The approximately 80 kilometer long canal is one of the most important waterways in the world. It connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean in Central America.

Australien port authorities in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Freemantle have increased the frequency of weighing import containers to check whether the VGM (Verified Gross Mass as per SOLAS regulations) submitted is correct. Single containers are therefore being picked and weighed in the port of arrival.

Between June 12 and 23, the NATO exercise "Air Defender" will be conducted in European airspace. In Germany, air space will be reserved for military use for several hours. As a result, there may be temporary disruptions to civil air traffic. No exercise flights will take place at night or on Saturdays and Sundays.

The EU Commission is planning a reform of the Customs Union. This is a significant step towards strengthening the single market and promoting trade within the European Union. The Customs Union, which has existed since the 1950s, aims to reduce trade barriers between member states and establish a uniform trade policy.

With a record attendance of 230 delegates from over 60 countries, the annual meeting of the Cooperative Logistics Network "The Coop" ended on 13 March in Phuket, Thailand.

For today, 27 March 2023, the trade unions EVG and ver.di have announced large-scale warning strikes, once again deliberately throwing a spanner in the works of the economy and social life.

FIATA, the world freight forwarders' association, has issued a statement calling on shipping lines to review the current free periods for container use and return to pre-pandemic levels.

China is expecting a peak in COVID-19 infections within a week, with authorities predicting extra strain on the country's health system.

The toll for HGVs weighing 7.5 tonnes or more on federal trunk roads will increase on 1 January 2023.

Shanghai, which is the location for China’s largest container port, has just embarked on a further round of restrictions, with mass testing, business closures and movement restrictions. In the past such measures have led to serious disruption at both ports and airports, with truck-traffic in particular unable to drive through the city.


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