Maintenance record issues ground entire Nippon Cargo Airlines fleet

Due to an “inappropriate maintenance record” that was discovered on Saturday, Japan-based carrier Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) decided to ground its entire fleet of eleven 747 freighter aircraft on Sunday, June 17. The grounding is expected to last “about one week” while Japanese aviation officials conduct a safety audit, according to an official statement on […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 18, 2018

U.S. imposes long-awaited advance screening rules for inbound air cargo

After nearly eight years of starts, stops and delays, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finally implemented its much-debated Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program, requiring all carriers of commercial cargo to report electronic airfreight data to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before the cargo is loaded onto aircraft bound for the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 13, 2018

Blockchain-based app can hold supply chain partners accountable for container damage

Logistics services provider TCompanies’ newest venture, Photo Equipment Interchange Receipt (PEIR), is an app for logistics companies that aims to digitalize the process of recording damage to containers and trailers. The PEIR app’s interface allows those handling freight at transition points in the supply chain to snap photos of the state of the container or […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 16, 2018

CNS 2018: Autonomous vehicles may be inevitable, but will they be embraced?

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. – The mention of autonomous vehicles tends to conjure images of flying drones and quadcopters. But Dan Murray, vice president of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), said that the vehicle that will have a far more immediate and lasting impact on cargo will be autonomous trucks, although it may be some […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 11, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Data sharing – from floppy disks to Facebook risks

Last month, the U.S. Senate spent two days grilling Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about the abuse of personal data submitted by its customers, which may have been used to help sway the 2016 Presidential election. Today’s emphasis on the integrity of personal data made us nostalgic for a time not long ago, when the internet […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 10, 2018

CNS 2018: TSA ruling may allow dogs to give air cargo a sniff

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. – When you think of the future of air cargo security, high-tech innovations like blockchain, the internet of things (IoT), and “Star Wars”-era laser beams may come to mind. But yesterday, Jennifer Haigh, manager of cargo screening and business development from K2 Solutions, Inc., advocated that man’s best friend, the canine, is […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 9, 2018

Unisys’ new A.I. software to be used by U.S. Customs

Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has chosen third-party software and IT company Unisys Corp. to “develop, operate and manage systems used for risk assessments” of both people and cargo entering the United States, in accordance with CBP’s Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Directorate (TASPD). The system’s objective is to prevent clearance delays and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 9, 2018

CNS 2018: Identifying threats, vulnerabilities of today’s supply chain

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. – Yesterday, Pauline Leary (pictured) of Smiths Detection gave a presentation here at the CNS Partnership Conference on the industry’s latest innovations in threat detection at ports and borders, an aviation industry phenomenon that was catapulted into the mainstream by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Terrorist activity, while rare (as far as […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 8, 2018

CNS 2018: The ‘Year of the Customer’: A Q&A with CNS President Mike White

Back in February, CNS announced that Michael R. White had been appointed as the organization’s new president. Since joining in 2008, White has held several roles at CNS, most recently as vice president of government and industry relations, where he led CNS operations for advocacy, industry events, the CNS Cargo Agency Settlement System (CASS) and […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 7, 2018

Trucking woes may be a window of opportunity for airfreight

After several years of tepid industry performance, the American freight forwarder is finally reaping the benefits of sustained global economic growth. Driven, in part, by e-commerce-related activity, the industry sees volumes continuing to grow throughout the upcoming year. But with this kind fortune comes the challenge of tight truck capacity constraints, making it difficult for […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 7, 2018

Growing Accustomed: Customs platforms give edge to smaller forwarders

Sometimes the smallest things can have the greatest impact. Take customs clearance, for example, in the air cargo handling process. Carlos Jaramillo, president of Miami-based freight forwarder Marca Global Logistics, recalls a shipment of cargo earlier this year coming from the Far East into Miami to be trans-shipped to Chile, but was held up briefly […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 2, 2018

Alibaba launches blockchain initiative to track food delivery

Despite the continued buzz around the potential for blockchain technology to enhance data security in the supply chain, the airfreight industry has seen a slow start to creating tangible application. But this week, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is putting its word into action by premiering its own blockchain-encrypted platform, the Food Trust Framework. Through the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 1, 2018

Cause for Libyan C-130 cargo plane crash not yet found

As the investigation of yesterday’s deadly crash of a C-130 cargo plane continues in Libya, officials from the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said no cause has yet been determined. The crash killed the two pilots, plus a third crew member, while a fourth member of the crew was hospitalized in Tripoli with injuries. The military […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 30, 2018

Lufthansa Technik tests out use of drones for safety checks

Digitization concepts like the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (A.I.) software, and drone technology were arguably the most talked about up-and-coming trends in supply chain management in 2017. In the first quarter of this year, we still haven’t seen many commercial uses in the cargo world, but we may soon begin to see uses […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 23, 2018
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