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Global Logistics Market Update

Keeping you up to date and informed on the global landscape of the logistics industry

Global Logistics Market Update: 14 December, 2021

This week we're talking about China blocking cargo in aircraft passenger cabins, WTO updating thousands of HS Codes, and British HGV driver shortages beginning to ease in the new year.

Macro Update:

China no longer accepts cargo in aircraft passenger cabins

China will no longer accept cargo in aircraft passenger cabins in the new year. China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) said “only anti-epidemic-related items are allowed to be loaded in the cabin”. It added: “At the same time, the new regulations also require that cabin seats cannot be removed to increase cargo space. Aircraft that have removed seats or are undergoing modification projects should be restored to their original configuration.” This shift is expected to keep air freights high for the foreseeable future.

The CAAC said the move was made for “mainly for safe transport considerations, to avoid hidden transport safety hazards caused by the inability of the cargo in the cabin to be effectively fixed”.

Despite the three major state-owned Chinese carriers beginning the process to return their aircrafts to original configurations, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have extended their exemptions for cargo in cabins until July next year, signalling that non-Chinese airlines will continue to use them – but not within China, outside of Covid-related equipment.

Updates to HS Codes January 1, 2022

On January 1st 2022 shipments of smartphones, flat panel displays and health and safety equipment could get stuck at customs if shippers have not made changes to their Harmonised System (HS) codes. Every five years the World Customs Organization (WTO) updates the codes. HS2022 is the seventh edition and covers more than 5,000 product categories. If e-commerce providers fail to keep up with the changes, they could suffer painful repercussions such as customs delays and fees.

British HGV driver shortage beginning to ease

The government-funded training for HGV drivers, known as Skills Bootcamps, opened for business last Friday with the aim of injecting 11,000 drivers across the UK. UK logistics and haulage associations have claimed a shortage of around 100,000 HGV drivers, mainly due to low pay and poor conditions. Hopefully with more schemes such as Skills Bootcamps, the acute shortages will begin to ease.

Postal Disruption

Australia post is suspending some services to Canada from the 10th to 23rd December due to limited flight capacity. Their Express, Standard and Economy Air parcel services have been affected. 

Italy, Bulgaria and Cyprus are currently experiencing customs delays.

Service Updates:

Australia

Fulfillment services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Inbound Receiving services: A slight delay of 5-9 days.

Shipping services: Shipping services are on average, improving as the country continues to open up out of imposed lockdowns. We are now seeing delays of only 2 days on average. You can read more about domestic delivery times across Australia’s regions here.

Christmas delivery: Australia Post has posted their Christmas delivery cut off days which can be seen here. For WA and NT, the date is December 8 for parcel post and 15 December for Express services. For all other states the cut off is 13 December for parcel post, and 20th December for their Express services.

Direct injection International services at this time: No delays

International to postal providers: Australia Post is still experiencing delays internationally due to limited air freight capacity. 

New Zealand: Domestic deliveries within New Zealand with NZ Post are experiencing delays, particularly in Auckland and Hamilton where delays are up to 4 working days in Hamilton and 2 working days in Auckland. Across the rest of the country delivery delays have been reduced to 1 working day.

US

Fulfillment services: Remain unaffected by delays and same day dispatch is being met as per SLAs.

Inbound Receiving services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Shipping services: We are seeing slight delays with Ground services in the USA. Average wait times of 3-5 days. 

UK

Fulfillment services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Inbound Receiving services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Yodel and Royal Mail services:  No disruptions or delays

International from the UK: We are seeing slight delays for DDU, not DDP deliveries, where there is an IOSS number. Average delivery times of 5-8 day are now taking 8-11 days. We encourage all customers to have their IOSS number as this helps with improving the clearance process to deliver into the EU.

Christmas delivery: Royal mail has released their Christmas delivery cut off dates which can be viewed here. For UK inland economy deliveries, the cut off date is 17th December, rising to the 22nd for tracked deliveries. Western Europe delivery cut offs are as early as November 29th.

EU

As COVID-19 cases surge in the region, continued lockdowns and imposed restrictions in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia could impact deliveries. 

Fulfillment services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Inbound Receiving services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Canada

Fulfillment services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Inbound Receiving services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Vancouver, Canada continues to experience disruption to its mail services. The extent of the damage is still being assessed and could take months to resolve.

PSS

As we are currently within the Peak Season, surcharges are in effect. However to ease financial burdens on our customers, we pass on all surcharges at cost.

You can read more about current surcharges in place on our Helpsite here.

Freight Forwarding Update:

Sea freight - Asia to north America

We’ve seen a slight drop in pricing for LCL and FCL. Hopefully this will continue to improve in Q4, however rates are still elevated. 

Space: We continue to experience space issues with most carriers

Booking: We recommend booking well and truly in advance (5-6 weeks), we cannot guarantee that the space will always be available.

Sea Freight - Asia- Europe

Rates are still at record highs, although they have gone down slightly. 

Space: Continues to be a concern

Booking: We recommend booking well and truly in advance (5-6 weeks).

Sea Freight - Asia - Australia

Pricing is still relatively elevated.

Space: Continues to be a concern

Booking: We recommend booking in advance (4-5 weeks).

Air freight

There is limited space availability and freight may be moved off and put on other later flights, in the run up to peak season. We are seeing issues with carrier reliability and capacity at the moment, meaning we cannot always guarantee services at this time.

Direct injection

B360 has its own Direct Injection network that runs from Sydney to the US, Hong Kong to Europe, Hong Kong to Australia and Hong Kong to the US. These channels are still very reliable, with transit times on average being 4-8 days, we see no changes as per the SLAs at this time.

To learn more about any of our updates or to make carrier changes, please reach out to us today.

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