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American Airlines and Qatar Airways Announce New Code-share Relationship

American Airlines has signed an agreement with Doha, Qatar-based Qatar Airways to code-share on each other's flights providing new opportunities in the Middle East and the United States. Following government approvals the new code-share agreement will allow the two airlines to work together to improve flight schedules and connection times. The agreement with Qatar will include code-sharing on nonstop flights between the U.S. and Doha, flights connecting at the carriers' European gateways such as Paris and London, and flights to cities in the U.S. and beyond Doha.

That may be about to change as the federal government is reviewing whether the benefit, called the general preferential tariff, should be removed from China and other emerging economies like Russia, Brazil and India, as well.

 

Trimble to acquire TMW Systems for $335m

US based TMW develops enterprise management software for transportation industry which includes the logistics, freight, trucking and heavy-duty repair and maintenance markets.

That may be about to change as the federal government is reviewing whether the benefit, called the general preferential tariff, should be removed from China and other emerging economies like Russia, Brazil and India, as well. [Read more]

 

Government reviewing tax breaks for imports from China

OTTAWA — Despite its growing economic, political and military might — and the fact it has become Canada’s second-largest trading partner — China is among a list of 175 countries that continue to enjoy special tax exemptions for goods sold to this country.
 
That may be about to change as the federal government is reviewing whether the benefit, called the general preferential tariff, should be removed from China and other emerging economies like Russia, Brazil and India, as well. [Read more]

 CTSA Notice GRI Effective May 1, 2012

Container shipping lines in the Canada Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (CTSA) have called for a General Rate Increase (GRI), effective May 1, 2012. Effective May 1, 2012, member carriers in the Canada Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (CTSA) say they intend to raise Asia-Canada rates across the board by US$500 per FEU for Vancouver local and door cargo, and by US$700 per FEU for all MLB, intermodal and East Coast all-water shipments, with other equipment sizes rated per formula. The new rates will apply to all CTSA origins, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Please note that the aforementioned is in addition to the previously announced rate initiatives.
US Weighs Retaliatory Action Against Europe's Aviation Carbon Tax

US President Barrack Obama is considering retaliation against the European Union for its carbon emissions tax on flights to and from Europe. But there is no White House consensus on what to do, if anything, reports Reuters. Some officials suggest a reciprocal tax to pressure EU policymakers; a move successfully deployed against Argentina in a landing fee dispute, but might not have the same effect in this case. Costs of the carbon tax, called an "emissions trading scheme" will be phased in with carriers expected to cover 15 per cent of the carbon they emit in 2012. Payments would start in 2013 with fines levied for non-compliance. Said a White House official: "We are contemplating a wide range of possible steps. We haven't decided to move forward on any specific one." The State Department and the Department of Transportation have warned the European Union that the administration was prepared to "respond appropriately" if the EU did not reconsider the measure or seek a negotiated settlement through the United Nations. The US, China, India and others have attacked the scheme, saying it infringes on their sovereignty. They argue the EU should not act alone and instead work through the United Nations. 
 

 

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