Port News

Cargo owners of customs-cleared containers will be slapped with a $114 storage fee from Oct. 1 by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), regardless of whether their boxes are in the port of Manila or have been transferred to terminals in Subic or Batangas.

Wrap-up
A new carrier alliance entered the fray this week after weeks of feverish speculation.

Six U.S. ports are poised to receive roughly $44 million in federal funding that will support more than $261 million in upgrades, expansion and project planning.

The Embraport container terminal in Santos this week signed a contract with Antaq, the regulatory body for waterways in Brazil, that gives it the status of a Terminal de Uso Privado, or a TUP or Private Use Terminal, making it exempt from certain labor rules.

APL at Port of Los Angeles
When APL earlier this week informed its importer customers that the APL Norway was being diverted from Los Angeles “due to congestion at Global Gateway South,” it caused all importers and exporters that use the Los Angeles-Long Beach gateway to cringe. Would other terminals in the nation’s largest port complex plunge into another round of congestion?

Congestion and labor shortages remain issues at New York-New Jersey container terminals, but the East Coast’s busiest port made through the summer without the widespread gridlock of the previous summer or last winter.

Rep. Jane Hahn, D-Calif., has proposed legislation that would use federal funding to test whether 100 percent container scanning is feasible at two U.S. ports.

The Port of Seattle had the third-largest market share of major North American Pacific Northwest coastal ports’ container traffic in the first half of 2014.
The new CEO at the Port of Seattle takes over at a time when the port is losing volume and market share to competitors to its north and south.

Additional container lines have announced congestion surcharges for shipments moving to Sohar, Oman, to compensate for the extra costs caused by berthing delays and cargo processing bottlenecks.

The Port of Virginia will reopen its mothballed Portsmouth Marine Terminal to container traffic Monday to ease pressure on the port’s primary terminals.