US Customs' plan under fire

Hong Kong's trade transport community is lobbying the government to help them negotiate changes to proposed United States Customs regulations aimed at securing the air cargo supply chain against terrorism.

Friday, 28 February, 2003, 12:00am

Shippers hit with higher fuel-cost surcharges

Cargo airlines are slapping an additional 40 HK cents a kilogram fuel surcharge on long-haul air freight with the likelihood of another increase next month because the price of jet fuel has rocketed in the past several months.

21 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Cargo security measures set to stay despite Senate committee changes

A personnel reshuffle on the Senate aviation sub-committee in the United States is unlikely to change its air-cargo security initiative, experts said yesterday.

17 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Shippers seek SAR provider of AMS service

Shippers want the United States Customs Service to give a Hong Kong service provider permission to offer its Automated Manifest Service (AMS) to speed up the local trouble-shooting process before the February deadline.

20 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Airport cargo record tumbles

Chek Lap Kok handled record air-cargo throughput last month, according to the Airport Authority. Volume hit the 218,000-tonne level. By comparison, the second-highest month on record was November 2000, when cargo throughput reached 215,000 tonnes. The authority attributed the record volumes to continued strong consumer demand in the United States for mainland-made products.

11 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Carriers count losses as cargo starts to move

After a 12-day lockout, cargo began trickling across the docks on the west coast of the United States yesterday, leaving carriers in the familiar position of having to count their losses.

Some shipping lines have in the past decade tried to offset the traditional feast-to-famine volatility of the container shipping trade by diversifying into terminal operations.

11 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Switch inspection focus to air-cargo shippers: expert

Heightened security in the air-cargo industry need not bring the supply chain to a halt if the focus of inspections switches from goods to who is shipping them, according to a trade security expert.

The task of inspecting each shipment inevitably leads to a clash between trade and security, an environment in which future strategies for both are compromised.

20 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Air cargo rises on technology and retail trends

Air cargo's share of Hong Kong's external trade value has been rising for seven years and shows no signs of letting up, according to the Airport Authority.

10 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Shippers fight Iata move over low-density cargo

The world's governing airline body, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has taken the first step towards raising the rates on low-density cargo moving through Hong Kong by filing an application with the Civil Aviation Department (CAD).

13 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

K Line investigates HK charge reduction claims

One of Asia's leading shipping lines is investigating whether claims of reductions in container handling charges at Hong Kong in the past five years have benefited the carriers.

13 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Exporters must toe US line

SAR exporters focusing on the lucrative United States consumer market have been advised to make their supply chains more secure if they want to qualify for quick clearance into the US.

26 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Overnight opening

There has been a lot of discussion about the possibility of having a 24-hour border crossing with the mainland.

The biggest impact of the border closure is not on commuters but on freight. In Lowu, trucks queue up all night waiting for the border to open.

30 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Ports in a storm

A COMMERCIAL SHOWDOWN looms next week when a newly unified container shipping industry will try to recover a portion of the increasing cost of doing business in China.

Shipping lines will from Tuesday implement a terminal handling charge (THC) for goods moving through selected ports in the mainland.

10 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Terminal charge at China ports runs into storm

Battle lines are being drawn over the implementation by shipping lines of a national terminal handling charge (THC) covering selected container ports on the mainland.

Carriers plying the world's two busiest trade lanes, the transpacific and Asia-Europe, have targeted from January 15 all boxes moving from ports in provinces which do not have similar charges in place.

4 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

No need for long truck queues at border

There has been much debate about whether or not passengers should be allowed across the border between the mainland and the SAR 24-hours-a-day.

However, the bigger issue is freight. Why does the border close for trucks every night?

19 Nov 2001 - 12:00am