Newsletter – December 22, 2017
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Halifax Stanfield ready for freight peak as it looks to expand cargo facilities
Halifax Stanfield airport is expecting another busy holiday season, while it has applied for funding to expand its cargo area.
Bert van der Stege, Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) chief commercial officer, said: “This has traditionally been the busiest time of the year for our cargo business. By the end of the month, we estimate $30m in lobster will have been shipped from Halifax Stanfield in December alone. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Shippers should prepare for Ocean Alliance upheaval in 2018
Shippers should prepare for major service changes in 2018 as the Ocean Alliance integrates multiple ultra-large vessels into its network, according to SeaIntel.
THE Alliance makes changes to east-west services starting April 2018
THE ocean carrier members of THE Alliance – Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, “K” Line, MOL and NYK – are shaking up their east-west network starting in April 2018, adding one additional loop to the existing 32 services, which will now cover 81 ports with more than 250 vessels deployed in major east-west trade lanes. Read more here.
Hapag-Lloyd forecasts shipping in Mexico to record double-digit growth
GERMAN shipping line Hapag-Lloyd that serves the pharmaceuticals, automotive industry and technology sectors in Mexico expects maritime shipping volumes to record double-digit growth in 2018 provided the Mexican economy continues to expand at its current rate. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
US box import growth slowing
US containerised imports look set to see continued year-on-year growth through December, albeit at a slower pace than over the year as a whole, according to the latest monthly Global Port Tracker report produced by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. Read more here.