April 2020

Brisk business for IAG Cargo

Demand for cargo services remains strong, particularly amongst national health authorities requiring shipments of vital medical supplies, says John Cheetham, chief commercial officer at IAG Cargo. At present, the carrier is operating up to five flights per day from Beijing to Dublin to transport PPE in a two-month critical supply operation for the Irish Health & Safety Executive. IAG Cargo is seeing high demand for the movement of vital supplies of medical ... [+]

Backlogged cargo is at risk, warns insurer

Insurance group the TT Club is warning of the risks from the accumulation of cargo in warehouses, port terminals and inland depots. These are primarily non-essential products, for which there is little demand as retail outlets are closed or supplies for production lines that are either static or at reduced ... [+]

Ferry firms using pandemic as smokescreen, says union

+Some ferry companies are using the Covid-19 pandemic to undermine national standards in the industry, including replacing existing crews with seafarers on international terms and conditions that are substantially lower than national conditions, warns the International Transport Workers Federation. In the UK, it singles out Condor Ferries, Stena Line and P&O ... [+]

IATA sees shortage of airfreight space

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that March cargo data demonstrated “a severe capacity shortfall”. Global demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers, fell by 15.2% in March compared to the previous year or by 15.8% in international markets). Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne kilometers (ACTKs), shrank by ... [+]

Turkish Cargo bags CEIV hatrick

Turkish Cargo says it has become the first air cargo airline to concurrently achieve the three CEIV Pharma, CEIV Fresh, and CEIV Live Animals certifications, under the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators program. Chief cargo officer Turhan Ozen remarked : “We really make much of the IATA CEIV ... [+]

Gefco opens Amsterdam site

Freight forwarder Gefco is opening a new Amsterdam warehouse to support expansion of its air and sea operations. The 7,000sq m facility opens in June and will provide storage and transport management services for customers in the high tech and home equipment, aerospace and defence, automotive, life sciences and healthcare, bodycare ... [+]

Forwarder condemns ‘reckless’ Brexit strategy

Director of Leeds-based Tudor International Freight, Adam Johnson, has described a statement by the government that it will not seek to extend the UK’s post-Brexit transition period, despite the Covid-19 crisis, as irresponsible. A government spokesperson has been reported as saying that the UK will not extend the transition period, arguing ... [+]

TIACA warns of fall-off in African air capacity

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) is warning that air cargo capacity between Africa and Europe has dropped by 70% compared to 2019, according to CLIVE Data Services. It is encouraging African airlines to respond by putting passenger freighter systems in place, such as those implemented by Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya ... [+]

Swiss mulls seats removal

Swiss airline is considering removing economy seating from three of its twelve Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to meet the growing demand for air cargo. The carrier is offering regular cargo flights between Zurich and Shanghai, Chicago and Tokyo and Bangkok and Singapore with further destinations are expected to be added over ... [+]

Whistl offers high-speed customs

Whistl and UKP Worldwide are collaborating to offer their customers a customs clearance service for international mail and parcels. The collaboration enables both their customer’s goods to pass through UK customs-approved processes without unnecessary delay. It covers international mail, packets and parcels through both tracked and untracked service options and ... [+]

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