2018

19.6.2018 | Tax increases on products originating from the United States


On 14th of June 2018, the member countries of EU have agreed new balancing measures, which will appear as a rise in customs duties in certain US-based products. The commission will approve the regulation in the coming days. The increases will take effect around the beginning of July.

For more information please contact: yritysneuvonta.lupa-asiakkaat(at)tulli.fi

6.6.2018 | Exceptions in operations due to Midsummer

Our offices, warehouses and terminals will be closed on Midsummer Eve on Friday June 22nd.

The week before Midsummer might be congested in terms of shipment volumes. Therefore, we kindly ask You to book your shipments well in advance.

The last overland and part of airfreight export shipments will depart Finland on Thursday 21st  of June. Due to the long weekend, imports may be delayed on the week 26.

Export shipments in LCL and part of the airfreight shipments will depart Finland exceptionally on Thursday 21st of June. LCL export shipments to Thursday’s departure should be booked on Wednesday 20th at 10.00 am the latest.

For more information please contact your Kuehne + Nagel contact person.

4.6.2018 | The Brazilian customs' strike continues

The Brazilian customs has been partly on strike since last September 2017 and again from April. The strike which started on May 14. will continue till the middle of June based on the last information what we received.
During the strike, customs are interrupted or slowed down.

The customers should expect huge delays in deliveries especially when there are weight discrepancies and imcomplete or missing information. “RED CHANNELS” –clearences can not necessarily be passed through at all.

1.6.2018 | New regulations for inbound shipments to P.R. China

The Chinese Customs Authorities have announced strict enforcement of regulations for import carrier manifest that became effective from 1st of June, 2018.

This means that customers must have full details for shipper and consignee.

Including:

  • Shipper’s VAT number
  • Registration number of consignee: Unified Social Credit Indetifier Code (USCC ) or Organization Code (OC)
  • All parties’ (shipper, consignee and notify party) phone or fax number
  • Specific and correct description of goods (e.g. “welding machine”, not “machine”)

The customer should give the information to Kuehne + Nagel at the latest when booking the shipment. Failure to comply with these new regulations could result in rejection of the transported goods upon arrival and either destruction or return of the goods to origin.

We will keep our customer updated of possible changes regarding import regulations once Chinese Customs Authorities have clarified their instructions.

For more information please contact your Kuehne + Nagel contact person.

30.5.2018 | The strong increase in fuel price causes additional costs for sea transportation

The rapidly rising market price of crude oil has a significant impact on the world economy and it also affects international sea transportation.

In 2018 the price of crude oil has increased by approximately 30 percent and around 70 percent compared to the price in June 2017. As a result of increased costs, various shipping companies have announced they will implement an ‘Emergency Bunker Surcharge’ or equivalent as of 1 June 2018.

According to the information received, these additional surcharges are applied globally on all traffic lanes.

In this situation, Kuehne + Nagel reserves the right to charge Bunker Additional Surcharge on its own FCL (full container load) and LCL (less than container load) services as from 1 June 2018.

For more information please contact your Kuehne + Nagel contact person.

23.5.2018 | Kouvola - Xian rail traffic: delays in departures

Increased interest toward rail transportation between China and Europe has caused congestion at Xian railway terminal. Due to the situation trains from Xian and Kouvola are leaving approximately one week after scheduled departure. The transit times of 14 days are not affected.

For more information please contact your Kuehne + Nagel contact person.

2017

13.12.2017 | Strong capacity demand is causing delays in airfreight shipments

“Never seen” demand for air cargo space has caused heavy delays in transit times during the last few weeks. This difficult situation in air cargo market has been continuing already for some time and unfortunately there is no sign for any change in the near future.

Normally there is a high demand during traditional peak season from Far East to Europe and North America. This time most of the freight corridors are affected including trade lanes from Europe to Asia and South and North America.

The subject has been widely discussed in the international media including The Loadstar’s news ”A Christmas bonus for carriers as demand for air freight capacity 'goes crazy'”

Air cargo capacity does not meet the high demand

Especially the increased e-Commerce is a major reason for the high demand in the market. Also improved demand for investment goods and strong global economics have increased the demand for air cargo space. This situation has reflected with increased market rates when the capacity cannot meet the increased demand. Customers are willing to accept higher rates to secure their supply chain performance. We can say that air cargo dynamics has changed from the past’s overwhelming belly capacity to the current strong increase in air cargo demand.

The strong market growth has also a direct impact on air cargo handling capacity: handling times are longer at congested air cargo terminals and there are not enough hands and space to handle the increased volumes.
Furthermore there have been some strikes in Frankfurt and Sao Paulo airports that has caused additional delays.

Impact visible also in Finnish air cargo market

The same development can be seen now both in export and import to/from Finland: booking and transit times are longer since some of the intercontinental flights are already closed for bookings several weeks in advance. The cancellation of AirBridgeCargo B747 freighter flights to/from Helsinki and Christmas’ mail traffic are also having a negative impact on the space capacity.

Kuehne + Nagel will support our customers to secure their supply chain performance in this very critical market situation. We kindly ask our customers to arrange bookings in advance and to take into consideration this difficult air cargo market. Your contact person at Kuehne + Nagel is to assist you and will provide additional information.

27.10.2017 | General Strike in Italy 30th and 31st of October

All the major Unions declared a General Strike for 30th and 31st of October due to the pending renewal of the National Contract for Logistics, Transport and Freight Forwarding.

We expect that the strike should affect mainly transportation but it could impact also terminal operations, gates, warehousing and general activities of forwarding.

It has also been announced a local strike in Genoa for the 2nd and 3rd of November extending the disruption to the whole week, since November 1st is a National Holiday.