Newsletter – January 7, 2021
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Amazon eyes fleet of 85 aircraft as it changes course to buy its own freighters
Amazon is set to boost its freighter fleet to more than 85 aircraft by the end of next year.
In addition to the roll-out of a dozen 767-300 freighters leased from ACMI provider ATSG, the e-commerce giant is bringing in 11 more 767Fs. Read more here (login required).
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
CNY 2021 blank sailings currently ‘far below previous years’
Less than six weeks before the usual annual shutdown of China’s manufacturing production and the slowdown of the ocean logistics systems that support it, container lines have only cut a small number of services. Read more here.
China to tighten inspection on box shipping carriers’ pricing practices
The transport ministry said it will step up efforts to examine whether carriers have performed their rate reporting duties properly, while also pledging to prompt further increases of vessel supply and container availability. Read more here.
$6bn annual cost of not knowing the danger from what’s in your containers
Poorly packed containers and shipper misunderstanding of the dangers of some non-hazardous cargo could result in more than $6bn in annual damages to the supply chain.
Leading freight and transport insurer TT Club has renewed its call to shippers and other cargo interests to “take responsibility to ensure the risks are mitigated”. Read more here (login required).
European shippers say ocean carriers broke contracts, call on regulators to step in
The Competition Directorate of the European Commission, the European Freight Forwarders Association and the European Shippers’ Council sent a letter to the European Commission, accusing ocean carriers of breaking contracts, and are asking the regulatory authority to take steps to investigate the situation, according to a press release and emails from individuals involved in the discussions. Read more here.
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Canada Prepares For Implementation Of New Testing Requirements
Starting at 00:01 on Thursday, Canada’s new pre-boarding requirements come into effect. The country’s airlines have heavily objected to the new measures’ speedy implementation, which will see them forced to deny boarding to anyone without a negative PCR-test certificate. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Trump officials quit after mob storms US Capitol
A growing number of Trump officials resign in protest over Wednesday’s deadly day of chaos. Read more here.