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28 Sep 2022
A backlog of containers at BNSF’s Dallas-Fort Worth rail ramp has been reduced by about 25 percent due to more chassis coming into its yard and additional space and lift equipment.
28 Sep 2022
The ports of Tampa Bay and Jacksonville were closed to all vessel and truck moves as of midday Wednesday as major Hurricane Ian approached the west coast of Florida.
27 Sep 2022
A jurisdictional dispute between the ILWU and the machinists union over jobs at Terminal 5 in Seattle has become a major snag in West Coast contract talks between the ILWU and waterfront employers.
27 Sep 2022
The ILA is planning to work on local contract talks as it seeks to avoid any disruptions on the East and Gulf coasts that could derail negotiations over extending the master contract ahead of the current deal’s 2024 expiry.
27 Sep 2022
The Port of Portland is on pace to recover approximately half of the volume it once handled.
26 Sep 2022
Slowdown tactics employed by the ILWU last week reduced cargo handling productivity in Oakland and Seattle-Tacoma and come as the union and waterfront employers continue to negotiate for a new contract.
23 Sep 2022
The Georgia Ports Authority is lowering the number of empties carriers can store at its terminals and increasing fees for storing empties that exceed those allotments.
23 Sep 2022
Shanghai International Port Group will begin construction on its new 11.5 million-TEU container terminal at the world’s busiest port complex next month, with completion expected in 2030.
23 Sep 2022
Congestion is easing along Canada’s rail networks and at inland rail hubs in Toronto and Vancouver, and this is translating to declining rail container dwell times at the Port of Vancouver.
22 Sep 2022
The growing popularity of “China-plus-one” sourcing strategies is working to India’s benefit, sending trade between the US and India to record highs as shippers seek to diversify their supply chains.
21 Sep 2022
Cosco Shipping wants to make Hamburg a strategic transshipment hub for North Europe, but German regulators have yet to approve a minority terminal stake in the port.
20 Sep 2022
A tentative contract agreement between security guards represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and employers in Los Angeles-Long Beach eliminates one possible source of cargo-handling disruption.
19 Sep 2022
The move to allow for transshipment cargo from Bangladesh via barge and short-sea container ships builds on a previous carve-out for cross-border trucking and rail services.
19 Sep 2022
Port terminals in Alexandria, Sokhna, Port Said, and Damietta are edging closer to full utilization, prompting operators to expand existing facilities and build new ones.
16 Sep 2022
The Port of New York and New Jersey has seen an uptick in empty container sweeps by ocean carriers after its decision to impose a tariff aimed at empty boxes lingering in the region.
15 Sep 2022
Freight forwarders warned that shippers could face weeks of delays due to back-to-back typhoons that have battered China, while blank sailings are rising ahead of the Golden Week holiday.
15 Sep 2022
A veteran of the US chassis market says “a lot more capacity” will be arriving into the sector to help relieve the shortages that have contributed to delays throughout the country’s supply chain.
14 Sep 2022
Although West Coast longshore labor and management in July announced progress in the form of an interim agreement on health benefits, headway in recent weeks has been minimal on what are considered far more difficult issues.
13 Sep 2022
Typhoon Muifa is expected to make landfall in the Shanghai-Ningbo area Wednesday, just over a week after another storm forced the ports to close, delaying services for ocean carriers.
13 Sep 2022
Runaway inflation has driven up union pay demands that employers are unwilling to meet, escalating industrial disputes in several sectors across the UK.
12 Sep 2022
About 20 percent of the 1,800 vehicles serving the Port of Vancouver would be phased out under the clean truck program that has been delayed for a second time.
09 Sep 2022
The decline in outbound per-mile spot rates from US ports dropped more than the US average in August as normal seasonality and abnormal gridlock crimped demand, a JOC analysis shows.
07 Sep 2022
Terminal operator PSA has officially inaugurated its Tuas terminal, which will consolidate container handling operations from Singapore’s four existing terminals.
06 Sep 2022
Departures from Shanghai and Ningbo are expected to face a two-day delay after a typhoon hit coastal areas of eastern China over the weekend, while some Busan services were also disrupted.
06 Sep 2022
Norfolk Southern Railway opened two auxiliary lots to handle as many as 2,000 ocean containers to relieve the gridlock clogging its main terminal outside Memphis.
06 Sep 2022
While the security guard contract is separate from the coastwide longshore deal being negotiated, officials are working feverishly to avoid a strike, given the possibility that dockworkers would honor any picket lines, thus shutting down affected terminals.
02 Sep 2022
Technology intended to help shippers and forwarders manage arrival notice information might be the solution that federal regulators are seeking to bridge data gaps from carriers and terminals.
02 Sep 2022
The Port of Oakland says increasing a long-dwell container fee is needed to reduce congestion on the docks, but the port’s largest terminal worries that could attract unwanted pushback from the FMC.
01 Sep 2022
Improving the flow of cargo through marine terminals is the primary focus of many who want to implement long-term changes to the US supply chain in the wake of the chaos wrought by the pandemic.
31 Aug 2022
COVID restrictions have significantly cut cross-border container traffic between China and Hong Kong, but Chinese authorities have little reason to ease the rules with cargo being shifted to Shenzhen.
31 Aug 2022
The July spike in imports from Asia arriving at US East and Gulf coast ports overwhelmed some of those gateways with vessel backlogs and congested marine terminals.
31 Aug 2022
A joint venture in Rotterdam between two of Europe’s largest terminal operators will dramatically expand the port’s container handling capability.
31 Aug 2022
New White House port envoy Gen. Stephen Lyons tells JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi how transport providers and shippers can help accelerate the recovery of the US container shipping system as import pressures wane.
30 Aug 2022
The Asia East Coast service will offer one of the fastest transits between the US Southeast and Asian ports, cutting a week of travel time for Jacksonville importers.
30 Aug 2022
A new rail-road corridor in Prince Rupert will streamline the transfer of commodities from rail to marine containers, with the port hoping that export volumes through the gateway will boom in the coming years.
29 Aug 2022
Barge services along large parts of the Yangtze River, a critical Chinese transport artery, are severely disrupted due to the continuing drought in central and western parts of the country.