group of panellists at Lloyd's List Hong Kong Business Briefing has expressed optimism over China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, which as a strategy is seen by some as crucial for global shipping to regain its prosperity. The lack of US backing, for example, could take some of heat out of the territorial disputes between China and some of the Southeast Asian countries that are key players on the Maritime Silk Road encompassing the South China Sea, the South Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 23 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Lufthansa Pilot Strike Extended To Thursday
    source: AirWise
    Lufthansa has cancelled around 900 flights on Wednesday and will have to cancel more on Thursday as the Vereinigung Cockpit union extended its pilot strike for another 24 hours. Read more here

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    Port of Philadelphia to double container capacity, create jobs
    source: AJOT
    Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today announced a comprehensive Capital Investment Program at the Port of Philadelphia that will result in more than $300 million in investment in the Port’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment. Read more here
     
    Fears for Hong Kong's status as a major hub port if Chinese ease cabotage rules
    source: TheLoadStar
    Hong Kong’s status as a major container port hub could suffer a severe blow if mainland China further relaxes cabotage rules. Read more here
     
    Conflicting reports on HMM joining the 2M Alliance leave everybody guessing
    source: Shippingazette
    CONFUSION surrounds South Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine joining the 2M Alliance of Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Corporation (MSC) with the Danish shipping giant stating that the parties involved are now looking at "other cooperation possibilities". HMM, for its part, said in a statement to American Shipper that "HMM joining 2M is under discussion in details and the discussion is likely to be concluded shortly. We go over the specifics in various forms and plan to make a formal agreement either in the end of November or early December." "It may or may not be an alliance, but if it is not an alliance, at least they are talking vessel sharing agreement, which for most of the parties here, would fulfill the purpose," Mr Jensen added. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Logistics managers should brace for changes in ocean cargo sector, says report
    source: Logisticsmanagement
    Logistics managers trying to make sense of the recent disruptions in the ocean cargo marketplace may expect more change to come, say industry analysts. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    Truck drivers sue LA-LB terminals alleging collusion with Teamsters
    source: Shippingazette
    SIX Los Angeles-Long Beach container terminals or their affiliates are being sued by more than two dozen owner-operator truck drivers who are alleging that they were blocked from entering the facilities during Teamsters demonstrations in the harbour this summer in order to ensure peace with the union. The suit also seeks an order preventing the terminals from committing further acts of unfair competition. The complaint identified about 500 container moves the owner-operators were denied during the Teamsters' job actions that took place in Los Angeles-Long Beach from June through October. "These legal actions prove the will of drivers to be independent contractors is strong," said Weston LaBar, executive director of the Harbour Trucking Association, which represents about 100 drayage companies in Southern California. The terminal operators say they are innocent third-party victims of a labour dispute that involves the Teamsters, trucking companies, and drivers, none of whom the terminals employ or have contracts with. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

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    Automate the freight: robotic deliveries are on the way
    source: Hackaday
    Seems like all the buzz about autonomous vehicles these days centers around self-driving cars. Hands-free transportation certainly has its appeal – being able to whistle up a ride with a smartphone app and converting commute time to Netflix binge time is an alluring idea. But is autonomous personal transportation really the killer app that everyone seems to think it is? Wouldn’t we get more bang for the buck by automating something a little more mundane and a lot more important? What about automating the shipping of freight? Read more here

  • 22 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Lufthansa Pilots To Strike On Wednesday
    source: AirWise
    Lufthansa pilots will strike on Wednesday in support of a pay dispute, potentially affecting hundreds of flights. Read more here

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    Port of L.A. Announces Best Month Ever
    source: AJOT
    October volume figures were applauded by port executives, who said the Port of Los Angeles notched the best month ever for a Western Hemisphere container port! Read more here
     
    Warning to shipping with the staging of major yacht race in Hong Kong
    source: Shippingazette
    A LARGE-SCALE yacht race is to be held around Hong Kong Island on November 27, which is expected to attract about 250 yachts to participate in the event. The yachts will set off at staggered times between 08:15 hours and 09:30 hours off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, sailing around Hong Kong Island in a clockwise direction, and finishing the race off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter by 17:30 hours. The Hong Kong Marine department warned masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race route to proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. It pointed out that compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 is mandatory.
     
    ‘Political blundering over economic sense’: Hanjin’s demise attacked
    source: Splash24/7
    The Korean government bungled the collapse of Hanjin Shipping and should have done away with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) instead, argued Tan Hua Joo, an analyst at Alphaliner, at today’s Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference in Hong Kong. Read more here
     
    JAXPORT officially opens $30m on-dock rail terminal
    source: AmericanShipper
    The North Florida port’s new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility provides rail service to the Blount Island Marine Terminal and TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point, connecting the terminals with Class I railway CSX’s main line. Read more here
     
    Tsunami advisories lifted after Japan earthquake
    source: USAToday
    A tsunami wave has been filmed on the Sunaoshi River in Tagajo city following the earthquake on Tuesday morning. Tsunami waves of up to 4.6 feet hit some part of the eastern Japanese coast. Read more here

    Blue Water Bridge workers begin strike
    source: mmdonline.com
    POINT EDWARD, Ontario—Federal officials said traffic was flowing smoothly across Canada’s second-busiest commercial border crossing to the United States on Monday, despite a strike that began early in the day. Workers at the Blue Water Bridge—which links Point Edward, Ontario near Sarnia, Ontario, and Port Huron, Michigan—began their strike at about 6 a.m. after giving the required 72-hour notice.  Read more here

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    Campaigners angry as Germany looks set to allow cross-border trials of 60-tonne mega-trucks
    source: TheLoadStar
    Campaigners against longer, heavier vehicles (LHVs) – so-called mega-trucks – on Europe’s roads have reacted with dismay to a speech by Germany’s federal minister of transport on Friday, in which he indicated that the country will allow trials of the vehicles to go cross-border next year. Read more here
     
    Rail industry groups urge against ‘midnight’ regulation
    source: AmericanShipper
    Officials from the American Association of Railroads, along with the American Short Line and Regional Rail Association, said that federal regulators should hold off on any new rulemakings until the new administration takes over. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    UN's Ballast Water Convention provides fresh scope for bribery: lobby
    source: Shippingazette
    THE UN's International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water, which comes into force next September, provides new scope for waterfront bribery, says a Maryland-based anti-corruption lobby. This has led to reputational damage as well as potential multi-million dollar fines. Only this month DB Schenker was fined EUR2 million (US$2.1 million) for "compliance violations" in its business in Russia, with the "unclear payments in connection with logistics services in Russia" thought to be bribes paid to officials at St Petersburg. Ms Lysova said that the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is designed to reduce uncertainty around customs requirements, including fees and payment options that have to be published or made available online," she said. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 21 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    US To Block American-Qantas Alliance Expansion
    source: AirWise
    The US Department of Transportation has tentatively denied the application by American Airlines and Qantas to expand their existing alliance. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Spot market weakens as slack season takes hold
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    Drewry anticipates further rate erosion on transpacific routes in the weeks ahead due to the low season and the current supply levels, with rates on the major east-west trades continuing their downward trajectory over the last two weeks. Last week’s SCFI projects spot rates of $1,687 per feu this week on the Asia-US west coast trade, a fall of 6.7% on the previous week, and a 1.8% drop on the Asia-US east coast trade to $2,623 per feu, while Drewy’s Hong Kong-Los Angeles container freight rate benchmark, reporting actual rates traded in the market last week, fell 10% to $1,661 per 40 ft unit. Average freight rates on Asia-northern Europe services are projected to fall by 9.3% this week to $788 per teu, while Drewry’s World Container Index, published in collaboration with Cleartrade, for routes between Shanghai and Rotterdam inched up slightly last week by 1% to $1,740 per feu, reflecting the largely unsuccessful mid-month GRIs.
    [This is an edited extract from a longer analysis article published in Lloyd’s List.]
     
    APL launches new India East Coast express service to meet growing demand
    source: Shippingazette
    SINGAPORE's APL is to launch a new weekly India East Coast Express (IEX) service which directly connects the North Asia markets of Korea and China to Chennai, India. "The new IEX service facilitates our customers' growing business need for additional and more competitive shipping options. Through the IEX service, shippers will benefit from fast and reliable transit between the North, Southeast and South Asia markets.  [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Hyundai Merchant says talks still under way for shipping alliance membership
    Source:  Yonhapnews.co.kr
    SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., a major shipping line here, said Monday that its talks to join a global shipping alliance will be completed this month, denying news reports that the financially-troubled shipper has failed to join 2M, one of the key conditions for financial help from its creditors. Read more here
     
    Light at the end of the tunnel for container shipping
    source: Splash24/7
    Lars Jensen from SeaIntelligence Consulting makes the case for being optimistic about the box trades. Of course one has to be careful in concluding that the container carriers can see light at the end of the tunnel – the cheap shot would be to say it is the light of an oncoming train. Read more here

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    New Montreal box terminal strongly spikes capacity
    source: AJOT
    A new terminal in the Viau sector of the Port of Montreal inaugurated today, Friday Nov 18, boosts the port’s handling capacity by 350,000 TEUs as Canada’s second largest port after Vancouver positions itself for increased global trade with North Atlantic shipping a key target. Read more here

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    China looks to seize Asian trade leadership after Republicans sweep US
    source: Shippingazette
    CHINA quickly positioned itself as free trade champion at an Asia-Pacific summit over the weekend as US-led Pacific Rim trade pact languished in the face of a hostile Republican sweep in Congress, the White House and state legislatures. "If the US gives up its leadership here, of course China will take the role," said TuXinquan, a trade expert at Beijing's University of International Business and Economics, who has advised China's government on trade issues, Reuters reported. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 18 November 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Taiwan's Evergreen and Yang Ming in the red, but Evergreen sees improvement
    source: Shipping Gazette
    TAIWAN's top two shipping lines, Evergreen Marine and Yang Ming Line, suffered a combined loss of US$580 million in the first nine months of the year. Evergreen's loss for January to September stood at $173 million, a year-on-year decrease of 81 per cent, on revenue of $2.8 billion, down 15 per cent, reported IHS Media. Yang Ming took a bigger hit.Its third quarter loss stood at $142 million on 13 per cent lower revenue of $908 million, the company stated in a filing to the Taiwan Exchange.The figures reflect an industry struggling with extreme overcapacity and weak demand, with Drewry forecasting total container shipping industry losses in 2016 will amount to between $5 billion and $10 billion.  [Excerpted from Shipping Gazette]
     
    Shippers fear new container shipping alliances will crush market competition
    source: Shippingazette
    THE rise of new mega container shipping alliance controlling major trade lanes is creating "real potential competition issues" due to independent carriers being forced out of the market, according to a new report from the Global Shippers' Forum (GSF). This new market structure could, according to the GSF, fall foul of competition laws due to potential competition issues between carriers and their customers, as independent lines were forced out of the market or were driven into smaller niche out of markets. The report also questioned whether vessel sharing agreements and alliances were good for competition, as important parameters of competition such as capacity, sailing frequency and ports of call were removed. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Chongqing to become multimodal logistics hub
    source: FreightEurasia
    Situated along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in southwest China, Chongqing is a transport and logistics hub with an extensive network of railways, highways, and inland waterways. Read more here
     
    Empty container repositioning costs the shipping industry up to $20bn a year
    source: The Loadstar
    Repositioning empty containers costs the shipping industry $15-$20bn a year – up to 8% of a shipping line’s operating costs – according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG).  Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    CN recognized for excellence in corporate governance
    source: AJOT
    MONTREAL - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced it has received the 2016 Best Overall Corporate Governance award for publicly-listed companies from the Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC).  Read more here.
     
    JAXPORT’s new rail terminal is open for business
    source: AJOT
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JAXPORT’s new $30 million Intermodal Container Transfer Facility is now officially open for business. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    CBSA - Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Scheduled Maintenance Outage
    source: CIFFA
    For maintenance purposes, all EDI applications will be unavailable on Sunday, November 20, 2016 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.

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    WTO: G20 remains hotbed for trade restrictions
    source: American Shipper
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) said the number of trade restrictions imposed by the Group of 20 countries has continued to grow, despite ongoing global economic uncertainty and negative trade forecasts. Read more here
     
    Argentina: Realizing its Potential? By Peter G Hall, EDC 
    source: CIFFA
    Is this a moment of hope for Argentina? Cynics would say that they've heard that before. In days gone by, some really believed it, put down their money, and lived to really regret it. Read more here

  • 17 November 2016

    AIR UPDATES
     
    Alaska Airlines Makes First Commercial Flight Using Wood-Based Biofuel
    source: CIFFA
    Alaska Airlines made the first commercial flight utilizing alternate jet fuel made from forest residuals-the limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest-on Nov. 14, with Alaska Airlines Flight 4, a Boeing 737-800 bound for Washington Reagan National Airport carrying 163 passengers. Read more here

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    Hanjin Shipping's fate to be decided in February
    source: TheLoadStar
    And still it drags on – like a headless chicken running around in its death throes as if it is playing a game of five-a-side football. It’s now 10 weeks since Hanjin Shipping entered bankruptcy, and it now appears we will have to wait until February until a Seoul court receives a “rehabilitation plan” for the company. Read more here
     
    Boxship demolitions have suppressed fleet growth: Drewry
    source: Shippingazette
    CONTAINERSHIPS with a total capacity of more than 520,000 TEU have been scrapped so far this year and this rapid increase in demolitions has helped to bring the annual growth rates for global supply and demand closer together, according to Drewry, the MarineLink of New York reported. The reason why the closer global supply-demand balance in 2016 hasn't seen either market appreciably recover is that it is not a universal trend as there remain significant imbalances in many big volume trade lanes. Unfortunately for owners Drewry is not anticipating that demand will get much above three per cent over the next two years so they will need to scrap even harder if they want to see supply growth fall into line. Financial difficulties at some non-operating companies may add to the demolitions pile. For other owners, there may well be some resistance to writing-off even larger shares of asset values, and with a market recovery in sight after the rush of new deliveries has passed come 2019 it could be that idling takes preference for those that are able to wait it out. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    And the US is the winner of... the world's riskiest ports
    source: TheLoadStar
    Concise but good read showing the top 10 riskiest ports, in money terms. The ranking is based on the estimated loss at any one time following a natural disaster – earthquake, wind and storm surges – plus the size of the cargo facilities and factors such as types of cargo and other hazards. Read more here
     
    Swedish Dockers Strike In Scandinavia's Largest Port
    source: CIFFA
    Swedish dockers launched a strike on Tuesday in Gothenburg, Scandinavia's largest port, demanding better wages and working conditions. The dock workers' union announced on its Facebook page that no agreement had been reached with the management and added that the strike began at 2pm on Tuesday. According to the employers' organization, around half of container traffic in Sweden passes through the Gothenburg port, operated by APM Terminals, which is Scandinavia's largest. Only one third of the container traffic will operate during the strike. (The Local)
     
    SOLAS container weighing rules create $4bn industry – and 'blatant profteering'
    source: TheLoadStar
    This year’s implementation of the verified gross mass (VGM) amendment to the SOLAS [Safety of Life at Sea] regulations has created a potential $4bn market. Read more here
     
    CMA CGM debuts the new REX3 service and strengthens its offering between Asia and the Red Sea
    source: AJOT
    CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, is pleased to announce the start of the new service REX3, which directly connects Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Singapore and Chine.  Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Survey: Consumers demand blend of online and in-store shopping options
    source: DC Velocity
    Despite the rapid growth of e-commerce, physical stores maintain an advantage over web sites in creating customer loyalty through personalized shopping perks and amenities, a new survey shows. Now consumers are adding one more demand to the list of special perks they expect, asking brick-and-mortar stores to integrate their online shopping experiences. Read more here
     
    Retailers turning to forward-looking analytics more than manufacturers
    source: American Shipper
    Retailers have cited increased supply chain visibility and reduced freight spend as the primary benefits of business intelligence tools, according to new research from American Shipper. However, a new study released Wednesday, You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure: Supply Chain Analytics Benchmark Study, also found that while 65 percent of retailer respondents see visibility as a primary benefit of analytics, only 47 percent of retailers are actually using analytics for visibility.  Read more here

  • 16 November 2016

    AIR UPDATES
     
    Ottawa 'miscommunicated' on foreign ownership air cargo carrier rules
    souce: Shippingazette
    NON-CANADIANS will be permitted to buy 49 per cent of Canadian cargo airlines now that the federal government confirmed it had mistakenly limited its liberalisation to passengers and had not included cargo. "The Government of Canada proposes to liberalise international ownership limits that would apply to all carriers, including those providing all-cargo services," Mr Garneau said. Said the new official communique: "The Canada Transportation Act defines a carrier to be "a person who engaged in the transport of goods or passengers by any means of transport under the legislative authority of Parliament." [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

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    2M Alliance to launch new transpacific service
    source: American  Shipper  
    Members of the 2M Alliance - Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) - will launch a new transpacific service next month.
    Maersk will refer to the new service as the TP3, while MSC will dub it the Sequoia service. Read more here
     
    Hyundai Heavy Industries confirms spilt
    source: Splash 24/7
    South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) said yesterday that it will split its non-shipbuilding businesses into separate companies to improve management efficiency and competitiveness amid the crisis in the shipbuilding sector.  Read more here
     
    Korea Line to buy Hanjin Shipping assets in surprise court decision
    source: Shippingazette
    In a surprise decision, a South Korean court has awarded shipping operator Korea Line Corp. to acquire the assets of bankrupt Hanjin Shipping after outbidding Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM) by offering better terms, including retaining workers. The court aims to approve a contract next week with Korea Line, an operator of dry bulkers and liquefied-natural-gas carriers, and complete the sale process by the end of November, the judge said. Despite the weak industry conditions, Korea Line and Hyundai Merchant have been seeking to expand their fleets. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    'Balancing supply and demand the way to keep container shipping sector afloat'
    source: TheLoadStar
    More work is required to address the issues of overcapacity and weak growth in the container shipping sector, according to speakers at the Intermodal Europe 2016 event in Rotterdam, which opened today. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Calls for executive action to ban oil drilling leases in Atlantic and Arctic before Trump sworn in
    source: Splash 24/7
    Environmentalists on Tuesday called for US President Barack Obama to use executive authority to invoke a provision of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently ban offshore drilling in the Arctic and the Atlantic before his successor Donald Trump takes office, according to Bloomberg.  Read more here.  

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    New Zealand's Southern Ports Re-emerge After Earthquake
    source: CIFFA
    Ports in southern New Zealand are still assessing damages both inside and outside their marine terminal gates in the aftermath of Monday's 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Read more here
     
    China will rally support to set up its own free trade area
    source: Shippingazette
    CHINA's Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong has said the mainland will seek support for a Beijing-led Asia-Pacific free trade area at a regional summit in Peru later this month, the Voice of America in Beijing reported. At a briefing with journalists ahead of President Xi Jinping's departure for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru (November 19-20), Mr Li warned of the rise of protectionism and said the region needed a free trade agreement as soon as possible. "Trade and investment protectionism is rearing its head, and Asia-Pacific faces insufficient momentum for internal growth, and difficulties in advancing reforms," Mr Li said. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 15 November 2016

    AIR UPDATES
     
    Frankfurt and Schiphol Airports Launch Cloud-Based Pilot Project To Speed Up Cargo Flow
    source: CIFFA
    A Data-sharing pilot project has been launched to reduce the time taken to process and transport cargo shipments between Air France KLM's facility in Frankfurt, Germany and Schiphol airport in the Netherlands. The information is submitted using a cloud-based system and is automatically verified against the applicable customs regulations and safety standards. The new operational procedures will also support the exchange of administrative data and facilitate the exchange of shipment status information. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Lufthansa Pilots Union Set To Call Strikes
    source: AirWise
    Lufthansa pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has threatened strikes in support of a long-running pay dispute. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Portable container weighing solution delivers cost savings
    source: AJOT
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Engineering firm Hy-Dynamix has teamed up with Dynamic Load Monitoring (UK) Ltd (DLM) to build new wireless reporting technology into its portable container weighing solution, the Hy-Weigh. Read more here

     
    Iron Ore Exports Keep St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping On Course
    source: CIFFA
    A surge of North American iron ore exports to Japan and China is keeping the St. Lawrence Seaway bustling in the critical months before the shipping season winds down. Ships will deliver over a million metric tons of iron ore pellets for export via the inland waterway by the end of the shipping season. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    CP Introduces Intermodal Pricing Tool
    source: CIFFA
    CP announced it has introduces a new Intermodal Pricing Tool.  Some features of the tool:
    • STCC "smart" search - enter either the STCC or description into the field 
    • View current surcharges (terminal, fuel, carbon tax, etc.)
    • Receive email confirmation of published quotes 
    • Access the Tariff Publishing System from within the tool.
    To get a quick overview of the tool, watch the tutorial by clicking here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Port of Halifax Traffic Advisory - New 3-Way Stop Signs Along North Marginal Road
    source: CIFFA
    The Halifax Port Authority is taking steps to increase traffic safety along North Marginal Road. Starting November 15, 2016, there will be new 3-way stop signs located at the intersection of North Marginal Road and the entrance to Richmond Terminals Pier 9C. With the completion of the Richmond Terminals redevelopment project, traffic in the area is increasing and will continue to do so. The new 3-way stop signs are a proactive safety measure.

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    What shoppers want ... and what it means for you
    source: DC Velocity
    When Black Friday arrives in just a few weeks, the lines will likely be shorter than last year's, and they will probably shrink further in the coming years. The mass migration of shoppers from traditional brick-and-mortar stores to digital storefronts is well under way and continues to gather steam.  Read more here.

  • 14 November 2016

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    Is 'climate change' prolonging peak season, or is it Hanjin? ask shippers
    source: Shipping Gazette
    Normally, November ends the peak season, but not this year when cargo roll-overs persist and the month is marked by unusually late holiday-season bookings, reports IHS Media. Some say it is another feature of the "new normal", as imports into the US declined in September, with laden incoming boxes through west coast ports down two per cent year on year. But others say it is a one-off phenomenon caused by the Hanjin Shipping collapse that has accounted for seven per cent of the transpacific volume. While spot rates have slipped, the decline was much more gradual than it was a year ago when transpacific spot rates began a steady and dramatic fall. One forwarder told IHS the market is not slumping into slack season yet. "In fact, it is still hot," with vessel-utilisation a 97 per cent on most transpacific of the trade lanes. But to others it is most likely do to the demise of Hanjin, which declared bankruptcy on August 31. 
     
    Santos Strikes Test Shippers, Brazil Government
    source: CIFFA
    Customs officers in the Brazilian port of Santos have struck for two days straight, testing the mettle of the new President, who has vowed that the government would not pay striking workers for time spent off the job. The cumulative effects of the strikes have caused steady delays at Santos, with 20,000 containers held up over the past six weeks, costing exporters 4.1 million reals ($1.12 million), according to the Santos and Sao Paulo Shipagents Association, or Sindamar. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    Providing better service can keep sea-air operators ahead of fast-developing rail options
    source: TheLoadStar
    Sea-air operators would be naïve or complacent to ignore the competition posed by cheaper modes of transport, particularly as rail freight looks set to develop. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    CBSA Presentations for Freight Forwarders: Introduction to Electronic House Bills
    source: CIFFA
    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is offering eManifest presentation throughout the fall. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Congress will abandon Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, White House concedes
    source: The Guardian
    White House officials conceded on Friday that the president’s hard-fought-for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would not pass Congress, as lawmakers there prepared for the anti-global trade policies of President-elect Donald Trump.  Read more here
     
    Pakistani PM inaugurates China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
    source: Splash 24/7
    Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif was on hand yesterday to inaugurate a trade route linking southwestern Gwadar port to the Chinese city of Kashgar.
    The 4,253 teu Cosco Wellington berthed at the port and took on more than 150 containers, the first shipments under the $46bn China-Pakistan Economic Corridor announced in 2014. Read more here
     
    New Zealand ports assess earthquake damage
    source: Splash24/7
    Ports across New Zealand spent today assessing damage after a powerful 7.5 earthquake struck the nation off Canterbury overnight. Read more here

  • 11 November 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Tropical Shipping Announces Port Change in Canadian Service
    source: CIFFA
    Tropical Shipping advised this week of the following change to port operations in Canada. Effective January 9th, 2017, Tropical Shipping will move its port operations to Halterm Container Terminal in the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tropical Shipping's Canadian service will continue to provide a weekly sailing every Monday from the Halterm Container Terminal, Halifax. Tropical Shipping's last sailing from the Port of Saint John will be December 27, 2016. For further information, please contact your local sales representative or the Canadian Customer Service Team at 866-767-6576. 
     
    Carriers Adjust To Hurricane Damage At Port Freeport
    source: CIFFA
    Container lines say they are using Port Freeport in the Bahamas on a limited basis and routing some vessels to other ports until damage suffered during Hurricane Matthew one month ago is repaired. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Québec Associate Secretary General of Maritime Affairs to discuss $9 billion maritime strategy
    source: AJOT
    INDIANAPOLIS - Québec Associate Secretary General of Maritime Affairs Georges Farrah will examine the Canadian Province’s $9 billion maritime strategy as well as its partnership with Indiana during a special presentation at the Indiana Logistics Summit taking place Nov. 16-17 at the Indiana Convention Center. The Québec government recently announced a $9 billion plan to develop the province’s maritime infrastructure and create 10,000 jobs within five years and up to 30,000 by 2030. Read more here
     
    Controversial abandoned ship to be moved after five years
    source: Splash 24/7
    The federal government has finally agreed to remove a rusting hulk that has loomed as a potential environmental catastrophe in Quebec for years.
    The Kathryn Spirit was abandoned by its Mexican owners nearly five years ago at the city of Beauharnois near Montreal and the St Lawrence River. The Mexican firm has since declared bankruptcy and all pumping operations to keep the ship upright have come to a halt.  Read more here.  

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Trade Restrictions Among G20 Remain High, Despite Slight Slowdown In New Measures
    source: CIFFA
    The WTO's sixteenth monitoring report on Group of 20 (G20) trade measures, issued on 10 November, shows that the number of trade-restrictive measures applied by G20 economies remains high, despite a slight decline against the previous period. Read more here

  • 10 November 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Tropical Shipping moving port operations from Saint John to Halifax
    source: AJOT
    Significant developments are taking place these days at New Brunswick’s Port of Saint John on the Bay of Fundy. Read more here
     
    Hanjin readies further layoffs as liquidation rumours grow
    source: Splash24/7
    Hanjin Shipping has handed 560 crew redundancy notices effective December 10 with the remaining 2,000 crew linked to the Korean line expected to receive similar notices in the coming couple of weeks, Korean business daily Pulse is reporting. Read more here
     
    DP World Takes Over the Fairview Container Temrinal ; Second Phase Capacity Increase Underway
    source:  Canadian Sailings
    In August 2015, Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal welcomed a new owner and management team. The dedicated intermodal facility, purpose built to provide a high- speed gateway for transpacific container trade, had been sold a few months earlier to DP World Ltd., the Dubai government-owned ports operator.  Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    FREIGHT VEHICLE AUTOMATION CLOSER THAN EXPECTED: EXPERTS
    source: FullyLoaded
    While the National Transport Commission (NTC) feels that automated vehicle technology could be closer than earlier estimated, VicRoads believes that Australia is decades away from seeing this complete automation becoming common on the roads. Read more here
     
    How A Company Called Unit 45 Revolutionized China-Europe 'Silk Road' Rail Transport
    source: Forbes
    Around 2012 it became clear that “Silk Road” rail transport between China and Europe had a problem. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Transport Canada Clarification of Proposed Legislation on International Ownership of Air Carriers
    source: CIFFA
    On November 3, 2016, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced that the Government of Canada intends to introduce legislation that would raise the limit of international ownership of Canadian air carriers' voting interests to 49 per cent, up from a ceiling of 25 per cent, with accompanying safeguards. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    CBSA Notice - Remembrance Day Friday November 11, 2016
    source: CIFFA
    To: All clients and service providers who transmit trade data using eManifest Portal
    CBSA client service support will be available on the Remembrance Day holiday, Friday, November 11, 2016 between 08:00 and 16:00 (Eastern Time). Please note that support will be provided for production issues only by calling our hot line at 1-888-957-7224
    Client service support is available 24/7 should you require immediate assistance. Please refer to the Client Service/Contact Information Hotline: 1-888-957-7224

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Trump Wins : Impact on Canada
    source: exportwise.ca
    Glad it’s over? The declaration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States last night wraps up an historic campaign. Election periods always have a good dose of intensity and anticipation, but this one redefined the battlegrounds and the rules of engagement, radically. Read more here.
     
    Glimmer of Light for Bangladesh’s Desperate Apparel Shippers as Port Plan Makes Headway
    source: The Loadstar
    There may be a gleam of light in the tunnel for shippers exhausted by years of chronic congestion at Bangladesh’s major container gateway of Chittagong if the country goes ahead with plans to build a new deepwater facility to service its garment exports. Read more here.  

  • 9 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Air Canada Cargo and Cargojet launch FRA flight as they announce strong results
    source: TheLoadStar
    Carrier partners Cargojet and Air Canada are to launch a weekly freighter service to Frankfurt next week, connecting with flights from Mexico, Bogota and Lima and Dallas. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2016 Now Available
    source: CIFFA
    The long-term growth prospects for seaborne trade and maritime businesses.
    The present edition of the Review of Maritime Transport takes the view that the long-term growth prospects for seaborne trade and maritime businesses are positive. There are ample opportunities for developing countries to generate income and employment and help promote foreign trade. Read more here
     
    THE Alliance Announces Plans For Its Product
    source: CIFFA
    The members of THE Alliance announced Tuesday the details of the plan for their product starting from April 2017. Read more here
     
    Second box ship cascade 'potentially more destructive' than the first
    source: Shippingazette
    LONDON's Drewry Maritime Research sees the second cascade of bigger box ships from the Asia-Europe run to the smaller north-south trades as "potentially more destructive" than the first, reports Lloyd's Loading List. With the biggest ships locked into the Asia-Europe trade due to port handling limitations elsewhere, carriers have to shuffle smaller, but still large, ships into new trade lanes. Having nearly exhausted the stock of vessels of that size, a number of 18,000 TEU ships are now scheduled for delivery, with 1.3 million TEU in total due before 2020. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Drewry: Dry bulk shipping to recover on muted vessel supply
    source: AJOT
    London, UK – Moderating vessel supply growth over the next few years together with a mild improvement in the outlook for seaborne trade will enable a reduction on chronic overcapacity and so mark a recovery in the dry bulk shipping market, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Read more here
     
    Port of Vancouver USA seeking additional marine customer for Terminal 5
    source: AJOT
    VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA is seeking Statements of Interest (SOI) from firms interested in designing, permitting, constructing and operating a high-volume marine terminal facility at the port’s Terminal 5. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    Guatemala: Truckers End Blockades
    source: CIFFA 
    Nov. 7 - The municipality of Guatemala City gave in to pressure and changed the rules on the restrictions of the movement of heavy transport vehicles in the capital, putting an end to a strike that lasted for almost 9 days. The Municipality reviewed the new rules restricting movement of cargo vehicles in the capital and decided to keep them in place on weekdays and reduce the time slot during which they cannot enter the capital on Saturdays and Sundays. (CentralAmericaData)
     
    Freight Transport Needs More Climate Efficiency
    source: MHLNews
    Freight transport  accounts for roughly 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and emissions from trade-related are expected to increase by a factor of 3.9 between 2010 and 2050. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Cargo Thieves Shift Tactics, Targets
    source: DC Velocity
    Shippers have received good news and bad news about the state of global cargo theft in recent months. Reports showed a drop in U.S. incidents during the second quarter of 2016—that's the good news—but a closer look suggests that thieves are simply becoming better at targeting the type of freight they want to steal as well as expanding their horizons.  Read more here.  

  • 8 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Southwest Pilots Approve New Contract
    source: AirWise
    Pilots at Southwest Airlines have ratified a new contract with the airline that will lift pay and changes pension arrangements. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Japanese box line merger to spark more consolidation – 'fewer but stronger carriers'
    source:TheLoadStar
    The merger of the three Japanese container divisions, scheduled for April 2018, could trigger another wave of shipping M&A activity. Read more here
     
    THE Alliance announces plans for its competitive product
    source: AJOT
    • 31 services covering all East West trade lanes with short transit times
    • Fast shuttle services / Dedicated Middle East loop
    • 240 modern and most efficient ships
    • Comprehensive port coverage with over 75 ports in Asia, North Europe, the Mediterranean, North America and the Middle East
     
    Thai transport officials to right wrongs at Lat Krabang ICD
    source: Shippingazette
    THAILAND's Transport Ministry says officials are trying to fix traffic management at the Lat Krabang Inland Container Depot (ICD), which is malfunctioning because outsiders use the ICD area. This is one of the urgent measures the ministry is carrying out, following a meeting last week with Thingy Khongkhant, head of the Land Transport Federation of Thailand. The freight operators said traffic gridlock in and around ICD has a heavy financial cost. Container trucks take between six and 10 hours to do their business in the depot and the traffic snarl also results in THB300 million (US$8.6 million) in wasted fuel per year. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    The Hyperloop might not work for shipping, either
    source: TheLoadStar
    Hyperloop One’s freight capabilities have come under attack from long-time critic, transport engineer and mathematician Alon Levy. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    CN - Taking on Winter
    source: CIFFA
    CN has prepared winter materials for customers. Customers are encouraged to review the materials at cn.ca/winter. Also feel encouraged to share it within your organizations. Safety is of the utmost importance at CN. We all have an important role to play and need to look out for each other. This means keeping our railroad, our employees, our communities, our customers and their goods safe.

  • 7 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Full of eastern promise, three new cargo airlines preparing for takeoff
    source: The Loadstar
    News of three new cargo airlines today. First up is Azerbaijan’s Silk Way Group, which has reportedly set up Silk Way East Airlines, according to CH Aviation.
    It will be headed by the president of Silk Way Holdings, SananAkhundov, but it is not yet clear what its strategy will be.  Read more here.

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Vessels and executives arrested, a country's supply chain cut-off - this week's round-up on the fall-out from Hanjin
    source: TheLoadStar
    There was little respite for Hanjin this week as the beleaguered carrier chartered a vessel to retrieve stranded containers in the US amidst other reports that an embittered executive had blocked attempts to grant it a stay of execution, and yet another of its ships was arrested. Read more here
     
    Today is November 7th and the eHBL 'Coming into Force' Date 
    source: CIFFA
    Good morning. We just wanted to remind everyone to stay calm and remember that the eHBL gives at least a seven month implementation timeframe. Read more here
     
    Peace Bridge Authority Announces Lane Closure Nov, 15, 2016 to May 15, 2017
    source: CIFFA
    Last week, the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) announced that the Peace Bridge will be reduced to two lanes between November 15, 2016 and May 15, 2017, in order to accommodate construction related to the ongoing $100 million Peace Bridge rehabilitation. Read more here
     
    The millennial generation of terminal operators comes of age
    source: AJOT
    There is no doubt that among terminal operators the big get bigger and the global share of container throughput among the top ten is rising, nevertheless it is a new generation of terminal operators that are making waves. Read more here
     
    Long Beach leads way to clear backlog of Hanjin empties to free chassis
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Port of Long Beach is helping to clear the backlog of empty containers from Southern California to free the chassis they sit on, reports the American Journal of Transportation. Long Beach and TTI have secured a vessel to move the empties back to Asia and free the chassis, said Noel Hacegaba, Long Beach port commercial operations chief. TTI is loading the ship at cost while the Port of Long Beach will waive its fee for access to the port's terminal. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    The Great Hesitation, By Peter G Hall, EDC
    source: CIFFA
    Global growth is just about to take off. To most, that sounds like some kind of sick joke, about as likely as Linus' Great Pumpkin showing up last Monday. Read more here

  • 4 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Air Canada Cargo Adds Frankfurt Freighter
    source: CIFFA
    Air Canada Cargo announced Thursday it is introducing Frankfurt to its network of all-freighter routes, with service between Frankfurt and Toronto commencing November 19. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    Port of Halifax Eyes Relocation Of Container Terminal To Dartmouth
    source: CIFFA
    The Port of Halifax says it's looking at relocating a container terminal across to the Dartmouth side of the harbour as it moves to reduce or even eliminate container truck traffic in the city's downtown core. Read more here
     
    3D printing: could be a game-changer for shipbuilders
    source: TheLoadStar
    There’s been a lot of talk about how 3D printing could fundamentally alter global supply chains, but new analysis from the Dutch Nautical Institute of Shipping and Shipbuilding argues that the first effects will be felt most heavily in the shipbuilding industry, with scores of vessels already equipped with 3D printers to reproduce spare parts while at sea. Read more here
     
    Port of Long Beach leads way to clear backlog of empty containers due to Hanjin bankruptcy
    source: AJOT
    Chassis and Hanjin containers at the Port of Long BeachThe Port of Long Beach is helping to clear a significant backlog of empty cargo containers from Southern California and free up the chassis they sit on, as part of an agreement with terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI) to bring in a container ship to remove up to 4,300 empty containers. Read more here
     
    Panama Canal launches environmental scheme to recognise green ships
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has launched the 'Environmental Premium Ranking" a new initiative that rewards customers who meet high environmental efficiency standards. The programme encompasses both the Environmental Premium Ranking and Green Connection Award, which was launched in July 2016 to honour Canal customers who comply with the highest environmental performance standards set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The incentive will become effective for transits beginning January 1. Participation is optional. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    CN Intermodal Gate Hours for U.S. Thanksgiving Nov. 24 and 25, 2016
    source: CIFFA
    CN Intermodal gate hours for Thanksgiving in the United States, November 24 and 25, 2016 are now available at the following link: Intermodal Gate Hours

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    IMO Sets 2020 Date For Ships To Comply With Low Sulphur Fuel Oil Requirement
    source: CIFFA
    In a landmark decision for both the environment and human health, 1 January 2020 has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships. Read more here

  • 3 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Gateway supply chain strategy 'under siege' from growing belly capacity at secondary hubs
    source: aircargonews.net
    The gateway airport supply chain strategy for air cargo is “under siege” as increasing belly capacity flying to secondary airports has allowed forwarders to switch to a point-to-point operation. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
     
    OCEAN ALLIANCE Sets Out Network
    source: AJOT
    Members of the OCEAN ALLIANCE, COSCO Container Lines, CMA CGM, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line, signed a document entitled the Day One Product, which sets out the proposed OCEAN ALLIANCE’s network, including port rotation for each service loop. Read more here
     
    Glimmer of light for Bangladesh's desperate apparel shippers as port plan makes headway
    source: The Loadstar
    There may be a gleam of light in the tunnel for shippers exhausted by years of chronic congestion at Bangladesh’s major container gateway of Chittagong if the country goes ahead with plans to build a new deepwater facility to service its garment exports.  Read more here
     
    West Coast longshoremen, employers discuss contract extension
    source: AmericanShipper
    Representatives from the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union met Tuesday and discussed a possible extension of their current contract, which runs through June 30, 2019. Read more here
     
    Innovative BLOK-BEAM empty box handling could save shipping industry billions
    source: The Loadstar
    A new system to improve productivity in empty container handling at quaysides is set to be unveiled in Shanghai this month – its architects claiming it could save the shipping industry billions of dollars a year.  Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    In-Transit Border Pilot Extended, New Ports Added
    source: CIFFA
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to extend and expand a pilot initiative that uses a reduced data set for permitting Canadian carriers to resume in-transit operations for domestic loads. While the program will extend another year until Nov. 28, 2017, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) also announced that it has recommended the addition of three ports of entry to the program: Portal, ND/North Portal, SK; Sweetgrass, MT/Coutts, AB; and Sault Ste. Marie, MI/ON. It is unclear at this time when the ports may be added to the program. (Excerpted from Today's Trucking)

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    VFPA Notice of Field Studies in November 2016 - Container Capacity Improvement Program
    source: CIFFA
    The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is continuing field studies in November 2016 as part of ongoing environmental and technical work for the Container Capacity Improvement Program. Read more here
     
    CBSA - Bloomfield Port of Entry In NB To Close On Sundays For Winter/Spring Season
    source: CIFFA 
    The Canada Border Services Agency advises travellers that the Bloomfield port of entry will be closed on Sundays starting November 6, 2016. The port will remain open 9:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday. The port will reopen on Sundays on June 4, 2017. During the seasonal closure, travellers are advised to use Woodstock or Centreville as alternate ports of entry on Sundays. The Woodstock port of entry is located 41 km south of Bloomfield on Route 95 and the Centreville port of entry is located 22 km north of Bloomfield on Route 110.

  • 2 November 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Mombasa Port Staff Protest Against Increased Tariffs
    source: CIFFA
    Protests by over a thousand clearing and forwarding agents at the Port of Mombasa were announced earlier this week following increases in tariffs caused 1,200 containers unable to be cleared, reported Daily Nation
     
    Two new quay cranes arrive at DP World Saint John's New Brunswick terminal
    source: Shippingazette
    DUBAI's DP World has announced the arrival of two quay cranes at their new terminal - DP World Saint John in eastern Canada's province of New Brunswick. Once alongside at the pier, the cranes will be off-loaded over a period of days. The deck of the terminal has been prepared for the larger cranes over the past few weeks. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Canadian Coastal Shipping with Marine Software's maintenance system
    source: Shippingazette
    UK-based Marine Software has supplied its marine planned maintenance system (MPMWin) to Coastal Shipping Ltd's latest vessel, the 'Sten Fjord". She joins four other tankers that have been equipped with the MPMWin software. Established in 1973, Coastal Shipping operates a fleet of tankers providing fuel to the Canadian Arctic and Labrador coastal ports that also trade internationally. "Several crew were familiar with this software and it's excellent for scheduling on board maintenance. It has proven a valuable tool for marine and engineering superintendents to track maintenance on board." [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Anger at IMO 'betrayal' as it delays enforcing CO2 emission cuts for seven years
    source: TheLoadStar
    Environmental groups and European politicians have rounded on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over its apparent failure to address shipping’s CO2 emissions. Read more here
     
    The death of hyperlocal delivery start-ups: what went wrong?
    source: TheLoadStar
    India was supposed to be the next e-commerce behemoth. Read more here
     
    Iceland Ratifies Trade Facilitation Agreement 
    source: CIFFA
    Iceland has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the 96th member of the WTO to do so. WTO ambassador Högni S. Kristjánsson submitted his country's instrument of acceptance to WTO Director-General on 31 October. The TFA will enter into force once two-thirds of the WTO membership has formally accepted the Agreement. Iceland's acceptance means over 87 per cent of the ratifications needed for entry into force have now been received.

  • 1 November 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Eurowings Union Calls Off Strikes
    source: AirWise
    Eurowings cabin crew union UFO has called off plans to strike this week and proposed arbitration to end its dispute with the airline. Read more here
     
    FIATA's 90th Anniversary Issue Air Cargo News - Available Online
    source: CIFFA
    A dedicated Air Cargo News publication in celebration of FIATA's 90th Anniversary has been made available online. The issue includes insightful stories of FIATA's Past, Present and Future and exclusive interviews with delegates sharing their perspectives of the industry.  Read more here
     
    YYC Officially Opens New International Terminal
    source: CIFFA
    YYC Calgary International Airport's new International Terminal officially opened for operations early Monday morning -- moving all U.S. and International flight operations at YYC to the new terminal facility. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Port of Oakland terminal OK to expand, could start in November
    source: AJOT
    TraPac, second-largest operator in Oakland, will nearly double in size. Oakland, Calif. - Work could begin next month to nearly double the size of the Port of Oakland’s second-largest marine terminal. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    Uber Freight: Another “Uber-for-Trucking”?
    source: Freightos
    After news broke last month that Uber was unleashing a trucking offering, it came as no surprise when it launched Uber Freight, an online trucking marketplace for US LTL. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Halifax Port Authority congratulates Canada-EU on signing CETA
    source: AJOT
    Halifax, Nova Scotia - The Halifax Port Authority applauds the efforts of the Government of Canada and the European Union in signing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, more widely known as CETA. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Europe's Awakening - by Peter G. Hall, EDC
    source: CIFFA
    A couple of weeks back, I picked on Americans - why, I asked, do they not see how well they are doing? Read more here
     
    How customer demands are reshaping last-mile delivery
    source:McKinsey
    The last mile is seeing disruption from new business models that address customer demand for ever-faster delivery, as well as new technologies such as drones and autonomous ground vehicles. Read more here

  • 31 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Perishables to be main air cargo commodity in coming years
    source: Shipping Gazette
    AS high-tech industry demand tails off, perishables are the commodity to watch in air cargo, says Seabury Group vice president Marco Bloemen. 
    Speaking at the Tiaca's Air Cargo Forum in Paris, MrBloemen said laptops as air cargo have dropped by more than 100,000 tonnes in one year, reported London's Air Cargo News.
    "This year, we see a major decline for high tech of 176,000 tonnes year to date and that is primarily caused by laptops that are not travelling by air, or not travelling at all."
    MrBloemen said that this was down to a decline in the amount of people purchasing laptops and not necessarily because of a modal shift to ocean.
    "In contrast, the key driver for air cargo growth is perishables, which is up by 140,000 tonnes in 2016 compared with last year's perishables will be the commodities that cater for air freight growth in the years ahead, be it fish, flowers or fruit." [Excerpted from Shipping Gazette]
     
    Canadian Aviation Security Expands Supply Chain Security
    source: CIFFA
    Air Canada has kindly shared the below IATA bulletin regarding the new TC Security Measures. Air Canada would like to remind industry and CIFFA members of the importance of joining the secure supply chain to reduce airport congestion and associated delays and fess relating to security screening. They would also like to express sincere appreciation to customers for their patience and understanding during the launch of these new regulatory changes. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    MOL, NYK Line and "K" Line To Merge in 2017
    source: CIFFA
    Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha have agreed, after the resolution by the board of directors of each company held October 31, 2016, and subject to regulatory approval from the authorities, to establish a new joint-venture company to integrate the container shipping businesses (including worldwide terminal operating businesses excluding Japan) of all three companies and to sign a business integration contract and a shareholders agreement. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Warning to mariners as works begin on third runway at HK airport
    source: Shippingazette
    MARINERS in the vicinity of the airport at Chek Lap Kok in Hong Kong should proceed with caution and keep clear of construction work involved with the expansion of a three-runway system north of the airfield, warns the Hong Kong Marine Department. Some tugboats, guard boats and self-propelled delivery barges will provide assistance, and the number and type of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements. Work will be carried out round-the-clock and diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work. Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    These Shipping Giants Are Teaming Up to Create One of the World's Largest Fleets
    source: Fortune
    Japan’s top three shippers said they will integrate their container shipping operations to create the world’s sixth-largest fleet, joining a growing trend of consolidation in an industry battling its worst-ever downturn. Read more here
     
    Prospect of Higher Spot Rates Puts Pressure on Shippers from 2017 Contract Talks
    source: The Loadstar
    Shippers and carriers start their Asia-Europe 2017 contract negotiations against a background of higher spot rates than a year ago, and according to the latest freight rate forecast by Drewry, “the direction will now be up for rates”.
    Indeed, today’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) recorded a 25.9% surge in spot rates for North Europe and a 41.2% leap for Mediterranean port rates, further ramping up the pressure on shippers.
    The “corner has been turned” according to Philip Damas, director and head of Drewry’s supply chain advisors practice, and he noted that in the last six months there had been a “significant correction of freight rates” from the all-time unsustainable lows of March and April.
    “The environment is very different to a year ago,” said MrDamas, suggesting that the so-called ‘Hanjin effect’ and the subsequent ‘flight to safety’ by nervous shippers was playing a part in the firming of rates on a number of routes.
    The impact of the rock bottom spot market on 2016 contract rate negotiations was significant. Drewry calculated that contract rates declined by some 40% between the third quarter of 2015 and the third quarter of this year.
    Elsewhere, Patrik Berglund, chief executive of freight rate benchmarking platform Xeneta, reported that large volume shippers seeking long-term contracts with carriers were finding difficulty in renewing deals at the bottom of the current market, where, he says, “many of the older, expiring long-term contracts now sit”.
    He added: “This should wave a red warning flag to any shipper tendering/bidding for new long-term rates in January, the European norm, and next May, the US standard.”
    And one carrier source told The Loadstar today his sales team had been instructed to “walk away” from renewing Asia-North Europe long-term volume contracts if the BCO would not accept a substantial rate hike. [Excerpted from the Loadstar]
     
    Hong Kong Marine Department hit by hackers
    source: Splash 24/7
    Hackers have managed to infiltrate the Hong Kong Marine Department, locking access to a computer located in its offices.
    According to the marine department, the company was attacked by a malware called “Locky” and all the files in the computer have been locked, with the hacker leaving a message asking for payment of four bitcoins in exchange for passwords to unlock the files.  Read more here.

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Canada's Strategic Plan for Transportation 2030
    source: CIFFA
    This Strategic Plan includes a series of actions to be taken over the term of the Government's mandate, which will be announced as they are implemented. To keep you abreast of our progress, the Transport Canada website will be updated on November 3, 2016, to reflect this new Strategic Plan, and regularly thereafter, as elements of my plan are put into place. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    IMO announces new global fuel sulphur cap – CO2 emissions next on cleaner air agenda
    source: TheLoadStar
    The maximum sulphur content of ship fuel is set to be reduced from 3.5% to 0.5% by 2020. Read more here

  • 27 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Air transport is losing pharma market share to other modes
    source: Shippingazette
    THE air transport sector is being challenged by demand for time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products, and appears to be shifting to other modes of transport. But moving healthcare products is challenged by time constraints, which are costly by air, and by temperature sensitivity, which needs strong industry cooperation to liase with all stakeholders to establish standards, he said. The causes are due to a lack of compliance, standardization, accountability and transparency across the air transport supply chain. Annual product losses are between US$2.5 billion to $12.5 billion for various reasons. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Germanwings, Eurowings Cabin Crew To Strike Thursday
    source: AirWise
    Germanwings and Eurowings cabin crew will strike on Thursday for 24 hours, in an escalation of dispute over a contract. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Port of Manila (Philippines) Says Peak Season Congestion Unlikely Due To New Technology
    source: CIFFA
    Port officials in Manila said a new terminal appointment and booking system has substantially reduced the possibility of a repeat of the congestion that plagued facilities in the city for the past two years. The Philippine Ports Authority said the introduction of the system, known as TABS, has had a major impact on relieving pressure on yard operations and that a recurrence of congestion problems over the holiday period was unlikely. Yard utilization levels are currently around 65 percent compared with over 90 percent during congestion periods, and yard productivity has tripled to around 30 moves per hour. [Excerpted from JOC Online]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    Uber’s self-driving truck completes first shipment – 50,000 cans of Budweiser
    source: TheLoadstar
    So it’s finally happened, according to this report from The Verge. Read more here
     
    ATA Truck Tonnage Index declined 0.7pc in September to 132.7
    source: Shippingazette
    AMERICAN Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index contracted 5.8 per cent in September, following a five per cent rise in August. In September, the index equalled 132.7, down from 140.8 in August. "Volatility this year continued again in September with the large drop after a significant increase in August," said ATA chief economist Bob Costello. "The changes we're seeing in typical seasonal trends are making it difficult to discern any real or clear trend in truck tonnage. Trucking serves as a barometer of the US economy, representing 70.1 per cent of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Eco-warriors use GPS tracking to hinder Hong Kong trade re-cycling e-waste
    source: Shippingazette
    AMERICAN eco-activists have warned they will be making regular use of GPS tracker to see if there is any wrong-doing in the disposal of electronic waste. "It is far too easy for recyclers to ship e-waste to developing countries in contravention of international law," said Sarah Westervelt, policy director of the e -Stewards programme. It was created after the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) scheme to create a rule failed to pass. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    WCO Releases Guidelines On Customs-Tax Cooperation
    source: CIFFA
    The WCO has released Guidelines for strengthening cooperation and exchange of information between Customs and Tax authorities at the national level. These Guidelines have been formulated with the support of WCO Members and development partners, especially the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The Guidelines aim to provide reference guidance to Customs and Tax authorities who wish to go further in their cooperation and develop operational models which enable agencies to work together to their mutual benefit. Read more here

  • 26 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Freight industry welcomes government green light for third Heathrow runway
    source: TheLoadStar
    The UK government has finally greenlit the long-awaited expansion of Heathrow Airport with a third runway. Read more here
     
    Cargolux chief warns things must change, 'or we won't survive as a main deck carrier'
    source: The Loadstar
    Cargolux’s CEO has warned that the carrier will need to take “some hard decisions” as it reviews its operations.
    In an interview with German publisher DVZ, Richard Forson, who took over from Dirk Reich in August, shed doubt on the very survival of the carrier in its current form, which faces stiff competition and a poor market. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Expanded Panama Canal to Affect North American Logistics Flows
    source: CIFFA
    The new locks, which created a third lane of traffic for larger neo-Panamax ships more than doubled the capacity of ships transiting the Canal, from about 5,000 TEUs up to around 13,000 TEUs. The US $5.25bn expanded Panama Canal officially opened on June 26 this year, when the 9,472-TEU Chinese containership Cosco Shipping Panama made the inaugural 11-hour journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Read more here
     
    City and Port partner to study food-sector warehouse facility in Hamilton
    source: CanadianShipper
    HAMILTON, Ont.–The City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) are jointly initiating a study to determine the feasibility of a full-service food and beverage warehouse located at the Port of Hamilton. Read more here
     
    Hanjin Shipping plans to shut down all 10 business operations in Europe
    source: Shippingazette
    BANKRUPT Hanjin Shipping plans to shut down all 10 of its business operations in Europe, including its regional headquarters in Germany. Assets from Hanjin's Asia-US route are already up for sale. In addition, the ocean liner is in talks with Mediterranean Shipping Co. to sell its stake in the Long Beach terminal on the US west coast. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    One-Night Closure of Hwy 401 in Mississauga Oct. 28
    source: CIFFA
    The following is provided courtesy of the OTA. 
    The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has notified OTA it will be removing the Second Line West bridge that crosses Highway 401 near the Mavis Road Interchange in Mississauga during the overnight period between October 29-30. This work is to accommodate the new widening of Highway 401 between McLaughlin Road and the Credit River. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Train derailed into Fraser River near Yale, B.C.
    source: GlobalNews
    Please be advised there was CP grain train derailment on CN tracks in British Columbia today.  CP and CN are now working together to meter trains across the CP mainline while CN crews work on recovery at the scene.  More information will be coming out from Richmond/NTG in the coming days as we identify the overall impact to our EB and WB rail traffic as well as individual recovery efforts to minimize the impact to our shippers.Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    CETA deal signing still blocked by Belgium’s Wallonia
    source: CanadianShipper
    BRUSSELS, Bel.–Wallonia, a small region of Belgium, continued to withhold on Monday its necessary support for the CETA free trade deal that the rest of the bloc and Canada wanted to sign this week. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Food for thought: top 5 strategic risks for the reefer industry
    source: Medium.com
    LONDON, 24.10.2016 — As a risk consultant with some experience of supply chain risk across a number of industries, I was recently asked for my views on risk in a growing sector of the container industry, refrigerated containers, commonly known as ‘reefers’. Perishable cargoes which require temperature control include not just foodstuffs but pharmaceuticals also. Read more here

  • 25 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    UK shippers' thumbs-up for Heathrow expansion
    source: AirCargoNews
    The decision to increase capacity at Heathrow Airport is “the right choice for the UK economy, the freight industry and the nation,” according to the UK-based Freight Transport Association (FTA). Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    City and Port Partner To Study Food-Sector Warehouse Facility In Hamilton
    source: CIFFA
    The City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) are jointly initiating a study to determine the feasibility of a full-service food and beverage warehouse located at the Port of Hamilton. Read more here
     
    Pacific Pilotage Authority issues measures for smaller ships carrying dangerous goods
    source: CanadianShipper
    OTTAWA, Ont.–The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) of new and interim measures regarding waiver exemptions for smaller ships and those smaller ships transporting petroleum cargo products. Read more here
     
    Port of Mariel eyes new transhipment volumes as US lifts time ban on vessels from Cuba
    source: TheLoadStar
    Prospects of the Cuban port of Mariel capturing US transhipment volumes have significantly improved since the US government last week lifted a ban on foreign vessels calling at US ports within 180 days of calling at Cuba. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Canada-U.S. border preclearance agreement stalled
    source: CanadianShipper
    WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Canada-U.S. preclearance agreement signed in March 2015 by U.S. President Barack Obama and now-former Prime Minister Stephen Harper has stalled. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    WTO rules for China against US anti-dumping 'zeroing' methodology
    source: Shippingazette
    CHINA won the bulk of a World Trade Organisation complaints against US methods of determining anti-dumping duties on Chinese products in a WTO dispute panel ruling last week, Reuters reports. The panel ruled against the US Commerce Department's practice of "zeroing" in cases involving targeted dumping. In zeroing, the department typically assigns a value of zero any time a producer's export price is above that producer's normal home market price. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    IMO urged to set up 'clear ambitious' ship emission rules
    source: Shippingazette
    LARGE shipping firms and groups dominated by big shipping companies are calling on the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to set up stringent ship emission rules to fight alleged global warming. The latest call made to the IMO to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions-reduction target failed to gain approval. The letter states that it is time for the world to recognise the important role the global shipping industry must play in holding global temperatures "well below two degrees Celsius? It calls on the IMO to "match the ambition of pace of UNFCCC [the organisation responsible for COP 21]" establish "shipping's fair share of the global responsibility to address climate change" and take "ambitious actions that help drive investment in low-carbon solutions". [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 24 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Air Canada Adds Flights on Vancouver/Delhi Service 
    source: CIFFA 
    Air Canada Cargo's added three weekly flights to and from Delhi! Starting October 20. The flights will operate between Vancouver and Delhi with the 787-9 Dreamliner. Contact your local Air Canada Cargo representative for more information.
     
    Huge financial loss to Aussie food producers due to cargo space shortage
     
    AFTER years of booming exports to Asia, an unprecedented shortage of air cargo space is forcing Australian producers of top-end foods to potentially miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars in sales of everything from lobster to cherries.
     
    Finding space on planes has become a headache as producers of delicacies crank up output, with suppliers saying the crunch has been exacerbated as freight carriers are prioritising higher-margin shipments of beef and milk, Reuters reported.  Read morehere
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    FMC - OCEAN Alliance Will Become Effective Monday, October 24, 2016 
    source: CIFFA 
    The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has concluded its review of the proposed OCEAN Alliance, FMC Agreement No. 012426, allowing it to become effective on Monday, October 24, 2016. The announcement follows an exhaustive review process by the Commission that thoroughly examined all aspects of the proposed agreement to assure that competition in the ocean transportation industry would not suffer. 
     
    The OCEAN Alliance is comprised of COSCO Shipping, CMA CGM, Evergreen Marine, and Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL). Agreement members are now permitted to share vessels; charter and exchange space on each other's ships; and, enter into cooperative working arrangements in international trade lanes between the United States and ports in Asia, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean.
     
     
    Chinese tanker at Basuo Port explodes again
    source: Splash 24/7
    A second explosion has hit Chinese oil tanker Feng Sheng You 8 yesterday at Basuo Port in Hainan, following an initial explosion onboard the vessel on October 20.
    The explosion last week caused the death of one crew member while another is still missing. No casualties were reported from the second explosion.
    The local environment department is monitoring for possible pollution caused by the incident.
    Residents near the port industrial zone have been evacuated and firefighting work continues.
     

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Bombardier Ramps Up Restructuring, 7500 Jobs to Go
    source: Airwise
    Bombardier has announced a further round of job cuts with 7,500 positions to go, about two-thirds from the German train division, the rest from aerospace.
    The company expects to achieve recurring savings of approximately USD$300 million by the end of 2018, it said in a statement.  Read more here.  

     
    Retailers Started Early Recruiting Sasonal Workers in Tight Labor Market
    source: wsj.com
    Retailers geared up to hire holiday-season workers in August this year, an unusually early start showing how competition has intensified for temporary help in a tight labor market.
     
    Data from job-search site Indeed.com shows retailers, and the warehouse and logistics firms they compete with for seasonal labor, started searching for temporary workers a month earlier than in recent years. This suggests retailers and other firms “anticipate stronger consumer demand and expect that it will be harder to find the people they want to hire,” said Indeed economist Jed Kolko.
     
    Companies and analysts say a number of trends are converging. The holiday-shopping season is starting before Halloween for many consumers, rather than the traditional day after Thanksgiving. There are fewer workers available, due to unemployment holding around 5% for the past year. And retailers are competing for the same employees as logistics firms, distribution centers and restaurants during the final months of the year. [Excerpted from wsj.com]

     
    4 Trends That Will Impact the Apparel Industry
    source: Sourcing Journal
    Fashion has reached an unfamiliar crossroads. Specialty and department stores are struggling, off-price retailers reign supreme and high-end brands that once previewed runway shows to a select audience six months out are now shifting to consumer-facing shows and a “see now, buy now” business model.  Read more here.  

  • 21 October 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Feeders Look Set to be next in line for consolidation
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    In a new white paper, SeaIntel highlights how the aggregation of individual feeder volumes would result in substantial increases in vessel utilisation, helping to reduce unit costs and improve overall fleet efficiency.
    By gradually increasing the number of carriers into the same feeder flow, average vessel utilisation continue to improve until between six to eight lines are added, at which point the improvements are marginal at best.
    Consolidating local feeder services to two or three main operators would also be a major positive for deepsea carriers, the reported adds, as they too will have further opportunities for cost reductions.
    However, there would be a downside to greater consolidation in the feeder market and this would be at the expense of the non-operating owners of feeder tonnage.  [Excerpted from Lloyds Loading List]

    Port of Halifax Update for October
    source: CIFFA 
    The Port of Halifax continues to see positive year-over-year cargo growth. Third quarter 2016 throughput volumes at the container terminals are up 16.1% year-to-date. Non-containerized cargo is up 19.4% year-to-date. A full breakdown of results is available on the HPA website at http://portofhalifax.ca/cargo/statistics/.
     
    The people on the ground - the terminal operators, CN, labour, carriers and shippers - are working very hard to drive cargo through Halifax, and that is a big part of this story. These efforts are supported by new and expanded services through Halifax. It was during Q3 last year that the O3 Alliance started calling Halterm and the G6 Alliance added the outbound call at Ceres. Here we are one year later, with a year-over-year increase of about 50-thousand containers (twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEU). At the start of the month, the CMA CGM Tage, a 9,365 TEU, vessel returned to Halterm. This is the largest container vessel to call on Halifax to date.
     
    At the port authority, focus is on the next chapters of Port development. With the preparations for the arrival of ultra-large container ships over 10,000 TEU. The Port is working towards enabling the berthing of two of these ultra-large container vessels simultaneously; at the same time.

    Maersk Line Returns to Iran
    source: CIFFA 
    Maersk has announced this week that they have reinstated their services in Iran. This means that customers can once again utilize the global network for shipment both to and from Iran, subject to country specific regulations. Read more here

    Zim offers Pacific north west service to US and Canada via Prince Rupert
    source: Canadian Shipper
    HAIFA, Israel–ZIM is launching another Asia-Pacific North West Service, (CEN-China Express Northwest service) that joins the network serving the Asia-Pacific north west trade, which includes the Pacific North Express Service 1 (NP1) and Pacific North Express Service 3 (NP3).

     

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Canadian Pacific Reduces Profit Target as Commodities Slump
    source: AJOT
    Earnings growth will grow only in the mid-single digits in percentage terms because of the delayed grain harvest, lower crude-oil volume and a stronger Canadian dollar, the Calgary-based carrier said in a statement Wednesday. The railroad previously forecast that profit would increase at least 10 percent from C$10.10 a share last year.  Read more here.  
     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Canada’s eManifest requirement becomes mandatory for freight forwarders
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    New rules for imports into Canada requiring transmission of cargo data prior to arrival are to be implemented from 7 November, with penalties for non-compliance imposed from next year.
    The eManifest initiative by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) aims to enhance cross-border commercial processes and represents the third phase of its Advance Commercial Information (ACI) programme. Once fully implemented, the eManifest will require carriers, freight forwarders, and importers in all modes of transportation to electronically transmit cargo, conveyance, house bill, and importer data to the CBSA prior to arrival, forwarder Expeditors explained in a note to its customers.
    CBSA has published a Customs Notice to provide updated information on the eManifest implementation timeline, with the following timeline applying to all freight forwarders:
    November 7, 2016 - January 10, 2017: a grace period will be offered to freight forwarders during which penalties for non-compliance will not be issued by CBSA.
     
    January 11, 2017 - July 11, 2017: if deemed non-compliant with eManifest requirements, zero-rated penalties (non-monetary) could be issued under the CBSA’s Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).
     
    July 12, 2017: monetary AMPS penalties may be issued for deemed non-compliant freight forwarders.

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Notice To Exporters - Softwood Lumber Exports To The United States
    source: CIFFA
    Possible company exclusions process regarding a potential United States investigation into imports of certain Canadian softwood lumber products into the United States.
     
    The 2006 Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) expired on October 12, 2015. The United States government and industry agreed to not undertake trade remedies action against Canadian softwood lumber products for one year following the expiry of the SLA. Therefore, as of October 13, 2016, the United States softwood lumber industry is in a position to petition the United States Department of Commerce (Commerce) to initiate an investigation into imports of certain Canadian softwood lumber products into the United States. Such an investigation could result in countervailing and anti-dumping duties being imposed on these products.
     
    As part of its investigation process, Commerce has the authority to exclude from its determination of countervailable subsidy (and thus duties), any company that has an individual net countervailable subsidy rate of zero or de minimis (generally where the aggregate of the net countervailable subsidies is less than 1 percent ad valorem). If a company were to receive an exclusion, it would be exempt from any countervailing duties that Commerce might impose. Full details here
     
    Chinese imports growing faster than exports as domestic consumer market grows
    source: The Loadstar
    China’s container imports are growing faster than exports, as it shifts to a consumption-led economy.
    According to Brian Jackson, senior economist at IHS Markit Beijing, China will leap from representing one-third of total consumption in Asia to two-thirds over the next 20 years. Read more here
     
    Smart packaging may re-define supply chains – but be prepared for mass data
    source: The Loadstar
    Retailers and emerging economies are driving growth in smart packaging, a sector that will double in value to $26.7bn by 2024, according to a report by Grand View Research.
    However, while the technology has the potential to redefine the supply chain, companies must be prepared to effectively manage the data supplied, warned Sian Hopwood, SVP for B2B at Kewill.  Read more here.  
     
    E-commerce fulfillment rates push hot demand for DC space
    source: DC Velocity
    Property owner Global Logistics Properties (GLP) is continuing to see hot demand for its warehouse space from companies scrambling to meet e-commerce demand, the company said Monday.
    GLP signed a deal to lease 589,000 square feet of new and renewed space to "a leading global e-commerce company" in the U.S., the Singapore-based logistics property owner and operator said. 
    Read more here.  

  • 20 October 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    OOCL cancels Southampton-Montreal sailings after Christmas
    source: Shipping Gazette
    HONG KONG's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) will cancel transatlantic GEX2 post-Christmas sailings as part of its winter programme.
     
    "In response to the expected low demand during the upcoming Christmas and New Year period, we would like to inform you of the withdrawal of the following Trans-Atlantic sailings:
     
    "Gateway Express 2 (GEX2) service - westbound: No sailing from Southampton on December 27 and eastbound: No sailing from Montreal on December 30," said OOCL.
     
    For more information, contact our local customer service representatives.


    Container Shipping Market Has Bottomed Out
    source: CIFFA 
    Hanjin's receivership represents the trough of the container shipping market and despite continuing concerns of weak trade growth and fleet oversupply a gradual market recovery is now expected, according to the latest annual Container Forecaster and Review 2016/17 report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
     
    Worse than expected second quarter financial results will be followed by a better second half-year. But Drewry still expects container carriers to record a collective operating loss of $5 billion this year. We forecast industry profitability to recover next year, thanks to improving freight rates and slightly higher cargo volumes, and so record a modest operating profit of $2.5 billion in 2017.
     
    However, this anticipated recovery needs to be put into perspective. While average freight rates are expected to improve next year, this will follow several years of negative returns and will still leave pricing well below the average for 2015. A key unknown remains carrier commercial behaviour which has proven unpredictable and counterintuitive. Hanjin's demise may mark a watershed in this regard, but liner complacency on the risks of insolvency may challenge this notion.
     
    The fact that the orderbook is at a virtual standstill is a major positive as is rapidly increased scrapping. But even so, the next two years will still be very challenging on the supply side with annual fleet growth of between 5% and 6% and many more ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) to be delivered. (Excerpted from Drewry)

     
    Hanjin alliance partners lose out with transpacific market share up for grabs
    source: The Loadstar
    The four remaining members of the CKYHE alliance are the biggest losers in the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, in terms of market share on the transpacific trade.
    Alphaliner data shows that Cosco, K Line, Yang Ming and Evergreen have either lost Asia-US market share since 1 September, or have recorded flat volumes.
    Other carriers on the route, including Hanjin’s South Korean compatriot Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), have all seen carryings increase since Hanjin’s sudden demise, said the consultant.  Read more here

     
    Hanjin to sell Asia-US network to pay creditors
    source: Shipping Gazette
    HANJIN Shipping is selling major businesses, including its Asia to US route network, and will receive letters of intent by October 28, the company said recently.
     
    The firm had total debt of KRW6.03 trillion (US$5.41 billion) as of the end of June, according to its bankruptcy court filing. 
     
    A list of 3,000 Hanjin creditors has been released with the top five creditors overall being Seaspan Corporation, Danos Corporation, Peter Doehle, World Fuel Services and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.  
    Hanjin Shipping received court approval to seek buyers for assets in order to pay back creditors now in the process of making claims until October 25, reported the Maritime Executive of Fort Lauderdale. 
     
    A spokesman for the Seoul Central District Court overseeing Hanjin Shipping's receivership said assets currently set to be put up for sale include the entire operations of Hanjin Shipping's US to Asia routes such as manpower systems, five container ships, and 10 overseas businesses.
     
    The port of Long Beach revealed that container volumes in September fell 16.6 per cent compared to the same month a year ago, as the effects of Hanjin's bankruptcy reached US west coast ports.
     
    Hanjin Shipping accounted for approximately 12.3 per cent of the port's total containerised volume, it said.

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT  UPDATES

    TAPA Goes to the EU in Brussels to Outline Plans for a New Secure Parking Programme to Combat Rising Cargo Crime
    source: The Loadstar
    Plans for a new programme to increase the number of secure parking locations for trucks and their drivers have been presented to the European Commission in Brussels by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) in its latest initiative to minimise losses from supply chains in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region.  Read more here.

     
    Increase in organized retail crime observed
    source: Canadian Shipper
    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Organized retail crime is continuing to grow, with 83 percent of merchants surveyed reporting an increase in the past year, according to the 12thannual ORC study released by the U.S.-based National Retail Federation.  Read more here

     
    Report: Hot growth in emerging markets could stall with traffic jams
    source: DC Velocity
    Emerging markets are broadly forecast to drive demand for retail services in coming decades, but a report released today says poorly planned road networks could throw a wrench into efforts by developing regions to keep up with rising demands for freight movement.
    Despite rising consumer demand, many developing countries are saddled with poor infrastructure that triggers road traffic jams, increased fuel waste, and monetary losses, according to the report from London-based analyst firm Research and Markets.  Read more here
     
     
    US removes limit on Cuban rum and cigar imports
    source: Shipping Gazette
    US President Barack Obama has taken steps to cement his administration's rapprochement with Cuba, unveiling a new round of relaxed trade rules, including lifting limits on rum and cigar imports.
     
    The new trade measures are intended to help Cubans improve their livelihood, Istanbul's World Bulletin reported.

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Canadian retailers say keys to success are exports and omnichannel
    Source: DC Velocity
    Canadian retailers say the keys to improving returns are export sales and omnichannel fulfillment, according to survey results released Wednesday by e-commerce specialist eBay Inc.
    eBay Canada's first SMB Optimism Index polled small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) on the challenges and keys to success for business in the coming year. Scored on a scale of 1 to 100, ranging from very pessimistic to very optimistic, Canadian retail SMBs averaged a 74 on the new index. However, those that export indexed notably higher, at 79 points, while non-exporting SMBs are significantly less optimistic, at 72 points.  Read more here.  

     
    Canada launches $55m rail safety program
    source: American Shipper
    The Canadian government is launching a $55 million program aimed at improving railroad safety across the country, Transport Canada said in a statement.
    Announced earlier this week by Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, the new Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) will look to fund projects to reduce incidents and derailments along Canada’s railroad lines.  Read more here.  

     
    Lower for Longer Now Applies to Canada’s Exports, Not Just Rates
    source: AJOT
    The Bank of Canada has spent more than two years warning anyone who would listen—households, pension funds, governments—that it’s time to adapt to a new normal of slower growth and persistently lower interest rates.
    Now, the bank has accepted that these same demographic factors suppressing global growth in advanced economies, including the U.S., also entail a slower rise in Canadian exports.  Read more here

  • 19 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    UK Airport Expansion Decision Due Next Week
    source: AirWise
    The UK government will announce next week its decision on where it will approve airport expansion in the south-east of the country. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Hanjin hopes to sell ships to European shipping giants
    source: Shippingazette
    DEBT-HEAVY Hanjin Shipping hopes to sell its ships to major European shipping companies to pay costs of discharging stranded cargo and re-emerge as an Asian regional carrier, reports the Wall Street Journal. HMM is negotiating to join the 2M Alliance, comprising Maersk and MSC. This puts the two European giants into a dilemma: Buy Hanjin's ships and grow their capacity, or stay put and allow HMM to make the move and reap the benefits of a partner becoming a major player in transpacific routes. Hanjin has until December to submit a rehabilitation plan to the bankruptcy court, which will then decide whether it can continue operating or be liquidated. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    US railways suffer as trucks poach rail freight in third quarter
    source: Shippingazette
    RAILWAYS lost freight to trucks in the third quarter, adding to a yearlong fall in profits as demand diminished for coal, oil and metals. Railways have invested in switching yards and the ability to double-stack containers to compete better with trucks for long-haul intermodal traffic. This is one of the few types of freight with potential to grow faster than the economy, said Bloomberg News. The segment makes up 40 per cent or more of rail volume. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    CBSA Presentations for Freight Forwarders: Introduction to Electronic House Bills
    source: CIFFA
    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is offering eManifest presentation throughout the fall. This presentation is conducted by a CBSA representative and is followed by a question and answer period. Technical or CBSA/eManifest policy-related questions will be deferred to the appropriate client support channel. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    UN's carbon credit accord's bark may be worse than its bite
    source: Shippingazette
    THE UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) bark may be worse than its bite when it comes policing carbon emissions, according to a commentary from Bloomberg News. The voluntary agreement until 2027 sets no limits on carbon growth and only says it will maintain current levels until 2020, it said. "Compare that with the Paris climate accords, by which the US committed to cutting emissions at least 26 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025," it said, adding that other countries were more ambitious. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Third joint environmental initiative highlights the strength of industry-wide cooperation
    source: AJOT
    World’s leading port operators coordinate green activities across the globe over the third week of September. The third annual joint environmental initiative launched by marine terminal operators APM Terminals, DP World, Hutchison Ports, Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA), PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) wrapped-up on 18 September following a busy week of green activities around the globe.Read more here

  • 18 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Kenya Airways Pilots Delay Strike Plan: Union Head
    source: CIFFA 
    Pilots at Kenya Airways delayed plans to strike, the head of the pilots' union said on Monday, after a court ruled the action illegal and the loss-making carrier said a stoppage would further hurt it. The pilots' union KALPA had called for an indefinite strike to start on Tuesday to protest against the management of the airline. In a statement, the company said all operations would resume as per schedule on Tuesday. (Reuters)

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Westbound transatlantic rates ‘under pressure since September’
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    Demand and rates are set to remain stable on transatlantic trades following a period of relatively low growth so far this year, with the stronger westbound trade set for further modest growth, resulting in very minor changes to freight rates, predicts Drewry.
     
    MSC goes it alone with transpacific service as Maersk goes ad hoc
    source: The Loadstar
    MSC confirmed today that it will resume its Asia-US west coast Maple service at the end of the month as an “exclusive” product.
    It follows the 2M loop with Maersk being suspended after only three sailings.  Read more here.
     
    Switching From Paper to Electronic Bills of Lading
    source: CIFFA
    For both the maritime and marine insurance industries, the introduction of the electronic bill of lading (eBOL) has been hailed as a means of minimizing traditional, paper-based frauds. Despite these efforts, however, there is much disquiet surrounding the usage of eBOLs. As with any comparatively new concept, there is uncertainty regarding possible risk exposures. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Shipowners warned on risks of carrying lithium-ion batteries
    source: Splash 24/7
    The Standard Club is warning shipowners to be carerful when transporting lithium-ion batteries in the wake of widespread reports of many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones self-igniting.
    “The exposure to members arising from carriage of these batteries is potentially wide and includes claims in respect of damage to cargo and hull by fire, personal injury, deviation, storage and disposal costs, pollution, salvage or even wreck removal,” the P&I club noted in an alert to members.  Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    DB Cargo UK to cut 900 jobs after ‘unprecedented’ market changes
    source: TheLoadStar
    DB Cargo UK is to cut up to 900 jobs – around 26% of its workforce – following a drop in demand. The Doncaster-based freight carrier said it was “a difficult time”, with dwindling volumes of coal and steel pushing it towards a restructure. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    EU-Canada trade pact provisionally cleared by German top court
    source: Shippingazette
    GERMANY's top court provisionally cleared a controversial trade agreement the European Union has with Canada though other litigation is still pending against it. Like its counterpart TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, being thrashed out between the US and the EU, CETA has come under public criticism on both sides of the Atlantic. The pact would cut trade barriers between the EU's market of more than 500 million people and Canada, the world's 10th biggest economy last year. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 17 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Court Orders Stop To Kenya Airways Pilot Strike
    source: CIFFA
    A court in Kenya has ordered a stop to planned industrial action this week by pilots at Kenya Airways. The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) issued a seven-day notice for a strike to start on Tuesday October 18, but the Kenyan Employment and Labour Relations Court ordered the stop on Friday. (As of Sunday, some flights were cancelled due to staff shortages.)
     
    Transport Canada/U.S. DoT Ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From All Aircraft
    source: CIFFA
    To protect Canadian passengers and flight crews, Transport Canada issued a Notice to Airmen on October 14, 2016 advising airlines and air operators that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are no longer allowed in any aircraft effective immediately. 

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Conference told expanded Panama Canal yet to fill box ship transit goals
    source: Shippingazette
    SHIPPING lines speaking at the recently held TOC Americas Container Supply Chain event in Cancun, Mexico, say the expanded Panama Canal is under-utilised. While the larger locks have led to Panama winning back considerable volumes from Suez - especially in respect of its role as a key artery on the Asia-US east coast trade - this has failed to translate into more vessel transits, as the larger dimensions allow more cargo to be carried on fewer ships. The primary target of that pricing policy was backhaul traffic returning to Asia via South Africa under extreme slow steaming, but Mr Salazar warned the ACP that it would also need to develop some strategy in response. [Excerpted from Shippingagette]
     
    Upswing in St. Lawrence Seaway Shipments
    source: CIFFA
    Strong movements of North American grain and renewed iron ore export activity in September have spearheaded an upswing in shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway. From the waterway's opening on March 21 to the end of September, shipments of Canadian and U.S. grain hit 5.8 million metric tons, in line with the healthy volumes experienced in 2015. Overall, some 21.2 million metric tons of cargo transited the Seaway's locks, representing a small drop of 5.32% from a year earlier. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES
     
    CP “ready to move” delayed grain crop; using supply chain scorecard
    source: CanadianShipper
    CALGARY, Alta.–Canadian Pacific said it is ready to move the delayed Western Canadian grain crop to market, and is highlighting supply chain accountability with its supply chain scorecard. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    CP Holiday Train ready to support communities
    source: CanadianShipper
    CALGARY, Alta.–The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is back for its 18th year in an effort to raise money, food and awareness for local food banks and food shelves. Since its launch in 1999, the program has raised more than C$12 million and 3.9 million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the northern U.S. Read more here
     
    New rail safety program targeted at reducing incidents
    source: CanadianShipper
    MONTRÉAL, Que.–The Government of Canada is investing in public safety around the railway system. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Hanjin under fire in US court over lack of liability insurance for chassis
    source: TheLoadStar
    Hanjin has come under fire again in a US court for failure to pay insurance premiums and “egregious” stalling tactics. Read more here

  • 14 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    IATA FIATA AIR Cargo Program Cooperation Agreement Takes Off
    source: CIFFA
    Dublin, Ireland at a signing ceremony held today at FIATA Airfreight Institutes 95th meeting that was held under the theme "Realising the potential of airfreight, a journey in air logistics", FIATA President Huxiang Zhao signed in the company of IATA's Senior Vice President for Industry Distribution and Financial Services, Aleks Popovich the Cooperation agreement for the launch of the IATA FIATA Air Cargo Programme (IFACP), read the media announcement from Julyy 18, 2016 here
     
    Faster, cheaper and more innovative air cargo needed
    source: Shippingazette
    Vice president of United Airlines' cargo sales, Jacques Leijssenaar Air has said that cargo operations of the future will need to be faster, offer better data integration, improve the quality of service and offer lower costs than today's offerings. Speaking at freight forwarder association FIATA's World Congress event, he said: "We need to anticipate the challenges of tomorrow. We need to deliver quality; quality is the name of the game. "We need to be reliable for our customers, speed of availability needs to be increased, costs need to be decreased, we must improve data and access to data and provide new services. "Since time is air cargo's primary advantage we cannot afford not to innovate in this area and what we need is the spirit of entrepreneurship to encourage all participants in the supply chain to increase efficiency. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    United Flights Restart After Computer Problem
    source: AirWise
    United Airlines said a computer problem affecting its weight reporting system had been resolved and that flights were returning to normal. Read more here
     
    UK and China agree unlimited cargo flights
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    The UK and China have agreed to allow unlimited cargo flights and more than double the number of passenger flights allowed to operate between the two countries, following successful negotiations this week. A restriction on the number of destinations that airlines can serve has also been lifted, meaning services can be operated between any point in the UK and any point in China. Up until now, airlines could only serve six destinations in each country. Under the new deal, passenger flights can now increase from the current maximum of 40 per week for each nation to up to 100. There will be no limit on the number of all-cargo services, “creating new opportunities for UK trade and businesses”, the Department for Transport said. It said the move would also boost tourism and trade opportunities for the UK – “links which will be vital as we look to build a confident, Global Britain after Brexit”, it added. [Excerpted from Lloyds Loading List]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    2M partners shelve extra transpacific service after only three sailings
    source: Shipping Gazette
    2M shipping alliance partners Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) have suspended their extra transpacific service, branded TP1/Maple, after just three sailings. The service that called at Yantian, Shanghai, Busan and Long Beach was launched in mid-September to meet demand from shippers following the suspension of Hanjin services, reported Seatrade Maritime News. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Box Carrier Margins Collapse
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    The average operating margin of the 13 major container carriers that have published their second-quarter results fell to -9.2%, down from -5.5% recorded in the first quarter, as plummeting freight rates pushed earnings down to a level not seen since 2012, according to new research published by Alphaliner.  Read more here
     
    Korean Ports Down and Out
    source: CIFFA
    Three simultaneous strikes by rail workers, truckers and bunker fuel tanker operators have severely curtailed operations at South Korea's major ports. An ongoing rail strike, in which some 7,000 members of the rail union have stopped work across the country for the third week in a row, has halved the country's rail capacity and severely impacted the ability for containers to move smoothly to and from Korea's major ports. With some terminals now nearing capacity, two further strikes, both running since Monday October 10, are further dampening the ports' ability to carry out operations. A general strike launched by the Cargo Truckers Solidarity union has removed a third of container transport capacity at Busan alone, in addition to the problems already being experienced with rail freight. To add to the misery for ports, fuel bunker operators at the ports of Busan, Ulsan, and Yeosu have gone on strike.

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    DP World changes Canada’s Saint John into a gateway for US imports
    source: CanadianShipper
    SAINT JOHN, N.B.–DP WORLD said it plans to make Saint John, New Brunswick, an Atlantic gateway for imports US-bound imports similar to what its Prince Rupert terminal does in the other direction on Canada’s Pacific coast.
    The port is currently indergoing a seven-year, US$155.6 million expansion and modernisation plan, according to IHS Media.  Read more here.  
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Hanjin Shipping Puts Asia-U.S. Shipping Network Up For Sale
    source: CIFFA
    The South Korean bankruptcy court handling Hanjin Shipping Co. 's insolvency proceedings said Thursday it plans to dispose of the firm's sales and marketing network for its Asia-U.S. route, in an effort to raise funds and help rehabilitate the indebted company. The court will put up a sales notice as early as Friday, a judge at the Seoul Central District Court said. Read more here
     
    MIA to launch Florida’s first ocean-to-air perishables trans-shipment program
    source: AJOT
    Already the busiest port of entry in America for international air freight, Miami International Airport will soon be able to receive perishable freight imports by sea as well – a first for any Florida airport – through a permit approved in September by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Read more here

  • 13 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Kenya Airways Pilots To Strike Next Week
    source: AirWise
    Kenya Airways pilots’ union has called for a strike in protest at the airline’s turnaround strategy and senior management. Read more here
     
    Cathay Pacific Announces Weekly Freighter Service To Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport
    source: CIFFA
    Cathay Pacific Airways this weeky announced an expansion of its freighter services in Southwest Pacific with the addition of a weekly scheduled service to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in southern Queensland, Australia from 21 November 2016, subject to government approval. Read the full details here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    As ships get bigger, tugs and towing gear must also increase in size
    source: Shippingazette
    TUGS are rapidly evolving and gear is getting proportionally larger to serve the new generation of containerships, reports Workboat magazine of Portland. Maine. Today, tugs are typically being designed with twice as much power as 20 years ago with bollard pulls escalating, said designer Robert Allan. The need to handle 18,000-TEU ships is the big driver, he said. "We're saying you can do 250 tons (pull) all day," Schut said. At an estimated cost up to 40,000 euros ($45,000), "that makes it a very cheap escort winch." [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Port of NY/NJ Truck Appointment System Implementation Delayed
    source: CIFFA
    GCT Bayonne's Truck Reservation System scheduled to start this Thursday, Oct 13th will be delayed pending further system enhancements. This is expected to be a minor delay, and an updated announcement on the implementation will follow shortly.

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    DP World changes Canada’s Saint John into a gateway for US imports
    source: CanadianShipper
    SAINT JOHN, N.B.–DP WORLD said it plans to make Saint John, New Brunswick, an Atlantic gateway for imports US-bound imports similar to what its Prince Rupert terminal does in the other direction on Canada’s Pacific coast. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    'Flex supply chains' to cope with uneven growth
    source: CIPS
    Firms will need to adopt different strategies to adapt to varying growth speeds across the world, an economist has warned. Read more here
     
    British government says Brexit will broaden nation's global horizons
    source: Shippingazette
    BREXIT will give the United Kingdom the opportunity to seek new trading partners and broaden its global horizons, according to UK Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Alan Duncan, who said the UK will remain an "outward-facing sovereign nation". So far, data suggests the economy has performed better than some feared since the vote, with unemployment declining to an estimated 4.9 per cent in July. "It doesn't mean that we are in any way keen to see it collapse or disintegrate," Mr Duncan said of the European Union. We'r not there going, 'Ha ha, we've gone, we hope it all crumbles." [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 12 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Fiata, IATA cargo agency programme to start worldwide by end 2018
    source: Shippingazette
    THE International Air Transport Association (IATA) and freight forwarder association Fiata have officially signed the IATA-FIATA Cargo Agency Programme (IFACP) at a ceremony held during the Fiata World Congress in Dublin. It also moves decision-making on the rules governing the airline-forwarder relationship away from an airline-led conference to a governance body, the IATA-FIATA Governance Board (IFGB), which will be jointly managed by forwarders and airlines. There is no immediate impact on IATA cargo agents; existing participants in the IATA Cargo Agency/Intermediary Programme will be provided with a new IFACP when implementation begins in their country. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Canada launches known shipper system under Air Cargo Security Programme
    source: Shippingazette
    NEW requirements for cargo loaded onto passenger aircraft are to be implemented by Transport Canada, effective from October 17. Shippers in Canada also have the option to apply for Known Consignor status. Cargo from these consignors will be treated as secure provided the chain of custody is maintained and the cargo can be loaded without extra screening, reported London's Air Cargo News. Shipments from unknown consignors, who are shippers that lack either Known Consignor nor Account Consignor status, will not be loaded on passenger aircraft unless additional security measures are taken. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    New Russian Customs System Spawns Delays, Higher Costs
    source: CIFFA
    A new Russian system of customs clearance for cargo passing through the country's seaports has led to delays and higher costs for shippers. The Morskoi Port web server was meant to streamline Russia's maritime customs processes and increase port productivity, but instead the delays and higher costs could lead to a diversion of cargo away from Russian gateways to those in the Baltic States or Finland. The system has caused delays of up to three days and increased costs from between 25 percent and 30 percent, said one large importer. Shippers are already considering ways to avoid Russian ports. 
     
    Port of NY/NJ Update on Procedures for Handling Hanjin Cargo and Equipment
    source: CIFFA
    The following update concerns the latest procedures for handling Hanjin cargo and equipment at the Port of New York and New Jersey. 
    M/V Hanjin Chonqing, Hanjin Baltimore & Hanjin Bremerhaven
    At this time, the Hanjin Chonqing is expected to arrive in the Port of New York & New Jersey on/about October 27th and follow a plan similar to that of the M/V Hanjin Switzerland. The Hanjin Baltimore and Hanjin Bremerhaven have been arrested and their disposition is unknown at this time. More updates regarding these vessels, their port calls and cargo availability will be provided as they become available. Hanjin empty returns are not currently being accepted at any container terminals. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Europe-Mideast-South Asia trades hit by Ramadan's brief peak: Drewry
    source: Shippingazette
    THE post-Ramadan slump on the Europe to Middle East and South Asia trade was sharp with container volumes from May to July down by 20,000 TEU on the eastbound leg and by 17,000 TEU westbound, according to London's Drewry Maritime Research. The continuing imbalance between traffic and capacity has kept pressure on utilisation, which stands at 66 per cent for the Europe to Middle East trade. Europe to South Asia utilisation is better at 74 per cent. Freight rates are consequently under pressure. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge Plaza Work to be Completed in Coming Weeks
    source: CIFFA 
    A project to replace concrete showing premature signs of wear, as well as completion of other work on the International Bridge U.S. toll plaza, began Monday. Beginning Monday at noon, two of the four northbound toll lanes are closed while concrete is removed from one of the lanes. After concrete has been re-poured, one of the two closed lanes will reopen. The repaired lane will remain closed for up to four weeks while the concrete fully cures during the cooler fall temperatures. For more information on the International Bridge, please visit saultbridge.com

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    DP World Vancouver: HJS Empty Notice Oct. 11, 2016
    source: CIFFA
    Effective immediately DP World Vancouver will not accept Hanjin (HJS) Empty containers into storage via truck gate. All Empty Drop-off appointments booked for delivery of HJS containers will be cancelled and truck drivers will be turned away. For all HJS empty drop-off appointments for Wednesday morning, please contact gateway.compliance@dpworld.ca for assistance cancelling/vouchering appointments.
     
    Overweight Vehicles Prohibited On The Champlain Bridge in Montreal
    source: CIFFA
    New preventive measure to maintain the bridge's structural integrity
    The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) would like to advise the trucking industry and all transportation stakeholders that overweight vehicles (those with Class 5 and Class 6 special travel permits) are prohibited from crossing the Champlain Bridge starting Monday, October 10. The goal of this preventive measure is to maintain key commercial activities for Montreal and preserve the bridge's structural integrity. Read more here

  • 11 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    2,500 Hong Kong Flights To Be Axed In November To Phase In New Air Traffic Control System
    source: CIFFA
    Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department is implementing a new air traffic control system that takes effect from October 30 to November 26, 2016. The cost of switching from an out-of-date and unreliable air traffic control system to the upgrades system will see 2,500 flights to popular travel destinations axed. Hong Kong's aviation regulator announced 90 passenger flights a day would be temporarily halted to help air traffic controllers transition to the new technology. Read more here
     
    Transport Strike Hits Brussels Airport (Oct. 7)
    source: CIFFA
    Over 100 flights were delayed at Brussels Airport on Friday as a nation-wide strike disrupted public transport. The airport advised passengers to travel with carry-on bags only as baggage handlers were expected to join the strike. Social media reports indicated that most of the food and beverage outlets at the airport were closed due to the strike.
     
    Greek ATC Strike Cancelled
    source: CIFFA
    Air traffic controllers in Greece have called off a series of 24 hour strikes they had announced for this week. The industrial action was called off after a meeting with Greece's transport minister. The strikes were scheduled for October 9th-10th and 12th-13th October.
     
    Kenya Airways Pilots To Strike Next Week
    source: CIFFA
    Kenya Airways pilots' union has called for a strike in protest at the airline's turnaround strategy and senior management. The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) issued a seven-day strike notice on Tuesday demanding changes to Kenya Airways' management. KALPA members will from 5 am local time, Tuesday 18 October 2016, down their tools until a comprehensive change of guard at Kenya Airways is effected". 

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    GPA expands auto terminal adding 100 acres of processing space
    source: Shippingazette
    GEORGIA Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Griff Lynch has announced a 100-acre expansion of the Colonel's Island auto terminal, and welcomed Logistec's announcement of the completion of 221,000 square feet of wood pellet storage at GPA's East River Terminal. Our terminal is ideally suited to biomass cargo handling, and we look forward to working with the Georgia Ports Authority and our customers to meet long-term growth demands," said Madeleine Paquin, president and CEO of Logistec. [Excerpted from Shippingazette] 
     
    Hanjin Wins Bankruptcy Protection In Canada
    source: CIFFA
    The Supreme Court of Canada has granted Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy protection this week but unfortunately this does not let the Hanjin Scarlet or the Hanjin Vienna off the hook. Both ships remain under arrest at the request of their creditors as the order is not retroactive. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Sustainable eHighways For Trucks Could Be The Answer To The Increase In Freight Transport
    source: Forbes
    The world’s first public road project with electrified highway trucks is being conducted in Sweden, and will soon be replicated in California as well. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    ICAO adopts global measure to make aviation carbon neutral as of 2021
    source: CandianShipper
    OTTAWA, Ont.– The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, issued the following statement regarding the adoption of the global market based measure adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization: “I am delighted that the International Civil Aviation Organization adopted today a global market based measure to make civil aviation carbon neutral starting in 2021. Read more here

  • 7 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Now the hard work on the cargo agency programme really starts
    source: Air Cargo News
    Freight forwarder association Fiata and IATA have officially signed the long-awaited reforms to the IATA Cargo Agency Program and said that now the hard work of implementing the agreement begins. Read more here.  
     
    Flights Resuming In Miami After Hurricane Cancellations Thursday
    source: CIFFA
    Airlines are gradually resuming flights today at Miami International Airport (MIA) after hundreds of flights were cancelled Thursday because of Hurricane Matthew. MIA said it had remained "open" yesterday, but all airlines had ceased operations ahead of the highest winds, expected from 6pm-8pm local time yesterday. As of 8.30 pm Eastern Time yesterday, airlines had cancelled more than 3,785 flights nationwide for a period stretching from Wednesday through Saturday, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. (Excepted from Lloyds Loading List)
     
    Transport Strike Hits Brussels Airport
    source: AirWise
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    Over 100 flights were delayed at Brussels Airport on Friday as a nation-wide strike disrupted public transport. Read more here.

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    11 empties topple when Hanjin ship drifts into MSC vessel in Singapore
    source: Shippingazette
    THE 8,586-TEU Hanjin New York dragged its anchor and collided with the 4,038-TEU MSC Claudia, causing 11 empty containers to fall overboard, according to Singapore's The New Paper. Three Hanjin vessels remain in Singapore, and at least two others, the Hanjin Netherlands and Hanjin China, are expected to berth in the next three days, the MPA said. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Hanjin Customer Advisory Oct. 6 - Hanjin Operated Vessel Status in North America
    source: CIFFA
    Hanjin has posted a vessel status update for North America. The update shows the original ETA, updated ETA and current vessel position. The document can be foundhere
     
    Port of New York/New Jersey is meeting tomorrow’s challenges
    source: AJOT
    The Port of NY/NJ has challenges, which will require planning for handling a generation of ships yet to be built and cargoes to be borne. Read more here
     
    HMM makes transpacific service permanent in wake of Hanjin bankruptcy
    source: Splash 24/7
    South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is making emergency transpacific services permanent in the wake of Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy.
    HMM added the services last month temporarily, deploying 13 ships to cover two routes operated by Hanjin, who could no longer service them.
    Hyundai Merchant Marine said that it will run a permanent weekly service from Gwangyang and Busan to Long Beach via Shanghai. The new service will commence Friday, with five vessels between 4,000 and 6,000 teu assigned. [Excerpted from Splash 24/7]
    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Brexit drives up UK international road freight prices
    source: Lloyds Loading List
    The weakening of the pound since the UK’s vote to leave the EU has significantly increased UK international haulage costs for those paying in sterling, according to analysis by European road freight specialist Freightex. Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Canada brings in known shipper system
    source: Air Cargo News
    Transport Canada has issued new requirements for cargo loaded on passenger aircraft from October 17, including two new shipper categories.  Read more here.  
     
    CBSA Operations - Thanksgiving Holiday
    source: CIFFA
    The Technical Commercial Client Unit (TCCU) of the Canada Border Services Agency will be closed on the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday,, October 10, 2016. For urgent client service outside business hours and statutory holiday, please contact the TCCU hotline at 1-888-957-7224 Option 1 and your enquiry will be answered by a TCCU officer.

  • 6 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Freighter Incident Disrupts Belfast Flights (Oct. 4)
    source: CIFFA 
    Flights at Belfast International Airport were disrupted after a TNT 737 freighter aircraft suffered a burst tyre incident on the main runway at about 6am on Tuesday, leading to the complete shut-down of Northern Ireland's main air gateway at one stage. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Greek Air Traffic Controllers Call 24-Hour Strikes Starting Oct. 9
    source: CIFFA
    Greek air traffic controllers plan to walk off the job over four days from Oct. 9, grounding flights in protest at changes to their job descriptions under reforms pursued by the country's foreign creditors. Their union said on Wednesday they would stage 24-hour strikes on Oct. 9, 10, and Oct 12-13 inclusive. All but emergency and search-and-rescue flights along with flights through the Athens Flight Information region would be suspended. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Thousands of Hanjin boxes stuck in limbo clog LA-Long Beach ports
    source: Shippingazette
    STRANDED Hanjin containers are clogging supply chains and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with thousands of box-mounted chassis taking up space and getting in the way of the flow of other cargo, reports American Shipper. Hanjin also told the court it "advised customers that they should contact the owners of the containers to arrange for inland delivery and their return". He said repairs were not being made at an adequate pace, there were concerns there were not going to be enough chassis for companies to operate. Meanwhile, other containers are scattered among at least five other terminals in the two ports where Hanjin or its space sharing partners in the CKYHE Alliance Cosco, "K" Line, Yang Ming and Evergreen operate. LA port spokesman Phillip Sanfield said the port had short-term agreements with terminals and other businesses to store containers, mostly those leased to Hanjin in and around the port. But space was limited in and around the port. Port executive director Gene Seroka said storage was being set up away from in the "Inland Empire" area. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Airport: Below Zero Is Set For Take Off On History Channel Oct. 5 - Features EIA
    source: CIFFA
    New Documentary Series Reveals the Unique Challenges at Edmonton International Airport. It premieres October 5 at 10 pm on the History channel. Airport: Below Zero, a thrilling new documentary series from Our House Media, in association with Corus Entertainment, reveals the intricate and intense balancing act required to keep operations running smoothly at Edmonton International Airport, Canada's most northerly major airport. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Project aims to reduce greenhouse gases at the Port of Montreal
    source: CanadianShipper
    MONTREAL, Que.–The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) announced the implementation of a project that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by optimizing truck routes to and from terminals located on Port of Montreal territory. Read more here
     
    Drone Delivery Canada receives special flight operations certificate
    source: CanadianShipper
    TORONTO, Ont.– Drone Delivery Canada has received a Special Flight Operations Certificate from Transport Canada. Read more here.  

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    PepsiCo's Practical Application of Supply Chain Resilience Strategies
    source: Forbes
    PepsiCo, the food and beverage behemoth with $63 billion in annual revenues, is best known for their carbonated soft drinks. But consumers’ preferences have shifted toward more nutritious foods. Read more here.  
     
    Sealand statement on Hurricane Matthew status, October 4th
    source: AJOT
    We would like to inform you that a hurricane watch was issued Tuesday, October 4 as hurricane Matthew moved through the Caribbean. Read more here
     
    North American seaports are unlikely to experience a record cargo year
    source: Shippingazette
    NORTH America's leading ports suffered volume declines between March and August, dashing hopes that this year would record similar growth to 2014 and 2015 with their 4.5 to five per cent year-on-year gains. August marked the beginning of the peak season, but it still remains to be seen whether there will be much further improvement throughout the remainder of the year. Big west coast ports including LA-Long Beach, Seattle-Tacoma and Oakland have performed much stronger collectively. Still, east and Gulf coast seaports have defended their diverted gains from last year, as declines have been mostly moderate. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 4 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Air Canada Cargo adds additional day of South America lift
    source: CanadianShipper
    MONTREAL, Que.–Air Canada Cargo announced its freighter service is growing. On October 9, the Canada – US – South America freighter service will benefit from an additional day of service, with a new flight on day 7, the company announced. Read more here
     
    Delta, Pilots Union Agree In Principle Deal
    source: CIFFA
    Delta Air Lines and the union representing its pilots have reached an agreement in principle on amendments to their collective bargaining agreement. Delta's Master Executive Council at the Air Line Pilots Association International has seven days to review the agreement and, if approved, will send it to pilots for ratification.

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Terminal operators benefit from NWSA peak season extended gates program
    source: AJOT
    The NWSA launched a 12-week program to reimburse terminal operators up to $2 million to extend gate hours at international container terminals during peak season.
    The alliance launched the program to help marine terminal operators avoid congestion on surface streets in the port industrial areas and keep import and export cargo flowing efficiently during peak season, which typically starts in late August and continues through early November.
    Each terminal has participated in the program, offering various extended hour options, including flexed gates from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., lunch gate hours Monday through Friday, an off-shift gate after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or Saturday or Sunday shift.  [Excerpted from AJOT]
     
    Maersk unlikely to buy Korean vessels – but will wait for another distressed line
    source: TheLoadStar
    One of the effects of the Hanjin collapse has been endless rumour and speculation – with one of the main protagonists in any shipping story inevitably being Maersk. Read more here
     
    Most Hanjin containers ‘will be offloaded by end of October’
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    Most of the containers on collapsed carrier Hanjin are expected to be offloaded by the end of October, according to South Korean government sources.
    The government has reiterated that Hanjin Shipping and its parent firm, Hanjin Group, are fully responsible for covering the costs of discharging the more than $14 billion in cargo from its vessels stuck at sea. But with all the measures taken so far, around 90% of Hanjin’s vessels should finish offloading their cargoes by the end of October, an official at the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries told Lloyd's List. Hanjin has a total of 97 container vessels.
    Hanjin Shipping last week secured Won110bn (US$100m) in short-term borrowings from financial institutions to help alleviate the logistics situation faced by its vessels stranded at sea worldwide, raising its total short-term borrowings to around Won160.6bn from Won50.6bn previously. [Extracted from Lloyd’s Loading List]

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Government of Canada, Lac La Ronge First Nation celebrate new bridge opening
    source: CanadianShipper
    LAC LA RONGE, Sask.– Canada’s Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, has congratulated Lac La Ronge Indian Band on the grand opening of the community’s new Sucker River Bridge. Read more here
     
    Attention Freight Forwarders: Introduction to Electronic House Bills Presentations
    source: CIFFA
    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is offering eManifest presentation throughout October and November. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Cathay Pacific Offers Discount for November Travel to HKG for ALMC Nov. 22-23
    source: CIFFA
    Join the Canadian Logistics Mission in Hong Kong, November 22 and 23, led by CIFFA Executive Director Ruth Snowden. The mission is co-organized by CIFFA, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. It is also supported by the Canadian Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association. [Excerpted from CIFFA]

  • 3 October 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Air Canada Cargo Adds Frequency to Its Canada/U.S./South America Freighter Service
    source: CIFFA
    Starting on October 9, Air Canada Cargo's Canada/U.S./South America freighter service will have an additional day of service, with a new flight on day 7. More information is available here
     
    Dallas/Fort Worth makes big mark on global air freight industry
    source: Shippingazette
    DALLAS/FORT WORTH International Airport is playing an increasingly important role in the global air freight industry, with 200 cargo-only fights out of DFW each week as well as freight carried in the bellyhold of thousands of weekly passenger flights. Altogether, the cargo activity at DFW Airport contributes US$20 billion in annual economic impact, according to a 2015 study. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Philippine Ports Authority assures all ports will remain congestion free
    source: Shippingazette
    THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) guarantees that the nation's ports will not face congestion issues ahead of the peak holiday season. The combined yard utilisation at ports in Manila currently stands at 40 per cent, according to PPA data. Meanwhile, yard productivity ranges from 20 to 30 moves an hour, as 32,600 TEU are inside the terminals, reported Rappler.com. PPA data also shows that ports are already dealing with an 11 per cent increase in cargo from January to July, compared to the same period last year, with volumes totalling 141.77 million tons over this period. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    VGM Period of Grace Ended on October 1
    source: CIFFA
    The three-month settling-in period suggested by the International Maritime Organization to its Member States in which competent authorities were urged to adopt a 'practical and pragmatic' approach to the enforcement of the SOLAS revision stipulating all packed containers have a verified gross mass (VGM) before being stowed aboard a ship came to an end on October 1. Read more here
     
    Lessors face multi-million dollar loss facing challenge to recover Hanjin boxes
    source: Shippingazette
    THE collapse of Hanjin Shipping could potentially leave container lessors millions of dollars out of pocket due to unpaid hire fees and the termination of hire contracts for 750,000 TEU in equipment. "Significant costs may be incurred in recovering, repairing and repositioning containers leased to Hanjin," said Textainer. "The rates achieved for re-leased containers may be substantially below those paid by Hanjin." [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Insider view of the challenging times for shipping
    source: TheLoadStar
    In this Bloomberg video interview, Maersk APAC CEO Robert van Trooijen doesn’t reveal any plans to buy Hanjin or Hyundai’s ships, but does note that the line “is open to acquisitions” and that “consolidation will benefit shippers overall”. Read more here
     
    Chittagong port strike postponed
    source: Daily-Sun
    Prime mover owners and workers have postponed their strike in Chittagong Port until Oct 4 after Chittagong Metropolitan Police commissioner on Friday assured them of action against alleged harassment of workers. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Italian railways eyes doubling of turnover from cargo and logistics
    source: Lloyd'sLoadingList
    Italian state railway operator Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS Group) is aiming to more than double turnover from cargo and logistics over the next decade as part of a long-term global business plan and restructuring presented last week by managing director Renato Mazzoncini. Read more here
     
    First regular China-Netherlands rail shuttle launched
    source: Lloyd'sLoadingList
    The first regular rail freight shuttle between China and the Netherlands is up and running, with a 15-day transit time. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    U.K. Factories Boom as Pound’s Brexit Plunge Boosts Exports
    source: AJOT
    U.K. factories had their best month in more than two years in September as the weaker pound sent export orders surging. Read more here

  • 30 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    The great air freight rate debate: will shippers ask for surcharges again?
    source: The Loadstar
    The air freight debate over all-in pricing versus individual surcharges appears to making a comeback – this time the impetus is with the shippers.
    Many forwarders and GSAs also opposed individual surcharges, as they had to collect them from their clients on behalf of the airlines.Recent indications from carriers that they intend to bring back surcharges drew heavy criticism from the forwarding community. In the summer, Cathay Pacific was looking at an “airfreight adjustment” charge, while Cargolux announced plans to re-introduce a security surcharge.  [Excerpted from The Loadstar]
     
    Air Canada to Offer Montreal-Shanghai Flights Starting in February 2017
    source: CIFFA
    Air Canada will commence daily year-round flights from Montreal to Shanghai operated by the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, starting on February 16. 

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Cambodia ends flag of convenience scheme
    source: The Loadstar
    Cambodia has scrapped its flag of convenience scheme following pressure from the EU and an inability to police foreign-owned ships using the country’s flag. No foreign ships may now sail under Cambodia’s flag – although according to the Phnom Penh Post, more than 35 were still operating on the date the scheme ended. However, the government has ordered that ports no longer grant them access, and has informed the IMO.  Read more here
     
    Leaders look to improve freight connections between St. Louis and New Orleans
    source: STLToday
    Better linking the St. Louis region to the Port of New Orleans means changing habits, said Gary LaGrange, president and chief executive of the New Orleans port. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Think you know shipping? Check out some Friday facts
    source: TheLoadStar
    Nice infographic about the container shipping industry. Some facts you’ll know, some you won’t: what percentage of containers are inspected? How many containers are on the sea at any one time? Read more here
     
    WTO says global trade had its worst year since financial crisis
    source: Shippingazette
    WEAKNESS in key regions and rising protectionism has give global trade its slowest growth since the 2008 financial crisis, says the World Trade Organisation (WTO). It said with increasing wariness of globalisation, governments and authorities must do more to support open trading that's more inclusive. The revision follows a sharper than expected decline in trade volumes in the first quarter and a smaller than expected rebound in the second quarter as emerging economies such as Brazil and China remained under pressure. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

  • 29 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    China's commercial aviation market expected to overtake US in 20 years
    source: Shippingazette
    MAJOR US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has said in its latest outlook for the Chinese commercial aviation market that in 20 years China will leapfrog the US to become the first country with commercial aircraft worth over US$1 trillion. "This kind of growth is not coming from out of blue. It's incremental growth and incremental projection on the strength of the Chinese tourism demand as well as outbound traffic," said David Yu, chief investment officer of Inception Aviation Holdings. [Excerpted from Shippingazette] 
     
    The Future of Airfreight: How Digitalization and Big Data Are Changing the Logistics Chain
    source: AJOT
    FRA – On September 27 and 28, the leading figures from the airfreight sector are gathering with representatives from industry and science to discuss the future of logistics at the “Frankfurt Air Cargo Innovation Lab”. Read more here
     
    Air traffic controllers and pilots are switching to text messages for faster plane takeoffs, saving billions
    source: DailyMail
    Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors and save billions of dollars in fuel cost, says the Federal Aviation Administration. Read more here
     
    Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, HK Express and Hong Kong Airlines face cuts to flights ahead of much-delayed air traffic control system
    source: SCMP
    Hong Kong airlines are being asked to reduce their flight schedules by 10 per cent in November in an effort help the aviation regulator ease the introduction of a much-delayed air traffic control system, the Sunday Morning Post can reveal. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    IMO's 'light-touch' enforcement of VGM ends by October
    source: Shippingazette
    THE "pragmatic approach" by regulators to new SOLAS global container-weighing rules will "expire" on September 30. The World Shipping Council (WSC) said the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)'s guidance for "a practical and pragmatic approach" when verifying compliance in the first three months of the requirements for packed containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) as a condition for loading aboard ship had been "helpful for avoiding major disruptions of international containerised maritime traffic during the implementation phase-in". [Excerpted from Shippingazette] 

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    Driverless HGV project moves forward in Singapore
    source: Lloyd'sLoadingList
    French firm Gaussin Manugistique 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

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     
    Serious Supply Chain Disruption if eHBL Deconsolidation Notices Not Implemented at Every Marine and Air Terminal in Canada 
    source: LinkedIn
    Imagine if you will, the thousands of “single or back-to-back’ shipments requiring a ‘Customs stamped’ paper authorizing a container to move off the terminal. Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Have you gone digital?
    source: Lloyd'sLoadingList
    In almost every business sector, advances in technology mean that processes can be streamlined and simplified by replacing paper recording and analysis of information with digital systems, saving time, money and stress in the process. Read more here
     
    Annual World Maritime Day Today
    source: CIFFA
    Shipping is indispensable to the world. That is the message being shared around the world today, as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the global maritime community celebrate the annual World Maritime Day. Read more here
     
    Improved Working Conditions in the Apparel Industry Make Workers' Lives Better and Businesses Stronger
    source: CIFFA
    A joint International Labour Organization and International Finance Corporation program has dramatically improved working conditions in hundreds of garment factories across seven developing countries, an independent review has shown. Read more here

  • 28 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Finnair Cargo Increases A350 Frequency on London, U.K. Route 
    source: CIFFA
    Finnair Cargo is to offer five A350 flights per week on its London Heathrow-Helsinki route, starting on October 5. 
    The airline also announced that it will discontinue its shared freighter service with IAG Cargo on the London route after October 1. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    ILWU and shipping industry employers’ body agree to talk about contract extension
    source: Splash 24/7
    The major labour union for US West Coast dockworkers and the organization representing employers in the shipping industry on that coast announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to start talks on extending their contract, according to Reuters. Read more here
     
    US west coast ports appear to bounce back after last year's slowdown
    source: Shippingazette
    US WEST coast ports have experienced an increase in container volumes during the first three months of 2016 with Los Angeles and Long Beach experiencing their busiest time in years. "The uneven global economy, industry financial pressures, weak US export demand and the introduction of mega ships have created dynamic conditions for the maritime industry that will continue to play out over the coming year," said departing Long Beach port CEO Jon Slangerup. Port officials attributed the gains to a recent decline in the strength of the dollar as US goods are more affordable overseas when the dollar's value declines. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Five Hanjin ships stuck off coast of China
    source: Lloyd'sLoadingList
    Five of Hanjin Shipping's vessels are being held off Chinese ports as of September 26, according to a document posted by the South Korean carrier on its website. Read more here
     
    No extension likely to VGM ‘light-touch’ enforcement
    source: Lloyd'sLoadingList
    The “pragmatic” approach to the enforcement of new international container-weighing rules introduced on 1 July will not be extended beyond its current “expiry date” of 30 September, Lloyd’s Loading List understands. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    CP calls for Minister of Transport to implement Locomotive Voice and Video Recorders (LVVR)
    source: CanadianShipper
    CALGARY, Alta.–Canadian Pacific has joined the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) in calling for the Minister of Transport to implement Locomotive Voice and Video Recorders (LVVR) as soon as possible. CP said that the true value in LVVR technology “lies in shaping behaviour and preventing accidents before they happen.” Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Far East freight markets facing typhoon shutdowns
    source: Lloyd'sLoadingList
    Taiwan’s transport system is in shutdown mode today as the country is battered by another major storm just weeks after Typhoon Meranti caused disruption across the island earlier this month. Read more here
     
    French Government Will Close Migrant Camp in Calais Port Area by Year End
    source: CIFFA
    French President François Hollande announced this week that the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais will be closed and the migrants moved to reception centres across the country by the end of 2016. The camp is situated adjacent to the main road approaching the city's port area. [Excerpted from CIFFA]
     
    Global Trade in 2016 Now Expected to Grow at Slowest Pace Since the Financial Crisis: WTO
    source: CIFFA
    World trade will grow more slowly than expected in 2016, expanding by just 1.7%, well below the April forecast of 2.8%, according to the latest WTO estimates. The forecast for 2017 has also been revised, with trade now expected to grow between 1.8% and 3.1%, down from 3.6% previously. Read more here

  • 27 September 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Hanjin Says It Won't Charge U.S. Shippers for Late Return of Containers
    source: CIFFA
    Hanjin Shipping told a U.S. District Bankruptcy Court on September 23 that it will not charge shippers for the late return of containers, after the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) asked the court to prohibit such charges. An attorney for Hanjin told the court that the company will not levy detention charges. (Excerpted from JOC.com)
     
    Lessors count the mounting costs from missing Hanjin containers
    source: TheLoadStar
    Container lessors will take a multi-million dollar hit from the collapse of Hanjin Shipping in unpaid hire fees and the termination of hire contracts for 750,000 teu of equipment.Read more here
     
    Drewry convinced Hanjin debacle means end to rock bottom rates
    source: Shippingazette
    LONDON's Drewry Maritime Research says capacity cuts in the second quarter has meant that "eastbound ships were full in July and August, and will be even fuller between now and at least mid-October as a result of Hanjin's collapse" on Asia-west coast North America (WCNA) services. The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) said it "would not tolerate any exploitation of the Hanjin bankruptcy, or any improper behaviour that could constitute a violation of the Shipping Act", but Drewry said the transpacific situation had led to significantly higher prices within the long-term agreements covering 2017 between container lines and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs). [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    CP calls for Minister of Transport to implement Locomotive Voice and Video Recorders (LVVR)
    source: CanadianShipper
    CALGARY, Alta.–Canadian Pacific has joined the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) in calling for the Minister of Transport to implement Locomotive Voice and Video Recorders (LVVR) as soon as possible. CP said that the true value in LVVR technology “lies in shaping behaviour and preventing accidents before they happen.” Read more here

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Quebec asks federal government to rescue troubled Bombardier
    source: Shippingazette
    QUEBEC provincial Premier Philippe Couillard made a bid to have the Canadian federal government rescue Montreal plane and train maker Bombardier as its stock fell to a five-month low and the company faced production cuts and delays. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has sought corporate-governance concessions in exchange for any aid, Bloomberg News reported earlier this year. Quebec is investing $1 billion for a 49.5 per cent stake in the C Series. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Hyundai workers strike for first time in 12 years, affecting vehicles in US, Middle East and Asia
    source: TheLoadStar
    South Korea is having a bad time of it. If the problems at Samsung and Hanjin weren’t enough, now the automotive industry is finding life tough. Read more here

  • 26 September 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Lufthansa Pilots’ Union Rejects Latest Offer
    source: AirWise
    Lufthansa pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has rejected the airline’s latest offer on pay and pensions. Read more here
     
    National Airlines seeks US safety exemption to fly more outsize cargo
    source: Shippingazette
    NATIONAL Airlines, a US cargo carrier, has petitioned the US Department of Transport for an exemption from safety rules for Boeing 747 freighters with the intention of boosting its business in the outsize cargo sector. National claims the regulation has "caused major economic impacts" and that an exemption would have no adverse impact on safety. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Air Canada Cargo to Launch Freighter Service to Dallas-Fort Worth on October 1
    source: CIFFA
    Starting on October 1, Air Canada Cargo will offer a new freighter service twice a week to and from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) on a Boeing 767-300ER freighter aircraft. 
     
    Air Canada to Launch Non-Stop Montreal-Shanghai Flights
    source: AirCanada
    First Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from Montreal
    MONTREAL, Sept. 23, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced the introduction of daily year-round flights from Montreal toShanghai, China beginning February 16, 2017. Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    Hanjin customers turn to rail and air to move ocean backlogs
    source: Shippingazette
    HANJIN customers that have suffered delays due to the container line's bankruptcy are now looking for alternative shipment modes into European markets to ensure key products are in stores ahead of the holiday season, according to leading forwarders. In the aftermath of Hanjin's receivership filing, which left as many as 500,000 containers of cargo stranded offshore, she said freight forwarders were scrambling to reorganise and redirect the rail, air freight and trucking services that were supposed to follow the docking and unloading of Hanjin ships. [Excerpted from Shippingazette]
     
    Woes of Hanjin ship stranded off eastern coast of Singapore
    source: StraitsTimes
    Captain Moon Kwon Do has spent more than half his 16-year sea-faring career sailing across the world, but he now finds himself stranded in foreign waters. Read more here
     
    Hanjin Gets US$45 Million Credit Line to Help Unload Ships
    source: CIFFA
    Korea Development Bank, the main lender to Hanjin Shipping Co., offered a conditional credit line of 50 billion won (US$45 million) to help ease supply chain disruptions caused by Hanjin's collapse. Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

    The Uberization of trucking: Why it might succeed
    source: AJOT
    Last month Uber acquired a tech startup, Otto, that specializes in trucking transportation. Instantly the Uberization of trucking went from hypothetical to a working proposition. The question now is will it succeed? It’s a question that has been on the lips of transportation types for the last few years. Could Uber work for trucking? Read more here

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Hack-proof blockchain technology arrives – the paperless future for freight
    source: TheLoadStar
    Never let it be said again that the freight industry is slow to adopt new technologies.Read more here
     
    New Guide Addresses Advanced Crew Transfer Technologies
    source: Scandoil 
    ABS, provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, announces the publication of The ABS Guide for Certification of Offshore Access Gangways. The new Guide addresses certification for safety systems used for “walk to work” (W2W) crew transfers. Read more here

  • 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