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N.S. premier criticizes China for requiring lobster shippers to assume COVID-19 liability

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is criticizing a new border measure imposed by China that requires Canadian lobster exporters to assume liability for COVID-19 in order to get their product into the country. “I don’t believe that the requirement to accept liability on live seafood going into that marketplace is a reasonable one,” McNeil told reporters in Halifax Thursday. China is the second largest market for Canadian lobster, with...

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Cochin Port sees 30% dip in Chinese imports; customs revenue shrinks

With the India-China border crisis escalating to a trade friction between the two countries, Cochin Port has witnessed as much as 30 per cent reduction in imports from China in just under one month. Due to prevailing uncertainties due to delayed movements of the consignments, many traders themselves have opted to reduce the Chinese imports. Simultaneously, customs duty revenue has taken a hit due to reduced imports from China....

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FACTBOX-CHINA SUSPENDS MEAT IMPORTS FROM VARIOUS ORIGINS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

7/3/2020 BEIJING, July 3 (Reuters) – China has banned meat imports from various processing plants in several countries in the past month, a customs document showed, as the global coronavirus pandemic hit the world’s top meats processors. China most lately banned imports from a beef plant in Canada owned by Cargill Inc., and a pork processing plant in Germany run by Danish Crown, from June 28, according to a...

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Air-freight rates ex-Asia begin to normalize

Falling demand for air cargo capacity from China and Hong Kong has led to the start of “a more regular pattern” for commercial air cargo, in which the elevated rates of recent weeks begin to descend to more normal levels, according to US freight forwarder Flexport. Flexport also said that the large numbers of ‘preighters’ – passenger aircraft flown purely for their cargo capacity – that airlines have been...

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Thai Fruit Reaches China via Cross-Border Train for First Time

According to Nanning Customs, a train carrying 196.99 tons of Thai mangosteens valued at 3.447 million Chinese yuan ($486,700) and 34.56 tons of Thai durians valued at 933,000 yuan ($132,000) reached Pingxiang Railway Port in Guangxi province on May 21. This marks the first time that Thai fruit has entered China via the new cross-border rail service. Following inspection and quarantine, the fruits were rapidly distributed onward to various cities throughout China....

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Cargo operations at Chinese airports hit break-point; freight rates slump

Airfreight demand out of China was lower than expected this week but it started to drop soon after the Golden Week holidays. It was a terrifying time for forwarders before the China holidays and soon after. Empty freighters, canceled charter contracts, missed flights and stricter PPE quality inspections also saw a reduction in demand for shipping PPE. Demand for air freight was lower than expected due to shippers holding...

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Donald Trump’s new tariff threats not expected to derail China trade deal, but Beijing may want to play for time

China will not cancel its phase one trade deal with the United States despite fresh tariff threats by US President Donald Trump, analysts say, but it may seek to postpone its commitments amid the global economic slowdown. Trump linked US-China trade war politics to accusations that China had covered up and mismanaged the outbreak of Covid-19, which has grown into a global pandemic, in an interview with Fox News on Sunday....

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CEVA launches Southeast Asia rail-truck service as alternative to air

Logistics firm CEVA has launched a truck-rail-truck operation between China and Southeast Asia in response to airfreight capacity shortages in the region. CEVA said China and the Southeast Asia region are facing flight suspensions and reductions, space limits and operational restrictions in addition to long waits at border crossings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  It pointed out that the China-Vietnam road border crossing point between Pingxiang and Lang Son...

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China: Customs to crack the whip with rogue exporters

China has warned of stringent action against manufacturers who export defective and counterfeit medical products, including confiscation of the illegal income and punishment, to ensure the overall quality of its foreign trade, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday. The GAC will impose fines of more than 50 percent but less than three times the value of the goods on exporters who violate the rules, the administration said...

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Economic Watch: Trade recovers on China-Vietnam border

NANNING, March 18 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of flat-bed and container trucks queued along a border bridge in Dongxing, a city in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, waiting for customs clearance, a scene that signifies the recovery of trade on the China-Vietnam border from the COVID-19 epidemic. Pham Van Tan, a 31-year-old Vietnamese, was driving a truck loaded with about 20 tonnes of dragon fruit produced in Vietnam’s Da...

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