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Proposed law to reduce CDL age from 21 to 18. - Friday, August 17, 2018
A proposed US law would reduce the minimum age for driving a commercial vehicle across state lines from 21 to 18. Proponents say it would help with the driver shortage, opponents say it would decrease safety.

Carriers Reduce Capacity in Response to USA/China trade war - Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Due to the trade war between US and China, several shipping lines have withdrawn the vessels recently (especially in Central & North China) to minimize the impact. However orders remain strong resulting in a vessel space crunch.

Trade Wars - US Tariffs and Foreign Counter Tariffs - Monday, July 02, 2018
The U.S. federal government imposed tariffs on steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) and in retaliation countries around the world are imposing tariffs on U.S. export goods. The outcomes will be higher prices...

ILA and USMX reach tentative contract agreement covering US East and Gulf Coast ports - Friday, June 08, 2018
The International Longshoremen’s Association and the employer group United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have reached agreement on a tentative master contract that will run through 2024.

FMC to reduce regulatory burdens on NVOCCs - Thursday, June 07, 2018
THE FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION VOTED UNANIMOUSLY WEDNESDAY TO APPROVE NEW REGULATORY LANGUAGE IT SAYS WILL RELIEVE REGULATORY BURDENS ON NON-VESSEL OPERATING COMMON CARRIERS (NVOCCS) AND GIVE SHIPPERS MORE CHOICES AND FLEXIBILITY.

St Petersburg Russia closed to IMO cargo during FIFA tournament 6/14-7/15 - Friday, May 11, 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament is scheduled to take place in Russian Federation from June 14 - July 15, 2018. carriers will not accept IMO Cargo routed through St Petersburg as early as April 1 2018 and may not begin accepting it until after July 25, 2018.

China Customs Advance Manifest (CCAM) Regulation - Friday, May 11, 2018
Chinese customs will require all shipments to/from/ via mainland China to provide advance shipping data.

Qingdao will restrict DG cargo between June 1 and June 20. - Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Due to the meeting of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization held in Qingdao DG cargo except class 8 and 9 will not be accepted between June 1st and June 20th.

NS freight routed over VIG delayed 36-48 hours - Tuesday, May 08, 2018
containers routed via port of Virginia may be delayed due to a derailment.

Hyundai announces discontinuance of "no-partial" requests with rail precarriage - Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Across the industry we have seen more splits over the past year and most especially over the past 4 months. Operational issues have caused this and Hyundai has decided that it will not accomodate customer requests for "no partials" on shipments booked with rail precarriage due to the likelihood of containers arriving on different trains at different times. Their customer notification of 4/24 follows.

CP union strike averted....for now - Saturday, April 21, 2018
The CP union worker strike was averted when a final offer was presented for approval by the union. Now they need to decide whether or not to accept it. Meanwhile they will not strike as planned.

CP Teamsters Union Plans to Strike on 4/21. All operations will halt. - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Canadian Pacific Railroad issued 2 customer bulletins on 4/18/2018 warning that the Teamsters union had planned a work stoppage strike on 4/21/2018.

Port of LA/LB PierPass Program to use appointment model in Aug 2018 - Monday, April 16, 2018
The PierPass program used to collect funds to pay for night staffing of the ports has revealed a new model that will charge for all port transactions during the day and night and will spread volume based on appointments instead of day hours and night hours. This is meant to resolve the queuing of trucks in preparation for off-peak hours when the off-peak charge was not applied.

Why do bookings keep splitting? - Tuesday, April 10, 2018
An explanation of market influences that have resulted in more split bookings in recent months.

ILA and USMX make contract progress - Monday, April 09, 2018
ILA AND USMX REPORT SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS ON SIX-YEAR EXTENSION AGREEMENT, FOLLOWING TWO DAYS OF INTENSIVE BARGAINING

port of LA/LB Pierpass Program continues to seek input - Monday, March 12, 2018
Pierpass reviewed 2 alternatives to the now 13 yr old Pierpass program. terminal appts and port-wide peal-off program with carriers picking up the next available load. the Peal-off option found little support. The appointment system is undergoing continued discussion.

US President Trump Signed in Steel and Aluminum Tariff - Friday, March 09, 2018
Tariffs of 25% on Steel and 10% on Aluminum were signed in by president Trump. They will take effect March 23, 2018. Some products were excluded due to insufficient US production capacity.

Steel and Aluminum tariffs to be signed in next week - Thursday, March 01, 2018
President Trump revealed to steel and aluminum industry leaders on Thursday 3/1 that the US will impose a 25% tariff on steel and 10% on aluminum imports.

Drayage shortages cause cost increases - Monday, February 26, 2018
CMA announced that ongoing drayage limitations in key markets is delaying shipments with carrier haulage. In order to move cargo the cost has gone up.

LTL rate increases are coming - Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Logistics Management published an article indicating that trucking veterans are already increasing rates to compensate for higher demand and shrinking capacity.

FMC publishes list of priorities for regulatory reform - Monday, January 15, 2018
FMC recently published a list of priorities for regulatory review/reform which will reduce regulatory burdens making it easier to do business. while ensuring the FMC can still effectively meet its obligation under the shipping act of 1984.

ICC report on piracy for 2017 - Monday, January 15, 2018
ICC Commercial Crime Services division published its piracy statistics for 2017. Piracy rates are down overall but some localities saw increases.

China Restricts Scrap Metal Imports - Friday, December 15, 2017
APL sent a notification on 12/15/2017 that the government of China has announced import restrictions for scrap material/waste cargo with immediate effect.

OOCL sale to COSCO approved by EU - Friday, December 08, 2017
EU regulators saw no reason to prevent COSCOs purchase of OOCL so the acquistiion will proceed. Other global regulators such as USA also did not find siginificant reason to object. COSCO and OOCL are both members of the OCEAN Alliance.

Maersk purchase of Hamburg Sud recieves final approval - Friday, December 01, 2017
Effective 12/1/2017 the purchase of Hamburg Sud by Maersk Line is effective. Hamburg Sud will remain a stand alone independent brand.

Cargo Industry Alert: ELDs Mandated on 12/18/2017 - Thursday, November 02, 2017
Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) will be required for commercial truck drivers whose range is greater than 100 miles from their terminal. This will increase costs and reduce truck capacity. Read on to find out what you can do to mitigate cost increases.

Sealand Perdiem relief due to Hurricane related service outages - Friday, September 15, 2017
Sealand halted perdiem due to operational limitations during and after Hurricanes Harvey (TX) and Irma (FL,GA,SC)

CSX rail restoration update - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
CSX provided an update noting service restored to Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL and Tampa, FL.

NS update of SE terminals after Hurricane Irma - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
NS rail provides update on Irma recovery. FEC, Jacksonville and Savannah are still closed. Charleston traffic is now being accepted.

Maersk port and rail update - Hurricane Irma recovery - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Maersk provided a summary of current statuses for rail ramps and ocean ports affected by hurricane Irma. Florida ports and Freeport Bahamas are still closed.

Hurricane Irma update. Impacts in Florida and Bahamas - Monday, September 11, 2017
Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida. Maersk provided a summary of impacts.

Harvey effects clearing. Rail embargo ends. - Tuesday, September 05, 2017
The port of Houston is open again and seems to have suffered little damage. KCS removed their shipping embargo on freight going to Houston.

Hurricane Irma may impact freight moving in/through Florida and/or Gulf - Tuesday, September 05, 2017
CSX posted a service advisory regarding the possible impact of Hurricane Irma which is currently moving toward the Dominican republic enroute to Florida. It is currently rated at a class 5 storm.

ELD required by Dec 18, 2017 but non-compliant trucks not shut down till April 2018 - Thursday, August 31, 2017
The US federal government recinded a bill to delay the ELD mandate so the deadline of 12/18/2017 remains in place but trucks without an EDL after that date will not be shut down. They are subject to tickets and fines but will not be put out of service the week before Christmas. After 4/1/2018 trucks will begin to be taken out of service if they are not equipped properly.

NS embargo on traffic to Mexico and Laredo, TX due to Hurricane - Monday, August 28, 2017
Norfolk Southern issued an advisory that shipoments to Laredo, TX and Mexico would not be accepted at any terminals due to rail line outages in Southern Tx due to Hurricane Harvey

Port of Houston closing early on 8/25 - Friday, August 25, 2017
Hurricane Harvey will make landfall in the gulf states of Houston and Louisiana on Friday night 8/25. the Port of Houston is closing early to prepare.

Maersk Computer System Update for 7/17/2017 - Monday, July 17, 2017
Most systems are up. Mobile apps scheduled to go live again this week.

Iceburg the size of Delaware broke off Antarctica - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The U.S. National Ice Center will monitor the trajectory of the new iceberg, which is likely to be named A-68. The currents around Antarctica generally dictate the path that the icebergs follow. In this case, the new berg is likely to float north along the coast of the peninsula, then northeast into the South Atlantic.

Maersk Line North America Update (cyber attack recovery) - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Maersk update on operations recovered after a cyber attack caused their computer systems to shut down. In this update they advise: "...we will waive Demurrage and Detention from the period of Tuesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 9, 2017 in the United States and Canada."

COSCO offers to buy OOCL - Sunday, July 09, 2017
COSCO made an offer to buy OOIL the parent of OOCL pending regulatory approval and acceptance by shareholders.

Maersk tracking now working and CS phones now open - Friday, July 07, 2017
Maersk update advises that tracking is now working.

Maersk computer system update for 7/5/2017 - Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Maersk notes locations where systems are still not working. In the USA we have noticed tracking is still down althought most of the rest of the my.maerskline.com functions are now working.

Maersk Line announces improved My.maerskline.com functionality - Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Maersk computer system update. my.maerskline.com functionality is improving

Maersk updates computer system recovery from cyber attack - Monday, July 03, 2017
various updates from Maersk regarding progress in recovering system use after a cyber attach shut most systems down.

Maersk Nearly back to Normal - Friday, June 30, 2017
Aside from noted exceptions Maersk operations are nearly back to normal. Maerskline.com is not fully restored.

Hyundai Announces Change from Cal United Terminals (CUT) - Friday, June 30, 2017
California United Terminals, Inc. has announced that it will be ceasing operations and closing at the end of August 2017 because it has been and will continue to be unable to provide competitive rates for its services to Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd.

Maersk Line announces partial recovery from Cyber Attack - Thursday, June 29, 2017
Maersk Line provided an update regarding progress restoring their systems after they suffered a cyber attack which forced them to shut down all but their vessel operating systems.

PierPass rate increase to $72.09/TEU eff 8/1/2017 - Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Beginning August 1, the TMF will be $72.09 per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) or $144.18 per forty-foot container. The TMF is charged only on containers that are moved between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays. No TMF is due for containers moved during OffPeak shifts

Volcano eruption in Russia affects cargo flights from Asia to America - Monday, June 26, 2017
Air carriers cancelled flights and reduced cargo weight due to volcanic ash in the air causing fuel ignition concerns.

Congestion outbound from India - Thursday, January 19, 2017
Space is limited as carriers fill vessels. Shipments ex- Nhava Sheva may roll as some vessels arrive full or omit calling Nhava Sheva.

US Removes Sanctions on Sudan - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has cancelled sanctions on Sudan.

Maersk agrees to purchase Hamburg Sud - Thursday, December 01, 2016
Pending regulatory permission Maersk Line, the largest container carrier in the world by TEU capacity has agreed to purchase Hamburg Sud.

Kline, MOL, & NYK agree to merge container shipping divisions - Monday, October 31, 2016
Kline, MOL and NYK have announced an agreement to combine their container shipping opperations. Pending regulatory approval they plan to be fully integrated in April of 2018.

Oakland terminal announces permanent night hours (2nd shift) - Monday, October 24, 2016
American Shipper published on Sept 21, 2016 news that OICT will make experimental night gates permanent after the success of shifting over 20% of daily traffic to the night shift. A $30 per container fee will be applied to all loaded import or export containers to pay for the additional labor.

Port of Virginia Warns that ILA will hold all Hanjin Import Shipments - Friday, September 16, 2016
The Port of Virginia sent a notice to customers that the ILA plans to hold all Hanjin import shipments. No explanation is available at this time on the ILA site. No explanation of what is required to collect cargo has been provided to cargo owners as of this writing.

China reduces Zika Mosquito treatment requirements for USA shipments - Thursday, September 08, 2016
FAS has recieved updated guidance from Chinese authorities reducing the mosquito disinsection treatment requirement for the USA to a regional model that only requires treatment for shipments that originate or ship from the state of Florida.

Hanjin bankruptcy fall out - Thursday, September 01, 2016
Ocean carriers scramble to rebook containers as they work through the deluge of Hanjin related shipments that are no longer moving as planned. Additional rate increases are expected to be filed as carriers guage the new capacity equalibrium.

Hanjin enters Court Recievership - Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Hanjin notified customers in an open letter that their attempts to convince creditors to accept voluntary debt restructure had failed and that they had filed for court protection.

China Zika Virus mosquito treatment update - Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Following an Aug. 18 meeting with officials from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, the Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has provided the following additional information on China’s Zika virus-related requirements affecting goods exported from the U.S., which are expected to remain in effect until March 2017

2 of 3 BNSF lines back open after wildfire closure - Friday, August 19, 2016
BNSF lines at Cajon California were closed due to a large wildfire in the area on 8/16. At 17:50 Pacific time on Wednesday 2 of the 3 lines were re-opend.

The BNSF main line out of LA basin is blocked by a wildfire - Wednesday, August 17, 2016
BNSF main line through el Cajon California is impacted by the wildfire burning there at 0% containment. Trains will be delayed. BNSF has notified ocean carriers of the potential delays. Hyundai pass along the warning.

ANL and USL Transpacific services to be absorbed by APL - Tuesday, August 16, 2016
APL announced that it will absorb the current transpacific business of ANL and USL. All are owned by parent company CMA CGM.

China adds USA to list of countries that must fumigate loads - Monday, August 15, 2016
On 3 August 2016 China added the USA to its list of countries required to treat shipments destined for China. This will affect all commodities.

ILWU accepts PMA invitation to start contract extension talks for USWC labor - Friday, August 12, 2016
Well ahead of the July 2019 contract expiration the PMA invited the ILWU to discuss a contract extension. ILWU recently decided to attend a preliminary discussion and report back to union members regarding the proposition. An extension could stabilize labor and help cargo owners feel more comfortable routing cargo over USWC ports again.

G20 Summit impact update - Tuesday, August 09, 2016
G20 Summit will be held soon in Hangzhou, China. In order to clear the air industrial pollutors will stop production in advance and during the summit.8/24 to 9/6 This will effect the entire Zhejiang area. Some inland transport services will be suspended or rerouted. Expect congestion prior to and following the suspension as shippers try to beat the shut down cut off.

Iowa Plans a New Intermodal Hub in Cedar Rapids - Monday, July 18, 2016
Iowa is preparing to move forward with the development of a large ($46.5 million) intermodal hub in the eastern part of the state at Cedar Rapids.

G-20 conference will curtail manufacturing in Hangzhou (near Ningbo/Shanghai) - Monday, July 11, 2016
In order to reduce polution prior to the G-20 conference China is expected to require heavy industry to shut down for several weeks prior to and during the Sept 4-5 conference.

Oakland plans to add $30/container fee to fund 2nd shift - Tuesday, July 05, 2016

G6 Alliance Terminals agree to provide VGM scaling - Wednesday, June 29, 2016
G6 ALLIANCE container terminals offer VGM scaling for export loads.

China Quells Pollution for G20 Summit in Huangzhou - Friday, June 24, 2016
Shanghai will be closing down 225 of its industrial facilities in order to cut pollution before the arrival of world leaders for the G20 summit in neighboring Hangzhou between August 24 and September 6.

Methods of weighing containers at ports (equipment in the market) - Monday, June 20, 2016
This article provides details about container weighing methods available to ports. (It does not include an explanation of which technologies are currently in use in any specific ports.)

CMA-CGM Acquires NOL (APL) - Monday, June 06, 2016
CMA CGM S.A. launches all-cash voluntary conditional general offer to acquire NOL

"THE Alliance" is announced to compete with M2 and Oceans Alliance - Thursday, May 19, 2016
Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, “K”Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming have agreed to create a new alliance covering all East-West trade lanes begining in April 2017.

INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS, INC. RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXPORT SERVICE - Monday, May 16, 2016
We are pleased to announce that ILI has been awarded the President's E Star award by the US Secretary of Commerce!

History behind the SOLAS VGM requirement. A Tale of two ships sinking - Monday, May 09, 2016
In 2007 the MSC Napoli cracked in a storm. It was beached and containers were removed by a barge with crane. Containers were weighed and it was discovered that 137 of 660 that did not take on water had misreported weights. one of which was off by 20 tons... In 2013 the MOL Comfort suffered a midship split. Weight was determined to be a factor even though the ship was not loaded to full rated capacity....

Hanjin request voluntary debt restructure - Wednesday, April 27, 2016
On April 25 Hanjin sent customers a letter explaining their goal of restructuring their debt. Rumors have been circulating in the news media for several days because of their heavy losses year after year and because they have reached the point where insolvency is imminent unless creditors extend due dates and reduce interest rates.

Why SOLAS VGM matters? - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Many parties who will be required to make operational changes to comply with the new SOLAS VGM requirement are asking "WHY?" Why now is this suddenly a problem? The answer is, it has always been a problem and at long last the time has come to change. Some shocking statistics reveal how big the problem of misdeclared weights can be.

Panama Canal Expansion set to being operations June 26, 2016 - Monday, April 11, 2016
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced Wednesday it will officially open its new locks for transit of larger ships June 26.

U.S. Signs Trade Agreement, Announces Commercial Dialogue with Argentina - Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The U.S. and Argentina signed a bilateral trade and investment framework agreement, announced a new commercial dialogue and discussed other ways to expand commerce during President Obama’s recent visit to Argentina...

CMA-CGM to bring 18,000 TEU ships to the Transpacific trade - Thursday, March 03, 2016
The French ocean carrier will deploy the mammoth 18,000-TEU CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin and five sister ships in the transpacific trade between Asia and the United States West Coast starting in May.

Winter Storm Jonas impacts Norfolk Southern rail operations - UPDATE - Saturday, January 23, 2016
Severe weather conditions continue to adversely impact extensive portions of our rail network, especially in the northeast. This will result in service delays of 24 to 48 hours for shipments originating from or destined to our Northeast facilities.

Nhava Sheva (Mumbai) India port strike - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
JNPT terminal workers union at NHAVA SHEVA port have called for a strike from today 20/Jan while slowdown at NSICT terminal has taken a weird divergence into strike like situation and movement is at standstill, and also the traffic is now congested to an extent of 50 kilometres stretch from the terminal.

Canada begins penalizing carriers who dont e-Manifest on time. - Monday, January 11, 2016
Highway carriers will finally face penalties for non-compliance with advanced filing regulations that first went into effect in 2010, following similar mandates for ocean and air.

US EX-IM Bank is back in business - Monday, December 14, 2015
American Shipper reported on 12/8/15 that Ex-Im Bank had been reauthorized by congress and was accepting new applications.

FMCSA Finalizes Rule Requiring Electronic Driver Logs. - Monday, December 14, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the adoption of a final rule requiring the use of ELDs across the trucking and bus industries.

Ports of Long Beach considers reduction of free time to improve fluidity - Monday, December 14, 2015
port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup offered a 6 shift free time period instead of the current 4 day scheme as a way to improve throughput at the terminals.

CMA-CGM to purchase NOL / APL - Monday, December 07, 2015
APL president Kenneth Glenn provides an explanation of the process of acquisition and advises that the APL brand will continue under CMA-CGM.

Channai Intl airport to re-open on 12/8/2015 - Monday, December 07, 2015
Chennai airport flooding has subsided and will re-open on 12/8/2015 but recovery will be long with many roads and telecommunication infrastructure still not back on line.

Chennai India Airport is shut down due to flooding and more rain is expected through Sunday 12/6. - Thursday, December 03, 2015
Chennai India transportation operations have been shut down due to heavy flooding including shutting down the airport. due to continuing rain for the next few days the situation will probably require a couple of weeks to recover back to normal.

Congress reaches bicameral, bipartisan agreement on Transportation bill. - Wednesday, December 02, 2015
On 12/1/2015, leaders of key House and Senate committees related to transportation said an agreement has been reached for new long-term surface transportation bill known as Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

Big CSA changes included in Congress’ final highway bill draft - Wednesday, December 02, 2015
The combined Senate and House bill (FAST Act) removed the carrier selection criteria that would have limited carrier selection to only those with a satisfactory rating. Removing that will allow more than 80% of trucking companies which have not been rated to continue to operate.

Transportation stop-gap extends Positive Train Control deadline till late 2018 - Monday, November 16, 2015
The PTC deadline has been extended till the end of 2018 allowing railroads time to implement and test the technology.

COSCO and China Shipping Group are investigating merger options - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
COSCO Group and China Shipping Group are likely to receive the go-ahead from Beijing for their merger draft plan at the end of this year, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Positive Train Control Extension- Still a Work in Progress - Wednesday, October 21, 2015
BNSF will not be able to meet the federally mandated PTC deadline on 1/1/2016 so they continue to work with congress to enact a deadline extension that will enable them to continue operation instead of shutting down at the deadline.

COSCO orders 11 containerships with 19,000 TEUs capacity each - Monday, September 14, 2015
COSCO placed newbuild orders worth an estimated $1.5 billion at four shipyards that are to be delivered in 2018.

TSA rep warns that container rates will rise for U.S. exports - Monday, September 14, 2015
Current rates only make a "nominal contribution" to a round-trip transpacific sailing, and "barely compete for space aboard ships with empty repositioned containers needed in Asia,” according to the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement.

New Mobile Phone App Aims to Eliminate Corruption in African Transportation - Friday, August 21, 2015
A new mobile phone application has been introduced in Africa to enable those involved in the freight industry to report delays and corruption.

Shippers will soon be required to provide certified accurate container weights - Thursday, August 13, 2015
The Ocean shipping requirement to provide a certified container weight goes into effect in July 1, 2016. Shippers may need to consider required changes in software, equipment and procedures in order to comply. Containers without certified weights will not be loaded onto ships.

Stink Bug Regs for AU & NZ change for 2015 - Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Brown Marmarated Stink Bug quarantine regulations have been updated for 2015. Australia and New Zealand implemented the quarantine last year and this year have narrowed the scope of products under surveillance.

BNSF changes rail terminal free time and storage charges - Tuesday, August 04, 2015
BNSF has adjusted its free time calculations by now counting all days including weekends. There are 2 tiers of terminals with differing free time.

OFAC updates Crimea Sanctions to prevent evasion - Thursday, July 30, 2015
Update to OFAC's Sectoral Sanctions Identifications (SSI) List; Issuance of an Important Crimea Sanctions Advisory

PierPass Rate Increase Press Release - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Effective August 1, 2015, the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) will increase from $66.50 to $69.17 per TEU ($138.34 per FEU). Containers claimed before 9/1 but which move on or after 9/1 will be subject to the new rate.

CMA-CGM 2015 Haz Placard Changes (Clarification) Effective July 12, 2015 - Thursday, July 09, 2015
US Department of Transportation (49CFR) requires the use of hazardous materials placards when transporting hazardous materials cargo and dangerous goods in the US. When a placard is not in compliance with the regulation or rules in place, the placard has to be replaced or removed or repositioned generating costs to bring the signs to compliance.

CTP Says DOT Heavy truck study is politically Biased and asks Congress to review - Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Coalition for Transportation Productivity asks Congress to take closer look at a truck size and weight study that DOT produced because they believe DOT should not have included recommendations that Congress NOT act to make changes due to insufficient data. They want Congress to review and make their own decision.

Virginia Ports Extend Gate Hours for Peak Season - Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Effective 7/7/2015 NIT, VIG and PPCY will be open from 0700-1700 on Saturdays. VIG will further extend gate hours till 2359 Mon-Thur between Aug 17 and Nov 25th.

House votes in favor of TPA, but rejects TAA - Monday, June 29, 2015
Despite passing fast-track Trade Promotion Authority, the U.S. House of Representatives potentially stopped TPA in its tracks today, voting against a companion bill to help workers displaced by trade deals.

Panama Canal begins filling new Pacific locks - Monday, June 29, 2015
The Panama Canal has begun filling the Cocoli’s locks on the Pacific side of the waterway, an important milestone in the canal's massive expansion project.

APL changes rail providers in the Eastern US - Friday, June 05, 2015
Effective June 16, 2015, APL will utilize the Norfolk Southern Railroad for rail movement throughout the Eastern US for cargoes discharging or loading via US West Coast ports. APL will continue to use the Union Pacific Railroad for movement through the Western US with interchange of shipments to or from the Norfolk Southern RR. Shipments discharging or loading via US East and Gulf Coast ports are not impacted by this change in underlying rail carrier provider.

Legislation proposed to Avert Port Labor Strikes and/or Slowdowns. - Friday, June 05, 2015
A bill was introduced in Congress that would enable the president of the USA to intervene to end port labor strikes including slowdowns and would also allow state governors to initiate the process of federal back-to-work injunctions.

Port truckers to vote on strike that could begin Monday 4/27 - Friday, April 24, 2015
Truck drivers who haul goods from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will vote tomorrow whether to launch another strike beginning as early as Monday morning, union officials announced today.

LA/LB see traffic spike in the wake of labor resolution - Monday, April 20, 2015
depsite lots of media buzz about shippers permanently re-roouting cargo away from USWC ports many shippers have redirected freight back to LA/Long Beach now that the labor dispute is over. The congestion however remains so the additional volume is straining clean up efforts.

Port of Virginia Ongoing Terminal Congestion - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Severe congestion continues at the port of Virginia. Plans are in place to alleviate some congestion but overwhelming volume is an ongoing challenge

Port of Virginia restricts the export - Friday, March 20, 2015
The Port of Virginia continues to take immediate action to reduce the congestion at Virginia International Gateway (VIG) and Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT).

Port of NY/NJ replaces Long Beach as the 2nd largest container port in US (by volume) - Thursday, March 12, 2015
The port complex of New York/ New Jersey handled more containers than Long Beach in the first two months of 2015.

Los Angeles, Long Beach ports expect to be back to normal in three months - Monday, March 09, 2015
The top executives of the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach said Tuesday they think it will take about three months to clear up the container backlog that built up at their ports during the final months of contract negotiations between employers and longshoremen on the West Coast.

Norfolk Port Closure Update (NIT opening to more traffic) - Friday, March 06, 2015
NS advises that frieght will begin shipping from NS Landers yard in Chicago effective 18:00 on 3/6/2015

Norfolk Ports Remain Closed to Intermodal Traffic from 2/26 Thru 3/4 and Counting - Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) and Virginia International Gateway (VIG) remain temporarily closed to all eastbound (export) intermodal traffic. The decision was enacted on Feb. 26 and remains in effect while The Port of Virginia's rail operations team continues to address significant rail volume at NIT and VIG

Port of Virginia Shut Down 2/26 and 2/27 Due to Snowfall - Thursday, February 26, 2015
As a result of the forecast for significant snow tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 25, and into Thursday morning, Feb. 26, The Port of Virginia is enacting its snow preparation, removal and resumption of operations plan. -Port terminals closed Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27. -Port administrative offices in Hampton Roads will be closed all day on Thursday, Feb. 26.

NS Railroad closes gates to traffic bound for Norfolk, VA due to weather - Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Due to high volumes, past and impending weather conditions, effective 06:00 Thursday February 26, Norfolk Southern will be amending its existing gate closure to include all loaded and empty containers billed to Norfolk International Terminals.

West Coast ports easing back into full production, PMA says - Monday, February 23, 2015
US West coast terminals will now spend the next 2 or 3 months working off the backlog of congestion that has built up at the ports over the past 4--5 months.

ILWU, PMA reach tentative five-year agreement - Monday, February 23, 2015
Negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association have reached a tentative coastwide contract agreement for five years after more than nine months of bargaining.

Empty Container Restriction for Norfolk International Terminals - Monday, February 23, 2015
The Port of Virginia will immediately restrict the movement of empty eastbound containers to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) until further notice.

Hamburg Süd acquires Chilean container line CCNI - Thursday, February 19, 2015
Hamburg Süd has inked a deal to acquire Chilean container carrier Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica (CCNI)

Obama directs Labor Secretary Perez to get involved in West Coast port contract talks - Monday, February 16, 2015
President Obama is sending Labor Secretary Tom Perez to get involved in the contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association. Move comes as ILWU, PMA talks enter 10th month.

Oakland warns of two-month backlog as cargo piles up - Friday, February 13, 2015
Clearing the cargo backlog at US west coast ports would take two months, once a new contract with longshore workers had been reached, the Port of Oakland says in a status update as relations between employers and labor worsen.

FAQs Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Quarantine in AU and NZ - Thursday, February 12, 2015
In response to questions concerning the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Quarantine we provide a list of important questions and answers as provided by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.

Australia and New Zealand require fumigation on Breakbulk and vehicles - Thursday, February 05, 2015
AU and NZ implement fumigation requirement to control the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: emergency measures for break bulk and containerized vehicles, machinery, automotive parts and tires.

Possible West Coast Port Shut-Down - Tuesday, February 03, 2015
We have recently received an update from sources close to the situation in LA who have stated that it now appears a port shut down is very likely by this coming weekend.

US West Coast Port Congestion Increases in Labor Battle - Monday, January 26, 2015
Congestion at West Coast ports is the worst it has been since longshoremen began hard-timing employers in early November, and conditions are expected to worsen as terminal operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union use manning issues to see how much pain they can inflict on each other.

Union Pacific Contingency Plans for Potential West Coast Port Work Interruption - Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Union Pacific Plans an embargo at 23:59 the day of any work stoppage at USWC ports.

FMCS to join USWC port labor negotiations - Tuesday, January 06, 2015
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced late Monday that contract negotiations between the ILWU and PMA will proceed under the auspices of the FMCS “as soon as possible.”

PMA calls for Mediation in contract talks with ILWU - Monday, December 29, 2014
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said it will take more time before responding to a call by its members' employers for a federal mediator to get involved in contract negotiations.

U.S. Eases Policies Toward Cuba - Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Obama administration announced Dec. 17 a number of measures designed to “chart a new course in [U.S.] relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.”

IMO to require container weights verification in 2016 - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The International Maritime Organization has agreed to an amended rule requiring container weights.

Carriers proceeding with massive trans-Pacific eastbound rate hike - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Carriers are proceeding with the largest single trans-Pacific eastbound rate increase in years but have only postponed making a formal announcement.

Asia partner offers forecast of onging Q4 problems - Monday, November 24, 2014
Our partner in China provided an summary of the current US shipping difficulties and forecast for the coming months based on discussions with ocean carrier feedback. It has been edited to improve readability.

Labor Situation – US West Coast - Monday, November 10, 2014
CMA CGM recently sent customers an advisory regarding deteriorating labor productivity in Seattle/Tacoma and Los Angeles/Long Beach ports. We anticipate that the situation will continue to cause increasing delays and congestion till the labor contract is signed.

Dock Worker Slowdown Affects PNW Ports - Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Ports in the Pacific North Western US are experiencing reduced productivity as dock workers implement slow downs to pressure the PMA in ongoing ILWU contract negotiations.

September volume on the Union Pacific peaks for 2014. Rail delays ensue. - Thursday, October 23, 2014
Carloads reached their highest point of the year in September on the Union Pacific Railroad. Volume related delays have become apparent and most acute in the PNW. UP is working a plan to improve service.

International Buyer Program 2015 Trade Show Schedule - Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The International Trade Administration has selected trade shows for inclusion in the the 2015 International Buyer Program. Events are listed in Chronological order.

Los Angeles Port Congestion Worsens - Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach grew worse over the weekend, with no relief in sight as late peak-season container volumes descend on the largest U.S. port complex.

TSA announces new pricing methodology - Monday, October 06, 2014
TSA plans to change from recommending GRI quantums to recommending base rates to its members.

Ningbo Trucker Strike Resolved - Monday, August 25, 2014
After 3 days of negotiation between the government, trucking labor union and truck owners an agreement has been reached to increase the trucking fee 12%. Drivers are back to work.

Ningbo trucker strike update - Friday, August 22, 2014
The truckers strike has now completely shut down the port of Ningbo. An estimated 10,000 drivers blockaded the port entrance and smashed the windshields of any drivers that tried to get through. Protesters also clashed with police.

Ningbo trucker strike - Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Our office in Ningbo China reports that the Ningbo Labour Union has announced a general trucking strike. While it is not clear that their agenda is, or when it will end, they project delays with container pickup.

USDA Provides Details About the Russian Ban on Imports of U.S. Agricultural Goods - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service issued a notice on 8/7/2014 publishing the Russian announcement of a ban on many Agricultural commodities from countries that imposed sanctions against them (including the USA) due to regional political conflicts.

IANA Reports 8.2% Intermodal Volume Increase in Q2 - Monday, August 11, 2014
International containers increased 9.6 percent, trailers improved by 4.3 percent, and domestic containers grew 7.6 percent quarter over quarter, all indications that the intermodal industry is recovering from a harsh winter and a contracted economy.

Russia bans imports of U.S. agricultural goods - Thursday, August 07, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on Wednesday to ban and limit imports of agricultural products from the United States and other countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia.

CMA CGM Warns of Delays Due to Driver Shortage & Congestion - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
CMA sent a warning regarding delays due to drayage power shortages in the US.

LA volume spike during port labor & trucker negotiations - Friday, July 18, 2014
Box volume at the Port of Los Angeles surged 13.9% in June. There is still no progress to report on the port labor contract with the ILWU and PMA still negotiating behind closed doors. The situation with “independent” truckers attempting to organise through the Teamsters Union has at died down, for the moment due to a cooling off deal arranged by the mayor of Los Angeles.

Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles Delays - Friday, July 11, 2014
Drayage provider VTC reports on conditions at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach.

CN imposes cargo allocations at Vancouver, Prince Rupert - Thursday, July 10, 2014
Canadian National Railway will issue equipment allocations to ocean carrier customers shipping through Port Metro Vancouver and the Port of Prince Rupert as it struggles to cope with what it called an unexpected surge in U.S.-bound cargo linked to the July 1 expiration of the U.S. West Coast longshore contract.

Update on California Port Congestion and Labor Negotiations - Friday, June 27, 2014
Update from the Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Assn. on port congestion in California and the state of ILWU/PMA contract negotiations.

US Customs issues guidelines for West Coast diversions - Wednesday, June 25, 2014
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued guidelines for ship and cargo contingency plans ahead of a possible West Coast trade disruption arising from the expiration of the longshore labor union contract.

Issues being negotiated in the ILWU / PMA contract in 2014 - Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition provides a synopsis of points being determined in the West Coast Union

Port of Vancouver terminal congestion due to strike - Friday, March 21, 2014
Hanjin sent out this customer notice regarding the port of Vancouver's congestion problem.

VANCOUVER TRUCKING STRIKE PLANNED - Thursday, March 13, 2014
UTA and UNIFOR truck driver unions have given notice they will withdraw service or strike. CN railroad has suspended movement of refrigerated cargo through the port of Vancouver.

Avalanche blocks BNSF line from PNW to the midwest - Thursday, March 06, 2014
The BNSF rail line in Montana has been blocked by an avalanche.

UP to open a new intermodal ramp near El Paso on April 1, 2014 - Monday, March 03, 2014
Union Pacific announced the April 1 opening of the Santa Teresa Intermodal Ramp (STIR) in Santa Teresa, New Mexico covering the El Paso metro area.

Norfolk, VA terminals closed Wed 1/29/14 due to heavy snow - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Port of Virginia issued an advisory that NIT, APMT, PMT, NNMT terminals would all be closed all day on Wednesday Jan 29th.

Political Protesters block major intersections in Bangkok - Monday, January 13, 2014
A major coordinated political protest is taking place throughout the city of Bangkok in order to force out the current political officials. Intersections and government buildings are being blockaded.

BNSF updates LPKC transition plan - Monday, December 30, 2013
BNSF will transition additional lanes of traffic from Argentine Intermodal Facility to Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) terminal in Edgerton, KS. This will increase the drayage expense for these lanes for nearly all customers.

China to revise 6% VAT on freight - Thursday, December 26, 2013
China implemented a 6% tax on freight charges which were billed/collected in China. It appears this will be removed on freight charges for ocean and air cargo but may remain for other charges.

Exports to Unverified Parties Get Improved Oversight Under BIS Rule - Thursday, December 19, 2013
BIS Issued a final rule effective Jan 21, 2014 to enhance its ability to verify the bona fides of parties to exports.

FREIGHT COST OUTLOOK FOR Q1 2014 - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
A Hong Kong based affiliate provided a prospectus for the upcoming 2014 price increases and contract negotiation season. Its only a forecast but may be of use to you in planning your shipping budget.

Germany to begin enforcing line item HS codes on documentation - Tuesday, December 10, 2013
An APL advisory was emailed to customers warning that Germany would begin enforcing the 6 digit HS code requirement on documents.

CTU packing code moves a step closer - Friday, October 25, 2013
The joint IMO/ILO/UN-ECE Cargo Transport Unit packing code of practice should be finalized in Geneva on 4-6 November.

Port of Oakland Picketed by truckers. - Monday, October 21, 2013
Via email update through emodal.com we have been advised that Port of Oakland Berths 55-59 are closed due to trucker picket lines.

Regional Fuel Averages Unpublished Due To US Fed Shut Down. - Monday, October 14, 2013
EIA is closed due to a lapse in appropriations. EIA will not update its website until the agency reopens.

US Federal Government Shut Down Affects Export License Applicants - Friday, October 04, 2013
"The Federal Government is currently shut down due to a funding lapse. As a result, the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is no longer accepting export license applications, classification requests (CCATS), encryption reviews, encryption registrations, or advisory opinion requests. Similarly, BIS will not be issuing any final determinations. The SNAP-R application on BIS's Website is not available and will not reopen until the Federal Government shutdown ends.

MSC requires High security Bolt/Bottle seals to India - Friday, September 20, 2013
MSC will require that all loads to India use a high security bolt seal. ILI can help shippers obtain ISO certified high security bolt seals if needed.

NS removes MT restriction at Norfolk, VA port - Friday, September 20, 2013
The Temporary Empty Container Restriction for Norfolk APMT was Removed effective 9/20/2013

Lack of Clarity on China’s VAT Frustrates Shippers - Monday, September 09, 2013
A new valued-added tax of 6 percent on logistics services and 11 percent on domestic transportation is racking confusion on the industry, as shippers and transportation providers try to interpret vague language out of Beijing.

Port of Norfolk, VA extends hours to help relieve peak surge - Tuesday, September 03, 2013
In response to heavy volumes resulting from peak season cargo, Virginia International Terminals, LLC, is modifying the truck gate hours at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT).

OAKLAND PORTS STALLED BY BOYCOTT - Monday, August 19, 2013
Please note that ALL of the Oakland Terminals are undergoing a BOYCOTT. This affects all Port Drivers and the S.S.A Terminal primarily. Delays are expected throughout the day.

Cargo gridlock continues at Port of Oakland SSA terminal complex - Monday, August 12, 2013
A serious month-long bottleneck at the Port of Oakland's SSA terminal complex is making customers wait weeks for their cargo and truckers waiting in lines as long as seven hours to load goods.

Tanzania implements ECTN requirement eff Sept 1, 2013 - Monday, July 29, 2013
Tanzania has implemented an ECTN requirement for all shipments inbound to Tanzania.

China Implements 6% Tax on Transportation Related Expenses Paid Locally. - Thursday, July 18, 2013
In compliance with newly adopted tax policy an additionanl 6% value added tax will be levied by ocean carriers on top of all charges payable at china starting from August 1, 2013 based on the issuance date of the VAT invoice. This means shipments tendered at the end of July could be affected based on the VAT invoice date.

Maher Terminals in NY reports system outage - Wednesday, July 10, 2013
System outage expected to last 1 hour.

BIS Reports on Export Control, Enforcement and Penalty Actions for FY 2012 - Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The Bureau of Industry and Security recently issued its annual report for fiscal year 2012, which includes information on the administration of export controls, enforcement efforts and penalty actions. Highlights of this report include the following.

Customs Initiates Fines for ISF Violations - Friday, June 07, 2013
Initiation Date for Liquidated Damages for ISF Non-Compliance - July 9, 2013

Obama nominates Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as next Secretary of Transportation. - Monday, April 29, 2013
President Obama has named Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to succeed Ray LaHood as secretary of transportation. Foxx must now be confirmed by the Senate before taking his post.

Hong Kong Terminal Labor Strike Continues - Friday, April 05, 2013
The strike is getting worse now, HIT Terminal 6 (T6), then T4, T7 and COSCO HIT T8,average 3 to 4 days delay, there are more than 80 vessel waiting berthing.

HONG KONG PORT STRIKE - Monday, April 01, 2013
Dockworkers at the port of Hong Kong are going on strike. Vessel delays are imminent.

US Federal Sequestration Plan will Impact Importers - Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Budget cuts (Sequestration) will impact cargo passing through us ports as CBP plans for employee furloughs. Cargo inspection delays are expected.

Brazilian port strike - Wednesday, February 20, 2013
We received the following memo informing us about a port strike scheduled on Feb 22nd and 26th.

East Coast Strike Update 2/1/2013 - Contract Agreement Announced! - Friday, February 01, 2013
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) posted and update on the port labor negotiations announcing a tentative agreement that will avert a labor strike.

Why should I control my export shipment? - Thursday, January 31, 2013
Top 10 Reasons to Control Your Freight and NOT ship Ex-Works

Railroads embargo Refrigerated and haz cargo from KC to USEC eff Feb1. - Thursday, January 31, 2013
The CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroads have both issued notifications that they will not accept containers in Kansas City bound for US East and gulf coast ports because of the risk of strike and congestion. Both rails list the ban from KC starting after cut on Feb 1.

ILA East & Gulf coast strike deadline nears....again - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The ILA and USMX negotiations are ongoing but both parties seem resolute regarding how to deal with long standing work rules. If unresolved the contract extension ends on Feb 6th and a strike could shut down ports on Feb 7.

East Coast Strike Update 1/30/2013 - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
ILA and USMX contract dispute remains contentious and the deadline for the current extension is Feb 6. The possibility of a strike remains and port congestion charges would be applied.

East Coast Strike Update 1/30/2013 - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
ILA and USMX contract dispute remains contentious and the deadline for the current extension is Feb 6. The possibility of a strike remains and port congestion charges would be applied.

Strike averted by another extension - Friday, December 28, 2012
ILA and USMX reached an agreement to extend the negotiation process through Feb 6, 2013. Progress was made on several items and negotiations seem to be progressing with federal mediator assistance.

Rail Embargos Planned as Port Labor Dispute Heads Toward Strike Action - Thursday, December 27, 2012
With the deadline for resolution 1 business day away US railroads are planning to embargo all international trafic to US East Coast and Gulf Coast ports.

East / Gulf Coast Port Labor Strike - Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Update on the potential ILA port labor strike.

Strike at the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA ended - Wednesday, December 05, 2012
The strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA ended. The pickets are down and the ports will be operating as usual on 12/5/2012. Gridlock in yards and congestion will likely take a week or 2 to clear up.

NS Embargo on traffic to Los Angeles announced effective 17:00 on 12/3. - Monday, December 03, 2012
Nofolk Southern railroad has announced that they will stop accepting interline freight to Los Angeles due to the Union Pacific embargo related to the union strike at LA ports.

Union Pacific embargoes freight to Los Angeles, CA due to strike - Friday, November 30, 2012
As a result of the current strike actions initiated by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)/Office Clerical Unit (OCU) at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the majority of piers are unable to accept inbound and outbound rail car shipments from Union Pacific. Union Pacific issued the embargo under announcement # IM2012-690.

Los Angeles & Long Beach labor protesters close ports - Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The strike initiated by the Office Clerical Unit of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 has spread and is being honored by others. The shut down threatens to create gridlock at the largest US port complex.

Oakland Port Workers Strike Shuts Down Port on Tuesday 11/20/12 - Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Oakland port workers ILWU have launched a 24 hour strike due to an unresolved contract dispute. All ports are affected but business should be back on line wednesday but with the Thanksgiving holiday it may not be up to full speed.

ACE system bug corrected. releases do not require all container - Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The release bug in the ACE system that occurred when a multi-container shipment was split across multiple trains has been fixed.

NY/NJ ports back open for business - Monday, November 05, 2012
The Port Authority of NY/NJ has advised that the on-dock facilities at Elizabeth Marine Terminal and New York Container Terminal will be open to truck traffic beginning Monday November 5th at 7:00am.

Cyclone shuts down Chenni India port - Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Chennai city power has been cut off in anticipation of Cyclone Nilam. Transportation has been shut down.

NS Railroad lifts Embargo on Harrisburg, Rutherford and Morrisville Terminals - Tuesday, October 30, 2012
NS Railroad lifts Embargo on Harrisburg, Rutherford and Morrisville Terminals but retains embargo on Croxton, Erail, NYCT, EMT, Baltimore.

Railroads embargo freight to the northeast due to Huricane Sandy - Monday, October 29, 2012
Norfolk Southern Railroad advised it will not accept freight to the North East US due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Many USEC ocean line offices are closed or operating with limited staff.

CTPAT program to be extended to exports - Monday, October 15, 2012
US Customs and Border protection islooking at creating an export componnent to the C-TPAT program. This will provide reciprocal benefits to other countries importing goods from the USA similar to the security provided for shipment from their countries to the USA through compliance with the U.S. C-TPAT program.

Customs ACE transition created possible container pick-up delays at rail - Thursday, October 11, 2012
The U.S. Customs' new ACE system creates a possible container pickup delay on multi-container import shipments on a single bill of lading when containers are separated across trains during in-bond delivery to inland rail ramps.

Latest update regarding the Nhava Sheva, India Strike w/eff 08th October 2012 - Friday, October 05, 2012
Today after the port met the Jnpt Labour trustees along with local leaders came in meeting and informed that w e f 8th Oct, 2012 onwards all three terminal's work will be stopped by each political parties as GTI is not coming forward to any win win solution...

Maersk Line announces Nov 5 GRI USA to Oceana - Thursday, October 04, 2012
Maersk Line will implement a General Rate Increase for dry and reefer shipments from the United States East Coast to all destinations in Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands) with an effective date of November 5, 2012.

Strike in San Antonio and San Vicente, Chile - Tuesday, October 02, 2012
stevedores in San Antonio are currently on strike due to a dispute with the government regarding pensions. At this time, it is unclear how long the strike may last.

ILA, USMX Agree to 90-Day Extension - Thursday, September 20, 2012
The International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance agreed to a 90-day contract extension, averting a threatened Maine-to-Texas dock strike at the end of this month.

ILA-USMX talks to resume under federal mediation - Thursday, September 06, 2012
Upon the request of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the parties have agreed to resume negotiations under our auspices during the week of September 17, 2012," said FMCS Director George H. Cohen.

Carriers Accelerate Extra Slow-Steaming - Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Carriers have stretched the rotation of 35 service “loops” since January, removing more than 230,000 TEUs of surplus capacity since January. Alphaliner expects a temporary surge in slow-steaming in the next two months as carriers scrap up to 20 Far East-Europe sailings during China’s Golden Week holidays in October.

USMX rejects "final offer" gauntlet thrown down by ILA - Tuesday, September 04, 2012
....work rules, wages and benefits have risen to the fore as the most contentious hurdles to getting a new master contract hammered out by the September 30 deadline in order to avert a possible waterfront labor strike.

ILA-USMX labor dispute - Friday, August 31, 2012
ILA Local Approves Strike if an Agreement is Not Reached on USEC and Gulf Port Labor Dispute.

AMS ends, ACE begins on Sept 29, 2012 - Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Effective September 29, 2012, ACE will be the only approved system for transmitting required advance rail and sea cargo information and Automated Broker Interface (ABI) in-bond transactions to CBP.

ILA Contract Talks Break Down - Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Management's 'take-it-or-leave-it' offer abruptly ends talks, including those for local contracts

ILWU Clerical Workers, Employers Break Off Talks - Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Contract negotiations between office clerical workers and the attorney representing waterfront employers in Los Angeles-Long Beach resumed Monday morning after a two-week hiatus, but ended on a sour note two hours later, with no new talks planned.

Chennai Seaport stalled by labor disputes - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
around 30 members of one section of the Trailer Owners Association have parked their vehicles in a haphazard manner in front of the terminal gates, obstructing movement to and from the Port.

New GE technology lifts handling speed of container cranes - Friday, July 13, 2012
The General Electric Company has invented a head block coupling system that allows double hoist ship-to-shore container cranes to carry varied container weights quickly and easily.....

Maersk drops service to Wallis and Futuna and Vanuatu - Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Effective July 4, 2012 Maersk discontinued booking acceptance for loads to/from Wallis and Futuna and Vanuatu.

South Korea Trucker Strike Update - Thursday, June 28, 2012
Our Korea office provided an update on the status of the trucker strike in S. Korea.

South Korea – Trucker’s Union Strike - Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The trucker’s union strike in Korea continues today. The gate-in/out activities at the terminal are limited, however, terminal operations are still performing as usual without any major impact on Hapag-Lloyd’s vessel schedule.

Shippers Fear East Coast Port Strike - Monday, June 25, 2012
...according to an online poll by The Journal of Commerce. More than 75 percent of respondents consider labor disruption at East and Gulf Coast ports likely, and 68.1 percent have contingency plans in place to divert cargo.

Dockworkers strike at Brazil's biggest port - Thursday, May 31, 2012

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.'s Freight Rail Service Halted by Strike. - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.'s freight rail service has shut down after 4,800 of its engineers, conductors and traffic controllers walked off the job shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. The strike will not only impact freight service at CP, but that of its partners and VIA Rail, which use its tracks for portions of their networks.

International Logistics, Inc. Receives Presidential “E” Award for Exports - Thursday, May 17, 2012
International Logistics, Inc. (ILI), a subsidiary of TSL Companies headquartered in Omaha, Neb., was awarded the Presidential “E” Award for Exports by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson at the White House in Washington, D.C.

U.S. - Colombia Trade Agreement Effective May 15 - Wednesday, May 09, 2012
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomed the announcement today by the Colombian government and President Obama’s administration that the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement will enter into force on May 15, 2012. Congress voted to approve the agreement by a large bipartisan majority last October.

Westbound trans-Pac carriers push seasonal rate hike for refrigerated containers - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Major container-shipping lines operating in the U.S. - Asia tradelanes have proposed a seasonal increase to existing freight rates for temperature controlled protein products and animal hides.

EU, U.S. Pact to Cut Costs for Trusted Shippers - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
The decision by the U.S. and the European Union to recognize each other’s trusted shippers is expected to save those companies money through speedier customs authorization.

Port Klang driver protest continues over high depot charges and poor service. - Thursday, May 03, 2012
Truck drivers protest at Northport over depot charges, delays.

U.S. Meat Products Restrictions in Indonesia - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
This is to advise of notice 3162/KH 260/L/4/2012 from the Agricultural Quarantine office of Indonesia for a ban on entry of animal products from the United States.

Nhava Sheva, India port villagers strike - called off - Thursday, March 29, 2012
We have just been informed that the strike has been called off, however the operations have not yet started and will take time as laborers, surveyors and custom officials have not reported to work today.

Nhava Sheva, India port villagers strike - Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The strike called by Local Villagers (Project Affected People) have blocked the roads approaching all 3 Nhava Sheva the terminals.

Grand Alliance Port Change in Pacific North West (PNW) - Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Grand alliance to call Tacoma Port instead of Seattle effective July 2012.

Cameroon CNT Requirement - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
The Ministry of Transport of Cameroon has appointed Antaser Afrique (and consequently its worldwide subagents’ network) as its sole partner for the application and validation of Cargo Tracking Notes (C.T.N.) for Cameroon.

Schedule B number changes - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Every five years the tariff numbers are updated by the World Customs Organization (WCO). "2012 is the fifth amendment to the HS Nomenclature since the WCO council approved its adoption in 1983."

Implementation of the new ISO 17712:2010 standard for mechanical seals delayed for C-TPAT participan - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
C-TPAT participants were advised in 2011 that a new high security seal would be required on all inbound ocean containers beginning March 1st, 2012. Since the issuance of the previous notice, C-TPAT has learned that the tamper evidence element of the ISO 17712:2010 requirements (Clause 6) cannot be met.

Seattle driver dispute resolved - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Union Pacific announces the driver dispute in Seattle is over and their operations will return to normal.

CBP Issues Updated Bonded Warehouse Manual - Thursday, February 09, 2012
For the first time in over 20 years U.S. Customs and Border Protection has updated its “Bonded Warehouse Manual.” CBP states that this manual serves as a comprehensive guide to understanding bonded warehouse operations...

Hapag Seattle - Strike by Port Truckers 3rd update - Thursday, February 09, 2012
Hapag provides another update warning that the strike continues and offers some alternatives for rerouting cargo.

Hapag Seattle Port strike update #2 - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Hapag Lloyd offered another update on the Seattle truckers strike informing of ongoing delays.

Trucker Strike at Port of Seattle - Thursday, February 02, 2012
Hapag Lloyd email notification of truckers strike causing delays in movement between port and rail in Seattle.

President Creates New Trade Enforcement Unit, Seeks Corporate Tax Reform - Monday, January 30, 2012
The president said he will create a Trade Enforcement Unit that will “bring together resources and investigators from across the federal government” to investigate unfair trading practices in countries around the world and called on Congress to “make sure that no foreign company has an advantage over American manufacturing when it comes to accessing financing or new markets.

TRUCKER'S STRIKE IN ITALY FROM JAN. 23RD to JAN 27+ ??? - Friday, January 27, 2012
THE SITUATION IN ITALY IS CRITICAL, DUE TO TRUCKER'S STRIKE STARTED FROM JAN. 23RD 2012 AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL JAN. 27TH 2012, AND PERHAPS COULD PROCEED ALSO AFTER JAN. 27TH, IF TRUCKERS DO NOT FIND AN AGREEMENT AND DECIDE TO STOP IT.

National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security Released - Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Obama administration released this week a national strategy for global supply chain security that seeks to address the challenges posed by threats such as natural disasters and criminal and terrorist networks.

Italian Trucker Strike Effects Port Operations - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Government officials have been petitioned to end the trucker strike that is blocking the ports of La Spezia, Genoa, Cagliari and Gioia Tauro.

3 lines expand Asia-Mideast-Europe partnership - Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The liner carriers CMA CGM, China Shipping, and UASC will expand their cooperation on the Asia-Europe trade starting in February, operating with ships of between 12,500 and 14,000 TEUs.

President Proposes to Consolidate Six Federal Trade Agencies - Monday, January 16, 2012
"The agencies affected are the Department of Commerce (core business and trade functions), the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Small Business Administration, along with “other related programs.”

Applications for New and Modified Hazmat Special Permits - Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a list of applications for special permits for exceptions from the Hazardous Material Regulations, including for motor vehicles, rail freight, cargo vessels, cargo aircraft and passenger-carrying aircraft.

Lines see rate increase success, but big 2011 losses - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Liner carriers who sought to raise revenue levels on the Asia-Europe and transpacific trades at the end of 2011 were largely successful in doing so, according to research from maritime analyst SeaIntel.

U.S., South Korea meet on FTA implementation - Monday, January 09, 2012
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Jan. 9-10 will hold working-level meetings with South Korea in Seoul to continue discussions related to implementation of the U.S.-Korea trade agreement.

China-U.S. container trade dwarfs others - Monday, January 09, 2012
A new report from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics shows that U.S. containerized trade with top partner China is more than four times that of its trade with Japan, the second largest partner.

BIS wants regulatory review input - Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Heartland Shippers Conference April 17-18 in Des Moines, IA - Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Midwest BCO's and international freight service providers will have a chance to network and discuss industry challenges and opportunities.

CSX to Offer On-Dock Rail Service at Virginia Port Authority - Tuesday, December 20, 2011
CSX Transportation (CSXT) is pleased to announce the start of on-dock rail services at Virginia Port Authority's APM Terminal (APMT) in Portsmouth, VA, effective January 3, 2012.

APL warns of possible labor disruption at Southern California ports - Friday, December 02, 2011
APL announces possible labor disruption at the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

NYK announces union strike at ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach - Friday, December 02, 2011
The Harbor Employers Association of LA- Long Beach and the Office Clerical Union (OCU) have been negotiating on a new agreement since the expiration of their last contract on June 30, 2010. The HEA recently presented a complete proposal to the OCU for a new contract which was rejected by the union. On Wednesday, Nov. 30, OCU and ILWU declared that contract negotiations were at an end and that the union would be "exercising its right to take economic action" against employers.

Vehicles with combustion engine, fueled with petrol or diesel to be declared as hazardous cargo - Thursday, December 01, 2011
Vehicles and equipment with gasoline motors may be subject to IMDG haz rulses. Some exceptions apply for isolating the battery and for empty fuel tanks.

American Airlines files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection - Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The parent of American Airlines, the nation’s third-largest airline, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday and began an overhaul of its management, labor relations and operations.

U.S., Philippines reach customs, trade agreement - Monday, November 14, 2011
The agreement offers specific commitments on trade facilitation, including simplified customs procedures and transparency of customs administration to promote increased bilateral trade.

Trans-Pacific lines plan for $400-per FEU minimum rate hike by New Year - Monday, November 14, 2011
In advance of next spring's signing of annual shipping contracts, the primary group of trans-Pacific container-shipping lines servicing the Asia-U.S. eastbound trade announced they each plan to raise "all-in" freight rates and charges by a minimum of $400 per forty-foot container as of the first of the year.

Port Check Clean Truck Fee to end effective 1/1/2012 - Friday, November 04, 2011
Beginning January 1, 2012 both the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach will no longer be assessing a Clean Truck Fee (CTF) on trucks with an engine year 2006 and older.

Earthquake in Turkey, Flooding in Thailand - Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Natural disasters are hampering operations in Turkey where a 7.2 magnatude quake struck the Van province. Thailand has been battling flooding due to heavy rain for some time and is now looking at evacuations of Bangkok, the capital city.

Port of LA "throws in the towel" on truckers - Friday, October 21, 2011
The Port of Los Angeles will not contest a US Court of Appeals decision that overturns its ban on owner-operators as part of its Clean Trucks Program

Quake-hit Sendai resumes international services - Friday, October 21, 2011
Regular international container services will partially resume this month at Sendai Shiogama, the most important port in the north eastern Japanese region of Tohoku, which bore the brunt of the March earthquake and tsunami.

TSL garners national attention in Inbound Logistics Magazine - Thursday, October 06, 2011
TSL (parent company of International Logistics Inc.) gets national attention in Inbound Logistcs Magazine.

U.S. Senate passes Rwanda investment treaty - Thursday, September 29, 2011
The treaty establishes rules that protect the rights of U.S. investors and provide market access for future U.S. investment. They also support market-based policies and best practices that treat investment in an open, transparent and non-discriminatory way.

Savannah to up reefer capacity - Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has approved a US$4.75M project that will expand the Port of Savannah's reefer container storage capacity by 45%.

Appeals Court Strikes Down L.A. Port Ban on Independent Truck Drivers - Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down Sept. 26 a ruling that strikes down a ban on independent drayage truck owner-operators that was included in the Clean Trucks Plan developed by the Port of Los Angeles.

Alameda Corridor Use Fee increases Dec 1, 2011 - Tuesday, September 27, 2011
ACTA has advised that the special rate increase will be $1.13 per TEU beginning December 1, 2011 This special rate increase will remain in effect until ACTA repays the Ports advanced monies plus interest.

ILWU Protest Closes Ports of Seattle, Tacoma - Thursday, September 08, 2011
Longview longshoremen reportedly overpowerd terminal guards, damaged rail cars The International Longshore and Warehouse Union effectively shut down the ports of Seattle and Tacoma on Thursday as workers joined fellow union members at the Port of Longview to protest the hiring of non-ILWU labor at a new grain terminal

Nepal to ask India to lift box lock requirement - Thursday, September 01, 2011
Nepal is to request India to lift a recently-imposed requirement for an additional locking system on containers delivered to the landlocked country.

Updated Best Practices Aim to Prevent Diversion of Dual-Use Goods Through Transshipment Hubs - Thursday, September 01, 2011
The Bureau of Industry and Security published Aug. 31 a new set of best practices developed in cooperation with U.S. industry to help guard against the diversion of dual-use items shipped to a transshipment hub or any intermediate country before being shipped to the country of ultimate destination.

OOCL to discontinue chassis provision in 6 markets on 9/1/11 - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Effective September 1, 2011, OOCL will no longer provide chassis for import shipments to the following locations: Charleston, SC Charlotte, NC Knoxville, TN Birmingham, AL Minneapolis, MN Cincinnati, OH

Export Controls Added for New Republic of South Sudan - Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule that, effective July 9, amends the Export Administration Regulations to add controls on exports and re-exports of U.S.-origin dual-use items to a new nation, the Republic of South Sudan.

New World Alliance to drop transpacific loop - Monday, July 11, 2011
The New World Alliance is withdrawing a transpacific service this month due to “slowing demand for retail merchandise and corresponding reductions in inventory replenishment by retailers,” NWA member Hyundai Merchant Marine said Thursday [7/7].

APL to develop intermodal facility in Illinois - Monday, July 11, 2011
APL announced it has acquired 43 acres of land from CenterPoint Properties in the city of Joliet, Illinois, to develop an intermodal container terminal.

Union Pacific Service Interruption Update - Weather (flooding) - Saturday, July 09, 2011
UP engineering crews have been working around the clock on flood prevention measures on key mainline track segments. Water levels are affecting operations between Omaha and Kansas City and between Kansas City and St Louis.

NYK ends chassis in Minneapolis, Oakland - Friday, July 01, 2011
NYK Line North America said it will no longer provide chassis in Minneapolis and Oakland for import and export containers moving merchant haulage bills of lading.

TMF Fee Adjustment Postponed Until August 1, 2011 - Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Association announced it will postpone until August 1 its planned adjustment to the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Charleston moves forward on deepening - Friday, June 24, 2011
“The Charleston deepening will open the port to all classes of the world’s most modern vessels under any tidal condition,” said Jim Newsome, president & CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority

BNSF Update Report: Minot, North Dakota Area Flooding - Friday, June 24, 2011
As stated in the Service Advisory dated Wednesday, June 22, 2011, BNSF reported plans to close the Minot, North Dakota area to rail traffic due to main track flooding.

UP update on Missouri River flooding - Thursday, June 16, 2011
Officials now anticipate flooding will most likely occur the middle of next week in the Atchison, Kansas area. The anticipated timeframe for flooding in St. Joseph, Missouri has now also been pushed back to next week.

Union Pacific Prepares for Anticipated Flooding between Omaha/Council Bluffs and Kansas City - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
While water levels along the Missouri River are rising slower than originally expected between Omaha/Council Bluffs and Kansas City, flooding is anticipated by later this week or into the weekend.

Pier Pass TMF to increase at port of Los Angeles eff 7/4/2011 - Monday, June 13, 2011
The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) yesterday announced it will raise the current Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to $60 per TEU in order to sustain continued operation of PierPass OffPeak gates. The TMF adjustment is effective July 4, 2011.

Missouri River Flooding SD, IA, NE, KS June 2011 - Friday, June 10, 2011
Rail operations have been impacted both by flood waters and by levee contstruction over rail tracks causing various line closures. Links to rail websites included for more details.

Jones Act Backers Challenged by Congress - Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Matson Navigation President Matthew Cox said the Jones Act trade produces billions of dollars a year in taxes and creates jobs for more than 500,000 Americans, but the regulatory protection faces ongoing challenges from critics that would undo the law.

"Cleaner" Port of Los Angeles - Friday, May 20, 2011
New data from four modern air quality monitoring stations in and around the Port of Los Angeles show concentrations of elemental carbon in the port area air fell in 2010 for the fourth straight year

WSC projects peak season container shortage - Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Shippers should expect a container shortage to affect peak season this year, according to a report released Tuesday by the World Shipping Council.

Shanghai trucker strike ends - Monday, April 25, 2011
According to various sources the Shanghai truckers strike has virtually ended. Some drivers rejected the offer to revise fees made by the mayor of Shanghai but for the most part trucking is back to normal.

OOCL discontinues chassis service in Oakland, CA - other locations to follow. - Monday, April 25, 2011
OOCL is getting out of the chassis support business. An email update provides details about other locations soon to be effected.

Mexican AEO program nears pilot stage - Thursday, April 21, 2011
Mexico Customs will launch a pilot of its version of a supply chain security program for trusted shippers in May, an agency official confirmed last week.

Delays at Delhi airport continue - Thursday, April 21, 2011
Delays at Delhi airport continue.

Hundreds of Chinese port truckers protest in Shanghai - Thursday, April 21, 2011
Up to 1,000 Chinese port truckers reportedly protested rising fuel surcharges and inflationary costs in the major seaport city of Shanghai this week.

Trade Association Asks FMC to Reopen NRA Rulemaking - Thursday, April 21, 2011
On April 12, 2011, counsel for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (“NCBFAA” or “the Association”) submitted a letter to the Federal Maritime Commission (“FMC”) offering commentary and a request for a reopening of proceedings under Docket No. 10-03, Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier Negotiated Rate Arrangements.

China opens door to more C-TPAT validations - Wednesday, April 20, 2011
China’s General Administration of Customs has agreed to allow U.S. Customs officers into the country this year to audit the supply chain security practices of 100 manufacturers or logistics providers involved in exporting goods to the United States, an agency official announced last week.

SAFE Port update introduced in Senate - Monday, April 18, 2011
New legislation submitted in the U.S. Senate on Thursday would reauthorize for five years several maritime security programs that are key components of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s layered strategy of using risk segmentation to focus limited inspection resources on cargo about which it has adverse information or not enough information.

OOCL to stop providing chassis in Oakland on May 1 - Friday, April 15, 2011
OOCL has advised they will stop providing chassis in Oakland effective May 1, 2011.

Shipping execs: Global container market to rebound in Q3 - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The global container-shipping market is poised for a rebound in the third quarter of this year on the heels of lower rates, overcapacity and lowered demand, according to shipping industry executives at a recent conference in Singapore.

Federal Agencies Step Up Import Inspections - Monday, April 11, 2011
Two federal regulatory agencies, the Food and Drug Administration and Consumer Product Safety Commission, are stepping up their inspection activities to prevent unsafe food products and consumer goods from entering the country.

SmartWay to launch dray truck initiative - Friday, April 08, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that it will publicize a new program to reduce pollution from dray trucks serving ports next Monday.

IRISL uses deception to avoid sanctions - Thursday, April 07, 2011
The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued an advisory to alert shippers, importers/exporters and freight forwarders to practices used by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and companies acting on its behalf to evade U.S. and international economic sanctions.

Maersk, Safmarine launch new intra-European shipping line - Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Maersk Line and its Safmarine have started up a new inter-European container shipping company to take over intra-European services.

New Zealand security program, C-TPAT reach parity - Tuesday, April 05, 2011
U.S. and New Zealand officials have agreed to expand cooperation between their respective trusted shipper security programs and initiate other steps to enhance trade and security.

"K" Line to expand in heavy lift shipping - Tuesday, April 05, 2011
"K" Line said Monday that it will acquire the remaining 50 percent of heavy lift transport company SAL Group in June, and it intends to "develop heavy lifter business as a core business of ‘K’ Line with the established trade name of SAL."

MSC raises transatlantic rates - Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Mediterranean Shipping Co. said it is raising eastbound rates from North America to Europe and the Mediterranean, effective May 1

Grand Alliance, ZIM & HMM Jointly Announce New SCE2 Service for Trans-Pacific All Water Trade - Friday, April 01, 2011
Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd (HL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), along with Partner ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM) are pleased to jointly announce the new co-operation with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) within the Trans-Pacific All Water sector.

Largest ever ro-ro launched - Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The Wilh Wilhelmsen group has launched what it claims to be the largest and most sophisticated roll-on/roll-off vessel to date.

Market pressure and fuel increases force CSAV to suspend AMEX svc - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
AMEX service between asia and USEC has been suspended because CSAV reports it is no longer profitable.

TSA members announce BAF increase eff 4/1/2011 - Thursday, March 03, 2011
Carrier members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), FMC Agreement No. 011223, serving the East Asia/USA trade lane will increase several surcharges and terminal related charges effective April 1, 2011.

Hapag-Lloyd Getting Out of Chassis Business - Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Hapag-Lloyd said Monday [1/31/11] it will phase out of the business of providing chassis for merchant haulage at ports and at inland intermodal rail terminals on the East and Gulf Coasts and in the Midwest starting on April 1 and gradually adding locations through 10/1/2011.

Maersk halts port calls to Libya due to unrest eff 2/22/2011 - Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Due to the ongoing unrest in Libya, Maersk Line is ceasing cargo acceptance to and from all Libyan ports with immediate effect until further notice. We currently working on contingency plans for cargo already on water.

Maersk announces largest ever mega-ship order - Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Maersk Line said Monday it has placed a mammoth containership order for as many as 30 vessels of 18,000 TEUs capacity. The order would dwarf in scope any previous order, both in terms of total outlay for a container line, and in terms of the size of vessels commissioned.

CSAV to add Asia/U.S. East Coast service - Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Liner carrier CSAV said Friday it is starting an all-water transpacific service in conjunction with China Shipping. The two carriers will add a second string to its AMEX service March 21, deploying nine vessels with an average capacity of 4,200 TEUs.

Libyan ports reportedly shut down - Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Cargo operations at Libya's ports of Benghazi, Tripoli and Misurata on the Mediterranean are closed due to the level of protests against the government there, according to reports out of the region.

Hapag-Lloyd restarts AES, adds Hamburg call - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Liner carrier Hapag-Lloyd said Friday it is restarting a transatlantic service linking New York with Hamburg and Antwerp beginning March 13, 2011.

MSC raises U.S. West Coast/South America rates - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Liner carrier Mediterranean Shipping Co. said last week it is raising rates and bunker surcharges on shipments from the United States to the West Coast of South America.

Online Registration Required for Obtaining Accounts to Submit Export Licenses: SNAP-R - Wednesday, February 09, 2011
The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule that will implement a mandatory online registration process for obtaining an account to submit export license applications and similar documents electronically through the Simplified Network Application Processing (SNAP-R) system.

BIS offers SNAP-R self-management - Monday, February 07, 2011
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security on Feb. 9 will implement a new Simplified Network Application Processing online account registration and self-management system.

Trade and Export Agencies to be First Target of U.S. Goverment Reorganization Plan - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
The White House announced Jan. 28 that “trade and exports” will be the initial focus of a new initiative announced in President Obama’s State of the Union address to make the federal government “better organized and better equipped to support American competitiveness.”

Suez Remains Open, Container Operations Halt Amid Unrest - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
The Suez Canal remained open to vessel traffic on Tuesday, but A.P. Moller-Maersk closed its Suez container terminal for a second day and DP World suspended operations near Cairo as mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak grew in Egypt's capital.

Revised High Security Seal Standard – ISO IS 17712:2010 - Monday, January 31, 2011
Hapag issued a client announcement on Jan 28th that all shipments on Hapag B/Ls after March 1 must use High security seals compliant with the new ISO IS 17712 guidelines.

Automated Export System (AES) Reporting Requirements Under Review - Friday, January 21, 2011
The Census Bureau is inviting public comments by March 25 on the information collection requirements associated with the Automated Export System, which is the instrument used by the federal government for collecting export trade information. Additional requirements have been proposed for selected commodities.

New World Alliance to cut transpacific capacity - Wednesday, January 19, 2011
New World Alliance members APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and MOL said Tuesday they will "selectively" omit sailings on four transpacific services to reduce capacity during the slack season.

U.A.E to join ATA Carnet system - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The United Arab Emirates will join the ATA Carnet system early this year, becoming the 69th country to accept and issue special documents exempting certain categories of temporary imports from duties and taxes.

Ex-Im Bank initiative helps small shippers - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The U.S. Export-Import Bank has started a new initiative aimed at increasing the number of small businesses that export. “One of the issues that we hope the initiative will address is supply chain financing, which focuses on suppliers of goods and services to large businesses,”...

MSC adds 25% of new large container ship capacity in ’10 - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The next 5 included capacity increases from CMA CGM at 142,000 TEUs, Chilean line CSAV at 22 ships and 108,300 TEUs, COSCO at 96,300 TEUs, Hapag-Lloyd at 82,600 TEUs, and Maersk Line with 63,700 TEUs.

$105 Million for Crescent Corridor - Friday, January 14, 2011
The US Transportation Department (DOT) said the signing of a US$105M Recovery Act grant agreement with state transportation departments in Alabama and Tennessee means that construction work can begin on intermodal freight facilities in Birmingham and Memphis.

Intermodal rail rose over 14 percent in 2010 - Friday, January 07, 2011
Freight traffic on U.S. railroads increased last year from depressed 2009 levels, indicative of a "slow but broad-based" economic recovery, the rail industry's main trade group said, although it cautioned that the latest figures still trailed 2008.

U.S. corn and soybean export demand drops after boom in 2010 - Friday, January 07, 2011
In the week ended Dec. 30, U.S. exporters sold 369,043 metric tons of corn for delivery before Sept. 1, down 47 percent from a week earlier and below estimates by analysts of 400,000 tons to 800,000 tons in a Bloomberg News survey, Department of Agriculture data showed today. Soybean sales fell 26 percent from a week earlier, the government said.

One year later, ISF has unfinished business - Monday, January 03, 2011
Although the Importer Security Filing has proven less disruptive than anticipated, especially with regard to postponed shipments due to incomplete data, there are still a number of latent issues that trade specialists want to iron out. The top item on their agenda is shortening the statute of limitations for ISF penalties.

Hapag-Lloyd Investing in 10 x 13,200 TEU vessels - Friday, December 17, 2010
Following a record result in the first nine months of 2010 and its successful refinancing on the capital market, Hapag-Lloyd is again investing and is buying back its corporate headquarters in Hamburg.

Hapag-Lloyd drops out of Brazil/U.S. Gulf loop - Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Hapag-Lloyd said last week it is dropping out of a loop it jointly operates with Mediterranean Shipping Co. between Brazil and the U.S. Gulf Coast.

CMA CGM to launch Halifax-West Coast LatAm service - Friday, December 10, 2010
The world’s third-largest container line will launch a service Sunday (12/12/10) connecting Halifax with Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Chile from the South End Container Terminal.

Grand Alliance, Zim skip all-water loop sailing - Start Slow Steaming - Thursday, December 09, 2010
A transpacific all-water service operated by Zim and Grand Alliance lines Hapag-Lloyd, NYK Container Line, and OOCL has begun slow steaming to account for a planned missed sailing in mid-February, according to American Shipper schedule research affiliate ComPair Data.

UPS annual increase averages 4.9% overall - Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Transact sponsored a study of UPS and FedEx rate increases. Bottom line: its complicated and depending on your freight lane and dimensions your increase may be higher or lower than average.

Compulsory weighing of containers? - Wednesday, December 08, 2010
The World Shipping Council and the International Chamber of Shipping are lobbying the IMO to include mandatory weighing in its action plan by May next year.

Industry welcomes U.S.-South Korea FTA - Monday, December 06, 2010
“With Korea as our seventh-largest trading partner, the reduction and elimination of tariff and non-tariff trade barriers will provide greater market access for a wide range of U.S. companies, service providers and agricultural producers -- helping to increase U.S. exports and economic growth,” said Chuck Dittrich, National Foreign Trade Council’s vice president for regional trade initiatives, in a statement.

FedEx to raise shipping rates 4.9 percent - Monday, December 06, 2010
Freight giant FedEx Corp. announced on Friday that as of January 3, 2011, it will raise increase its shipping rates for its ground and home delivery services by a net average of 4.9 percent.

EU wants airport blacklist for some non-members - Friday, December 03, 2010
The European Union is pushing nonmember countries to improve their security screening of EU-bound air freight, including by blacklisting airports deemed unsafe, German officials said Thursday.

Alameda Corridor fee increase effective Jan 1 2010. - Friday, December 03, 2010
The ACTA agreement provides that increases will be effective January 1st of each year, and will be reflective of the year-over-year (October v. October) change in the Los Angeles County Consumer Price Index.

Container availability project advances - Friday, December 03, 2010
...the USDA issued a brief statement that the Transportation Services Division of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has "completed the initial phase of a pilot project with four cooperating ocean container carriers and six agricultural exporters to determine container availability at 18 select port and inland locations.

CMA CGM plans transpacific ‘peak season’ fee - Friday, December 03, 2010
CMA CGM said this week it will assess a “peak season" surcharge on shipments from Asia to North America beginning Jan. 1.

More lines to charge EU customs fee - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Maersk Line announced they will charge a fee from Jan. 1 to cover the costs associated with the start of the European Union’s Advanced Manifest Rule in 2011. OOCL and APL also plan fees.

FMC proposed rulemaking regarding rate filing requirements for NVOCCs - Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The rulemaking was started and is in process but when will the final rule take effect? When it does NVOCCs will no longer need to file NRAs with the FMC. But there are stipulations and an opt out procedure to follow.

NIT League lays out Shipping Act positions - Monday, November 29, 2010
At the NIT League's 103rd annual meeting earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., its ocean transportation committee convened a special meeting to assess the views of members on the league's legislative positions relative to H.R. 6167, the Shipping Act of 2010, introduced in September by Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn.

South Korean officials visiting D.C. to protest new U.S. regs on lithium-ion battery shipments - Monday, November 22, 2010
South Korean officials will visit Washington Tuesday to protest at proposed new rules on lithium-ion battery shipments that could cost major exporters hundreds of millions of dollars a year, the government said.

Trans-Pacific shipping lines lay out possible 2011 rate hikes - Monday, November 22, 2010
Citing “an early end” to the peak season, the ocean carrier members of the Trans-Pacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) laid out what they termed a “voluntary guideline contract program” for 2011-2012 that could include containerized rates going up $400 per-FEU for cargo moving from Asia through U.S. West Coast ports, and $600 per-FEU for all other cargo by May 1, 2011.

NYK Line quits smoking and blows bubbles - Thursday, November 18, 2010
NYK Line’s latest initiatives are part of its 6-year, Y70B commitment (US$870M at current exchange rates) to develop innovative environmental technology

Container Ship Orders Grow First Time Since 2008 - Thursday, November 18, 2010
The global container ship order book grew in October for the first time since July 2008 as new orders outpaced deliveries.

Investigative firm: “Frightening increase” in cargo theft - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Cargo theft in the U.S. has experienced a “frightening increase” in armed robberies, warehouse theft, and truck hijackings, according to Diversified Risk Management, Inc. (DRM, Inc.), a Los Angeles-based investigative firm.

MOL enters Hawaiian market from Asia and Central America - Friday, November 05, 2010
Japanese shipping line MOL announced plans to revamp its WL2 rotation with the addition of a new direct service from Asia to Honolulu, Hawaii.

OOCL Dropping Chassis at Seven More Cities - Tuesday, November 02, 2010
OOCL announced the second phase of its policy to drop chassis coverage as part of its services on Monday, adding seven cities to the areas where it will no longer provide equipment for trucking ocean container shipments.

CBP Commissioner Envisions Redefined Relationship with Trade Community - Friday, October 29, 2010
At the annual WESCCON conference in San Diego Oct. 23, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin gave a major policy speech outlining his vision for the future of CBP and its relationship with the trade community.

Port of L.A. suffers temporary injunction to clean truck employee mandate - Friday, October 29, 2010
The Port of Los Angeles is once again barred from limiting the types of truckers allowed to haul goods into its terminals under a temporary injunction granted this week, officials announced Wednesday.

SSA's North Vietnam terminal venture to begin construction - Friday, October 29, 2010
Seattle-based SSA Marine, a subsidiary of Carrix, announced its cargo-handling facility venture in northern Vietnam has secured $100 million in financing in order to move forward with construction of the Cai Lan International Container Terminal (CICT) in the Quang Ninh Province. The CICT project is a joint venture between Cai Lan Port Investment Joint Stock Company (CPI) and Carrix, Inc.

8 French Unions Eye Oct. 26 Strike - Monday, October 25, 2010
France's eight largest labor unions met Oct. 21 to co-ordinate strategy for their nationwide protests against government plans to raise the minimum retirement age.

Export Requirements Eased for Farm Goods and Services to Sudan - Friday, October 22, 2010
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued a new policy under which specific licenses may be issued on a case-by-case basis for the commercial exportation or re-exportation of U.S.-origin agricultural equipment and services to certain areas of Sudan.

Shanghai set for top spot - Friday, October 22, 2010
The race for the title of the world’s biggest container port is heating up, with Shanghai overtaking Singapore for the first time in year-to-date throughput, setting the stage for the long anticipated upset in global rankings.

Who gets the TIGER? - Friday, October 22, 2010
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $600 million in funds through the National Infrastructure Investment Program, dubbed TIGER II by the Department, which was enacted as part of the 2010 Transportation Appropriations legislation. Like the first round of TIGER Grants, awarded earlier this year, freight projects competed well in the program.

Los Angeles Ports reinstate late shifts - Thursday, October 21, 2010
As of Saturday, Oct. 9, all 13 marine container terminals at the ports will have reinstated a fifth OffPeak gate shift, up from 11 terminals in September, responding to the rebound in cargo volumes this year.

BNSF to build $250 mil rail hub in Kansas City next year - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The project is expected to produce 660 construction jobs, and at least 85 percent are expected to come from the Kansas City area, railroad officials said. The freight yard should be done by late 2013.

Day 23: French strikers block 47 tankers - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Workers at France's top oil port of Fos-Lavera near Marseille blocked 47 oil tankers on their 23rd day of strike action, the port said on Tuesday. Port strikers are protesting against a pension reform bill and a port reform.

The Containership Co. (TCC) to Expand China-LA Service - Thursday, October 14, 2010
No-frills, port-to-port service adds call at Port of Qingdao in northern China

CSX and NY-NJ port open double-stack corridor - Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The CSX Railroad, the Port Authority of New York-New Jersey, and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) celebrated the opening of the Liberty Corridor Freightway on October 8.

High-Energy X-Ray Cargo Inspection Systems Move Closer to Installation at Ports of Entry - Wednesday, October 06, 2010
The installation of high-energy X-ray cargo inspection systems at U.S. sea and land ports of entry appears set to proceed after U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a finding that the deployment and operation of these systems will have no significant impact on the human environment.

NY/NJ ports to open 9/29 pm - Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The NS railroad sent an advisory that the port workers would return to work in the evening of 9/29/2010.

Strike closes New York/New Jersey port terminals - Tuesday, September 28, 2010
NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) - All cargo terminals were closed at the Port of New York and New Jersey on Tuesday, due to a strike by members of the International Longshoremen's Association union, a spokesman said.

House Introduces Bill to Allow C-TPAT Certification for Non-Asset 3PL’s - Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Safe Port Act, which was passed after the 911 terrorist attacks specifically included non-asset logistics providers involved in the international supply chain to be eligible for certification, but CBP has given these companies a thumbs down without offering an explanation. This bill will force CBP to allow certification for non-asset logistics providers such as 3PL’s (Third Party Logistics).

Flooding Impacts Union Pacific Railroad Operations Near Minneapolis - Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Flooding in southern Minnesota continues to impede Union Pacific operations to and from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. In preparation for potential flooding along the Mississippi River, city officials had ordered the closing of some of the flood gates into St. Paul today, shutting off rail traffic to/from some industries in the area.

Trans-Pacific carrier group forms advisory board - Friday, September 24, 2010
Sixteen trans-Pacific exporters will now form an ocean carrier group’s advisory board on matters involving that trade lane.

Panama Canal debate kicks off inaugural Long Beach event - Thursday, September 23, 2010
The specter of the Panama Canal’s scheduled widening in 2014 and its impacts on North America’s West Coast shipping business is at the core of a new “Point/Counterpoint” educational forum being kicked off by the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), on Oct. 6.

Top three shipping lines to cooperate against piracy - Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The cooperative measures between CMA CGM, MSC and Maersk Line includes information exchange on safety measures, piracy policies and procedures as well as coordination to ensure the issue is addressed with all relevant stakeholders, the shipping companies said in a statement.

Matson Launches Second Trans-Pacific Service - Friday, September 17, 2010
Expansion opens Hong Kong, Yantian, Pearl River Delta

Ex-Im Bank Changes Policy to Increase Financing - Monday, September 13, 2010
The Ex-Im Bank recently instituted some changes to enhance its ability to help small business exporters increase their sales beyond US borders

APL WTSA agtrans presentation - Thursday, September 02, 2010
NOL presentation discussing multiple factors affecting US import & export trade capacity and demand. 51 slides This is a very good overview of market conditions up through the first part of 2010. (Presentation date 4/19/2010)

Yang Ming quits providing chassis at USEC ports - Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Yang Ming will follow the lead of Maersk in exiting the chassis provision business in several US East Coast port cities effective November 1st.

Active Container Fleet Expands 19 Percent - Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Available capacity starts to weigh on ocean freight rates

New inland port opens in North Dakota - Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The Port of North Dakota opened its new intermodal yard in Minot, North Dakota on August 23, unloading 90 empty OOCL 20-foot and 40-foot containers from BNSF double stack cars.

US Senate Bill for higher truck weights - Monday, August 16, 2010
Legislation has been introduced in the Senate that would permit state departments of transportation to raise interstate weight limits. The new gvw would be 97,000 lbs (44 Mt) for trucks equipped with six axles instead of five.

NYK postpones its chassis discontinuance in Oakland - Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sept 1 cutoff date for NYK chassis provision postponned pending improvment of data links to ensure proper billing for chassis use.

Hundreds of containers obstruct Mumbai port’s harbor after liner collision - Tuesday, August 10, 2010
India ordered salvagers to remove hundreds of containers obstructing Mumbai’s ports by Aug. 14 as the government accelerates attempts to reopen the nation’s busiest cargo-box harbor.

CBP Urged to Provide Benefits for ISF Highly Compliant Importers - Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Import Security Filing Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (COAC) recommended at the Aug. 4 COAC meeting in Detroit that CBP provide benefits to importers that are highly compliant with ISF requirements.

USTR Seeks Input on Foreign Trade Barriers, with Focus on Standards and SPS Measures - Friday, August 06, 2010
In preparation for the publication of its 2011 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking input from interested parties by Oct. 4 to assist it in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods and services and U.S. foreign direct investment.

HMM’s terminal operation to move from Long Beach to L.A. - Friday, August 06, 2010
California United Terminals, a subsidiary of Hyundai Merchant Marine, will sublease 98 acres of land operated by APM Terminals Pacific on Terminal Island, according to Port of Los Angeles officials.

NOL turns first profit in seven quarters - Friday, August 06, 2010
Second-quarter net income was $99.7 million, compared with a $146.2 million loss a year earlier, the company said in a statement today. Neptune Orient said it expects “significant improvement” in profit for the third quarter.

OOCL, Hanjin return to profit margins - Thursday, August 05, 2010

Plant Exceptions to Lacey Act of 2008 - Thursday, August 05, 2010
USDA OPENS DOOR FOR EXEMPTIONS FROM IMPORT DECLARATION AND OTHER LACEY ACT REQUIREMENTS

100% Air Cargo Screening Requirement Met, TSA Says - Wednesday, August 04, 2010
The Transportation Security Administration announced this week that it met the Aug. 1 deadline for screening 100% of air cargo carried on domestic passenger aircraft, as required by the 9/11 Act.

Updated Information on ISF Rule Covers Late Filings, New Transaction Types, Enforcement - Friday, July 30, 2010
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has posted to its Web site an updated list of answers to frequently asked questions concerning the importer security filing (or 10+2) rule.

Matson adds second China-U.S. string - Friday, July 30, 2010
“Matson will offer twice weekly departures from Shanghai, distinguished by its 10-day transit time, the fastest in the trans-Pacific trade,” the company said in a statement.

CN announces end to Port of Montreal Lockout and recovery plans - Friday, July 23, 2010
The lockout at the Port of Montreal is now over. CN is now reactivating plans to commence service to all Ocean Terminals at the Port of Montreal.

Bill proposing C-TPAT for non-asset based 3PLs introduced in House - Thursday, July 22, 2010
New Bill Would Require CBP to Issue C-TPAT Eligibility Criteria for Non-Asset Based 3PLs

Union Pacific reports record quarterly earnings - Thursday, July 22, 2010
Union Pacific Corp., the No. 1 U.S. railroad, reported record quarterly earnings on Thursday, topping Wall Street expectations, as business volumes and freight revenue surged amid an improving economy.

NOL Orders 10 New Container Ships - Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Neptune Orient Lines said on Wednesday it placed an order for 10 new container ships with capacities of 8,400 20-foot-equivalent units. NOL also signed a letter of intent for two new 10,700-TEU vessels

Port of Montreal labor dispute Update - Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Port of Montreal labor dispute continues. CP rail is not accepting loads to Montreal. perdiem will apply on equipment on the street and will not be accepted at rail terminals till the embargo is lifted.

Port of Montreal Lockout due to labor dispute - Monday, July 19, 2010
A lockout of the Montreal Longshoremen will occur at the Port of Montreal this AM, Monday July 19th at 08:00.

Evergreen to phase out its chassis business in Boston - Thursday, July 15, 2010
The reported desire of ocean carriers to get out of the U.S. chassis business took a bold step with the announcement this week by Taiwan’s Evergreen Line that it would phase out providing chassis for cargo coming through the Port of Boston, Mass.

Long Beach Exports Flatten as Imports Grow 27 Percent - Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Exports stop double-digit pace, imports dip slightly from May

Court Upholds USDA Rule on Treatment of Imported Wood Packaging Material - Monday, July 12, 2010
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld July 8 a Department of Agriculture regulation allowing solid wood packaging material such as pallets and crates to be imported into the U.S. provided that it is either heat treated or fumigated.

Rickmers to charter four 13,100-TEU box ships to Maersk - Friday, July 02, 2010
Hamburg-based Rickmers Group christened four 13,100-TEU containerships at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Ulsan Shipyard on July 2.

Trucking freight picks up with driver shortage - Thursday, June 24, 2010
Some 1,700 small trucking companies folded just last year. That sent thousands of drivers out of the business, and that wave of failures has swelled even as the freight markets improved.

CMA CGM, Maersk, MSC reinstate trans-Pac service - Wednesday, June 23, 2010
On the heels of recent container-shipping line announcements that more capacity would be brought back into a surging cargo marketplace, three of the top major global carriers announced a reinstated direct call trans-Pacific service to Long Beach.

New Container Prices Hit 19-Year High - Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"Critical" box shortage drives price as manufacturers struggle to keep pace

Maritime’s Container Shortage - Friday, June 18, 2010
There is a disturbing undercurrent in the chaotic scramble in Asia for slot capacity on ocean container lines, at least for shippers: a shortage of containers themselves. This threatens to prolong the capacity squeeze beyond the period when everyone would presume the return of laid-up capacity would bring vessel supply and demand back into balance.

Maersk Expects Peak Season Container Shortage in Asia to Invoke Surcharges. - Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Maersk Line is telling its customers to expect a shortage of container availability for exports out of Asia lasting through the peak season. They warn of surcharges up to $1,000 per FEU, $750 per TEU.

China Breaks Container Volume Record - Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Container traffic through Chinese ports hit an all-time monthly high of 12.44 million 20-foot equivalent units in May as the nation's foreign trade surged by nearly 50 percent from a year ago. Monthly high of 12.4 million TEUs in May comes as trade surges 49 percent

Oberstar Calls for Broad Ocean Shipping Reform - Friday, June 11, 2010
House leader would end carrier antitrust immunity, impose new shipper protections.

APL still ag shippers’ favorite - Friday, June 11, 2010
Rounding out this year’s list, from the top down, are Hamburg Sud, OOCL, Hapag-Lloyd, Evergreen, Yang Ming, K-Line, Mitsui O.S.K., U.S. Lines, Hanjin, NYK, COSCO, Hyundai, China Shipping, United Arab Shipping, CMA-CGM and Mediterranean Shipping. At the bottom rung this year, as in 2009, is Zim Container Line.

Report: US Truck freight spot market up 291 percent in April - Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The spot market for North American truck-loads increased 291 percent in April compared to the same period a year ago, according to a freight index published by the transportation trend analysis firm TransCore.

Senate Climate Change Bill Includes Trade-Related Provisions - Friday, May 14, 2010
Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman introduced May 12 broad legislation aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change while contributing to U.S. energy security, economic growth and domestic employment. According to information from the two senators, this bill includes a number of provisions that could affect companies involved in international trade,...

NEWCOMERS TO TRANSPACIFIC TRADE LANE - Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Over a weeklong stretch in late February and early March, three ocean carriers announced they were jumping in the eastbound transpacific trade.

FMC Initiates Rulemaking to Lift NVOCC Tariff Publication Requirements - Friday, April 30, 2010
The Federal Maritime Commission is requesting public comments by June 4 on a proposed rule that, when final, would remove the requirement that non-vessel-operating common carriers publish tariffs listing the rates they charge for cargo shipments.

Maersk to pilot "no show" export fee on trans-Pacific service - Friday, April 23, 2010
Continuing its trend of cargo tariff pilot projects, Maersk Line announced on Friday it would implement a "no show fee" of $10 per container in its TP8 trans-Pacific service to Asia out of the ports of Los Angeles and Oakland for what it termed "exempt commodities" for export, such as such as wastepaper and scrap products.

Obama Administration Details Proposed Export Control Reforms - Friday, April 23, 2010
4 main initiatives creating unified agencies/systems -Single export control list -Single licensing agency -Single enforcement coordination agency -Single information technology system

Direct ChassisLink expands to Gulf and PNW - Thursday, April 22, 2010
Direct ChassisLink (DCLI) announced it would expand its chassis program to the Gulf and the Pacific Northwest port areas as of June 1, 2010.

Port of Tacoma intermodal volumes up 20 percent for March - Thursday, April 22, 2010
The Port of Tacoma announced it handled a total of 30,716 intermodal container lifts at its four intermodal yards, up 20 percent from the same period last year, and the most handled for the past 18 months.

China Container Traffic Hits All Time High - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Container traffic at Chinese ports reached an all time high in the first quarter of the year, driven by a strong rebound in the nation's foreign trade. Total throughput surged 22.1 percent to 31.87 million 20-foot equivalent units from 25.48 million TEUs in the first three months of 2009, according to Paris-based analyst Alphaliner.

Trans-Pacific Spot Rate Climbs 6 Percent - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
After two months of relative stability, the spot rate for shipping a 40-foot container from Hong Kong to Los Angeles climbed 6 percent to almost $2,000 per FEU in the week ended April 19 as the scarcity of capacity on vessels coming out of Chinese ports fueled a run-up in bids for slots.

Port of Long Beach cargo fee plan delayed third time - Tuesday, April 13, 2010
A cargo fee meant to raise money for several infrastructure improvements was delayed for a third time under a new timeline adopted Monday by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

COSCO to restore capacity on Asia-West Coast service - Tuesday, April 13, 2010
China Ocean Shipping Container Lines (COSCO) announced it would restore capacity on its CEN service, which operates between the West Coast of North America and Asia. The largest shipping group out of China said it would be bringing back six 7500-TEU vessels to replace the six current 5500-TEU ships in that trade-lane, starting April 24.

NY-NJ Port Issues Clean-Trucks Plan - Monday, April 05, 2010
Port to ban pre-1994 trucks, provide grants for replacements

State of the Shipping Industry - Friday, April 02, 2010
Summary of our industry looking at lessons learned and what's ahead in the next 6 months.

Maersk to test ‘no-show’ fee at two US ports - Wednesday, March 31, 2010
MAERSK Line will levy a $10 ‘no-show fee’ on US shippers for each export transpacific container (of exempted commodities) that fails to turn up as booked at the ports of Los Angeles and Oakland begining May 1.

DOT Increases Hazmat Registration Fees - Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a final rule that, effective April 29, will adjust the registration and fee assessment program for persons who transport or offer for transportation certain categories and quantities of hazardous materials.

Philly terminal lands weekly Puerto Rico service - Thursday, March 25, 2010
Sea Star Line L.L.C., of Jacksonville, Fla., wants to expand and bring products, including pharmaceuticals manufactured in Puerto Rico, to the Northeastern United States. The shipments to Tioga will begin April 23.

APL to Expand Capacity by 7 Percent - Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Neptune Orient Lines plans to expand the capacity of APL, its container line, by about 7 percent this year to meet rising trade demand.

China to Reopen its Markets to US Pork Shipments. - Monday, March 22, 2010
China will reopen its markets to U.S. pork shipments. The agreement follows closely a similar announcement regarding Russia, the destination for 6% of such exports in 2009.

Auditors doubt Rickmers can make it - Monday, March 22, 2010
The auditor said as at the end of last year, Rickmers had bank borrowings of up to US$128.7 million and unfulfilled capital commitments of US$128 million for not taking delivery of certain vessels. The group also has an existing capital commitment of US$780.7 million. All of these commitments are due within the next 12 months

Next Phase of Lacey Act Declaration Enforcement Slated to Begin April 1. - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The next phase of enforcement of the import declaration requirement under the Lacey Act is slated to begin April 1.

Various Economic Indicators Show Promise of Growth but Could Oil Costs Be a Spoiler? - Tuesday, March 16, 2010
There are times when optimism starts to seep into markets and it creates a ball of momentum that really begins to move those markets. Call it spring fever. Call it real economic recovery. There is a sense that the tide has turned on some sectors of the economy, and without some major shock to the system to slow that growth, this trend should be sustainable leading to a gradual dig out of the recession.

President Outlines Methods to Achieve Goal of Doubling Exports in Five Years - Friday, March 12, 2010
In a March 11 address to the Export-Import Bank’s annual conference, President Obama reiterated his goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years and provided additional details on the National Export Initiative he has launched to meet that objective.

ISF 10+2 GETS ADJUSTED - Friday, March 05, 2010
The measurement of timiliness for ISF submission has been clarified to make it easier for industry and CBP.

Horizon To Start China Service - Monday, March 01, 2010
March 1st, 2010 Horizon Lines, the largest U.S. domestic ocean carrier, will launch a weekly trans-Pacific service from China to the West Coast in December after the expiration of a space-charter agreement with Maersk Line.

Obama administration publishes trade policy for 2010 - Monday, March 01, 2010
The office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President recently published their 2009 report and 2010 trade policy including a goal to double US exports.

House Bill Seeks to Expand Agricultural Exports to Cuba - Thursday, February 25, 2010
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., introduced Feb. 23 legislation to expand U.S. agriculture exports to Cuba. H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, is also being co-sponsored by 30 other members of Congress.

Westbound trans-Pacific box rates to increase again - Thursday, February 25, 2010
The container-shipping lines that make up the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (WTSA), announced another general rate increase (GRI) on cargo moving from the U.S. to Asia, effective April 1, 2010.

West Coast ports lobby D.C. for $1 bil for emissions reduction - Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The chief executives of the six major West Coast container ports sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asking for continued funding, to the tune of $1 billion, for continued support of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) as part of the upcoming JOBS legislation.

Port of Long Beach volume is on the rise. Indicates recovery trend. - Monday, February 22, 2010
Imported cargo increased by nearly 9% in the first month of 2010 compared to the same period last year. Exports were up by 28%. In December, the Port saw the end of a downtrend in trade numbers that began in late 2007.

National Gateway Receives Federal Stimulus Funds through TIGER Program - Thursday, February 18, 2010
The National Gateway announced on 2/17/2010 that it has been awarded $98 million in funding from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Crescent Corridor gets TIGER funding - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The 2,500-mile Crescent Corridor Intermodal Freight Rail Project was awarded $105 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $1.5 billion Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

Intermodal gains market share vs Truck - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Intermodal transport gained market share against trucks in the fourth quarter of 2009, reaching a new high in the process, according to analysis by FTR Associates.

World Economic Forum Releases Logistics Carbon Emissions Guidelines - Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The World Economic Forum’s Logistics & Transport Industry Group, supported by global consulting firm Accenture, has agreed to standard guidelines for calculating consignment-level carbon emissions from logistics and shipping operations.

CSAV starts Black Sea feeder - Monday, February 08, 2010
CSAV Norasia said Wednesday it will start a weekly feeder from Istanbul the Black Sea ports of Novorossiysk, Russia, and Poti, Georgia.

Brazil enforces packaging description regulations with non-compliance fines - Wednesday, February 03, 2010
It is mandatory to mention every single package type separately (including the material, the packaging is made of...plastic...wood...cardboard etc.)with the single weight for every package type for all shipments to Brazil.

BNSF cuts transit times - Monday, February 01, 2010
BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) has announced that it has reduced transit schedules on 60% of its domestic intermodal premium container traffic, and added 16 more days of service.

Lines see rate increase success, but big 2011 losses - Sunday, January 10, 2010
Liner carriers who sought to raise revenue levels on the Asia-Europe and transpacific trades at the end of 2011 were largely successful in doing so, according to research from maritime analyst SeaIntel.

Homeland Security Will Extend Deadline For Full Container Scanning To 2014 - Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on December 2 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will delay by two years the deadline for scanning all U.S.-bound ocean-shipping containers at foreign ports.

COSCO raises charges, rates - Wednesday, December 09, 2009
China’s COSCO Container Lines announced a mix of increased fees, all beginning the first of the year.

MSC GRI from USEC and US Gulf to Venezuela ports - Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Effective 1/18/2010 MSC will add a GRI to Venezuela ports.

DHS to Push Back Deadline for 100% Cargo Scanning - Thursday, December 03, 2009
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee Dec. 2 that the Department of Homeland Security plans to push back the July 2012 deadline for achieving 100% scanning of all inbound oceanborne cargo containers.

CBP Requiring Taxpayer ID on Check Payments - Thursday, December 03, 2009
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a general notice stating that all persons making payment to CBP, by any type of check and for any amount, should provide the required taxpayer identifying number on the face of the check.

Matson raises 2010 rates 3.8 percent to HI - Monday, November 30, 2009
Matson Navigation Company announced it would raise rates for the shipping line’s Hawaii service by $120 per westbound container and $60 per eastbound container, effective January 3, 2010. Matson also said it would raise its terminal handling charge by $125 per westbound container and $60 per eastbound container by January 3, 2010.

Container Safety Guide For Shippers and Container Loading - Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The International and Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the World Shipping Council (WSC) have published new industry guidance for shippers and container stuffers concerning the safe transport of containers by sea.

Longshoremen Approve Contract Extension (USEC and USGC) - Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The newly ratified ILA Master Contract which was negotiated with United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) includes the 10 months remaining on the previous ILA Master Contract with two additional years making the new expiration date September 30, 2012.

Study Shows Freight Rail Fuel Efficiency Up More Than 20 Percent Since 1999 - Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released a study showing vast improvements in freight rail fuel efficiency over the last two decades, approximately 22 percent between 1990 and 2006.

Houston to increase shipping fees - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The port of Houston voted to increase fees.

From majors to minnows - how the world's leading container lines have coped during the past year - Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A list of Ocean carriers and their respective financial positions resulting from the 2009 recession.

Rate Recovery Program North America to Latin America - Thursday, November 12, 2009
Hapag will implement a GRI from N. America to Latin America effective 1/1/10.

Maersk to rejoin TSA - Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Monday that its Maersk Line would apply to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) after a five-year absence.

CMA CGM adds Singapore to round-the-world service - Tuesday, November 10, 2009
French shipping company CMA CGM announced it would add Singapore to its round-the-world PEX 3 service [effective 11/11/09], which runs from Asia to the U.S. Gulf via Panama, onto U.S. East Coast ports to the Mediterranean through the Suez, ending up back in the Far East.

OOCL adds $400 Peak Season reefer surcharge in Atlantic - Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) announced a $400 per-reefer container surcharge on refrigerated cargo for westbound sailings from Europe to Montreal starting November 12.

MSC NEW DIRECT CALL SAILINGSS INTO JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - Friday, November 06, 2009
Rotation changes in MSC service allows for faster transit to Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea market.

Maersk General Rate Increase: Transpacific Export Trade - Friday, November 06, 2009
November 06, 2009 Dear Valued Customers, Maersk Line will be implementing a General Rate Increase of $200 per container (all sizes) for Transpacific export cargo effective December 15, 2009. This General Rate Increase will be for DRY cargo only.

Hapag GRI N. America to W. and S. Africa - Friday, November 06, 2009
Please be advised that Hapag-Lloyd will increase rates in the trade from Canada and the United States to West- and South Africa by: USD 175 per TEU with effect from December 1, 2009 -Hapag Lloyd customer advisory dated 11/30/09

Westbound trans-Pacific carriers to raise rates 12/1/09 - Wednesday, November 04, 2009
The shipping line members of the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (WTSA) announced the proposal of a new series of general rate increases (GRIs) on December 1, 2009 and January 15, 2010, impacting all containerized cargoes to Asia.

CMA-CGM announces bunker Increases (BSC) From Europe & Med to USEC, USGC - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
CMA-CGM will increase their bunker surcharge effective Dec 1, 2009.

Hyundai increases Trans Atlantic East Bound Bunker charges eff. Dec 3, 2009 - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Pls note that the December BAF for TAS EB will be the following: * Nov 1st: 114 / teu (114/20' 228/40') * Dec 3rd: 122 / teu (122/20' 244/40')

MSC announces rate increases for Europe, Med. to N. America - Monday, November 02, 2009
Effective December 1, the shipping group said shipping rates would increase $250 per-TEU, $350 per-TEU, and $350 per-FEU on cargo arriving from North Europe and the Mediterranean to Canada and U.S. Midwest via Canada.

Niger makes 20 to sign up to Rotterdam rules - Thursday, October 29, 2009
The Rotterdam Rules – officially the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea – needs 20 countries to ratify it before it can become recognised international law.

Hapag Lloyd General Rate Increase- North America to Europe eff 12/1/09 - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Hapag Lloyd has decided to implement a general rate increase effective 1st of December 2009 with more to follow.

Hapag Lloyd General Rate Increase (GRI) N. America to Oceania eff 12/01/09 - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Please be advised that Hapag-Lloyd as Member Line of both the United States Australasia Discussion Agreement (USADA) and the Canadian Australia New Zealand Discussion Agreement (CANZDA) will implement a General Rate Increase of USD 150 per TEU with effect from December 1, 2009.

U.S. Treasury Department Prohibits Transactions Between Iranian Shippers and U.S. Citizens - Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Under the Authority granted by Executive Order 13382, the U.S. Treasury Department has designated the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and 18 other affiliated entities as proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

U.S. signing off on international piracy plan - Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The United States is signing on to an international plan to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia, committing itself to a leadership role to protect one of the world's busiest shipping routes.

The US Department of Census guidance for Exporters: - Friday, September 04, 2009
12 short (1-5 minutes) videos on foreign trade compliance.

Australia Adds More Stringent Solid Wood Packing Requirements For Imports - Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Australia will implement additional requirements above and beyond ISPM 15 for solid wood packing materials entering the country via import shipments.


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