Newsletter – September 23, 2020

  • Newsletter – September 23, 2020


    September Traffic Remains Steady In The US – What Is Going On?
    September is going pretty well for airlines. Riding high off a strong August, passenger numbers have mostly held steady, avoiding the “September Slump.” In fact, the first full week of September was the best week for US airlines since March. Airlines had previously forecasted a difficult September, so what is going on? Read more here.


    Container shortage crisis spreads to India delaying exports
    A container shortage in India is causing long delays for exporters, especially on US trades.
    Earlier this month, The Loadstar reported the operational impact from the creeping equipment shortage in Asia ? dominant headhaul traffic has caused empties to pile-up at ports in the US and Australia, for example, prompting carriers to plead for the swift return of used import boxes. Read more here.

    Low retail inventories boost transpacific demand
    A steep and sudden decline in retail inventory levels is likely to be behind the buoyant demand picture on the transpacific container trades, but the recovery could be short-lived as stock levels adjust to the new normal.
    An analysis of US Census Bureau data by Sea-Intelligence shows that the impact on the pandemic on inventories in the US has been the most extreme since measurements began in 1992, and have affected manufacturing, wholesale and retail stocks. Read more here.

    Port of Halifax Container Dwell Update
    The following update was provided yesterday by the Port of Halifax in response to CIFFA’s request for information.

    The Port of Halifax continues to experience congestion at its two container terminals. All supply chain providers are working to clear the backlogs as quickly as possible. Current dwell information is posted to the online Port Operations Centre.

    The situation is larger than just Halifax; supply chain congestion and rail capacity issues are being felt across the country and in the U.S. We are working closely with our partners including labour, CN Rail and the terminal operators to restore service to normal levels.
    Please contact the ocean carrier regarding specific container consignments. Terminal operating inquires for vessels arriving either of the two container terminals at Halifax are to be directed as follows:

    South End Container Terminal (operated by PSA Halifax):
    Andy Herriott, Chief Commercial Officer – 902-818-0420,
    Martin Kusy, Commercial Services Manager – 902-210-5590,

    Maersk Refuses Bookings for Shipments to Sydney as the Port Struggles to Cope

    Despite signs of a rapprochement between docker unions and container terminal employers in the port of Sydney, shippers have been warned to expect continuing congestion in container supply chains. And some carriers are refusing bookings for shipments to the port. Read more here.


    Teddy hits Canada with 60 mph winds, heavy rain
    Teddy made landfall in Nova Scotia as a post-tropical storm Wednesday morning, delivering heavy rain and 60 mph winds in the Canadian Maritimes province.
    The storm spared the Port of Halifax a direct hit. Meanwhile, the impacts to trucking and CN rail operations remained unclear. Read more here.


    UK government warns of looming freight and border chaos
    Leaked UK government documents warn of weeks or months of freight and border disruptions and chaos from January, when the Britain’s transition period from leaving the EU ends, including queues of up to 7,000 lorries in Kent and two-day delays to cross into the European Union, unless there is urgent progress made in preparing for the looming changes to UK-EU trading arrangements. Read more here.

    Covid-19 accelerating shift of manufacturers away from China
    Global supply chain disruption caused by global coronavirus lockdowns and simmering Sino-American tensions ahead of US Presidential elections are prompting beneficial cargo owners and their 3PL partners to ratchet up efforts to find non-China sourcing options.
    And although the full scale of any migration of sourcing away from the east Asian manufacturing powerhouse will take some time to emerge, freight forwarders say the process of manufacturers diversifying their supply options has already begun and is expected to accelerate – particularly among US firms. Read more here.

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