Newsletter – October 13, 2020
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Soon You Might Not Have To Remove Your Mask To Pass Through Airport Security
Wearing a mask is commonplace for all portions of air travel today. But how can facial recognition technology at security checkpoints be expected to recognize us with half our face covered? Arun Vemury, Director of Biometrics and Identity Technology Center at the Department for Homeland Security (DHS), discussed the research being done to avoid this process, and how facemasks may well work with biometrics in future to allow us to wear a mask for the entirety of our journey. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Halifax clears container pile-up from Covid and Montreal dock strikeseanews.com.trCANADA’s Port of Halifax has been working to clear a backlog of containers that have been accumulating at its terminals because of a rebound in traffic after Covid lockdowns and cargo diversions from a dock strike in Montreal, reports Fort Lauderdale’s Maritime Executive.Port authorities told the Canadian Broadcasting Company that it has been a logjam but they are hopeful that they will catch up clear it in the next week. Read more here.
Quick response to sudden leap in demand sees Hapag-Lloyd in calmer waterstheloadstar.comCarriers responded quickly to the surprisingly strong rebound in east-west trades – particularly on the transpacific, where capacity was back to 2019 levels by July and last month exceeded last September by 11.6%.The liner industry had had “no other option” at the start of the pandemic, when demand plummeted, than to start aggressive blanking of sailings, said Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen in an update yesterday. Read more here.
CMA CGM online system back up and runningsplash247.comFrench containerline CMA CGM has confirmed that the company’s e-commerce sites have resumed operations with all their main functionalities up and running. The recovery took two weeks, after initially being hit by a cyber attack on September 28.A number of CMA CGM’s websites went down, the culprit later revealed as the ransomware Ragnar Locker. The French carrier later announced that in addition it might have suffered a data breach. Read more here.
Despite peace talks at Port Botany, container congestion remains criticaltheloadstar.comBox congestion at Sydney’s port Botany remains “critical”, with the continuing surplus of empty containers costing transport operators millions in extra logistics.While industrial action is currently on hold pending negotiations between the country’s three major stevedores and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the bottleneck created last month could take months to clear. Read more here.
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Ontario proposes to allow 24-hour deliveriesinsidelogistics.caTORONTO, Ont. – Proposed legislation in Ontario would pave the way for 24-hour deliveries to businesses.The Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, introduced by Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, Prabmeet Sarkaria, contains measures to help small businesses rebuild, reinvest and create jobs. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Indian shippers and carriers in war of words over box trade imbalancetheloadstar.comIndian exporters have slammed shipping lines over the country’s continuing container shortage and soaring freight rates – but carriers say the worsening trade imbalance is to blame.Last week, the Engineering Export Promotion Council of India called on the government to set up a regulator to rein-in what it claimed were “monopolistic” practices of shipping lines. Read more here.
The age of near-shoring? Too much disruption to supply chains, say shipperstheloadstar.comCoronavirus and the resulting disruption has inevitably provoked another round of debate on whether global supply chains can continue or is the era of near-shoring finally upon us?According to participants in a webinar organized by Reuters yesterday, it would appear there is little appetite for the further disruption that near-shoring would entail. Read more here.