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Port news and updates from around the globe covering critical international ports such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York-New Jersey, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Jawaharlal Nehru, Santos, and Tokyo. From traffic congestion, port strikes, and port labor negotiations to pending government regulations and equipment upgrades, JOC.com covers every angle of the port industry.

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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.
08 Jan 2020
A jump in pilotage fees at China’s Yantian International Container Terminal come as Hong Kong is already under pressure to maintain its position as one of the world’s top 10 container ports amid a continual shift of volumes to nearby Chinese ports and some shift in manufacturing from China to southeast Asian nations.
07 Jan 2020
US Department of Transportation grants totaling $1.7 million have been awarded to Gulf Coast projects that aim to reduce truck traffic by moving containers -- often filled with resin -- by barge through the ports of New Orleans and Houston.
07 Jan 2020
A court showdown between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union and the former operator of Portland’s container terminal is set for Feb. 14. The ILWU will argue the $93.6 million jury award it faces for work slowdowns at the port between 2013-2017 is unjustified.
07 Jan 2020
Ports in Florida and Virginia will receive $1.6 million in federal grants to bolster barge services designed to improve freight delivery times and alleviate traffic congestion on roadways.
07 Jan 2020
Although the pace of Indian container growth has moderated in recent months, the latest trends suggest volumes will remain in positive territory through the end of the 2019-20 fiscal year in March.
06 Jan 2020
El transporte de la carga hacia el interior desde los puertos de México seguirá siendo un desafío para los consignadores en 2020, y se espera que la capacidad de transporte por camión siga siendo limitada. Pero dos nuevas iniciativas podrían ayudar a redirigir la carga desde las carreteras.
06 Jan 2020
The Port of Baltimore’s efforts to reduce pollution will get a boost with the award of a $1.8 million grant to replace older drayage trucks and other cargo-moving machinery with newer vehicles and equipment.
06 Jan 2020
Truckers at the Port of New York and New Jersey can now plan their schedules based on traffic levels on key roads within the port, as seen in newly available video streams.
06 Jan 2020
Dockworker and other logistics-related labor unions in Hong Kong are looking to stem a decline in membership that began after a 2013 strike that disrupted operations at Hutchison Port Holdings’ Hongkong International Terminals (HIT).
03 Jan 2020
Confronting cyber threats and trying to minimize their risk is the focus of a new coalition of port stakeholders at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
03 Jan 2020
As truckers in the Port of New York and New Jersey oppose a bill that would reshape how the owner-operator model is classified, two other bills that focus on classification are up for a vote in the New Jersey legislature.
03 Jan 2020
Six new electric-powered rubber tire gantry cranes have arrived in Port of Miami’s APM terminal, key equipment meant to reduce carbon emissions and noise.
03 Jan 2020
The country's government is looking to improve cargo fluidity at key seaports and border crossings — and reduce traffic on congested roads — via increased use of intermodal rail and a new marine highway program.
02 Jan 2020
Women would be disproportionately affected by legislation in New Jersey and California that reshapes the classification process determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor, opponents say.
02 Jan 2020
Volume growth at US Gulf Coast ports easily outpaced both the East and West Coasts in 2019, albeit from a smaller base, and port officials expect another strong year in 2020.
31 Dec 2019
The US District Court has issued a last-minute reprieve for the trucking industry looking to block AB5, issuing a temporary restraining order on Dec. 31 to protect the industry until a Jan. 13 hearing.
31 Dec 2019
Despite an easing of trade tensions between the United States and China, shippers will continue to diversify their sourcing options to mitigate risk.
31 Dec 2019
Ports on the US East Coast are expanding handling capacity and deepening harbors in anticipation of larger vessels and a continued shift in discretionary cargo away from the West Coast.
31 Dec 2019
There is no denying the Indian government has in recent years demonstrated a stronger intent to recapture domestic cargo transshipped through Sri Lanka’s Colombo and other foreign hubs, but there appears to be no quick fix on the table in 2020.
US West Coast ports competing through infrastructure, technology
30 Dec 2019
Seaports on the US West Coast aim to regain some of the market share they have lost over the past five years to the East and Gulf coasts by building infrastructure and implementing technology needed to move cargo cheaper and faster.
26 Dec 2019
Landlord ports like New York and New Jersey, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, the Northwest Seaport Alliance, and Vancouver, B.C., are bringing together terminal operators, ocean carriers, shippers, truckers, railroads, and equipment providers to share data via port information portals.
26 Dec 2019
The trans-Atlantic has been the most stable of the major east-west container shipping trades since 2016, with strong growth achieved in both headhaul and backhaul volume, but a recent escalation of trade tensions is clouding the 2020 outlook.
24 Dec 2019
The US Federal Maritime Commission has proposed a rule that would see the agency take a more active role in detention and demurrage disputes, but container carriers are laying the groundwork for a potential legal challenge in 2020 should the FMC enact the rule.
24 Dec 2019
Altamira, Mexico’s fourth-largest port by cargo volume, is moving ahead with dredging work and a bridge repair project that port officials hope will attract larger cargo volumes.
24 Dec 2019
The Pacific Northwest ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert are moving forward with short-term marine terminal, rail, and roadway infrastructure projects, while on the East Coast, Halifax is extending a container terminal berth to handle larger ships and Montreal is increasing annual container handling capacity.
23 Dec 2019
The Port of Charleston has received the final $138 million in federal funds necessary to deepen its harbor to 52 feet, which would make it capable of handling 18,000-20,000-TEU vessels as soon as 2022.
23 Dec 2019
The Indian government is moving ahead with regulatory reform meant to streamline terminal charges after rejecting calls by a key carrier group to alter some parts of the proposal.
23 Dec 2019
New legislation will take effect in California Jan. 1 that would make it much more difficult for truck drivers to retain independent contractor status, but owner operators are stuck in limbo pending a court decision on a legal challenge to the new rules.
23 Dec 2019
A tendency of port community systems to optimize operations only within the boundaries of that port and resistance due to competitive concerns are slowing digitization and data sharing efforts in container shipping.
20 Dec 2019
New fees in Los Angeles-Long Beach to be paid by shippers beginning in late 2020 will subsidize the purchase of costly new trucks as the ports seek a fleet of near-zero emission vehicles by the mid 2020s. But the ports need to be mindful of cargo diversion if shippers seek to avoid the fee.
20 Dec 2019
The longshore labor union in the Port of Rotterdam is concerned APM Terminals Rotterdam will lose volume to its fully automated rivals following its sale to Hutchison Ports.
20 Dec 2019
An expansion of the sole container terminal at the Port of New Orleans is expected to improve efficiency and expand the terminal’s capacity to handle cargo volumes that have risen by high single-digits this year.
20 Dec 2019
The JOC.com editorial team has identified 10 trends every shipper, carrier, and third-party logistics provider should be watching in the upcoming year.
19 Dec 2019
Hutchison Ports will have to keep APM Terminals Rotterdam at arm’s length for a while once the sale is approved, with volume guarantees and a ban on firing staff also included the deal.
18 Dec 2019
The Governor of New Jersey has submitted his argument in the legal battle over whether New Jersey can move some functions of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor to the New Jersey State Police, effectively diminishing the watchdog’s role in the Port of New York and New Jersey.