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Incoterms 2020 are released

Incoterms 2020, the 9th version of the international commercial trade terms, has been released by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), with changes to DAT, FCA and CIF terms.

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Asia-Europe blanking

Cancelled, or blanked, sailings have long been used by the container shipping lines to manipulate capacity when volumes fall, but inconsistencies in announcements around China’s Golden Week have been criticised, with accusations of blank sailing gamesmanship by the 2M and Ocean alliances.

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Fines for dangerous goods mis-declaration

Shipping lines including Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and OOCL have announced that they will implement fines up to $15k for dangerous goods mis-declaration, which many lines suspect are behind recent containership fires.

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France test Brexit borders

French Customs have begun a month long trial of the systems that it will put in place for processing freight if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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Hong Kong protests prompt airport shutdown

Flights into and out of Hong Kong have been cancelled by the Hong Kong Airport Authority owing to the occupation of the airport by protestors.

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2020 bunker changes

The sea freight bunker fuel operation will change significantly when the IMO’s global 0.5% fuel sulphur content cap is enforced from 2020, with shipping lines looking to pass on the additional costs.

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Shippers choice of carrier diminishing

Attracting 64,000 visitors from 125 countries Munich’s Transport Logistic is one of the industry’s biggest events, so when shippers and forwarders express concerns over the increasing decline in container carriers the press take notice.

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UK agree trade deal with South Korea

The UK and South Korea have agreed a post-Brexit deal, which would mean that the two countries will maintain trade based on their existing free trade agreement with the EU.

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Protecting you from Jet Airways collapse

Last week’s suspension of flights by India’s Jet airways followed a lengthy deterioration of services and increasingly optimistic public statements, which has caught many shippers out, with consignments stranded at airports and cargo facilities around the world.

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Is short-sea the solution

Short-sea services can offer cost savings of up to 50%, for those willing to accept much longer transit times. But is transferring short-sea volumes to containers a way of avoiding any future Dover congestion, or is just making a bigger problem elsewhere.

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