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26 May 2022
Four of the top five ports in the Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) rankings for 2021 were in the Middle East, as widespread disruption challenged productivity at major gateways in North America, Asia, and Europe.
25 Apr 2022
Exporters face additional headwinds later this week when China starts a nationwide five-day Labor Day holiday which is likely to further stymie cargo movements.
25 Apr 2022
Seven ocean carriers blocked empty container returns to New York-New Jersey marine terminals last week as import volumes swell due to West Coast freight diversions.
25 Apr 2022
Container supply chain disruption and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left Rotterdam and Antwerp unable to match the volume growth experienced in last year’s first quarter.
22 Apr 2022
The ongoing COVID lockdown in Shanghai while the rest of the word is open for business suggests that building new major production facilities in China is increasingly looking like a risky strategy, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
21 Apr 2022
Confusion over the intent of a number of public sector supply chain data initiatives to emerge in recent months might cloud the progress any of them might make individually.
21 Apr 2022
That West Coast longshore labor leadership is speaking publicly — and tinged with optimism — about upcoming negotiations with employers is boosting hopes a new contract agreement will be reached without further disrupting the US supply chain.
21 Apr 2022
That West Coast longshore labor leadership is speaking publicly — and tinged with optimism — about upcoming negotiations with employers is boosting hopes a new contract agreement will be reached without further disrupting the US supply chain.
20 Apr 2022
Charter carriers and extra-loader services are seeing container volumes in the trans-Pacific slow to start 2022 as spot rates plateau and Shanghai lockdowns take boxes off the water.
20 Apr 2022
Key ports in Asia are closely watching the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns in China and taking steps to ensure their gateways don’t begin to suffer congestion and delays as a result.
20 Apr 2022
Work on the second phase of the JNPT project was due to begin in December 2019, but slipped to 2022 due to COVID-linked disruption and project approval delays.
18 Apr 2022
A coming import surge composed of early back-to-school and peak season merchandise and pent-up shipments from Shanghai has ports and terminal operators in Los Angeles and Long Beach concerned about another summer meltdown.
18 Apr 2022
The US Maritime Administration has signed off on Long Beach’s plan to develop a $1.5 billion on-dock rail facility that the port hopes will be used to move one-third of its container volumes.
18 Apr 2022
The International Longshoremen’s Association alleges that agreements for marine terminal operations at Savannah and Charleston are anti-competitive.
18 Apr 2022
While Shanghai port remains operational, the severe shortage of trucking capacity means the port is slowly being filled with import cargo that cannot be cleared, and widespread factory closures will likely hit export volumes.
15 Apr 2022
Ocean carriers say they have swept more of the empty containers that have plagued truckers who have had to make extra trips further away from ports to store the boxes.
14 Apr 2022
After reaching its maximum capacity last year, the Port of Salalah is looking to add roughly 1.5 million TEU of annual handling capacity through equipment purchases and a potential berth expansion.
13 Apr 2022
California’s seaports are taking a long-term view to increase cargo velocity and cut transportation costs via a massive — and costly — public-private initiative to develop inland port hubs.
13 Apr 2022
The sharp growth in container volumes at the ports of Houston and Mobile is spurring increasing demand to move freight via rail as truckers hit the limit on how much they can handle.
12 Apr 2022
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has told the CEOs of the western US railroads to address the problem of rising rail container dwell times in Los Angeles-Long Beach that is contributing to terminal congestion at the largest gateway in the country.
11 Apr 2022
Officials at the busiest ports in the southeast US believe import volumes will grow through the summer, meaning vessels will continue to anchor outside the major gateways.
11 Apr 2022
Veteran port executive Bethann Rooney will become the next director of the Port of New York and New Jersey upon next month’s departure of Sam Ruda.
11 Apr 2022
The National Labor Relations Board said it will hold an election for longshore union representation for Caribbean specialist Tropical Shipping at the Port of Palm Beach.
08 Apr 2022
The Montreal Port Authority is partnering with Canadian National Railway to develop intermodal service to the port’s proposed Contrecoeur container terminal.
08 Apr 2022
Reduced trucking capacity in Shanghai and the closure of factories and warehouses there have caused some ocean freight to be diverted, with Ningbo, Qingdao, and Tianjin topping the list of alternative ports.
07 Apr 2022
Forecasting strong import growth this summer, US retailers warn ports of the urgency they face in addressing port-related supply chain bottlenecks.
07 Apr 2022
If California ports are going to survive a second consecutive summer of congestion, shippers and their truckers must begin using newly created inland sites for temporary container storage even if those facilities are 50 miles from the water, port officials say.
06 Apr 2022
Truckers working the Port of New York and New Jersey say they are not always being paid enough for increasingly longer trips away from the port to deliver empty containers.
05 Apr 2022
Analysts worry that a lack of long-term cargo growth in the Arabian Gulf could result in large amounts of unused capacity at the competing ports of Jebel Ali in Dubai and Khalifa in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
05 Apr 2022
Maersk and GCT New York have settled a lawsuit over the switch of three vessel services to APM Terminals that GCT alleged was a breach of contract.
05 Apr 2022
Carriers and forwarders say Shanghai will be hit by a raft of blank sailings through early May amid a now-indefinite COVID lockdown, while carriers are also implementing ad hoc omissions at the world’s busiest container port.
04 Apr 2022
The state of Pennsylvania said it will extend for another year an incentive program aimed at drawing ocean carriers to offload cargo at the Port of Philadelphia.
04 Apr 2022
The Panama Canal Authority is proposing a new tolling plan that would assess the first fees on empty containers returning from North America to Asia.
01 Apr 2022
Proceeds from a clean truck fee launched Friday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go toward trucker subsidies and charging infrastructure needed to deploy a zero-emission drayage fleet.
01 Apr 2022
Through its acquisition of Ceres container terminal, PSA can make better use of its other terminal in Halifax, the South End Container Terminal, or the Atlantic Hub, which is capable of handling mega-ships.
31 Mar 2022
A report from McKinsey & Co. says that ocean freight rates will only return to pre-COVID-19 levels if US demand for consumer goods slows and port congestion clears.