Mar 15, 2019
— AGS Madagascar wishes to remind its colleagues and partners of the rules for loading containers, especially relating to the loading of motor vehicles.
In most cases, cars and motorcycles are loaded into the bottom of containers, behind the household goods, which means that dockers must first remove all personal effects in order to access the vehicles for SGS to conduct its inspection. Not only does this additional handling represent a waste of valuable time, but the HHGs and the vehicle are likely to be reinserted incorrectly. In order to avoid this situation in future, we’d like to urge you to enforce the rules when loading motor vehicles into containers.
Please ensure that cars and motorcycles are systematically loaded on the door side of the container.
Mar 13, 2019
— Privatization might look good on paper, but there are many holes. A single move manager would oversee all contracts with individual moving companies. But with that simplicity come larger concerns over a lack of contractor accountability and the dangers of multiple layers of subcontracting.
Mar 7, 2019
— A boxship operated by Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) hit severe weather yesterday morning in the Atlantic resulting in a number of container stacks at the aft of the ship collapsing.
Mar 6, 2019
— UK hauliers may be able to maintain operations in the European Union (EU) without permits for certain services over a nine month period in the event of a no deal Brexit. A provisional agreement between the European Parliament and Member States to allow UK hauliers to work without European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits still needs to be formally confirmed.
Mar 6, 2019
— Singapore-based YCH Group has entered South-east Asia’s burgeoning cross-border road freight market with the launch of its China-ASEAN Regular Shuttle Service. YCH claims the service can challenge air freight on transit times, with 45ft container trucks plying the 4,500km route from Chongqing to Singapore.
Mar 5, 2019
— Delays are to be expected in the following weeks due to the upcoming presidential elections in the country, scheduled for 18 April 2019.
President Bouteflika’s announcement that he will seek a fifth term in the elections has provoked strong reactions from the opposition. Several protests have already taken place to contest his candidature and more protests are scheduled over the coming days and weeks. Demonstrations are likely to disturb the progress of operations and will lead to significant delays and additional charges (demurrages, storage, etc.).
Mar 5, 2019
— The International Air Transport Association released its 2019 worldwide airport slot report showing increased congestion levels at major airports, which may push cargo providers to seek other airport options.
Mar 4, 2019
— Containerships Safmarine Nokwanda and Tianjin collided at South Korea’s Busan Container Terminal on Saturday, leading to damage on both ships. Tianjin suffered major damage and a number of containers from the ship were crushed and fell off the ship following the collision.
Mar 4, 2019
— Shippers willing to pay a premium price for air freight to ensure speed and reliability in major US markets are often shortchanged on both, as shipments are regularly delayed on and around traffic-snarled, truck-congested airports.
Feb 27, 2019
— This report provides information on the 19 recommendations developed by the Working Group formed at the request of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Pub. Law No. 114-9 to:
*Condense publication ESA 03005 (“Ready to Move?”) of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) into a format that can be more easily used by consumers;
*Use state-of-the-art education techniques and technologies, including optimizing the use of the internet as an educational tool; and
*Reduce and simplify the paperwork required of motor carriers and shippers in interstate transportation.
Feb 26, 2019
— In support of the saying that freight is like water and will always find a way to flow, today a partnership of Leipzig-Halle and Liverpool airports, together with Wynne Aviation Services, Jota Aviation, Airport Park Leipzig-Halle, Volga-Dnepr Group and handler Portground announced a Brexit contingency plan.
Feb 25, 2019
— The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Feb. 21 formally announced the immediate end of its exemption process for the medical certification of insulin-dependent truck and bus drivers.
Feb 25, 2019
— On Friday 22 February, President Omar al-Bashir dissolved the government and declared a state of emergency. Anti-government protests are taking place almost daily since December, causing a serious slowdown in the economy. The situation remains very tense with many deaths reported and hundreds of arrests. In addition to the social unrest, a strike by port workers at the Port of Sudan has commenced on 14 February 2019. The dockers have closed the port to protest against the concession of the container terminal to a Philippine company.
Feb 6, 2019
— Problems rooted in truck capacity and driver availability are likely to get worse, rather than better, regardless of the economic cycle. “Relentless competition” and widespread urbanization are two of the top trends that will reshape trucking and logistics in the US and elsewhere as e-commerce expectations set by Amazon and its customers challenge traditional delivery strategies.
Jan 29, 2019
— “Prioritising improvement on just 2.4% of England’s road network and key routes in Scotland and Wales, together with just seven out of around 1,000 major junctions on the rail network, would transform our freight network and unlock value to the UK economy which would by far outstrip the cost of investment.”
Jan 28, 2019
— A Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) car carrier has made a first call for such a vessel type in Cambodia. The 6,400 standard passenger car capacity, MOL-operated Grand Orion was the company’s first car carrier to call in Cambodia when it berth at the Port of Sihanoukville this week.
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.
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.”