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

Dutch Official Explores Local Business Opportunities, Partnerships

Representatives from the Netherlands were in the Wilmington area Wednesday to explore business opportunities and potential partnerships in Southeastern North Carolina.

Bank Execs Discuss Doing Business Among National, Global Challenges

Two JPMorgan Chase & Co. executives joined local business and community leaders in a discussion about the economy and some of the trade challenges in the global marketplace. Jim Glassman, managing director and head economist for …

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.

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.

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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

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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

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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.

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May 2019 Trade Deficit Report

The nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $55.5 billion in May from $51.2 billion in April (revised), as imports increased more than exports.

May 2019: 55.5° $ billion
April 2019 (r): 51.2° $ billion

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March 2019 Trade Data Report

The nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $50.0 billion in March from $49.3 billion in February (revised), as imports increased more than exports.

March 2019: 50.0° $ billion
February 2019 (r): 49.3° $ billion

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February 2019 Trade Deficit Report

The nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $49.4 billion in February from $51.1 billion in January (revised), as exports increased more than imports.

February 2019: 49.4° $ billion
January 2019 (r): 51.1° $ billion

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British consul: post-Brexit trade deals could bolster North Carolina economy

The United Kingdom is an important trading partner for North Carolina, so the ultimate nature of the U.K.’s exit from the European Union could have consequences for the state.

That was one point that Andrew Terrell emphasized in a talk he gave Monday to a roomful of business, education and local government leaders in Wilmington City Council Chambers at City Hall. Terrell, the new U.K. Consul for Government & Prosperity and head of the new U.K. Government Office in Raleigh, made his presentation under the auspices of Wilmington’s Foreign Trade Promotion Council (FTPC).

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