Japan, US in for tough bilateral trade talks over rice, autos

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | International Trade

Japan and the United States continued the second of two days of tough trade talks that could pave the way for a broader trans-Pacific agreement, although Tokyo shrugged off expectations of a bilateral deal in time for a summit next week. Read More »

Thousands in Germany protest against Europe-US trade deal

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | International Trade

Thousands of people marched in Berlin, Munich and other German cities on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they fear will erode food, labor and environmental standards. Read More »

Taurus revamp debuts in China as Ford counters US sedan slump

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | International Trade

Ford Motor Co's global premiere of its redesigned Taurus sedan in China underscores a shift in its U.S. home market from the big sedan to roomier, utilitarian crossover SUVs. Read More »

Guangzhou Auto to open 2 factories, searching for US dealer partners

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | International Trade

Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor plans to spend roughly 6 billion yuan ($968 million) on two new factories in an aggressive expansion push despite a slowdown in the world's largest car market, the company's top executive said. Read More »

Shanghai GM to spend 100 billion yuan developing new vehicles

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | International Trade

Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors and China's SAIC Motor Corp , plans to spend 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) over the next five years developing new vehicles, Shanghai GM President Wang Yongqing said. Read More »

Indonesia to push for free trade pacts with South Korea, EEA

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | International Trade

Indonesia will aggressively pursue talks on free trade agreements with countries such as South Korea and the three European Economic Area (EEA) nations, in its latest move to boost exports, a government official said. Read More »

Taiwan March export orders beat expectations on strong US demand

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | International Trade

Taiwan's export orders in March were better than expectations on robust U.S. orders, offsetting concerns that appetite for the island's electronic gadgets had been seriously affected by the slowdown in the global economy. Read More »

Ivory-smuggling destination Thailand makes ‘biggest seizure’ of tusks

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | International Trade

Thai customs officials have seized four tons of ivory worth $6 million, authorities said, in what the department called the largest bust of its kind in Thailand's history. Read More »

Two ships run aground in Suez Canal, delaying traffic

AJOT | April 20, 2015 | Liner Shipping | Ports & Terminals

A container ship ran aground in Egypt's Suez Canal in dense mist on Saturday morning, the canal authority said, delaying traffic through a vital global trade route for several hours. Read More »

Asian grain mills stick with containers despite higher cost

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | Breakbulk & Projects | Breakbulk | Liner Shipping

Rapid growth in the use of containers to ship grains and oilseeds to Southeast Asia could take a step back this year after a fall in bulk freight rates to record lows, although smaller mills will mostly stick with containers, traders said. Read More »

APL, MOL, NYK launch joint service between Asia and South America

AJOT | April 20, 2015 | Liner Shipping

APL, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) have announced the launch of a new joint service between the major trading hubs of Asia and key ports in Mexico, Colombia and Panama. Read More »

TOTE launches world’s first LNG powered containership

AJOT | April 20, 2015 | Liner Shipping

More than 3,400 gathered to watch as the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containership, christened Isla Bella, was launched tonight in San Diego. Read More »

UASC now calling DP World London Gateway Port

AJOT | April 20, 2015 | Liner Shipping

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has started services to London Gateway on the South America 2 service (SAM2).   Read More »

California gas pipeline explosion, fire injure up to 15 people

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

A construction crew on Friday accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, four of them critically, officials said. Read More »

US calls for more oil train inspections, other safety measures

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Oil train operators must have detailed information on hand about the possible risks of their cargo in case of an accident and perform more thorough checks before moving on the tracks, U.S. transportation officials said. Read More »

German rail union to hold major train strike

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Germany's GDL train drivers' union announced that it will hold multi-day strikes on passenger and freight trains this week which will cause major disruptions on state-owned railway Deutsche Bahn. Read More »

Prologis to buy KTR Capital for $5.9 billion

Reuters | April 20, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Prologis Inc, which owns warehouses and retail-distribution centers, has agreed to buy industrial-property owner KTR Capital Partners for $5.9 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on its online edition. Read More »

C.H. Robinson expands Asian operations to Vietnam

AJOT | April 20, 2015 | Transport Intermediaries

Expanding operations in one of the fastest growing global economies, C.H. Robinson is now operating out of a fully owned global forwarding office in Ho Chi Minh City, the center and gateway of Southern Vietnam. Read More »

Lincoln Equities Group receives approval to develop 265-acre industrial park in Piscataway, NJ

AJOT | April 20, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Lincoln Equities Group LLC (LEG) has received Preliminary Site Plan approval from the Piscataway Planning Board to develop 2.4 million square feet of industrial space on 265 acres.  Read More »

Schiphol tonnages impacted by slowing Chinese output

AJOT | April 20, 2015 | Air Cargo

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s cargo throughput totalled 385,842 tonnes in the first three months of 2015, down 1.8% on 2014. Reductions in cargo to and from Asia and Europe accounted for the drop, the first quarterly fall in almost two years. Read More »