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Update on Trade Opportunities in Cuba
 

On Thursday November 5 at 3:00pm Cuba business expert Dr. Teo Babun Jr. will reveal what you should know about the reality vs. dream of trade with Cuba; he will:

  • provide a current analysis of the investment and commercial activities that are allowed with respect to Cuba;
  • present what the US political landscape looks like and the likely roadmap for the continued normalization of relations; and
  • present what air and sea cargo executives will need to master the complex Cuban and US regulations, find trusted advisers, obtain the right introductions, and understand the risk and return profiles.

On the surface, there appears to be a compelling case for doing business in Cuba. However, a deeper analysis may paint a different picture. Dr. Babun is Managing Partner & CEO at BG Consultants, Inc.

 
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The Techomax Container Ships are coming

DHL TruckThe container shipping industry is likely to change dramatically over the next decade plus, driven not surprisingly by major advances in technology, both within the industry itself and shipping lines adopting new technologies such as Big Data and advanced materials that arise externally.
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NEWS IN THE AMERICAS
 
  • UPS AirplaneCompleting satellite network lays a course for the launch of remote-controlled ships
    Research into the feasibility of driverless – that should read helmsmanless – cargo ships took another step forward this week when satellite communications provider Inmarsat joined the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative. Read more …

  • IATA to develop eAWB platform to help smaller forwarders get into e-freight
    IATA Cargo chief, Glyn Huges, has confirmed that IATA is developing simple ‘form-fill’ eAWBs for low-volume forwarders. Read more …

  • UPS to hire over 90,000 seasonal workers
    The parcel carrier expects to hire between 9,000 and 95,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated increase in package volumes during the holidays. Read more …

  • ITF looking into the safety of new Panama Canal locks
    The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has commissioned a studied into the maneuvering feasibility of the new Panama Canal locks. Read more …

  • FedEx to raise U.S. shipping rates
    FedEx Express, Ground, Home Delivery, and Freight rates in the United States will each increase by an average of 4.9 percent, effective Jan. 4, 2016, according to a statement from the company. Read more …

  • Next stage reached in cargo airship development
    Development of the world’s first vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capable heavy-lift cargo airship has reached the next stage. The Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros) progamme has completed the engineering scale down prototype “Dragon Dream” phase, and is ready to enter the design freeze phase for the ML866 (66-Ton) Aeroscraft cargo airship. Read more …

  • Industry fears law on container weight verification could bring cargo chaos
    Shippers, forwarders, shipping lines and container terminals “urgently” need to begin discussions over the practicalities of implementing the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) new regulation on container weights. Read more …

  • US ports pose low risk despite volume swings
    Stand-alone U.S. port ratings remain largely in the ‘A’ category despite volume fluctuations during economic downturns, according to a new Fitch Ratings report. Read more …

  • CBO: US Port Performance Act would not cost an arm and a leg
    The implementation of the Port Performance Act, a program to collect statistical information on the largest 25 ports in the United States, would cost USD 9 million over the 2016-2020 period, according to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Read more …

  • UPS to deploy hybrid trucks in U.S.
    UPS has purchased 125 new-technology hybrid-electric delivery trucks, which will offer significantly reduced fuel consumption – up to four times the fuel economy of a gas-powered vehicle and a 10 to 15 percent improvement over previous hybrid designs. Read more …

  • UPS comes to aid of Syrian refugees
    The UPS Foundation is working closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to move critical relief shipments to Syrian refugees in Greece and along the border of the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. Read more …

  • Forwarders must keep up with technology and add value to services or lose business
    Freight forwarders have been given a stark warning of the need to provide value-added services and embrace innovation in order to keep up with fast-changing global economic and logistics landscapes. Read more …

  • IATA warns of growing threat to aircraft from e-commerce lithium battery sales
    Concerns are growing within the air cargo industry over the transport of lithium batteries, due to the willful neglect of regulations by shippers and their lack of safety oversight. Read more …

  • Schneider Intermodal eases restrictions on cross-border service into Mexico
    The truckload, intermodal and logistics services provider now offers intermodal shippers easier cross-border clearance and inspection services for certain commodities that originate in the United States or Canada destined for Mexico via rail. Read more …

  • Global air freight demand dipped in July
    Global demand for air freight dropped in July, and slowing global trade means it will be difficult for cargo markets in the coming months, IATA said. Read more …
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