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Mexican port volumes in 2019 lowest in six years on slowing economy
24 Jan 2020
The combination of Mexico’s economic woes and weakness among key trading partners pulled down the volume of cargo moving through Mexican ports in 2019, the first year volumes have fallen since 2013.
A barge travels on the Rhine River.
06 Aug 2018
The water level of the Upper Rhine is getting close to a critical point and barge operators are being forced to suspend their operations or only use one-third of their capacity, according to Hapag-Lloyd.
Containers stacked at a port.
06 Aug 2018
Businesses applauded the decision, terming it a “superb step” that will help the port achieve its goal of maximum use, around the clock.
Port of Halifax.
03 Aug 2018
The port of Halifax has three objectives in mind with its tech upgrades, and if the port is successful shippers and other trade stakeholders will benefit from all three.
Port of Santos.
03 Aug 2018
An invaded ship is the latest job action by dockworkers at the port of Santos. They say they extend their existing three-day job action that ends Saturday if Brazil’s government does not agree to their pay/pension demands.
PSA International Rail Yard.
03 Aug 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handles the majority of India’s container freight and, as such, the government is extremely keen on reducing cargo dwell times there.
A Unifeeder container ship.
02 Aug 2018
The new loop with calls at Antwerp, Dunkirk, Teesport, and Grangemouth will start with weekly sailings every Wednesday (Antwerp) and Thursday (Dunkirk) on Aug 15.
Rotterdam port
02 Aug 2018
Terminal underinvestment points to trade growing at a stronger rate than terminal expansion in the immediate years ahead. Further, there’s another container shipping trend that’s placing an additional demand on terminals/ports.
APM Terminals Pipavav.
01 Aug 2018
APM Terminals is in the midst of a whirlwind trade outreach program, with the goal of attracting more customers to its recent ease-of-doing-business measures.
A container ship on the Mediterranean Sea.
31 Jul 2018
The leading container ports still call the shots — thanks to the schedules of the three powerful alliances — but rival smaller ports are adding business and in the process are giving shippers options to northern and southern Europe.
Port of Santos.
31 Jul 2018
Just when conditions started to return to normal for shippers who use Santos, stevedores Wednesday will implement a three-day strike aimed at securing an agreed-to pay increase.
A Hapag-Lloyd ship.
30 Jul 2018
At mid-2018, nearly every segment of Europe’s supply chain is straining to keep pace with strong container shipping volume growth — particularly barge and inland haulage. The good news is Europe’s impressive trade growth story continues — a welcomed economic rejuvenation.
India truck field.
30 Jul 2018
Officials told trucker union representatives that the government remains sensitive to truckers’ demands and they will establish an expert committee to examine all core issues.
Frontier Logistics in Charleston, South Carolina.
27 Jul 2018
Resin exporters, whose product — barring an all-out, global trade war — will likely continue to uptrend in the years ahead, have turned to the US Southeast to meet their facility needs, and there are objective reasons why they've done so.
A truck travels on a road in India.
27 Jul 2018
As in Brazil, a segment of India’s truck sector is protesting a rise in diesel prices, and the truckers argue India’s government can take steps to strengthen their business model.
Seahawk 2018 breakbulk international logistics
26 Jul 2018
A move of three unassembled air cooling condensers to three different construction sites added layers of complexity to an international logistics solution.
Antwerp port.
26 Jul 2018
It is another bad news, good news statistic for Antwerp and Rotterdam. The bad: an intermodal operator has warned that barge congestion is already causing delays of up to 36 hours at Antwerp and 72 hours at Rotterdam. The good: container volume growth continues to shine.
Chassis field at the Port of Savannah.
25 Jul 2018
Anyone who drives through the Wando Welch Terminal in Charleston or Garden City Terminal in Savannah would quickly see that the room is there for chassis, if they were available.
Protests block truck at/near JNPT 25 July 2018
25 Jul 2018
Protesters — seeking a special, community-based reservation program for jobs and education — blockaded all main highways and port connecting arteries.
Containers stacked at a port.
24 Jul 2018
Local trade sources said that labor groups are pressing for a reversal of an action by APM Terminals.
Porto Chibatao.
24 Jul 2018
The expansion is needed to process increasing cargo volumes in the Manaus industrial park, also known as the Manaus Free Trade Zone.
Port of Prince Rupert.
23 Jul 2018
The Northwest Seaport Alliance argues the market share loss is due to cheaper intermodal rail rates, but Prince Rupert says that is not the case — that two other factors are driving its value proposition.
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Jul 2018
The two candidates standing for election appear to have identified the correct formula concerning two leadership factors.
A wharf at the Port of Charleston.
23 Jul 2018
The latest expansion in South Carolina provides yet another data point concerning one vessel trend in North America.
Klaipeda State Seaport.
23 Jul 2018
Shippers should be pleased by an increase in competition in several Baltic region trade lanes.
19 Jul 2018
A deal between the port of Santos and pilots will allow more cargo to enter the port and provide carriers with more operational flexibility.
19 Jul 2018
While higher pay should improve labor relations, a host of other worker concerns remain unresolved.
18 Jul 2018
Shippers express concern about a recent spike in container dwell times in Vancouver, but Global Container Terminals Canada and Canadian National Railway say the fluctuations do not mean things will get worse during peak season.
18 Jul 2018
New York City and the Port of New York and New Jersey are preparing for a future of strong growth and more demanding supply chains.
18 Jul 2018
Major ports’ productivity statistics collected from official sources show vessel turnaround times have dramatically improved in recent years.
17 Jul 2018
Growth at the Port of Baltimore is driving up truck turn times and forcing operational changes.
17 Jul 2018
US tariffs on Chinese imports are threatening to not only increase costs for shippers, but also force them to pay more for the equipment they use.
17 Jul 2018
The new collaboration comes as India’s automobile sector logs robust growth.
17 Jul 2018
The company overseen by Beijing’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission likened its plans for the east African country to the development of its home base of Shekou and Shenzhen in southern China, where it has carried out extensive port, industrial, and real estate development.
16 Jul 2018
A rule requiring electronic locking of containers and re-imposition of weight limits for trucks is riling Chittagong shippers.
16 Jul 2018
Asia-Europe shippers are looking more at southern European ports as intermodal bottlenecks slow container delivery through some of the big North Europe gateways.