Newsletter – December 16, 2019
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
More confusion ahead for lithium battery shipperstheloadstar.comShippers of lithium batteries will face a new hurdle from 1 January, thanks to new transport regulations.The United Nations’ Committee of Experts, which creates the framework for dangerous goods regulations, has introduced a requirement which obliges manufacturers, and distributors of cells or batteries, to make available the test summary for their products. Read more here (login required).
Last Of Canada’s New Passenger Protections Go In Effectsimpleflying.comThe APPR shared a notice that informs fliers that they will receive up to CA$1,000 ($760) of compensation for flight delays or cancelations. However, the reasons behind the alterations have to be out of the operating airline’s control. They also can’t be due to safety reasons. Read more here.
IATA targets greater efficiency in cargo handling auditslloydsloadinglist.comThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new programme to raise global standards in cargo handling operations while aiming to reduce audit complexity and duplication. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Delay alert with feeder lines in ‘radical’ new year container handling shake-uptheloadstar.comUnifeeder is preparing to charge its customers a fee for lashing and unlashing containers on its vessels from 1 January.In compliance with the new “Dockers Clause”, which comes into force on the same date, Unifeeder and its peers operating in North Europe, the Baltic Sea and Canadian waters will no longer be able to use ships’ crews for unlashing and securing containers, but must hire a shore-based lashing gang to do the job. Read more here (login required).
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Vancouver Airport is building, but slowly and may miss out on a ‘golden opportunity’theloadstar.comAs with most airports, 2019 is going down as a year more-or-less to forget, in terms of cargo growth at Vancouver International Airport; after a buoyant 2018, the momentum stalled. Read more here (login required).
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
At last minute, China suspends tariffs on some U.S. productsfreightwaves.comOn Dec. 15, the same day Chinese tariffs were set to kick in on some U.S. goods, China agreed to suspend those levies, according to media reports.The suspension covers tariffs on products including corn and U.S.-made cars and auto parts, Reuters reported. Read more here.