Hapag-Lloyd will begin charging an Ebola inspection fee on all shipments to and from West Africa from Sept. 21 as mandatory health checks on ships are expected to cause lengthy delays.

Maersk Line has levied a congestion surcharge on all North American cargo discharged at the port of Sohar in Oman from Oct. 1 as the relocation of all commercial traffic from Muscat to Sohar leads to berthing delays.

Get your customs-cleared cargo out of Manila terminals by Sept. 8 or we will do it for you, is the blunt message from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) that has dismayed business groups in the country.

Rotterdam high sulfur bunker prices rose 1 percent last week, and low sulfur bunker fuel followed suit, with a gain of 0.6 percent.
After weeks of declining prices for both high and low sulfur bunker fuel, prices rebounded last week.

Brazilian Association of Port Terminals President Wilen Manteli
The Brazilian Association of Port Terminals has launched a campaign to try and keep politics out of the Brazilian port sector.

Dredging to restore the ship channel at the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, to its authorized 36-foot depth has begun after years of delays.

Cathay Pacific Cargo aircraft
Global air cargo traffic surged 5.8 percent in July from a year ago and likely will continue to increase in the coming months, driven by accelerating economic growth in key Asian markets, according to the International Air Transport Association.

The second-quarter recovery that gave air and ocean cargo such a welcome boost looks set to continue its momentum well into the second half as the latest economic and freight indicators show some positive numbers.

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has banned the import of poultry meat and products into the territory from Salem County, New Jersey, following an outbreak of avian influenza in the U.S. state.

The surging number of ultra large container ships has failed to create a European mega-hub with ocean carriers still operating multi-port rotations, according to Drewry Maritime Research.

Fesco Transportation Group’s revenue and earnings declined in the first half as a weaker rouble and lower ocean freight rates offset higher container volumes.

ABF Freight saw the biggest increase in profitability on the LTL side in the second quarter, 314.5 percent.
A review of publicly owned trucking company earnings in the second quarter shows the strength of freight demand building up as the U.S. economy expanded, supporting growing expectations of a busier than typical peak shipping season in North America this fall.

Deutsche Post DHL will use India to pilot the development of its e-commerce business model for the Asia-Pacific region via subsidiary Blue Dart Express.