The CEOs of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma have urged President Obama to assign a federal monitor to help settle a West Coast longshoremen’s contract dispute that the port officials said is having a “crippling effect” on commerce.

The inability of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to achieve consensus in the contract negotiations that began more than six months ago was demonstrated once again today with parties disagreeing over the current status of the talks.

Five carriers today joined Mediterranean Shipping Co. in announcing congestion surcharges on cargo heading from Asia to U.S. West Coast ports.

The Teamsters union Tuesday expanded its organizing efforts in Southern California to include drayage companies that service the intermodal rail sector, but striking truck drivers didn’t hamper cargo movements.

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority said it has received proposals from 16 potential investors in one or more parcels at Southport, a waterfront site where the port authority hopes to develop cargo-handling facilities.

Two global logistics companies will set up shop in the Goodman Group’s newly-constructed Xiqing Logistics Park in Tianjin, reflecting the demand for modern warehousing to serve booming Chinese e-commerce business.

Technology that could eventually link trucks in virtual “road trains” will be studied by the American Transportation Research Institute and two Department of Transportation research teams, the research arm of the American Trucking Associations announced this week.

Supply chain disruption caused by delays from congestion, chassis shortages and labor slowdowns at West Coast ports is trickling inland, shippers at the National Industrial Transportation League’s annual conference say.

Norfolk Southern Railway’s proposed purchase of 282 miles of track in Pennsylvania and New York could allow the railroad to make much-needed improvements to its intermodal service.

A $1.5 billion expansion to Ghana's port of Tema will make it the largest port in West Africa and allow it to reduce congestion driven by robust growth, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) said.

U.S agriculture shippers yesterday urged President Obama to “intervene personally” by bringing in a federal mediators to help reach a U.S. West Coast labor contract deal and end slowdowns at West Coast ports.

The Port of Virginia reported its seventh operating profit in eight months amid record volume in October, but CEO John F. Reinhart said more work is needed to reduce congestion and improve operations at terminals.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued a winter plan that includes measures to speed snow clearance, coordinate terminal closings and provide guidelines for extensions of free storage time.