Canadian Pacific Railway CEO E. Hunter Harrison yesterday struck back at critics of potential rail industry consolidation, saying U.S. regulators could approve a merger and service would improve as a result.

Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific Railway’s domestic intermodal push keeps gaining steam, with volume jumping 19 percent year-over-year in the third quarter and demand sometimes even exceeding the railroad’s capacity.

Hamburg Süd said it has taken steps to combat significant delays in vessel arrivals and departures at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as severe congestion at the largest port complex in the Americas has reached a new level of intensity.

The South Carolina Ports Authority today received the first ship call of a new consolidated South American east coast service that brings additional post-Panamax vessels to Charleston.

State and federal politicians are balking at the potential privatization of the Port of Boston’s busiest terminal, an option brought forth by the port authority as it continues to look for ways to erase a funding shortfall totaling $200 million.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection should improve its analysis and circulation of border security data, a new report from the Government Accountability Office says.

Members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement have filed for their 11th general rate increase this year in a continuing effort by carriers to shore up spot rates from Asia to North America.

A stronger, steadier North American economy is generating more intra-Canada truckload freight and cross-border shipping demand from U.S. partners and customers.

Nicaragua canal
The HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. estimates it can complete a Nicaragua canal in five years at a cost of $40 billion, but more realistically, it will cost at least twice that amount and take 10 or more years to build the 173-mile-long waterway.

The slump in crude oil prices over the past three months has sharply reduced ocean carriers’ unit costs as they face declining cargo volumes in the seasonally slack fourth quarter.

The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement said most of its member lines are moving forward individually with previously surcharges on intermodal store-door deliveries from Asia to North American points in an effort to offset higher costs.

Lufthansa Cargo said all its freighter flights will operate as scheduled as pilots began a 35-hour strike at midday that forced the parent airline to cancel 1,450 short- and medium-haul passenger flights.

The Cat Lai Terminal within the port of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Severe port congestion at the Philippines’ port of Manila in recent months resulted in average vessel delays of more than five days, according to a recent report from CargoSmart.