Some U.S. shippers are urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection to push back its Nov. 1 deadline for its new "single window" program, saying they're running out of time and more internal agency checks are needed.

Daseke Inc., the fastest growing U.S. trucking company, is merging with Bulldog Hiway Express, an open-deck and flatbed carrier with extensive port drayage operations in the Southeast.

Jon Poelma has been promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer of Consolidated Chassis Management. CCM manages six regional chassis pools containing more than 140,000 intermodal chassis at 240 U.S. rail and port intermodal locations.

The Port of Virginia’s two main container terminals will operate on Sunday, a day after they are closed on Saturday for the July 4 holiday.

U.S. exports of cotton (not carded or combed) by dollar value tumbled 20.6 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015, the tenth consecutive quarterly decline. The trade outlook for 2015 looks disappointing, mostly because of a global glut of the fiber and weakening demand from China, the top-. Cotton exports by dollar value are forecast to decline 1.6 percent for an annual total of $4.3 billion with downside risks, following a decline of 21.4 percent in 2014.

The start of the second phase of construction of the Yangtze River channel extension project at Nanjing will allow China’s largest inland port to handle ocean-going vessels.

Simatech has received the first of two new container ships with capacities of 4,350 twenty-foot-equivalent units, reflecting continuing and rapid intra-Asia trade demand.

Intermodal industry veteran Steven L. Rubin has been appointed chief executive officer of ITS Technologies & Logistics. ITS provides outsourced operating services for intermodal railroad facilities, container yard services for global shipping and container leasing companies and automotive loading and unloading services.

The Far East-South America trades are facing the threat of rate wars this month as carriers add significant additional capacity to an already oversupplied market, according to Alphaliner.

Transportation providers are preparing for a rebound of containerized apparel imports through U.S. West Coast ports after inbound shipments plunged by double-digits in the first five months of this year.