Strikes in Germany and France Disrupt Airfreight Operations

Strikes by unions in France and Germany were set to disrupt air cargo operations yesterday, with Air France and Lufthansa cancelling hundreds of flights.  In Germany, the Verdi trade union called for a strike over pay at Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Bremen airports.  In France, pilot, cabin and ground crew...

Strikes Set to Hit French Rail Freight for Several Months

Intermittent strikes at French state railway SNCF over the next few months are expected to hit France’s domestic and international rail freight sector hard and significantly impact the logistics operations of key customers, industry sources warn. Unions are planning 36 days of industrial action between now and mid-June in protest...

Heavy Fog Affecting Shanghai Port Operations

Heavy fog in Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta area between March 27 and April 2 has “severely affected ocean freight carrier services and operations at both WaiGao Qiao & Yangshan terminals in Shanghai.” According to the member, the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration has advised that more than 1,550 barges...

Recent Casualties Highlight Importance of Cargo Insurance

The ocean freight industry has seen several major incidents over the past few weeks, including two fires on board two separate Maersk vessels, and a containership collision in Karachi Port that forced the temporary closure of the port. These incidents underscore the importance of always buying cargo insurance to protect...

Steel tariffs threaten global shipping

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) has warned that while the USA’s metals tariff will have a limited impact on most international bulk trades, it could have a negative impact on global shipping. The USA will add a 25 percent tariff on imports of steel and a 10 percent...

Shippers fear huge surge in costs if IMO rules box ships must slow down

While shippers have been warned that low-sulphur regulations to be enforced globally in 2020 will see bunker costs added to their freight bill, they could also face a huge upswing in freight rates if new proposals to cut vessel speeds, due to be discussed at the International Maritime Organization (IMO),...

US ports criticize Trump’s planned steel, aluminum tariffs

US port officials say President Donald Trump’s planned steel and aluminum tariffs threaten two of their top breakbulk commodities and could hurt exports by inviting other countries to retaliate against US products. “My greatest fear all along has been that an action like this could lead to retaliation that could...

Severe Weather Plays Havoc with U.K. Transport

Severe weather hit UK supply chains last week, with several ports closing or suspending services because of snow and high winds. On March 1, Maersk announced that Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Felixstowe, Grangemouth and Tilbury ports were closed, and services into London Gateway suspended. A spokesperson for Felixstowe said both its...

Trump Will Approve Aluminum, Steel Tariffs Next Week

President plans to impose 25% duties on steel imports and 10% on aluminum, for a period not yet determined WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said he would impose steep global tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, intensifying his campaign to pursue a newly aggressive “America First” trade policy. Mr. Trump announced the...

Shippers warned ELD mandate will crimp supply chains

The electronic logging device mandate is closing in on supply chains. The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is barreling toward the trucking industry, and unless shippers prepare for it, they are likely to feel as much pain as their trucking partners, speakers warned executives at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference...