Global & Regional News

  • Madagascar: Reminder of container loading rules

    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.
  • Try These Ideas Before Privatizing Military Moves

    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.
  • Helsinki Bridge suffers another mishap

    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.
  • UK truckers set for temporary EU permit-free access in a no deal Brexit

    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.
  • Fast-developing South-east Asian road network is giving air a run for its money

    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.
  • Algeria: Delays expected during presidential campaign

    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.).
  • Global airport congestion increases in 2019, pushes carriers to consider new locations

    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.
  • Asia-Europe carriers must 'think outside the box' to counter impact of new tonnage

    Mar 4, 2019 — High capacity and low demand will leave ocean carriers on Asia-North Europe routes in a tight spot, with analysts suggesting even mild growth would seem a major victory.
  • Cheap Prices Will Be the Latest Casualty of the Trucker Shortage

    Mar 4, 2019 — America simply doesn’t have enough truck drivers to deliver everything it needs to ship. That has trucking companies scrambling to find ways to keep costs down.
  • Maersk and ZIM boxships collide at Busan Port

    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.
  • Forwarders rally response to congested US air hubs

    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.
  • FAST Act HHG Working Group Report of Recommendations

    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.
  • Air freight operators get together to step up contingency plans for no-deal Brexit

    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.
  • FMCSA Formally Ends Its Driver Diabetes Exemption Program

    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.
  • Sudan: Port dockers strike adds to delays

    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.
  • Challenges to US urban supply chains mount

    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.
  • Georgia Ports Authority Unveils ‘Big Berth, Big Ship’ Expansion Plan for Savannah

    Feb 6, 2019 — The Georgia Ports Authority unveiled a plan Tuesday to expand the Port of Savannah to simultaneously handle six 14,000 TEU vessels by 2024.
  • A 'freight first' approach is need to beat road and rail congestion in the UK

    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.”
  • First call by MOL car carrier in Cambodia

    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.
  • China: Nanjing Customs procedure change

    Jan 25, 2019 — AGS Shanghai wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that Nanjing customs has decided to harmonise its procedures with those practiced at a national level.
  • 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.”