Newsletter- January 18, 2022
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Aircraft Shortage Prompts Air Ocean Airlines To Cancel All Flights
Ukrainian domestic carrier Air Ocean Airlines has been forced to implement a two-month operational suspension. It is presently suffering from an aircraft shortage, which has arisen due to a combination of scheduled maintenance and delivery delays. Read more here.
Canada approves AEI’s B737-800SF conversions
Transport Canada Civil Aviation has approved conversion firm Aeronautical Engineers, Inc’s (AEI) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its 12-pallet position B737-800SF freighter conversion.
Last month, AEI announced a contract to provide Chrono Aviation with a B737-800SF freighter conversion, which represents AEI’s first Canadian-based customer. Read more here.
Launch of 5G tomorrow will bring US air commerce to a halt, say airlines
US commerce by air will “grind to a halt” tomorrow, with airlines forced to ground aircraft, unless there is a two-mile radius around major airports free from the planned 5G roll-out.
A group of airlines, including Atlas, FedEx and UPS, has warned the US government, that otherwise they will have to cancel more than 1,000 flights, with some aircraft grounded “indefinitely”. Read more here (login required).
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Lines hit with collusion charges in South Korea
In a landmark ruling that will be watched carefully by other jurisdictions around the world, South Korean authorities today slapped fines on 23 containerlines, claiming they had been colluding together to keep rates high on certain intra-Asian tradelanes over a 15-year period. Read more here.
Hard-pressed shippers run for the safety of entrepreneurial ad-hoc carriers
As the major container lines struggle to maintain direct calls at the UK’s southern container hubs, another full load of imports from China has arrived at the port of Liverpool.
The 2,034 teu Aisopos 11 arrived at Liverpool at Saturday morning, completing its third voyage from China for Allseas Global Logistics under its China Xpress NVOCC banner. Read more here (login required).
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
Port of Vancouver’s ban on trucks more than 10 years old delayed
After industry outcry, Canada’s Port of Vancouver has decided to postpone its Rolling Truck Age Program that was supposed to take effect on February 1. Trucks more than 10 years old will continue for an unspecified period to be admitted to the port.
“We have recently heard some concerns about our program start date from industry and Transport Canada, and we recognize that the pandemic, recent flooding, and on-going global supply chain issues may have created some short-term challenges for people looking to buy compliant trucks,” said Vancouver Fraser Port Authority VP Duncan Wilson. Read more here.
Trucks keep rolling across the border, despite new Canada vaccine mandate
Despite dire predictions of delays, it was almost business as usual for truck traffic from the US to Canada at the weekend, the first two days of new regulations that ban unvaccinated US drivers from crossing the border.
Previously they had been exempt from the vaccine mandate, like other essential workers. Read more here (login required).
CN, CP continue sparring over KCS merger
Canadian Pacific has come out swinging after CN applied to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) to force the sale of a section of Kansas City Southern track to CN. CN made Notice of Intent to file a Responsive Application asking the STB force a divestiture to CN of KCS’s lines from Kansas City, Missouri, to Springfield and East St. Louis, Illinois (the Springfield Line) as part of the STB’s regulatory review of CP’s proposed combination with Kansas City Southern (KCS). Read more here.
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Industry minister to meet on supply chain issues
Canada’s industry minister is set to meet with companies desperate for solutions to ease the flow of goods over the border and across the country.
Francois-Philippe Champagne agreed to the request that a consortium of manufacturers and exporters made just before the holidays. Read more here.