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YRC Worldwide CEO Welch to retire

The CEO who pulled YRC Worldwide back from the abyss in a critical, strategic refocus, is retiring. Photo credit: YRC Worldwide. James Welch, the CEO who pulled YRC Worldwide back from the abyss, focused the company squarely on hauling palletized, less-than-truckload freight, and put it back on the road toward profitability...

Teamsters claim Charleston dray drivers unionizing win

The 53 employee drivers at CMC Logistics shuttle containers between the port and an off-dock rail yard. Photo credit: Port of Charleston. The Teamsters union said employee drivers at a Charleston port trucking company have voted to unionize in what would be a rare victory in the Teamsters’ uphill fight to...

Brazil's TRG turns port productivity corner

Shippers, terminal owners, and carriers are benefiting from the increased productivity at the TRG facility. Photo credit: Tecon Rio Grande. Shippers, terminal owners Wilson, Sons, and ocean carriers are benefiting from vastly improved productivity — up to almost 157 moves per hour, the highest in Brazil — at the Tecon Rio...

Peak air cargo volume tests Europe airports

London Stansted, the UK's largest airport for freighter traffic, reported a 30 percent year-over-year increase in volume during November. Photo credit: MAG The robust peak season volume that is putting air cargo terminals at Europe’s main gateways under intense pressure is delivering double-digit growth to the UK’s largest freighter airports and...

Fewer arbitrations, stoppages brightens LA-LB cargo outlook

West Coast ports have lost more than 12 percent share of US imports from Asia since 2002 because of work slowdowns and stoppages. Photo credit: Shutterstock. NEWARK — Arbitrations are down 55 percent year over year and work stoppages plunged 82 percent — a clear sign that the International Longshore and Warehouse...

Global air freight: Focused on tech efficiency, not whiz

Some air carriers today have systems in place that will let a shipper book belly space for 100 kilos from a smartphone. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Global air logistics leaders say their focus for 2018 continues to be on technology and processes that shave minutes and money off domestic and international shipments,...

US ports poised to join LA-GE information portal

"The Port Portal: Ready for Prime Time?" panel at Port Performance North America showcased the shared information portal under joint development by the Port of Los Angeles and GE. Photo credit: JOC. NEWARK, New Jersey — More than a dozen ports worldwide are interested in testing or adopting the information portal...

Truck renters get an ELD break, for 90 days

Trucking in the United States is transitioning to the digital era. Businesses that rent trucks for 30 days or fewer will get a 90-day break from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, federal regulators said Tuesday. The decision gives truck rental and leasing companies until March 18 to purchase and install devices...

European unease over Chinese investments grows

Zeebrugge is an example of the assets that China is seeking to acquire. Photo credit: Shutterstock. LONDON — Europe is getting a little uneasy about China's surging investment in its strategic sectors, but there is no sign that the spending is about to slow down any time soon. The 4.5 billion euro...

Uncertain trans-Pacific market to keep rates under pressure

Maersk Line plans to withdraw from the TSA this December. Photo credit: Maersk Line Uncertainty is building on the trans-Pacific trade, as rates fall to 12-month lows, excess capacity floods into service, and Maersk Line prepares to exit the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) this month.Alphaliner said rates could weaken further and...

Amid competition, Chennai port productivity declines

The large decline in Chennai’s productivity, especially longer vessel turn times, occurs as the threat posed by private competitors — which feature sophisticated infrastructure and flexible tariffs — intensifies. Photo credit: WikiCommons. The Port of Chennai, India’s busiest east coast port, appears to be losing the battle to regain traffic lost...

APM Terminals: US ports need to catch up

A reduced number of carriers, through consolidation, has forced ports to scrutinize whether their facilities are ready to handle the sustained, and frequent, arrival of big ships and how their port shapes up compared with competitors. Photo credit: Shutterstock. NEWARK, New Jersey — North American ports need to use terminal space...

Joining crowded coast, Quebec plans to build terminal

The planned Quebec terminal will be part of the Beauport 2020 expansion effort and help the port capitalize on its proximity to 40 percent of US manufacturing capacity. Photo credit: Shutterstock. The Quebec Port Authority Tuesday said it will build a container terminal in order to maintain the competitiveness of St....

UPS: Customer collaboration shortest route to more capacity

As a key UPS executive underscores, in the decade ahead technology will drive operations improvement but so will knowledge of customers' needs. Photo credit: UPS. Rapidly evolving e-commerce supply networks and uncertainty over transportation capacity and pricing challenge shippers and their transportation partners, including the world’s largest transportation company, UPS. As...

New truck weight limit nearly halts Chittagong FEU movement

The weight limit's goal is noble: to reduce damage to roads. However, shippers say it has constrained goods transport. Photo credit: Shutterstock. A new axle load policy introduced December 1 has complicated cargo transport — almost barring movement of FEU containers on Bangladeshi highways. Shippers allege that due to the new axle...

Europe supply chain under pressure to curb emissions

Kuehne + Nagel and Hapag-Lloyd have committed to a 17 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 in their common containers moved. Photo ctredit: Kuehne + Nagel. Shippers in Europe are grappling with ways to reduce their carbon footprints to satisfy increasing customer demand for more-sustainable products and to prepare for...

Wilmington, NC, able to complete refrigeration on-dock

The Port of Wilmington is unique among ports in a USDA cold treatment shipping program. Photo credit: NC Ports. The Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, joins fellow US East Coast ports in taking aim at South American perishables by becoming the first southeast port to complete the refrigeration process on the...

HMM, SJ Logistics launch Asia-Europe rail service

Hyundai Merchant Marine is helping connect South Korea to China's Belt and Road rail network. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Hyundai Merchant Marine has announced that it and compatriot SJ Logistics will launch a block train service from South Korea to Europe, via the Trans China Railway (TCR). The service is for transporting a...

Will Uber disrupt or improve freight brokerage?

The appearance of Uber services on the freight brokering scene has caused some commotion in the field ever since their launch in 2016. After Uber’s disruptive role in taxi services around the world, many transportation professionals have voiced their concerns over the potential effect that the company can have in their...

Shippers need to ‘tune in’ as ELD deadline draws closer

According to some drivers, shippers are not prepared for the effect the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, which takes effect Dec. 18, will have on their supply chains. Many shippers are struggling to deal with fast-rising rates even before the mandate, they say. I had the pleasure of chatting with drivers...