Vietnam rejects Indian corn, soymeal cargoes

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

Vietnamese plant protection authorities have insisted that the owners of 50,000 tons of Indian corn and soymeal re-export the cargoes, which were found to be infested with insects, traders said.

The Plant Protection Department stood by its decision af Read More »

NZ’s Port of Tauranga H1 profit rises 23%

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

New Zealand's Port of Tauranga reported a 23 percent rise in first half profit as cargo volumes picked up.

Port of Tauranga's net profit after tax was NZ$28.4 million ($21 million) for the six months to Dec. 31, compared with NZ$23.1 million a year ea Read More »

Dredging buoys CFE, sees steady 2011 turnover

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

Belgian building company CFE forecast revenue this year would be similar to 2010 after its dredging operation helped boost earnings profit last year.

The company said its order book dropped to 1.94 billion euros ($2.67 billion) at the end of December Read More »

Australia’s Asciano H1 profit up 18.7% on coal, outlook mixed

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Ports & Terminals

Australian rail and ports operator Asciano Ltd reported a 19 percent rise in first-half net profit, below some analysts' forecasts, following growth at its Queensland coal haulage operations despite the impact of severe weather.

Asciano, which appoint Read More »

ATA supports proposed ban on hand-held phone use by drivers

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Intermodal

The American Trucking Associations announced its support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed prohibition on the use of hand-held mobile phones, though it urged the agency to allow the use of hands free devices, citing agency rese Read More »

Colombia truckers’ strike could affect food prices

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Intermodal

Following are selected highlights from a report issued by a U.S. Department of Agriculture attache in Colombia:

"The Colombian Truckers' Association is striking in protest of the government's efforts to eliminate their freight rate table, which will m Read More »

Mullen Q4 profit up on higher demand

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Intermodal

Mullen Group , a trucking and logistics company that mostly serves the Canadian oilfield sector, posted a nearly threefold rise in its quarterly profit, helped by increased drilling for oil and gas and stronger demand for its transportation services. Read More »

Colombia Cerrejon says coal exports normal after bomb

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Intermodal

Coal exports from major Colombian producer Cerrejon remained normal after a bombing halted a rail line in the second attack on its operations in around a month, police and the company.

Colombia, the world's No. 5 coal exporter, has seen a drop in viol Read More »

YRC Worldwide receives ‘STRONG’ Carrier of the Year Award from

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Intermodal, a nationwide provider of online freight and logistics software and services, has announced YRC Worldwide Inc., a leading transportation service provider, as the first recipient of its STRONG Certified Carrier of the Year Award. YRCW ear Read More »

Ohio trucking exec says traffic congestion is choking nation’s economy

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Intermodal

Keith Tuttle, president of Motor Carrier Services Inc., Northwood, Ohio, told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that congestion is choking the nation's supply chain and economy.

'As the owner of a small trucking company of 90 truck Read More »

ATA truck tonnage index surged 3.8% in January

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Intermodal

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 3.8 percent in January after rising a revised 2.5 percent in December 2010. The latest jump put the SA index at 117.1 (2000=100) in January, which Read More »

Trucking exec says investment needed to improve access to ports

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Intermodal

Dick Coyle, president of Devine Intermodal, West Sacramento, Calif., told members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that Congress needed to invest in one of the biggest chokepoints in the nation's transportation system: ports. Read More »

Japan Jan exports slow but recovery still intact

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | International Trade

Japan's annual export growth slowed to its weakest pace in more than a year in January and the trade balance swung to a deficit for the first time in almost two years as shipments to China lost steam, but economists say the central bank's forecast for an Read More »

Huawei wins preliminary order in Motorola case

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | International Trade

China's Huawei Technologies Co won a federal court order barring Motorola Solutions Inc from disclosing a variety of confidential Huawei information to rival Nokia Siemens Networks.

But Motorola Solutions said it was pleased that the judge denied Huaw Read More »

Doha deal key to more exports to India, Brazil

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | International Trade

U.S. exports to India, Brazil and other fast-growing emerging markets could remain relatively flat in the absence of a new world trade deal, the White House said on Wednesday in its annual economic report.

"A key item on the administration's trade age Read More »

US Treasury says cut non-tariff barriers in Asia trade pact

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | International Trade

The U.S. Treasury Department wants a proposed pan-Asian free trade pact to reduce non-tariff barriers that prevent many small businesses from participating in global trade, a senior U.S. Treasury official said.

Charles Collyns, Treasury assistant secr Read More »

Western Canada lumber sales to China soar in 2010

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | International Trade

Lumber sales to China from British Columbia skyrocketed last year and a top official in Canada's largest timber-exporting province believes it can continue to grow despite increasing U.S. competition.

Forestry firms in the western Canadian province sh Read More »

UAE trade insurance costs may jump on regional woes

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | International Trade

Trade insurance costs for United Arab Emirates exporters may jump by up to 20 percent in the short term due to ongoing political turmoil in the Arab world, the Gulf Arab country's export credit agency said.

Popular unrest over entrenched poverty and h Read More »

India’s ballooning trade deficit unsustainable

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | International Trade

The Indian government raised "serious concern" about a trade deficit that could more than double to $278.5 billion in three years and may cause an unsustainable current account deficit.

The trade deficit of Asia's third-largest economy could widen to Read More »

New contract with OAG Cargo helps AMI
‘work like an integrator

AJOT | February 23, 2011 | Air Cargo

Air Menzies International (AMI) has signed a contract with OAG Cargo for a series of new web-based strategic and tactical information and management tools that will enable AMI and its freight forwarding, courier and express customers to receive and provid Read More »