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Month in Review – March 2024

Maritime March 1: Cost of ‘Land Bridge’ Alternative to Panama Canal Too High for Carriers – The Loadstar Liner operators say they are unlikely to

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Month in Review – February 2024

Maritime February 1: Strikes at DPW Ports Across Australia Exacerbating Empty Box Shortage – The Loadstar Dock worker strikes across Australian ports operated by DP

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Month in Review – December 2023

Maritime December 1: Five Carrier CEOs Call for Regulatory Partnership and End to Fossil Fuel Ships – The Maritime Executive The CEOs of five of

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Month in Review – November 2023

Maritime November 3: Maersk Cutting 10,000 Jobs in Face of ‘Worsening Market Conditions’ – American Shipper Maersk revealed on November 3 that it is “intensifying”


Force majeure, a term originating in French, means “greater force”.  Related to the act of God term, it implies an unforeseeable, external force beyond one’s

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Month in Review – October 2023

Maritime October 2: Container Pileup in Russia – WorldCargo News As Russia grapples with the western sanctions one year after the invasion in Ukraine, China

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Month in Review – September 2023

Maritime September 5: Ocean Carriers’ Record Rejections Are Last-Ditch Effort to Bolster Spot Rates – American Shipper Back in May, American Shipper warned that a

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Month in Review – August 2023

Maritime News August 1: Record Containership Deliveries Dash Carriers’ Rate-Recovery Hopes – Seatrade Maritime Containerships commissioned in June hit a record, with more than one

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Month in Review – July 2023

Canada’s West Coast Port Strike July 4: B.C. Ports Strike Could Inflict Damage That Takes Months to Correct, Warns CN – Strathroy Age Dispatch CN


MARINE BILLS OF LADING How would you describe a bill of lading? It’s rather like trying to describe an elephant-it is far easier to recognize

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Month in Review – June 2023

Maritime June 1: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Announces Leadership Transition for CEO – VFPA press release Vancouver Fraser Port Authority CEO Robin Silvester has announced

CIFFA Advocacy Update

From the CIFFA Secretariat office, the latest in our advocacy work: Release of Commercial Goods regs, CIFFA’s request for changes In the fall of 2022

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Month in Review – May 2023

Maritime May 4: Maersk: Downturn on Predicted Course, Liners Acting ‘Rationally’ – American Shipper Pain during shipping downturns is often self-inflicted by the industry itself.

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Month in Review – April 2023

Maritime April 3: Conciliation Officers Appointed to Further Talks Between BCMEA and ILWU – BCMEA website After the ILWU filed a notice of dispute to

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Month in Review – March 2023

Maritime March 1: ONE’s Nixon Says Decarbonizing Shipping Could Add $2,000-$3,000 per Container – American Journal of Transportation Ocean carriers should focus on transitioning from

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Month in Review – February 2023

Maritime February 1: Cross-Alliance Cooperation on the Increase as Market Weakens – The Loadstar Ocean carriers are pulling capacity from Chinese export routes and redeploying

Top Trends in Cybersecurity

As Cybersecurity continues to evolve, here are five trends Freight Forwarders should watch for: Passwords Passwords are going away. This is great news for both

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Month in Review – January 2023

Maritime MSC Online Invoice Dispute Tool If you receive an invoice from MSC Canada that you believe requires a change before you make a payment,

Another data standard? No need!

We already have a proven one—the Canada Border Services Agency  By Bryn Heimbeck, President and Co-Founder, Trade Tech, Inc.  There have been lot of suggestions

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Month in Review – December 2022

Maritime December 2: Container Shipping Rates Still Sinking: Skid Slows for Asia Spot Rates to West Coast but Not to East Coast – FreightWaves “This

The Forwarder: Technology Issue

The Fall 2022 issue of the Forwarder is largely dedicated to the topic of Technology and the trends and issues forwarders and other supply chain

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Month in Review – November 2022

Maritime November 1: Maersk Gives Overstocked Retailers the Option to Slow Arrivals – gCaptain Maersk says it is offering shippers the opportunity to slow cargo

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Month in Review – October 2022

Maritime October 3: Carriers Now ‘Begging for Business’ as Volumes and Rates Tumble – The Loadstar Xeneta’s long-term XSI shipping index fell last month for

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Month in Review – September 2022

Maritime September 6: Vancouver Port Defers Rolling Truck Age Program to April 3, 2023 – Today’s Trucking The Port of Vancouver will defer implementation of

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Month in Review – August 2022

Maritime August 3: Carrier Schedule Reliability Records First Year-Over-Year Improvement in More than Two Years – The Maritime Executive After hitting a low point at

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Month in Review – July 2022

Maritime July 3: California Ports Piling Up Again: Too Many Containers Sitting Too Long – American Shipper At the height of last year’s “will Christmas

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Month in Review – June 2022

Maritime June 1: North European Box Ports at Capacity Even Before Peak Season Starts – The Loadstar With a wave of import containers expected from

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Month in Review – May 2022

Maritime May 4: Top Sea Polluters Beg for Climate Rules that No Rival Can Avoid – American Journal of Transportation The ocean shipping industry, among

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Month in Review – April 2022

Maritime April 6: ‘Outlandish’ Emissions Claims by Liner Giants Ridiculed on Social Media – The Loadstar In a LinkedIn post, Lars Jensen, CEO of Vespucci

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Month in Review – March 2022

Maritime March 1: Carriers Suspend Bookings to and from Russia Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Maersk – The Loadstar CMA CGM – corporate news MSC –customer advisory March

Month in Review – February 2022

Maritime February 3: Bipartisan Ocean Shipping Overhaul Introduced in U.S. Senate – BNN Bloomberg The first major update of U.S. international ocean-shipping laws in more

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Month in Review – January 2022

Maritime January 4: Ningbo Lockdown Measures Tightened – Splash A notice from Ningbo Customs has detailed a business emergency response mechanism with changes to some


CIFFA’s Executive Director Bruce Rodgers on why Canada’s Competition Laws need more bite On Monday January 31st the federal government will convene a summit to

FIATA Initiatives Worldwide: An Update

CIFFA, through its Secretariat, represents the interests of the Canadian Freight Forwarders and actively participates on the various FIATA , (International Federation of Freight Forwarders

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Month in Review – December 2021

Special Section – B.C. Floods December 1: Port of Vancouver Operations Update CP and CN eastbound and westbound trains continue to transit on CP’s mainline

Insurance Watch: Ransomware

CIFFA member and global professional services firm Aon plc provides a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions.  In a ransomware attack, threat actors gain unauthorized

Guy Tombs Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Guy Tombs Limited held its 100th anniversary celebration December 1 in Montreal, themed “Welcome New World.” The event featured speeches, door prizes, music and refreshments.

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Month in Review – November 2021

Special Section – B.C. Floods November 16: Port of Vancouver Operations Update Rail and road operations servicing the Port of Vancouver are heavily impacted by

The Forwarder Magazine, Fall 2021

The fall issue of the Forwarder Magazine, published twice yearly, is now available and has been mailed out. The Forwarder Magazine is Canada’s only dedicated magazine

CIFFA now accepts Freight Brokers

New this year, CIFFA is accepting freight brokers into our regular membership category. CIFFA offers numerous benefits to its North American Freight Brokers and Transportation

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Maritime October 1: Port of Vancouver ‘Gridlock’ A CIFFA freight forwarder member provided an update on the Port of Vancouver, as follows: “Congestion and delays

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Month in Review – September 2021

Maritime September 8: China’s First Autonomous Boxship Readies to Enter Service – Splash The race to develop operational autonomous vessels is intensifying, with the announcement

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Month in Review – August 2021

Maritime August 3: Container Lines Fighting Losing Battle on Capacity – Lloyd’s Loading List Container lines are fighting a losing battle to inject sufficient capacity

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Month in Review – July 2021

Maritime July 5: Port of Vancouver Operations Update All rail service into and out of the Port of Vancouver has been halted as a result

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Month in Review – June 2021

Maritime June 1: Boxships Make Alternate Plans Following Yantian COVID Outbreak – Splash A COVID-19 outbreak around Yantian Port has seen boxships weigh anchor in

Things still up in the air, post-pandemic

Airfreight capacity, rates remain challenging By Ian Putzger A year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit global aviation capacity is still a challenge for forwarders. Gary

Education Update

By Petra Javornikova, Senior Instructional Designer at CIFFA International trade is dynamic and rapidly evolving. As such, CIFFA regularly revises the content of its course

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Month in Review – May 2021

Maritime May 4: Container Contract System Broken – BCOs Steer Toward Short-Term Deals – The Loadstar BCOs will commit 25% less volume to long-term contracts