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Air cargo demand up 9% in February compared to pre-COVID levels

Thu. 8 Apr 2021
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released February 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand continued to outperform pre-COVID levels with demand up 9% over February 2019. February demand also showed strong month-on-month growth over January 2021 levels. Volumes have now returned to 2018 levels seen prior to the US-China trade war.

General Average declared on Ever Given

Tue. 6 Apr 2021
Following the re-floating of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal the owners of the ship have declared a General Average

NCTS Guarantee Reference Amount - Update

Thu. 1 Apr 2021
HMRC is writing to inform you of an update to the National Computerised Transit System (NCTS) that may affect how traders need to make their transit declarations from the 4 May onwards.

Vaccine supply under threat from theft and counterfeits

Wed. 31 Mar 2021
Having warned of various threats to the COVID-19 vaccines supply chain late last year, international freight insurer TT Club is now reporting a spate of disruptions to effective distribution across the globe.

One in four small UK exporters halt EU sales

Wed. 31 Mar 2021
New research this month from Federation of Small Businesses shows UK-EU export problems have persisted and ‘are in danger of becoming permanent, systemic’

Global Shippers Forum renews attack on EC Block Exemption Regulation

Mon. 29 Mar 2021
The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has renewed lobbying the European Commission’s competition directorate to take a closer look at the liner shipping industry.

Get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you’re an HGV or van driver

Mon. 29 Mar 2021
The Government has announced from 6th April that it will be mandatory, subject to the relevant criteria, that all hauliers arriving in England from abroad will need to take a COVID-19 test if they are staying for more than 48 hours.

Freight sector hopes bespoke covid testing regime for hauliers is made-to-measure, not off-the-peg

Mon. 29 Mar 2021
Freight forwarders are hoping that the introduction of a 'bespoke Covid testing regime' for hauliers arriving in England from outside the UK from April 6th, doesn't throw another spoke into the wheels of cross channel trade, says Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA).

IATA launches new platform to connect air cargo companies

Mon. 29 Mar 2021
IATA has launched a new platform to support the digitalisation of air cargo supply chains.

The Suez Canal blockage and mega ship risks

Fri. 26 Mar 2021
The grounding of an ultra large container ship in the Suez Canal brought traffic on the central shipping route between Europe and Asia to a standstill. In this Q&A, AGCS Global Head of Marine Risk Consulting, Captain Rahul Khanna looks at some of the potential implications of this incident and highlights some of the risk challenges posed by ever-increasing ship sizes.


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