Global & Regional News

  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.