FEMA’S ‘Project Airbridge’ Takes Flight With 25 UPS Charter Flights, Dedicated FEMA Distribution Center

Update: 200+ flights added to support Project Airbridge, other healthcare-related missions
Effort is helping meet urgent needs

UPS announced April 17 it’s adding over 200 flights to support Project Airbridge and other healthcare-related missions. A majority of these flights will carry needed supplies to the U.S. and Europe. UPS is shipping personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, emergency room monitoring equipment, test kits and more.

“With our scale and flexible global network, we are in a unique position to handle coronavirus response shipments for FEMA and healthcare customers,” said David Abney, UPS Chairman and CEO. “In these uncertain times, our customers depend on us more than ever. Our employees are keeping America moving and meeting the urgent needs created by the pandemic. We will continue to serve and do our part to lead in the fight against COVID-19.”

Efforts to support Project Airbridge began in early April with the managing and brokering of 25 charter flights.

Led by FEMA and the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, Project Airbridge is a partnership between UPS and large U.S. healthcare distributors including Cardinal Health and others, and the U.S. federal government.

Simultaneously, UPS’s Healthcare division opened a new 450,000 square-foot healthcare distribution center on April 4, with dedicated space for FEMA.

Feb 2020 Trade Deficit Report

The nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $39.9 billion in February from $45.5 billion in January (revised), as imports decreased more than exports.

February 2020: 39.9° $ billion
January 2020 (r): 45.5° $ billion

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

The nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $52.5 billion in September from $55.0 billion in August (revised), as imports decreased more than exports.

September 2019: 52.5° $ billion
August 2019 (r): 55.0° $ billion

Leland Business Park Could Become Foreign Trade Zone [StarNews]

A group is working to breathe new life into the Leland Industrial Park.

The 600-acre park is already home to several successful businesses — Victaulic, Bradford Products, Tritech Forensics and Coca-Cola, to name a few — and it houses Brunswick Community College’s Business Incubator.