Newsletter – February 20, 2019
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Mixed results for AF KLM Cargo
The Air France-KLM airline group has reported its 2018 full-year results, which paint a mixed picture with cargo volumes down but revenues up. Read more here.
New canine screening of air cargo could reduce airport congestion
Three private security firms have been giving the go-ahead by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement canine-led air cargo screening at airports across the US. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Port of Montreal Posting Monthly Gateway-Level Scorecards
Given recent operational challenges affecting the Montreal gateway, the Port of Montreal advised that important changes are in effect in the way MPA will be reporting gateway performance in the future. The MPA will be posting monthly gateway-level scorecards on its website in the “Dashboard” section (right pane on home page). Stakeholders will be able to source scorecards directly from the website in both languages.
The MPA also reports truck processing times in real time on its Trucking PORTal application. As it did in the past, the MPA will continue to enhance its metrics moving forward in the spirit of impartial evidence-based reporting.
IMO 2020 cost rises may lead to front-loading
Some analysts and forwarders believe expected ocean freight price increases from late-2019 due to new low-sulphur fuel rules will cause BCOs to ship cargo early, but opinion is mixed. Read more here.
Manila seeks to fix empty container congestion issue
A familiar problem has hit the port of Manila again; congestion brought around by too many empty containers lying around the cramped facilities in the Philippine capital. Read more here.
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
First electric Volvo trucks delivered to customers
Gothenburg, Sweden — Volvo Trucks delivered its first all-electric vehicles—a refuse truck to waste and recycling company Renova, and a distribution truck to the logistics company DB Schenker and partner haulier TGM, operating in Sweden. Read more here.
CN adding track to Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet corridor
The Canadian National Railway, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Canadian federal government have signed an agreement to add a second railway track to the Burrard Inlet rail corridor, which serves Vancouver’s south shore port area. Read more here.