Newsletter – November 30, 2020

  • Newsletter – November 30, 2020


    Some services to Covid-hit LA cancelled, but air cargo rates hold steady
    Air China has cancelled all flights to Los Angeles until 10 December, as has China Southern, according to a Chinese forwarder.
    She anticipated similar moves from China Eastern, although it is expected that Xiamen Airlines would continue.
    The suspensions are due to a further outbreak of Covid-19 in the Californian city, where residents have been told to stay at home. Read more here (login required).


    As shipping’s ‘seasonal lull’ remains anything but, rollovers continue to climb
    Container rollovers at the world’s leading transhipment ports began to climb again last month, according to new research from tracking data provider Ocean Insights.
    After a global decline in rollovers during September, there were increasing numbers of shipments missing their scheduled loadings with almost every carrier. Read more here.

    India moves to regulate freight charges
    India is updating merchant shipping regulations and has outlined plans to regulate freight charges.
    The draft Merchant Shipping Bill, posted online for public consultation, contains the following rules.
    “Every service provider or agent, in respect of any Indian ship or other ship operating in coastal waters, in relation to import, export or domestic transportation, shall specify the all-inclusive freight in the bill of lading or any other transport document, in such mode and manner as may be notified. Read more here.

    New cranes arrive in Vancouver harbour for container terminal expansion
    This week GCT Global Container Terminals’ Vanterm facility in the Port of Vancouver took delivery of two new 14,000 TEU capable ship-to-shore cranes. The heavy load carrier, Zhen Hua 35, carried a total of five gantry cranes over 5,000 nautical miles from Shanghai. GCT’s new cranes will be among the most advanced in North America. Electrically powered, they feature regenerative drives that can provide power back into the grid and high-efficiency LED lighting. Read more here.

    Spike in empty containers leaving Port of Los Angeles
    Record high volumes and freight rates between the Far East and the US West Coast (USWC) have caused a spike in the number of containers leaving the Port of Los Angeles empty in a rush back to the Far East, as freight rates are easily five times higher going from East to West than the other way around, shipping association BIMCO highlights.  Read more here.


    Squeeze on US truck capacity and lack of drivers keeps rates high
    With tender rejections at record highs, shippers are seeing contract rates follow the upward momentum of spot pricing in the US trucking market.
    For their part, operators have been spending more on driver recruitment and retention, as the shortage is keeping a lid on capacity expansion. Read more here.


    Update for Importers and Brokers of Organic Products
    In the week of December 14, the organic import and admissibility requirements for processed products of chapter 20 will be incorporated into AIRS, in accordance with clause 357(3) of Part 13 of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. The organic certificate will be required to accompany the shipment and be declared at the time of import.
    Starting in 2022, importers of organic commodities for which the import requirements are included in AIRS will be required to submit a digital copy of the organic product certificate when declaring organic products online using the Integrated Import Declaration system.
    If you have questions, contact the Canada Organic Regime team, at

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