Newsletter – February 23, 2018AIR FREIGHT UPDATESQatar Air Condemns `Failed’ Blockade, Seeks Trump Interventionsource: ajot.comQatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker used the handover of the Persian Gulf carrier’s newest plane to renew criticism of four other Arab states that have ostracized his country, saying the Saudi-led measures had “failed in every aspect.” Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATESSea freight becomes more realistic option for fragile fruit, as new packaging extends shelf lifesource: theloadstar.co.ukNew packaging has the potential to preserve fruit for up to two months, making the prospect of ocean transport more realistic as shippers look to reduce their costs.Speaking to The Loadstar at Fruit Logistica this month, Paclife agronomist Cristian Parra said the company’s polyethylene bags could be customised to accommodate the respiratory rate of individual fruits. Read more here.
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATESCN and CP say service will improve as frigid winter weather subsidessource:canadianshipper.comMontreal, QC — Canada’s two largest railways vowed to improve their service levels over the coming months as they escape the grip of a tough winter that hampered their ability to transport goods.
During separate presentations to a transportation conference, Canadian National Railway chief financial officer Ghislain Houle and CP Rail chief executive Keith Creel told investors that heavy snow in Western Canada and frigid temperatures had a big impact, especially compared to last year’s milder conditions. Read more here.
CANADA BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATESConsortium aims to have Champlain Bridge built by December amid reports of delayssource: canadianshipper.comMontreal, QC — The consortium building the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal says it is aiming to have the structure ready as planned by the end of 2018.The reassurances came Thursday as a published report in Le Journal de Montreal said the new bridge won’t be ready on time and that the current Champlain Bridge will have to be kept in service a while longer. Read more here.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS – GOVERNMENT UPDATES‘Eye-opening’ white paper reveals critical issues in US Customs’ automated environmentsource: theloadstar.co.ukMore than three years and $1bn dollars over budget, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) that is supposed to streamline data flow to and from US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is still plagued by flaws. This could have a knock-on effect for the planned Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) programme, as ACE has been regarded as the conduit for forwarders to submit their shipment information prior to moving the goods. Read more here.