Protests will continue on the U.S. West Coast against Israel-based Zim Integrated Shipping Services, as new actions are scheduled in Seattle and Tacoma next week.

SCFI: Asia-Northern Europe
Another week of volatility in the spot market has brought container rates down over all of the major trade lanes, according to the latest readings of the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index.

After five years with Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Donald R. Foust returned to YRC Worldwide as president of New Penn, the $4.9 billion trucking operator’s Northeastern subsidiary.

Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 23, 2014
In the latest instance of drayage-related disruption, violence flared at Ningbo’s Beilun Container Port as thousands of striking truck drivers clashed with riot police and smashed the windshields of trucks crossing a picket line. The past week’s protests brought the world’s sixth-largest container port to a standstill, with carriers reportedly diverting ships.

APL and OOCL have imposed surcharges on import containers bound for India’s northern hinterland region.

A Federal appeals court in Pasadena shot down a novel legal challenge to railyard emissions that if successful would have erected a roadblock to a proposed Burlington Northern Santa Fe intermodal railyard near the Port of Los Angeles.

The Obama administration picked T.F. Scott Darling III, chief counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, to be the agency’s interim administrator, starting next week.

Containerized furniture imports into the United States saw growth in the first half of 2014, as a strong number of shipments in the second quarter offset weak volumes in the first quarter.

Asian gypsy moth caterpillar
At least two ships have been quarantined and all others coming from Asia to the United States will be heavily scrutinized as officials attempt to block an invasive species from making landfall in the U.S.

Neptune Pacific Lines, an ocean carrier specializing in the Australia/Oceania trade, has purchased Polynesian Shipping Line Limited, another carrier in the same market.

Manila
HONG KONG — The Philippines Ports Authority (PPA) estimates there are about 20,000 containers being held up at the ports of Hong Kong, Singapore and Kaohsiung that cannot enter Manila because of the congestion choking the terminals.

Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Aug. 22
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in the coming months, although any gains achieved could be fleeting as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.

The Ningbo container truck driver strike is escalating with trucks clogging the terminal gates and forwarders warning customers to expect missed sailings and a shortage of boxes as carriers divert some calls to Shanghai.