Shopping bags with U.S. and Japanese flags
The United States retained its status as Japan’s biggest export market in the first half of 2014 after defeating rival China by a narrow margin.

Second-quarter volume increases have hampered Norfolk Southern’s ability to bring up train velocities after a cripplingly harsh winter.

A sale of Horizon Lines’ Puerto Rico service could prompt the carrier to also sell its Alaska route, with Matson the most likely buyer, analysts at investment bank Stifel Nicolaus said in a research note.

Costamare’s revenue and net income grew in the second quarter as the Greek container shipowner boosted its fleet of chartered vessels.

Rail and truck shippers in North America continue to face constricted capacity and rising costs and the situation will most likely continue through the remainder of the year.

DP World Jebel Ali terminal operation
DP World’s container traffic increased 9.3 percent on a like-for-like basis in the first half of 2014.

Landstar System truck
Landstar’s Henry Gerkens is among those rejecting the possibility of a big drop in freight demand as the third quarter winds down.

As trucking companies strive to improve efficiency and streamline operations, shippers that actively help motor carriers improve productivity and profitability are the most desirable business partners, according to a new survey by Transplace.

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is seeking authority to use its website instead of the Federal Register to provide public notice when it revokes or suspends the licenses of ocean transportation intermediaries.

Air cargo

Airline CFOs and heads of cargo are broadly positive about the outlook for the air freight industry and expect profitability to improve, according to IATA’s latest quarterly business confidence.


Trucks at a truck stop
The U.S. economic recovery may be slow, but the freight recovery is moving faster, thanks to growth in manufacturing, energy and construction.

CMA CGM said it will reorganize the rotations of its ASAF and WAX lines to improve service between Asia and West Africa.

Ship agents at India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) have expressed concern over a lack of effective measures by state-owned rail operator Container Corp. of India in clearing import backlogs that have reached “unprecedented” levels at the country’s biggest box gateway.