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16 Sep 2019
The US Department of Agriculture has approved nine new locations for its longstanding in-transit cold treatment program in the southern and western parts of the country.
Port of New York and New Jerse.
30 Oct 2018
Ports and regions are devising creative and needs-specific solutions to container shipping's chassis issue — a longtime bottleneck/trouble spot in the supply chain. Here is the Port of New York and New Jersey's progress.
Rotterdam port.
30 Oct 2018
The volume increases at Rotterdam and Antwerp come despite a steady decline in container imports from Asia that can be seen in the latest data from Container Trades Statistics.
Los Angeles warehouses.
30 Oct 2018
Strong demand for all classifications of US industrial space will continue in the coming months.
Port of Charleston, South Carolina.
29 Oct 2018
The US Army Corps of Engineers’ upgrading of the benefit cost ratio (BCR) for the Charleston project to 6.4:1 from 3.9:1 will clear the Office of Management and Budget’s threshold of a 2.5:1 BCR in order to be eligible for funding through the president’s budget.
Krishnapatnam Port.
29 Oct 2018
At the most recent talk in New Delhi, India Shipping Secretary Gopal Krishna and Bangladesh counterpart Abdus Samad agreed to increase ports of call, on each side, under the bilateral inland water transit and trade pact.
A busy street in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
28 Oct 2018
Transport workers and employers are protesting an amendment to the Road Transport Act that holds them largely responsible for any fatal road accidents.
Rail intermodal in the United States.
25 Oct 2018
Money can address some factors, but until several key checkpoints in a container’s journey address operational inefficiencies, bottlenecks will persist, consultants and industry executives said at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference this week.
Reefer boxes stacked.
25 Oct 2018
At issue is an effort by port employers to have deskbound longshoremen monitor the temperature of each reefer twice a day to ensure that it is at the correct temperature, instead of longshoremen physically walking up to each box, checking, and documenting the temperature on an iPad.
Containers at a port.
25 Oct 2018
The Chittagong Customs House Wednesday issued the handling notification, which was requested by the Chittagong Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Containers at a port.
25 Oct 2018
However, officials noted that daily cargo movement at the terminal continues to remain no less than the normal average.
Maersk Leonidio at Ennore Port.
24 Oct 2018
The carrier, which handles roughly 20 percent of India’s container trade, has ended its operations at Chennai, citing congestion and related productivity issues, and has, instead, added Ennore — just 15 miles away — to its weekly Chennai Express Service (CHX).
A truck at a port.
24 Oct 2018
“Railroads and ports are spending billions of dollars for infrastructure. All of that of that is great, but let’s focus more on what is needed to get drivers into and out of the port. Railroads should look at their in-gates and out-gates. Most of the delays occur in the queue lines,” Patrick Maher, executive vice president of Gulf Winds International, told attendees at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference 2018 on Tuesday.
Steel on rolls.
23 Oct 2018
Despite a healthy economy and a trade policy-driven import spike at some US ports, US steel cargoes declined overall at many of the major US ports during the first half.
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Oct 2018
“This is the reality today. We must focus on service levels to make sure terminals are fluid,” Steve Balaski, senior business development manager for containers at the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma, told the recent Western Cargo Conference of freight forwarders and customs brokers.
Maersk Leonidio.
22 Oct 2018
The port of call change on the Chennai Express Service (CHX) — prompted by Chennai’s chronic congestion — took effect with the Maersk Leonidio docking at the Adani Ennore Container Terminal (AECT) on Saturday.
Red Hook Container Terminal, New York.
19 Oct 2018
The deal between operator Red Hook Terminals and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey gives the operator a second five-year operating term if both sides agree, and means the company will "provide uninterrupted service" to its customers.
Trans-Pacific Trade Oct. 2018 photo for Infographic.
19 Oct 2018
The chaos of the trans-Pacific peak season has set the stage for tough annual service contract negotiations in the spring between container lines and US importers from Asia.
Samskip.
19 Oct 2018
The new Amsterdam link will provide greater service resilience for the Netherlands-Italy rail option, as the connections to the two Dutch ports will run on different routes, enabling a flexible response to any rail-related or port-related delays, according to Samskip UK trade manager David Besseling.
Northern New Jersey near Manhattan.
18 Oct 2018
The Port of New York and New Jersey has a slew of infrastructure projects recently completed and in the pipeline to meet rising cargo volume. The overriding question is — will they be sufficient?
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT), India.
18 Oct 2018
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals, which officially opened in February, has added a fortnightly coastal service from domestic shortsea ship operator Shreyas Shipping and Logistics.
Chennai Port rail.
17 Oct 2018
The revamped/upgraded rail link, which had its first train depart from Chennai on Monday with 80 TEU, is intended to speed freight handled via the government’s two flagship supply chain reforms — direct port delivery for imports and direct port entry for factory-stuffed exports.
Containers at a port.
16 Oct 2018
The impasse occurred after the company fired a large number of contract workers — reportedly 99 — as part of an operational realignment to reduce costs and improve profitability.
A resin plant in the United States.
16 Oct 2018
Last year, a hurricane stalled resin exports from the Gulf Coast. This year, rising trade tension between the US and China threatens one of resin’s largest markets.
Port Newark Container Terminal.
15 Oct 2018
The new terminal gates at the Port Newark Container Terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey have helped decrease turn times for trucks moving dry containers by 20 percent, and for refrigerated containers by 50 percent.
Trucks at the Port of Los Angeles.
15 Oct 2018
PierPass, the oldest extended-gates program in North America, was launched in 2005 to increase throughput capacity at the largest US port complex while diverting a sizable portion of the truck traffic from the peak daytime hours in order to relieve traffic congestion on local freeways and roads.
Chittagong Port
15 Oct 2018
Bangladesh Shipping Secretary Abdus Samad told JOC.com the decision was made with the interests of Bangladesh’s Chittagong and Mongla ports in mind.
Flooded streets in Florida.
15 Oct 2018
Hurricane Michael damaged many of the buildings at Port Panama City, but its docks, cranes, and equipment made it through the storm, according to a statement released by Director Wayne Stubbs on Monday.
Chennai Port.
12 Oct 2018
Other performance metrics at Chennai also improved, on a year-over-year basis.
Chassis at the Port of Long Beach.
12 Oct 2018
The new Harbor Trucking Association-Milestone pool at LA-LB is improving truck turn times and round-the-clock access to a variety of chassis types during the current peak season.
Containers stacked at a port.
10 Oct 2018
The company has resolved a concern raised by the Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies regarding storage charges on import containers handled via the direct port delivery program.
Port of Wilmington, Delaware.
10 Oct 2018
Gulftainer has big plans for its Wilmington, Delaware facility. And although port competition abounds, if lower costs and a quick rail or truck trip from Delaware to the New York-Washington, DC hinterlands ensue, shippers would no doubt take notice.
Containers stacked at a port.
10 Oct 2018
On Tuesday evening, the owners of trucks called off their strike after a meeting with government officials. The officials said they would communicate the strikers' concerns to the prime minster about a new law's traffic liability provisions.
PSA.
10 Oct 2018
“We have to move together with the village so we can all advance together and create the solutions that the new economy requires,” PSA International Group CEO Tan Chong Meng told roughly 500 attendees in his keynote address at JOC's TPM Asia 2018 Conference in Shenzhen on Wednesday. “Somewhere in our strategies, I hope we will overlap.”
Port of Mobile, Alabama, United States.
09 Oct 2018
The US Coast Guard has declared Condition Yankee for the eastern US Gulf of Mexico ports including Panama City, Pensacola, Mobile, Pascagoula, and Gulfport. Under that status, ports are closed to inbound and outbound traffic.
09 Oct 2018
Sponsored: Guangzhou Port (Europe) CEO Johannes Nanninga discussed the Central Government of China's plans for a mega city between Guangzhou and Hong Kong and expected impact on Pearl River Delta ports.