Newsletter – December 21, 2020
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Air Canada Cargo: Delays Affecting Retrievals in Torontociffa.comAir Canada Cargo is expecting some delays in processing freight at its YYZ hub until Wednesday, Dec. 23. Customers are encouraged to use the online Track and Trace function to ensure shipments are ready before dispatching trucks to retrieve them.
Canada Issues Prohibition Of UK Passenger Flightssimpleflying.comFollowing moves by several European countries, Canada is also banning flights from the UK as a precaution against a new and more contagious strain of coronavirus reported there. The news came via a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by Transport Canada on December 20th, and was effective midnight December 21st and will last for 72 hours. After this initial period, the prohibition may be extended or enhanced. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Aggressive voyage blanking was a matter of survival, claims Hapag-Lloyd CEOtheloadstar.comHapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen has defended criticism of the aggressive blanking strategy of ocean carriers at the start of the pandemic, saying that it was “a matter of survival”.
He said he did not expect to see many void sailings in the first quarter of next year, but warned of vessel “slidings” from the impact of port congestion. Read more here.
GROUND & RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
CN Customer Advisory: Incentivizing Pickups Next Weekendciffa.comCN continues to experience higher-than-normal ground count at its Brampton and Malport intermodal terminals as a result of a surge in imports.
Customers are encouraged to pick up loads on weekends to mitigate elevated carter times. CN is offering a rebate of $150 per day for a maximum of 7 days ($1,050) on any containers that have incurred storage if the unit is picked up between Saturday, December 26 at 08:00 and Monday, December 28 at 04:00. This rebate is offered only to the guaranteeing party.
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Canadian trade confidence reboundsedc.caAfter the worst survey on record during the initial COVID-19 lockdowns in the spring, Export Development Canada’s Trade Confidence Index (TCI) has increased by more than 20%.In our latest TCI, conducted in October and November, the index rose to 67.5 from a depressed 56.0 in May, the lowest score since the survey began in 1999. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
COVID-19 vaccine supply chain has cyberthreats hidden in plain sightsupplychaindive.comBefore a COVID-19 vaccine reaches the arm of a patient it makes its way through multiple supply chains, a network of stakeholders working with pharmaceutical companies. The one thing all partners have in common is cyberthreats. Read more here.