Regulators in the United Kingdom ordered Amazon UK Services Ltd. to pay 65,000 British pounds (U.S. $84,288.92) for four counts of “causing dangerous goods to be delivered for carriage in an aircraft,” according to the country’s Civil Aviation Authority.
The parcel giant and unmanned aircraft manufacturer CyPhy Works have begun joint testing of drone usage for commercial package delivery in remote or difficult-to-reach locations.
Ocean carriers Maersk Line, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and MOL announced “Freight All Kinds” and general rate increases on various trades.
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Carriers may seek to "turn the table" on shippers who drove hard bargains, but an upturn in rates may be short-lived.
The shipping industry is being roiled by Hanjin’s decision to file receivership, with spot rates surging, cargo being stranded on vessels, and now lawsuits are being filed by shipowners.
A survey conducted by American Shipper revealed nearly three in four beneficial cargo owners and intermediaries currently have cargo on Hanjin vessels, and most are predicting rates will rise in the short- and long-term.