Newsletter – November 12, 2021
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Air freight handling stressed at multiple airports
Sustained high demand, diminished capacity, COVID-safe work practices and apparent labour shortages, continue to place immense pressure on UK, European, US and global air freight hubs, creating congestion at multiple airports around the world “from Heathrow to Azerbaijan”, one freight forwarder has highlighted. Read more here.
Top 20 air cargo hubs: Facing up to a challenging market
Last year was not easy for the world’s leading air cargo hubs as Covid put pressure on operations. However, the cargo sector continues to invest and is looking ahead to a brighter future.
Covid-19 saw airport passenger terminals turned into ghost towns in 2020, but airfreight kept flowing through global hubs, be it on freighters or preighters. Read more here.
Swissport offers virtual tour of Frankfurt facility
Swissport’s cargo warehouse at Frankfurt Airport is now also in the digital space. The 17,00 sq m facility, which was opened in November 2020 and also has a certified Pharma Centre, is equipped with an automated material handling system. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Latest supply chain challenge: China’s terrestrial AIS data blackout
Logistics managers around the world have faced unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and now another hurdle has been added. American Shipper has learned that since China began implementing its new privacy laws on Nov. 1, many Chinese automatic identification system (AIS) terrestrial providers have stopped transmitting data until they understand the regulations. Read more here.
Ships calling LA and Long Beach told to queue up 150 miles from shore
A working group of maritime industry stakeholders that includes the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Marine Shipping Association and Marine Exchange of Southern California came up with a new queueing process for containerships at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. As of November 16, vessels heading eastbound for those ports will be required to wait to berth 150 miles from the coast. (Northbound and southbound ships can wait closer to shore, but not within 50 miles.) Read more here.
Port congestion cascades into intra-Asia services, disrupting container traffic
The global cascading effect of port congestion is playing havoc with intra-Asia trade lanes, with large amounts of cargo stuck at transhipment hubs in the south-east.
According to Peter Sundara, global head of ocean freight for a major cargo owner, transhipment freight from Europe, Africa, Oceania and the US is being “dumped” – in Singapore, particularly. Read more here (login required).
Hapag-Lloyd updates delays at North American ports
A Hapag-Lloyd ‘Operational Update’ reported on delays unloading its containers for customers at a number of North American ports published on November 4th, 2021
Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach: Ships waiting 13 days for a berth. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL USINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Warning of cybercrime on the rise and passwords being traded online
Logistics industry professionals are being advised to change their passwords.
Not only is it an opportune moment for cybercriminals to attack the supply chain sector, but access to logistics backend systems is being bought and sold more often than usual, according to Boston cyber firm Intel 471. Read more here (login required).
Snowstorms, flood risk returning to Pacific Northwest
Another series of powerful storms is underway across portions of the Pacific Northwest. Shippers, carriers and customers should expect delays in freight flows over the next several days.
The frequency and intensity of the storms will produce heavy precipitation totals along with strong winds in western parts of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada. This includes the major cities of Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Read more here.