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Logistics News Collection (May 08): Red Sea Risks Surge and New Asia-Mexico Shipping Routes

San Miguel De Allende, a city in Mexico


Maersk Increases Surcharges Amid Expanding Red Sea Risks

In response to escalated threats in the Red Sea, Maersk has raised its peak season surcharge from $250 to $750 per TEU, starting May 11. The expansion of the risk zone has led to rerouting around the Cape of Good Hope, increasing journey times and operational costs for Maersk. This change comes amid attacks that have expanded further offshore, prompting heightened security measures and impacting global shipping operations.

New Shipping Routes Boost Asia-Mexico Trade

Cosco Shipping Lines, along with other global carriers, has launched new services connecting Asia to Mexico, tapping into growing trade volumes and investment by Chinese firms in Mexico. The Transpacific Latin Pacific 5 (TLP5) line offers direct connections and enhanced network coverage, aiming to streamline shipments and meet growing demand across these regions.


Access Denied to American Airlines Cargo Summer Schedule

Efforts to review details regarding American Airlines Cargo’s upcoming summer widebody schedule encountered access restrictions, with the specific contents and updates remaining undisclosed. This incident underscores potential sensitivities or confidentiality concerns related to operational strategies in airline cargo scheduling.

Boeing’s Manufacturing Crisis Details Unavailable

Attempts to gather information on Boeing’s latest probe into its manufacturing practices were met with access limitations, leaving the specifics of the crisis unexplored. This blockage might indicate ongoing internal reviews or potential regulatory scrutiny concerning Boeing’s manufacturing processes, impacting transparency and stakeholder communication.

Asia-Europe Trade Bolsters DHL’s Q1 Air Freight Volumes

Despite a significant decrease in revenue and profit due to lower freight rates, DHL reported a 5.1% increase in air freight volumes in Q1, primarily driven by trade between Asia and Europe. The overall revenue in DHL’s Global Forwarding, Freight division dropped, reflecting the challenging economic conditions affecting global trade and freight activities.


Decline in Freight Transportation Services Index

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) experienced a 1.2% decrease in March 2024 compared to the previous month, reflecting mixed performance across various transportation modes. This drop highlights potential challenges in freight transportation efficiency and capacity amidst varying economic indicators.

Other (Intermodal/Supply Chain/Global Trade)

Amazon Adjusts Low Inventory Fee for Sellers

Amazon has extended the credit period for its new low inventory fee to May 14, aiming to ease the transition for sellers by providing more time to adjust to the fee structure. This fee adjustment is part of Amazon’s strategy to manage costs and improve delivery performance under its new regional fulfillment model.

Confusion Over New UK Import Charges

UK brokers and agents are facing potential financial burdens due to ambiguities in liability and payment of new duty charges on imports and exports as stipulated by the UK’s environment agency. This has led to considerable confusion and concern about significant financial impacts due to the newly implemented common user charge (CUC).

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