Newsletter – January 26, 2021

  • Newsletter – January 26, 2021


    Cathay Pacific To Make Further Route Cuts Due To Crew Quarantine Rules
    Following a disastrous December where passenger numbers were down by 98.7% compared to the year before, Cathay Pacific is looking at further capacity cuts due to new restrictions for airline crew. The airline is considering requesting volunteers for flights that will require them to quarantine on return but says it may need to scrap one-third of its current passenger services. Read more here.

    Air Canada Adding New Montreal To New Delhi Route
    Air Canada looks to be starting a new direct service from Montreal to New Delhi starting this Spring. While there is yet to be an official announcement from the carrier, travelers can now book this route on the Air Canada website. Here’s everything we know about the new service. Read more here.


    New blow for shippers as carriers announce Asia-Europe blankings for CNY
    Ocean carriers are to cancel several headhaul sailings to North Europe around the Chinese New Year holiday next month.
    It is a blow for beleaguered shippers that have managed, at great expense, to secure space on sailings that won’t happen. Read more here (login required).

    Port of LA offers $7.5m ‘beat congestion’ incentive to terminal operators
    The port of Los Angeles (PoLA) is stepping up its battle against congestion at its container facilities.
    With a new financial incentive programme for terminal operators, it is offering a total of $7.5m for faster truck turnaround times and for dual transactions. Read more here (login required).

    End to box shortage may be in sight
    After an extraordinarily difficult 2020, an end to the exceptional container equipment shortage experienced in recent months could be in sight, according to container monitoring specialist Container xChange.
    Container xChange highlighted a “positive trend” observed on the organisation’s Container Availability Index (CAx) that it says could make Chinese New Year the turning point, with values for 20-foot dry cargo containers (20DCs) and 40-foot dry cargo containers (40DCs) improving to 0.34 and 0.37, respectively, indicating much higher availability of empty containers than last month. Read more here.

    West Coast Supply Chain Visibility Program Update
    The Supply Chain Visibility Project Team at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has provided an update on the West Coast Supply Chain Visibility Program work being undertaken by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and supported by funding from Transport Canada.

    • Program overview
    • December 2020 update


    Government of Canada Approves Milton Logistics Hub Project
    The Government of Canada oversees rigorous environmental assessments to ensure good projects that support economic growth and environmental protection get built.
    After a thorough review based on the best available science and evidence, and extensive public engagement, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced today the Government of Canada’s decision to approve the Milton Logistics Hub Project, subject to 325 conditions. Read more here.


    B.C. offering grants for supply chain resiliency projects
    The British Columbia government is throwing its support behind small- and medium-sized manufacturers in the province and building up supply chains to help B.C.-based companies expand, diversify and better compete in the global market. Read more here.


    China factories go into overdrive but exporters are not happy
    Clark Feng saw export orders for the garden furniture, swings and tents he sells out of China surge 70% last year as lockdowns and social distancing fueled demand. But he’s not happy about it.
    “The more you sell, the more you lose money, what’s the point?,” said Feng, who owns trading company Vita Leisure Co. in the city of Linhai in eastern China. “I don’t know who says we are beneficiaries. We are victims!”  Read more here.

    World’s Economic Recovery Delayed by Slow Vaccine Rollouts
    (Bloomberg) — The world economy is facing a tougher start to 2021 than expected as coronavirus infections surge and it takes time to roll out vaccinations. While global growth is still on course to rebound quickly from the recession of last year at some point, it may take longer to ignite and not be as healthy as previously forecast. Read more here.

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