Friday, December 14, 2018
Barig secretary general Michael Hoppe said there had been some initial successes in the process of digitising supply chains, such as Frankfurt's FAIR@Link airport apron guidance system and the digital declaration of hazardous goods, but more is needed."To adequately manage capacity bottlenecks, the lack of qualified personnel and competitive disadvantages due to lower operating costs in other countries, more courage for digitalisation and innovation is still required," he wrote."This inevitably includes an increased harmonisation, deregulation and reducing bureaucracy of processes."BARIG drives these topics forward in the BARIG Air Cargo & Logistics Committee as well as with the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt and representatives of all areas of the air cargo process chain."BARIG's Air Cargo and Logistics Committee recently met with the Association of Air Cargo Handlers in Germany, the German Association for Freight Forwarding and Logistics and Fraport, to discuss the optimisation of logistics and air cargo in the country.
"The group will now dedicate one of its 12 Antonov An-124-100 freighter aircraft as well as crews, technical support teams and special loading equipment for unique cargoes to the Houston facility," said Volga-Dnepr cargo chief Konstantin Vekshin, adding that the company first opened a sales office there in 2001. "The base will be staffed by load planning engineers and load masters, operations, navigation and ground-handling specialists, and provide unique and specialised on-site engineering and delivery solutions to enable the safe and secure transportation of heavy and outsize cargoes," Mr Vekshin said."The commitment brings us even closer to our customers geographically and enhances our ability to provide special 'out-of-the-box' solutions which make our customers' lives easier," he said.
The government of Kenya is looking to empower the youth, women and people living with disabilities through a partnership that seeks to support Kenya with technical and financial cooperation.According to Mr Rotich, Kenya and Germany have finalised long-overdue negotiations that culminated in a partnership deal that will enable Kenyans access to German programmes in the country with utmost focus placed on the youth, reported Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation. Germany has promised to support Kenya in good governance and decentralisation, agriculture, irrigation, energy, health, climate change and promotion of youth employment.
The airport said seven million passengers used the airport in October, compared with 6.9 million in the same month a year ago. Year to date, 74.5 million passengers used the airport, up 1.5 per cent.Passenger traffic growth at Dubai airport, the world's busiest for international travellers, has slowed this year after 15 years of robust increases.
Said Tecon Santos chief operating officer Marlos Silva Tavares: "The new tractors will be instrumental in helping us address this growth and ensuring our operations can continue to run smoothly and efficiently."
"APL recognises that we can be instrumental in preventing illicit wildlife trading if we do not transport these products; and discourage consumption of these products by educating our stakeholders," said APL eco chief Dennis Yee.This builds on APL's policy not to ship shark fin, dolphins, whales, elephant tusks as well as rhinoceros and antelope horns.Said Mr Yee: "Abiding by all laws and regulations, we will stay aligned with global environmental sustainability initiatives and collaborate with like-minded stakeholder groups to make a difference in wildlife protection."
"The steady increase in neopanamax transits reflects our customer's confidence in the Panama Canal route," said Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano.Of the 5,000 neopanamax vessels that have transited to date, 51 per cent have been from the container segment.Liquefied petroleum gas vessels constitute another 26 per cent, and liquefied natural gas carriers, a relatively new segment to the Panama Canal, make up 10 per cent. Dry and liquid bulk carriers, car carriers and cruise ships make up the remaining transits.
With an estimated annual container handling capacity of 800,000 TEU in the first phase of development, the new terminal would help ease congestion at Guayaquil, Ecuador's main port where there are expansion limitations. Once the new terminal is built, vessels of.15,000 TEU will be able to call with its 16.5 metres alongside, reported FreshPlaza.
Tariff collections topped US$5 billion in October, representing two per cent of federal tax revenue, according to data from the Treasury Department released by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a lobby of manufacturing, farming and technology groups. President Donald Trump campaigned on an aggressive trade agenda, and from early this year has imposed or considered tariffs on thousands of products from dishwashers to semiconductors. US revenue from tariffs has begun to build rapidly only in the last few months, as more of the levies have taken effect. The amount of tariffs being paid by US importers has doubled since May, including an increase of more than 30 per cent from August to October, according to the data. The sum has risen through the year as steel and aluminum tariffs were applied to imports from a growing group of countries, then surged in October, which was the first full month in which US tariffs were in place on a full $250 billion of imports from China. Many US companies are also facing retaliatory tariffs from China - and from Canada, Mexico, the European Union and other countries hit by US tariffs this year on steel and aluminum. Data from the research group the Trade Partnership, which works with Tariffs Hurt the Heartland to assess the impact of tariffs, estimate that more than $1 billion in tariffs were paid on US exports in October, based on the volume of trade of affected goods. Tariffs were the primary source of federal revenue before World War I, but that share has dwindled with the introduction of the income tax and the liberalisation of trade.
The revised port rotation for the GME service will be: Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Shenzhen-Yantian, Houston, Mobile and Tampa. Import transit time to port Tampa Bay from China will be 31 days, and export transit time from the port to China will be 27 days. Connections on the new service will be provided to/from markets beyond China throughout Asia, reported the American Journal of Tranportation. "This is a historic development for port Tampa Bay and we are honoured to welcome Cosco Shipping to the port Tampa Bay family," said port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson. "This new direct Asian service will provide importers and exporters very competitive transit times on a weekly fixed day service calling port Tampa Bay every Monday." Port Tampa Bay is the closest port to Florida's fastest growing region and its largest consumer market - the Tampa Bay/Orlando I-4 Corridor. As trucking costs have risen, port Tampa Bay's location is recognised as offering the lowest delivery cost solution for exporters and importers. Home to half the state's population of 21 million, the I-4 Corridor has the largest concentration of distribution centres in the state. From this central location in the Florida peninsula, importers and exporters achieve significant savings in their truck delivery costs to serve the entire state, as well as reaching into markets throughout the southeast and beyond.
The chamber anticipates more Iranian goods and agricultural products will be shipped to Oman as a result of launching this new shipping route. The first shipping route linking the two countries was introduced in March 2015 and links Iran's port of Bandar Abbas to Oman's Sohar port. The Iran-Oman Joint Chamber of Commerce said the Bandar Abbas-Sohar route was temporarily closed due to US sanctions on Iran but has since resumed operations.In December 2016 direct shipping routes from two Omani ports to the Iranian port of Shahid Bahonar were established, and in December 2017 another shipping service between Sohar port and Khorramshahr was launched, reported Dubai's Logistics Middle East.
Specifically, the two parties are collaborating to "cultivate a new generation of data science, info-comms and engineering professionals for Singapore's future port in Tuas," a PSA release said. The new Tuas port will utilise big data, automation technologies and smart systems to raise terminal productivity and service quality. To build the competencies required to manage the complex ecosystems in Tuas port, PSA will contribute port-related content to SUTD curriculum, giving students exposure and advancing their knowledge in smart technologies and systems used in port operations.PSA will also work with SUTD to build a talent pipeline to support the company's extensive network of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, which is an enabler of port operations. The port operator is also providing internship opportunities to SUTD students to enable them to learn and apply engineering principles, info-communications and security and data science knowledge to modern port operations and equipment. "PSA has adapted quickly to embark on a journey of embracing evolving technologies including digitalisation, complex designs and total system thinking efforts that are motivating the rapid changes in the maritime industry. Jobs are being redesigned and we are building the competencies needed to reinforce our digital readiness," said CEO Southeast Asia Ong Kim Pong."PSA values SUTD's strength in combining design thinking and technology and nurturing technically-grounded innovators. This timely partnership allows both parties to capitalise on each other's strengths and PSA is pleased to provide SUTD students with opportunities for practical industry experience and the chance to pursue exciting careers in PSA," said Mr Pong. SUTD president professor Chong Tow Chong said: "SUTD's strategic partnership with PSA will not only offer our students valuable hands-on experience in the actual global port environment but also encourage the free flow of information, ideas and innovation between both organisations. Together, we look forward to forging new frontiers for the maritime sector and innovate new processes."
"Currently there are many trains at the border and it's difficult to estimate border crossing times," said the Eliron Cargo Tracking statement."During the year 2018 the average border grossing time at the Shankou-Dostyg have been two days," it said.Its note to clients reads: "The 11.27 Shankou westbound ZZ train with 5,665 km until Brest with 5,695 km to Mala, with 6,655 km to Hamburg. We will adjust the real-time operations of the train, not having new information, please be informed."
Shipments to the US rose 10 per cent annually to $46.2 billion, while imports into China dropped 25 per cent to $10.7 billion, according to China's General Administration of Customs.China's overall trade picture was less rosy with global shipments growing at the slowest pace in eight months, official figures showed, reported the Nikkei Asian Review.Exports climbed 5.4 per cent year-on-year to $227.4 billion and imports grew just three per cent to total $182.7 billion, pointing to sustained weak demand back home. China's overall trade surplus grew to $44.75 billion last month.Analysts warn that this downward trend is likely to continue as both the Chinese and global markets face a bleak economic outlook."China's foreign trade will decelerate eventually as domestic and foreign economic growth moderates and prices fall," analysts from China Merchants Bank told Caixin.
Her Fact Finding 28 inquiry found that demurrage and detention charges can incentivise cargo to move expeditiously and that standardising practices and fees would speed cargo movement.Ms Dye also found that having demurrage start when cargo is actually available would eliminate circumstances that lead demurrage charges. The Commission will now convene Innovation Teams that will address how to providetransparent, standardised language for demurrage and detention practices, clear, simplified, and accessible demurrage and detention billing practices."The handoff of a container from carrier to terminal to trucker to destination is not a linear process. Everything is happening at once and that is why it is so daunting a task," she said. Her report is the culmination of an eight-month examination of the practices of vessel operating common carriers and marine terminal operators in levying charges on shippers.Said Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka: "We applaud the thoughtful, collaborative approach taken in the "Fact Finding 28" report. We believe that convening industry stakeholders as soon as possible to further refine policy details is the appropriate direction."
'Made in China 2025' is a comprehensive development strategy in a group of key technological industries, including aviation, robotics and semiconductors, that has previously been strongly promoted by Beijing. The plan has also been a persistent complaint for the US, which has viewed the efforts as China trying to dominate global manufacturing.The modified plan would appear less ambitious and more open to foreign participation, the sources said.The nature of the revisions are still unclear, however, and there is ample precedent of Beijing making pledges to "opening up" important markets that doesn lead to action."While our industry would welcome less discriminatory policy out of Beijing, more needs to be done beyond simply changing the name of this industrial policy," said John Neuffer, president of US Semiconductor Industry Association. "That would involve meaningful protection of our intellectual property and cessation of forced technology transfer."