As of this morning, the effects of a possible rail strike could impact U.S. supply chains as soon as Dec. 5. If a work stoppage does occur, Airforwarders Association members should expect a surge in activity as shippers seek transportation alternatives to avoid freight bottlenecks and delays. So far, workers in four unions have rejected a tentative contract deal announced in September, while eight have approved it. Unions and railroads have until Dec. 9 to resolve differences. If they disagree, workers could strike, or railroads could lock out employees - unless Congress intervenes. However, we should expect railroads to stop accepting some shipments at least four days ahead of a strike deadline.
Across the Pacific, China’s “zero tolerance” COVID strategy results in civil unrest as the country begins imposing more lockdowns in major cities. Closing factories to mitigate disease spread will likely hurt supply chains as workers will not produce products at normal output levels. The reduction in productivity could result in ocean vessel trip cancellations which could cause a surge in air shipments. Since airline belly capacity from China to the United States has not fully recovered from the pandemic, Airforwarders Association members should prepare for increased demand as customers search for ways to ship last-minute products needed for the holiday rush.
You may know that AfA holds board director elections every two years, and we wish to congratulate the eight candidates who recently won seats earlier this month. Our ambitious agenda requires energetic leaders with creative ideas, and this new group will meet the requirement:
- Kirk McCann, Scan Global
- Jake Fisher, Rock-it Global
- Noel Howard, Radiant Logistics
- Bob Imbriani, Team Worldwide
- Warren Jones, Alliance Ground International
- Richard Garcia, Sterling Transportation & Sterling Brokerage Services
- Sandy Gregory, Parcelcast
- Alan White, National Air Cargo Group
Before the new directors take office in 2023, we wish to thank those members who will leave the board for their past service and dedication:
- Glen Hall, ALG Worldwide
- Chris Connell, Commodity Forwarders Inc.
- Sasha Goodman, Rock-It Global
- Jennifer Frigger-Latham, EMO Trans
- Brendan Akamu, Hawaiian Airlines
Finally, the AirCargo 2023 conference is almost here, and registrations are soaring! The agenda features excellent speakers who promise to provide informative content to help improve your business. We will also have a great exhibit hall with many industry vendors, so catch the early bird discount and register today. Also, booths and sponsorship opportunities are still available, but you need to act soon because they are going fast.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Nashville February 12-14! For more information, go to www.aircargoconference.com.