Japan unveils $110 billion plan to fund Asia infrastructure, eye on AIIB

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

Japan unveiled a plan to provide $110 billion in aid for Asian infrastructure projects, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender that is seen as encroaching on the regional financial clout of Tokyo and its ally Washington. Read More »

AAR says oil-by-rail volumes dropped almost 12% in first quarter

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Crude oil shipments by top U.S. railroads fell nearly 12 percent in the first quarter of this year from the previous three months, the American Association of Railroads said, a drop likely tied to refinery work on coastal plants. Read More »

German train strike suspended as two sides agree arbitration

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

A German train strike that has disrupted passenger and commercial services and threatened to clip economic growth was suspended after both sides agreed to non-binding arbitration in the 10-month old dispute. Read More »

Southeastern Freight Lines promotes Arrington to Service Center Manager in Fredericksburg

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has announced that Terry Arrington has been promoted to service center manager of its facility in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Read More »

TQL introduces first mobile app for trucking industry with speak-and-search capability

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Voice search is fast, convenient and helps alleviate typos on small mobile device screens. And now it’s available to truck drivers on the road searching for loads to haul.  Read More »

Copying Alibaba, India e-tailers woo small sellers for growth

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Indian e-commerce firms are offering funding help and tech support to woo small retailers, emulating a strategy used by Chinese online retail giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to expand into the towns and villages home to the majority of consumers. Read More »

CenterPoint Properties announces 315,810 SF speculative facility at CIC-Savannah

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

CenterPoint Properties has announced a new 315,810 SF speculative building within the CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Savannah. The facility will be located on 26 acres of the transportation and logistics park, offering direct access to the Georgia Port Authority, the NS Dillard Yard and direct rail service from Norfolk Southern. John Neely of Colliers will have direct responsibilities for marketing the facility. Read More »

CenterPoint announces built-to-suit wheeled storage yard at CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet,

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

CenterPoint Properties has announced the development of an 8.67-acre build-to-suit wheeled storage yard for California Multimodal, LLC (“CMI”), a full service 3PL that provides warehousing and trucking services nationwide, at CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet. Adam Roth of NAI Hiffman worked diligently with CenterPoint on the transaction. Read More »

Diebold recognizes Menlo Logistics with 2014 Platinum Award for Supplier Excellence

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Transport Intermediaries

Menlo Logistics, the $1.7 billion supply chain management subsidiary of Con-way Inc. announced today that it has been honored by Diebold, Incorporated, with the 2014 Platinum Award for Supplier Excellence. Read More »

Chapman Freeborn and Ruslan International deliver special gift to Armenian centenary commemorations

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Air Cargo

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering and Ruslan International have completed a special and very significant assignment to Armenia to deliver broadcasting equipment from Tianjin in China to the capital city, Yerevan.  Read More »

Engineering work advances on Colombia’s Fenoco coal railway

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Engineering work to enable Colombia’s Fenoco coal railway to resume overnight operation has been progressing after protestors had interrupted it in late April, a local government authority said on Thursday. Read More »

ADM boosts grain export capacity at Argentine port

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Ports & Terminals | Ports | Dry Bulk Port

U.S. agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Co said on Thursday it is expanding grain export capacity at an Argentine port to help boost shipments from the world’s No. 3 corn and soybean supplier and top exporter of soymeal and soyoil. Read More »

Johan Nordenberg to succeed Gabriel Andersson as Envirotainer COO

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | People | Appointments | Transport Intermediaries

Johan Nordenberg, currently Head of Cold Chain Services, has appointed as the company’s new COO, effective August 1st 2015. He will succeed Gabriel Andersson, who has accepted the position as CEO and shareholder of Extend AB, a leading provider of cloud based IT services for the supply chain industry. Read More »

Valiram Group selects CEVA as logistics partner

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Transport Intermediaries

CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain companies, today announced its partnership with Valiram Group, one of the most prestigious specialist retailers of luxury and lifestyle brands in Southeast Asia, to manage their warehousing and distribution in Indonesia and Thailand. Read More »

ICTSI Laguna dry port expands facilities

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Ports & Terminals | Terminals | Terminal Operator

The expansion works, which is Phase 1 development of LGICT, is estimated to cost PHP 587 million and is eyed for completion by yearend. Read More »

Pacific Maritime Association members ratify new five-year contract

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Ports & Terminals | Terminals | Terminal Operator

The members of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new five-year contract with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union. The contract, if ratified by the ILWU, is retroactive to July 1, 2014 and runs through June 30, 2019. Read More »

Crowley Honored with Second Consecutive “Elite Vessel Award” by Marathon Petroleum

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Liner Shipping

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s petroleum services division has once again been honored by Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC) with its annual Elite Vessel Award, which is given to tank vessel operators who demonstrate a commitment to safety, environmental stewardship and operational excellence. Read More »

SC Ports box volume up nearly 15%

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Ports & Terminals | Ports | Container Port

SC Ports Authority has handled nearly 15 percent more pier containers fiscal year to date than the same period last year, with total box volume through April climbing to nearly 900,000 containers. Read More »

Transportation Research Board Releases First National Cooperative Rail Research Program Project

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

This Guidebook provides a “toolbox” of ways to pay for rail projects with a funding shortfall. The TRB release includes both a report summary and the full Guidebook. Read More »

A Prediction on Cuba by Dan Gardner, President Trade Facilitators, Inc.

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | International Trade

The President had just implemented a series of travel, commercial and remittance reforms towards the island, and I viewed the move as the first of many that would end six decades of failed isolationist policy. Read More »