United States

United States

Images for weekly wrap-up
26 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association met for three days this past week without concluding negotiations; at the weekend, the parties announced a week-long recess in the talks. German carrier Hamburg Süd announced plans to acquire the container operations of Chile’s CCNI, in a move resembling the deal between larger competitor Hapag-Lloyd and Chile’s CSAV, and Crowley is reported to be in talks to acquire Horizon Lines’ Puerto Rico assets. Earnings reports by U.S. truckload carriers are pointing to a stronger freight recovery in the United States, though rail service continues to be held back. And on Friday, Anne S. Ferro announced her departure from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after five years leading the agency.
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26 Jul 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association have recessed contract negotiations for the coming week so ILWU officers can participate in unrelated contract talks with grain handlers in the Pacific Northwest.
Truck at rest area
25 Jul 2014
After five years leading a broad and often controversial effort to reshape federal truck safety regulation, Anne S. Ferro is leaving the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The Shanghai-northern Europe spot rate slipped 2.2 percent to $1,203.
25 Jul 2014
Price drops continued to be reflected in the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index this week, as every major lane on the index saw spot rates fall.
Swift truck
25 Jul 2014
Swift Transportation, the largest U.S. truckload operator, got even bigger in the second quarter, but potential growth was restrained, the company said, by a “challenging driver market.”
25 Jul 2014
Container volume at the Port of Philadelphia jumped 29 percent during the first half of the year, aided by two new services and a continuing shift of breakbulk to containers for shipments of imported fruit.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for July 25
25 Jul 2014
Several container lines have planned general rate increases in multiple trade lanes in August, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
25 Jul 2014
A year-long contract dispute between United Grain Corp. and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union effectively shut down export operations at the Vancouver, Wash., facility this month following a decision by the governor of Washington to withdraw state trooper escorts for grain inspectors.
Intermodal traffic on North American railroads is up 6.0 percent so far this year.
25 Jul 2014
Total rail traffic on North American railroads broke the 11-million-carload mark this week, posting year-to-date gains of 3 percent compared with 2013.
Shopping bags with U.S. and Japanese flags
24 Jul 2014
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.
24 Jul 2014
Second-quarter volume increases have hampered Norfolk Southern’s ability to bring up train velocities after a cripplingly harsh winter.