How Canceled Sailings Will Impact US Ports – And When

May 4, 2020

Container lines have “blanked” (canceled) an unprecedented number of sailings to bring capacity in line with coronavirus-stricken cargo demand.

Blank-sailings data is a key leading indicator for U.S. ports, cargo shippers, truckers and railways. A container ship that doesn’t depart from Asia equates to a container ship that doesn’t arrive on the U.S. West Coast two to three weeks later, or on the East Coast four to five weeks later.

What matters to American businesses is U.S. port arrivals, not foreign departures. American businesses want to know exactly how much arrival capacity will be reduced, exactly when it will be reduced, and how this reduced capacity will compare year-on-year.

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Source: American Shipper

Postal Services Are Struggling and Need More Air Capacity Now, Says IATA

May 4, 2020

Governments must ease restrictions on airlines as the lack of cargo capacity continues to dog various sectors.

Following last week’s concerns about services to and from Africa, IATA warns today that now postal services are struggling.

The 95% axing of passenger flights, which tend to carry mail, has led to challenges for the industry that have been exacerbated by a 25%-30% rise in e-commerce demand.

IATA and the Universal Postal Union have urged governments to remove restrictions which have led to blockages, as well as to fast-track the issue of permits for charter operations.

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Source: The Load Star