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Brazil current account deficit climbs to highest in 13 years

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | International Trade

Brazil's trailing 12-month current account deficit climbed to its highest in more than a decade in November, highlighting the erosion in the country's external accounts as dwindling commodity prices hurt its trade balance. Read More »

Port of Houston Authority expects banner year

AJOT | December 21, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

A banner year is expected for the Port of Houston Authority in 2014, with 34 million tons of cargo handled through November, Executive Director Roger Guenther reported to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority at its monthly meeting Tuesday. Read More »

ILWU statement:

AJOT | December 21, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

There’s nothing wrong with dispelling false rumors of a tentative agreement.  Read More »

Amazon staff in Germany extend strike to Christmas Eve

PR Newswire | December 21, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

Amazon staff at three German warehouses will extend their strike until Christmas Eve to increase pressure on the online retailer in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions, labour union Verdi said. Read More »

CEVA signs three year contract with Ludendo Commerce Iberia

AJOT | December 21, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain companies, has signed a three year contract worth almost €2 million per annum with Ludendo Commerce Iberia, to manage the handling, storage and delivery of its products in Spain. Read More »

CenterPoint sells South Holland, IL industrial property to Greenix

AJOT | December 21, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

CenterPoint Properties announced the disposition of 16951 State Street, South Holland, Illinois to Greenix, LLC. Read More »

TIA designates 47 professionals as Certified Transportation Brokers

AJOT | December 21, 2014 | People | Appointments | Transport Intermediaries

Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics industry, has granted 47 industry professionals the designation of Certified Transportation Brokers (CTB). Over 1,890 participants have now earned the much sought after CTB designation. Read More »

Holland earns M33 Integrated Logistic Carrier of the Year Award

AJOT | December 21, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

Holland, an industry-leader in next-day transportation, was honored as one of the LTL Carriers of the Year by M33 Integrated Solutions, a leading logistics provider in scalable, customer-focused supply chain solutions. Read More »

Southeastern Freight Lines promotes Poteat to Service Center Manager in Baton Rouge

AJOT | December 21, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, today announced that Dan Poteat has been promoted to service center manager in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Read More »

China agrees on deal to build 542 miles of railways in Thailand

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | Intermodal | Rail

Thailand and China agreed to build 867 km (542 miles) of dual track railways in the Southeast Asian nation, in cooperation seen as consolidating China's influence in the region. Read More »

Convicted leader of New Jersey’s Conrail Boyz faces new rail theft charges

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | Intermodal | Rail

The man convicted of leading a gang of modern-day train robbers that preyed on New Jersey rail lines for more than 10 years was arrested again this week on charges that mirror those that landed him in prison a decade ago, prosecutors said. Read More »

AirBridgeCargo Airlines implements paperless cockpit with IT from Lufthansa Systems

AJOT | December 21, 2014 | Air Cargo

AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has commenced using Lufthansa Systems' Lido/iRouteManual, Lido/Enroute and Lido/DocView IT solutions aimed at simplifying cockpit processes. Read More »

US shippers, West Coast dockworkers union resume contract talks

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

US shippers, West Coast dockworkers union resume contract talks

Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports resumed contract talks with the union for dockworkers, as cargo backups continued at the ports, a representative for the labor group said. Read More »

Fortress looks to sell TRAC Intermodal

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | Intermodal

Fortress looks to sell TRAC Intermodal

Private equity firm Fortress Investment Group LLC is exploring a sale of TRAC Intermodal LLC, a logistics equipment leasing company that could be valued at more than $1.7 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Read More »

CN reaches tentative labour agreement with Teamsters union

AJOT | December 21, 2014 | Intermodal | Rail

CN reaches tentative labour agreement with Teamsters union

CN announced that it has negotiated a tentative labour agreement with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) union that represents locomotive engineers and conductors working on the company's Northern Quebec Internal Short line. Read More »

AirBridgeCargo moves express cargo for astronauts in the international space lab

AJOT | December 21, 2014 | Air Cargo

AirBridgeCargo moves express cargo for astronauts in the international space lab

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has delivered express cargo for NASA from Chicago to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Read More »

Mokulele Airlines launches same day rush shipping service

PR Newswire | December 21, 2014 | Intermodal

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mokulele Airlines has begun offering same day rush shipping service to and from the 10 airport locations it serves on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Lanai and Molokai. The service is available for envelopes up to five pounds and boxes up to 70 pounds.

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index surged 3.5% in November

PR Newswire | December 19, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index jumped 3.5% in November, following an increase of 0.5% during the previous month. In November, the index equaled 136.8 (2000=100), which was the highest level on record.

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Thaw in relations with Cuba positive for US agriculture

Reuters | December 18, 2014 | International Trade

Exports of U.S. agricultural products such as wheat, rice, soybeans and meat products stand to gain from a surprise U.S. move toward repairing relations with Cuba, agriculture industry officials said. Read More »

WTO upholds some of Chinese complaint against US duties

Reuters | December 18, 2014 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization upheld parts of a Chinese complaint against U.S. duties on goods including solar panels and wind towers and found some U.S. determinations breached WTO rules. Read More »

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