Newsletter – December 23, 2020
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Air Canada Cargo Tips for Peak TimesAir Canada Cargo has provided tips to ensure a smooth shipping experience at this busy time of the year.• Tender cargo no earlier than 48 hours prior to the booked flight.• Allow extra time for security screening and freight processing at acceptance. Tender unsecured freight ahead of the minimum tender times to avoid any potential delay.• When possible, schedule pickups after hours or before the morning rush to minimize wait times.• Track freight online or on iOS or Android mobile applications. The track and trace function provides all pertinent information regarding the status of shipments.• Canadian customers can contact 1-800-387-4865 for shipment inquiries.
Air Canada Cargo Updates: London Heathrow and Toronto Pearsonciffa.comCargo-only flights to London Heathrow Airport continue without interruption. Air Canada Cargo is adjusting schedules and aircraft to provide necessary capacity. Customers can check e-Booking for flight availability or contact the customer service centre.Delays at Toronto have been resolved.
‘Unprecedented’ UK cargo charter enquiries as border remains closedaircargonews.netCharter broker Air Charter Service (ACS) is reporting an “unprecedented” number of enquiries for cargo flights as France keeps its border with the UK closed.France closed its border with the UK to trade and travel on Sunday night following the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant.Politicians are currently in talks over plans to reopen the border but in the meantime up to 1,500 trucks are stuck in Kent and supply chains are facing disruption. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
‘Still-surging demand’ for ocean freightlloydsloadinglist.comStill-surging demand for ocean freight and the delays and equipment shortage it has caused, continued to keep rates extremely elevated this week, according to digital rates specialist Freightos. Read more here.
UK freight crisis needs urgent coordinated recovery effortlloydsloadinglist.comThe ocean freight crisis currently affecting the UK and other markets needs an urgent coordinated recovery effort to prevent it continuing for several more months and potentially further worsening, a leading UK freight forwarding and logistics specialist has told Lloyd’s Loading List. Read more here.
Some relief at last for Bangladesh shippers as India offers use of its portstheloadstar.comIndia has offered Bangladesh shippers the use of its seaports for export and import trade to third countries.The offer came during a virtual meeting last week between the prime ministers of the two countries, as the regional transhipment hub ports of Singapore, Colombo and Port Klang, with limited manpower during the pandemic and facing severe congestion, are struggling to handle containers. Read more here.
GROUND & RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
OTA: Trucking Remains Operational During Province-Wide Shutdownontruck.orgThe Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, announced it is imposing a provincewide shutdown.
According to details the government announced today, the new shutdown does not change the operations of most businesses which have been deemed to be essential services, like trucking. Read more here.
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Health Canada approves Moderna COVID-19 vaccinecbc.caUp to 168,000 doses expected to arrive in Canada by end of year to bolster vaccination effortsHealth Canada has approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in this country, clearing the way for thousands of doses to arrive by month’s end. Read more here.