Unitrans Life Sciences Logistics Newsletter | Edition 45 | January 26, 2018
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In Edition 45:
> Temp Controlled Comments
EASA Approval for CSafe RAP Container
Pharmafreight Wins Cool Award
Ultra-Freezer Reefer Services
> Industry, Carrier & Service Updates
Puerto Rico Wide Body & Freighter Flight
Healthcare in 2018
> Security News
TSA Implements New Rules for Shipments Originating from 5 Countries
Global Risks in 2018
> Compliance and Trade Corner
House Passes Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
GSP Expired on December 31, 2017

Temp Controlled Comments

EASA Approval for CSafe RAP Container

Cold-chain packaging manufacturer CSafe Global has received approval for its new CSafe RAP active container from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), expanding its customer base in the pharmaceutical and life-sciences market, for companies shipping temperature-sensitive products globally. Read more at Air Cargo World.

Pharmafreight Wins Cool Award

The British International Freight Association BIFA gave out its Cool Award to Pharmafreight for specialist refrigerated freight services ranging from small high-value pharma products through to a large reefer container, by any mode of transport. Unitrans is the US licensee of Pharmafreight. Please contact us to learn more about our worldwide cool chain capabilities.

Ultra-Freezer Reefer Services

The CoolStar reports that South Korean container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has launched an ultra-freezer reefer service for food shipments that need to be transported at -60C. The carrier said that CMA CGM and Maersk were the only other container lines to offer ultra-freezer shipment capabilities, with normal reefers limited to transporting goods at -35C to -40C.


Industry, Carrier and Service Updates


Puerto Rico Wide Body and Freighter Flight Update

Many airlines reduced capacity as a result of hurricane Maria in October 2017. Here is an update of who is flying on a scheduled basis from Puerto Rico with wide-body and freighter aircraft as of January 2018:

  • Iberia to Madrid
  • American to Philadelphia
  • United to Newark
  • Strategic and Amerijet to Miami
  • Cargolux to Luxembourg
  • DHL/Fedex/UPS

Healthcare in 2018

The Economist Intelligence Unit released their Industries In 2018 report. The Healthcare industry gets its own section. Major development in 2018 will be the continued dismantling of the Affordable Care Act in the US, reforms in China and ageing populations in Japan and European countries.

Specifically the Brexit will pose challenges to the pharmaceutical industry: "although tariff barriers should not rise for most drugs even without an EU deal, a steep rise in non-tariff barriers would disrupt trade badly. Rules on everything from drug safety to clinical trials need to be aligned, and British influence over the process will diminish when the European Medicines Agency leaves London for Amsterdam in 2019."


Security News


TSA Implements New Rules for Shipments Originating from 5 Countries

The TSA has implemented a mandatory new procedure for shipments originating in 5 countries: UAE, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan whereby additional information is required in advance on each cargo shipment. The program, voluntary for most other countries, is called ACAS (Air Cargo Advance Screening) and applies to both freighter and passenger flights. Please contact Unitrans for more information.

Global Risks in 2018

The World Economic Forum — which currently holds its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland — released the Global Risks Report in collaboration with Wharton's Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. In addition to environmental, economic and geopolitical risks, it looks at Cybersecurity: "Attacks against businesses have almost doubled in five years, and incidents that would once have been considered extraordinary are becoming more and more commonplace. The financial impact of cybersecurity breaches is rising, and some of the largest costs in 2017 related to ransomware attacks, which accounted for 64% of all malicious emails."


Compliance and Trade Corner


House Passes Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act (H.R. 4318) passed the US House of Representative on 1/16/2018. Once enacted, it will temporarily eliminate tariffs on imports of nearly 1,700 products. The last miscellaneous tariff bill, the US Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010, expired at the end of 2012.

GSP Expired on December 31, 2017

The expired Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program is currently affecting US importers who have lost their eligibility for duty-free treatment on their products and now required to pay duties. As in the past when GSP was reauthorized, imports of GSP-eligible products may seek reimbursement for tariffs paid during the lapse in GSP coverage. Unitrans will continue to monitor any changes and update our clients accordingly. Please contact us for additional information. For a history of the GSP and its ramifications see this recent article in the Washington Post.

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