Newsletter – October 7, 2019
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Why The Skies Aren’t Filled With Delivery Drones … Yetforbes.comThe drone delivery industry took a step forward at the beginning of October, but it remains several steps away from becoming a commercial-scale enterprise. While the Federal Aviation Administration granted UPS air carrier certification with fewer restrictions than it granted Alphabet’s Project Wing in April, the parcel delivery giant will still be limited essentially to rural areas and hospital campuses for the foreseeable future. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
BCMEA and Local 514 Ship and Dock Foremen Reach Tentative Collective Agreementciffa.comThe British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and Local 514 Ship and Dock Foremen have come to a tentative agreement. The parties have agreed that no details will be released until the tentative agreement has been ratified by both parties.
New data standard aims to ease smart container trackingfreightwaves.comA start-up backed by Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and CMA CGM has developed a standard for data transmission from smart containers, a step toward giving shippers better visibility of their goods on both sea and land. Read more here.
Zero-Emissions Equipment Deployed to Port Terminalspolb.comIn recognition of California Clean Air Day, the Port of Long Beach on Wednesday announced the demonstration of hydrogen- and electric-powered cargo handling equipment at two shipping terminals, in pursuit of its goal to become the world’s first zero-emissions seaport. Read more here.
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
Driver shortage tops trucking industry’s challenges for third consecutive yearfreightwaves.comMotor carriers and commercial drivers agree on just four of the Top 10 challenges facing the trucking industry, according to the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) annual study.The shortage of for-hire, long-haul drivers was the top issue in ATRI’s annual survey that has taken the industry’s pulse for the last 15 years. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENT – BUSINESS UPDATES
CBP presses continuing education for customs brokersfreightwaves.comany professions require some form of continuing education for individuals to maintain licenses and certifications. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) wants the nation’s estimated 11,000 licensed customs brokers to meet similar standards for professional growth. Read more here.
UK supply chains face £15bn annual freight admin cost rise from no-deal Brexitlloydsloadinglist.comUK supply chains face an additional £15 billion (US$18.5 billion) annual cost burden in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to new government estimates published today that only take into account the extra administrative cost of completing import and export customs declarations for UK-EU goods movements. Read more here.