Global & Regional News

  • Singapore developing standards for seamless digitalisation of shipping trade documents

    Jan 23, 2019 — Singapore is aiming to move forward with the digitalisation of shipping trade documentaton such as Bills of Lading (BLs) by developing standards inter-operability of different solutions that use technology such as block chain.
  • Forwarders step up to prepare for ‘hard Brexit’

    Jan 18, 2019 — Following the rejection of United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May’s European Union withdrawal agreement, in a statement today the British International Freight Association (BIFA) recommended its members prepare for what it expects will be “a hard Brexit.”
  • Maersk to begin random container inspections over safety fears

    Jan 16, 2019 — Maersk Line is set to begin physically inspecting container contents as part of its efforts to stem the increasing numbers of fires that break out inside boxes during transit, as well as boxes in which cargo moves or is damaged due to not being lashed correctly.
  • Zimbabwe: Social unrest to cause delays

    Jan 16, 2019 — Zimbabwe has been facing a difficult economic situation for the past couple of months. The president's announcement on Saturday evening of a 300% fuel price increase triggered a three-day strike by the Zimbabwean Trade Union Confederation. Many protests followed, paralyzing the economy in the country's two largest cities; the capital, Harare and Bulawayo.
  • Sudan: New anti-government protests expected

    Jan 16, 2019 — AGS Sudan wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that a call for protest was launched in Sudan for Thursday 17 January 2019. The country is facing regular anti-government protests which slow down economic activity in the capital of Khartoum and other cities around the country.
  • Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why

    Jan 15, 2019 — Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move.
  • Mali: Strike to cause delays

    Jan 11, 2019 — The National Union of Workers of Mali (UNTM) announced, on Tuesday evening, a 72-hour general strike of workers in the public and private sectors throughout the country. Malian Customs is at a standstill, blocking all operations. The stoppage, scheduled between 9 and 11 January 2019 could be renewed if no dialogue is initiated with the government. Additional charges (storage, demurrage, etc.) are to be expected.
  • Container terminals still ‘solid, profitable business’

    Jan 11, 2019 — The global container terminal industry is expected to “remain a very solid, profitable business” this year with a throughput of more than 800 million TEUs generating earnings before income, taxes, depreciation and amortization in excess of $25 billion, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants.
  • Cambodian container traffic sees solid growth

    Jan 11, 2019 — Container traffic at Cambodia’s main ports increased significantly in 2018, according to port authorities. The number of containers handled at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, the nation’s only deep-sea port, increased by 16.9 percent, reaching a total of 537,107 TEU by the end of 2018.
  • Will This Year’s Moving Season be Better than 2018?

    Jan 9, 2019 — After the unfortunate moving season of 2018, with numerous military families reporting damage to their household goods and delays, U.S. Transportation Command has been working with defense and service officials to improve the relocation experience.
  • Panama cuts maximum draught for new locks

    Jan 9, 2019 — The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has decreased the maximum allowable draught for vessels transiting the neo-panamax locks at the beginning of January, effective 11 February.
  • Sudan: Protests to cause delays

    Jan 8, 2019 — AGS Sudan wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that due to ongoing protests in Sudan, and especially in Khartoum, our operations are expected to slow down until Wednesday, 09 January 2019.
  • Gabon: Tense political situation to cause delays

    Jan 8, 2019 — "AGS Gabon wishes to inform our colleagues and partners of possible delays following an attempted coup that took place on Monday morning in Gabon. The situation appears to be under control at the moment and troops have been deployed, but the situation remains unstable. Please note that operations at our Gabonese branches will be affected."
  • North American Van Lines 2018 Migration Report

    Jan 7, 2019 — To kick off 2019, North American Van Lines has released their 2018 Migration Report, which covers the state-to-state relocation of millions of Americans over each of the past seven years.
  • As the U.S. shutdown drags on, the threat to supply chains grows

    Jan 7, 2019 — Initial repercussions for logistics from the US government shutdown have been slight so far, but the prospect of lingering paralysis is raising fears of severe supply chain disruption that may take a long time to mend.
  • Toys and televisions litter island beaches after cargo ship loses containers

    Jan 3, 2019 — At least 21 containers which fell off a cargo ship near the German Wadden Sea island of Borkum have washed up on the Dutch coast, littering the beaches with toys, chairs and even flat-screen tvs.
  • Burning Car Carrier Sincerity Ace Abandoned in Pacific Ocean; Two Missing, Three Fatalities Confirmed

    Jan 2, 2019 — The U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and two merchant vessels are continuing searching for two missing crew members from the burning car carrier Sincerity Ace approximately 1,800 nautical miles (2,000 miles) northwest of Oahu, Hawaii, the Coast Guard updated Tuesday.
  • Warning issued about West Coast port congestion

    Dec 21, 2018 — Terminals are being hit with heavy volumes because of tariffs at a time when many longshoremen are taking vacation.
  • A ‘no-deal’ Brexit will slow air connectivity

    Dec 21, 2018 — Ahead of the 29 March 2019, ACI Europe has warned that a no-deal Brexit scenario would halt growth of the aviation industry.
  • Heavy delays at German ports

    Dec 19, 2018 — Port operations will be under pressure during the Christmas and New Year’s period in Germany, and delays should be expected. A lack of trucks and drivers in Germany, as well as skeleton crews at the ports and at customs are the biggest contributors to the delays.
  • Budapest Airport plans growth strategy for Asia with new routes

    Dec 18, 2018 — Budapest Airport (BUD) has announced its new growth strategy for Asia, set to launch in the new year, which includes the addition of several direct freighter and belly cargo routes to China. Although details on schedules and frequency are still to be determined, the new flights are expected to begin operations next summer.
  • China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan port sees record container throughput

    Dec 13, 2018 — Annual container throughput has hit a record-high of 25 million standard containers at Ningbo-Zhoushan Port in east China’s Zhejiang Province, the port’s operator said. As of November, the port’s annual cargo throughput had exceeded 1 billion tonnes, up 7.4 percent year on year, according to Zhejiang Seaport Group, the operator.
  • FMC to standardise container detention and demurrage across the US

    Dec 10, 2018 — US shipping regulatory body the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is to introduce revised rules covering container detention and demurrage practices across the country after commissioner Rebecca Dye released the results of an eight-month investigation into how carrier and container terminal apply the charges.
  • How China Is Reviving The Silk Road By Buying Ports In The Mediterranean

    Dec 7, 2018 — China is about to bring the Silk Road back to life, investing billions of dollars to improve trade relationships. Beijing is building its way to European markets by constructing a network of infrastructures that will grant the transfer of Chinese goods worldwide through the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Americans Are Moving Less Than Ever

    Dec 4, 2018 — According to recently released data from the U.S. Census, only 10.1% of adults moved homes from August 2017 to August 2018. This is the lowest rate of moving since the government began collected data in 1948.
  • Truck driver shortage crisis now spreading across the whole of Europe

    Dec 3, 2018 — European road transport firms are racing toward a driver shortage crisis of 150,000 unfilled jobs, according to research from Transport Intelligence. A report released last week shows that in just six countries – the UK, Germany, France, Denmark Sweden and Norway – the shortage adds up to 127,500.
  • Visiting Three Ports, Ferry Successfully Completes Fully Autonomous Test in Norway

    Nov 30, 2018 — Finnish technology group Wärtsilä says it has successfully tested the fully autonomous operation of a ferry on a route in Norway in what is believed to be the first ever attempt at fully automated dock-to-dock operation for a vessel of this size.
  • China: Update on cargo manifest regulation

    Nov 28, 2018 — China Customs is now strictly enforcing the new cargo manifest regulation – in force since 01 June. This regulation now applies, not only to imports, but also to all exports (air and sea).
  • Landmark Call to Thailand Port as Largest Ever Container Ship to Visit the Country Takes on Freight

    Nov 27, 2018 — A landmark was reached at the weekend when the ONE Columba called at Laem Chabang Port, making it at 145,647 gross tonnes the largest ever container ship to berth anywhere in the country. The vessel is 364 metres and with a carrying capacity of 14,053 TEUs.
  • India: Port and dock workers to join strike on Jan 8-9

    Nov 27, 2018 — The Water Transport Workers Federation of India has decided to join hands with other sister federations in the port sector to oppose the move to bring the Major Port Authorities Bill 2016 in the winter session of Parliament. It was also decided to participate in the two-day nationwide strike to be held on January 8 and 9 at the call of 10 central trade unions.