Shipping is an afterthought for many online retailers

July 15, 2019 – A new global survey of digital consumers and merchants explores shipping’s growing role in e-commerce. BigCommerce released Shipping, Delivered: Best Practices & Expectations for 2019, a new research study that examines survey responses of nearly 3,000 digital consumers and 800 online merchants to understand the role that shipping plays in the consumer purchase journey and how brands are adjusting operations to meet shifting expectations. The study concludes that, while e-commerce and shipping have a symbiotic relationship, shipping is often an afterthought for online retailers. This is where Canaan Transport can provide value added services for both retailers and customers. For customers, brand’s shipping experience can carry just as much weight as the product it sells and how it is marketed to them. An alarming 77 per cent of global survey respondents have abandoned an online purchase due to unsatisfactory shipping options, while 58 per cent have actually stopped shopping with particular retailers altogether as a result of a negative shipping experience.

Mandatory Electronic Reporting for Exporters as of June 30, 2020

July 10, 2019 – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will eliminate the paper reporting process Export Declaration form (B13A) and implement mandatory electronic reporting for exporters.

As of June 30, 2020, the CBSA will no longer accept B13As. Exporters, or their customs service providers, will be required to report their exports electronically. Electronic export reporting will be mandated via a prescription document, in accordance with paragraphs a) and b) of the definition of “prescribed” in section 2 of the Customs Act and subsection 95(4) of this Act.

There will be two electronic reporting methods available to exporters to report goods: the Canadian Export Reporting System (CERS) and the G7 Export Reporting Electronic Data Interchange (G7-EDI). Exporters can register for CERS once it is in place, on March 16, 2020. G7-EDI is currently in existence and can be used now. G7-EDI requires an investment from the exporting client.

World’s largest container ship now has a new title holder

July 8, 2019 – The world’s largest containership has been delivered this week by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries. The 400 m long MSC Gülsün is the first boxship in the world to feature 24 rows across giving it up to 1,500 extra container capacity compared to the existing largest container vessels. The 61.5 m wide vessel is the first of 11 giants MSC is set to operate when they deliver from South Korea in the coming nine months. The 23,756 teu MSC Gülsün will embark on its maiden voyage on a Silk/AE10 service operated with 2M partner Maersk on July 8 from Xingang to northern Europe. Containership size records have repeatedly been broken in recent years, climbing above the 20,000 teu mark for the first time in 2017. South Korea’s HMM has a series of twelve 23,000 teu ships which will start delivering from the second quarter of 2020 and will likely rival MSC’s record-breakers for size. Commenting on this week’s big ship delivery, Andy Lane, a Singapore-based container shipping consultant, referred back to the delivery 13 years ago of the Emma Maersk, which back in 2006 was a record-breaking 14,770 teu in capacity. “That ship was three metres shorter than the MSC Gülsün but only featured 21 rows across, and with a single island had a far lower cargo height profile. All things being equal, MSC Gülsün will require an additional four days of port time per rotation compared to Emma Maersk, which might result in either longer transit times or faster steaming,” Lane observed.

Happy Canada Day!

July 1, 2019 – Canaan Transport wishes all our partners, employees and customers a Happy Canada Day!

New pre-clearance options

July 1, 2019 – A new agreement between Canada and the United States will soon allow travellers and cargo to pre-clear customs before they leave, allowing an easier movement of people and goods crossing the border. Canadian air travellers have been able to clear customs before flying to the U.S. for decades at Canadian airports, letting them skip line-ups when they land in the United States. The two countries have agreed to add U.S. preclearance operations at Billy Bishop airport in Toronto and Jean Lesage airport in Quebec City. The new agreement extends preclearance for travellers crossing by land, rail and sea. Early stages of planning are underway for preclearances for train passengers travelling from Montreal into New York and on the Rocky Mountaineer railway in British Columbia, which extends into Washington state. Preclearance operations will be expanded to additional airports, and will, for the first time, allow preclearances of cargo travelling across the border. For cargo, a pilot is currently underway at Lacolle, QC.

China bans all Canadian meat products

June 26, 2019 – In an escalation of the tense diplomatic relationships between Canada and China, China has now banned all Canadian meat products from being imported into its country due to irregularities found in CFIA issued inspection certificates. Canaan Transport has already put in contingency plans for our export customers who have been affected by this change in policy, which was anticipated for some time. Customers have already been personally advised of alternative arrangements.

EVA Airways flights cancelled due to strike

June 24, 2019 – In developing news, Taiwan’s largest airline, EVA Airways has cancelled close to 1000 flights as a result of crew cabin strike. We will rebook customers with affected cargo on other airlines as required.

Mexico approves USMCA agreement

June 24, 2019 – Last week, the Mexican Senate voted 114-to-4 to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, thereby concluding the USMCA’s legislative consideration process in Mexico. Following the vote, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged Canada and the U.S. to ratify the deal, but while those two countries kicked off their respective domestic ratification processes last month the outlook for quick ratification appears a bit more clouded in the U.S. With the current tension in Iran occupying world headlines, it appears that any such ratification in the U.S. will require immense focus and hard work.

Canadian ELD rules now taking shape, effective date of June 2021

June 17, 2019 – Canada’s long-awaited electronic logging device (ELD) rule has been published, which the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says will catapult Canada ahead of the U.S. in terms of safety and compliance. The made-in-Canada regulation requires third-party device certification, something the U.S. did not pursue, and a detail the Canadian trucking industry lobbied to have included. In the U.S., devices are self-certified, which has led to the arrival in the market of ELDs that can be modified or tampered with. The rule was announced by government and industry officials at a press briefing at Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) headquarters on June 13. Officials said the new rule will be introduced nationally as soon as possible. By June 2021, third-party-certified ELDs will have to be used by all truck drivers currently required to maintain a logbook. The announcement was greeted with enthusiasm by industry associations. The hours-of-service rules themselves will not be changed; they’ll simply have to be recorded using an ELD. Canaan Transport’s trucks are already compliant with the new standards. The final rule also accelerates the implementation timeframe, from the initially proposed four years, to two. But unlike in the U.S., existing automatic on-board recording devices will not be grandfathered.

Delays in deliveries into and out of downtown Toronto today

June 17, 2019 – Due to the scheduled parade today for the Toronto Raptors, many streets will be closed to vehicular traffic along the parade route. As a result, our pickups and deliveries within the downtown core of Toronto will be delayed today. We thank you for your patience.