Newsletter – April 2, 2020
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Airlines feel pressure to maintain minimum level of domestic servicefreightwaves.comThe rapid spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. is raising questions among shippers about whether domestic airlines will virtually stop flying or the U.S. government will shut down the aviation system. Read more here.
In Photos: Grounded Planes & Ghost Airports All Over The Worldsimpleflying.comThe aviation industry across the entire world is feeling the shock of the coronavirus crisis right now. From Australia to Canada, once busy airports stand empty and forlorn, while thousands of aircraft are mothballed. Here are some of the eeriest, most haunting and poignant images of the state of the industry right now around the world. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Ocean carriers asked to ‘exercise restraint’ on container chargesfreightwaves.comThe International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA), which globally represents an industry of about 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, is urging ocean carriers to review their container demurrage and detention charges to ensure that they are not unreasonably applied during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
Canadian authorities deny entry to crew with suspected coronavirus symptomssplash247.comThe Public Health Agency of Canada has denied a car carrier travelling from Germany entry to the Port of Halifax.On March 17, the Public Health Agency of Canada was notified that several crewmembers aboard the Siem Cicero had symptoms consistent with Covid-19. Read more here.
Congestion at Manila port reaches record levelssplash247.comManila port not for the first time is facing extraordinary congestion with container yard space now effectively full and ships being asked to divert to alternative destinations within the Southeast Asian archipelago. Read more here.
CMA CGM boxship cleared of coronavirus scaresplash247.comSpanish authorities have cleared the suspicion of coronavirus infection onboard the 16,020 teu CMA CGM Marco Polo after the crew were tested. Read more here.
Ocean shipping services continue to deterioratefreigthwaves.comIt’s getting even uglier out there in the ocean trades.Not only are “blank” (canceled) container-ship sailings surging — spiking from 45 to 120 in the past three days — but schedule reliability for non-canceled sailings is poised to deteriorate. Read more here.
MSC prepares to store cargoes at transhipment hubslloydsloadinglist.comMediterranean Shipping Co is responding to falling demand and congested supply chains by offering a ‘suspension of transit’ service to customers exporting from China. Read more here.