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01 Dec 2022
The short-line rail operator for the Port of New Orleans has received a state grant that will fund a new transload facility offering faster access to major highways.
15 Dec 2021
The current surge in imports from Asia is expected to continue for at least the next six months as retailers will use the second quarter for inventory replenishment prior to another early peak shipping season in 2022.
15 Dec 2021
The current backlog of ships at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex will not be unloaded until well into 2022 as even more containers prepare to head toward Southern California
13 Dec 2021
Although Los Angeles and Long Beach say the number of long-dwelling containers has been cut by more than 40 percent since late October when penalty fees were announced by the ports, progress has been uneven.
13 Dec 2021
The US Department of Transportation funds barge projects along the US East and Gulf coasts that aim to shift freight from highways to coastal and inland waterways.
10 Dec 2021
Outbound truck spot rates to Chicago from US ports and border entry points are surging, with the biggest increases in eastbound lanes off the West Coast.
09 Dec 2021
Importers have already begun removing long-dwelling containers from Oakland International Container Terminal since it began charging a fee for boxes that remain at the facility for an extended period.
08 Dec 2021
APM Terminals said it is pushing the enforcement date of missed appointment fees at Pier 400 to March 1 in order to “make more user-friendly changes" to its trucker appointment system
07 Dec 2021
Canada’s antitrust watchdog said it is taking a look at PSA International’s proposed acquisition of Ceres, which would leave Halifax with one container terminal operator
07 Dec 2021
The use of drivers accustomed to hauling 53-foot containers to pick up 20-foot and 40-foot boxes shows how US retail giants are pulling every lever to get truck power into the ports.
07 Dec 2021
APM Terminals will start imposing a missed appointment fee at its Mobile terminal in a bid to get truckers to follow through on container pickups.
06 Dec 2021
With the number of anchored vessels already cut in half since September, the Port of Savannah is adding 400,000 TEU of capacity by Dec. 31 to the Garden City Terminal to further whittle down the backlog.
03 Dec 2021
An extreme shortage of warehouse and distribution space across the US, fueled by record imports and last-mile demand, will continue to push up lease rates well into 2022, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.
03 Dec 2021
Technology systems used to identify first available empty return appointments at Los Angeles and Long Beach container terminals may be a key in unlocking congestion in the key import gateway.
03 Dec 2021
The sky-high ocean freight rates into the US East Coast have beckoned an increasing number of ‘tramp’ ships trying to secure berth space for container discharge at the NY-NJ port.
02 Dec 2021
A new set of fees at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 facility in the Port of Los Angeles aims to reduce the number of missed drayage appointments, but harbor truckers say the fees would punish them for conditions outside of their control
02 Dec 2021
Samudera has introduced a new shuttle route between India’s busiest public container port and Singapore, with an eye on transshipment cargo as shippers scramble for any capacity available to them.
01 Dec 2021
An investigation into Australia’s shipping sector follows months of disruption to supply chains due to port congestion, stevedore industrial action, and curtailed carrier services.
01 Dec 2021
Initiatives involving the Los Angeles-Long Beach PierPass extended-gates program and CMA CGM’s incentives for removal of long-dwell containers are the latest efforts by terminals and carriers to reduce congestion.
01 Dec 2021
The impact of the Omicron variant on the operational aspects of the container shipping sector will be found in the political responses, and the variant holds more operational risk for Asian origin ports, writes maritime analyst Lars Jensen.
01 Dec 2021
PSA International’s first major move into building an end-to-end logistics capability takes it down a path well-trodden by rival terminal operator DP World and some major liner companies.
30 Nov 2021
Trans-Pacific carriers are slowing their vessels en route to Los Angeles–Long Beach, but the reduction in vessels at anchor does not mean cargo volumes have in any way been diminished.
29 Nov 2021
Eight vessels are now anchored off the Port of Charleston following the brief closure of a berth earlier this month and a stevedore labor shortage over the long Thanksgiving weekend.
29 Nov 2021
Marine terminals and truckers are bracing for weeks of delays at the Port of Vancouver as another heavy rainstorm hits the region just two weeks after floods and mudslides cut Canada’s largest port off from the British Columbia interior.
29 Nov 2021
Construction has begun that would allow double-stack trains between Baltimore and Midwest cities such as Chicago, a major step in the Port of Baltimore’s effort to build its intermodal profile with shippers.
29 Nov 2021
The coming suspension of feeder services has raised concerns the Pearl River Delta could see the same chaotic cargo situation before and during Chinese New Year as last January.
24 Nov 2021
The Port of Long Beach will increase its annual throughput capacity by 1 million TEU in December when Long Beach Container Terminal opens a third vessel berth.
24 Nov 2021
Despite ILWU leadership pledging to support the Biden administration’s efforts to decongest ports in Southern California, insiders remain worried the national spotlight on ports will not prevent labor disruption on the docks next year.
23 Nov 2021
Tension is mounting on the West Coast as the ILWU formally rejected an employer offer to extend the existing coastwide contract for one year beyond the July 1, 2022 expiration date.
23 Nov 2021
The Port of Charleston is concerned about the cost of chassis for its new pool now due to launch in 2023, while negotiations to secure an agreeable price took longer than expected.
23 Nov 2021
The US Supreme Court will not hear the request by New York’s Waterfront Commission to overturn an appeals court ruling that effectively ends the seven decade-old police agency.
22 Nov 2021
Canadian Pacific said it expects intermodal service to and from Canada’s largest port will resume sooner than expected after it works to complete flood-related repairs.
22 Nov 2021
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are again delaying the implementation of new container dwell fees because importers are starting to clear out freight from the ports.
22 Nov 2021
One shipping executive said China’s limiting of cabotage volumes to domestic operators has hindered ports such as Dalian and Qingdao from developing their own transshipment business.  
19 Nov 2021
The Port of Vancouver was stranded from inland rail service and trucking was limited due to damage from last weekend’s widespread flooding.
19 Nov 2021
The International Longshoremen’s Association is appealing a federal labor judge’s decision that it engaged in an unfair labor practice against South Carolina’s newest marine terminal.