Risk-based rules can end the absurdity of fishy air cargo regulation

There are many regulations in our country bordering on the absurd. For example, catching a fish with your bare hands in Indiana is illegal. Eating dead frogs in California is punishable by a fine. And, if one is so inclined to hire someone to point out the sights in our nation’s capital, that tour guide […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 2, 2018

Cargo Chat: Azul’s Frota on Brazilian carrier’s ‘box-retail’ strategy

As the demand for north-south e-commerce in the Americas heats up with the recent recovery of the Brazilian economy, Azul Cargo Express, the cargo division of carrier Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, has begun utilizing the belly capacity on Azul’s 800 daily flights to 103 airports in the Americas to deliver small parcels. In May, the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 9, 2018

The Malay Connection: Is Kuala Lumpur the next e-commerce gateway to China?

At an abandoned house on the outskirts of Georgetown in the Malaysian State of Penang, a man and his wife stand crouched over a box of seemingly random electronic components. Inside the carton is a set of specialized audio “tweeters” the pair plans to install throughout their dilapidated ancestral home in hopes of attracting a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 7, 2018

U.K. makes concrete E.U. trade-relations proposals anticipating Brexit

Just before President Trump made his first state visit to the U.K., the British government finally released a long-awaited document containing tangible plans for its trade relations with European Union countries.  With the U.K.’s departure from the E.U. set to take place in eight months, the nation’s forwarding community is giving the plan mixed reviews. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 13, 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

FedEx opens long-delayed Shanghai Pudong facility to streamline customs

FedEx has finally opened its US$100 million, 134,000-square-meter Shanghai Pudong International Airport hub. Originally slated to open in early 2017, the Shanghai Hub is now the largest of its kind at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, featuring FedEx’s most advanced sortation technology and temperature-controlled storage, ranging from -22°C to 25°C. When FedEx first unveiled the plans […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 8, 2018

EzyCustoms adds Vietnam to customs network via Cathay Pacific

Customs management platform EzyCustoms – which provides customs process management in countries including Bangladesh, Canada, European Union countries, India, Philippines and the United States – is now submitting cargo information to Vietnam’s customs agency for its user Cathay Pacific Airways. Via EzyCustoms, Cathay Pacific can submit flight manifest, master air waybill and house manifest electronic […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 11, 2017

Air Cargo Executive of the Year: Peter Gerber stays one move ahead

In the game of chess, the key to victory is the ability to stay several moves ahead of your opponent. With proper planning, an adroit chess player who may seem to be backed into a corner can make the precise moves to flip the momentum of the game. By the third quarter of 2016, Lufthansa […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 4, 2017

BIFA shares Parliament’s concerns over U.K.’s post-Brexit customs plan

Aftrer the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report critical of the government’s plans for customs procedures upon completion of the U.K.’s separation from the European Union, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) released a statement saying it agree with the report, adding that more needs to be done to address the uncertainty […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 14, 2017

The Plum Blossom Soars: How Taiwan’s largest cargo carrier makes freighters work

On the tail of every China Airlines aircraft, blazoned across the vertical stabilizer, there is an image of the iconic pink and white plum blossom. The flower is symbolic not only as the official flower of Taiwan, where China Airlines is based. It is also revered for its robustness and ability to endure harsh winter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 2, 2017

Schiphol successfully tests automatic compliance analysis

MUNICH – Initial testing of an online compliance checking system that reduces delays by pinpointing mistakes on airway bills has successfully concluded. The system was developed as part of Schiphol’s Smart Cargo Mainport Program, and speeds up cargo flows by detecting data errors in air waybills. “The Compliance Checker reduces delays in the supply chain […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 10, 2017

India to increase air cargo business by 180 percent

In the next 15 years, the air cargo industry in India is expected to grow by more than 180 percent, while manufacturing will rise 14 percent by 2022, according to the latest estimates by government officials speaking at the Air Cargo India event that kicked off today in Mumbai. Speaker Renu Singh Parmar, senior adviser […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 23, 2016

Symetrica introduces handheld radiation detector

Symetrica, a company that specializes in radiation detection and identification, has created a handheld radiation detector that is being used by many European customs authorities and may soon be introduced to other aviation markets. Called the VeriFinder, the unit is designed to scan inaccessible areas, “which is an essential new capability within an integrated detection […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 10, 2016

CEVA ready to roll with ACE customs system

With a few weeks to go before the deadline for freight forwarders in the United States to file their customs entries using ACE (the Automated Commercial Environment), CEVA Logistics said it has completed the implementation of the new customs brokerage system across its U.S. network. “Our implementation with CargoWise One, offering full ACE functionality, is […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 4, 2016
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