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Employers ink deal with Montreal port checkers while primary talks languish

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Both sides say cargo is leaving Montreal due to the inability to reach a new contract deal with the port’s main longshore union.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsLongshore laborTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

FMC’s new rules to prevent truckers from being hit with D&D bills

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Under final guidelines for detention and demurrage billing, only the shipper or consignee can be on the hook for such charges and bills must be sent within 30 days.
Trucking NewsContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American portsDrayageTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

EU parliament rejects proposal to cut temporary port storage time

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
There was unilateral opposition to the call made by the European Commission last May as part of its reform of customs procedures, and as expected, the measure never made it through the parliamentary review
Supply chainMaritimePort NewsInternational portsAir CargoTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

White House counters risk of Chinese port cranes with $20 billion for US sourcing

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Along with new funding for the domestic manufacturing of container cranes, the Biden Administration has given the US Coast Guard more power to monitor cyberattacks on port and maritime infrastructure.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Global green fuel pricing must ‘coexist’ with Europe’s ETS: WSC

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
By the time the IMO measure is introduced, the European carbon tax will have already been in place for three years, raising concerns that lengthy EU scrutiny of the global mechanism could see shippers hit with a double tax.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Green fuel mechanism ‘a rifle shot’ at addressing fuel pricing gap: WSC

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
A core challenge facing container shipping is how to craft a global greenhouse gas pricing regulation that can bridge the price gap between green and fossil fuels while spurring investment in alternative fuels.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

FMC asked to slow fast tracking of Red Sea-linked freight surcharges

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
While higher operating costs are inevitable due to longer voyages around the Cape of Good Hope, shippers want more transparency as to what those costs are.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Shippers balk at new ocean carrier surcharges levied amid global network strain

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
While shippers are using terms in their contracts to push back against the higher costs linked to the Red Sea and Panama Canal disruptions, carriers are also looking to void those terms altogether.
Container linesContainer Shipping NewsTrans-PacificAsia-EuropeTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Red Sea crisis hitting high-growth trade route for USEC: Virginia Ports CEO

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The sharp decline in ships moving through the Suez Canal is tamping down activity on the busy route between Southeast Asia, the India subcontinent and the US East Coast.
North American portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

FMC to hold February hearing on carriers’ Red Sea-linked surcharges

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
Some shippers, such as the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, have pushed the FMC to force carriers to offer more transparency into the economics behind the recent surcharges.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesNorth American ports

SC Ports requests study to deepen channel leading to North Charleston Terminal

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The dredging would be part of a multifaceted project to expand the terminal’s capacity from 500,000 TEUs to 2.5 million TEUs within the next decade and allow it to handle ships of any size.
North American portsPort infrastructureTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

US Labor Department resets guidelines on contractor, employee status

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Trucking groups will be lining up to challenge a Labor Department rulemaking that will change guidelines used to determine when a worker is a contractor or employee.
SurfaceTransport, Trade, and Regulation NewsDrayageTrucking NewsTruckload

Lack of green compliance could be costly for some Southern California warehouses

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The facilities must adhere to new emissions-cutting rules implemented several months ago by regulators or risk daily fines approaching $12,000 per day.
Supply chainIndustrial Real Estate NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

FMC should guard against carrier ‘profit center’ from Red Sea surcharges: AgTC chief

Peter Friedmann, executive director, Agriculture Transportation Coalition |
With ocean carriers rushing to the FMC to seek waivers of the 30-day notice period required to implement surcharges linked to the Red Sea crisis, the head of a major US shipper group says the commission should require carriers to provide more transparency around the additional costs the charges are meant to cover.
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Major FMC rulemakings, cases to provide industry clarity in 2024

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The Federal Maritime Commission’s final rule on detention and demurrage will be a watershed moment in the industry next year, but it won’t be the only one.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsContainer Shipping NewsContainer lines

CBP ruling prohibits US customs brokers from using offshore labor

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The ruling is significant because it means US brokers can no longer use less expensive offshore labor to cut down on operational costs associated with import entry preparation and other brokerage services.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsSupply chainLogistics Technology News

Port NOLA gets federal funds to launch construction of mega-terminal

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The proposed 2-million-TEU container terminal would be situated downriver from New Orleans where ships won’t face the air-draft restrictions of the Crescent City Connection bridge that spans the Mississippi River.
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Container lines await Red Sea naval protection as they divert from Suez

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
Expectations that the US Navy will step up maritime protection in the Red Sea following an increasing number of attacks on commercial shipping hasn’t stopped carriers from routing services away from the Suez Canal.
Container linesContainer Shipping NewsTrans-PacificAsia-EuropeNorth American portsInternational portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Congress urged to pass legislation quickly for harbor navigational projects

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The Water Resources Development Act, which provides funding for deepening and widening projects at US ports, has no set timeline to be implemented and stakeholders worry the delay will hinder critical work.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsNorth American portsPort infrastructure

Shifting geopolitics, climate and labor ratchet up risk for container shipping

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
Container shipping is hardly the only industry to feel the impact of organized labor’s bargaining power, nor is it unique in dealing with heightened geopolitical flashpoints or regulatory pressures tied to decarbonization, writes Journal of Commerce Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
MaritimeContainer linesMarine terminalsLongshore laborNorth American portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

FMC officer dismisses complaint against Hapag-Lloyd over street turn charge

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
Motor carrier TCW was unable to prove that street turn fees violate US shipping law in one of the first test cases to see how the Federal Maritime Commission might regulate those charges.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesSurface

US DOT data-sharing initiative on cargo visibility gaining momentum

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The Freight Logistics Optimization Works (FLOW) program offers a free view of supply-demand data across several metrics to help make transportation management decisions easier for US supply chain stakeholders.
Logistics Technology NewsContainer Shipping NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Congressmen push FMC to form national advisory committee on port matters

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
With shippers already having a say in regulation and policy, two House members are urging maritime regulators to give marine terminal operators and public port authorities a seat at the table.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsNorth American ports

Fast-approaching green goals pose uncomfortable question for shipping: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and Journal of Commerce analyst |
Given shipping’s relatively poor track record on implementing anything not rigorously enforced, and a preference to delay action to the last possible minute, there seems to be a high risk that decarbonization milestones will not be met, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
Container linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Carrier CEOs issue COP28-linked statement urging action on energy transition

Peter Tirschwell |
The rare joint statement reiterates earlier comments by container lines that a greenhouse gas pricing mechanism is needed to make green fuel competitive with traditional bunkers during the phase when both fuels will be in use.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

USDA invests $200 million to boost agricultural sector’s export efforts

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The fresh funding is part of recent federal efforts to increase economic opportunities for farmers and reduce food costs for US residents.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsContainer Shipping News

FMC judge rules in favor of HMM in rolled cargo complaint

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
Despite initially failing to meet capacity commitments, the carrier extended the contract for three months at the original rate, saving the shipper $180,000.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsContainer lines

End of EU block exemption a ‘missed opportunity’ for regulators: ITF’s Merk

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
European regulators have never had enough information to effectively monitor the container shipping industry since the consortia block exemption rule was introduced in 2009, according to Olaf Merk.
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UN climate conference comes amid shipping’s choppy path to decarbonization

Peter Tirschwell |
Despite some pockets of progress, exactly how container shipping achieves decarbonization will likely remain an unanswered question until new zero-emission fuel standards are adopted, writes Peter Tirschwell.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

 Congress steps into debate over jurisdiction of rail fees for ocean containers

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Draft legislation would also seek to codify that rail demurrage fees be billed to the ocean carrier, which would then pass along the charge to the responsible shipper or BCO. .
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesIntermodal providersNorth-American rail

UK watchdog calls for end to ocean carrier antitrust immunity

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Just a month after the European Commission announced that the block exemption regulation for carriers would not be renewed next April, the UK competition authority has also called for it to lapse upon expiry.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

House bill seeks to ensure funding for CBP capital costs linked to port inspections

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The bill is a response to growing CBP demands that ports pay for new inspection-related equipment, or risk having the agency reduce the amount of time its officers spend performing inspections.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsNorth American ports

Deadline looming for IMO’s ‘single window’ data-sharing platform

Peter Shaw-Smith, Middle East contributor |
The International Maritime Organization voted in May 2022 to implement the so-called Maritime Single Window from the start of 2024 in a bid to accelerate digitalization in shipping.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesInternational portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Carbon tax needed to spur real action on maritime emissions

Peter Tirschwell |
Despite public commitments by some 4,000 companies globally to reduce Scope 3 emissions, ocean shippers have thus far been unwilling to pay higher-than-market freight rates to achieve those goals.
Container Shipping NewsContainer linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

CBP increases scrutiny of skyrocketing low-value international shipments

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
An explosion in the use of the so-called de minimis provision, which enables US consignees to bring in a package under $800 in value each day, has US customs regulators worried about the intrusion of illicit goods, such as fentanyl.
Supply chainTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

ILA looking for local ports to bring in more union foremen

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Alongside broader talks on wages for its members, the International Longshoremen’s Association said individual ports need to use more union supervisors and foremen, particularly throughout the South.
Longshore laborContainer Shipping NewsNorth American portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Delaware’s planned Edgemoor terminal gets grant from US port funding program

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Along with the grant for the Port of Wilmington’s proposed container terminal, Tacoma and Long Beach received grants for improving truck and rail access, respectively.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Southeast governors say ILA could ‘weaponize’ Leatherman court decision

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
Six amicus briefs have been filed to the US Supreme Court supporting the South Carolina Ports Authority’s position that the ILA is illegally forcing carriers to boycott Charleston’s Hugh Leatherman Terminal as a means to acquire jobs that belong to state employees.
North American portsContainer Shipping NewsContainer linesLongshore laborTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Forwarders warn of rising transshipment, cargo delays after ETS rollout

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Carriers are already beginning to adjust schedules ahead of Europe’s new shipping carbon tax, something forwarders say could reduce direct port connections and boost transshipment activity.
MaritimeContainer Shipping NewsTrans-AtlanticAsia-EuropeTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Georgia tells Supreme Court ILA ruling could jeopardize plans for third ocean terminal

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The Georgia Ports Authority plans to open a third ocean terminal in Savannah in 2030 and says updating its current hybrid labor model to an all-union workforce could cost the port $600 million in its first operating year.
North American portsLongshore laborTransport, Trade, and Regulation News