Recent events in Europe to affect transportation and logistics

August 13, 2018 – Two recent events in Europe may affect customers with shipments to and from France and Britain. In France, after weeks of increased air pollution levels, the French government has declared driving bans in many parts of the country. Since July 2017, vehicles must be equipped with a Crit’Air badge, which categorizes vehicles based on their air pollutant emissions, to access the ever-widening French environmental zones. When air pollution is particularly high, temporary air protection zones are also imposed. Current restrictions will impact freight shipments in and through France. Although Canaan Transport and its partners strive to use environmentally sustainable transportation options, we are limited at times to the value received and will always engage with our customers the most efficient way to transport their goods. In Britain, campaigners for a second Brexit referendum are holding a series of events outside London to try to mobilize popular support for the plan. Organized by the People’s Vote campaign, events will be held in Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cambridge and Cardiff before culminating in marches to coincide with the Labour party conference in Liverpool and the Conservative conference in Birmingham. Organizers will try to show that those in favour of Britain staying in the European Union no longer represent the establishment – an elitist charge that was successfully used by the Brexiters during the referendum campaign. A source at the People’s Vote campaign said the organization wants to “give voice to millions of people who feel the establishment has screwed Brexit up over the past two years.” With the uncertainty regarding Brexit, many customers are looking at their options in a post-Brexit world. Canaan Transport will continue to provide options as they become available.

Saudi Arabia freezes new trade, investment and recalls its ambassador after Canada demands activists be freed

August 6, 2018 – Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that it is ordering Canada’s ambassador to leave the country and freezing all new trade and investment transactions with Canada in a spat over human rights. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry added that the country is recalling its ambassador to Canada. The dispute appears to be over a tweet on Friday from Global Affairs Canada. The tweet read as follows "Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful human rights activists,"

Saudi state television reported that the Education Ministry was coming up with an "urgent plan" to move thousands of Saudi scholarship students out of Canadian schools to take classes in other countries.

Customers that have been affected by this new announcement will be contacted individually as Canaan Transport prepares contingency plans for all imports from and exports to Saudi Arabia. All carnet and consular requests are still being processed but this may change without any warning.

Port of Montreal delays continue

August 1, 2018 – MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company Canada Inc., a marine carrier who contracts their rail carriage out to CN Railway has announced that due to terminal congestion and labor shortages at Termont and Viau terminals, average import rail dwell times have increased to 10 days.

In order to help improve the situation, we are working with our partners to enhance the fluidity. MSC apologizes for any inconvenience caused by these unforeseen circumstances, we will make sure we do our best to bring our operations back to the level of service you expect from us.

COSCO hit by ransomware attack

July 30, 2018 – Facebook and Yahoo are the ways to contact COSCO following the cyber-attack that struck its Americas operations.COSCO was hit by a ransomware attack on its Long Beach terminal last week that spread through to its Latin American operations. The company is providing little detail on the attack, but has told customers it has “reliable confirmation” that networks in its other regions are secure. As of Monday, communication remained problematic. COSCO placed an FAQ section on its Facebook page that includes email addresses unaffected by the attack, including Yahoo and gmail addresses. And some customers are contacting COSCO via Facebook. COSCO Canada operations have been equally affected.

Port of Montreal to start charging for pick up and delivery of containers

July 24, 2018 – Following a pilot project that extended truck gate hours at the Port of Montreal, Montreal Gateway Terminals has announced plans to assess a flat fee of $35 per laden container received or delivered by truck during all operating hours starting on September 17, 2018. This fee, which aims to help fund the extended gate service, will be assessed to trucking companies for each of their full import or full export transactions. Over the past several months, MGT participated in numerous meetings with Cargo M, the Quebec Trucking Association and several trucking firms. The objective of these meetings was to explore opportunities that will improve supply chain fluidity. With gate hours extended from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, Monday through Friday, they will continue to service imports, exports, empties and reefer containers without reservations or appointments. MGT also said it will provide more information regarding the administrative aspects of the program over the next several weeks.

Japan and the EU sign a free trade agreement

July 23, 2018 – The European Union and Japan signed a new free trade agreement earlier last week, the latest in a series of moves to further liberalize world trade. The deal has been characterized as a rebuke to the US’s policy trade protectionism, exemplified by a raft of new tariffs on imports. The latest deal, dubbed the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), will lower most tariffs, including Japanese duties on EU agricultural products and EU tariffs on Japanese cars. The European Commission says the deal will eliminate $1.2 billion worth of tariffs for EU exporters and double that amount for their Japanese counterparts. The EPA creates a free-trade zone for countries comprising 30 percent of global GDP, and is the latest in a series of trade agreements initiated or concluded by countries around the world. Although this agreement does not directly affect Canada, it is nonetheless good news as Canada’s own FTA with the EU is still at risk of being cancelled due to some opposition by certain EU members. It is hoped that the Canada European Union FTA will move from being provisional to permanent in the near future.

Tidewater / Harbor Link to run Port of Vancouver’s new Container Examination Facility

July 16, 2018 – The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) has been building a new container examination facility on Tsawwassen First Nation industrial lands. The Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility (TCEF) is adjacent to the 41B Street overpass along Deltaport Way, and is about 5 km from Deltaport Terminal in Delta, BC. The TCEF will augment existing container examination facility in Burnaby and will initiate the new Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) marine container examination process. The TCEF is expected to be operational by end of year 2018.

Tidewater Container Services Inc. (Tidewater) and Harbour Link Container Services Inc. (Harbour Link) have been selected as the operator and the drayage provider for the TCEF, respectively. Harbour Link will assist CBSA in conducting thorough examinations of containerized goods. Tidewater is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harbour Link. Harbour Link provides container drayage and off-dock container terminal services to all sectors of the container shipping community and currently operate a sufferance terminal in Delta, British Columbia.

CBSA Warns Importation of Marijuana Remains Illegal

July 11, 2018 – Recreational marijuana is to be legalized in Canada on October 17. However, shippers aiming to take advantage of the change in the law by airfreighting marijuana into the country are warned by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials that, under the Cannabis Act, laws around importing and exporting cannabis will not change.

CBSA spokesperson Jayden Robertson says: “It will remain illegal to import into Canada, or export from Canada, cannabis and cannabis products without a valid permit, issued by the Government of Canada. As is the case today, permits may only be issued for limited purposes: medical, scientific or industrial hemp. The unauthorized cross-border movement of cannabis will remain a serious criminal offence.”

Customs Delay in processing tonight

July 9, 2018 – For maintenance purposes, all customs broker connections will encounter a 30 minutes outage on Tuesday, July 10 2018 between 03:00 and 04:00 (ET). During this time, the CBSA will be unable to receive all incoming data or send outbound messages such as acknowledgements, reject messages and notices E.g. RNS, Completeness through direct connect connections. Canaan Transport will continue to process entries for customers on 24/7 service and will update this message if the outage extends past the end date/time. We regret the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.

Maersk and MSC cancels trans-pacific service

July 7, 2018 – Maersk Line and MSC under the 2M alliance have suspended one of their joint transpacific services as the trade faces falling rates and the impact of a trade war between the US and China.

The EAGLE/TP-1 service has been suspended from 4 July sailing from Busan until further notice. The service calls Kaohsiung, Yantian, Xiamen, Shanghai, Busan, Vancouver, Seattle, Yokohama, Busan and Kaohsiung, and is one of five Asia – West Coast North America services operated by the alliance.

MSC said the suspension was due to the “challenging operating environment for business on the Transpacific trade”.

According to Alphaliner the service employs six vessels of 4,200 – 5,000 teu.