Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Lockdowns Hinder Operations at Key Chinese Ports

Shenzhen Shipping containers sit stacked next to gantry cranes at the Yantian International Container Terminals in Shenzhen. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Congestion in the key Chinese ports of Shenzhen and Hong Kong due to COVID-19 lockdowns has risen to the highest level in five months, posing possible delays to goods heading to the U.S. this summer.

Ann Koh and Kevin Varley | Bloomberg News
March 24, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Amazon, Walmart Online Orders Likely Delayed by China Lockdowns

Amazon Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Orders placed with global e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Walmart may be delayed by virus lockdowns and restrictions in some of China’s key manufacturing hubs, according to an industry body.

March 15, 2022
Government, Business, Technology

China’s COVID Lockdowns Could Threaten Half of Economy

Shenzhen Cargo ships are moored under cranes as shipping containers stand at the Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Widespread lockdowns in China akin to the measures just taken in the southern technology hub of Shenzhen could affect half of the country’s gross domestic product, with negative implications for economies elsewhere too.

March 14, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Trucks Towed, Protesters Arrested as Ottawa Slowly Clears

A man steps out of truck as police move in to clear downtown Ottawa Feb. 19. A man steps out of truck as police move in to clear downtown Ottawa Feb. 19. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via Associated Press)

OTTAWA, Ontario —Hundreds of police in riot gear swept through the streets of Canada’s besieged capital Feb. 19, arresting or driving out protesters, towing away their trucks and finally retaking control of the streets in front of the country’s Parliament buildings.

February 19, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Ottawa Police Step Up Efforts to Get Protesting Truckers to Leave

Ottawa police speak with a driver as they distribute notices to protesters Ottawa police speak with a driver as they distribute notices to protesters Feb. 16. (Adrian Wyld /The Canadian Press via Associated Press)

OTTAWA, Ontario — Ottawa’s police chief was ousted Feb. 15 amid criticism of his inaction against the trucker protests that have paralyzed Canada’s capital for over two weeks, while the number of blockades maintained by demonstrators at the U.S. border dropped to just one.

Rob Gillies and Wilson Ring | Associated Press
February 16, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Canada Plans to Tow Trucks, Freeze Protesting Truckers' Accounts

Truck drivers and others protest COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in Ottawa Feb. 12 Truck drivers and others protest COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in Ottawa Feb. 12. (Ted Shaffrey/Associated Press)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is invoking emergency powers across all of Canada to quell protests by demonstrators who have paralyzed Ottawa and blocked border crossings in anger over the country’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Rob Gillies and Ted Shaffrey | Associated Press
February 15, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Police Begin Arresting Mandate Protesters; Vital Bridge Still Closed

 Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters in Windsor Feb. 13. Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters in Windsor Feb 13. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via Associated Press)

WINDSOR, Ontario — Police moved in to clear and arrest the remaining protesters near the busiest U.S.-Canadian border crossing on Feb. 13, ending a demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions that has hurt the economy of both nations even as they held back from a crackdown on a larger protest in the capital, Ottawa.

February 13, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Canada’s COVID-19 Protests Threaten Border Trade With US

COVID protest Ottawa A woman crosses the street in front of vehicles parked as part of the trucker protest on Feb. 8 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

OTTAWA — Canadian lawmakers expressed increasing worry about the economic effects of disruptive demonstrations after the busiest border crossing between the U.S. and Canada became partially blocked by truckers protesting vaccine mandates.

February 8, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

‘Tens of Millions’ of COVID Tests Are in the Mail

A cotton swab from a COVID-19 self-test kit A cotton swab from a COVID-19 self-test kit. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

About 60 million households in the U.S. have ordered at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government and “tens of millions” of tests have been shipped out by the U.S. Postal Service, according to White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre.

Josh Wingrove | Bloomberg News
January 28, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Vaccine Rule Raises Shipping Costs for Canadian Grocer

A customer exits a Metro Inc. grocery store in Toronto. A customer exits a Metro Inc. grocery store in Toronto. (Cole Burston/Bloomberg News)

The head of one of Canada’s largest supermarket chains says the vaccine mandate for truckers crossing the U.S.-Canada border is raising the cost of shipping fresh food. But so far, it has had little impact on the retailer’s ability to stock shelves.

Derek Decloet | Bloomberg News
January 25, 2022

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