Newsletter – November 22, 2019
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Air freight in 2020: optimism breaks out at TIACAfreigthwaves.comThere was a surprising sense of positivity about the air cargo industry’s prospects in 2020 as stakeholders converged on Hungary this week. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
‘Bitter taste’ in 2M as MSC poaches star exec and noses toward top liner ranking
Maersk’s cuts in capital expenditure, including its decision not to order new vessels in the next two years, will clear the way for MSC to take over as the top-ranked ocean carrier, according to Alphaliner. Read more here.
Afterlife of Shipping Containers
Shipping containers have a liefspan of roughly 25-35 years. Once the containers are retired, many take on innovative forms. Here’s a look at 5 brilliant shipping container transformations. Read more here.
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Propane shortage hitting Ontario and Quebec as rail strike goes ontorontosun.comThe CN Rail strike is about to make itself felt as a propane shortage grips the country.This isn’t something that will simply hurt those looking to throw a steak on the BBQ, it will hurt farmers trying to dry crops that have just come off the fields as well as the many people across rural areas who heat their homes with propane. Read more here.
Canadian Retail Sales Fall Less Than Forecast in Septemberbloomberg.comRetail sales fell in September for the first time in three months, though the decline was less than economists had anticipated.Canadian retailers sold 0.1% fewer goods in the month as consumers spent less on motor vehicles and gasoline, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa. That beat the median forecast in a Bloomberg survey for a 0.3% decline. Excluding motor vehicles, retail sales climbed 0.2%. Read more here.
Vancouver gets ridesharing – what will it do to a heavily congested city?canadasailings.caAfter tolerating the dubious distinction of being the only major location in North America where ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft have been prevented from operating, residents and visitors to British Columbia will soon have the option of using a rideshare service to get where they’re going. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Sri Lanka aims to be global maritime and logistics hubseanews.com.trSRI Lanka has set its sights on becoming a global maritime and logistics centre on a par with Dubai and Singapore given its advantageous geographic location in South Asia. Read more here.