Newsletter – July 29, 2020
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Vietnam Suspends Danang Flights As Covid Cases Spikesimpleflyling.comStarting from yesterday, all flights in and out of Danang, Vietnam are suspended. The suspension will last 15 days, as the city reported at least 15 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend – after a surge in domestic tourism. Read more here.
India’s Domestic Rebound Starts To Slow In A Blow To Airlinessimpleflying.comIndia is seeing its daily passenger numbers begin to plateau, as demand for air travel remains low. Domestic flights are seeing around 60,000-65,000 daily passengers in the last few weeks, down over 80% from last year. This stagnation in number will affect airlines, who are struggling with high costs as they try to stay afloat. Read more here.
FedEx pilots call for Hong Kong flights to be suspendedaircargonews.netFedEx pilots have called on the express company to suspend services to Hong Kong as a result of “unacceptable risks” related to the Covid-19 outbreak.The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has passed a resolution calling on their company to suspend operations in Hong Kong after pilots were forced into hospitals and government camps as a result of Covid-19. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Port of Montreal Checkers Union to Strike FridayThe Maritime Employers Association received a notice to strike from the Port of Montreal Checkers union’s executive committee. The strike will start on Friday, July 31st at 5:59 am and end on Saturday, August 1st, at 5:59 pm.
Container chaos at Chittagong port as Eid holiday beginstheloadstar.comLigentia has warned customers that Chittagong port is experiencing a high volume of shipments before the Eid holiday begins tomorrow.It said volumes, up some 35%, were “causing enormous pressure on the port and container freight station operations”. Read more here.
THE Alliance paves the way as carriers reinstate 49 sailingsnews.maritime-network.comOne of the three liner alliances will account for more than two-thirds of sailings to be ‘unblanked’. Read more here.
Chennai reduces port charges to rival Kattupalli and Krishnapatnamseanews.com.trCHENNAI Port Trust (ChPT) has offered increased concessions to feeders that containers that transship at Chennai to and from bigger ships from Singapore or Colombo to divert cargo from rival private ports of Kattupalli and Krishnapatnam. Read more here.
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
Residual effects of Hurricane Hanna to slow cross-border freight for dayssupplychaindive.comDive Brief:Hanna, which made landfall in Texas as a hurricane Saturday night, moved west Monday, dumping up to a foot of rain in southern Texas and northern Mexico and slowing border crossings. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Target and Walmart end Thanksgiving store shoppinginsidelogistics.caNEW YORK – Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decade-long tradition of jump-starting Black Friday door buster sales.The move, announced Monday, comes as stores are rethinking this year’s Black Friday shopping bonanza weekend – along with other key retail days during the holiday season – as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.