NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2, 2022
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
Landslides block road to Brazil’s Paranagua and Antonina ports
Landslides after heavy rain on Tuesday blocked the main access route to the ports of Paranaguá and Antonina, said the Portos do Paraná on its website. An update on Wednesday morning noted that the road remained closed. Brazil’s Federal Highway Police asked drivers to avoid the road. Read more here.
US FMC announces interim procedures for processing charge complaints
The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) yesterday announced its interim procedures to review, investigate and adjudicate charge complaints.
The FMC said in a release that US shippers have responded positively to the new opportunity, established via the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, to challenge carrier charges by filing charge complaints at the FMC. Since the law’s enactment in June, the Commission has received more than 175 filings. The new process clarifies the interim steps the Commission will take under this new authority. Read more here.
Positive news for shipping as China eases covid restrictions
In the wake of unprecedented protests Beijing’s zero covid stance looks to be easing.
The strict pandemic rules have stymied industrial production all year, and put a brake on shipping earnings.
However, following mass protests across the nation last weekend, the authorities do appear to be looking for a way to move on from the pandemic way of life. Read more here.
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
Senate Passes Measure to Avoid Rail Strike
Moving quickly to help avert a rail workers strike that would have cost the national economy an estimated $2 billion per day, the U.S. Senate on Dec. 1 advanced a tentative labor agreement between railroads and their employees. Read more here.
CP Customer Advisory: Service Interruption – Weyburn Subdivision
CP is experiencing a track outage on the Weyburn Subdivision, south of Regina, Saskatchewan, near Estevan, which is impacting mainline train operations.
CP teams are on site and currently assessing the situation. Customers who route traffic in this lane can expect delays at this time.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Did the pandemic really kill just-in-time? Experts weigh in.
Just-in-time supply chains took a lot of heat during the pandemic after empty shelves laid bare the pitfalls of ordering as little inventory as possible in the name of efficiency.
But, with retailers now struggling with inventory glut and overstocked warehouses, could the lean operating model be making a comeback? Read more here.