Ladies and Gentlemen,
The media recently reported extensively on measures taken by the Emirate of Qatar’s Arab neighbors. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, and Yemen have cut off diplomatic ties. Access via transportation routes passing through neighboring states has been cut off.
Shipping companies have issued a de facto halt to incoming shipments. Exports through the conventional route to Hamad Port are no longer possible. Jebel Ali was a central hub in transit to Qatar. This route has now been cut off as well. However, there are opportunities in transshipment via Salalah. LCL and FCL can still be booked. Accordingly, shipping times will be longer, and the routes more winding and complex.
Air freight to and from Doha with Arab airlines like Emirates, Etihad, and Saudi has been shut down. Qatar Airways is still flying and remains an option. It is not yet foreseeable what effects this will have on supply chains in the mid-term. Doha is an important hub between Asia and Europe.
Hamburg: G20 summit
On July 7th and 8th, 2017, heads of government and responsible ministers from the twenty globally leading economic nations will be meeting together with their delegations in Hamburg. This is expected to be a huge event. Short-term road closures for special convoys have been announced for before and after the summit. In particular, considerable restrictions are expected around the airport and on the way to the event location at the Congress Hall.
A part of the event will take place in the Elbphilharmonie. There will also be congestion in this area. It is not foreseeable whether parts of the harbor will be affected. As a precaution, we are calling the event to your attention.
Bangladesh: Security in Air Freight
Measures to increase securityin air freight from Bangladesh have been demanded for a long time. Until now, individual steps have been implemented at the country level. Now, the EU has taken the next step, passing uniform and binding regulations. In the future, all shipments will be subject to a double check. After X-ray screening using dual-view devices, monitoring with an explosive detection dog (EDD) or explosive detection system (EDS) has now been called for. Neither is currently available in Bangladesh.
Currently, those involved make do with additional checks at the transit point of the responsible airline. This involves additional costs. The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has initiated the acquisition of required equipment and the implementation of the new process. According to authority spokespersons, the implementation in the country can be expected around the end of August, at the earliest.
In the meantime, airlines are reducing their capacity or accepting lower amounts of freight in order to be able to meet the requirements at the transit point. Longer shipping times are expected.
Sea Freights are not affected by these measures.
We will gladly to keep you further informed.
Your SENATOR INTERNATIONAL Team