Newsletter – July 4, 2019
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Boeing Pledges Support for 737 MAX Crash Familiesnews.airwise.comBoeing has pledged USD$100 million to support the families of those lost in the two fatal crashes of its 737 MAX aircraft. Read more here.
Eva Air Strike Causes Hundreds More Cancellationsnews.airwise.comEva Airways has cancelled hundreds more flights as a strike by cabin crew entered its third week. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Latest Hapag-Lloyd order for new reefers will lift its fleet strength above 100,000theloadstar.comHapag-Lloyd has a placed an order 13,420 new reefer containers – its largest ever. Read more here.
Maersk compares current container booking practices to the worst dining experience eversplash247.comMaersk has uploaded a new video to its YouTube channel explaining the current complicated, unreliable nature of container shipping and how its recently unveiled Maersk Spot online booking service aims to make booking a box simple. Read more here.
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
Sikh drivers are transforming U.S. trucking. Take a ride along the Punjabi American highwaylatimes.comAbsorbing long read from the Los Angeles Times on the growing influence of Sikh immigrant truck drivers in the US. While driver numbers in the country continue to broadly decline – the American Trucking Association now estimates the shortage could hit 100,000 in the next couple of years – the number of Sikhs in the sector has been on the steady increase over the last decade. This has led to a transformation along the country’s highways, with Sikh temples, Punjabi restaurants and even a dedicated publication, Punjabi Trucking, springing up to cater for this traffic. Read more here.
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Canada swings to trade surplus in May as exports to U.S. rise to all-time recordcbc.caFor the first time in almost a year, Canada sold more to the world than it bought last month as the country posted a trade surplus of $762 million. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Ecommerce causes last-mile networks to creep closer to consumersfreightwaves.comAs consumers become increasingly accustomed to the ease of purchasing online, the growth of ecommerce over the next decade is nothing short of certainty. Then again, the mainstream adoption of ecommerce was gradual, tracing back to the times of the dot com rage, when Amazon was nothing more than just an online bookstore. Read more here.