new working week in the united arab emirates
As of 10th January, 2022 the new working week in the UAE will be Monday to Friday, as the country tries to better align its working week with foreign markets.
As of 10th January, 2022 the new working week in the UAE will be Monday to Friday, as the country tries to better align its working week with foreign markets.
If transported goods are damaged or stolen en route, the question arises as to who is liable for the damage. Naturally, the focus is on the forwarder, simply because he usually has the contractual relationship with his customer (forwarding contract). However, the forwarder is not liable for every transport damage, and even if he is liable, the contractual liability limits must be taken into account. In many cases, the owner of the goods does not receive compensation from the forwarder - or at least not the full amount of the damage! It is clear that this is bound to cause trouble in the relationship between the customer and the forwarder, but what can be done?learn more Close
It is no longer possible to imagine the media without reporting on cyber attacks. The number of reports has increased in recent months in particular. At Expo-Cargo Ltd., information security has always been a very high priority.learn more Close
In order to guarantee you a consistently high level of (information) security along the entire transport chain:
Ratification has now also been completed on the British side, so that the agreement on the mutual recognition of the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) between Switzerland and the United Kingdom has been in force since 1st September, 2021. Companies with AEO status are considered reliable in terms of international supply chain security, which makes it easier for them to trade bilaterally. They benefit from privileges in security-related customs controls and simplifications in customs clearance.
Canadian Customs have implemented the electronic manifesting of shipments entering Canada. Although already mandatory, Canadian Customs will, as per today, September 1, 2021 (arrival date Canadian territory) start issuing AMPS penalties where entries are not filed in time.
We need to submit all relevant information to our Canadian partners 3 days prior to loading to the vessel at the foreign port of loading. Therefore, we urge you to provide us with your shipment details in time, in order to enable us to comply with these regulations.
On 14 October 2021, Alitalia is going to cease its flight operations after the airline, founded in 1946, had to struggle repeatedly with financial problems in recent years.
ITA (Italia Trasporti Aereo) will take over as successor the very next day. It is to be developed into the new national carrier.
The new outbreak of the Corona pandemic in China is mostly under control. However, the impact on the air cargo industry continues to grow, mainly due to the strict prevention measures. The Chinese government gives the Covid virus "zero tolerance"!learn more Close
In addition to the two measures mentioned below, the ban on P 2 C aircraft and the reduction of turnaround time, the following new measures apply:
Aircraft crews are no longer allowed to stay overnight in China, they must leave the same day/night. No overnight stays for crews and aircraft. This means that airlines will have to use two crews. The direct and immediate consequence is that airlines are cancelling flights because they have a serious crew/storage problem. Shanghai airport, for example, has only used just over 33% of its capacity in recent weeks.
All airside and terminal workers are subject to "Triple 7" checks, i.e. :
a. 7 days work and stay in a designated hotel, no return home.
b. 7 days quarantine in a designated hotel different from the above.
c. 7 days quarantine at home.
This has shrunk the workforce by almost 50%! Some airlines have decided to stop carrying import cargo to Shanghai so that priority can be given to loading export cargo. Others are not accepting export cargo to give priority to import cargo!
All these measures are expected to continue for a few more weeks. The airline industry will continue to be severely affected. Less capacity means higher tariffs! Air cargo volumes have more or less reached the same level as before the pandemic, but capacity has dropped considerably.
For the second time within a few months, a container port in the People's Republic of China shut down its operations in the middle of last week due to a corona infection. This time it hit Ningbo.
The renewed closure of a major Chinese port is fuelling concerns of further disruption to the already very tense global supply chains.learn more Close
Ningbo is China's second largest container port after Shanghai . The volume handled is more than twice as high as in the seaport of Hamburg. There are currently around 30 container ships waiting outside the port.
On a positive note, the number of pirate attacks on the high seas decreased significantly in the first half of the year. According to surveys by the International Maritime Bureau, there were 68 pirate attacks compared to 98 incidents in the same period last year. However, the issue of piracy remains acute among seafarers on board ships, who are already facing great hardship during the Corona period.
From 1st September, 2021, the new Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season will start in Australia and New Zealand. For cargoes/containers from most European countries, fumigation/heat treatment will be required from this date until the end of April 2022.learn more Close
Each individual sea freight shipment must be specifically treated to the standards set by the Australian authorities.
Unlike Australia, there are no regulations for individual shipments or HS codes on the part of the New Zealand authorities, so it is expected that all loaded containers will be subjected to heat treatment. However, there are exceptions to this which do not require treatment, e.g. pharmaceutical products, textiles, foodstuffs etc.
Due to staffing problems of the airline handling agents in Beijing and Shanghai, caused by a COVID outbreak, several airlines have announced reduced cargo capacity to Shanghai and Beijing. Most freighters will continue to operate as scheduled, but with reduced cargo. In order to avoid a backlog, transport options will be restricted, which will probably lead to rate increases by the airlines due to the even further reduced capacities.
It is not possible to predict how long this situation will last.
Please contact your contact at Expo-Cargo Ltd. if you have an air freight shipment from or to Beijing or Shanghai. We will be happy to advise you on the most suitable alternative solution.
The space situation in sea freight is still dramatic.learn more Close
There are now severe capacity problems in all tradlines with regard to available shipping space. Imports from Asia are particularly hard hit.
As a result of these bottlenecks, the rate level continues to rise worldwide.
Various regions throughout Europe and Switzerland were affected by the severe weather situation. In Zhejiang, China, a typhoon raged and in Shanghai the second-highest typhoon warning level and the third-highest storm warning level had to be declared. As a result, all flights were cancelled on the weekend of 24 and 25 July. Rail services between China and Europe have also been massively disrupted as large parts of the infrastructure have been flooded.
We will keep you up to date on further developments!
As reported earlier, the port of Yantian in the southern Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen had to close for a fortnight due to a Corona outbreak. The effects are more serious than after the closure of the Suez Canal: containers stand for up to 23 days instead of being loaded onto ships. In Yantian/Shenzhen, 10% of Chinese export goods are normally loaded. So Shenzhen is perhaps the most important trans-shipment centre of globalisation. In the last two weeks, 298 container ships with a capacity of over three million containers were unable to call at Shenzhen. Over 357,000 TEU's could not be loaded.
In the meantime, port operations could be resumed, but the ramp-up continues (currently about 70%).
In Germany, too, the seaports, especially Hamburg, are completely overloaded. Maersk, for example, reports that Hamburg will not be called at for the next four weeks and the cargoes will be unloaded in Bremerhaven instead.
The bottleneck in southern China is putting even more strain on the already very tense sea freight situation. The same applies to the sometimes massive traffic jams at the ports. There will therefore be further delays. Massive space problems unfortunately continue to be the order of the day, and as a serious consequence there will be further price increases in freight traffic.
Hapag Lloyd made an interesting comment. Normally, Hapag Lloyd moves about 80,000 TEUs (20' box containers) a week from Asia. At present, however, they are overbooked by up to 15 times! The imbalance is far too great! On average, container ships have to wait 1 to 1 ½ days for clearance, now it is more than 3 days on average! The average container turnaround has also increased significantly. Before the crisis, it took around 50 days for a container to be ready for a next tour. Today we are at 60 days!
As a result of the Corona pandemic, massive problems have been manifesting themselves in global sea freight transport since April 2020. Claudio Licci, Director Sea Freight of our parent company Lamprecht Transport Ltd., reports on this and gives concrete recommendations for Swiss exporters.learn more Close
While the difficulties at the beginning of the crisis were mainly limited to imports from Asia, today all trade lanes are under pressure: freight companies are struggling with undercapacity, overcrowded ports, congested container terminals and insufficient infrastructure.
Container ships are getting bigger and bigger and can already load up to 23,500 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit; standard container). When several ships of this dimension arrive at a seaport at the same time, it causes major logistical problems - even in "normal" times. The ports of Singapore and Los Angeles/Long Beach, for example, are often heavily congested due to the large volume of containers. Singapore is enormously important as a hub for the Southeast Asian and Australian markets; the two ports on California's south coast handle about 40 per cent of US sea freight and are crucial for transpacific traffic. No wonder, the punctuality of ships has sunk to an all-time low: while 65 per cent of ships worldwide still arrived on time in the spring of 2020, a year later it was less than 35 per cent. Delays of up to six weeks - for example, on the route to China - are unfortunately no longer uncommon.
Due to the Corona pandemic, major terminals have repeatedly been cancelled in recent months. And there seems to be no sign of a turnaround: A fortnight ago, one of the world's largest port facilities, that of Yantian in the southern Chinese city of Shenzen, was summarily closed after new Covid 19 infections were registered. Hundreds of container ships had to be diverted, causing delays of up to 14 days in imports and exports. Countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are currently in a partial lockdown: although the ports are open, there is a lack of staff in the terminals. The situation is also worsening at the companies responsible for road transport because many truck drivers have dropped out. With the rising infection figures in Malaysia and Vietnam, there was bad news from Southeast Asia again this week.
The Corona pandemic has not only caused acute problems in sea freight, but has also brought to light a whole series of systemic deficiencies. Among the biggest challenges are the lack of container equipment as well as shipping space. In April 2020, 551 ships with a capacity of around 3 million TEU were decommissioned. After the shipowners put these ships back into service, the corresponding capacities were available to the market again in the fourth quarter of last year. But because almost all companies around the globe are expanding their inventories - and because consumption has already picked up strongly again - demand far exceeds the supply of shipping space. As a result, waiting times of four to five weeks often have to be accepted. The major trade lanes to the USA and Asia are particularly affected by these delays. The situation has been further aggravated by the blockade of the Suez Canal, which has led to delivery delays of 20 days. The "Ever Given" of the Evergreen shipping company is still out of service after being seized by the Egyptian authorities; the 20,000 TEU of this ship are missing in imports and exports.
In the short and medium term, not much will change in terms of capacity - which is why the shipping companies shy away from making clear forecasts. The fact is that the shipping companies regulate the available space better today than ever before. And it is also clear that additional containers or more ships would further strain the already precarious infrastructure of many ports. It is therefore not surprising that freight rates in all trade lanes have climbed to new highs. And prices will continue to rise sharply: Especially for sea freight to the USA and South America, massive increases must be expected in July.
The problems mentioned above will accompany international sea freight traffic for some time to come. Experts agree that the situation will not change before the end of the year and may even persist until after the Chinese New Year (1. 2. 2022). The reasons for this less optimistic outlook are manifold:
There is justified hope that the situation on the labour market will also ease with the progress of the vaccination programmes in the individual countries. As soon as port workers and truck drivers can resume their work and carry it out without major restrictions, the market will gradually return to normal. Meanwhile, prices for sea freight will remain at a high level.
Although the Northeast Passage is navigable between June and December, it is not used by international sea freight traffic - with very few exceptions. The main reasons for this are the lack of safety (shallow draught!) and the lack of infrastructure along the route, but mainly considerations of a political and ecological nature. A valid alternative would be rail transport from Asia to Europe - but here, too, capacities are booked up for weeks. In addition, prices in this segment quickly adjust to those of sea freight. Because overseas passenger flights are still rare, there is also a lack of capacity in air freight - although more and more cargo aircraft are being used. While prices for air freight to Asia have more or less settled at pre-Corona levels, rates for shipments to the USA or South America are now around three times higher than before the pandemic.
(This article was published on the webpage of Switzerland Global Enterprise.)
To the overview of the effects of the corona virus on road freight transport in affected regions worldwidelearn more Close
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Expo-Cargo Ltd. is very concerned about the geographical extension of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, especially about the rising number of cases in Europe and in our home country. Our thoughts are with all affected worldwide!
Expo-Cargo is following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) strategy of disease containment. So far, the WHO has not imposed restrictions on the movement of goods across borders and international trade. However, local authorities may impose restrictions for specific areas showing clusters of infections. Of course, we are following such measures strictly.
The health and the safety of our employees has highest priority for us. In this respect, we are adopting the WHO guidelines for all our staff.
We are ordering 14 days self-quarantine for employees returning from specific affected regions. We also prescribe following proper precautions and recommend contacting the local medical services for all employees showing symptoms like fever, cough or difficulty in breathing. Besides those measures we instructed our employees to:
Wash hands frequently with soap and water and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching mouth or eyes to limit the risk of infection spread.
Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue, or a sleeve or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing, throw the used tissue into a closed bin immediately after use; wash hands/skin well afterwards.
Limit physical contact with colleagues and visitors in the workplace: reduce the frequency of face-to-face contact and avoid direct contact, e.g. hand shake. Instead of shaking hands we recommend to welcome visitors with a smile.
We have available hand disinfectants in all our offices and encourage our staff to follow the above WHO recommendations. In order to be effective in this respect, we encourage all our partners to also follow the same guidelines.
We are monitoring the situation very closely and are prepared to adapt further measures if necessary.
Current implications of the Coronavirus epidemic to the transport industry.learn more Close
The situation does not seem to be calming down. Yet, the effects on world trade and thus logically on the forwarding and logistics industry have intensified:
Labor and infrastructure situation
Labor is only slowly coming back to work but only limited number of employees physically go to office. There is limited connectivity.
Offices in China have restrictions such as health check at entry/exit, no use of public infrastructure such as toilets, shopping for food and drinks. Airconditioning has been switched off.
Truck-drivers are missing. Only approx 30% of the truck dirvers are working.
The infrastructure in most ports (such as Shanghai) are closed for cargo coming from Mainland China. They accept it, but are putting it into a 14 days quarantine.
Most airlines have already extended their suspension of flights from/to China. As an example, British Airlines is not flying until end of April 2020, Lufthansa and Swiss until end of March 2020.
China outbound business
Production is almost at zero and if cargo has been produced it cannot go out.
Inland transportation to the ports very limited.
Ports have tough security measures in place that will cause delays.
China inbound business
Imports to China to non-critical areas can happen but with massive delays.
No transportation into critical areas, also because drivers will not go there.
Equipment and capacity situation
Worrying shortage of equipment expected in Europe. While Reefers are already sold out, we expect similar situation for Dry Containers very soon.
Carriers are managing their capacity with numerous blank sailings affecting both directions.
Shipping lines advice on some emerging quarantine requirements imposed by regulatory bodies for vessels which have visited or are from China.
The Quality Management of the entire Lamprecht Group Switzerland was successfully audited in April, 2018 by Bureau Veritas Switzerland. At the same time, the transition in accordance with the latest quality standards ISO 9001:2015 was effected.learn more Close
The certificate ISO 9001:2015 confirms that Lamprecht Transport Ltd. complies with the current international ISO standards and the therein specified quality standards. The certified processes guarantee the high quality of our services and enable a continuous improvement in favour of our customers.
Our quality system is an important tool in our daily work. The operational procedures become thus traceable and transparent.
We are pleased to inform you that the quality of our clearly set processes have been approved again by a neutral assessment company.
Our new certificate in compliance with ISO 9001:2015 will be valid until July, 2021. The certificate for download.