EU plans temporary duty on Chinese glossy paper

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | International Trade

The European Commission plans import duties of up to 39.1 percent on Chinese-made glossy paper it says is being dumped on the EU market, escalating trade tensions with China, EU diplomats said.

Indonesian paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) Read More »

Retailers eye M&A, emerging markets to spur growth

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | International Trade

Retailers in the United States and Europe must consolidate and invest in emerging markets and innovation or risk stagnating in an environment where domestic demand will remain subdued for years, industry leaders said.

Executives and economist Read More »


AJOT | October 26, 2010 | International Trade

Wal-Mart , the world's largest retailer, expects India to open up foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail given the positive tone coming from government officials, its chief executive said.

India's $450-billion retail sector, with org Read More »

Global protectionism threatens EU recovery

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | International Trade

Russian import restrictions and similar moves by China, Brazil and Argentina threaten to hold back European economic recovery, an EU Commission study published, but Europe plans to fight back.

Europe's major trading partners have imposed or p Read More »

EU and WTO seeking solution over China rare earths

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | International Trade

The World Trade Organisation and the EU said they were seeking a solution to German concerns about reported Chinese restrictions on exports of rare earths used to make many high-tech products.

At a conference in Berlin, where the German gover Read More »

US drops appeal over WTO ruling on China chicken

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | International Trade

The United States allowed a World Trade Organization (WTO) condemnation of U.S. restrictions on imports of cooked chicken to stand by deciding not to appeal a ruling by experts in a complaint brought by China.

Parties to WTO disputes often ap Read More »

Air cargo growth slows, suggests global economy cooling

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | Air Cargo

International air cargo traffic grew at a slower annual pace in September, in a fresh sign that the global economy is cooling, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

The trend in freight traffic -- a good indicator for globa Read More »

NSCSA cuts transit time between Baltimore and Jeddah in half

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | Liner Shipping

Beginning with the Saudi Abha v.151, NSCSA is adding a second port call at Baltimore, MD, reducing delivery time from Baltimore to all Middle East and Indian Subcontinent destinations by fifteen days. Read More »

Horizon Lines to take delivery of 12,500 new containers

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | Liner Shipping

Horizon Lines, Inc, the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics company, announced it will add approximately 12,500 new containers to its international and domestic shipping network to support existing customers and the carrier's Read More »

APL joins clean air program in New York Harbor

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | Liner Shipping

Shipping leader APL volunteered to burn cleaner fuel in every vessel calling at the ports of New York and New Jersey.

The agreement is part of a Port Authority program designed to curb emissions in New York Harbor. Under the plan, APL vesse Read More »

Hamburg S’d and Alian’a support voluntary initiative on pollutant reduction in Hong Kong

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | Liner Shipping

As part of their commitment to environmental stewardship, Hamburg S'd and Alian'a have decided to extend their tests with low-sulphur fuels to include Asia. Together with other shipping companies, they are participating in the Fair Winds Charter initiativ Read More »

Crowley transforms refrigerated container fleet
with 355 PrimeLINE Units…

AJOT | October 26, 2010 | Liner Shipping

When Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group takes delivery of 355 new 40-foot high-cube refrigerated containers later this year, it will mark an important milestone on the path to world-class environmental stewardship: conversion of nearly a Read More »

Grain surge illustrates lakes untapped potential

AJOT | October 24, 2010 | Breakbulk & Projects

Russia's decision to suspend grain exports has ships throughout the world steering for the Great Lakes to load wheat and other staples. Lucky for this hungry planet that the Great Lakes Navigation System has unused capacity and can meet this unexpected d Read More »

Vale ore fleet to drag freight rates lower

AJOT | October 24, 2010 | Breakbulk & Projects

Brazilian mining giant Vale's move to use its own fleet of 400,000 ton iron ore carriers will have a major effect on shipping and will push freight rates lower, a senior ship official said.

Vale will take delivery of the first of 36 Chinamax Read More »

Shipping firms buying smaller vessels

AJOT | October 24, 2010 | Breakbulk & Projects

Smaller dry cargo vessels are outperforming bigger capesizes, boosted by rising trade in minor bulks such as cement, grain and fertilizer. Read More »

Minor bulks trade puts wind in smaller vessels’ sails

AJOT | October 24, 2010 | Breakbulk & Projects

Buoyed by demand for so-called minor bulks from cement to fertilizer, smaller dry cargo vessels will outperform capesizes, the largest drybulk ships, which are being squeezed by ship oversupply and a volatile iron ore market.

Swings in iron o Read More »

Freight rates weak despite U.S. grain export push

AJOT | October 24, 2010 | Breakbulk & Projects

The fastest U.S. grain harvest on record is pushing large volumes of corn and soybeans to export terminals in the United States earlier than usual, but ocean freight rates remain sluggish due to vessel oversupply. Brokers had expected strong U.S. grain ex Read More »

Trans Ocean offer enhanced service options through new wider global network

AJOT | October 24, 2010 | Breakbulk & Projects

Trans Ocean, global leader in bulk liquid logistics, has completed the process of integration into the Hillebrand Group, meaning customers will benefit from enhanced services and a wider global network.

In 2007, Trans Ocean was acquired by th Read More »

Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for M/V Alcmene

AJOT | October 24, 2010 | Breakbulk & Projects

Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for its Post-Panamax dry bulk carrier, the m/v Alcmen Read More »

US grain flow hits snags amid record harvest pace

AJOT | October 24, 2010 | Breakbulk & Projects

The record harvest pace of the corn and soybean crops in the U.S. Midwest was causing pockets of snags along the supply chain, backing up the movement of grains on barges and by rail, trade sources said.

There were concerns the bottlenecks in Read More »