Montreal to become a designated Free Trade Zone

August 19, 2019 – In the jostle for transatlantic traffic, Montreal has added a foreign-trade zone (FTZ) to its arsenal of incentives to attract business. The FTZ designation covers the entire metropolitan Montreal area, allowing companies to import goods for manufacturing or assembly duty-free for up to four years, provided the final product leaving the zone is for export. Transport interests in Montreal, under the umbrella of CargoM, have vied for FTZ status for the region to generate more international cargo traffic.

Shipping lines to start imposing heavy fines on misdeclared cargo

August 15, 2019 – FIATA is seeking urgent dialogue with top carriers in the wake of recent moves by big-name lines to impose stiff penalties on shippers who misdeclare cargoes. The move comes after Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and OOCL all confirmed last week that they have adopted the controversial practice, after a spate of fires at sea were blamed on the practice. Canaan Transport is a member of FIATA and will continue to advise on this brewing situation.

Hong Kong airport protests continue but flights are slowly getting back to normal

August 12, 2019 – Hong Kong airport continues to be under siege by protesters but cargo flights are slowly returning to normal today. We will continue to keep our customers updated on the situation.

Hong Kong airport will be closed due to protest

August 7, 2019 – Hong Kong airport is rumoured to be closed for all outgoing flights due to the increasing protests in the city. We are advising all customers to ensure that any cargo flights booked into or out of the city be re-routed to avoid any delays.

Additional tariffs announced

August 2, 2019 – The U.S. will impose a 10% tariff on the remaining $300 billion worth of imports from China, known as list four, beginning September 1, President Donald Trump tweeted yesterday afternoon. Trump’s series of tweets came after U.S. representatives returned from trade talks with Chinese officials. Trump described the talks as "constructive," but said China had agreed to buy agricultural products from the U.S. "in large quantities, but did not do so." Trump said the negotiations between the two nations will continue.

New scanning equipment being deployed by US Customs Border and Protection

July 29, 2019 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is replacing and expanding its fleet of non-intrusive X-ray scanning machines used to look inside truck trailers and containers entering the country’s ports of entry. The machines allow CBP officers to view the contents inside these freight transport conveyances for narcotics, weapons and other hidden contraband without having to open them. If suspicious cargo is discovered, the trailer or container can be pulled aside for physical inspection.

An operational benefit to the new non-intrusive inspection equipment is that truck drivers no longer need to exit their cabs during the scanning process, which allows CBP to review 50 trucks an hour versus seven with the older scanning equipment. “This will be a game changer for us,” said Todd Owen, CBP’s executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations.

APL to stop filing EHBL to Canada

July 22, 2019 – In a customer notice sent last week to Canaan Transport, APL advised that, effective September 1, 2019, it will cease providing electronic house bill of lading (eHBL) service on cargo bound for Canada. Customers will need to make necessary arrangements to transmit their eHBL to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) directly, as APL will no longer transmit this data on their behalf. Effective the same date, all eHBL CBSA submissions must also be received by APL’s origin offices by the locally advertised documentation cut-off time. Canaan Transport already has the tools in place to assist our customers in filing this information prior to shipment to Canada. According to CBSA, it is mandatory for customers to provide eHBL for all import, in-bond and in-transit cargo, and supplementary for Freight Remaining Onboard (FROB). APL directed customers to Customs Notice 16-20 for more information about requirements.

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.