In 2020, the International Maritime Organisation will require the marine sector to reduce sulphur emissions by over 80%. This means using higher grade marine fuel which may in turn affect bunker charges unless the shipping line opts for other means to decrease sulphur emissions.
While shipping lines explore & experiment with ways to control their sulphur output, importers & exporters using ocean freight for transport need to be prepared for fluctuations in ocean freight.
ready for ramadhan?
The month of Ramadhan and the celebration which follows is one of the greatest events in the Islamic calendar. As such, this is a peak season for shipping consumer products, foodstuff and related retail goods.
In countries like Malaysia where Islam is the official religion, work hours will be shorter culminating in a skeleton staff over a long weekend.
Get ahead of the curve and plan your shipping beginning mid-March to avoid the rush for space and rates as well as any untoward delays.
As countries work to improve safety and security of the movement of goods through their borders, there is a constant slew of information being released. Here's a list of advisories sorted by country for your easy reference.