Newsletter – February 26, 2019
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
ABC expands network to include Bangladesh, despite airport security concerns
AirBridgeCargo (ABC) is to take advantage of Bangladesh’s growing export market, introducing Dhaka into its network.
But despite recent improvements, security issues in the country are likely to come under the spotlight again following a hijacking at the weekend. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Shutdown at JNPCT Terminal, Nhava Sheva
Due to a planned shutdown at JNPCT Terminal, vessel berthing, sailing, operations work will be affected at Mumbai Nhava Sheva port on February 26 and 27.
Read the advisory from the ONE regarding the shutdown, here.
MEA Issues Update on Negotiations with Longshoremen’s Union, Montreal
The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) issued a communication yesterday regarding ongoing negotiations of the collective agreement with the Longshoremen’s Union, CUPE Local 375 in Montreal. The letter constitutes the second communication, following the one sent on January 10, 2019.
As of this update, the MEA and the union are in mediation.
The MEA has presented a request to maintain essential services with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB). There were hearings in the first two weeks of February 2019. More hearings at the CIRB are expected during the months of March and April. In view of the request to maintain essential services, the parties do not have the right to strike or lock out.
BIFA warns forwarders to avoid ‘risky’ switch bills of lading
BIFA has become the latest forwarder association in recent months to issue a warning to members over switch bills of lading.
In a note today, the UK freight forwarding association reminded members of the “dangers of requesting a switch bill of lading without being fully aware of potential liabilities”. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Logistics at the crossroads as the rise of the ‘megacity’ impacts supply chains
The global logistics industry has been described as being at a “critical juncture”.
According to a new report from Transport Intelligence (Ti), Total Logistics 2019, a “host of economic, security, legal, political and societal pressures” has combined with “a plethora of disruptive forces, many of which are as a result of the development of new technologies”. Read more here. The global logistics industry has been described as being at a “critical juncture”. Read more here.