Newsletter – May 18, 2023
AIR FREIGHT UPDATES
Vietnamese Authorities Propose Second Airport For Hanoi Amid Booming Population
Vietnam’s population has been growing rapidly in recent years, at a steady rate of 1 million people per year, and is expected to exceed 100 million by 2023. Of these, more than nine million live in Ho Chi Minh City alone, Vietnam’s most populous city, which continues to grow year after year. Read more here.
US forwarders’ associations club together in the fight for funds
US air cargo forwarder associations have linked up to lobby both the House and Senate to fund much needed improvements to cargo facilities at airports.
At last week’s Transport Logistics event in Munich, Airforwarders Association executive director Brandon Fried told The Loadstar the AfA had joined forces with the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (NCBFA) to lobby for funds to modernise the sector’s “antiquated facilities”. Read more here.
OCEAN FREIGHT UPDATES
MSC’s megaship newbuilds will be soaked up by slow-steaming
Last week’s announcement by the 2M Alliance partners that they intend to inject nine additional vessels into their Asia-North Europe and Asia-Mediterranean loops will see the network absorb the 24,000 teu newbuild ULCVs coming to MSC over the summer.
Ahead of the termination of the 2M vessel-sharing alliance, the six Asia-North Europe and two Asia-Mediterranean services mostly feature all Maersk-controlled tonnage or ships operated by MSC. Read more here (login required).
GROUND AND RAIL FREIGHT UPDATES
CN advises customers to pick up import loads ahead of long weekend
CN advised that there is currently have a substantial pipeline of import containers arriving into the Toronto area this week and into the weekend. CN is encouraging customers to pick up all import loads ahead of the upcoming long weekend and as well through the long weekend to help alleviate terminal congestion and to aid in stabilizing the Turn times for drivers.
CANADA GOVERNMENT – BUSINESS UPDATES
Several heat records broken as B.C. gripped by heat, fire, flood risk
Special weather statements covered much of British Columbia’s coastal and interior regions with temperatures soaring above 30 degrees in many communities on the weekend, but meteorologist Louis Kohanyi says they’re expected to peak today. Read more here.