Hong Kong forwarders welcome shelving of planned security charge hike

Hong Kong forwarders welcome shelving of planned security charge hike The Hong kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA) has welcomed the decision of an unnamed airline to shelve a planned security charge hike, originally due to be introduced on March 20, and has voiced its “heartfelt gratitude “to the Hong Kong SAR Government for its support. In a statement, HAFFA said: “The substantial security charge increase from a

February US retail imports to see larger drop amid coronavirus

With coronavirus causing longer Lunar New Year shutdowns of factories in China, imports at major US retail container ports are expected to see a sharper-than-usual drop this month, according to the Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “February is historically a slow month for imports because of Lunar New Year and the lull between retailers’ holiday season and summer, but this is

U-Freight is ready for 100 percent air cargo security screening from Hong Kong

With the phased implementation of 100 percent air cargo security screening having now started, the U-Freight Group says that it is well placed to assist shippers having become one of the first freight forwarders to have one of its logistics hubs in Hong Kong certified by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (CAD) as a Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facility (RACSF). The enhancement of international standards on air cargo security


Could protectionist policies trigger a recession?

Key figures in aviation have raised concerns over the impact that a global rise in populist governments and protectionist policies is having on air travel. GlobalData’s aviation writer Adele Berti says: “Gripped by worldwide economic uncertainty, the aviation industry currently finds itself in a difficult position, divided by two contrasting trends. On the one hand, passenger numbers are growing, with recent Airport Council International (ACI) World figures estimating 8.8 million

World's largest container ship completes first voyage from Asia to Europe

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company today announced that MSC Gülsün, the world’s largest container ship, has arrived in Europe after completing its landmark maiden voyage from the north of China. MSC Gülsün is the first of a new class of 23,000+ TEU* vessels to be added in 2019-2020 to the global shipping network of MSC, a world leader in transportation and logistics. Built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje shipyard

New protection for seized shipping

Hiscox, the specialist global insurer, has developed a new security product to help protect shipping targeted by nation states. Malicious Vessel Seizure will respond to a single peril of a ship taken by a foreign government, providing Loss of Hire costs and the services of leading crisis management consultancy – Control Risks. Heightened tension in the Middle East and particularly in the politically sensitive area in and around the Strait

Stolt Tank Containers invests in depot expansion at Houston, US increasing storage capacity by 40%

Stolt Tank Containers (STC) has recently completed its US$11 million investment at its Houston, Texas depot, increasing storage capacity by 40% to 80,000 square metres. This significant upgrade means the depot now has the capacity to store 3,000 empty and 400 loaded tanks, offering customers a one-stop-shop for loading, storage, heating, cleaning and repairs. The Houston metropolitan area comprises the largest concentration of petrochemical manufacturing in the world as well

WEIG Group selects sixfold real-time visibility to support ‘Driven by Care’ initiative

Sixfold platform to improve customer service by proactively informing WEIG customers of shipment delivery status. Sixfold, Europe’s leading provider of real-time predictive visibility of shipments across the supply chain, today announces that the WEIG Group has become the latest customer to join its fast-expanding secure data visibility network. WEIG Group, a major supplier of carton board, printed folding carton and plasterboard liner, chose Sixfold to support its new “Driven by

New Teesport Rail service drives environmental benefits for IKEA

PD Ports has launched a dedicated rail freight service between Teesport and Doncaster in partnership with GB Railfreight, for its major customer Containerships – Intra-European leader of multimodal transport. The new service is responding to the growing demand for Teesport as the Northern UK gateway for trade which continues to see year-on-year growth across its container platform. The twice-daily rail service removes 120 daily road movements from the heavily congested

aircitypost accelerates customs clearance for millions of monthly ecommerce shipments with Descartes’ Air AMS Solution

Descartes Systems Group, leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that New York-based aircitypost, a leading ecommerce express shipping provider, is leveraging the Descartes Air Automated Manifest System (Air AMS) solution to comply with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rules that allow for the express customs clearance and release of ecommerce air cargo shipments valued at US$800 or less. “With the explosion of international ecommerce, aircitypost’s shipment volumes have more than