The key to making the Cargomatic free-flow program work is to have enough BCO partners to generate a sizable block of containers each day to keep the equipment operator or operators busy, Mark Wheeler, general manager at WBCT, told a workshop at this week's TPM Conference in Long Beach.

Port of Oakland
After two weeks of working all-out to clear its worst congestion problem since 2002, the Port of Oakland on Friday reported reduced vessel backups and yard congestion, improved truck transaction times and better terminal productivity.

The truck drivers that shuttle containers to and from marine terminals are the backbone of the shipping industry, but that’s not how they are treated at marine terminals, said Robert Curry Sr., president and CEO of California Cartage Co. and a 60-year veteran of the harbor drayage industry.

North American customs broker Livingston International will be opening a new U.S. headquarters in Chicago, which has become a virtual hub for fast-growing third-party logistics companies during the past decade.

A final Japanese government report on the 2013 break-up and sinking of the MOL Comfort has called for amended ship design requirements to better ensure the safety of large container ships.

China’s containerized exports for February leapt 17.5 percent to 8.6 million 20-foot containers as strong foreign trade and a late Chinese New Year pushed up volumes leaving its ports.

Logistics giant Transport Corporation of India has launched a coastal container feeder service between West India and South India, a growing route that has seen the entry of rival feeder lines in recent months.

The Port of Virginia closed its port in Richmond after unexpected snowfall hit the James River facility Thursda

Virginia’s Norfolk International Terminals remained closed Thursday to all export rail containers, as the port continues to cope with backlogged rail volume at the facility.

The gray chassis pool in Los Angeles-Long Beach has been operating for only four days, but the harbor trucking community likes it.

Brazilian truck drivers rolled back many road blockades this week after President Dilma Rousseff signed a "trucker's bill" aimed at resolving some long-standing truck driver grievances. However, trucker protests continue at a diminished level in parts of the country, according to news reports, cutting into truck traffic at a key Brazilian port for soybean exports.

Port of Manzanillo, Mexico
Despite ongoing congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, don’t expect Mexican ports to become major gateways for U.S.-bound cargo anytime soon, Transplace CEO Thomas Sanderson said Tuesday.