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Port news and updates from around the globe covering critical international ports such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York-New Jersey, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Jawaharlal Nehru, Santos, and Tokyo. From traffic congestion, port strikes, and port labor negotiations to pending government regulations and equipment upgrades, JOC.com covers every angle of the port industry.

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07 Aug 2020
The latest strike action and low expectations among employers that the federal government will intervene suggests Canada’s second-largest port faces a protracted disruption.
20 Mar 2020
Despite the expected decline in throughput due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the South Carolina Ports Authority says work shifts and hours will not be reduced, nor will restrictions be imposed on empty returns.
20 Mar 2020
A preliminary assessment by the Port of Montreal predicts cargo volumes could fall as much as 13 percent in 2020, in a sign of how the Chinese slowdown continues to disrupt supply chains even as ports prepare for a drop in cargo due to Europe’s economic slump.
19 Mar 2020
The 23-hour shutdown of two Houston container terminals spotlighted a potential new risk of disruption for all ports as they already face the possibility of coronavirus-related supply chain disruptions such as blank sailings, an excess of containers, and cargo surges.
19 Mar 2020
A reprimand from Indian officials comes after the Container Shipping Lines Association urged local appeals courts to challenge a customs ruling permitting shippers to pay terminal handling charges directly to terminal operators.
19 Mar 2020
Shipping and logistics executives said Tokyo is seeing healthy freight volumes partly due to a cargo rush ahead of the end of Japan’s fiscal year and a rise in shipments ahead of the Tokyo Olympics that are due to start July 24.
18 Mar 2020
Ports in Europe are concerned that closing borders across the continent to stop the movement of people will have a knock-on effect on the free flow of cargo essential to logistics networks.
17 Mar 2020
Ports, terminal operators, the ILWU, truckers, and warehouse operators say they are complying with state and local health restrictions liked to COVID-19 while still handling cargo volumes.
16 Mar 2020
Former vice president Joe Biden’s support for unions and long-time ties with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) have prompted the union to endorse Biden for president of the United States.
16 Mar 2020
The Georgia Ports Authority anticipates a nearly 20 percent decline in March volumes due to the coronavirus, but weekday hours will remain unchanged and empty containers will be accepted.
13 Mar 2020
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey expects cargo volumes through the port to decline by 30 percent in part due to a wave of blank sailing on vessels coming from China.
12 Mar 2020
Freight forwarders and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) don’t believe the disruption related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rises nearly to the level of the port labor slowdowns in 2014-2015 or Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy in 2016.
12 Mar 2020
A dispute over new tariff fees between private inland container depots in Bangladesh and Maersk, Gold Star Line, and OOCL puts hundreds of outbound container shipments, many of them apparel exports, in limbo.
11 Mar 2020
Los Angeles-Long Beach port directors pledge to truckers and BCOs that the mandate they face to replace diesel trucks with natural-gas powered and, eventually, electric trucks will not cause significant cargo diversion from Southern California.
09 Mar 2020
While Mexico’s Pacific Coast ports have so far seen little decline in cargo volumes due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), some logistics providers expect volumes to fall beginning this month.
09 Mar 2020
Container volume growth on trades connecting the United States with South America decelerated last year, reflecting slowing economic growth in the bellwether countries of Brazil and Argentina, according to JOC's 2019 top US–South America port and carrier rankings.
07 Mar 2020
Portland judge reduces $93.6 million jury award against ILWU to $19 million, possibly bringing an end in sight to a legal battle that started with job actions that began in 2012.
06 Mar 2020
The container terminal at the Port of Baltimore was closed Thursday and will close again March 17 due to declining cargo volumes through the port that stem from production cuts in China as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
06 Mar 2020
A call in Los Angeles-Long Beach on Sunday by mega-ship MSC Oscar will begin the urgent task of evacuating empty containers and carrying laden export containers to Asia, which have been restricted by blank sailings in the trans-Pacific trades.
06 Mar 2020
Due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus, truckers are urging the Federal Maritime Commission to push for relief against detention charges and rising chassis fees.
06 Mar 2020
By laying the groundwork for increased competition between Kansas City Southern of Mexico (KCSM), which has no direct rail access to Veracruz at present, and Ferrosur, which does, the new two-rail link is positioned to drive not only service improvements, but volume growth.
05 Mar 2020
The $300 million project allows GCT Deltaport to build longer trains faster and with less human accident risk, and boosts the Vancouver terminal’s annual capacity from 1.8 million TEU to 2.4 million.
04 Mar 2020
While Ocean Network Express is waiving detention penalties tied to the coronavirus, other ocean carriers have not shown as much flexibility when cargo owners cannot return empty boxes during the supply chain disruption.
04 Mar 2020
The Harbor Trucking Association in Southern California and Kuehne & Nagel are beginning to incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning to move into predictive and prescriptive analytics.
04 Mar 2020
Indian shipping sources expect import volumes to fall by double-digits in April due to the coronavirus, and the sector is scrambling to deal with the growing problems of equipment shortages and container dislocation.
04 Mar 2020
Ocean Network Express said a raft of trans-Pacific and regional services are being hit by port congestion in Busan as officials report surging transshipment volumes amid diversions related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in China.
03 Mar 2020
Though the freight industry wasn’t the specific target of recent rail barricades by indigenous groups in Canada, the protests laid bare just how exposed the economy of the country, which prides itself as a trading nation, is to such disruption.
03 Mar 2020
Carriers, unhappy with recent moves by the Indian government to regulate terminal handling charges, are turning to legal options to prevent the changes from taking hold.
02 Mar 2020
Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach are canceling work shifts due to plunging cargo volumes, which is causing a backlog of empty containers in Southern California and could trigger chassis shortages if the condition is not resolved soon.
02 Mar 2020
The Port of New York and New Jersey is planning for additional stress on port logistics systems when cargo volumes rebound from an expected decline in February and March due to China’s reduced production as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
02 Mar 2020
Initiatives aimed at turning container ports from conduits of physical freight activity into hubs for the digital information surrounding those cargo movements are underway in virtually every major global gateway.
28 Feb 2020
he ports of Halifax and Montreal are looking to resume normal operations following the removal of indigenous protest blockades that halted Canadian National Railway service into the East Coast gateways.
28 Feb 2020
Mundra’s transshipment cargo movement in the post-cabotage reform year up to April 2019 soared 21 percent year over year, industry data collected by JOC.com shows.
27 Feb 2020
Ports in the southeast US anticipate a double-digit decline in cargo volumes in March and April due to the coronavirus.
26 Feb 2020
Canadian ports on both coasts are working toward a return to normal operations amid the nearly three-week-long spate of rail blockades, with full rail service restored to the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, and some service back at the Port of Montreal.
26 Feb 2020
Los Angeles and Long Beach ports predict a 12 to 15 percent decline in cargo volume in the first quarter due largely to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on production in Asia.