FIATA and TRAFFIC launch free digital course on prevention of wildlife trafficking  

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC launched a new digital “Prevention of Wildlife Trafficking” course on Oct. 4, during the FIATA World Congress 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.   The three-hour digital course is aimed at providing freight forwarders with essential information that can aid workers in detecting, responding […]

FedEx pilot detained in China for item found in luggage

(Bloomberg) —A FedEx Corp. pilot was temporarily detained in southeastern China after authorities found hundreds of air-gun pellets in his luggage prior to boarding a commercial flight to Hong Kong, marking the delivery firm’s latest setback in the country. The pilot, who was held in the city of Guangzhou, was later released on bail and […]

U-Freight Hong Kong warehouse certified for air cargo screening

Freight forwarder U-Freight Group was certified as a Regulated Air Cargo Screening Facility (RACSF) by Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department (CAD), the forwarder announced yesterday. The facility is located in Hong Kong’s Golden Bear Industrial Center, slightly under 30 kilometers from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Hong Kong’s CAD launched the RACSF program in October […]

Cargo Insights: Air cargo gains a seat at the security table

Passing through any TSA passenger airport screening checkpoint in the summer can be as unpleasant as getting your driver’s license renewed or receiving dental work – you never know how long the process will take or how much pain will be involved. Most frequent fliers have begrudgingly accepted that the often-tedious process of airport security […]

UPS, FedEx shrug off concerns over Fentanyl screening requirements

In the midst of a string of tweets this morning from United States President Donald Trump that reignited investor unease over the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, UPS, FedEx and Amazon were among those companies whose share prices fell as Trump specifically directed them to increase their screening for Fentanyl. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1164914963766546435?s=20 Despite […]

CNS 2019: Unilode rolling out tracking tags to collect real-time ULD data

MIAMI – In an ongoing project to make unit load devices (ULDs) more useful for the track-and-trace demands of e-commerce, Don Jacobs, chief commercial officer and managing director for Unilode’s Americas segment, said yesterday at the CNS Partnership Conference that it has begun rolling out a new Bluetooth-equipped tag to provide real-time data to mobile […]

CNS 2019: Despite improved DG handling, manufacturing standards still lag

MIAMI – At the CNS 2019 Partnership Conference yesterday, Jonathan Pai, technical solutions engineer, Smiths Detection, advocated for more rigid manufacturing standards for lithium batteries during his presentation titled, “Deep learning algorithm and lithium battery detection.”   Despite IATA’s efforts to alert carriers to DG shipments so they can be handled properly, risk remains from shipper and manufacturer negligence. “Manufacturing standards especially, can represent a significant […]

CNS 2019: E-commerce places historic, unexpected pressures on U.S Customs

MIAMI – This year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency celebrates its 230th year since its founding in the earliest days of the Republic, in 1789. Thomas Overacker, executive director of cargo and conveyance security for CBP’s Office of Field Operations, said yesterday during the CNS Partnership Conference that this year may be […]

The Air Cargo Caucus: Our friend in Washington

It’s no secret that air cargo remains a challenging and competitive market. In an industry faced with disruptors and increasing supply chain demands, agility is essential to maintain airfreight’s speed and commercial advantage. Several members of the U.S. Congress who seem to understand this value are now formally coming together on Capitol Hill to spread […]

Can STOP Act help reduce drug trafficking via USPS loophole?

Forwarders and carriers in the United States are already taking part in the air cargo advance screening (ACAS) program to help prevent explosives and illegal drug from entering the country via the cargo supply chain. But what is being done about narcotics being sent via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) which still handles the lion’s […]

NTSB hints at ‘pilot error’ as contributor to Atlas 767F crash

Although the investigation into the fatal crash of Atlas Air Flight 3591 is months away from a conclusion, a story last Friday in the Wall Street Journal said investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) suspect “pilot error,” rather than equipment malfunction, may have “inadvertently” contributed to the accident that occurred outside on Houston. […]

Unilode boxes up IATA’s Innovation Award at WCS [VIDEO]

After a full week of meetings and panel discussion about innovations in the air cargo arena – many of which focused on the management and tracking of unit load devices (ULDs) – IATA’s 13th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) ended with the announcement that ULD management firm, Unilode Aviation Solutions, was named the winner of this […]

CCN, Microsoft launch blockchain air cargo billing, costing and reconciliation system

Singapore-based logistics company Cargo Community Network (CCN) and Microsoft launched a blockchain-based billing, costing and reconciliation system for air cargo at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium in Singapore this week. The blockchain-based system, developed on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, is designed to minimize billing discrepancies, accelerate billing reconciliation and provide […]
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