Newsletter – March 17, 2020
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Hard-pressed carriers call on airports to review landing charges as demand sinkstheloadstar.comThe three major airline alliances have urged airports to “evaluate landing charges and fees” showing unprecedented unity in the face of plummeting demand.SkyTeam, oneworld and Star Alliance have also called on governments to suspend slot usage rules for the summer season. Read more here.
Breaking: Brussels Airlines Will Suspend Flights For A Monthsimpleflying.comBrussels Airlines has announced that it will suspend operations for a month. In a message on its website, the airline announced that it would not operate flights between the 21st of March and the 19th of April. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Equipment shortages hit US and European shipperslloydsloadinglist.comTHE drop in coronavirus cases in China is coinciding with factories resuming production, but the movement of empty equipment to China and the high number of blanked sailings has taken a toll on shippers with regard to backhaul trades. Read more here.
Port of Vancouver State of Operationsciffa.comThe Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has issued an update on its preparedness and the state of operations within the Port of Vancouver. Read it here.
Ports Outside China Suffer Record-Low Container Availabilitysplash247.comAvailable containers at many major ports around the world outside of China stand at record lows, according to new data published yesterday. Read more here.
Oakland seaport, airport exempted from Bay Area lockdownfreightwaves.comThe Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport will keep operating despite an Alameda County order for residents to shelter in-place in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the port authority said Monday evening. Read more here.
American shippers want FMC container availability rule publishedfreightwaves.com“With ongoing challenges posed by the coronavirus, there is real concern about these fees being assessed when there are equipment issues beyond the control of the shipper or motor carrier,” 67 trade associations told the Federal Maritime Commission. Read more here.
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Canada to Bar Entry to Travellers Who Are Not Citizens, Permanent Residents or Americans; Controls Do Not Apply to Tradecbc.caCanada is barring entry to all travellers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Americans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today — one of a set of extraordinary new measures being introduced to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more here.
CBSA COVID-19 Daily Commercial Update to Industry Stakeholderscbsa-asfc.gc.caKey message: Borders remain open and commercial operations are ‘business as usual.’The CBSA will issue shortly a Customs Notice providing information on the use of the Goods for Emergency Use Remission Order, (C.R.C., c. 768), (https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/C.R.C.,_c._768/page-1.html) and application of Tariff Item No. 9993.00.00 of the Customs Tariff (https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/trade-commerce/tariff-tarif/2020/menu-eng.html) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.