Newsletter – January 29, 2018
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Canada facing intermodal challenges
Increasing regulation and a shortage of trucks is causing slowdowns in Canada’s intermodal supply chain, according to Hapag-Lloyd.
In a note to customers, the German carrier warns that Canada’s domestic and international trucking industries are facing challenges that are having a dramatic effect on truck availability. Read more here.
Fall in intra-Asia volumes a drag on OOCL figures, but deepsea trade grows
Renewed demand on the Asia-Europe and transpacific trades was in further evidence today after Hong Kong-based shipping line OOCL released its 2017 fourth-quarter operational update, showing double-digit growth on the east-west deepsea trades. Read more here (login required).
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
Cross-Channel truck backlogs cleared following Calais blockade
Truck backlogs at French and UK Channel ports yesterday were cleared late last night after a blockade of the port of Calais lasting several hours was lifted yesterday afternoon. Read more here.
HMM launches ‘ultra-freezer’ option targeting seafood shippers
Korean shipping line HMM has started its first ‘Ultra-Freezer’ service between the port of Busan in South Korea and Barcelona, Spain, in a moves designed to target a market for certain high-value perishable products normally transported by air. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
American skies open to C Series after Bombardier win against Boeing
Montreal, QC —The skies over the world’s largest aerospace market have opened to Bombardier’s C Series aircraft after it won a resounding victory Friday against Boeing Co. Read more here.