Newsletter – May 19, 2020
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Air Canada Schedules Airbus A220 Flights Between Vancouver And Torontosimpleflying.comIn June, Air Canada will add a fifth service on its Toronto to Vancouver operation as it tries to recover from the effects of coronavirus. An Airbus A220-300 will operate the route from June 17th. The extra flight has been announced just one week after social media images surfaced of the airline filling flights and not abiding by social distancing recommendations. Read more here.
Air France Is Slowly Ramping Up Its Flight Schedulesimpleflying.comStarting May 18th, Air France has gradually increased its flight schedule, while adhering to travel restrictions and passenger demand. From May to June, the carrier’s flight schedule will resume 15% of its usual capacity during the summer months. Read more here.
Shanghai Pudong airport continues to choke on COVID cargofreightwaves.comCargo terminals at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport remain extremely congested, but logistics companies responsible for getting shipments from their customers and on planes say the flood of freight trapped in warehouses is slowly beginning to recede.“There are some green shoots of progress,” Neel Jones Shah, global head of airfreight at tech-enabled forwarder Flexport, said in an interview. “Some backlogs have been worked through. We’re getting a little bit of clearance in our own airport warehouses. We’re able to ingest more freight, whereas before we held freight away from the airport.” Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Carriers prepare to bid farewell to the old bill of ladingsplash247.comThe Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), which features the IT expertise of the world’s t op liners, is determined to consign the centuries-old bill of lading to history.In a new report, the DCSA states that moving towards a standard, paperless bill of lading will derive $4bn in potential annual savings at a 50% adoptin rate for the container shipping industry. Read more here.
Carriers are winning the freight rate battlesplash247.comHapag-LLoyd impressed analysts last week by keeping its full-year financial guidance despite the deleterious effects caused by Covid-19.Part of the reason for this upbeat forecast was in the carriers’ collective ability to keep rates high in recent weeks, something analysed in the latest report from Danish container shipping consultants, Sea-Intelligence. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Sending Scanned Copies of Phytosanitary Certificates to Foreign Competent Authorities during COVID-19 Pandemicciffa.comSome countries have notified the CFIA that they will accept scanned copies of phytosanitary certificates. As a result, the CFIA has implemented interim guidance for CFIA inspection staff to send electronic scanned copies of phytosanitary certificates to these foreign competent authorities. Paper certificates will continue to be issued, as usual, for other countries.Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country-specific requirements for sending scanned copies of phytosanitary certificates are subject to frequent changes. Contact your local CFIA office responsible for the issuance of phytosanitary certificates if you have any questions or concerns.
India and Bangladesh are already suffering with coronavirus. Now a super cyclone is heading their waycnn.comA powerful cyclone that formed in the Bay of Bengal is headed directly for the India-Bangladesh border, bringing with it the potential for major destruction and upheaval in two countries that are still battling the Covid-19 pandemic.Cyclone Amphan has strengthened to the equivalent of a strong Category 4 Atlantic hurricane, or a super typhoon in the West Pacific. Read more here.
Mexico creates confusion, announces auto factories will reopen June 1freightwaves.comIn the face of a worsening health crisis, the Mexican government announced that auto factories may reopen on June 1, and not Monday as originally announced.The new decree is a reversal from Mexican President Andres Manuel Obrador’s recent announcement that construction, mining and auto manufacturing would be considered “essential activities,” and could resume next week. Read more here.