LA port making dent in backlog before peak season

The LA-LB port complex is clearing out its cargo backlog, with the goal of the ports and terminal operators being to return to normal fluidity before the 2021 peak-shipping season begins in August.

Siemens Gamesa reports loss even as wind backlog jumps

The ripple effects of COVID-19 and plant-closing costs trigger a quarterly loss for wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa, but its work backlog provides a bright spot.

Shipper status updates could mitigate chassis shortages: transportation providers

Land use has been a problem as imports have surged across top US ports, causing issues on how to balance space to devote to inbound and outbound containers in key interior cities.

Crippling duty on Chinese chassis upheld in final ruling

The US Commerce Department has reaffirmed a large antidumping duty on Chinese-made chassis in a final determination that will impact the transportation of international and domestic containers.

Fuel shortages further tighten Southeast truck capacity

Shippers moving goods to and from the Southeast may expect further disruptions in service as fuel shortages linger, pushing more freight to the spot market.

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Midsize shippers say securing sufficient vessel space for their increased imports is more important than the higher freight rates in this year’s eastbound trans-Pacific service contract negotiations.
The difficulties in sourcing container equipment in Asia are intensifying, with unrelenting US import demand and choked logistics chains continuing to slow the turnaround of boxes.
A group of Memphis shippers and truckers want the US Surface Transportation Board to instruct railroads to stop charging storage fees until a chassis shortage is resolved.
A new all-water service from Asia will boost the volume of imports flowing into the US Gulf Coast amid an ongoing boom in regional import distribution capacity.
The asset-light, long-haul LTL carrier Roadrunner Freight is pursuing 'enterprise’ shippers as well as 3PLs as it re-engineers its network while focusing on service quality and operating margins.