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Port of Dunkirk VerkorThe French industrial company Verkor has announced the choice of the Port of Dunkirk in France for the construction of its first Gigafactory dedicated to the development of low-carbon automotive battery cells.

At stake: 1,200 direct industrial jobs for the surrounding area during the first phase of the project.

The first delivery of low-carbon, high-performance batteries for electric vehicles, scheduled for July 2025, will be manufactured in Dunkirk. Production capacity will increase from 16 GWh in 2025 to 50 GWh in 2030.

Covering an area of more than 150 hectares, the site chosen for the set-up the Gigafactory will meet the growing demand from European and international car manufacturers, and the acceleration in the deployment of high-performance electric vehicles on the European continent. The factory will be located in the ZGI zone (Zone Grandes Industries) of Dunkirk-Port, approved as a “Choose France turnkey site” in January 2020, on the occasion of the visit of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, to Dunkirk.

The site meets all the requirements of a Gigafactory in terms of land, logistics, power capacity, proximity to customers, access to skilled labour and expansion. Up to 1,200 direct jobs and more than 3,000 indirect jobs could be created during the first phase of the project. Verkor's Gigafactory in Dunkirk will create a new ecosystem of stakeholders and solutions to support the development of the battery value chain in Europe.
Once production has started, the Gigafactory will supply several customers, including Renault Group, following the signing of a strategic partnership with Verkor last summer.

Maurice GEORGES, CEO of Port of Dunkirk, commented: "The announcement of the setting-up of Verkor in the Port of Dunkirk is a major event for the entire area surrounding Dunkirk and the Hauts-de-France region as a whole. The arrival of the company will help create an “Electric Battery Valley” in the region, in line with the associated logistics, maritime, rail and river sectors. I should like to thank the management of Verkor for their confidence and all our partners, including the Dunkirk Urban Council and the Hauts-de-France Regional Council, with whom we have worked tirelessly for many months to achieve this fine result, one which confirms the spirit of unity binding all the stakeholders in the surrounding area. I should also like to thank the government for its support."

Benoit LEMAIGNAN, CEO of Verkor said: “I should like to pay tribute to the close cooperation between the teams of the Port of Dunkirk and those of Verkor which has resulted in Dunkirk being chosen as the site for this first Gigafactory. It is a major step in our roadmap and we are continuing to work with all of our stakeholders to combine all the conditions for success and build the best battery cell factory in the world."

Cargo Start CarbonCareCARGO START Srl, the leading digital service provider based in Italy, has signed an agreement for the interfacing of its Airport-to-Airport tracking solution StarTracking with the CO2-emission calculator developed and operated by the Swiss organization CarbonCare.

As of 1st February 2022, users of StarTracking will be able to benefit from special conditions to access CarbonCare’s solution for the certified calculation of the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their air cargo shipments.

The subscription to this innovative service enables freight forwarders to visualize the carbon footprint of every single shipment on Airport-to-Airport level, directly on the StarTracking platform. Calculations related to the entire shipping process, on Door-to-Door level, are accessible with just one click via the CarbonCare platform.

CarbonCare also provides detailed reporting and data archiving functions, that allow monitoring the performance and planning the necessary measures to reduce the environmental impact. Moreover, CarbonCare allows choosing among a variety of compensation projects via the Swiss-based organization MyClimate.

“When it comes to the future of logistics, investing in technological innovation and sustainability are two sides of the same coin,” says Emanuele Vurchio, General Manager of CARGO START. “With our solutions, we commit to improving transparency and visibility in the air cargo industry and the agreement with CarbonCare allows us to meet our customers’ increasing need for a more reliable monitoring of their carbon footprint.”

Peter Somaglia, co-founder of CarbonCare says: “We are confident that CARGO START’s strong focus on innovation can further support CarbonCare in raising awareness when it comes to the transparency of emissions and in having a significant and long-lasting impact to fight climate changes.”

Maasvlakte IILogistics provider Maersk and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have reached agreement on the issue of a 185,000m2 site at the extreme southern tip of the Prinses Amaliahaven.

Maersk will build a 23,000m2 cross dock and a 35,000m2 cold store on the site. The complex is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

A huge number of Maersk ships visit the port of Rotterdam every year. The company is now also active as a tenant of logistical sites. The cross-dock will be used for the short-term storage of fast-moving consumer goods. Meanwhile, the cold store will be used for the transhipment of a range of agri-food products, including frozen meat, fish, vegetables and fresh fruit.

‘Rotterdam is Maersk's largest port for temperature-controlled cargo,’ explains Jens Ole Krenzien, Vice President Maersk North West Continent. ‘It’s an important gateway to and from mainland Europe and has a huge catchment area and a strong hinterland infrastructure. The establishment of the cross-dock and the cold store are therefore a logical step towards strengthening our strong position and enabling us to grow further in the port of Rotterdam. Once the cross-dock and the cold store are operational, they will give our clients a lot of added value in the chain. That will allow our clients to respond faster to market fluctuations, reduce their carbon footprint and shorten their lead times. We’ll also be able to help them reduce their safety stock.’

The site in question had already been reserved for container transhipment by APM Terminals, which is affiliated to Maersk.

Rolf Nielsen (Head of Hub APMT): ‘Thanks to Maersk's focus on Maasvlakte II and the support from the Port Authority, the strength and potential of this part of the port is really growing. We’d like to thank Maersk and the Port Authority for supporting this land lease, which is resulting in a better mix of port activities. The refrigerated cargo handling location, which will become available in 2023, will enable carriers to temporarily store and process their cargo in large volumes safely and conveniently – and keep it refrigerated, if necessary. That was urgently needed.’

‘We really welcome this development too,’ said Hans Nagtegaal, Director Containers at the Port of Rotterdam Authority. ‘The use of the site has been brought forward, which is an important milestone in the development of the Prinses Amaliahaven. Added to that, the buildings will be energy-neutral. All in all, this shows how much confidence Maersk has in Rotterdam. And the feeling is mutual."

The development of the cross-dock and the cold store will cost around fifty million euros. The complex will provide employment for 200 people.

In the meantime, in the Prinses Amaliahaven work is under way on the construction of new deep-sea and inland shipping quays measuring 1,825 and 160 metres, respectively. Container terminals RWG and APM Terminals have already signed options to use the quays and further develop the sites around this port.

Nielsen: ‘We’ve declared our intention to double the capacity of our APM Terminal on Maasvlakte II. Concrete plans for this expansion and the necessary transformation are now being carefully discussed in detail with the trade unions and Works Council and are being improved, where necessary. Hopefully there will be a concrete plan that all the parties involved can stand behind before the end of March. That will allow us to finally be able to operate at full capacity by early 2026.’

APM Terminals Pipavav IndiaAs container terminals deal with a surge in container volumes and increased dwell times, access to real-time data is a vital tool to help speed up the flow of containers through terminals.

APM Terminals is therefore accelerating its API roll-out, with greater data coverage and new APIs.

An API (Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. APM Terminals’ APIs connect a customer’s own Transport or Logistics Planning System with real-time data from a terminal’s Terminal Operating System (TOS).

APM terminals has recently added data for its Moroccan Medport Tangier terminal to its range of APIs, bringing the total number of terminals supported by its container tracking and vessel schedule API data feeds to 18.

The company also made Empty Container tracking possible through a new Empty Container Returns API. The new Empty Container Returns API means that customers can track the complete life cycle of a container, including the date and time it was gated in at a terminal.

APM Terminals now offers a complete range of APIs to provide real-time data for all aspects of vessel and container tracking, including Vessel Schedules, Import Availability, Container Event History and Export Booking Enquiry for 18 Terminals.

This week, the company’s Truck Appointment API was also rolled out for APM Terminals Gothenburg, Sweden and Vado Ligure, Italy. The Truck Appointment API enable customers to perform appointment tasks such as viewing available time slots; creating, updating and cancelling appointments; and producing a list of appointments, appointment information and updates for a requested timeframe. Appointments can be made for empty container pick up and drop off, import pickup and export drop-off.

The first customer to implement the Truck Appointment API was GDL Sjöcontainer AB, which handles around 900 contract transporters operating more than 2,800 vehicles. “With these levels of volumes, the ability to set up and manage truck appointments quickly and efficiently using our own familiar Transport Management System is essential,” commented Markus Ekwall, Department Head at GDL Sjöcontainer AB.

“Managing all aspects of the logistic chain in a single system improves productivity enormously and simplifies the logistics process for employees managing thousands of transactions each day. Setting up the APIs couldn’t have gone more smoothly and support from APM Terminals’ API team ensured that we were up and running extremely quickly with the new Truck Appointment API.”

Commenting further on the implementation of APIs, Sophie Song, Customer Care Partner at APM Terminals Gothenburg, recognises that for some customers APIs may be new territory. “Sweden has a high level of digital maturity and some customers are already pioneering in this area, however others are at the beginning of their journey,” she says. “The good thing about APIs is that they’re straight forward to implement, with a low maintenance cost, hence all customers can benefit.

“APIs not only reduce costs but can also improve transparency and efficiency. We believe that the API demands will increase significantly in the coming years. We will continue investing pro-actively in digital relationships, to support our customers even further.”

APM Terminals’ Truck Appointment API required a significant step in terms of security for the company. “It was the first time that we allowed data to flow from the customer’s systems into our Terminal Operating Systems (TOS) via an API,” says Harry Drok, Head of Product Management at APM Terminals.

“This was necessary to enable customers to create appointments. Allowing customers to write to our TOS brings a who new level of security requirements. Despite these challenges, enabling customers to create, cancel and change appointments directly in their own transport management system using APIs was a logical next step.”

APIs remove the need to look up or submit information manually via a separate system, such as Track & Trace for container tracking or a separate online Truck Appointment system for appointments. This makes it the ideal solution for shipping lines, inland transporters, cargo owners and managers, as well as data aggregators who process higher container volumes.

Removing the need for manual intervention not only saves man hours and speeds up the process, but also increases accuracy. Most importantly, access to the latest data available in the supply chain, allows customers to improve planning, reduce delays and help meet customer expectations.

IATA LogoThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that full-year demand for air cargo increased by 6.9% in 2021, compared to 2019 (pre-covid levels) and 18.7% compared to 2020 following a strong performance in December 2021.

This was the second biggest improvement in year-on-year demand since IATA started to monitor cargo performance in 1990 (behind 2010’s 20.6% gain), outpacing the 9.8% rise in global goods trade by 8.9 percentage points.

As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons below are to 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.

Global demand in 2021, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 6.9 % compared to 2019 (7.4% for international operations).

Capacity in 2021, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), was 10.9% below 2019 (12.8% for international operations). Capacity remains constrained with bottlenecks at key hubs.

Improvements were demonstrated in December; global demand was 8.9% above 2019 levels (9.4% for international operations). This was a significant improvement from the 3.9% increase in November and the best performance since April 2021 (11.4%). Global capacity was 4.7% below 2019 levels (‑6.5% for international operations).

The lack of available capacity contributed to increased yields and revenues, providing support to airlines and some long-haul passenger services in the face of collapsed passenger revenues. In December 2021, rates were almost 150% above 2019 levels(i).

Economic conditions continue to support air cargo growth.
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Global goods trade rose 7.7% in November (latest month of data), compared to pre-crisis levels. Global industrial production was up 4.0% over the same period.

The inventory-to-sales ratio remains low. This is positive for air cargo as manufacturers turn to air cargo to rapidly meet demand.

The cost-competitiveness of air cargo relative to that of sea-container shipping remains favorable.

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases in many advanced economies has created strong demand for PPE shipments, which are usually carried by air.

Supply chain issues that slowed the pace of growth in November remain as headwinds:
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Labor shortages, partly due to employees being in quarantine, insufficient storage space at some airports and processing backlogs continue to put pressure on supply chains.

The December global Supplier Delivery Time Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) was at 38. While values below 50 are normally favorable for air cargo, in current conditions it points to delivery times lengthening because of supply bottlenecks.

“Air cargo had a stellar year in 2021. For many airlines, it provided a vital source of revenue as passenger demand remained in the doldrums due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Growth opportunities, however, were lost due to the pressures of labor shortages and constraints across the logistics system. Overall, economic conditions do point towards a strong 2022,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

December saw a relief in supply chain issues that enabled an acceleration of cargo growth. “Some relief on supply chain constraints occurred naturally in December as volumes decreased after peak shipping activity ended in advance of the Christmas holiday. This freed capacity to accommodate front-loading of some Lunar New Year shipments to avoid potential disruptions to flight schedules during the Winter Olympic games. And overall December cargo performance was assisted by additional belly-hold capacity as airlines accommodated an expected year-end boost to travel. As shortages of labor and storage capacity remain, governments must keep a sharp focus on supply chain constraints to protect the economic recovery,” said Walsh.

Strong variations were evident in the regional performance of air cargo in 2021 compared to 2019. North American carriers were the strongest performers, reporting an annual increase in international demand of 20.2%. Middle East and African carriers also reported double digit growth in international demand in 2021 (10.6% and 11.3%, respectively) compared to 2019. Asia-Pacific and European carriers saw international demand rise 3.6% in 2021 compared to 2019. And Latin American carriers were the only ones to record a contraction in international demand of 15.2% compared to 2019.

Asia-Pacific airlines reported a rise in international demand of 3.6% in 2021 compared to 2019 and a fall in international capacity of 17.1%. In December airlines in the region posted an 8.8% increase in international demand compared to 2019. Demand for goods manufactured in the region remains strong, including PPE. International capacity remained constrained in December down 10% compared to the same month in 2019.

North American carriers posted a 20.2% increase in international demand in 2021 compared to 2019 and a growth in international capacity of 0.2%. The region was the only one to record a growth in capacity in 2021 compared to 2019. In December carriers in the region posted an increase of 20.5% in international demand. The region’s carriers continue to benefit from strong consumer demand for goods. International capacity grew 6.2% compared to December 2019.

European carriers reported a 3.6% increase in international demand in 2021 compared to 2019 and a fall in capacity of 17.4%. In December airlines posted an increase in international demand of 6% compared to 2019. International capacity was down 5.9% in December 2021 compared to pre-crisis. European carriers have been significantly affected by supply chain and airport congestion and localized capacity constraints.

Middle Eastern carriers reported an increase in international demand of 10.6% in 2021 compared to 2019 and a fall in international capacity of 10.1%. Growth decelerated towards the year-end, partly driven by a downward trend in volumes on the large Middle East-Asia route. In December airlines in the region recorded a 5.7% increase in international demand compared to December 2019. International capacity decreased by 9.2% in December compared to the same month in 2019.

Latin American carriers reported a decline in international demand of 15.2% in 2021 compared to 2019 and a fall in capacity of 30.2%. Airlines registered in Latin America had a challenging year, as several were engaged in lengthy restructuring processes. That said, the restructuring processes are coming to an end, and December’s performance was the best of the year, with carriers in the region reporting a 2.9% decline in international demand compared to December 2019. This was a significant improvement on the 13.4% decline the previous month. Capacity remained heavily constrained in December, down 26.1% on pre-crisis levels.

African airlines saw international demand grow 11.3% in 2021 compared to 2019 and a fall in international capacity of 14.6%. Growth in the region has been dynamic for most of the year, driven by the strength of the Africa-Asia route. In December, international demand grew by 7.6% year-on-year and international capacity fell 19.4%.

DP WORLD LONDON 1Global leader in supply chain solutions DP World reinforces its commitment to being a world leader in sustainability by entering a strategic partnership with Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (the Center).

Launched in 2020 as an independent, not-for-profit organisation, the Center is undertaking intensive research and development to find practical ways to decarbonize the maritime industry through several global initiatives.

As a partner, DP World is committing to long-term strategic collaboration and contribution to the development of zero carbon technologies and solutions for the maritime industry. DP World will make several of its specialists available to the Center in Copenhagen to provide insights to end to end supply chains and help demonstrate and test new solutions across the value chain in a live setting.

In welcoming DP World to the Center, Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, said: “Decarbonizing the maritime industry is changing an entire business system and it requires completely new supply chains and structures. DP World brings extensive and very valuable expertise in integrated logistics and infrastructure, and they have a deep understanding of the complexity we are facing. Their proactive response to addressing climate change and strong sustainability focus is very aligned with our mission and we look very much forward to having DP World onboard”

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “DP World moves 10 per cent of global cargo and we are excited to be working alongside other leading organisations committed to a collaborative approach to solving the challenges of achieving zero-carbon economies.”

“Our Marine Services business including the Unifeeder Group, represent almost 75% of our carbon footprint through their fleet of vessels and working with the Center is an important part of developing solutions as we pursue our own net zero target by 2040.”

Maersk Barcelona A.P. Moller-Maersk starts up a newly built 8,168 m2 facility that will provide logistics services to the Iberian Peninsula and the South of France while meeting the highest energy efficiency and sustainability criteria.

Barcelona: Built in the Port of Barcelona, Maersk’s new logistics center is a state-of-the-art facility with an 11-meter-high storage area which allow higher capacity density. It has 39 loading docks which makes it flagship for transfer operations in Barcelona.

The building includes self-sufficient energy generating solar panels, an efficient installation and electric vehicle chargers.

"Our goal is change logistics from being an art of problem-solving into a science of opportunity-seeking, increasing the offer of comprehensive solutions for our customers and making them available for all types of companies, regardless of their size and/or industrial sector. Our focus is mainly on the deconsolidation of imported goods for their subsequent distribution both in Spain and Portugal as well as the South of France." Diego Perdones, Managing Director for Southwest Europe and Maghreb at Maersk.

The new warehouse, certified under LEED standard with Gold category, has been built by CILSA under the turnkey modality on plot A30 of the ZAL Port (Prat) of which 14,409 m2 lies within the port of Barcelona.

"This facility is equipped with the most modern technology for logistics activity, a key aspect in the global supply chain that is increasingly focused on the flow and visibility of information behind the movement of goods." Diego Perdones, Managing Director for Southwest Europe and Maghreb at Maersk.

Maersk aims to improve and expand its services, providing its customers with end-to-end logistics services via intermodal solutions which guarantee operational flexibility and optimization of transport costs by managing cargo for efficient reception both at their distribution centers as well as direct deliveries to their final customers.

Maersk’s new facility for Southern West Europe is part of CILSA`s new building projects within the ZAL Port (+350,000 m2), an industrial area of + 920,000 m2 that will be part of a Logistics Park specifically designed for storage, management distribution and transportation of cargo.

Los Angeles C40 Shanghai Los Angeles and Shanghai have announced a partnership of cities, ports, shipping companies and a network of cargo owners to create a first-of-its-kind green shipping corridor on one of the world’s busiest container shipping routes.

Convened by C40 Cities and the ports of Shanghai and Los Angeles, and including key maritime stakeholders, this partnership has agreed to work on an initiative to establish a Green Shipping Corridor to decarbonise goods movement between the largest ports in the United States and China. The partnership intends to work together to achieve these goals by developing a “Green Shipping Corridor Implementation Plan” by the end of the 2022 calendar year that will include deliverables, milestones, and roles for the partnership.

Key decarbonisation goals for the Green Shipping Corridor partnership include: The phasing in of low, ultra-low, and zero-carbon fuelled ships through the 2020s, with the world’s first zero-carbon trans-Pacific container ships introduced by 2030 by qualified and willing shipping lines; The development of best management practices to help reduce emissions and improve efficiency for all ships using this international trade corridor; Reducing supply chain emissions from port operations, improving air quality in the ports of Shanghai and Los Angeles and adjacent communities.

The City of Shanghai, the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Shanghai (through the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission), the Port of Los Angeles and C40 Cities initiated this Green Shipping Corridor partnership. Participating partners include A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Shanghai International Ports Group (SIPG), COSCO Shipping Lines, the Aspen Institute’s Shipping Decarbonisation Initiative, facilitators of Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV) and the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre – Asia.

Seal pictured on a cargo ship at the Port of Los Angeles© Port of Los Angeles
During his tenure as Chair of C40, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti launched the C40 Green Ports Forum to decarbonise global supply chains that power our economies, one of his top priorities as Chair. The Port of Los Angeles, under the Mayor’s leadership, has been instrumental in developing the Los Angeles-Shanghai Green Shipping Corridor partnership.

Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles says, “International collaboration is essential to decarbonise global supply chains. We look forward to partnering with the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, the Shanghai International Port Group, leading shipping lines and major cargo owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime supply chain. It’s time to get started on this important work.”

Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities says, “Accelerating efforts to decarbonise the shipping sector is urgent if we are to limit global heating to 1.5°C. By convening international coalitions of the willing and creating a scalable and replicable model for other cities to follow, we hope this ground-breaking green shipping corridor initiative will catalyse action on a global scale.”

Dan Porterfield, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute says, “The Aspen Institute is proud to support this important international collaboration. Through our Shipping Decarbonisation Initiative and in our role as the facilitator of the Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels initiative, we look forward to working with our partners to help enable the deployment of the first vessels powered by zero life-cycle greenhouse gas emission fuels along this critical shipping route and to making this green corridor project a model of success for the rest of the world. It is inspiring that the United States and China have come together in this way to address the climate impact of this crucial global industry.”

Port of Los Angeles container dwellThe International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the Port of Los Angeles, and CMA CGM — a world leader in shipping and logistics — announced today the formation of a Dairy Exports Working Group aimed at identifying and addressing supply chain issues hampering U.S. dairy product exports.

The group will focus on seaports on the West Coast of the United States, where a majority of dairy products begin their export journey, as well as opportunities to streamline the movement of products from the interior of the United States to the West Coast.

The announcement was made at Dairy Forum 2022 in Palm Desert, Calif., by Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, and Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of IDFA. Dairy Forum is an annual conference organized by IDFA that attracts the dairy industry’s top leaders and executives.

The Dairy Exports Working Group will examine several ocean shipping and rail challenges and solutions, including: Exploring ways to aggregate and streamline U.S. dairy exports from multiple suppliers to ensure more consolidated and attractive bookings; Working to increase rail availability in the interior of the United States to reach non-coastal exporters; Determining viability of implementing a “fast lane” concept for vessels agreeing to depart full or with fewer empty cargo containers; Defining agreed terms for exporters using empty containers currently languishing at U.S. ports; and Establishing guarantees to fix and surpass ghost bookings.

“U.S. dairy exports reached a near-record $6.4 billion in 2020 and continued to set a blazing pace in 2021 due to surging global demand, but the U.S. dairy industry could be exporting much more to destinations around the world if there was more reliability and predictability in the supply chain,” said Michael Dykes. “Our IDFA members are pleased to collaborate with the Port of Los Angeles and the CMA CGM Group in this Dairy Exports Working Group on potential market-based solutions to clearing bottlenecks at our West Coast ports and land and rail systems. This type of collaboration is essential to avoid significant future disruptions to the U.S. dairy supply chain that will result if exports continue to languish.”

“American dairy exporters have been hard hit by supply chain challenges and trade policy that have made it difficult to get their goods to global markets,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “I’m pleased to collaborate with our dairy industry partners and the CMA CGM Group to launch this working group and find solutions that will benefit not only the dairy industry but all American exporters. We look forward to others joining this important initiative.”

Ed Aldridge, President of CMA CGM and APL North America, stated, “At CMA CGM, we are committed to supporting America’s farmers and taking bold actions to ensure they get their goods to market in a timely manner. With the Dairy Exports Working Group, we will have all the right players in the room. This collaborative partnership will enable us to quickly implement innovative solutions designed to not only help the dairy industry with current supply chain challenges, but also to pave the way for the future.”
“I am hopeful that the formation of the Dairy Exports Working Group begins a new period of collaboration among dairy processors, ports, and shipping companies to find market-based solutions for the supply chain challenges impacting U.S. dairy exporters,” said David Ahlem, President of Hilmar Cheese Company and Chair of the IDFA Executive Council.

Greater predictability and reliability in the U.S. dairy supply chain, which has been severely strained for months, is essential to the current and future success of the U.S. dairy industry. The current situation is costing U.S. dairy companies millions of dollars and damaging the credibility and reputation of U.S. dairy exporters among global customers. For example, dairy exporters are having to airfreight product more than ever before, sometimes at 20 times the cost, to meet overseas contracts. At the same time, U.S. warehouses are full or facing near capacity levels due to delays. IDFA and its members are committed to working constructively with our partners at the Port of Los Angeles and CMA CGM, as well as other interested ports, carriers, and other supply chain stakeholders, to develop market-driven, win-win solutions that will create new business, help alleviate the empty container problem, and expedite the flow of American dairy exports to our customers.

Today’s announcement comes after weeks of talks between IDFA, member company leadership, and selected ports and carriers in an attempt to develop market-led solutions to the supply chain challenges facing U.S. dairy exports. IDFA has also been advocating heavily with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the White House, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other agencies to raise awareness and ensure protection of America’s dairy industry. IDFA is committed to seeking innovative and collaborative solutions to supply chain difficulties hampering U.S. dairy exports, as determined by the IDFA Supply Chain Task Force led by IDFA Vice President of Trade Policy and International Affairs Becky Rasdall and Director of Legislative Affairs Donald Grady.

GEODIS ASIA AIRDIRECT In response to surging demand for air cargo capacity in the region, GEODIS, a global leading transport and logistics services provider, has significantly expanded its AirDirect own operated network with three more intra-Asia Pacific (APAC) flight routes.

With a newly established hub in Kuala Lumpur, the logistics operator will dovetail the air services with its Road Network linking destinations throughout Southeast Asia. The multi-modal expansion builds on its strong momentum in creating diverse transportation options for customizing supply chain solutions for its customers.

The expanded flight network, which bridges Hong Kong, Chennai, Sydney, and Shanghai to Kuala Lumpur, can carry an additional 320 tons of cargo weekly. This will significantly ease the strain on the supply chains, which saw load factors and yields reach historic highs in 2021 when cargo capacity struggled to meet the surge in e-commerce transactions. With demand for airfreight forecast to increase, particularly amidst ongoing delays and flight cancellations across Southeast Asia following the impact of the Omicron variant, GEODIS believes its extended AirDirect schedules will become a pivotal component in ensuring seamless, reliable, and efficient air transport services in the region.

The new flights will enable consolidated shipments across Asia including goods from key manufacturing sites in China, Malaysia, and Vietnam to transit via the Kuala Lumpur hub allowing all three of GEODIS’ key services – AIRFLEX, AIRFAST, AIRSAVE – to be offered to customers, presenting options that balance transit time against cost, according to customers’ individual needs.

“By enabling seamless connections with our expanded road network, connecting Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, the multimodal hub at Kuala Lumpur offers highly integrated transport solutions that not only circumvent disruptions affecting both air and sea cargo flows, but also ensure that customers’ shipments can reach anywhere in mainland Southeast Asia,” says Onno Boots, President and Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, GEODIS.

”Given the increasingly complex supply chain landscape that has affected the logistical priorities and needs of industries across the board, it is more crucial now than ever to supplement integrated transport networks on strategic routes. GEODIS’ new intra-APAC flight routes represent our sustained commitment to provide highly reliable and innovative solutions to help customers optimize their response to the e-commerce boom and chart their long-term business growth.”

American Airlines MiamiAmerican Airlines and CHAMP Cargosystems have extended their partnership for access to the largest air cargo community platform, Traxon cargoHUB.

The carrier continues to rely on CHAMP’s services for access to its vast global network of freight forwarders.

American Airlines has been using CHAMP’s solution for more than two decades. It has facilitated business with all community players via a single system regardless of message format or protocol.

“We are delighted to have American Airlines renew for CHAMP’s Traxon cargoHUB solution,” says Nicholas Xenocostas, VP Commercial & Customer Engagement at CHAMP Cargosystems. “CHAMP looks forward to expanding our set of services and further connect the airline to our community. We will continue to endeavor to provide the best services to connect all players throughout the air cargo supply chain.”

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