Newsletter – September 30, 2019
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
WestJet Cargo to temporarily embargo lithium battery shipments
Canada-based airline WestJet has placed a temporary embargo on all shipments containing lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries until further notice. Read more here.
Swissport introduces self-check-in for airfreightlloydsloadinglist.comSwissport is speeding-up the air freight handling processes at its cargo warehouses by introducing newly developed self-services kiosks. the digital innovation reduces waiting times and increases the quality of the air freight documentation. Read more here.
Air Canada Cargo foray into drone delivery yields first customerlloydsloadinglist.comIn June this year, the Canadian airline unit inked a 10-year deal with Toronto-based Drone Delivery Canada under the terms of which it markets and sell the firm’s services in Canada. Read more here.
Booming air freight exports to US a logistical headache in Vietnamtheloadstar.comVietnam’s booming exports to the US are causing a logistical headache for freighter operators as the trade gap between the two countries continues to widen. Read more here (login required)
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Slow-steaming: a trade-off between lower fuel bills and offering a full networktheloadstar.comContainer line operators face an invidious choice as the fourth quarter looms.Those that have not installed sulphur scrubbers must pass on the higher cost of fuel compliant with the low-sulphur requirement of IMO 2020, or consider incremental slow steaming to reduce bunker bills. Read more here (login required)
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
Rail volumes decline as trucking recoversfreightwaves.comIntermodal container and trailer-on-flatcar volumes are down 5.5% YoY over the past four weeks while trucking volumes are up 5% over the past month compared to the same time period in 2018. Read more here.
Breaking News: Car2go to shutter operations in five cities as mobility landscape changesfreightwaves.comCar2go, the flagship car-sharing service known for its zippy blue and white Smart cars, is closing down operations in five major North American cities. Members received notice of the closures in an email sent on September 27. Read more here.