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Biosecurity Threats Affecting Supply Chains

The Freight and Trade Alliance (FTA), the peak industry body representing customs brokers, freight forwarders and importers says biosecurity threats and processing delays are adding costs and inflationary pressures to supply chains. Paul Zalai, FTA Director says these biosecurity threats such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Japanese encephalitis, African Swine Fever among others will […]

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Supply Chains ‘broken’ and ‘burned-out’ Workers Slowing Transit Time from Asia

Despite falling demand, transit times from Asia have failed to improve, signifying a “broken” supply chains and “burned-out” logistics workers. According to Mr Lin, a Taiwanese freight forwarder, reduced consumer spending is “dragging down” ocean and air freight demand, leading customers to assume transit times would improve. “However, they have shown no sign of decreasing,

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Cargo Diversions from Shanghai Start to Clog-up Other Major Chinese Airports

Airfreight diverted from lockdown-hit Shanghai Pudong (PVG) is clogging up China’s other major airports, causing a shortage of pallets for exports. Forwarders have singled out Zhengzhou Airport (CGO), in the central Henan province, as the hardest-hit, given the large amount of cargo diverted there from Shanghai. Adding to the difficulties, Zhengzhou was itself began a

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Harsh Reality of Shanghai’s Lockdown and the Supply Chain

Since March 27, authorities in Shanghai began a snap lockdown of the city’s roughly 26 million residents after a mass testing revealed “large scale” Covid-19 infections. Since then, stories of desperate citizens struggling to find food have spawned rare protests in the city—and viral videos of residents screaming from their high-rise apartments to share their frustration. But despite the outrage, President

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Shanghai Shutdown – Factories Expected to Suspend Manufacturing

China’s biggest city Shanghai began a two-stage lockdown Monday as authorities attempt different strategies to maintain growth, while trying to control the country’s worst Covid-19 outbreak since the pandemic began. The city of 25 million people will first lock down areas east of the Huangpu River, which includes its financial district and industrial parks, for

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As Shenzhen Lockdown Ends Other Regions are Hit By New Covid Restrictions

China’s tech hub city of Shenzhen resumed normal work and production today after a seven-day lockdown, but it could take weeks for cargo flows to recover. Following three rounds of testing, deputy secretary general of the Shenzhen municipal government Huang Qiang said that Covid-19 prevention in the city was “under control”. Ocean carriers that experienced

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Omicron Outbreak in Australia Wreaking Havoc with Supply Chains

Australia’s Omicron wave has skyrocketed staff shortages in container logistics, putting the sector under “enormous strain”. This week, local media reported bare supermarket shelves across the country, due to “up to half” of all truck drivers being absent from work, thanks to either a positive test result or isolation rules. Industry sources say the country’s

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Airport Congestion and Staff Shortages Means Cargo is not Getting Picked Up

Attempts by air cargo handlers to encourage forwarders to pick up freight at weekends are failing, according to two senior handling sources. While the congestion at several airports, notably Amsterdam and Chicago O’Hare, has eased, handlers claim one of the biggest issues is lack of freight movements between Friday and Monday. “We are experiencing cargo

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