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29 May 2020
The main concern for US resin producers in 2019 was an increase in Chinese import tariffs, but that has been overshadowed by macro-economic concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
28 May 2020
With nine working tracks unveiled at the Port of Savannah’s Mega Rail Terminal Thursday, the Georgia Ports Authority is nearly finished with Norfolk Southern's portion of a large intermodal rail yard.
28 May 2020
Norfolk Southern Railway has begun on-dock rail service from the Port of Baltimore, replacing an offsite yard, as part of a larger effort to make intermodal more attractive to BCOs using the port.
28 May 2020
The addition of DP World to Maersk and IBM’s blockchain platform TradeLens is a feather in the cap of the still nascent container logistics network, bringing a string of more than 80 terminals and associated business into the fold.
26 May 2020
Increased import tariffs on Chinese-made toys in 2019 caused some shippers to shift sourcing to Vietnam, accelerating the diversion of those cargoes from Los Angeles and Long Beach to ports on the East and Gulf coasts.
25 May 2020
With schools and retailers shut down across the country, imports this summer of back-to-school items and holiday season goods may be much lower than in prior years.
22 May 2020
Cargo owners argue the waiver on port storage fees will ease the the container backlog at Chittagong marine terminals, but some shipping agents disagree.
22 May 2020
Congressional representatives of New York and New Jersey this week sent a letter to House and Senate leaders in support of $3 billion in financial aid for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
21 May 2020
As the debate rages on between chassis providers and chassis users over interoperability, merchant haulage, and carrier haulage, agricultural shippers and the truckers they hire say they experience logistics inefficiencies and high costs.
21 May 2020
The savings afforded by the safe harbor tax credit has US solar energy developers rethinking traditional project logistics processes, purchasing and importing materials much earlier in the construction cycle.
19 May 2020
Port Everglades is seeking more funding to dredge and improve infrastructure in order to handle larger vessels on the north-south and east-west lanes.
19 May 2020
John Reinhart, the CEO of the Virginia Port Authority, will retire from his position in March 2021, capping a tenure in which volume grew from 1.9 million TEU to 2.2 million TEU and the expansion and semi-automation of its two main container terminals.
15 May 2020
Sources say there is little doubt that automation will be a major issue for the ILWU when negotiations begin, likely in early 2022. The question is how hard it will press the issue.
14 May 2020
Most US ports have sufficient liquidity and debt service coverage, and should be resilient enough to handle at least a 20 percent decline in cargo volume, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
13 May 2020
First Solar has opened a distribution center in South Carolina to handle solar panels, a growth industry in which US imports doubled last year.
12 May 2020
MTC Logistics’ new cold storage facility will support a major expansion of frozen food imports and exports at the Port of Mobile.
11 May 2020
The COVID-19 lockdown in Bangladesh has shippers contending with congestion fees, while carriers push back against a government request to drop detention charges.
08 May 2020
European ports have been hit harder by blank sailings than other regions, according to a survey by the World Ports Sustainability Program and the International Association of Ports and Harbors.
07 May 2020
While container volumes in Savannah were down a better-than-feared 6.7 percent last month, the Georgia Ports Authority is pessimistic about May and June.
07 May 2020
The Panama Canal sees COVID-19 accelerating the long-building trends of global container trade becoming more regional.
06 May 2020
Fenix Marine Services in Los Angeles is rolling out an improved program for processing truckers at the gates, which the operator believes could set a new efficiency standard for manual terminals.
04 May 2020
Groups representing US ports, marine terminals operators, and stevedores, tell JOC.com the federal aid via grants and loans would ensure their members can keep the nation’s containerized supply chains flowing
04 May 2020
With larger vessels visiting the East Coast on a more frequent basis, the South Carolina Ports Authority has inked a deal to let a stevedore consortium run dock operations in Charleston.
04 May 2020
The years-long market share bleed from North America’s traditional West Coast container gateways continued in 2019, with Savannah, Houston and Prince Rupert the main beneficiaries.
01 May 2020
The accumulation of containerized cargo in some recession-hit economies could hamper equipment availability when demand begins to return over the next few months.
30 Apr 2020
Evergreen’s new transshipment service links New Orleans, Houston, and Port Everglades with the Caribbean via the carrier’s regional hub in Colon, Panama.
28 Apr 2020
The shift of Maersk Line’s South American services from Global Container Terminals’ Staten Island facility to sister company’s APM Terminals’ facility in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, highlights the cost-cutting pressures terminals face
28 Apr 2020
The US Federal Maritime Commission is signaling to the industry that the fairness of detention and demurrage fees should be viewed through a lens of whether they encourage the pickup of import containers and return of empties.
28 Apr 2020
The race to provide the most complete set of tools to manage the interface of container terminals and drayage is heating up, evidenced by Advent eModal linking with a drayage optimization software provider.
24 Apr 2020
The need to widen the channel gained urgency last year when a group of non-container businesses that rely on the port expressed concerns their cargoes would be squeezed by the increasing size and number of container ships moving through Houston.
24 Apr 2020
DP World’s rollout this week of an online freight booking platform for forwarders continues its campaign toward broadening its reach in containerized supply chains.
24 Apr 2020
A new international distribution center in Houston blends US trucking and containerized imports as less-than-truckload carrier Averitt reaches deeper into US consumer markets.
23 Apr 2020
Bangladesh’s Shipping Ministry pushed customs authorities to relax rules governing what type of cargo could be moved to private off-dock space amid growing pressure to relieve congestion at Chittagong.
21 Apr 2020
The trade group that represents foreign carriers in India says the latest inventory numbers at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust suggest a supply chain bottleneck of alarming proportions is beginning to take shape.
20 Apr 2020
The Port of Wilmington’s refrigerated storage expansion is part of a broader effort among US Southern and mid-Atlantic ports to increase their reefer volumes by adding storage capacity and handling fruit imports from South America
17 Apr 2020
The Port of Virginia will temporarily suspend container operations in the Portsmouth Marine Terminal beginning May 3, a result of the dropoff in volume due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.