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Stakeholders split on whether bill would lead to safer US truckers

Brokers and shippers would have the first official checklist to follow when hiring truckers if an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Act reauthorization passes this year. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Shippers want to use safe and reliable trucking companies to move their freight for a reasonable rate, but there can be...

NY-NJ handles mega-ships post-Bayonne Bridge lift in stride

Despite concerns that the intense bursts of cargo exchange triggered by mega-ships calls could stress port resources and systems, the port has seen no notable increase in congestion, terminal-gate truck backups, or chassis access problems after the raising of the Bayonne Bridge. (Above: In Sept. 2017 the first 14,000-TEU container...

Krishnapatnam Port's scanner to shorten wait times, improve security

The drive-through-container-scanning facility is the latest in a series of ease-of-doing-business measures that Krishnapatnam Port has implemented to enhance its competitiveness and attract more cargo. Above: Krishnapatnam Port.) Photo credit: Krishnapatnam Port. Technology-related infrastructure investments are accelerating in India, as the emerging market economy works harder than ever to increase supply...

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Double-digit higher truck rates mark US produce season start

US truck prices to transport fruits and vegetables from Mexico and California are up 20 to 30 percent compared with a year ago, mirroring the rates in other modes too. Even so, the purchasers of transportation are opening their wallets and riding out the inflation until the macroeconomic environment changes....

Time to bring terminals out of the connectivity wilderness

The conclusion of extensions to or new US longshore labor contracts presents a rare but limited opportunity to move beyond the chronic distraction of labor strife, real or potential, and focus on bringing marine terminals out of the connectivity wilderness. The news on June 6 that the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA)...

‘Gray’ area of liability for this white goods claim

Q: I’m looking for your expert opinion on a civil summons we received filed by the consignee on a damaged refrigerator. This item was a “sale” floor model sample with zero hours of service purchased through eBay for $7,499.99. When the damage was initially reported, it was filed for repairs...

More Brazil shippers choosing rail after truckers’ strike

  Brazil's over-dependence on road haulage in South America is causing shippers, carriers, and political decision makers to ponder alternatives to the truck. (Above: A freight train with containers travels in Brazil.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The truckers’ strike that paralyzed Brazil commercial transport last month led to a large increase in containers being...

'Unprecedented' demand strains US surface transport

Several factors — expected and unexpected — are increasing US trucking and intermodal costs for shippers in June, and threaten to keep pressure on in July. (Above: Trucks travel in Tennessee, United States.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. After several relatively stable months, US freight demand is spiking in June, squeezing already scarce...

Newly publicly owned, U.S. Xpress guns for profit level of peers

“The market has a long way to run and it’s going to last longer than we’ve seen in the past,” said Eric Fuller, CEO and president, U.S. Xpress Enterprises. Photo credit: U.S. Xpress. Eric Fuller’s job at U.S. Xpress Enterprises didn’t change Thursday, but his boss did. He is president and...

ILA deal opens door for greater terminal-supply chain connectivity

While terminals have made good strides in improving technology within their four walls, they are poorly connected with the greater supply chain in which they play a critical role as the interface between the water and the land; that connectivity has to occur for the industry to advance. And with...

China Merchants takes Newcastle stake amid Australia trade friction

China Merchants’ purchase of a stake in the Port of Newcastle, Australia’s largest east coast port, would be its first in Oceania. However, the deal, subject to Australian review, occurs at a time of increased political and trade tension between the strong-performing Asian economies. (Above: A ship approaches the Port...

US drayage demand spiking across country

Demand for drayage has spiked in the last seven to 14 days, but no one knows exactly why beneficial cargo owners, non-vessel operating common carriers, and freight forwarders are so hungry for truck power. (Above: Trucks line up at the Port of Oakland.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. US beneficial cargo owners (BCOs)...

ONE’s Nixon: North American customer service on upswing

Now that the time needed to take bookings has come down and documentation is more accurate, Ocean Network Express must face the same commercial problems all carriers are experiencing in the competitive North American trades, including vessel overcapacity. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. TACOMA, Washington — Staff shortages have prevented the Ocean Network...

LTL ‘legends’ see technology transforming US trucking

The Legends of LTL event in Pittsburgh brought together executives from more than 20 US trucking companies, many of whom fought tooth and nail for freight for decades, but also learned from each other. Back row, from left: William G. Ward, Ward Transport; Robert Young, ABF Freight System; George Powell...

India sets deadline for nationwide RFID program rollout

Shippers using Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) have been the biggest beneficiaries of India's ongoing trade reforms. (Above: JNPT.) Photo credit: JNPT. As shippers’ focus on real-time cargo visibility increases, the government of India has firmed up plans to extend the radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology-enabled container tracking program — which has...

Severe Chittagong congestion causing up to 10-day delays

An average of 24 container ships have been waiting daily at the port’s outer anchorage, officials said. (Above: Chittagong Port.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Acute vessel congestion at Chittagong Port over the past two weeks is forcing vessels to wait six to 10 days in line to secure a berth. An average...

US-China container trade accelerating despite tariffs, import bans

With manufacturing sectors in both nations in a strong uptrend, and China’s middle class expanding while US consumer spending is recovering after a long hiatus, only a full-bore trade war between the two could deflect accelerating container trade between the two economic giants. (Above: A Cosco container ship at the...

Duisburg’s new ocean, rail services attracting shippers

The Port of Duisburg may be Europe shipping’s ‘best kept secret.’ But as a strategically located, multipurpose logistics site, it also may be the port most likely to benefit from the synchronized, regional economic expansion that’s propelling trade and GDP higher in Asia and Europe. (Above: A logistics operation at...

Amazon offers matchbacking to US ag exporters

Amazon’s global inbound supply chain and logistics director Josh Dolan is challenging agricultural product exporters to join the e-commerce giant in arranging container, and maybe even chassis matchbacks, to reduce supply chain logistics costs. (Above: The Port of Tacoma.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. TACOMA, Washington — A top Amazon logistics executive told...