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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.
On 1 February 2022, the Year of the Tiger begins in China. Traditionally, people visit their families in their hometowns during their holiday, which lasts at least a week, and only return to work after the holiday.
Chinese New Year has a significant impact on transport capacity. To make matters worse, new COVID outbreaks can be expected at any time, resulting in port terminal closures, flight cancellations and staff shortages.
Therefore, stay in touch with your contact person at FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd. and plan your shipments to and from China as early as possible.
Dalian airport authorities announced yesterday that with immediate effect no air import shipments will be accepted and handled till 31/Mar/2022. In other words, Dalian airport is closed for all air import services. These are severe prevention measures to avoid a Covid 19 spread.
Your air freight contact at FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd. will be happy to advise you on how your consignment can be re-routed. We will keep you informed of any updates.
The year that is coming to an end has seen an unprecedented disruption in the global supply chain due to several reasons, with COVID 19 playing a very important role. Unfortunately, we are experiencing a new wave of corona far and wide, and China is also affected. As a result, the availability of port staff is again limited during the holiday season. We have received an official notice from Hong Kong barge service providers that coverage of South China barge ports will not be possible from 25 December 2021 to 10 February 2022.learn more Close
Please therefore expect longer lay times or delays at the ports listed below, as there are limited alternative options for exports and imports. Please also note that the acceptance of special cargo imports (Reefer, Dangerous Goods, Out Of Gauge++) will be suspended at these locations: Fangcheng, Qinzhou, Beihai, Zhanjiang, Yangpu, Haikou, Shantou, Lianhuashan, Zhongshan, Sanshan.
Furthermore, alternative transhipment services via Chiwan/Shekou or Nansha are available for dry and refrigerated cargo.
FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd. is monitoring the situation very closely and is endeavouring to find alternative solutions within the scope of its possibilities. Utilising all our transport capacities, we are looking for solutions for both inland and sea transport to mitigate the disruption caused by the port cancellations.
Our sea freight teams are here for you for questions and special schedules!
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 FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd., information security has always been a very high priority.learn more Close
The ACI system, which came into force on 1st October, 2021, was not defined in all its details until recently. Now the procedure is known.learn more Close
Exporters who deliver goods to Egypt by sea freight must register once in advance with Cargo X. The registration is free of charge. After registration, a fee-based verification (USD 15.00) takes place.
As soon as a delivery is planned, the importer enters the data in Nafeza using a pro forma invoice. The system now generates an ACID number within 48 hours. Through CargoX's communication with Nafeza, this number is made available to both parties.
All documents such as invoices, certificates of origin and freight documents (B/Ls) must contain the ACID number. Shipments arriving with shipping documents without an ACID number will be rejected. At least 48 hours before the arrival of the ship, the shipping documents must be uploaded by the exporter via CargoX. It must be ensured that all uploaded documents contain the ACID number. There is a fee for uploading the documents. For this purpose, a credit package must be purchased after successful registration, from which the corresponding amount is debited when uploading documents. CargoX I Egyptian ACI filing via the CargoX Platform.
Do you have any questions? Get in touch with your contact person at FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd., we will be happy to help.
On 1st November 2021, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) agreement with Indonesia will enter into force in the form of an economic partnership. This means that 98 percent of customs duties on Swiss exports to Indonesia will be eliminated.learn more Close
The Economic Partnership Agreement provides for the gradual abolition of Indonesian import duties on Swiss exports. It also contains clauses on the protection of investments and intellectual property, the reduction of existing further trade barriers and sustainable development.
It is the first free trade agreement signed by the world's fourth most populous country with a European community of states. The European Union has been negotiating its own free trade agreement with the island state for several years.
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.
The US PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) is submitting a proposal to align dangerous goods regulations with international regulations and standards.learn more Close
Among other things, changes to the proper shipping name, dangerous goods classes, packing groups, special provisions, packing approvals, quantity limits for air transport and stowage regulations in maritime transport are planned.
The proposed changes to the regulations are intended, among other things, to facilitate the safe transport of critical vaccines and other medical materials in connection with the Corona pandemic and to take account of the increasing proportion of lithium batteries in transport.
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.
Fire incidents on board container ships have unfortunately increased significantly in recent years. In the record year 2019, there was a cargo-related fire about every 10 days, according to the "Safety & Shipping Review 2021" by insurer AGCS.learn more Close
Other sources report that incidents were slightly down again in 2020, although still above the average of previous years. Smaller fires and near misses unfortunately occur regularly - on average, a fire was reported around fortnightly in 2020.
The size of the ship plays a not insignificant role: the larger the number of containers on board, the higher the probability that a container will ignite and start a fire.
Often, non-declaration or misdeclaration of dangerous goods leads to fires.
Our dangerous goods specialists are very familiar with dangerous goods and are always up to date with the latest knowledge. So entrust FEAG International Freight Forwarders with your hazardous goods transports with confidence!
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.
Your sea freight contact at FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd. will be happy to provide you with detailed information. You can also find further information under these links for Australia and New Zealand.
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 FEAG International Freight Forwarders 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.
According to the regulation of the Pakistani customs authorities, the placement of the commercial invoice and packing list in the import container or package is mandatory for every shipment booked after 30 June, 2021.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your sea and air freight contacts at FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd.
The space situation in sea freight continues to be dramatic.learn more Close
There are now severe capacity problems in all tradlines with regard to available ship 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 per the communication received from Egypt Ministry of Finance, amending some provisions of Resolution No. 38 of 2021, there is an extension to the Advance Cargo Information Declaration (ACID) Implementation by three months. The regulations are now scheduled to go live from 1st October 2021 instead of earlier announced date of 1st July 2021.
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.)
Since the north and west ports are generally already overloaded, the situation in Hamburg has worsened as a result of various events (defusing bombs from the World War, climate demonstration), and handling is impaired. There will probably be considerable delays for some time to come.
For detailed information about your shipments, please get in touch with your contact at FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd.
As of 1st July, 2021, the new information system for the advanced registration of ocean freight cargo before the shipping date, through article 39 of the new Customs Law No. 207, will be mandatory.learn more Close
The “ACI” or “Advance Cargo Information” aims to simplify cargo clearance procedures, to ensure verification of the guarantees of importers and the exporters, as well as to accept the import of certain types of cargoes or prohibit same from entering the Egyptian market.
The implementation already started on trial basis as of 1st April, 2021, whereas the system shall be fully in force as of 1st July, 2021, for all ocean freight shipments.
Your contact at FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd. will be happy to answer any questions you may have with regard to this new regulation.
After EVER GIVEN's successful refloating, the vessel has been towed to the Greater Bitter Lake for class inspection. This inspection is on-going, and we shall keep you updated on the outcome as soon as possible.
In view of the costs and expenses engaged to refloat the vessel, we have now been informed that the owners of the vessel have declared General Average ("GA").
Customers of FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd. who have freight on the EVER GIVEN will be contacted directly by our staff.
Important information for our sea freight customers about the blockade in the Suez Canallearn more Close
Since Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021, the ship “Ever Given” has been blocking the Suez Canal with around 17,000 containers on board, thus the most important trade route between Asia and Europe. The consequences of this blockade will affect the supply chains of all driving areas.
The rescue work is in full swing - information from the press and social media differ; we are talking about delays of a few days up to possibly several weeks. What are the possible scenarios for all those involved in the flow of goods?
FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd. continue to monitor the situation and provides regular updates at this point.
After the one-year transition period, the United Kingdom left the EU internal market and the EU customs union. Furthermore, the international agreements of the EU no longer apply to the United Kingdom. They have been replaced by a new agreement. At the same time, the free trade agreement between Switzerland and the United Kingdom has been in force since January 1, 2021.
Unfortunately, these two agreements are not fully compatible. For exports to the United Kingdom, Swiss exporters must observe the following points when claiming preferential origin since January 1, 2021.learn more Close
Further information can be found on the webpage of the Federal Customs Administration.
Accordingly, any restrictions taken previously on dealing with the State of Qatar shall be abolished and maritime activities and movement between the two countries shall resume in their usual way starting from on 9th January, 2021.
As a result of the acute shortage of containers - especially in China - some container vessels were not in a position to sail from Asia to Europe in full use in the past few weeks. There are not enough containers in the container depots to meet the current demand.
In particular, there are serious bottlenecks in the 40‘ HCs, and 40‘ standard containers have also been put into operation - even 20‘ containers are sometimes displayed as unavailable.
The latest report on container availability states that availability across China is “still at a record low”.
The logistics industry is confronted with massive bottlenecks on all modes of transport:
Container ships from the Far East are partly fully booked by the end of the year, and rates are skyrocketing. Containers are also in short supply.
Anyone who wants to switch to air freight or rail transport must also expect difficulties. Business is booming and prices are rising accordingly. Due to the elimination of passenger flights, there is a lack of freight capacities in air freight, not only in imports, but also in exports and worldwide.
FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd. keeps close, reassessing the situation every day and hour. We do our utmost to bring your transports to their final destination within the requested deadline.
If you have any questions: get in touch with your contact at FEAG or send us an email. And remember to place your bookings early.
The industrial action at Sydney Port continues to impact port operations.learn more Close
Over the past week there occurred delays in discharging goods in Sydney, massive congestion surcharges and now vessels have started skipping Sydney altogether. Unfortunately, these challenges are beyond our control.
Please be aware that for cargo to Sydney there may be charged Port Congestion fees.
The recent announcement of vessel omissions at Sydney is impacting both imports and exports.
We apologise for the impact on your consignments and appreciate your understanding. Be assured that our ocean freight teams do their utmost and work hard to care of your business.
If you have concerns about a particular order, please get in touch with your local ocean freight contact at FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd. who will be happy to help.
A general strike action announced at the Montreal port started on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 07:00 am.learn more Close
This is a general strike notification with an indefinite period of time, and will impact many marine terminals in the Port of Montreal.
All involved parties are doing the utmost to minimize delay and extra costs.
For more updates and information, you can always get in touch with your contact at FEAG International Freight Forwarders Ltd.
Australia and New Zealand: Import regulations for ocean freight to combat the marmorated stink bug again this yearlearn more Close
The governments of Australia and New Zealand have again decided that sea freight shipments with certain categories of goods imported into Australia and New Zealand between September 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 must be fumigated or heat treated. The marmorated stink bug is to be kept away from Australia and New Zealand, as it could severely affect the agriculture of both countries.
To the overview of the effects of the corona virus on road freight transport in affected regions worldwidelearn more Close
From Sunday, March 22nd to March 29th, 2020, all airports in India will be closed to passenger aircraft. According to current information, only full freighters will be allowed to continue flying. However, this measure massively limits the capacity for freight.learn more Close
For your upcoming shipments to India we will be pleased to track departure options on full freighters. Contact email@example.com.
Read more about the measures FEAG International Freight Forwarders implementedlearn more Close
FEAG International Freight Forwarders 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!
FEAG 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.
In fall 2019, ICC published the new version of the Incoterms. Here a summary of the significant changes.learn more Close
For CIF (cost insurance freight) and CIP (carriage insurance paid) the rules of Incoterms® 2020 provide for an adjustment of the necessary insurance coverage.
FCA, DAP, DPU and DDP take into account that the transport can also be handled by one's own means of transport.
DAT (delivered at terminal) was renamed into DPU (delivered at place unloaded).
Please find here an overview of the Incoterms® 2020 for download
A new plant health legislation will enter into force on 1st January, 2020. New and targeted measures accompanied by additional instruments aim at preventing introduction and spread of particularly dangerous pests.learn more Close
Information on the most important changes in comparison can be found here.
The IMO (International Maritime Organization) initiated with the Guidelines "Sulfur 2020" a reduction program for sulfur oxides emissions in ocean shipping. Effective date for the new regulations is January 1, 2020. They will produce far-reaching changes, both technical and financial.learn more Close
The mostly used fuel for ocean ships (so called "Bunker") is a heavy heating oil which is gained as residue from crude oil distillation. Crude oil contains sulfur which after combustion in the ship’s motor produces emissions. Sulfur oxides (SOx) are damaging to human health, causing respiratory ailments and lung diseases. In the atmosphere SOx can lead to acid rain, can damage plants, forests and water and contributes to acidification of the ocean. It must therefore be attempted to reduce these SOx emissions of ships and thereby improve air quality and better protect the environment.
Concretely this means: from January 1, 2020 the limits for sulfur in crude oil which will be used on board the ships that travel outside of the identified emission control areas will be reduced to 0,50 % m/m (mass per mass). Either the ships as from 2020 will be tanked with low sulfur fuel or they will be furnished themselves with an exhaust gas cleaner, so-called «Scrubbers» on the ship.
This Scrubber comes in three forms: "Closed Loop Filter" (exhaust gases are cleaned and the pollutants are gathered in a tank which is emptied in the harbor for corresponding additional handling), "Open Loop Filter" (exhaust gases are cleaned and the cleaning water together with the pollutants contained therein are discharged into the sea) and "Hybrid Filter“ (that can be adjusted either for operation in an open or closed loop).
Seen as a whole, the most environmentally friendly form is the Closed Loop because such systems do not emit either in the atmosphere nor in the water provided the waste is treated after collection in the harbors. The Open Loop Filter indeed fulfills the requirements of the sulfur guidelines and reduces the emissions from shipping in the atmosphere, its use leads however to heavy metals, sulfur, etc. which land in the sea together with the cleaning water. China, Hong Kong and Singapore have already set forth that no ships with Open Loop Filter systems on board will be allowed in their harbors. It can be assumed from this that other Southeast Asian countries and Japan will likewise follow.
Whether it is equipping ships with filters or the use of low sulfur fuel: in both cases the operating costs for environmental protection will increase significantly. Therefore it has already been clearly signaled by the shipping companies that the introduction of surcharges at the latest from the time of tanking with low sulfur fuel (meaning: already 60 to 90 days before the key date of January 1, 2020) are unavoidable in order to cushion the impact of the additional costs arising which will make the entire transport by sea more expensive as from 2020. Several shipping companies have announced increasing their surcharges already before the key date of January 1, 2020 because they already have higher operational costs in 2019 due to the adjustments.
Due to the re-equipping of ships, first of all the short-term overall capacity on the world seas will be decreased because the installing of Scrubbers will take approx. 60 days per ship. In addition and in the long run the loading capacities of ships after the re-equipping will be smaller than before the adjustments because both the Scrubber and the Low Sulfur Tanks require more space on the ships.
Many experts assume the following consequences from the IMO2020 regulation: Increased use of slow steaming will lead to the increase of the range of ships. In order to be able to preserve the transit times at key harbors and therefore remain competitive, the shipping companies could be forced to leave out individual harbors from their fixed routes.
Additional information can be found directly at IMO.
Text source: SPEDLOGSWISS
Starting 1.1.2020, vessels will only be allowed to use fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0,5 % (current sulphur cap 3.5 %). This regulation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) measures a reduction of marine pollution and will thus significantly improve the ecological footprint of the shipping industry.learn more Close
This stricter emissions regulation will come along with significant additional costs for the ocean carriers. For this reason, Hapag-Lloyd has developed the so-called Marine Fuel Recovery (MFR) mechanism, which will be gradually implemented starting on 1st January, 2019. For additional information…
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.