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  • 19 August 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES 

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

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

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 18 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
     

    Tighten up Enforcement or Face Battery Ban, Says Freight Industry

    source: Air Cargo News

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


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES 

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

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


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


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

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

  • 17 August 2016

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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES 

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

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

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

  • 16 August 2016

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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES 

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

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

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

  • 15 August 2016

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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES 

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

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

  • 12 August 2016

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES 

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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES 

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

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

  • 11 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES 

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

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

  • 10 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

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

  • 9 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

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

  • 8 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

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

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

  • 4 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

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

  • 3 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

  • 1 August 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

  • 27 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 26 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 25 July 2016

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

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 22 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 21 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 20 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 19 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

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

  • 18 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 15 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 14 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 13 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 11 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 8 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

     
    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 7 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 6 July 2016

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

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

     
    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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


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


    CANADA -  BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

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

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


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

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

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

  • 5 July 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

     

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 4 July 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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



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

     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

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


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

    CANADA BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

     

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

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

  • 30 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

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

     

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

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

     

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




  • 29 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

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

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


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

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


    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVENRNMENT UPDATES

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

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


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

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

  • 28 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

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

     

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


    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVENRNMENT UPDATES

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

  • 27 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

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

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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

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


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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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



    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

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

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

     

  • 23 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

  • 22 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


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

  • 21 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


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

  • 20 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


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

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


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

  • 17 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

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

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


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

  • 16 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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


     
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


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

  • 15 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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


     
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


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

  • 14 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES

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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

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

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

  • 13 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 10 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 9 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 8 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

    Read more here

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

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

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

    Read more here.  


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

    Read more here.  

  • 7 June 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

    GROUND & RAIL UPDATES


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


    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     

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

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


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

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

    Read more here.  

  • 6 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


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


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

    Read more here

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

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

    GROUND & RAIL UPDATES


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

    Read more here.  

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

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES
     

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


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

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

  • 3 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

     
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Read more here. 


     

    GROUND & RAIL UPDATES


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



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

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

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

    Read more here.  

  • 2 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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

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


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

    Read more here

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

    Read more here


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

     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


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

  • 1 June 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

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

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

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


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


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


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

    Read more here.  

  • 31 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

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

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


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


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

    Read more here
     
     
    HMM urged to merge with Hanjin Shipping to join THE Alliance
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    THE Alliance, a brand new grouping of six containerlines, only has room for one South Korean member, according to a government official in Seoul, which could spark a merger between Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM).
     
    The government source, speaking on condition of anonymity with local media outlet Business Korea, said THE Alliance, which Hanjin formed this month with partners NYK, MOL, K Line, Yang Ming and Hapag-Lloyd, had room for only one Korean partner. HMM would likely be absorbed by Hanjin, another government source claimed.
     
     
     
    SOLAS box weigh-ins benefit big fish at expense of small fry: Stifel
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE UN's new container weight verification rule that comes into force on July 1 stands to benefit big multinational concerns at the expense of smaller ones, according to logistics investment analyst Stifel, reports Lloyd's Loading List.
     
    "The onset of more regulations favours the larger players, squeezing out the smaller companies and raising the barriers to entry," said Stifel in its quarterly update on the freight forwarding market. 
     
    Under the IMO's amendments to its Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention the regulation is expected to bring new business to forwarders and major shippers and the expense of smaller players.
     
     
     
    U.S. Feds Seeking New Ideas to Achieve 100 Percent Cargo Container Scanning
    source: CIFFA
     
    The Department of Homeland Security recently extended for a third time the deadline for complying with a congressionally mandated requirement of 100 percent scanning of U.S.-bound maritime cargo containers. However, DHS is also soliciting new ideas on how to meet this requirement, an effort that has some business groups concerned.
     
    The SAFE Port Act of 2006 requires all maritime cargo containers admitted into the U.S. to be scanned through non-intrusive inspection and radiation detection equipment in a foreign port prior to being loaded on a U.S.-bound ship. The original deadline for achieving this goal was July 1, 2012, but DHS has now invoked three successive two-year waivers, the latest running through 2018. Officials have said compliance is virtually impossible with available resources and technology and conflicts with the department's general approach to risk management, which seeks to focus scarce inspection resources on the highest-risk containers. Most recently, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress in May 2014 that the department's "ability to fully comply with this unfunded mandate of 100 per cent scanning, even in the long term, is highly improbable, hugely expensive and, in our judgment, not the best use of taxpayer resources to meet this country's port security and homeland security needs." Read more (Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg) 
     
     
    Why Arctic sea routes will not be useful to shipping cargo any time soon
    source: Shipping Gazette
     
    A MULTITUDE of factors present challenges that far outweigh advantages of the polar routes for international shipping, says a University of Calgary paper by former Canadian deputy foreign minister Hugh Stephens. 
     
    "Although passages are opening up due to climate change, they won't be as big a boon as once expected," said Mr Stephens, who is also executive-in-residence of the Asia Pacific Foundation.
     

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


    CTA - First Truck Moves In-Transit Across US Border Under Pilot Program
    source: CIFFA
     
    "After much anticipation, the first commercial truck completed an actual in-transit run between Canada and the U.S. this past weekend. The move marked the launch of a six-month pilot project, promised under the Beyond the Border Action Plan, to restore Canadian carriers' ability to conduct in-transit shipments while using a limited set of data when crossing the border. The truck entered the US at Port Huron Michigan on Friday May 27 and exited the US at Emerson, MB the following day, trimming valuable miles from its route.
     
    Currently the pilot is limited to nine highway carriers and three ports of entry/exit - Port Huron, MI, Emerson, MB and Pacific Highway, BC. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) expects the pilot to expand in November to include additional ports, more carriers or, ideally, both. Highway carriers involved in the pilot have to meet certain requirements, including being C-TPAT members in good standing, have FAST drivers to move in-transit, and provide all necessary requirements for goods regulated by other government departments (such as FDA prior notice).
     
    For years Canadian carriers struggled to move Canadian domestic goods in-transit through the US for the purpose of increasing productivity through shorter distances and safer routes. More comprehensive data requirements imposed by US Customs all but eliminated these types of moves after 9/11. However, the Beyond the Border agreement committed to identifying a reduced data set to permit Canadian carriers to resume in-transit operations for domestic loads.
     
    CTA notes that USCBP, CBSA and PCO were instrumental in ensuring the pilot came to fruition with further support from both the Minister of Public Safety's office in Canada and the Department of Homeland Security in the US."
     
     
    France Labour Dispute: Hollande Digs In As Rail Strike Looms
    source: CIFFA
     
    President Francois Hollande of France has insisted that a controversial labour reform will not be withdrawn as strike action looms on the railways. Meanwhile, thousands of public sector workers in Belgium are taking part in a 24-hour national strike against budget cuts, changes to working hours and a rise in the retirement age.
     
    A national railway strike is due to get under way in France on Wednesday, according to an announcement by the state rail company SNCF (in French). According to the French daily Le Monde, strike action will actually begin at 19:00 (17:00 GMT) on Tuesday while another paper, Le Figaro, said it would start at 20:00. The Paris Metro is due to go on strike from Thursday, and six of the country's eight oil refineries are still halted or running at reduced capacity due to union action.
     
    Air France pilots have voted to strike for at least six days in June in a separate dispute over productivity targets. The labour reform, which is aimed at making the labour market more flexible, was pushed through the lower house of parliament without a vote. A new national day of action is planned by unions for 14 June, when the bill goes to the Senate. (Excerpted from the BBC)

  • 30 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    ACI Opposes New Airport Checkpoints
    source: AirWise
     
    The UN's ICAO should avoid creating new checkpoints outside airport terminals as it draws up guidelines to improve security in the wake of recent attacks, the head of Airports Council International said.
     
    Angela Gittens, director general of the global airport trade group, said she did not want external checkpoints, which are being debated as a way to deter attacks on airports, to become part of a proposed global security standard for public areas because the additional lineup could create a new target.
     
     
     
    eAWB Usage Grows
    source: CIFFA
     
    The use of electronic air waybills (e-AWB) picked up again in April after a drop off in March. The latest statistics from IATA show that eAWB penetration reached 38.3% in April, up 1.2 percentage points compared with March figures. The improvement is welcomed by IATA after there was a 0.4 percentage point slowdown in March, raising questions as to whether the industry would be able to hit the end-year-target of 56% set by the organisation. However, the organisation is hoping that its 360 Programme could help boost usage, with the second round of airports only joining the initiative in March.

    The 360 programme requires that the majority of operating airlines and ground handling agents at an airport offer an e-AWB as the preferred means to all destinations and that they adopt a single process service and a standard operating procedure. In total, nine airports are now part of the programme with a further 12 set to join by the end of the year. (Air Cargo News)
     

    Miami airport aims to become a free trade zone and global air cargo hub
    source: Shippingazettte
     
    MIAMI International Airport (MIA) is looking to turn itself into a free trade zone in 2017 as part of its grand plan to become a global air cargo hub.
     
    According to airport director Emilio Gonzales, MIA continues to grow and last year produced an economic impact of US$134 billion, as the only US airport serving 100 air carriers.
     
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Chittagong, Bangladesh Terminal Update
    Terminals in Chittagong are experiencing congestion. Elevated CY unitization leading up to low terminal productivity have been identified as the main root causes. The backlog of both laden and empty containers is increasing at the port yard and creating a hindrance. Congestion is expected to worsen due to the upcoming Ramadan holiday and Monsoon season. 
     
    The situation is affecting all carriers operating in Chittagong port with the majority of feeder vessels experiencing delays of minimum 2.5 to 3 days. 
     
    Container vessel movement status as on 28/05/2016 
    Date Total number of container ship
    waiting at outer anchorage
    Outgoing Incoming T/S Port
    29/05/2016 24 02 02 SIN:2

     
    CPA allocates a total number Nine (09) jetties for container ship. One (01) is at NCT, Two (02) is at CCT and Six (06) is at GCB. 
     
    CPA Handling equipment 
    It has been observed that CPA is suffering from acute shortage of container handling equipment and significant number of equipment is out of order. This is resulting in the delay sailing/berthing and consequently slower than normal productivity.
     
    High volume of Commercial/Food Item Importation 
    This is one of the main reasons for CY congestion. A high volume of Sugar, Ginger, Carrot, Onion, Turmeric, Garlic, Chick Pea, Dal etc. is being imported in preparation for the upcoming Ramadan holiday. The majority of which is shipped via FCL container.

    Importers are choosing to store their containers at the port CY for an extended period of time.  
     
    Awaiting time at Outer Anchorage and Berth Congestion 
    Ship movement generally commences about 4-5 hours before the day’s high water (High tide). Movement of ships depends upon draught, rise of tide, availability of berth and availability of daylight hours. 
     
    - Geared vessels are idling average 2.5 or 3 days (60/72 hours) at outer anchorage to get suitable berth at GCB and NCT.  
    - Gearless vessels are waiting 2 or 2.5 days (48/60 hours) at outer anchorage to get suitable berth at CCT 
    - Some geared vessels (deep draught) have draught more than 5/6 days delay due to limited berth provision. 

    Vessel Productivity 
     
    - Productivity of the vessels is slow now for monsoon (May-Jun) heavy rain and build-up of yard congestion recently. 
    - Under circumstances, we foresee some of transshipment connections may be affected due to delay feeder vessels departure from Chittagong port to connect 2nd leg vessel for erratic feeder schedule. 

    Terminal / Yard Congestion / Port Operation 
     
    - The terminal is now congested due to heavy rainfall in last 48 hours, unplanned stacking at port yard, the huge influx of import laden containers and slow delivery.
    - Major port yards (GCB 87%, NCT 77% and CCT 62%) are occupied with both laden and empty containers. 
    - Export laden containers are waiting in a queue to enter the terminal, and once inside the terminal, movement is very slow/hampered due to lack of sufficient open space to move the containers/trailers comfortably. 

    Container movement from Off-dock/CFS 
    Container movement from off-dock to terminal is normal. 
     
    Future outlook/Ramadan Impact 
     
    - Situation is expected to continue throughout Ramadan. Ramadan in 2016 will start on Monday, June 6 and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, July 5.  During the month of Ramadan, the impact on overall Port, Off-docs and Office productivity might worsen the ongoing congestion further in view of shortened office hours, reduced shift time.

    Industry / other related issues 
     
    - Ready-made garment shipments are increasing and will continue up to Eid. At this moment, it is difficult to determine when congestion will ease. We will continue to provide you with most updated information as it becomes available. 

    We will further update you if we find any consignments are at risk of missing the sailing due to congestion. We are keeping a close eyes on the situation to ensure your cargo is not impacted.

     
    200 Shipping Corp of India seafarers enter third day of hunger strike
    source: Splash 24/7 
     
    Around 200 seafarers have entered their third day of a hunger strike, demonstrating against state-run Shipping Corporation of India’s (SCI) failure to improve their pay.
     
    The hunger strike began on Saturday. SCI was meant to have increased seafarer wages by 30% as agreed in March last year at a meeting of the collective bargaining mechanism known as the National Maritime Board, something it has failed to do.
     
    Read more here


    Port of Oakland terminal: appointments mandatory for imports
    source: AJOT
     
    Oakland, Calif. - Picking up an import load at the Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal? You’ll likely need an appointment.
     
    Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) said today it’s making appointments mandatory for most containerized import pick-ups beginning June 6. It means harbor truckers usually won’t be able to drive off loaded boxes without a reservation. The terminal said its goal is to shorten lines at terminal gates while speeding up cargo delivery to customers.  

    Read more here

     
    GRIs bring positive spin to Asia-Europe container trades as carriers eye a better peak season
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    Confidence would appear to be returning to the boardrooms of Asia-Europe shipping lines as container spot rates rebounded strongly this week, with an encouraging forward-booking outlook for the peak season.
     
    The Shanghai Containerised Freight Index recorded a 37% jump in rates to North Europe, increasing the spot rate by $193 per teu to $720 – just $180 per teu below the level at the beginning of the year, before prices slumped uncontrollably.
     
    Read more here

    GROUND AND RAIL UPDATES


    ATA: Congress must act to preserve current hours of service rules
    source: Shippingazette
     
    AMERICAN Trucking Associations is urging Congress to quickly pass legislation to preserve the current restart rule that gives professional truck drivers the flexibility and opportunity to take extended off-duty periods.
     
    ATA president Bill Graves said: "The flexibility to take additional rest that the restart provided for a decade, and is providing now, allows drivers to get additional off-duty time and rest, and we shouldn't be putting restrictions on that, certainly not ones that have been shown to push truck traffic into riskier daytime hours."
     
     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    Canadian Transportation Agency Announces Comprehensive Regulatory Review
    source: CIFFA
     
    Scott Streiner, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency, Thursday announced a full review of all the regulations administered by the Agency. The announcement was part of Mr. Streiner's speech in Toronto to the Economic Club of Canada. To advance this initiative, the Agency will actively engage a broad range of stakeholders, including the transportation industry, shippers, consumers and disability rights organizations. All interested Canadians will have an opportunity to provide feedback.
     
    This initiative will:
    • Ensure that industry's obligations are clear, predictable, and relevant to a range of existing and emerging business practices;
    • Ensure that the demands associated with compliance are only as high as necessary to achieve the regulations' purposes; and 
    • Facilitate the efficient and effective identification and correction of instances of non-compliance.
    A full suite of modernized regulations will be drafted by the end of 2017 and implemented in 2018.

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    How National Retailers Save When Sourcing Millions of Labels
    source: AJOT
     
    Retail chains that consume millions of thermal labels each month are turning to specialty converters that can reduce annual labeling budgets up to 40%.
     
    Although most national and regional retail chains view labels as a commodity item, for large operations that consume millions of thermal labels each month, it is a prime operating expense with sourcing decisions made at the corporate level.
     
     
     
    WTO Issues 2016 Annual Report
    source: CIFFA
     
    The WTO has published its 2016 Annual Report covering the organization's activities in 2015 and early 2016. The Report begins with a message from Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, who looks back at a memorable year for the WTO marked by the organization's 20-year anniversary and the successful conclusion of the WTO's Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi.
     
    The opening section of the Report provides a brief overview of the past year, focusing on the WTO's major areas of activity. The second part provides more in-depth accounts of the WTO's work, covering trade negotiations, implementation of WTO agreements, trade monitoring, dispute settlement, support for developing countries and outreach activity.
     
    The Report includes a special focus on the major events of 2015: the 20th anniversary of the WTO; the Nairobi Ministerial Conference; the Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade; the 2015 Public Forum; and the WTO's Open Day. 
     
    Read more and download the report here
     
     
    Descartes Acquires pixi
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    WATERLOO, Ont.– Descartes Systems Group has acquired pixi Software GmbH, a Germany-based provider of technology solutions for e-commerce order fulfilment and warehouse management.
     
    For over 10 years, pixi has helped its customers automate e-commerce processes originating from online orders, and is currently integrated with hundreds of e-commerce sites in Europe. The company’s customers include both small-to-medium sized businesses and larger retailers looking to enhance their online presence to meet the need for omni-channel deliveries. pixi’s platform collects order information from an e-commerce webfront, translates that into a scanner-driven pick and pack process within the warehouse, initiates the shipment to the customer, and synchronizes all of this information with the customer’s financial system for invoicing and shipment tracking, said the release.
     

  • 27 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Air Canada Notice - Customs Requirements For Shipments To Turkey Effective June 1
    source: CIFFA
     
    The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Customs and Trade requires that all shipments tendered to Air Canada Cargo destined to or transiting via Turkey (IST) must be reported down to the House Air Waybill (HAWB) level. This applies to simple master air waybills, consolidation master air waybills and each HAWB, and each consignee. Non-compliance: Air Canada Cargo will not be able to move shipments until the required information has been prepared.
     
    Important: Turkish Republic Tax Identity Number (TR Identity Number) 
     
    All air waybills destined to Turkey must contain the consignee's Turkish Republic Tax Identity Number (TR Identity Number) as well as the HCC (Harmonized Commodity Code). 
     
     
     
    US Freight Industry Coalition Whistles Up New Plan To Use More Air Cargo Sniffer Dogs
    source: CIFFA
     
    The US Airforwarders Association (AfA) is taking the lead in a push to use more sniffer dogs to secure air cargo supply chains. The AfA is talking with a variety of players to establish an interest group to lobby US policymakers to permit canines from private providers to screen air cargo. The US Transportation Security Agency (TSA) had allocated some sniffer dogs to air cargo, but over time they have been shifted to passenger terminals, a trend probably accelerated by recent incidents, noted AfA executive director Brandon Fried. 
     
     
     
    AAWW pilots protest over ploy to 'drive down standards' amid contract row
    source: Shippingazette
     
    PILOTS have held a protest in New York outside the annual shareholder meeting of parent company, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc (AAWW).
     
    Atlas Air and Southern Air pilots lined up to picket on the Avenue of the Americas in midtown Manhattan, to call on Atlas Air and AAWW executives to stop driving down standards for pilots throughout the cargo industry, reported Aviation Tribune of Benalmadena Malaga, Spain.
     
    "We need Atlas to stop playing games and get serious about working with us to come to a fair contract agreement that ensures we can safely and efficiently meet the demands of clients like DHL and Amazon," said Atlas Air pilot Mike Griffith.
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Tankers and the new Panama Canal
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Erik Broekhuizen from Poten & Partners wonders whether an expanded Central American waterway bears any significance for the oil and gas trades.
     
    The original Panama Canal, a 48-mile ship canal located in the Republic of Panama, was opened in 1914 and connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the first year of operation some 1,000 vessels transited the interoceanic waterway. By 2015, total annual traffic reached 12,330 transits and the canal generated almost $2bn in toll revenues. Originally, the dry and liquid bulk shipping segments generated most of the canal’s revenues, but gradually container vessels became its heaviest users. Due to the growing size of these vessels, the Panama Canal Authority decided to create a new lane of traffic and construct a new set of bigger locks. This will be the third set of locks and the chambers are 180 ft wide, 1,400 ft long and 60 ft deep, which will allow the transit of much larger ships. Work on these expanded locks started in 2007.
     
    On June 26, 2016 the new, expanded locks will open for business. On April 29, the Panama Canal Authority held a draw among its top 15 customers to choose the first commercial vessel transit on June 26. Interested parties were required to indicate the name, type and dimensions of the Neopanamax vessel that they plan to deploy on inauguration day. Only one neopanamax vessel in the southbound direction (from the Atlantic to the Pacific) will be allowed to transit the expanded canal for its inauguration during daylight hours. Regular commercial transits through the expanded canal will commence on June 27.
     
     
     
    TransNav: Due diligence on bunker suppliers more important than ever
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Singapore: All shipowners need to be especially careful carrying out due diligence on bunker suppliers, warns one tanker owner in today’s regular Friday shipowner profile on Maritime CEO.
     
    Morten Olsen Vind is the vice president at Singapore tanker player TransNav Shipping. He tells Maritime CEO: “One major concern we are having these days, and I do not believe this is only TransNav as it affects the shipowning and managing community worldwide, is the increasing need to very carefully perform due diligence on our bunker suppliers. Some suppliers are massively exposed due to many market-suffering owners in the bulk, offshore, and the container sectors. In cases where bunker companies default, the result can be a second bill for bunkers to the actual suppliers.”
     
     
     
    Clarification: IMO box weight rule not to be 'fully enforced' for 3 months
    source: Shippingazette
     
    OUR report about the International Maritime Organisation calling on governments to offer a three-month period of grace was misstated as a lack of enforcement until October. This is not so.
     
    Instead, what is called for is a lack of full enforcement for the period in which corrective measures undertaken by authorities will not likely involve preventing containerised cargo from loading.
     
     

    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    CBSA Today: Commercial News for Stakeholders Bulletin - Spring 2016
    source: CIFFA
     
    In this issue updates on CBSA commercial and trade initiatives, both on the domestic and international fronts.
     
    Important Changes to the Collection of Commercial Revenue
    Update on eManifest
    CBSA Commercial Policy Review
    Post-Export Compliance Verification: Chapter 93
    Ruling Database Assists Importing Community
    CBSA International Engagement Strengthens Canada's Economic Competitiveness
    Strengthening the Canada-Mexico Customs Relationship
    Commercial and Trade Information at Your Fingertips
    CBSA.gc.ca is moving to Canada.ca
    Email Transformation and the CBSA's Commercial Stakeholders
     
    Download it here or read it online here
     
     
    Emergency Response Assistance Canada, Canadian Pacific conduct training exercise
    source: CanadianShipper 
     
    EDMONTON, Alta.–Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC), in conjunction with Canadian Pacific (CP), have been conducting emergency exercises as part of ongoing ERAC responder training in the event of an incident involving a rail car carrying flammable liquids or gas.
     
    ERAC Response Teams, Technical Advisors and Remedial Measures Advisors from across Alberta participated in the exercise involving three simultaneous controlled transfers of flammable product from rail cars.
     
    “Rail incidents involving flammable liquids and gases, although very rare, can happen at any time and any place. If they do, Emergency Response Assistance Canada is capable of responding with highly-trained and experienced responders,” said Spencer Buckland, ERAC President. “Controlled transfer exercises provide our responders with critical experience to ensure they are ready to act when an incident occurs.”
     

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    French transport grinds to halt as unions cut of fuel over labour reforms
    source: Shippingazette
     
    FRANCE is facing a transport meltdown as a tense standoff between unions and the government over labour reforms saw oil refineries blocked and a fifth of its fuel pumps run dry, reports London's Daily Telegraph. 
     
    The fuel crisis in France shows no sign of easing on with most of the country now affected by shortages, reports Local.fr. 
     
    Despite the re-opening of a second big depot that had been picketed by protesters, more French service stations are running out of fuel while six of France's eight refineries have stopped production or are only partly open because of striking workers.
     
    Patrice Schneider, managing director of UK-based Birds Transport & Logistics, told Lloyd's Loading List: "We have had issues all week with drivers struggling to find diesel, especially in services catering for trucks and accepting the fuel cards used by hauliers.
     
     
     
    Global transport ministers release declaration on green and inclusive transport
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    LEIPZIG, Ger.–The Council of Ministers of Transport at the 2016 Summit of the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, officially released their declaration on green and inclusive transport May 19.
     
    Transport that is environmentally responsible, inclusive, efficient and economically sustainable will be central to implementing the commitments made at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015 and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the ministers said.
     

  • 26 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Biggest plane in the world thronged by thousands on arrival in Perth
    source: Shippingazette
     
    A 117 TON generator aboard an Antonov-225 has landed for the first time in Australia thronged by thousands of onlookers in Perth.
     
    "The excitement was great, there were high expectations", said Ron Koehler, CEO of Schenker Australia Pty Ltd. 
     
    "To organise air freight in an Antonov 225 is an absolute highlight. The cooperation between our experts in Adelaide and Perth with Czech colleagues went smoothly," he said.
     
    Karpeles Flight Services, a specialist unit of DB Logistics subsidiary DB Schenker were responsible for the around the world trip.
     
    The transport of the generator started on May 10 in the city of Pilsen (Czech Republic), from where it was brought overnight by a special multiple-axles truck to Prague. 
     
     
     
    American Airlines, LATAM File For Joint Venture Antitrust Immunity
    source: CIFFA 
     
    The cargo operations of American Airlines and LATAM could soon be integrated into the airlines' "metal neutral" alliance, which allows both carriers to book passengers, and potentially freight on the same route and share the revenues regardless of the operator for each flight. Under the terms submitted on May 16 to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) by the two airlines, the carriers would use each other's fleets and facilities to move freight along select routes. This development sets in motion, "the first broadly immunized joint business operating between North and South America." Once enacted, the two airlines anticipate a reduction in fares of up to 28 percent on connecting itineraries, according to documents submitted in the filing. (Excerpted from Air Cargo News)
     
     
    Air Traffic Controllers in France to Strike May 26 and Additional Days in June
    source: CIFFA
     
    French air traffic controllers (ATCs) are scheduled to strike again Thursday, May 26. Airlines for Europe (A4E) said in a statement that the air traffic controllers will work on reduced capacity for at least 24 hours starting Thursday morning. They (A4E) also said that there are further strikes scheduled from June 3-5 and again on June 14. The latest ATC strikes in Greece, Italy, Belgium and France in March, April and May have caused more than 2,500 cancellations among A4E members and more than one million minutes of delay (more than 16,000 hours) across all airlines operating in European airspace.


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    CMA CGM announces new Westbound call at Port Kelang on REX 2
    Source: AJOT 
     
    CMA CGM announced the introduction of a new Westbound call at Port Kelang on its REX 2 service connecting Asia with Red Sea.
     
    To maintain and upgrade its service quality, CMA CGM has decided to replace REX2 W’B Singapore call by Port Kelang. This new routing grants the full coverage and transit time improvements through our advanced Feeder network in Asia.
     
    As from m/v E.R TIANSHAN voy. 125REW, expected to call at Port Kelang on June 16th, 2016, all Southeast Asia cargo will be routed via Port Kelang instead of Singapore, new REX 2 rotation being as follows:
     
    Shanghai - Ningbo - Kaohsiung - Shekou - Port Kelang - Jeddah - Ain Sukhna - Aqaba - Jeddah - Djibouti - Port Kelang - Singapore - Shanghai

     
    Importers Also Feel the Impact of the VGM Rule
    source: American Shipper
     
    The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) July 1 deadline for ocean carriers to collect the certified weight of each container prior to loading is directed at exporters, but importers are indirectly affected too.
     
    Importers have a stake in the developments because they need their overseas suppliers – who are exporters – to provide the data so their goods get on the vessel and to stores as scheduled.
     
     Many retailers and manufacturers are checking with their vendors to make sure they are as ready as possible.
     
    In an interview at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Supply Chain Summit, Jon Gold, vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation, complained that carriers have not made clear exactly how shippers are supposed to provide the verified gross mass (VGM) data they seek.
     
     
     
    Marine insurer fears VGM rule will bring short-term pain to supply chain
    source: Shippingazette
     
    SHIPPING and logistics companies as well as shippers will not be ready for the verification of the gross mass (VGM) of packed containers, and this will likely affect the cargo insurance sector, said the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI).
     
    "Issues include increases in risk exposure due to disturbances in the supply chain, unweighed containers being refused on board with delays for perishables or time-sensitive cargoes and the consequent accumulation risk associated with more containers languishing in ports," said the IUMI press release. 
     

     
    Port strike adds to French transport woes
    source: Lloyd'sLoadingList
     
    A two-day port strike in France starting today is adding to the difficulties faced by the freight transport sector, which is already having to cope with fuel shortages due to industrial action at distribution depots and oil refineries.
     
    At the Port of Marseille, a strike by dockworkers has led to a total shutdown in activity, including at the major container terminal of Fos, and the stoppage is expected to continue tomorrow as well. Five containerships bound for Marseille have modified their itinerary, a spokesperson for the Mediterranean port confirmed.
     
    While Lloyd’s Loading List has been unable to obtain confirmation, it appears to be a similar situation at France’s other main container gateway, Le Havre, where last week 70 port calls were impacted by strike action.  
     
    At time of writing, no one at either Maersk or CMA CGM was available to comment on how its schedules were being impacted by the French ports strike. 
     

     
    MSC rationalises Americas services
    source: Lloyds Loading List
     
    MSC is to combine its Europe-North America and North America-west coast South America services into a single service.
     
    The  SAWC-USA-NWC consolidates the US east coast to South America west coast and northern Europe to South America west coast services and will launch when the 8,800 teu MSC Brunellasails from Rotterdam on June 14.  

    Read more here. 

     

    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    India could force Apple to alter supply chains for greater market share
     
    source: The Loadstar
    A new Indian regulation could have an interesting impact on Apple’s supply chain. For the hi-tech behemoth to open its own shops in India, it must source at least 30% of its components locally. As we all know, most of its products are made in China – or other Foxconn locations – and it would not be able to meet the Indian rule, just ratified by the finance minister. Apple has a relatively small market share in India, where less expensive devices are more popular, but the Californian company is eyeing growth there.  

    Read more here. 


     
    World better to forget oil at $100 a barrel, says Norway
    source: The Loadstar
     
    Oil prices are on the increase again, and pretty quickly too, leading some to wonder what will happen to carriers that have managed to overcome overcapacity woes via cheap fuel. What will happen to those balance sheets once fuel returns to the levels of a few years ago? In this fascinating Bloomberg interview, Norway’s petroleum and energy minister, Tord Lien, says it is unlikely and takes the unusual position – for a country dependent on hydrocarbon prices – that it shouldn’t happen.  

    Read more here.  

  • 25 May 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    China approves CMA CGM acquisition of NOL
    source: Lloyds Loading List
     
    Container shipping group CMA CGM today received confirmation that its pending acquisition of south-east Asia’s largest container shipping company, Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), has been cleared by the Anti-monopoly Bureau of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), with a binding offer expected by 2 June.  

    Read more here.  

     
    MSC Adds Osaka and Tokyo (Japan) To/From Canada
    source: CIFFA
     
    MSC (Canada) Inc. announced on Tuesday two new additions to the Origami Express, Osaka and Tokyo both in  
    Japan. Please see below the details of transit times from Canadian ports of load.
     
    FROM/TO:                    Via Transshipment     OSAKA             TOKYO 
    MONTREAL                  Antwerp/Ningbo            46                     47 
    PRINCE RUPERT         Ningbo                          28                     29
    VANCOUVER                Ningbo                          29                     30
    SAINT JOHN                 Freeport/Ningbo            50                     51
     
    (Export Transit Times in Days)
     
    For further information contact your local Sales team by phone at 1-800-634-3711 or email at canadarates@msc.com 
     
     
    Dockworkers Plan 48 Hour Strike In Greece Starting May 26
    source: CIFFA
     
    Dockworkers from Piraeus and Thessaloniki in Greece are planning 48 hour rolling strikes starting at 06:00 local time on  
    26 May. The strike action will impact porters, stevedores, cranes, gantry cranes, forklifts and the shuttle bus service  
    into the port. They are protesting against the Greek Government's privatisation of Piraeus and Thessaloniki's ports.
     
     
    IMO calls on member states to delay enforcement of VGM rule for 3 months
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has called for a three-month delay in implementing its July 1 rule that no container be loaded aboard ship without its weight being verified.
     
    The safety rule has triggered fears of widespread backups, reports the Wall Street Journal. Now the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee is urging member state governments to postpone enforcement of the rule until October 1
     
    Freight insurer TT Club urges governments to engage with industry to assist it with compliance.
     
    The circular will urge "practical and pragmatic" enforcement of VGM (verified gross mass) over the first three-month settling-in period.
     
    This has partly to do with problems with transshipment containers but also recognises teething problems in documenting, communicating and sharing VGM information. 
     
    "Like many others in the industry, we have been disturbed by the apparent confusion over how shippers will comply," said TT Club risk management director Peregrine Storrs-Fox. 
     


    GROUND AND RAIL


    Hauliers report further French fuel concerns
    source: Lloyds Loading List
     
    Despite the re-opening of a second major distribution depot that had been picketed by protesters, and assurances from the government that the country has reserve supplies in hand, more and more French service stations are reported to be running out of fuel while six of France's eight refineries have either stopped production or are operating partially because of striking workers.  

    Read more here
     
     
    Rail freight still losing market share in Europe
    source: RailJournal
     
    Rail freight still losing market share in Europe
    THE European Court of Auditors says rail's market share of European Union (EU) freight has fallen since 2011 despite the EU contributing €28bn to rail projects between 2007 and 2013 and a concerted effort since 1992 to encourage a shift of freight from road to rail.
     
    The auditors reviewed the performance of EU rail freight since 2000 and visited the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France and Poland between mid-2014 and mid-2015.
    The auditors found rail's overall performance "remains unsatisfactory" with the average speed of freight trains very low and averaging only around 18km/h on many international routes. They also discovered that many shippers prefer road transport to rail. However, the auditors did note that some countries, such as Austria, Germany and Sweden, have managed to achieve better results than the EU as a whole.
     
    "A single European railway area is still a long way from being achieved," the auditors say. "The EU rail network by and large remains a system of separate national networks, with various national authorities and very different rules governing path allocation, management and pricing.
     
     


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    Is poor sourcing to blame for recent retail bankruptcies?
    source: The Loadstar
     
    Magnificent op-ed from the publisher of Sourcing Journal, a US publication for the fashion and apparel industry, on how rigid supply chains and set-in-stone sourcing policies and arrangements have led to many traditional clothing retailers being unable to compete with fast fashion houses such as Zara, resulting in some catastrophic financial losses.
     

  • 24 May 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Transport Canada Publishes SOLAS Requirements of VGM of Packed Containers
    source: CIFFA
     
    Transport Canada has announced the release of its Ship Safety Bulletin RDIMS No.: 11733860.
     
    To help shippers comply with these new requirements, Transport Canada, Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS), in consultation with Measurement Canada, various stakeholder's groups and associations, has developed and published the final version of the Canadian Procedure for Obtaining the Verified Gross Mass of Packed Containers as Required bySolas VI/2 (TP 15330E).  
     
    As a reminder the new requirements become effective July 1, 2016. This is the final version of the Transport Canada document that was reviewed in the recent CIFFA workshops held in Montreal and Toronto. 
     
    In addition the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Monday published guidance on the requirements, specifically for transhipped containers prior to the July 1, 2016 implementation date. The notice is published further below under Ocean Updates.
     
     
    IMO Advice Regarding VGM of Packed Containers and Transshipments
    source: CIFFA
     
    The following notice was issued by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Monday and will be of interest to members.
     
    "An MSC circular on Advice to Administrations, port State control authorities, companies, port terminals and masters regarding the SOLAS requirements for verified gross mass of packed containers has been agreed by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), following discussion on the pending entry into force of the requirements in SOLAS regulations VI/2.4 to VI/2/6 on the verification of the gross mass of packed containers on 1 July 2016. 
     
    Concerns were noted with regards to the application of the requirements to a container which was loaded before 1 July 2016 and then transhipped. The Committee, meeting for its 96th session (11-20 May), also noted delegations' comments that, in the first few months after 1 July 2016, some leeway should be provided in order for any problems resulting from software updates, required for the electronic collection and transmittal of verified gross mass data, to be rectified without causing delays to containers being loaded. 
     
    In this context, the MSC agreed that while there should be no delay in the implementation of the SOLAS requirements, it would be beneficial if Administrations and port State control authorities could take a "practical and pragmatic approach" when enforcing them, for a period of three months immediately following 1 July 2016. This would help ensure that containers that are loaded before 1 July 2016, but transhipped on or after 1 July 2016, reach their final port of discharge without a verified gross mass and it would provide flexibility, for three months immediately after 1 July 2016, to all the stakeholders in containerized transport to refine, if necessary, procedures (e.g. updated software) for documenting, communicating and sharing electronic verified gross mass data. 
     
    Notwithstanding the above, the MSC emphasized that the stability and safe operation of ships, including the safe packing, handling and transport of containers, is not limited to the provision and use of VGM information and is also covered by a number of SOLAS regulations, including SOLAS regulations VI/2.1, VI/2.2 and VI/2.3, and other IMO instruments, amongst others. MSC.1/Circ.1548 will shortly be available to download from the IMO website."
     
     
    Le Havre Braced For Fresh Strike Action
    source: CIFFA
     
    France's biggest container port Le Havre is bracing itself for fresh strike action later this week following several days of disruptions last week as port workers and other transport workers in France continue their protests against new labour legislation. Last week, a three-day strike affected 70 calls at Le Havre, roughly the normal volume of traffic handled over such a period. The majority of these calls were postponed rather than cancelled, the port operator said, with the port operating normally since last Friday. "We are awaiting confirmation later today that a 24-hour strike will go ahead this Thursday (26 May)," a spokesperson for the Le Havre Port Authority (GPMH) said. Meanwhile, France's biggest transport and logistics trade federation, Transport and Logistique de France (TLF), said prolonged industrial action, which continues to target blocking access to French ports, fuel depots and oil refineries, had already cost the sector "several millions of euros". (Excerpted from Lloyds Loading List)
     
     
    The Pros and Cons of Low Freight Rates
    source: Lloyds’ Loading List
     
    Shippers and logistics providers are ‘paying’ for the current unsustainably low container prices on major trades by having to adjust to lower service levels and reliability, according to some senior forwarding executives, although carriers can’t afford to let service levels slip too much for fear of losing business.  

    Read more here


    GROUND AND RAIL


    '3D printing will disrupt trucking, shipping and delivery industries'
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    Although its methodology remains untested, new figures from one survey suggest that “3D printing could threaten 41% of air cargo, 37% of ocean container and 25% of trucking business”, as there is just less need for the transporting of finished or semi-finished goods around the world, other than the composite material that 3D printing uses. The long-term implications however, are about far more than the mere transport of stuff, as this long article from Trucks.com shows – for example, who knew that Amazon now has patents filed for mobile 3D printers housed in its delivery vehicles?
     
     


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

     
    CBP - Updated ACE Development/Deployment Schedule Now Available
    source: CIFFA
     
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted an updated version of the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Development and Deployment Schedule, which also contains a list of changes made with this update. The ACE Development and Deployment Schedule provides details on when upcoming capabilities will be developed and deployed in ACE.

    To download the document click here
     
     
    Vietnam is Globalisation’s Last Big Fan
    source: The Loadstar
     
    Leaving aside the less-headliney fact that there are probably a host of other developing countries that would love to welcome the sort of foreign direct investment (FDI) levels that Vietnam has seen over the past couple of years, there’s little doubt that Vietnam has been the major beneficiary of the recent decline in Chinese manufacturing.  

    Read more here
     
     
    E-Commerce Shippers Choose 3PLs On Price Alone, But are Warned ‘You Get What You Pay For’
    source: The Loadstar
     
    Cost is the sole factor when the majority of UK e-commerce retailers appoint a logistics partner, according to a new survey conducted by 3PL DK Fulfilment.
    And DKF executives also argue that failure to consider aspects such as service quality means many are likely to be disappointed with their 3PLs.  

    Read more here
     
     
    Container shipping: would a freight exchange drive rate volatility out of the system?
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    Each week the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI), along with other index providers and rate benchmarking platforms, provides market participants with rate transparency covering both spot and contracted rates in the ocean container freight market. 
     
    The SCFI is well established and is regularly quoted in the financial results of carriers as a bellwether to the market’s health.
     

  • 20 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    AC Cargo Notice - Effective Immediately Security Screening for Shipments from Canada to India
    source: CIFFA
     
    Air Canada Cargo has advised that Transport Canada requires that all shipments on flights from Canada to India be security screened by the carrier, regardless of the security status of the shipper or forwarder. To comply with these requirements, shipper loaded units cannot be accepted for carriage to India, since the contents must be screened at the piece level. Security screening is subject to additional fees. Contact your Air Canada Cargo representative for further information.
     
     
    Atlas, Southern and Polar pilots vote to authorise strike action
    source: AirCargoNews
     
    Pilots working for Atlas Air, Southern Air, Polar Air, ABX and Kalitta have voted in favour of authorising their unions to call strike action.
     
    Nearly 2,000 pilots, representing 93% of union members, at the five US cargo carriers voted online through anonymous balloting in April and May, with 99% of voters giving the go-ahead to take strike action if necessary.
     
    The vote to authorise strike action does not necessarily mean industrial action will take place, but can be seen as a useful agreement to have in place while negotiations are ongoing.
     
    The Teamsters union claimed that the five carriers account for approximately 70% of DHL’s total flying worldwide, while it could also have an impact on Amazon, which will lease aircraft from ATSG and Atlas.
     
    “This is truly an unprecedented situation where pilots across five different companies are standing up together to send a message that we refuse to be treated below industry standards,” said Captain Mike Griffith, an Atlas pilot.
     
    “By calling this strike vote, we are telling our respective companies – and DHL – that they need to listen to the pilots who keep them flying and help build their millions in profits.”
     
    In response, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, which owns or has stakes in Atlas, Southern and Polar, said the unions had no right to call a strike.
     
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Port of Calais Operating Normally Despite Strike Threat
    source: CIFFA
     
    Threatened industrial action aimed at blocking the Port of Calais Thursday failed to materialize, with the French Channel port's operator confirming that activity was normal at the time as of 11.00 UTC. French transport workers are staging strikes across the country this week in protest to new labour legislation and working conditions. Lorry drivers have been at the forefront of the action in several regions of France, setting up roadblocks and filtering traffic near strategic locations such as ports and oil refineries. Railway workers at state-owned SNCF began a 48-hour stoppage on Wednesday. A spokesman for its rail freight unit, Fret SNCF, declined to comment on the extent of the disruption to its schedules but did reveal that 25% of freight train drivers had been on strike yesterday. (Lloyds Loading List)
     
     
    Hong Kong Marine Department sets strict VGM box weigh-in rules for July 1
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE Hong Kong Marine Department has set strict rules to enforce the requirement of the UN's mandatory verification of the gross mass of a container prior to loading on the vessels in Hong Kong from July 1.
     
    Unlike other strictures that leave wiggle room by allowing what amounts to a declaration of weight, the Hong Kong rules require scales and operators of scales to be numbered and registered with the Marine Department.
     
    The Marine Department authorises two methods under the "Guidelines on the Verification of Gross Mass of a Container with Cargo Packed in Hong Kong".
     
    "For a container weighed by the approved weighing scale, the shipper requires to have a weighing document showing the weighing scale's authorisation number, the name of weighing scale operator, the date of weighing, the container number and the seal number with signature of the weighing scale operating staff and company stamp. The sample of weighing document is available here," said the Marine Department website.
     
    "For any local weighing scale operator who is interested in getting the authorisation, please click here for the procedures of application. The approved weighing scale operator has to schedule an annual calibration within 12 months of the previous calibration. The calibration proof shall be issued by Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical or Marine and Naval Architecture discipline)," the website said.
     
     
     
    With cargo still under pressure, Cathay Pacific chief demands spending cuts
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    Cathay Pacific, which next week will receive its first A350-900, is looking to cut costs in all departments as revenues come under growing pressure – despite an April revival in cargo.
     
    Chief executive Ivan Chu told staff last week that “business challenges have become more acute in recent weeks, with continued pressure on the cargo side being compounded by a weakening trend in the passenger business”.
     
    Blaming a tourist slump in Hong Kong, combined with tough competition and a weak global economy, he said: “Over the past couple of months we have seen load factors in decline, with yield coming under ever-increasing pressure.”
     
     
     
    MOL, NYK, “K” Line, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming ink “The Alliance”
    source: AJOT 
     
    Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL, President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda), Nippon Yusen Kaisha, “K” Line, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming have agreed to create a new alliance covering all East-West trade lanes namely, Asia-Europe / Mediterranean, Asia-North America West Coast, Asia-North America East Coast, Transatlantic and Asia-Middle East / Persian Gulf / Red Sea. A binding agreement has been concluded by all partners and “THE Alliance” is scheduled to begin operation in April 2017 subject to approval of all relevant regulatory authorities. The initial term of the cooperation will be five years.
     
    The new partnership will build one of the leading networks in the container shipping industry combining approximately 3.5 million TEU or 18% share of the global container fleet capacity. All six partners operate advanced and competitive fleets with more than 620 ships in total. This will become the basis of a dedicated fleet deployed into the groups’ future service portfolio. Clients will be able to enjoy an outstanding product characterized by fast transit times, high frequency sailings and expansive port coverage.
     
     


    GROUND AND RAIL

    CN Intermodal Gate Hours For U.S. Memorial Day, May 30th, 2016 Now Available
    source: CIFFA
     
    Please refer to the following link to access the list of Intermodal Gate hours for Memorial Day, May 30th, 2016. Memorial Day Intermodal Gate Hours.  


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES


    Bright future predicted for offshore wind sector
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    A recently published report out by the OECD looks at the ocean economy in 2030. Among the biggest winners in terms of new job creation is anticipated to be the offshore wind sector.
     
    The report also warns that regulation and governance will struggle to keep up with changes in world trade.
     
    “The world is increasingly multipolar and is experiencing growing difficulty in forging international consensus on global and regional issues key to the ocean environment and ocean industries,” the report noted.
     

  • 19 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Hong Kong Airlines to launch first daily flight to New Zealand
    source: Shippingazette
     
    HONG KONG Airlines will launch its first daily direct service to Auckland on November 10, deploying an Airbus A332 aircraft on the route.
     
    "With the success of our service to Australia earlier this year, Hong Kong Airlines is delighted to announce this second long haul service," said chief commercial officer Li Dianchun. 
     
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Germany's Hapag-Lloyd in merger talks with United Arab Shipping Company
    source: Shippingazette
     
    GERMANY's Hapag-Lloyd is in talks to merge with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), representing the latest move in container shipping corporate consolidation, Reuters reports.
     
    Hapag-Lloyd gave no details on the talks, saying there was no certainty of a deal, though a successful merger would create a group with an estimated enterprise value in the region of EUR8 billion (US$9 billion).
     
    Kuwait-based UASC, owned by Gulf Arab states with Qatar holding the majority stake, was not available for comment. 
     
    "There is so much price pressure that all shipping groups are looking for mergers and this one won't be the last,?a transport banking source told Reuters. 
     
    "Hapag in particular had to look for a partner as it was left out of recent tie-ups and alliance regroupings. It was at risk of becoming a sub-scale player lacking the full range of destinations," said the banker. 
     
    However, a shipping industry source said it is unclear whether there would be sufficient benefit to UASC. 
     
    Read more here

     


    GROUND AND RAIL


    Portland boss sees trucking to port as cheap as shipping with today's low oil
    source: Shippingazette
     
    LOW oil prices has made the Port of Portland, Oregon, less economically viable for container shipping, said port boss Bill Wyatt.
     
    Low oil prices has caused trucking rates to drop well below expected levels, making direct container service to the Puget Sound region less competitive, he told the Portland Business Journal.
     
    "Trucking up to Puget Sound is a lot less expensive than people thought it was going to be a year and a half ago. Freight rates are very cheap right now, " he said.
     
    "I don't expect to see any new carriers here for a while," he said. "With the cost of oil where it is."
     
    Korean ocean carrier Hanjin Shipping in February 2015 stopped calling the Port of Portland from China and now calls at Prince Rupert, British Columbia; Seattle, Vancouver, British Columbia.
     
    Then Hapag-Lloyd of Germany pulled out of Portland on its Med Pacific Service (MPS), which connects the region with the Mediterranean, stopping in Central America and the north coast South America along the way. 
     
     
     
    Denmark to build fixed link underground tunnel to Germany
    source: CanadianShipper 
     
    LEIPZIG, Ger.—Denmark’s Minister for Transport and Building, Hans Christian Schmidt, announced that Denmark will construct an 18 km long fixed link, an immersed tunnel, to Germany. The tunnel is expected to be the world’s longest of its type and the biggest construction project in the history of Denmark. It will reduce the travel distance to Germany by some 160 km. It will be financed by Denmark’s ‘State Guarantee Model’.
     
    Schmidt spoke of the project at the opening plenary session of the 2016 International Transport Forum summit, held in Leipzig, Germany.
     
    Denmark holds the 2016 Presidency of the ITF summit and hosted a reception May 18 to welcome ministers, journalists and industry attendees.
     
     
     
    Rail freight volume staying down, Union Pacific says
    source: Omaha
     
    Union Pacific said Tuesday that it expects second-quarter freight volume to fall from a year earlier by a percentage that is in the low teens.
     
    The Omaha-based employer of 8,000 Nebraskans said that so far in second quarter, volume is down 14 percent. U.P., the nation’s second-largest railroad by ton-miles, made the forecast at a conference in Boston. It predicted freight volume for 2016 would be down by a percentage in the mid-single digits.
     
     


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    International Transport Forum releases study on commercial transport apps
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    LEIPZIG, Ger.—The International Transport Forum has released findings from its study on commercial transport apps. The ITF’s Corporate Partnership Board presented the findings at a press conference the morning of May 18 at the ITF annual summit.
     
    José Viegas, Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum at the OECD, said there were many relevant questions to consider but that the report “doesn’t try to be a catalogue of ready-made measures for the governments” of the ITF’s 57 member countries.
     
    Four principles emerged from the report that “should inform thinking around regulatory reform” of for-hire transport.
     
    1)      Policy should enable innovations that contribute to policy objectives such as equitable access, safety and sustainability.
     
    2)      The regulatory framework should be kept simple and uniform.
     
    3)      Regulation approaches should be innovative and flexible.
     
    4)      Perhaps the “biggest” outcome of the report, according to its author, Philippe Crist, a Transport Analyst at the ITF, is that there is a tremendous amount of data to be mined from app-based use of transport and that data-led regulation can improve benefits for all.
     
     
     
    Mass lay-offs loom in South Korea as corporate revamp starts
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    It’s been like a game of massive macroeconomic chicken: who will blink first, the Chinese government or the state-owned South Korean banks? The story in shipping for the past decade is that there have been too many ships; and that’s because ship prices were exceptionally low, and that’s because there were too many shipyards; and there were too many shipyards because the Chinese have been producing far too much steel, so that has been ultra-cheap as well. The national and provincial Chinese authorities allowed this to happen because they needed to fill jobs. Unfortunately, as South Korea’s shipping and shipbuilding sectors now teeter on wide-scale bankruptcy, it would appear those jobs were originally held by the workers in Okpo, Masan, Ulsan and other places along the country’s heavily industrialised southern coast.
     

  • 18 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

    Air France - KLM Cargo Introduces "E-Quote"
    source: CIFFA ebulletin
     
    Air France - KLM Cargo has announced they have a new process for Quoting called "E-quote"!
    Please visit the website http://afklcargo.com/WW/en/local/homepage/homepage.jsp and go to "Get a quote ". After customers create an account, they receive an email asking to verify their email address, then click on the link to confirm and then are ready to submit quotes online! For questions or additional information, contact the Customer Service Team at 1-888 OK AF KLM (652-3556).
     


    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES

    China to Conduct Random Inspections on Export Containers
    source: BIFA
     
    From 1 July, as part of its enforcement of new container-weighing requirements, China will conduct random inspections on export containers at the country’s ports according to long-awaited industry guidelines issued by the Ministry of Transport.
     
    In a consultation paper sent to all agencies of the Transport Ministry, the guidelines stated that vessels and terminals could not load a container for which the verified gross mass, or VGM, had not been received.  Read more here.  
     
     
    Regulators downplay ‘tolerance’ in new SOLAS rules
    source: Lloyds Loading List
     
    Despite reports about ‘tolerance’ regarding the new SOLAS container-weighing rules that come into effect globally on 1 July, there is little room for manoeuvre for most shippers – at least in the UK.
     
    Keith Bradley, technical advisor at UK regulator the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), told a packed seminar room at the Multimodal 2016 event last week that after 1 July, the only containers that would have the flexibility to be treated under the old rules allowing shippers to estimate container weights were those already at sea on 1 July and requiring transhipment.  Read more here.  

     
    UASC seeks approval for possible ‘business combination’ with Hapag-Lloyd
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Shareholders in United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) will vote soon to approve a “business combination” agreement with Germany-based container line Hapag-Lloyd.

    The nature of such a combination has not yet been disclosed, but it could potentially include a merger. On April 21, the two lines said their merger discussions are based on a relative valuation of the two businesses at 72% for Hapag-Lloyd and 28% for UASC. Read more here
     
     
    Hyundai Merchant Marine may offer debt-for-equity swap in charter rate negotiations
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) must renegotiate a 28.4% cut in charter rates before May 20 or will likely enter court receivership, and could offer equity to its counterparties to sweeten the deal.
     
    Five unnamed shipowners from whom HMM has chartered vessels will visit South Korea today to wrap up discussions over the charter rates the company is paying, according to reports from the Korea Times.  Read more here. 
     


    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNMENT UPDATES

    Thieves 3D-print keys and locks to bypass container security
    source: The Loadstar
     
    Hot on the heels of yesterday’s news that cargo crime in the EMEA region rose 115% in the first quarter, comes an article which shows how it happened – and how 3D printing could have a negative impact on supply chains in more ways than one.

    Thieves are using 3D printers to manufacture copies of high-security cargo seals, which they then put onto the outside of already-emptied containers. And since someone posted CAD master files online, showing how anyone with a 3D printer can open a TSA-approved lock, the threat of theft has worsened. Read more here

  • 17 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Neutral Air Partner aims to revive specialisation and expertise in the air freight sector
    source: TheLoadStar
     
    Neutral Air Partner is forming a group of specialists from all parties – except the end-user.
     
    “We believe that since the word ‘logistics’ became trendy, the industry has lost its identity as far as specialisation and industry expertise is concerned,” CEO and founder Christos Spyrou told The Loadstar.
     
    “We want to create a powerful grouping of leading and independent advanced air cargo specialists, each defined and selected by industry specialisation – airlines, tradelanes, commodity, etc.”
     
    For $500 a year, the network’s SAFE scheme offers member financial protection, which includes bankruptcy or bad debt by other members.
     

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    ‘Too many cooks’: Drewry’s verdict on THE Alliance
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Shipping consultant Drewry has echoed comments made by other analysts on the potentially unwieldy nature of containershipping’s new grouping, THE Alliance.
     
    THE Alliance was announced last Friday and comprises six carriers: Hanjin Shipping, Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, NYK and Yang Ming. It will start in April next year.
     
    Drewry described the members of the new grouping as “orphans” and suggested there might be “too many cooks” involved. Moreover, two other carriers, UASC and HMM, could still join THE Alliance taking the number of parties involved to eight.
     
     
     
    Getting tough over weight at the gate may divert cargo, says exporter
    source: Shippingazette
     
    PORTS that insist on verified gross mass VGM at the gate will likely get the short shrift from exporters like STIHL Inc, maker of chainsaws another hand-held construction equipment, reports American Shipper.
     
    "If there is a port that said, 'We will not accept a box,' we may divert freight away from that port," said STIHL export manager Murray Bishop in a panel discussion at the Virginia Maritime Association's annual conference in Norfolk. 
     
    Mr Bishop's remarks are made in relation to the United Nations' regulation requiring verified container weight before loading by July 1. This is the result of an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention.
     
    STIHL, of Virginia Beach, will only use ports with flexible policies towards meeting new international maritime safety guidelines for carriers to obtain the certified weight of containers prior to vessel loading. 
     
     
     
    CMA CGM to improve its services connecting North Europe with Middle East and Asia
    source:  AJOT
     
    CMA CGM announced the following changes to come on its services connecting North Europe with Asia.
     
    New rotation on FAL 1:
    Starting in Hamburg on May 26th, 2016 with m/v CMA CGM VASCO DE GAMA voy. 087 FLE, FAL 1 will include a new call at Jebel Ali on its rotation, now becoming the only service to offer connections with Middle East Gulf ports as follows….

    Read more here.  


    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNEMENT UPDATES


    Fraser Surrey Docks Victoria Day Gate Closure and Changes to Pre-book Times on the GRS
    source: CIFFA
     
    Please note that Fraser Surrey Docks will not have any gate operations on Monday May 23rd, for the Victoria Day holiday. Regular gate operations will commence on Tuesday May 24th at 8:00 am. Please also note that due to the gate operations closure on Victoria Day, the GRS pre-booking dates will be as follow.
     
    Pre-Booking requests for Tuesday, May 24th will be accepted on Thursday, May 19th between the hours of 11:00 to 13:00
    Pre-Booking requests for Wednesday May 25th will be accepted on Friday, May 20th between the hours of 11:00 to 13:00
     
    Regular pre-booking dates and times will resume on Tuesday, May 24th. If you have any questions or concerns with this notice, please contact the Gate Supervisor atfsdres@fsd.bc.ca or at 604-495-1191.
     
     
    Montreal Port Authority: Another Year of Growth In 2015 And Major Projects In The Works
    source: CIFFA
     
    In 2015, cargo traffic handled at the Port of Montreal rose 5.2% over the previous year to reach 32 million tonnes. This is a record high for the Port of Montreal. Containerized cargo grew 4.1% in 2015. Its volume reached 13.1 million tonnes, or close to 1.5 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). Almost half of the goods that pass through the Port of Montreal are containerized, making it the Port of Montreal's largest sector of operations. Liquid bulk posted an 8% increase, with close to 10 million tonnes handled. This increase can be partly explained by the drop in oil prices, which favoured imports.

    Read more here.

     
    Global Affairs Canada Notice to Exporters Export Controls to Belarus 
    source: CIFFA 
     
    Export and Import Permits Act Serial No. 197 - Date: May 13, 2016
     
    This Notice is to advise exporters that Global Affairs Canada will initiate the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the Area Control List (ACL). 
     
    Background
     
    Pursuant to the Government of Canada's commitment to diplomatic re-engagement with the international community, and in response to recent positive developments in Belarus, Global Affairs Canada will initiate the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the ACL, thereby lifting sanctions that have been in place since December 14, 2006.
     
    This announcement is consistent with actions taken by the United States and the European Union since October 2015. It also reflects Canada's acknowledgment that the Government of Belarus has made progress in key areas in recent months, including the release of political prisoners and conducting a presidential election in October 2015, which demonstrated greater adherence to international norms and was not marked by the levels of violence and intimidation seen in past elections. Canada also recognizes the constructive role played by Belarus in facilitating negotiations toward a ceasefire and peace agreement in Ukraine-the Minsk agreements-in September 2014 and February 2015. 
     
    Administration
     
    This Notice replaces Notice to Exporters No. 148, "Export Controls to Belarus". As the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the ACL may take some time, as an interim measure, and effective immediately, Global Affairs Canada will normally issue permits for the export to Belarus of any goods and technology not specifically listed in the Export Control List (ECL). 
     
    For those goods and technologies that are listed on the ECL, applications for export permits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Further information on how to apply for an export permit may be found at the links below.
     
    Information on how to enrol as a user of the Export Controls On-Line (EXCOL) system may be found at the links below. 
     
    General Information
     
    For further information, exporters may contact:
     
    Export Controls Division (TIE)
    Global Affairs Canada
    125 Sussex Drive
    Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
    Telephone: 613-996-2387
    Facsimile: 613-996-9933
    Email: tie.reception@international.gc.ca 
     
     
    Government of Canada Creates Cape Breton Regional Municipality Foreign Trade Zone Point
    source: CIFFA
     
    Today (May 14), the Honourable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, on behalf of the HonourableNavdeepBains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced that the Government of Canada has created a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

    Read more here

     
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNEMENT UPDATES


    US National Retail Federation calls on Congress to enact trade pact
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE recently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement will have a positive impact on both retailers and American consumers once enacted, according to a new report released by the National Retail Federation.
     
    "This report shows the importance of international trade to the US economy and how TPP creates economic growth and opportunity in the United States," said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay.
     
    "Congress should move quickly to approve this agreement so American workers, consumers and businesses can begin to realise those advantages as soon as possible," he said.
     
    "The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement holds potential for retailers and American families," the report said. 
     
     
     
    US Eases Sanctions on Myanmar in Bid to Promote Growth, Reforms
    source: Nikkei Asian Review
     
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States eased some sanctions on Myanmar on Tuesday to support political reforms and economic growth in the country but retained other measures to discourage human rights abuses and military trade with North Korea, U.S. officials said.
    The moves include easing restrictions on the country's financial institutions, removing seven state-owned companies from the U.S. blacklist and extending a measure allowing shipments to go through ports and airports, the Treasury Department said in a statement.  

    Read more here

  • 16 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES


    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta aims to be major cargo airport
    source: Shippingazette
     
    THE general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Miguel Southwell, has vowed to make his gateway one of America's top five airports for cargo.
     
    Speaking at the recent annual ATL Cargo Awards co-hosted with the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), MrSouthwell said he believed the world's busiest passenger airport could also become a major cargo player.
     
    "Atlantans are visionaries. Anything we say we're going to do, we're going to do it," he noted.
     
    "When we stand here, and we say that we're going to move from 10th in the nation in cargo movement to within the top five in the nation, we're going to do that, too."
     
    The annual awards ceremony honours businesses and leaders for their achievements in air cargo in addition to welcoming new cargo carriers to ATL and looking at burgeoning cargo opportunities at ATL, the Airport World of Airports Council International reported.
     
     
     
    Air Canada Cargo attains QEP Accreditation
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    MONTREAL, Que.– Air Canada Cargo has received QEP Accreditation from Envirotainer at its Canadian Global hub – Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) as well as six more stations across its network: Indianapolis (IND), Chicago (ORD), London Heathrow (LHR), Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS) and Frankfurt (FRA). Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) Accreditation demonstrates Air Canada Cargo’s competency in handling Envirotainer containers and cold chain shipments, the company said.
     
    “We are proud to receive QEP Accreditation from Envirotainer. This is an important acknowledgement of our commitment to maintaining the highest industry standards when it comes to the handling of temperature-controlled shipments,” said Lise-Marie Turpin, Vice President Air Canada Cargo.
     
    “AC Absolute° is a premium, quality-driven service that the healthcare industry can rely on when shipping healthcare products,” said Chris Fore, Compliance Manager at Envirotainer. “I am especially pleased to recognize Air Canada Cargo as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider.”
     
     
     
    Exec support for ICAO meeting on carbon offset scheme in air transport
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    MONTREAL, Que.–A High Level Meeting being convened by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on May 11 has received executive-level support from the aviation industry, as leaders representing all parts of the sector encouraged governments to progress their deliberations on a global carbon offsetting scheme for air transport.
     
    The ICAO discussions have been gathering pace since the UN specialized aviation agency agreed to the development of an economic mechanism at its Assembly in 2013. The next such meeting, in September this year, will decide on the design of the scheme in which CO2 emissions growth from 2020 is offset through the international carbon markets, capping the growth in international aviation emissions. It is seen as part of a basket of measures to tackle aviation’s CO2 emissions, alongside new technology, use of sustainable alternative fuel, improved operations and more efficient infrastructure.
     
    “We are now less than five months away from the crucial ICAO Assembly, at which industry hopes governments will agree to go ahead with the global offsetting scheme. We have come a long way and made impressive progress. But key negotiating points remain and we encourage our government colleagues to spend the next few days ironing out any remaining differences at the ICAO High Level Meeting,” said Michael Gill, Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), at the Global Sustainable Aviation Forum.
     
    Read more here

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Port of Long Beach Shipments Decline Amid Weak Retail Sales
    source: AJOT
     
    Following a solid first quarter, Port of Long Beach container cargo volumes decreased in April compared to the same month in 2015, after lower-than-expected consumer spending in recent months. The decline also reflects evolving vessel alliances that have shifted ship deployments.
    Overall, Port container cargo volume was down 22.1 percent last month, compared to April 2015. Amid a soft retail climate in the U.S. and economic woes overseas, the decline in imports was accompanied by exports that were down 18 percent due to the continued strength of the U.S. dollar.  

    Read more here.  
     
     
    Zhejiang Hexing Shipyard ordered to suspend operations over safety concerns
    source: Splash 24/7
     
    Zhejiang local safety authority has announced that it found a series of safety issues at Zhejiang Hexing Shipyard during a safety inspection.
     
    According to the inspection report the shipyard has insufficient protection for the workers, some special equipment operators working without licenses and fire risks due to the incorrect storage of material.
     
     
     
    Wreck removal big money for salvors, but also needed to stop pollution
    source: Shippingazette
     
    SHIPWRECK removal, is not only one of the main sources of income for members of the International Salvage Union (ISU), but also one of the most important things its members do in fighting marine pollution.
     
    This surfaced in the ISU's Pollution Prevention Survey along with industry statistics for 2015, demonstrating a robust industry and its member’s role in environmental protection.
     
    "Yet again our members?operations have delivered great benefit in helping to protect the environment," said ISU president John Witte, reported the Maritime Journal of Fareham, Hampshire, England.
     
    Looking back, ISU members provided 185 services to vessels carrying two million tonnes of potentially polluting cargoes during 2015, slightly down from 216 in 2014. 
     
    Oil cargo showed more than a three-fold increase at 666,416 tonnes (194,880 tonnes in 2014) with chemicals down at 35,744 tonnes in 2015 from 102,939 tonnes in 2014. 
     
     
     
    Strikes Set To Hit French Transport Sector This Week
    source: CIFFA
     
    France's transport sector looks set for a week of disruption as trade unions representing rail workers, lorry drivers, airport staff, air traffic controllers, seafarers and oil refinery personnel stage strikes in protest against new labour legislation and working conditions. Two days of industrial action are scheduled for 17 and 19 May, although some of the unions have called for rolling stoppages starting Tuesday that could hit cross-Channel services at major Channel ports such as Calais and Dunkirk, while rail and air traffic schedules may also be affected.
     
    Unions representing lorry drivers are unhappy that they have received no response from France's Transport minister over their concerns that labour reforms include provision to lower the rate of pay for overtime work. Drivers in Normandy region are planning to block roads tomorrow, notably in the vicinity of the city of Caen, but it is unclear whether there will be similar action in other regions.


    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNEMENT UPDATES


    Canadian Shipper to attend International Transport Forum Summit in Germany
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    LEIPZIG, Ger.–The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development officially launches its 2016 annual International Transport Forum Summit May 18-20 in Leipzig, Germany. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Canada’s Transport Minister, is expected to attend.
     
    Canadian Shipper Editor Julia Kuzeljevich will also participate as part of the Media Travel Program.
     
    Since 2008, the Summit brings together ministers from around the world to share policy perspectives with CEOs, heads of international organizations, thought leaders from civil society and academia, and media.
     
    ITF’s 2016 Summit on Green and Inclusive Transport will explore the importance of low-carbon transport as an essential element in the transition to a green growth economy as well as the changes needed to make transport more inclusive and provide access for everyone to jobs, public services, and other opportunities.
     
     
     
    Montreal Port Authority announces major projects in the works
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    MONTREAL, Que.– In 2015, cargo traffic handled at the Port of Montreal rose 5.2% over the previous year to reach 32 million tonnes. This is a record high for the Port of Montreal.
     
    “This increase is very satisfactory. It reflects the fact that, more than ever, the Port of Montreal is a real growth force! Several structuring projects also progressed in 2015,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) at the annual meeting held on May 13, 2016.
     
    Containerized cargo grew 4.1% in 2015. Its volume reached 13.1 million tonnes, or close to 1.5 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). Almost half of the goods that pass through the Port of Montreal are containerized, making it the Port of Montreal’s largest sector of operations, the port said.
     
    Dry bulk, for its part, increased 3.6% to 8.7 million tonnes. The main products handled include grain and iron ore.
     
     

     
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNEMENT UPDATES


    TAPA calls for more law enforcement agencies and insurers to share data on cargo crime
    source: AJOT
     
    Increased sharing of cargo crime data by law enforcement agencies will enable manufacturers and logistics service providers to further protect high value/theft attractive goods in supply chains and relieve the pressure on police forces that have to deal with the growing number of incidents in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, says the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA).  

    Read more here.  
     
     
    India Service Tax Revision
     
    The “Service Tax” has been Revised with effect from 01st June 2016, as detailed below: 
     
    01.  From 01.06.16 KrishiKalyanCess 0.5% is applicable, hence rate of Service Tax is 15% w.e.f. from 01.06.16. Notification attached for your reference. 
     
    02.  Service Tax 4.5% is applicable on freight from place outside India to the Customs Station of clearance relevant notification is attached for your information.
     
    03. Rate of Service Tax on Ocean import freight is provided in below link under 9.8
     
    Here is the Web Site Link.

  • 13 May 2016

    OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES


    Mega-vessels ‘no benefit to shippers’
    source: Lloyd’s Loading List
    The introduction of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) may be good for shipping lines but they are not necessarily beneficial for shippers, ports, or hauliers.
    Speaking at the FTA session at Multimodal 2016 examining ‘The impact of mega shipping vessels and maritime alliances’, the Freight Transport Association (FTA)’s director of global policy, Chris Welsh, said: “The mega vessels reduce unit costs for shipping lines, but overall supply chain costs are increasing.”
     
     
    New containership grouping ‘The Alliance’ unveiled
    source:  Lloyd’sLoadingList
     
    Hapag-Lloyd is joining forces with five Asian container lines to form a new container shipping vessel-sharing agreement on the main east-west trades, the awkwardly named ‘The Alliance’.
    Featuring Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, “K”Line, Mitsui OSK Lines, NYK, and Yang Ming, ‘The Alliance’ will cover all the East-West trade lanes, namely: Asia-Europe / Mediterranean, Asia-North America West Coast, Asia-North America East Coast, Transatlantic and Asia-Middle East / Persian Gulf / Red Sea.  
     
     
     
    Port of Shanghai's April box volume rises 0.3pc to 3.12 million TEU
    source: Shippingazette
     
    CONTAINER volumes at Shanghai, the world's biggest container port, increased container throughput 0.3 per cent to 3.12 million TEU in April year on year, according to the Shanghai International Port (Group) Co (SIPG).
     
    On a month-to-month comparison, throughput also went up from 3.01 million TEU in March this year.
     
     

     
    CANADIAN BUSINESS - GOVERNEMENT UPDATES


    GCT Canada Gate Schedule for Week 20 and Victoria Day Holiday
    source: CIFFA
     
    As a reminder, Deltaport and Vanterm truck gates will be closed on Monday, May 23rd in recognition of Victoria Day Holiday. Rail and Vessel operations will work as required. Please check GCT Canada Gate Schedule for updated Saturday, May 21st gates at Deltaport.
     
     
    CBSA Enhancing Trusted Trader Programs (FAST)
    source: CIFFA
     
    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced Thursday that it is expanding Free and Secure Trade (FAST) benefits for members of its trusted trader programs. The Agency plans to increase the number of dedicated FAST lanes to provide low-risk, pre-approved importers, carriers and drivers with expedited clearance at the border. By winter 2017, dedicated FAST lanes will be in operation at Fort Erie, Ontario, and at Pacific Highway, British Columbia. A new FAST lane will be opened at Emerson, Manitoba by spring 2018. Program eligibility requirements will also be expanded at existing FAST sites in Sarnia and Pacific Highway, and at future sites at Fort Erie and Emerson. These improvements will expedite commercial traffic at the border by allowing more trusted traders access to the FAST benefit. Want more information, read the Backgrounder: Free and Secure Trade (FAST)
     

     
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS - GOVERNEMENT UPDATES


    Consultancy offers snapshot on “future of trade”
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    DUBAI, U.A.E.—Global trade consultancy DMCC has released a report on ‘Exploring The Future of Trade,’ together with Futureagenda.org and economics consultancy Cebr.
     
    “Exploring The Future of Trade was a natural progression for us. We are in constant dialogue with our 12,000 or more member companies about how to improve their standing in the world of trade, so we thought it prudent to look ahead to the next decade to see the challenges and opportunities we will face. Together with Futureagenda.org and economics consultancy Cebr we embarked on a journey around the world that began in London, the historic home of global trade, and ended in Dubai, its modern day equivalent. On the way we stopped off in Hong Kong, Cape Town and Mumbai where we engaged at every turn with some of the world’s leading experts on global trade. We listened to them, we discussed the major issues they raised and our journey became a conversation that has led to a remarkable report packed with insight and valuable observation.
     
     
     
    Exis Technologies launches e-learning courses on CTU code, container VGM requirements
    source: CanadianShipper
     
    DARLINGTON, UK–Exis has announced the introduction of two new e-learning courses for safe handling and packing in accordance with the CTU Code and to assist compliance with the SOLAS Verification of Gross Mass (VGM) regulation. TT Club has provided sponsorship to support development of the courses, said a release.
     
    As consistently evidenced by the experience of both global freight transport insurer, TT Club and the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) Organisation, poor CTU packing is responsible for an alarmingly high number of incidents  leading to damage, loss, injuries and fatalities.  Additionally, the declaration of incorrect container weight (or Gross Mass) also contributes to adverse safety conditions, they said.
     

  • 12 May 2016

    AIR FREIGHT UPDATES

     
    Australia Withdraws Ban on Air Cargo, UK Ban Expected to be Lifted Soon
    source: Shipping Online

    AUSTRALIA has withdrawn its ban on air cargo from Dhaka deciding that the Bangladesh government has made satisfactory progress in airport security.

    Australia and Britain both imposed air cargo bans from Dhaka airport, much relied up by fashion exporters, after screening procedures were deemed to run from inadequate to non-existent.  Read more here
     
     
    Myanmar Pushes Ahead With New Carrier, Airport
    source: CIFFA

    Asia's recently democratized nation, Myanmar (formerly Burma), is expanding its aviation capability with a new airline and the construction of an international airport. The new carrier, to be named Asian Blue Aviation, is joint venture (JV) between Japan's full-service carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Myanmar-based banking, infrastructure and telecoms company Golden Sky World, a subsidiary of Myanmar conglomerate Shwe Than Lwin Co.

    Local media reports indicate the startup will focus on both regional and international operations in a market where relatively few operators fly direct to northeast Asia from Myanmar's international hub at Yangon. In addition, construction of a new international airport at Hanthawaddy, Bago, situated some 50 miles north of the capital Yangon, is scheduled to start in late 2016.
     

     
    Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo Announce Hong Kong– Europe Tie-Up
    source: Air Cargo News

    Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo have signed a partnership that will see the two airlines offer a joint network of more than 140 flights per week between Hong Kong and 13 European destinations.

    The “highly integrated bilateral co-operation” is due to begin early next year and will see the two airlines work closely together on network planning, as well as sales, IT and ground handling.  Read more here.

     
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    Details of New Container Alliance Emerge
    source: Splash 24/7

    The make up of a third global container alliance has been revealed by the Wall Street Journal. Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) are joining forces with South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), Taiwan’s Yang Ming and Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd. An official announcement on the new alliance is expected within the next 24 hours.

    “Hapag-Lloyd is in separate merger talks with Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Co. UASC will either be part of the new alliance or join in after the completion of the merger talks,” the Wall Street Journal reported.  Read more here
     
     
    Cosco Pacific Buys into Rotterdam Terminal
    source: Splash 24/7

    Cosco Pacific has announced that it has entered into an agreement with ECT Participations, a wholly-owned subsidiary of port operator HPH, to acquire a 35% equity interest in Euromax, the operator of Euromax Terminal Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

    Cosco Pacific will pay EUR41.43m ($47.4m) for the acquisition of the shares and an additional EUR84m ($96m) for 35% of a loan owed by Euromax to ECT Participations.   Read more here
     
     
    CMA CGM Shelves Eastbound Mega-vessel Sailings
    source: DC Velocity

    Five months after placing in service the largest containership ever to call the U.S., French liner CMA CGM Group has pulled the plug.

    Marseilles-based CMA CGM, the world's third-largest liner company, has terminated sailings of the "Ben Franklin" megavessel that had been operating between China and the West Coast ports of Oakland, Los Angeles, and Long Beach, according to two sources. Also tabled were CMA CGM's plans to operate five additional megaships, each capable of carrying 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), eastbound into Long Beach and outbound from Oakland. That service was to start at the end of the month.  Read more here.  
     
     

     
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    Vietnam the New Global Hot-Spot as Pirates Become Hi-Tech Hackers to Find High Value Cargo
    source: The Loadstar

    Piracy attacks in South-east Asia now account for 60% of global incidents, with a surge of activity in Vietnam marking it as a new global hotspot.

    Using data from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a new report by insurance firm Allianz shows global piracy attacks increased for the first time in five years in 2015, albeit by just one incident, up to 246 compared with 245 in 2014.  Read more here

     
     
    UK Faces Chronic Shortage of Warehouse Space as E-Commerce Boom Drives Demand
    source: The Loadstar

    The UK is facing a chronic shortage of warehouse capacity as years of under-development and growing demand, especially from e-commerce specialists, conspire to leave operators fighting for available space.

    This will likely lead to considerably higher rents, according to Kevin Mofid, director of logistics research at Savils.  Read more here

     
     
    US imports lower than last year, but still some of the highest ever
    source: Shipping Gazette

    IMPORT container cargo at US major ports is expected to be at some of its highest levels ever during the next few months despite a fall off from last year's record-setting numbers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

    "Retailers are importing less merchandise than last year but these are still some of the highest numbers we've ever seen," said federation vice president Jonathan Gold.   Read more here.  

     
     
    Chinese exports stabilise in April as currency starts to weaken
    source: Shipping Gazette

    CHINA's exports stabilised in April as the value of the currency decreased, while imports extended declines to 18 months, reports Bloomberg News.

    "China's exports stayed positive in April, but with gains flattered by yuan depreciation," said Bloomberg Intelligence economists Tom Orlik and Fielding Chen.   Read more here

  • 11 May 2016

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    IATA Puts Price On Carbon-Offset Deal
    source: AirWise
     
    IATA says a global market-based measure to curb aviation emissions would cost the airline industry up to USD$6.2 billion in the year 2025, but carriers could face higher charges if governments fail to reach a deal by October.
     
    Government representatives are gathering at the ICAO to negotiate a draft deal on carbon-neutral growth from 2020 which will be voted on later in the year at a full assembly.
     
    "That of course is the result the industry is counting on," IATA Director General Tony Tyler told participants at a global sustainable aviation forum in Montreal.
     
    By 2035, the deal would cost airlines up to an estimated USD$24 billion, as air traffic grows, according to figures from ICAO.
     

     
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    APM Terminals to Provide Container Weighing Services at 29 Locations
    source: AJOT