Thursday, August 17, 2017
"If we don't get this straightened out, forwarding will not fully participate in e-commerce and all will default to the integrator world," he said."At the end of the day, this is about our commercial viability. If there's no common language, nobody will want to go invest in its potential," said Mr Strauss, former vice president of cargo for Hawaiian Airlines and managing director of global operations for Delta Air Lines Cargo.While there is much talk of innovation, Mr Strauss said ground rules need to be in place to make use of new technology, he told New York's Air Cargo World.Mr Strauss said the big problem was data handling. "We have all this customs data, but who's going to collect it, and how is it going to be done? How do we get data in and out of customs quickly in our partly paper, partly paperless environment? "We have to decide what the standards are. We need to have a common language, so we can determine what is in place today and what should it look like in seven or eight years - hopefully sooner than that," he said. "We need IATA to lay out a standard, like they did with the Cargo XML language. If we can get the World Customs Organisation to participate, we can agree on standards for customs data," said Mr Strauss. "IBM has completed a huge project that's built custom-made for the supply chain business. It's got the security we need and it's in a neat bucket, so you're not crossing over where you don't need to," he said.Going forward, Mr. Strauss was positive and hopeful about tax reform from the Trump administration. "The PMI [Purchasing Managers Index] is very strong and has been for most of this year," he said. "People are buying up for inventory. If the Trump administration makes any modification in the US tax laws to benefit businesses, that will put accelerant on the growth out of North America, which we share. "So that has an interesting halo effect for us here at Air Canada. I think it's going to be a good year," he said.
The airlines clocked up 2.04 million FTKs in the first six months of the year, a decrease of 1.8 per cent year on year, reported Air Cargo News. However, FTKs in June were up 10.2 per cent over the same month in 2016, at 352,371 FTKs as the market showed signs of life.Intra Latin American traffic rose by 4.3 per in 1H 2017 to 598,991 FTKs, while extra Latin American traffic declined 4.1 per cent to 1.5 million FTKs.
President Ghani ordered officials to immediately resolve air cargo problem to ensure that 120 tons of fresh fruit reaches India every week.President Ghani issued the order stating that the fruit must be delivered to Delhi and Amritsar every week.The presidentual order comes after weeks of continuing losses of fresh fruit that rotted at Kabul airport because of flight delays."The cargo route is in a trial phase and there have been some problems. But in the meeting that was held with the president, it was decided Kam Air will soon start regular flights for transferring cargo to India," said a presidential spokesman.As per the president's order, Kam Air will prepare a Boeing 737 within the next four days which will be used to transport fresh fruit to India."Our first flight to India will start on August 17 and we will have two flights per week to India, one from Kabul, another from Kandahar," Farid Paikar, Kam Air deputy head said.Officials from the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) meanwhile said the president has ordered that standard cold storage facilities be built at Hamid Karzai International Airport in the near future.A farmer from Kandahar, Hazrat Gul, who trucks melons to Kabul markets, said he would make more money if he could sell to India."We will be happy if our fruit gets exported to other countries from Kandahar; this would be to our benefit," he said.
According to figures released by European industry body, Airports Council International, freight at EU airports increased by 11.5 per cent and by 24.8 per cent at non-EU gateways, reported London's Air Cargo News. Of the major gateways, Moscow Sheremetyevo saw the biggest rise - up 32.8 per cent to 102,897 tonnes, followed by London Gatwick, up 20.5 per cent to 42,376 tonnes, and London Heathrow, up 9.1 per cent to 823,320 tonnes.London Gatwick registered an 18.4 per cent increase in cargo for the first seven months of 2017, from 73,096 tonnes in 2016 to 86,544 tonnes in 2017.Istanbul Ataturk enjoyed a 15 per cent rise, to 485,754 tonnes, although there was a bounce back from last year's terrorist attacks to take into account (the airport was attacked on June 28 while there were several other attacks in the city earlier in the year).In contrast, Paris Orly suffered a 20.3 per cent fall to 42,039 tonnes although the French capital's main gateway recorded a 2.5 per cent rise, to 965,704 tonnes.Frankfurt, Europe's number one cargo hub, registered a 5.7 per cent rise 1.04 million tonnes.
The new service offers the benefits that include CP border crossing at Portal, North Dakota though it is required that all imports and exports complete all appropriate customs filings.Seven daily departures a week from both Vancouver and Detroit are offered from fluid terminals at non congested Detroit gates which allow for faster turn times. There is also growth potential on a 17-acre facility with an empty annex next door as well as a live lift border crossing to eliminate "innocent" delays. The CP Rail SCAC code is CPRS with import arrivals into POD Vancouver and export departures from POL Vancouver.Seven daily departures a week from both Vancouver and Detroit are offered from fluid terminals at non congested Detroit gates which allow for faster turn times.There is also growth potential on a 17-acre facility with an empty annex next door as well as a live lift border crossing to eliminate "innocent" delays. The CP Rail SCAC code is CPRS with import arrivals into POD Vancouver and export departures from POL Vancouver.
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the "affirmative preliminary determination" following an investigation into the practices of Chinese producers of aluminium foil. Subsidies of up to 81 per cent were found to be in place, according to a fact sheet released on the department's website, reported Bloomberg News.If carried out, the duties could ramp up trade tension between the world's two largest economies, as efforts by US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart to begin reducing the US trade deficit have borne little fruit. Mr Trump has floated the prospect of a formal investigation into China's alleged intellectual property abuse and threatened tariffs on steel."The United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade, and will continue to validate the information provided to us that brought us to this decision," Mr Ross was cited as saying in the statement. "The Trump administration will not stand idly by as harmful trade practices from foreign nations attempt to take advantage of our essential industries, workers, and businesses."The decision is still to be confirmed by a final department ruling by October and a determination by the US International Trade Commission. US Customs and Border Protection will be instructed to collect cash deposits based on the preliminary rates for aluminum foil being imported."Aluminum has become a hot spot in China-US trade in recent years, as Chinese output of aluminum products has surged a lot, and its exports increased very fast, which has raised eyebrows from trading partners," said Prof Yang Rongzhen at the China Institute for WTO Studies at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. "This is just one of several cases the US has launched, but it is still within the normal trade frictions. I wouldn't say this is a trade war," he said.
"We see great opportunity. Anaklia with its 16 metre draught will be able to handle 10,000-TEU vessels while other Georgian ports can only accommodate 1,500-TEU vessels," said SSA Marine vice president Bob Watters.SSA Marine will have operating rights to the green field terminal for the next 20 years and will also act as an equity investor for ADC. SSA Marine joins Conti International, a major US-based developer of infrastructure and capital projects, which is co-leading the ADC together with Georgia-based TBC Holding.ADC won a competitive bid for the 52-year concession for the US$560 million green field Anaklia Port which will begin construction from end of 2017, reports Seatrade Maritime News. Phase One is scheduled to become operational in 2020-2021. The concession provides the rights to handle containers, breakbulk, dry bulk and liquid bulk.Phase One of the project calls for development of a 900,000 TEU capacity port with 600 metre of berth; 16 metres alongside; a 300-hectares yard and 10 ha for intermodal yard. The concession also provides rights to 644 hectares for building and operating a Free Trade Zone (FTZ) adjacent to the port site.
More than a dozen tugs were involved in the refloating operation. There has been no damage reported to the Cosco-owned vessel, which was on its way to Hamburg when the grounding occurred, reported Oslo's Tradewinds.The fully-laden vessel, with a pilot on board, failed to make a turn in the river when steaming at 14 knots, and became stuck on a sandbank near Bath in the Netherlands.In a huge salvage operation mounted by the port and local authorities, 16 tugs were reportedly deployed to pull the ULCV off at high tide, around 9pm last night, London's Loadstar reported.Salvors were concerned that if they failed, the ship would sink deeper into the sand and would need to be lightened to enable it to be refloated.Fortunately, the combined power of the tugs was enough to pull the ship back into the water, with no damage reported.But traffic to and from north Europe's second-biggest container port, after Rotterdam, was suspended, which compounded the quay and landside congestion Antwerp has suffered of late as it copes with alliance networks and the impact of more mega ships.
The Bertram Rickers-controlled Singapore outfit revealed that is has completed the sales of its 14 containerships, marking the end of the company which first listed on the Singapore Exchange 10 years ago, reported Singapore's Splash 24/7. "Containership leasing was a hot investment a decade ago, but the massive increased in ship sized left many lessors with unpopular 4,000+ TEU ships that have become hard to charter in the wake of the expansion of the Panama Canal," said Splash.
Revenue from containers increased 10.6 per cent to EUR372.3 year on year. At 25.8 per cent, growth in the operating profit outperformed the rise in box volumes, taking it to EUR68.1 million.The HHLA Port Logistics subgroup's first half operating profit was up 54 per cent year oh year to EUR90.6 million, attributable to higher earnings in the container segment through increased volumes and the absence of a one-off restructuring expense endured in the first half of 2016. Throughput at the port's three HHLA container terminals stood at 3.6 million TEU - 12 per cent higher year on year. Intermodal subsidiaries of the 70 per cent state-owned port operator also achieved seven per cent growth to 744,000 TEU. Said HHLA chairwoman Angela Titzrath: "Following the reorganisation of the alliances of the shipping companies, HHLA managed to maintain its strong position in contested market environments. We are not just benefiting from ongoing positive economic developments in the world and in Germany; we are also profiting from our own service capability. HHLA took timely steps to prepare for this upswing by making targeted investments in our facilities. This means we can offer customers a range of services that offer a high level of quality and reliability, and thus generate growth at the Port of Hamburg with them," she said.
The latest reading of 102.6 on the WTOI is higher than the previous reading of 102.2 issued in May this year, suggesting sustained momentum for trade growth. The readings earlier this year anticipated moderate trade growth after weak expansion in 2016, which have now been adjusted to estimate growth above trend, reported American Shipper.Strong performances in air freight, export orders and container shipping are balanced by weaker results in other indices, said the WTO. The latest reading is also the highest level of the indicator since April 2011, suggesting that trade volume growth will continue to be above trend. The WTO cites strong growth in export orders, air freight and container shipping as motivating factors in leading the upward trend. Results for agricultural raw materials and electronic components trade have been weaker, yet both indices have been positive, said the WTO.However, weak growth in automobile production and sales may signal weakening consumer confidence. According to the WTO, "Global export orders also show signs of plateauing, which could mean that upward momentum in trade growth may have peaked. If this is the case, trade growth would be expected to moderate later this year."
"The US should cherish the current good trade ties and rapport with China, and any protectionist move will certainly damage bilateral economic relations and hurt the business interests of companies in both countries," said China's Ministry of Commerce in a statement.The memo Trump signed Monday directs US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider investigating China's intellectual property policies, especially the practice of forcing US companies operating there to transfer technological know-how. If China is found to be flouting the rules on US intellectual property, the administration has a range of options, including imposing import tariffs, according to administration officials, who spoke to reporters Saturday on the condition of anonymity. "It's my duty and responsibility to protect the American workers' technology and industry from unfair and abusive actions," President Trump said at the White House.
As of last week Seagirt Marine Terminal was still dealing with the after-effects of a labour shortage that began a month ago, reported American Shipper."These shortages, combined with the prior four-day work week, resulted in increased inventory levels that impacted our service levels," said terminal operator Ports America Chesapeake.Gate-to-gate turn times still hadn't "completely" returned to normal, although Ports America stated in a letter to customers that they were "returning to historic norms". "We successfully resolved the labour shortage and added additional container handling equipment to our fleet," the company revealed, adding that it's making several other changes to help gate turn times and improve the delivery process.Ports America Chesapeake, which in 2009 signed a 50-year lease to operate the Seagirt terminal, also said that it would add five additional inbound truck lanes at the Vail Street entrance this fall and six new rubber-tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) to its fleet in January.
The Shanghai company expects the first two be followed by options on a second pair, all gearless with the last two deliveries in 2018 and 2019.The first two are to be delivered in November and December of next year."The exercise of the options and the entering into of the new shipbuilding contracts is to expand the self-owned fleet of container vessels of the group to meet the group's operational requirements," said the company statement.
In the first seven months of the year, cargo volume was up 6.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2016 at 4.1 million TEU, according to data from port authorities.The number of overall container shipments through Long Beach was 13.1 per cent higher in July compared to the same month last year. Imports surged 16.3 per cent to 378,820 TEU, which was also an all-time monthly record.However, exports were down 11.7 per cent year on year in July to 126,098 TEU.For the fiscal year to date, Long Beach handled 5.7 million TEU through the first 10 months of FY2017, a 1.4 per cent increase over the prior fiscal year. The port's fiscal runs from October through September.By comparison, the adjoining Port of Los Angeles, also saw record monthly volumes in July, handling 796,804 TEU last month. In the first seven months of the calendar year, Los Angeles handled 5.3 million TEU, up 9.5 per cent over 2016's numbers.LA laden imports increased 13 per cent to 417,090 TEU while laden export boxes were up 17 per cent to 154,925 TEU. July empties were 20 per cent up to 796,804 TEU. Previously, the strongest July in Port history was 2006, when 761,326 TEUs moved through the port's terminals.Through July, total 2017 LA cargo volumes are 5,279,352 TEU, a 9.5 per cent year-on-year increase. Seven months into 2017, LA container volumes are 9.5 per cent ahead of 2016, when the Port of Los Angeles handled a record-breaking 8.8 million TEU.