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10 Dec 2019
Container volumes handled by Indian ports fell 10 percent in November, as data showed the country’s minor, private gateways have begun to show declines that had been borne exclusively by their major, public counterparts.
14 Nov 2019
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam unveiled an international trade plan to boost exports by 50 percent in the next 15 years, a key initiative since laden exports fell between January and August for the second consecutive year.
14 Nov 2019
The increasing cargo and vessel size at the Port of New York and New Jersey will present a major test to the port’s new leadership as the port seeks to consolidate its dominance on the East Coast container market while improving fluidity.
13 Nov 2019
A New Jersey law that reshapes the way the state assesses whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee has triggered opposition from truckers who say it will damage the Port of New York and New Jersey’s drayage fleet.
12 Nov 2019
If AB5 becomes law on Jan. 1, the ability of more than 70,000 truckers in California to provide services as independent owner-operators will be severely compromised, the head of the California Trucking Association warned Tuesday.
12 Nov 2019
The ongoing upgrade of the sole container terminal at the Port of Boston will get a $20 million boost from the US Department of Transportation to help pay for a yard expansion and a new connecting road.
12 Nov 2019
The Port of Los Angeles anticipates a very soft fourth quarter due to US tariffs on Chinese imports, which a new report said threatens 1.5 million US jobs and more than $186 billion in economic activity.
11 Nov 2019
The Indian government shows it is taking a long-term view in implementing regulatory reforms for supply chain logistics by agreeing to modify one controversial proposal.
11 Nov 2019
Shippers in Bangladesh fear a cut in profit margins following a cyclone that temporarily closed Chittagong port, creating a queue of vessels that will take at least a week to clear.
08 Nov 2019
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union wants a retrial of a case that resulted in a $93 million jury award against the union for damages suffered by container operator ICTSI Oregon Inc., from a union slowdown in the Port of Oregon.
07 Nov 2019
JAXPORT received a $20 million grant from the USDOT, which will fund a portion of the $238 million cost of expanding the Blount Island terminal in Jacksonville as part of a long-term plan to drive more traffic and larger containerships to the port.
07 Nov 2019
Australia’s competition watchdog says terminal infrastructure charges have surged more than 60 percent in the past year, prompting shippers to press for government intervention.
07 Nov 2019
Unless the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports attract more cargo, they could wind up stuck with a hefty bill for the intermodal corridor’s bond debt, a report says.
05 Nov 2019
The container growth rate at Indian ports during the first seven months of the fiscal year shrunk to 3 percent, down from 8.4 percent in the same period a year ago.
05 Nov 2019
Sponsored: Guangzhou Ports (Europe) CEO Johannes Nanninga on the cargo flow transformations happening in South China and the rise of the Port of Nansha as the west side of the Pearl River Delta strengthens as a manufacturing and warehousing hub.
04 Nov 2019
The Port of Philadelphia is planning for an increase in rail cargo and refrigerated goods as it as it prepares to handle larger vessels when the dredging of the Delaware River is complete.
04 Nov 2019
A group of agricultural exports blames ocean carriers and terminal operators for creating crippling terminal congestion and then profiting off the problem.
04 Nov 2019
While India’s supply chain reforms move forward, stakeholders say they need more clarity on the changes in order to allow for a smooth implementation.
01 Nov 2019
Talk of a port-wide interoperable chassis pool no longer dominates discussions about how to increase efficiency in supplying chassis at the Port of New York and New Jersey, where a series of smaller measures have helped provide fluidity for truckers.
01 Nov 2019
Port of New Orleans Commercial Director Janine Mansour on the 2019 reality of the long-awaited resin boom, expansion plans, inland logistics, volume-related equipment challenges.
31 Oct 2019
The Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (HKSPA) — consisting of Hongkong International Terminals, Modern Terminals, COSCO-HIT Terminals and Asia Container Terminals — said last month it standardized operation policies for the 12 dedicated barge berths.
31 Oct 2019
The Indian government has been forced to offer incentives to encourage trade activity on the low-volume shipping corridor linking Afghanistan via Chabahar port in Iran.
30 Oct 2019
The Port of Philadelphia hopes its new auto processing center will help the port compete for business with other major auto-moving ports, like New York-New Jersey, Baltimore, Brunswick, and Jacksonville.
30 Oct 2019
The “port optimizer” information portal continues to expand, but a lack of trust among BCOs who fear they’ll lose their competitive advantage has prevented accumulation of a critical mass of shipment data in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
30 Oct 2019
India’s transshipment business is showing signs of growth, thanks to the country’s recent cabotage liberalization.
29 Oct 2019
Weston LaBar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association, said turn times in Los Angeles-Long Beach have improved noticeably this year due to collaboration among truckers and marine terminal operators.
28 Oct 2019
A growing number of truck and terminal operators in the Port of New York and New Jersey are looking to acquire electric vehicles -- including yard tractors and drayage trucks -- to help the port meet it mission to cut emissions.
28 Oct 2019
Cargo volumes at the busiest container gateways in China continued to grow in the first nine months of 2019, but at a slower rate than last year due in large part to a cooling European economy the country’s ongoing trade war with the United States.
25 Oct 2019
The legal effort by New Jersey’s governor and legislators to enact a new law that would transfer to the state police many of the investigatory and watchdog powers of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor has garnered support from the New York Shipping Association.
25 Oct 2019
Sponsored: Alabama State Port Authority Vice President of Operations Bill Inge on $1 million infrastructure projects and how technology has met the unique needs of breakbulk shipping.
24 Oct 2019
The third blockage this year of the main rail line into the Mexican Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, which is operated by Kansas City Southern of Mexico (KCSM) will likely add to shipper fears that moving cargo by rail is unreliable.
24 Oct 2019
Sam Ruda, ports director for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, says he's made restoring a healthy dialogue between PANYNJ and the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) a top priority since being named to the post in April.
22 Oct 2019
Maher Terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey has cut the time taken to scan an import container for radioactivity, improving the fluidity of cargo heading out of the port by rail.
22 Oct 2019
India’s port development efforts include reinvigorating dozens of minor coastal harbors in order to enhance their freight handling capability.
21 Oct 2019
The South Carolina Ports Authority outlined a vision of expanding capacity at the Wando Welch Terminal and a new Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal to handle the next generation of containerships.
Antwerp reported a 6.4 percent growth in container volume handled in january through September, despite the slowing European economies.
21 Oct 2019
Slowing economies at both ends of the Asia-Europe trade have had little effect on the container volume being handled by the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.