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BIMCO downgrades container shipping outlook for 2020

March 23, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Copenhagen, Denmark — The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) has revised its outlook for container shipping demand in 2020 from low global demand growth to negative demand growth for the full year. According to BIMCO’s revised forecast, container shipping…

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DHL Global Forwarding declares force majeure

March 20, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

DHL Global Forwarding has invoked force majeure, a spokesperson confirmed with Canadian Shipper. The company alerted customers of the decision this week. Force majeure is a provision in many service contracts that describes the conditions under which a provider can…

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COVID-19 taking toll on container shipping lines

March 20, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

The uncertainty around the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has two of the world’s largest container shipping companies—AP Moller-Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd—lowering expectation for 2020. Releasing a Q1 trading update Maersk said that while operations continued to run as normal due…

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American Airlines announces cargo-only flights

March 20, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Fort Worth, TX — American Airlines is utilizing its currently grounded passenger aircraft to move cargo between the United States and Europe. The first cargo-only flight departs from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) tomorrow, March 20, landing at Frankfurt…

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Shippers look to stop the spread of Covid-19 with new safety measures

March 20, 2020 by John Tenpenny

  Toronto, ON — Amid efforts to contain the Covid-19 virus, including swaths of Canadians remaining at home and restrictions on travel, shippers along with their carrier partners continue operating as an essential service, making sure things such as medical…

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Shippers get exemption to noise bylaws in Ontario to make off-peak deliveries

March 19, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Toronto, ON — The Ontario government moved to ensure the delivery of goods to businesses and consumers by introducing measures that would inject flexibility into the supply chain by postponing municipal noise bylaws and other local delivery restrictions to allow…

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Cargojet adjusts as pandemic causes volumes to rise

March 19, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Mississauga, ON — Cargojet announced a set of measures to help customers manage higher volumes and keep the flow of goods moving within Canada and North America. “Cargojet is experiencing significantly higher demand and volumes from e-commerce and health care…

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Trudeau says Canada U.S. border closure likely to take effect Friday night

March 19, 2020 by The Canadian Press

Washington, DC — The Canada-U.S. border will likely be closed to all non-essential travel in both directions as of Friday night, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau says the details are still being worked out between the two countries, but anticipates the…

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COVID-19 and the supply chain: Complete coverage

March 19, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Check back frequently for more of our coverage of the supply chain, transportation and COVID-19. Protect maritime workers during COVID-19 crisis: Chamber of Shipping Seaway’s navigation season opens amid COVID-19 crisis Uber Freight offers shippers relief during COVID-19 crisis TIACA…

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Factory shutdowns due to virus to impact supply chains

March 19, 2020 by Tom Krisher The Associated Press

Detroit’s three automakers have agreed to close all North American factories due to worker fears about the coronavirus, two people briefed on the matter said Wednesday. Ford and General Motors confirmed in statements Wednesday that all North American factories will…

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Freeland hails Canada U.S. ties as shared border closes to travel, not trade

March 18, 2020 by James McCarten The Canadian Press

Washington, DC — Less than two years after their relationship had reached its lowest point in recent memory, Canada and the United States agreed Wednesday to close their shared border while allowing trade to continue, a remarkable display of foreign-policy…

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Grocers assure customers shelves being refilled as demand soars amid outbreak

March 18, 2020 by Aleksandra Sagan The Canadian Press

Canada’s grocery stores won’t run out of food and essentials despite unprecedented demand amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, chief executives of the country’s big grocers say. But they add it may take some time to restock certain products in some…