Inclement weather in Ontario will cause delays

January 17, 2022 – Ontario and the US Midwest is going through a significant weather event and customers are warned that deliveries and pick ups will be delayed. Please call us at 416.621.6800 if you have any urgent requests.

Shenzhen and Ningbo are being hit by covid outbreaks, further complicating supply chains

January 10, 2022 – China’s whac-a-mole approach to containing COVID-19 is seeing restrictions rushed in at many more important hubs across the country as the nation struggles to contain more contagious variants spreading. Two COVID-19 cases in Shenzhen have seen local authorities usher in travel bans, making it difficult to leave the city, with more mass testing underway in the city’s Longgang district. Trucker availability at the key southern Chinese box port is likely to be hit by this latest outbreak. Meanwhile, a suspension of trucking services in several parts of East China’s Zhejiang province has slowed the transportation of manufactured goods and commodities through one of the world’s most important ports. There are strict controls on trucks moving goods to or from the Beilun district in Ningbo after the discovery of several cases of COVID-19 in the area, shipping line A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S said in a Thursday customer advisory. This suspension, along with restrictions on truckers in some areas in and around Zhejiang, has halted operations at some yards and warehouses at Ningbo port.

Monetary penalties for e-manifests will be enforced on January 30, 2022

January 4, 2022 – The CBSA has notified that, effective January 31, monetary penalties for non-compliance with electronic house bill requirements may be issued. For information, refer to Customs Notice 21-15, Mandatory Electronic House Bills – End of the Zero-Rated Penalty Period.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2021 – From all of us at Canaan Transport, we wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Air rates from China soar again

December 20, 2021 – Ex-Asia air freight rates have soared again to new record highs, especially on the transpacific where average Shanghai to North America spot prices reached almost $16 per kilo this week amid unprecedented market momentum. Please let us know if we can assist with your requirements.

Government of Canada invests in 4 projects to increase efficiency of cargo handling in Vancouver

December 14, 2021 – The Government of Canada has announced $8.7M in funding for four new projects under the National Trade Corridors Fund, which will help to improve operational efficiencies at one of Canada’s major export gateways. Under the National Trade Corridors Fund, the Government of Canada will contribute $7.4M to three projects to be undertaken by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority:

1. The development and implementation of technology to improve the management of containers flagged for inspection, which will increase efficiency and reduce operating costs in the Pacific Gateway.

2. An engineering study for capacity improvements along a segment of rail that links Canadian Pacific’s intermodal and rail yards in Metro Vancouver with grain and container terminals in the Port of Vancouver’s South Shore Trade Area.

3. Funding to support ongoing work of the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum Secretariat, which brings together a number of governmental and private organizations to identify gateway infrastructure priorities in Metro Vancouver.

The Government of Canada is also investing $1.3M in an additional technology and innovation project:

4. The development of a digital platform for sourcing and managing empty shipping containers. This project, to be undertaken by TSC Trakking Software Corporation, will improve container management, reduce costs for Canadian importers and exporters, and reduce greenhouse gases due to congestion in Metro Vancouver and potentially other Canadian cities.

BC Flooding Update #18 – Final daily update

December 6, 2021 – This will be our final daily update as both CP and CN mainlines between Vancouver and Kamloops are fully operational. Rail traffic through the Fraser Canyon corridor has resumed in both directions. All eastbound trains are transiting via CP’s line and all westbound trains are transiting via CN’s line. Enhanced track inspections and maintenance activities continue and low-speed restrictions remain in place. Most major truck corridors are also re-open and we anticipate a 2-3 week time period for things to normalize. Thank you to the many individuals who contributed to re-opening the rail and road lines so quickly.

BC Flooding Update #17

December 5, 2021 – CP’s said in a customer advisory on Friday that recovery efforts on its Thompson and Cascade subdivisions in British Columbia continue in a safe, steady and deliberate manner. That route is CP’s busiest corridor, handling a wide range of products and commodities. It links the Port of Vancouver and B.C. to the rest of Canada and North America. The corridor includes a directional running zone where CP and CN share rail infrastructure to maximize capacity for both railroads. During CN’s outage, CP continues to share its single line capacity with CN, operating in both directions. Delays in the directional running zone will continue until CN restores its main line. The B.C. government announced the reopening of Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Hope on December 2, signalling a gradual improvement in travel conditions in the province after almost two weeks of flooding and landslides disrupted road and rail connections throughout the Lower Mainland. However, the situation remains tricky for many businesses, including those using rail services to and from the Port of Vancouver.

Zim Kingston Update

December 3, 2021 – Danaos-owned Zim-chartered vessel Zim Kingston, which lost 109 containers amid a cargo fire off the coast of Vancouver in October, is set to leave its mooring on Constance Bank, near Vancouver Island, on Friday. It will be heading for the port of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island’s east shore, where discharge of the undamaged cargo will reportedly take place. However, casualty support company WK Webster said Zim Kingston would discharge only damaged containers on Vancouver Island, before the ship heads to the Port of Vancouver to unload the remaining cargo. No confirmation of this plan has been received from either Zim or Danaos. For our customers on this affected vessel that have already put up their Average Bond, containers will be released once arrived. For more details, please contact us at zimkingston

BC Flooding Update #16

December 3, 2021 – CP and CN eastbound and westbound trains are operating on CP’s mainline between Vancouver and Kamloops. Enhanced track inspections and maintenance are ongoing and low-speed restrictions remain in place. CN engineering teams continue to make progress on repairs to their mainline between Kamloops and Boston Bar. CN anticipates restoration of its rail line late on Friday today.