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US West Coast port backups delay apparel, bobbleheads, french fries

Reuters | December 12, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Crippling cargo backups at U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third month amid industry reports of prolonged shipment delays for goods ranging from yoga apparel and rice to NBA bobblehead collectibles and frozen french fries. Read More »

North Dakota passes crude oil safety rule

Reuters | December 12, 2014 | Intermodal | Rail

North Dakota’s Industrial Commission ordered that all oil produced from the Bakken petroleum system must be passed through surface separation facilities to ensure it is safe prior to transport. Read More »

Workers at Con-way Freight in Miami vote to join Teamsters Local 769

PR Newswire | December 11, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

MIAMI, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of 74 drivers and dockworkers at Con-way Freight in Miami Lakes, Fla., voted today to join Teamsters Local 769 in North Miami, Fla.

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WTO reverses much of ruling in Indian challenge to US steel duties

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

An appeals board of the World Trade Organization reversed much of an earlier ruling against the United States, but it said U.S. duties on Indian steel broke WTO rules and asked the United States to bring them into line with its regulation. Read More »

Pacific trade pact chances ‘significantly’ better than 50-50

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

Chances that U.S. negotiators can bring home a strong trade deal with Asia-Pacific countries are now much better than 50-50, U.S. President Barack Obama said. Read More »

Obama says to keep pressing China on currency, intellectual property

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

The United States will continue to press China on its currency, protection of intellectual property and state-owned businesses, U.S. President Barack Obama said ahead of bilateral trade talks next week. Read More »

Trade authorization deal faces test from US legislators

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

A push by the White House to woo free trade skeptics on Capitol Hill will help bills through the next Congress, but lawmakers are unlikely to simply wave through legislation that holds the key to deals covering two-thirds of the world economy. Read More »

Wal-Mart says found China pricing discrepancies in 2011

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it discovered discrepancies in pricing and inventory at its China operations in 2011 and has since reinforced its compliance policies in the country. Read More »

Yum’s November same-restaurant sales in China fall 15%

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

Yum Brands Inc said its sales at established restaurants in China dropped 15 percent in November but are improving from that level this month. Read More »

Solid US retail sales point to brisk consumer spending

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

U.S. consumer spending advanced at a brisk clip in November as lower gasoline prices gave the holiday shopping season a boost, offering the latest sign of underlying momentum in the economy. Read More »

UK trade deficit hits seven-month low in October, helped by slower oil imports

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

Britain's goods trade deficit narrowed in October to its lowest level in seven months, helped by lower fuel imports and a slight rise in exports, official data showed. Read More »

Trillion dollar IT trade deal on a knife-edge at the WTO

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

A trillion dollar deal at the World Trade Organisation to reduce tariffs in the vast information technology sector will stand or fall in the next 24 hours, trade diplomats said. Read More »

China to pump more money into loss-making small airports

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | Air Cargo

The Chinese government will pump more money into its dozens of loss-making regional airports next year, to the tune of 1.2 billion yuan ($190 million), state media said, as it seeks to boost economic development in poorer provinces. Read More »

China official frustrated by delays in Taiwan services trade pact

Reuters | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

The head of an official Chinese delegation to Taiwan has voiced concerns about delays in the passage of a groundbreaking services trade pact between the mainland and the self-ruled island, local media reported. Read More »

Hong Kong first to join WTO trade facilitation agreement

AJOT | December 11, 2014 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced on December 10 that Hong Kong is the first of the 160 WTO Members to join the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Read More »

Board of Long Beach Harbor Commissioners OKs ship incentive for pollution-control testing

AJOT | December 11, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The Board of Long Beach Harbor Commissioners has approved a new incentive program to reward shipping lines for taking part in testing of new air pollution-control technology for vessels. Read More »

Long Beach Harbor Commission selects Director of Master Planning

AJOT | December 11, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners recently named 17-year Harbor Department employee Matt Plezia as the new Director of Master Planning. Read More »

Port of New Orleans program support good news for Illinois waterways

AJOT | December 11, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners has passed a resolution supporting a Public Private Partnership Pilot Program (P5) for the Illinois River, in particular. Read More »

International trade rises 6.8% at Port Everglades

AJOT | December 11, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Port Everglades is experiencing a surge in international trade with a 11 percent increase in TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry’s standard measurement for container volumes) and a 6.85 percent increase in the dollar value of all waterborne commerce during the first nine months of calendar year 2014 compared to same period in 2013, according Port statistics. 
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Inchcape Shipping Services announces new Executive VP, North America

AJOT | December 11, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime, cargo and supply chain solutions provider has announced a key hire to its senior management team with the appointment of Steve Schollaert as Executive Vice President for North America region. Read More »

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