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29 Nov 2022
South Korea’s government took the unprecedented step of ordering some of the striking truckers back to work Tuesday, although strike organizer Cargo Solidarity said it would defy the order.
08 Feb 2022
With delays and port congestion common, and transload capacity tight, less-than-truckload carriers are playing a bigger role in moving containerized freight inland.
08 Feb 2022
Potential automation of cargo handling is most likely the major topic of discussion as International Longshore & Warehouse Union delegates gather this week to develop their strategy for upcoming contract negotiations with West Coast employers.
07 Feb 2022
Patrick, the biggest terminal operator in Australia, was the last of the major terminal companies to agree to a new deal with the Maritime Union of Australia following multi-year agreements last year between the MUA and the other leading terminal operators in the country.
07 Feb 2022
The Port of Savannah has cleared the backlog of vessels outside its harbor and is considering developing additional pop-up storage sites outside Georgia to keep the port fluid in the coming months.
04 Feb 2022
Fresh state funding for the Port of Philadelphia is meant to continue modernization efforts that kicked off in 2016 with the aim of doubling the port’s container capacity.
04 Feb 2022
 Almost $300 million in intermodal projects that will be developed at the Port of Mobile over the coming years will boost the port’s state and national reach, according to its chief executive.
03 Feb 2022
Eliminating congestion necessitates ensuring adequate container flow through terminals, and when that core issue is prioritized, the performance of the US port system — and the global supply chain — will improve.
02 Feb 2022
Labor and chassis shortages and increasing truck turn times and vessel backlogs signal more congestion ahead for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the coming months.
02 Feb 2022
With imports rising along the US Gulf Coast as shippers seek an alternative to congested West Coast ports, warehousing and distribution capacity in the Gulf region is growing as a result.
01 Feb 2022
Shippers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for the next two weeks will pay a traffic mitigation fee on both day and nighttime container moves before reverting back to a daytime-only fee.
01 Feb 2022
 Oakland said the US Department of Agriculture will partly fund a temporary depot at the unused Howard Terminal for the storage of export-ready containers.
31 Jan 2022
While vessels have anchored outside ports in Georgia, New Jersey, and South Carolina, Virginia’s backlog has never been in the double digits despite volumes growing by 25 percent last year.
31 Jan 2022
A willingness by carriers to deploy more sweeper ships to evacuate empty containers, and carry empties from competing lines, will have a major impact on mitigating an important source of congestion, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach say.
27 Jan 2022
The Port of Vancouver is trying to restore cargo fluidity that has been disrupted from punishing rain and snowstorms that have hit British Columbia’s rail and road infrastructure over the past two months.
26 Jan 2022
The Alabama Port Authority is looking to add an inland rail terminal with the purchase of land near the state capitol of Montgomery.
26 Jan 2022
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach want to give the temporary extension of a fee on daytime container moves more time to determine if truck moves during the off hours increase substantially.
25 Jan 2022
The Georgia Ports Authority will extend the use of pop-up storage sites another three months through April, citing the success of the off-site locations in whittling down the vessel backlog in Savannah.
25 Jan 2022
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are considering an innovative but complex plan to reduce the number of empty containers that are contributing to terminal congestion by incentivizing shipping lines to increase the volume of containers they pick up during each call.
24 Jan 2022
Inflation, higher interest rates, and a gradual shift back to a more “normal” balance in consumer spending between goods and services will reduce import volumes in the second half of 2022, in turn relieving pressure on ports and inland supply chains.
24 Jan 2022
Savannah’s $250 million berth extension will ultimately increase the port’s capacity and reflect the increased pressure on major US ports to maximize their docks amid increased demand, both from regular services and extra-loaders.
21 Jan 2022
Port officials are warning that the queue of 15 container ships waiting to berth at Charleston likely will not be cleared for up to six weeks due to a backlog of more than 25,000 containers at the terminal.
21 Jan 2022
Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT) and Shekou Container Terminal are restricting the number of export containers they will accept in an effort to clear an existing backlog of boxes in advance of the Lunar New Year holiday on Feb. 1.
21 Jan 2022
A $69 million infusion of federal funds will allow the Port of Virginia to begin work on the next phase of its dredging project, which along with other enhancements will allow the port to handle up to six post-Panamax vessels simultaneously in the coming years.
21 Jan 2022
Having US ports return to a pre-COVID “status quo” depends on a slowing of cargo volumes and a return of labor to the logistics workforce in significant enough numbers to improve cargo flow.
19 Jan 2022
Europe’s second-busiest port was able to withstand a year of widespread disruption to match its previous record throughput.
19 Jan 2022
A historic drayage capacity shift from larger carriers to small companies and owner-operators is complicating efforts by importers to secure capacity and move containers inland.
18 Jan 2022
CSX laid out its case to federal regulators that it should be allowed to acquire New England’s Pan Am Railways in order to give shippers better intermodal service into Northeast ports.
14 Jan 2022
Plagued by vessel bunching, terminal congestion, and equipment shortages for much of last year, North America’s West Coast ports are cautioned that these conditions are likely to persist well into 2022 even if imports slow from the double-digit gains in 2021.
13 Jan 2022
Members of the Ocean Alliance outline plans to add new Asia services to the US West and East coasts as part of a series of 2022 network changes.
13 Jan 2022
Houston is seeing a surge in imports thanks to the upsizing of vessel services from Asia as other Gulf Coast ports look for a similar uplift.
12 Jan 2022
The port of New York and New Jersey saw more ships wait longer for an open berth to start 2022 as holidays and the Omicron outbreak dealt a swift hit to port-wide capacity.
12 Jan 2022
Several Southeast ports will expand container capacity in 2022, but the question for most is when will Savannah clear all the anchored vessels outside its harbor?
11 Jan 2022
The Georgia Ports Authority this week began moving import containers belonging to a US retailer to the spare runway at Statesboro Airport, which has been used to store empty boxes and loaded exports since December.
10 Jan 2022
A new vessel queueing system in Oakland, similar to the process implemented in Los Angeles-Long Beach, is designed to reduce pollution and promote vessel safety amid expectations of a growing backlog of ships.
10 Jan 2022
All restrictions have been lifted on operations at the three container terminals in Ningbo’s Beilun district and around 80 percent of the available trucking capacity serving the key port has been restored.