Logistics Update Africa

Logistics Update Africa

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Starting July 1, Air Seychelles has started passenger flights weekly twice from Seychelles to Dubai International Airport.On return to Seychelles, the flights will only be used for cargo operation.The flights scheduled every Tuesdays and Saturdays will allow customers travelling beyond Dubai the chance to connect onto the Emirates Airlines network to over 52 destinations.
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Bollor Logistics has extended its special weekly cargo freight service between Europe and West Africa, the WARA AIR SERVICE until July 31, 2020.To respond to air transport demand and continue ensuring the continuity of supply to the African continent, Bollor Logistics has for three months provided regular weekly links between Europe and the countries of West Africa.Every week, freight is transported via two or three all-cargo flights from Bollor Logistics' airport hubs in Lige, Belgium, and at Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, France.They serve the destinations of Abidjan (Cte d'Ivoire), Bamako (Mali), Accra (Ghana), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Conakry (Guinea), Niamey (Niger), Monrovia (Liberia) and Nouakchott (Mauritania).Link for Article
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in Africa and the Middle East (AME) to implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival that would allow economies to re-start while avoiding the importation of Covid-19 cases.Government-imposed quarantine measures in 36 countries across Africa and the Middle East (AME) account for 40 percent of all quarantine measures globally.With over 80 percent of travellers unwilling to travel when quarantine is required, the impact of these measures is that countries remain in lockdown even if their borders are open.Link for Article
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Our recently concluded webinar on 'Drones for improving healthcare supply chains and creating drone corridors for Africa' witnessed 250 attendees.Due to time constraint, our panelists were unable to reply to all the queries posted by the participants.Link for Article
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 Softbox, a leading global innovator and provider of temperature control packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, life science and cold chain logistic industries announced the launch of Tempcell™ ECO, a new curbside-recyclable temperature control parcel shipper.
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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has upgraded its e-business platform myMSC with the addition of a new online Instant Quote function.Currently, the majority of MSC’s bookings are carried out offline, and it can take some time to complete a booking.Using Instant Quote, customers can generate an online quote in less than a minute, with just a few simple clicks, 24/7 online.They then have the option to instantly complete the booking with the generated quote on myMSC.Alternatively, they can save the quote or forward it to multiple contacts for booking at a later stage.The automated quote generation also reduces room for human error, further improving the efficiency of the process.
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in May showing a slight improvement in the air cargo market.But capacity remains unable to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft that have been parked.African airlines posted the smallest contraction of any region in May, extending a run of resilient performance.Africa has now ranked in the top two regions for 15 consecutive months.Year-on-year international demand fell by 6.3 percent.The small Africa-Asia market was particularly resilient in May, down only 0.4 percent.International capacity decreased 37.7 percent.Link for Article
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Long-term contracted ocean freights fell for the second consecutive month, and are now 1.3 percent down year-on-year, as the ramifications of coronavirus continue to shake the foundations of the global economy.According to the latest XSI Public Indices report from Oslo-based Xeneta, rates fell by 1.8 percent in June, following on from a 1.2 percent decline in May.Although levels remain historically high, the carrier segment has now seen a 0.2 percent decline since the beginning of 2020, after four consecutive months of increases through to February.Furthermore, notes Xeneta, future economic indicators are far from promising.
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Swiss WorldCargo has introduced new cargo only flights network to Johannesburg (3 times a week), Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi (once a week) using 77W/A343 and A333.The flights to Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi will be from Newark Liberty International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York); and to Johannesburg from O'Hare International Airport (Chicago).Link for Article
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 Brussels-based DHL Aviation has selected Descartes’ Global Air Messaging Gateway as its preferred platform to standardise electronic messaging with its global customer base, including major freight-forwarding organisations, other airlines, postal service operators and express courier companies, as well as ground handling agents (GHAs).Link for Article
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The government of Japan has provided a new grant aid to Ethiopia, which is worth over $4 million, through its partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ethiopia as part of its emergency assistance for the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.Recently, the country has granted an aid of $2,300,000 to Cameroon.The assistance will be implemented through UNICEF to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 in Ethiopia by providing critical supplies for infection prevention, supplying life-saving water and sanitation services, promoting hygiene, enhancing health workers’ capacity, and raising public awareness of Covid-19.
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Gidon Novick, South African entrepreneur has revealed that his proposed new low-cost carrier (LCC) is aiming to launch operations by the end of the year, as per ch-aviation.The former head of Comair (South Africa) and the pioneer of its Kulula Air budget brand told Tourism Update that the yet-to-be-named carrier will be backed by private capital and will use an existing air operator's certificate (AOC) to target trunk South African routes; Johannesburg O.R.
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The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has started the rehabilitation of Kakamega Airstrip runway to accommodate Code C aircraft - Q300, Fokker 50, Buffaloes, Embraer 124, CRJ, in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, as per the LinkedIn page of KAA.Speaking during the media tour of the facility, airport manager Selina Gor of Kisumu International Airport and Western Region Airports said that the upgrading of the Kakamega Airstrip is a part of the major projects which KAA is currently implementing.“Noted that the project will include extension of the existing runway from 1.3 kilometres to 2 kilometres, reconstruction of aircraft parking, patrol roads and perimeter fencing to ensure the security of passengers and aircraft.”Link for Article
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After the announcement made by Emirates to offer flights to Khartoum from July 3, the airline continues to add travel options for customers with the re-start of passenger flights to Cairo and Tunis (July 1), Glasgow (July 15) and Malé (July 16).This will bring Emirates network to 52 destinations in July, offering travellers convenient connections between the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas through its Dubai hub, while ensuring the health and safety of customers and employees on the ground and in the air.
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Seychelles president Danny Faure on June 23 announced that commercial passenger flights to the country will resume on August 1, 2020.The decision was announced following a meeting at the state house, chaired by Faure, and attended by officials from the public health authority; ministry of finance, trade, investment and economic planning; Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS); Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (Ceps); Seychelles Inter-Faith Council (Sifco); Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) and the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).
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Seychelles president Danny Faure on June 23 announced that commercial passenger flights to the country will resume on August 1, 2020.The decision was announced following a meeting at the state house, chaired by Faure, and attended by officials from the public health authority; ministry of finance, trade, investment and economic planning; Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS); Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (Ceps); Seychelles Inter-Faith Council (Sifco); Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) and the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).
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In response to the strong air cargo market demand for the rapid, reliable and efficient transportation of essential commodities amid pandemic, Emirates has introduced additional cargo capacity by using 10 B777-300ER aircraft with seats removed from the economy class cabin.Seven aircraft have already been modified by the Emirates Engineering team, with three more aircraft due to be ready by mid-July 2020.Link for Article
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DHL Supply Chain has launched a new ‘plug & play’ robotics platform in collaboration with Microsoft, and artificial intelligence (AI) driven digital fulfilment provider Blue Yonder.In February this year, JDA Software was renamed as Blue Yonder as part of a re-branding initiative to better align the company’s name with its cloud transformation and product roadmap.The new Blue Yonder branding began in Q2 2020.JDA acquired Blue Yonder in August 2018.
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Swoop Aero has closed a Series A funding round with returning investors Right Click Capital and Tempus Partners, following a year of continued global growth momentum.The home grown startup will use the latest capital injection to scale their impact from millions to tens of millions as they scale to their goal of servicing 100 million people with better access to healthcare by 2025.Swoop Aero will establish a presence in Australia and New Zealand, as well as expand its service offering across the medical logistics space.The funding will also serve to certify its aviation systems for operations over urban areas which will help the business come closer to their goal.
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South Africa’s department of public enterprises has received an expression of interest in a new and restructured South African Airways (SAA).The department said that the airline, which is currently in business rescue proceedings, has received unsolicited proposals from private sector funders, private equity investors, and potential airline partners for a new national airline that must emerge from the business rescue process,“Government is intent in pursuing credible proposals for investment and strategic partnerships with the private sector, as well as equity participation for employees.Such partners will also introduce technical, financial and operational expertise,” the department stated.
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Virgin Group, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Unite – the group’s not-for-profit Foundation, are supporting UNICEF and the World Food Programme-led Global Common Supply Chain Services Provision by donating a special cargo flight from Hong Kong to Johannesburg, delivering essential PPE equipment for frontline health workers into Eswatini and Mozambique.Link for Article
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With the upsurge of the Covid-19 pandemic in Cameroon, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Japanese government have joined hands with other partners to intensify the fight against Covid-19 in the country.UNICEF welcomes the latest contribution of over $2,300,000 from the Japanese government for the fight against the pandemic.Faced with the crisis, Japan believes that it is necessary to implement urgent measures that will protect life and minimise socio-economic impacts as well as strengthen health systems to fight against infectious diseases in the medium and long term.
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Effective June 15, Qatar Airways has restored Dar es Salaam, Tanzania flights by flying three times a week.In the past week, the airline has been gradually rebuilding its network with flights with daily flights to Istanbul, Budapest (3 weekly flights), Dhaka (3 weekly flights), and New York (daily from June 22 and 10 weekly from July 2).The resumption of flights to New York (JFK) was from June 19 and to Boston, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles from July 1.This see the airline’s US network rebuild to 39 weekly flights by mid-July 2020.
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Cargolux Airlines and Unilode Aviation Solutions have further extended their partnership with a new agreement, which broadens the scope of cooperation to ensure air cargo customers have access to premium transport and handling solutions to match their requirements.
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The African Union Commission received medical supplies from the Kingdom of Morocco that will boost the continental capacity to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.The consignment included 500,000 non-woven face masks; 4,000 coats; 40,000 hygiene caps; 60,000 visors; and 2,000 litres of hydro alcoholic gel.
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Plentywaka, the solution-based innovation tech company, has launched 'Logistics By Plentywaka' (LBP), an expansion to the company's bus transportation network in the city.In a direct response to the city-wide lockdown and restriction of movement, the Lagos-based business-to-consumer delivery service will provide its customers with same-day service and range of logistical vehicles from cooling vans, trucks and bikes that can be easily selected depending on the requirements.Link for Article
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Uganda Airlines will operate repatriation flight from Johannesburg to Entebbe on June 25 to bring Ugandans stranded in South Africa.Recently, all four of the airline's CRJ900's took to the skies for a test flight after the enforced break of three months.The government has shut down the air traffic on March 22.Uganda Airlines has started Johannesburg service in January this year and has announced Kinshasa as its 10th destination, which is still awaiting the launch.
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Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that the proposed opening of domestic flights in the West African country has been banned until further notice.Currently, special flights will fly to other airports under current procedures with the permission of the NCAA.
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June 22, 2020: Air Namibia will continue to suspend all international flights until August 31, 2020, as reported in the Facebook page of Air Namibia Deutschland, the German branch of Namibian flag carrier.Air Namibia’s regional operations in Southern Africa will also remain suspended till this period.The airline resumed domestic flights on selected routes on May 6.
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The Kuehne+Nagel Group has published its Sustainability Report 2019.The company sets out its performance in the areas of environment, social and governance (ESG).With Net Zero Carbon, Kuehne+Nagel has launched a sustainability programme for the next ten years.By the end of 2020, the company's own CO2 emissions (Scopes 1 and 2 of the greenhouse gas protocol) will be neutral; by 2030, this will be extended to all transport by suppliers such as airlines, shipping lines and haulage companies (Scope 3).Net Zero Carbon leverages three fields of action: detection, reduction and compensation of CO2.Link for Article
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