Mediterranean Region to Canada Update

Despite the ongoing pandemic, global markets have been recovering even faster than expected, with ocean freight carriers experiencing skyrocketing demand in container bookings, resulting in unforeseeable operational challenges. Carriers servicing the Mediterranean Region have advised that they are facing an extremely tight equipment situation for all container types, especially at depots in Italy, where the…

New Shanghai COVID-19 Restrictions Will Severely Impact Domestic Trucking Services and Transpacific Ocean Freight Activities

New Shanghai COVID-19 related restrictions have resulted in severe truck shortages, causing further stress on Transpacific ocean freight.    Given the extraordinary circumstances leading up to the Chinese Lunar New Year, where capacity and equipment constraints have been met by increasing port congestion and the cancellation of many vessel services – there is now a severe shortage of local…

‘Slidings’ Replacing Blank Voyages as Ocean Carriers Stretch Transit Times

Ocean carriers are looking to extend transit times in a bid to improve schedule reliability and cut costs. They are starting to add more buffer time into schedules to mitigate the impact of chronic global port congestion. The “schedule sliding” were being deemed necessary due to the severe congestion from the challenging operational conditions in…

Canada & USA – Transpacific Eastbound GRI Update

Please be advised that the previously announced March 1, 2020 General Rate Increase (GRI) applicable on the Asia & Indian Sub-Continent to Canada & USA trade lanes, has been postponed to March 15, 2020. GRI effective March 15, 2020: USD 20.00 per cbm or 500 kgUSD 900 per 20′ containerUSD 1000 per 40′ containerUSD 1125 per…

Chinese New Year Extended Through February 9, 2020, in Additional Provinces

Per the latest developments associated with the coronavirus, the government of China has once again extended the Chinese Lunar New Year in additional provinces. As a result, please note that all Delmar China offices are now closed and will re-open on February 10, 2020. Rest assured that key personnel will continue to work remotely in order to maintain operations in the region.  Delmar will continue…

China – Lunar New Year Holiday Schedule

Please be advised that government and business establishments located in mainland China will be closed for Lunar New Year-Spring Festival holidays January 24-30, 2020. Major ocean freight carriers have advised that capacity on Transpacific Eastbound vessels has been tight in recent weeks. This situation is expected to persist during the run-up to the holidays, and…