Trudeau demands rail blockades end as port cargo backlog builds

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is working with railroad operators to find alternatives to blocked rail lines as he urged First Nation protesters to end the crippling blockades he called “unacceptable.”

Houston balks at bond plan to fund channel widening

The Port of Houston says a group of non-container stakeholders should revise its plan for the authority to float a $500 million bond for the project to widen the port channel, saying that under the plan the port would then be responsible if payments were not made.

Logistics investors pour funds into yard automation startup

A sizable investment in a yard automation startup this week is a signal that shippers and logistics providers need to prioritize efficiencies in their warehousing and distribution facilities to cope with the speed of supply chains.

Indian shippers get relief to help clear Chinese container backlog

Following intervention by various industry groups amid the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Indian government has issued a directive to customs authorities to waive penalties typically levied for the late filing of import shipment data.

Coronavirus creating unprecedented container shipping disruption

The vulnerability of the container shipping supply chain has been repeatedly — and painfully — exposed, but as 2020 gets underway, the industry is facing disruption on a scale not seen in its more than 60-year history as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China.

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XPO Logistics, Old Dominion Freight Line, and Saia are among LTL trucking companies that see encouraging, albeit modest and early, signs for economic growth in 2020.
Railroads are more conciliatory in negotiating contract rates than a year ago, hungry to recapture freight lost to trucking. One logistics executive called the railroads’ stance “a complete 180 from last year.”
The long-promised National Freight Strategic Plan should be about more than highways, groups representing US ports and shippers said this week. The question still is how to pay for freight priorities.
A seven-year expansion at the Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) is close to completion, expanding the terminal’s capacity by 80 percent, to 2.15 million TEU.
Just-in-time inventory pressures are creating more less-than-truckload shipments, giving Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railway an opportunity to accelerate their domestic intermodal volume growth.