Unitrans Worldwide Founder Lindsay Barich is interviewed in this CBS Boston news report:
Due the ramifications of the coronavirus, some airlines have reduced or stopped service all together with other US and foreign airlines offering reduced flights to China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Singapore affecting commerce and has become a logistics nightmare for exporters as well as importers.
Freight forwarders have to be very creative as how they book their cargo and use their vast knowledge and experience to get their customers’ air exports moving in a timely manner.
Some airlines have cargo embargoes to the far East while others are have tripled their cost and will only accept “Air Express” cargo costing as high of $4.50 to $6.00 per Kilo.
Unitrans Worldwide, Inc. has over 2 decades of experience and a diverse network of airline carrier contracts to meet our clients demands. Most recently, Unitrans moved 5 skids at 6000 kgs to SIN with door to door service in 4 days!
Ongoing delays with Canadian rail shipments from the West Coast.
Protesters to the Canadian pipelines continue to create havoc for intermodal rail shipments adding additional weeks in transit.
Even though the blockage near Belleville Ontario was cleared on 25 Feb, further protests continue to erupt throughout Canada preventing the trains from moving and some have been at a standstill for 3 weeks. Limited information from the intermodal carriers is creating frustration to importers because they are not able to track their product and plan for arrival.
Unitrans is continuing to monitor this situation in eastern Canada closely but with unpredictable and changing variables, it is difficult to provide day specific ETAs for some shipments. At this time we do not know when trains staged across the CN Rail network will arrive at their destinations. In western Canada, recovery plans are underway and are working to resume regular service levels as quickly as possible.
Unitrans Worldwide, Inc. is directing its overseas partners to go through US ports, rather than Canada, until this situation is resolved.
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“President Trump has agreed that on January 1, 2019, he will leave the tariffs on $200 billion worth of product at the 10% rate, and not raise it to 25% at this time. China will agree to purchase a not yet agreed upon, but very substantial, amount of agricultural, energy, industrial, and other product from the United States to reduce the trade imbalance between our two countries. China has agreed to start purchasing agricultural product from our farmers immediately.
President Trump and President Xi have agreed to immediately begin negotiations on structural changes with respect to forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture. Both parties agree that they will endeavor to have this transaction completed within the next 90 days. If at the end of this period of time, the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the 10% tariffs will be raised to 25%.”
In February, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)—the United Nations agency that regulates the transport of dangerous goods aboard aircraft —enacted a ban on transporting standalone lithium ion batteries (UN 3480) as cargo on passenger aircraft. The ban goes into effect April 1, 2016.
Since lithium metal batteries (UN 3090) were already prohibited, the new regulation means no standalone lithium batteries, in any quantity or packaging, may be shipped as cargo on passenger aircraft.
Can you still ship lithium batteries by air? Yes. Batteries packed with or in equipment (UN 3091 and 3481) may still be shipped compliantly, subject to regulations. (Passengers may still transport their own battery powered devices and spare batteries in their carry-on bags—for now. See https://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/hazmat_safety/more_info/?hazmat=7 for FAA’s guidance)
And all lithium batteries may still be transported on cargo-only aircraft, subject to regulations—see below. However, you need to be aware that airlines may have their own variations in place even though the regulations don’t prohibit them on cargo aircraft.
ICAO has also mandated that, effective April 1, 2016, standalone lithium ion batteries (UN 3480) can only be shipped by air with a state of charge 30% or less. In addition, shippers will be not be authorized to transport more than one package of standalone lithium ion batteries prepared in accordance with packing instruction 965 or 968 Section II per consignment. “A shipper is not permitted to offer for transport more than one package prepared according to Section II in any single consignment.” A consignment is defined as: ” One or more packages of dangerous goods accepted by an operator from one shipper at one time and at one address, receipted for in one lot and moving to one consignee at one destination address.”
No more than one Section II lithium battery package may be placed into an overpack.
Section II packages may not be offered in a unit load device and must be offered separately from other non-dangerous cargo.
So, come April 1st, if you have to ship lithium ion batteries by air which are not packed with equipment, you’ll have to:
Ship them by cargo aircraft only (if the airline hasn’t filed a variation or implemented an embargo)
Ensure they are at a state of charge no more than 30% of capacity
Pack them separately from everything else
How will shippers verify the state of charge of prepackaged batteries? How can you manage the more restrictive packing rules?
New lithium battery markings and labels – You will need to begin using new markings and Class 9 hazmat labels for all lithium battery shipments—but not until January 1, 2019. (Early adopters are free to use them voluntarily on January 1, 2017.)lithbathandlenewnewhazclass9
Rumors of lithium batteries earning their own hazard Class 10 were thus put to rest, at least for the time being.
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“The Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, which was released late January, ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories included in the index.”
2. N. Korea
The Corruption Perceptions Index is based on expert opinions of public sector corruption. Countries’ scores can be helped by open government where the public can hold leaders to account, while a poor score is a sign of prevalent bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs.
The new container weight rules, which are nicknamed within the industry as VGM (Verified Gross Mass) but technically known as SOLAS (Safety of Lie at Sea) amendments, are set to start July 1, 2016. The VGM/SOLAS rules are mandatory for all packed containers received for transport (gate-in or off-rail) and state that the Shipper is responsible for providing the VGM to the carrier. The VGM must be received by the carrier before the container can be lifted onto a vessel at the port of loading. Failure to provide VGM will mean the ship’s master is required, by law, to refuse the container for carriage. Verified Gross Mass is calculated by adding the tare weight of the container and weight of cargo.