Coronavirus Update

We would like to confirm that all activities of the AAI Group are operational and that we are able to support and serve our customers on a regular basis, while complying with all directives issued by the Government.

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IMO 2020 Fuel Legislation

IMO 2020 Fuel Legislation: Update

 From 1st January, 2020, a global regulation will come into force changing the type of fuel all shipping lines must use.

The aim of the regulation is to reduce air pollution from ships. Whereas today ships can use fuel with up to 3.5% sulphur content, the new global sulphur cap will be 0.5%. Currently the cost of 0.5% sulphur fuel is higher than that of the present fuel used by the industry. This additional shipping cost will impact on fuel surcharges as from December 2019 as the ocean carriers begin to purchase this fuel in order to be compliant on 1st January 2020.

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BIFA - Industry News

Logistics sector urged to invest in skills to prepare for post-Brexit paperwork

We’ve less than six months until the end of the Brexit transition period and it’s estimated an extra 50,000 private-sector customs agents will be needed to meet additional demands. Findings show...


TAPA expands EMEA secure truck parking database

The number of secure truck parking places in the Transported Asset Protection Association's (TAPA) EMEA’s Parking Security Requirement (PSR) database broke through the 7,000 barrier in July as more...


'Delicate balancing act' sees long-term ocean freight rates holding steady

The carrier segment appears to be negotiating the coronavirus 'storm' with some success, at least in terms of safeguarding its vital long-term ocean freight rates, according to market analyst,...


Transfer of Responsibility: EDD/FREDDs Certification and Quality Assurance

The number of dogs certified by the DfT under the NASP and available for use is growing. We anticipate that this capability will continue to expand as more Regulated Agents realise the operational...


Boxship orderbook-to-fleet ratio ducks below 10% for the first time this century

Alphaliner’s July data shows the boxship orderbook-to-fleet ratio now stands at 9.4% or 2.21m teu, marking the first time this key indicator has ducked below the 10% mark this century. The boxship...


Shipowners back in the driving seat, with brisk business in the charter market

Reflecting the high demand for tonnage, Alphaliner’s idle fleet assessment has recorded a further 62 vessels with some 300,000 teu having found employment in the past two weeks. The current 313...


Data reveals firms' concerns over non-negotiated EU exit and lack of preparedness as Brexit talks continue

Of 752 firms surveyed between 25 June and 15 July, one third said they were very concerned by the prospect of exiting the EU without a trade agreement, with 42% saying they were moderately...


Top 25 air cargo carriers: FedEx Express retains top spot in IATA WATS rankings

The annual IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) report revealed that FedEx managed to maintain its place as the world’s busiest cargo airline despite a 1.4% decrease in demand to 15.8bn...


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