Tuesday, November 13, 2018
This development means that third-party canine-cargo (3PK9-C) certifiers may now start certifying canine teams to TSA standards. An authorised evaluator employed by a TSA-approved 3PK9-C certifier is required to conduct all the certifications, reported American Shipper.Under the 3PK9-C programme, third-party canine teams trained in explosives detection can be certified by a non-governmental entity, acting under TSA's approval, as meeting the agency's certification standards.Certified teams can be deployed to screen air cargo for aircraft operators, foreign air carriers and other TSA-related parties operating under a TSA-approved or accepted security programme."All teams should understand that successful completion of a 3PK9-C certification event is only one of the requirements for explosives detection canine teams under the [Certified Cargo Screening Programme's] CCSP-K9 security programme," the TSA said."Among other requirements, the CCSP-K9 security programme requires canine explosives detection teams to pass a background check before an air carrier may hire them to screen cargo."
The move means that the airport has significantly hiked fees for aging aircraft, with freighter operators looking at a 249 per cent rise for night take-offs, and paying 83 per cent more during the day.Freighter operators are required to pay EUR1.96 (US$2.24) per 1,000 kilogrammes for a night-time take off in the most modern aircraft, or EUR1.30 per 1,000kg during the day, reported London's Loadstar.The news follows progress on the 'local rule', which has the potential to offer freighter operators more ad hoc slots. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works reversed an earlier decision to make no objections to the implementation of the rule.It would give freighter operators priority for the first 25 per cent of unused slots that are to be re-allocated, as well as the ability for airlines to adjust their schedules so as not to fall foul of a rule removing historical rights to slots for delayed flights, a particular challenge for cargo flights.Airport Coordination Netherlands has until November 30 to carry out a feasibility study before the ministry makes its final decision."The ministry judges that there are no legal objections and the rule is effective," explained CAN compliance director Ben Radstaak. "The last step is an assessment by the slot coordinator, which will be done this month."For all airlines, changing schedules will no longer lead to the loss of historic rights and there will be a better system of reallocating returned and unused slots during the season."The latter will be in a 25:75 ratio for full freighters and other aircraft, respectively."
The most stable and positive segment for the quarter remains e-commerce, likely attributed to the lower value items not being subject to additional tariffs.Other key findings of the quarterly DTI compiled by the Hong Kong Productivity Council and based on a survey of 600 Hong Kong companies engaged in in- or out-bound air trading is that the outlook for air exports is more cautiously conservative, compared to Q4 2017 owing to the decline in exports to many western markets, resulting in a score of 39.1, a full 7.4 points lower year on year.While caution remains, traders expect that by relying less on China, exports will improve during what is a period of instability for traditional markets.The picture for air imports is more positive, with traders posting only a moderate decline to 46.6 for Q4 2018, up 0.8 points during the same period last year.Furthermore, key attributes remain stable as in the previous year amid downturns in sales volume, product variety and shipment urgency. Inbound sales orders from China and the Americas remain at the same level as in Q4 2017 but this is tempered by a decrease in outbound sales to these two major markets.The survey was conducted as the United States imposed its new wave of trade tariffs on China in September. This prompted traders to give an overall score of 41.7, which is 6.1 points lower than in the third quarter. In fact, 66 per cent of air traders feel that global trade friction will affect local air trade.An index value above 50 indicates an overall positive outlook while a reading below 50 represents an overall negative outlook for the surveyed quarter.Hong Kong Productivity Council business management director Gordon Lo said, "The impact of the strained trade relations between China and the US on Hong Kong economy has started to surface. The overall index continued to drop in this quarter with significant retraction in the US and the European markets, though the impact has been less in Asia Pacific region."Air traders envisage air trade in both the Americas and China may slow in the coming quarter, similar to figures from the same quarter two years ago. Happily, this is offset by expectations for markets in the rest of the world, which are at a record high of 55.Other markets experiencing a temporary downturn are in Europe, a region which has decreased from 48 points in last quarter to 39 in Q4 2018. This is largely attributable to sluggish exports in the watches, clocks and jewellery segment.The success story for the period under consideration is the rest of the world, which saw air traders' confidence soar by 16 points, from 39 in the previous quarter to 55 in Q4 2018. This has been caused by strengthening sales volume and product variety within the region.Hong Kong's air trade industry generates income of HK$120 billion (US$15.324 billion) annually and employs 25,000 people in the territory.
The award winners are chosen from among enterprises listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, scored in equal measure by the Bloomberg Terminal and an independent panel of judges based on their performance in investor relations, business and financial performance, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, corporate governance, innovation, development strategy and risk management.Group managing director William Ma said: "We have consistently pursued the highest standards in our corporate governance and compliance performance and will remain committed to building on our advantages in worldwide coverage, flexibility and innovation to achieve sustainability in a socially responsible manner for the long-term benefit of all our stakeholders."Riding on the enormous trade volume growth in Asia, in addition to leveraging its global network and diversified business portfolio, the company added that it is "well-positioned to maintain sustainable growth and embrace new business opportunities, creating value for its people, customers and shareholders."
BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions and leading international transport and logistics insurer, TT Club have issued the first joint 2018 Semi-Annual Global Cargo Theft Intelligence and Advisory Report.The report brings together threat and intelligence data from BSI's supply chain security country risk intelligence tool, SCREEN and TT Club's insurance risk management and loss prevention insights.After food and drink, consumer products and high-tech industries suffer most. Transport by road is the most often targeted mode for cargo crime across the globe, attributed to over 75 per cent of all cargo theft incidents, with warehousing being the second most vulnerable target at 19 per cent.
"After a week of delicate negotiations, formal sanitary and phytosanitary agreements have been signed between Kenya and China for Kenya's agricultural produce to enter the Chinese market," the president's chief of staff Nzioka Waita said on Twitter, reported Bloomberg News.Other produce with approval to enter China include meat, macadamia nuts, hides and skins, Mr Waita said.President Uhuru Kenyatta said last week Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to correct a trade imbalance as Kenya announced a halt on fish imports from January 1. The ban amounted to a trade war, China's ambassador warned.China is Kenya's biggest trading partner, data compiled by Bloomberg shows. The East African nation's exports to China stood at US$167 million last year, while imports totalled $3.78 billion.
According to people familiar with the matter, the Department for Transport officials are in talks with shipbrokers to charter ro-ro ferries to run between Ramsgate and Ostend, possibly running to Rotterdam.The ro-ro plan would take effect in case of a "hard Brexit" or under any scenario that involves delays at the border such as customs checks after March 29, the people said.Ramsgate would help alleviate pressure on nearby Dover, Europe's busiest ferry port, and lower the risk of 17-mile long road backups, which have been known to happen.Trucks are now carried between Dover and Calais, France, 25 miles across the English Channel, with minimal delay. But customs checks, if required, could take up to 45 minutes per vehicle. The British fear the French could impose extra delays."We also need to prepare for the worst-case scenario, whereby the authorities at Calais are deliberately directing a go-slow approach, by supporting a diversion of the flow to more amenable ports in other countries," Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told Parliament.The 65-mile strait between Ramsgate and Ostend has been inactive since a commercial ferry operator shut down several years ago. Local officials have sought to revive the route for truck cargo since before the 2016 Brexit vote, however that plan hasn't borne fruit. The government's initiative also faces the challenge of getting the boats on a short-notice timeline.
Although the research shows that President Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods are having a material effect on US-China trade, UBS says the decline has been "sharp and unambiguous"."The modest uptick in September data, however, gives us hope that the adjustment period for these imports has now drawn to an end," UBS said.It was a similar story for products in the second tranche of tariffs on an additional US$16 billion worth of goods, which was implemented on August 23.US imports of those products fell by 32 per cent in August and September. However, the figure is overstated because imports of those items jumped in July."The fall relative to the May levels is a more modest but still large 20 per cent," UBS said.The results from the first round of tariffs raise an obvious question: what will happen to imports on the $US200 billion of additional tariffs that were implemented on September 24.Because of the more recent time frame, UBS said it's too early to calculate what the negative effects are.The analysts noted that imports of the goods in those tranches "accelerated sharply" in the three months prior to implementation.However, not all of that would can be attributed to customers stocking up before the tariffs came into effect. For one thing, imports were already picking up in July - before the third tranche was announced.The three-month increase was driven by US imports of tech devices - largely circuit boards and disk drives.Looking at the key tech products, UBS said it's difficult to conclude whether the increase was due to a pre-tariff surge, or merely an extension of the broader trend growth for those products seen in recent years, according to New York's Business Insider.
To celebrate the event, a traditional cake-cutting ceremony with BNCT's senior management, operator plus BNCT's four biggest customers CMA-CGM, COSCO, OOCL and Evergreen in attendance was held, reported Hellenic Shipping News.CEO and president of BNCT John Elliott, who has been running major container ports and terminals around the world for over 29 years said "this is the fastest and smoothest achievement of 10 million TEU by a new container terminal I have ever seen. It is very unusual for such a large container facility to have run so long at such high growth level without any major operation al issues or breakdowns since opening".With a current capacity of 2.5 million TEU, BNCT is on track to reach 2.3 million containers for 2018 which is 16 per cent increase compared to 2017.CCO of BNCT, Peter Slootweg, thanked the facility's four biggest customers recognising and thanking them for the 7,000 vessel calls it took to reach 10 million TEU. With further expansion possible to over 3.5 million TEU in the future and current efforts underway to realize over 700,000 TEU of additional capacity, BNCT is the only terminal able to construct significant additional capacity in Busan Port until 2022.C M Jung, managing director of CMA CGM Busan, said: "With 10 million TEU achieved after 6 years I am confident that BNCT's continued efforts to handle ever increasing volume will see it achieve 20 million TEU in just three more. As a partner of BNCT, I am excited to see and be a part of BNCT's success and enthusiastically support BNCT's further growth in the years to come."
Drawing on many years of involvement in reefer connectivity, Sekstant provides container operators with accurate data at any point along the transportation chain."Whether on high seas or on a truck, data can be visualised on the shipper's desktop and integrated into their IT systems," said MCI marketing chief Anders Holm.The key to the concept's effectiveness is that it stays online, using a centralised cloud architecture. The system is enabled by a state-of-the-art Smart Edge device that includes wide-band 4G LTE modem connectivity with global coverage, he said."All data transmissions are secured and encrypted. At the same time, the machine data MCI receives can now be processed and transmitted to Star Cool reefer users to give them previously unseen levels of transparency and guidance," said Mr Holm.