Illegal Ozempic shipments enter US through e-commerce sales

U.S. authorities say they have begun seizing illegal parcel shipments of the popular weight-loss drug Ozempic at ports of entry as smugglers take advantage of programs that expedite duty-free entry of small-dollar imports.

Ozempic joins a soaring number of illegal medications, including synthetic drugs like fentanyl, entering the United States through e-commerce sales channels.

Customs and Border Protection officers have confiscated 11 Ozempic-related shipments this year since February at DHL...

Cargojet enters charter deal for Chinese e-commerce

Cargojet, best known for operating a domestic overnight airfreight network in Canada for Amazon and DHL Express, said Monday it has begun providing scheduled charter service for Great Vision HK Express to support growing e-commerce orders from China.

Under a three-year contract with China-based Great Vision HK Express, estimated to generate US$116.2 million in total revenue, the Canadian air cargo company will operate at least three flights per week from Hangzhou to Vancouver, British Columbia,...

Seko Logistics takes CBP to court over e-commerce enforcement

Seko Logistics is punching back against U.S. Customs and Border Protection for temporarily suspending certain import privileges, demanding in a court filing that the agency provide reasons for the enforcement move as Seko tries to minimize any reputational harm that could hurt business.

The Schaumberg, Illinois-based logistics provider said Monday night that it has filed action in the Court of International Trade seeking to compel CBP to identify violations that led to its suspension from the...

SITA looking to replicate air industry success in the maritime industry

The already competitive market for ocean freight and vessel tracking and communication is about to have another integrated maritime management platform vying for the coveted box.

SITA, the company behind the air transport industry’s IT solutions on passenger portfolio for airports and digital travel is hoping to replicate its success in the friendly skies in the maritime industry. The new company, SmartSea, was created between SITA and an initial agreement with Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM), the...

Air Transport Services Group promotes Berger to CEO

Air Transport Services Group, the top air cargo partner for Amazon and largest global lessor of freighter aircraft, on Tuesday named Mike Berger, the current president, to replace Joe Hete as CEO seven months after Hete stepped in to stabilize the company’s finances and stock price during a transitional period.

Hete, who also serves as chairman, has been appointed executive chairman, which means he will continue to play a role in running the holding company. Jeffrey Dominick, who has served for...

Atlas Air to end Amazon flights, focus on international customers

Atlas Air will stop flying freighter aircraft in Amazon’s domestic parcel network by the middle of next year and concentrate on international widebody service for its growing customer base, which will soon include Chinese e-commerce giants Shein and Temu, CEO Michael Steen said in an interview.

Both parties have agreed to terminate contracts under which Atlas provides crews, routine maintenance and insurance (CMI) for 25 converted freighters: eight Boeing 737-800s and 17 Boeing 767-300s. Amazon...

Former Polar Air Cargo COO sentenced to 4 years in prison

A former high-ranking executive at Polar Air Cargo was sentenced on Thursday to four years in prison for participating in a scheme to defraud the company of nearly $33 million in revenue over more than a decade, the Department of Justice announced.

Lars Winkelbauer, who was chief operating officer for three years until July 2021 and held various leadership roles at DHL and Polar Air Cargo over a 16-year period, was the biggest fish for prosecutors in a conspiracy that involved nine people. He...

Northern Air Cargo to discharge 18 pilots on Hawaii route

Northern Air Cargo will furlough 18 pilots as a result of its recent decision to close down the route between Los Angeles and Honolulu operated on behalf of sister airline Aloha Air Cargo, according to a company official.

FreightWaves reported three weeks ago that Aloha Air Cargo would stop the freighter service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Hawaii’s capital, effective June 1, because of weak demand on a highly competitive traffic lane.

Northern Air Cargo (NAC) and Aloha Air...

Amazon exiting cargo partnership with Atlas Air

Atlas Air will stop flying freighter aircraft for Amazon in the online retailer’s parcel network over the next year, and 25 aircraft controlled by Amazon will gradually be relocated to other operators, according to company pilots who posted about the changes in chat rooms and one who spoke with FreightWaves.

The decision to discontinue flight operations appears to have been initiated by Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN). Where the Amazon-branded planes will end up is unknown, although it is now clear a...

FedEx poised to adjust air network in efficiency drive

FedEx will accelerate its transformation toward a leaner enterprise in the second half of the year when it ramps up segmentation of its air assets and sheds daytime flying capacity tied to an expiring U.S. Postal Service contract, said Chief Financial Officer John Dietrich at a recent Bank of America conference.

Efficiencies gained by those restructuring efforts are positioning the integrated parcel and logistics giant for growth when the freight market eventually improves, Dietrich explained....

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