Newsletter – September 13, 2019
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Lufthansa Cargo blacklists vape shipper and forwarders after lithium ion ‘incident’theloadstar.comThe dangers of misdeclaring lithium ion battery shipments have again come to the fore.A Chinese vape manufacturer, ShenzhenAbuFan Technology, has been blacklisted by Lufthansa Group carriers for all forms of airfreight, following an “incident” at Hong Kong Airport. Read more here (login required).
British Airways Cancels Flights for Next Strike Datenews.airwise.comJust a few days after flights restarted following a two day pilot strike, British Airways announced more flight cancellations. Read more here.
Planned Drone Protest Fails To Disrupt Heathrow Operationssimpleflying.comA drone protest designed to cause havoc at Heathrow airport has failed. According to its latest update, the Metropolitan Police says that nine individuals have, so far, been arrested concerning the action. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Shipping Fears Low Sulphur Fuel Switch Could Lead to Accidentsgcaptain.comBy Firat Kayakiran (Bloomberg) –The global shipping industry is about to undergo one of the biggest changes in its recent history with concerns lingering about just how safe the shift is going to be. Read more here.
GROUND FREIGHT UPDATES
CN Rail CFO warns of ‘softening’ economy, with consequences for railwayscanadianshipper.comA Canadian National Railway Co. executive says a sputtering economy is contributing to weaker freight volumes after posting record revenues last quarter. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
US e-commerce importers set for big price hikes on parcels from Chinalloydsloadinglist.comWith the US expected to leave the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in September, the US Postal Service (USPS) has declined to comment on reports that it has written to shippers warning them that they will no longer be eligible for discounted rates if the US leaves the UPU, nor on forecasts of possible hikes of up to 300%. Read more here.