Kansas City Southern Railway is talking with ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners about diverting shipments bound for the U.S. Gulf region away from congestion-wracked Los Angeles-Long Beach to the Port of Lazaro Cardenas in south-central Mexico.

Con-way Freight
The cost of boosting truck driver pay at Con-way Freight will be passed along to shippers starting Oct. 27 in the form of an across-the-board general rate increase, the company said today.

New U.S. inland port projects are being launched after consultations with supply chain participants, including importers and exporters, trucking companies and logistics providers.

Weekly wrap-up: LA-LB congestion, ILA’s Daggett and Nicaragua canal
Terminal congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was clearly on the minds of JOC.com readers again this week, with six of the Top 10 stories focusing on the issue.

Shippers and their logistics and transportation providers must collaborate, and not simply negotiate, if they hope to resolve a host of supply chain problems, starting with equipment, personnel and capacity shortages.

Union Pacific Railroad said the  “opportunity pipeline” of domestic intermodal isn’t showing any signs of losin


Sensing an opportunity from the woes of Southern California, Oakland says it should be considered an attractive port for diversions from Los Angeles-Long Beach.

A senior executive of XPO Logistics, one of the largest and fastest growing U.S. third-party logistics providers, says the company sees potential in driverless trucks and is closely following advancements in the technology.

The Hub Group said poor U.S. rail service, chassis shortages and inadequate gate reservations at Union Pacific Railroad terminals cost it intermodal volume in the third quarter and doesn't expect rail service improvement until the spring of 2015.

Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Oct. 24
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in November, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.

While the Port of Tacoma reported year-over-year growth in container volumes in September, Seattle suffered another month of double-digit volume decline.

Shanghai Containerized Freight Index spot rates from Asia to Europe continued a downward spiral this week, sinking below the $700 per 20-foot container mark to $697 per TEU.

Eurotunnel carried 6 percent more trucks and 9 percent more freight trains on its subsea rail tunnel between the U.K. and France in the third quarter compared to a year ago, with volume increases driven by the stronger British economy.