ASPA dedicates new turning basin

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | Ports & Terminals

Nearly one hundred dignitaries, elected officials, representatives of area industry joined the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in dedicating the new turning basin at the Port of Mobile. The Upper Bay Turning B Read More »

Jaxport hires Wheldon as National Sales Director

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | Ports & Terminals

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) has hired experienced transportation industry professional Lisa Wheldon as Director, National Sales. Wheldon joins JAXPORT’s Trade Development, Global Marketing and Customer Service team and is responsible for new Read More »

Balkan joint rail cargo venture to start in October

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | Intermodal

Ex-Yugoslav republics Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia will start to reclaim the railway cargo traffic lost during the turbulent 1990s in October, as hostilities continue to give way to business ties in the Balkans.

The first Cargo X train, named Read More »

CN brakemen & conductors in northern Minnesota ratify new collective agreement

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | Intermodal

CN (and the United Transportation Union (UTU) announced that UTU-represented employees working on the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway Company (DM&IR) have ratified a new 7-year collective agreement. CN purchased the DM&IR as part of its May 2004 ac Read More »

Coalition for Trans. Productivity expands ’ merging with Americans for Safe & Efficient Trans.

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | Intermodal

The Coalition for Transportation Productivity (CTP), a group of more than 160 shippers and allied associations dedicated to responsibly increasing federal weight limits on interstate highways, announced a merger with Americans for Safe and Efficient Trans Read More »

CSN sees Transnordestina project operating by 2012

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | Intermodal

CSN, Brazil's largest diversified steel group, expects its $2.6 billion railway and logistics project Transnordestina to start operations by the end of 2012. Read More »

FTR’s trucking condition index expected to remain in positive territory

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | Intermodal

FTR's Trucking Condition Index, at 0.8 for July and reported in the September Trucking Update, is expected to remain in positive territory for the remainder of the year. It was the fifth consecutive month that the index had been above neutral. The Trucki Read More »

IANA announces recipients of 2010 Intermodal Achievement Award

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | Intermodal

The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) has named both Direct ChassisLink, Inc. and the Port of Long Beach and as winners of the IANA Intermodal Achievement Award for 2010. This prestigious industry award is presented to either a public or priv Read More »

Key figure of U.S. chemical demand rises

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | Intermodal

Chemical shipments on U.S. railroads rose 7.7 percent last week, the Association of American Railroads said.
Chemical shipments on trains, called rail car loadings, are a measure of demand for products ranging from plastics to fertilizers. Read More »

Mongolia favours Russia as rail route for minerals

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | Intermodal

Linking Mongolia's desert mines with foreign clients will require billions of dollars of investment over a decade and some investors fear suspicion of China, rather than pure economic logic, is shaping its plans. Read More »

Italy jewellery exports seen recovering 2011

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | International Trade

Jewellery exports from Italy, Europe's top producer, are expected to stabilise in 2010 after years of decline and then grow modestly next year, a senior industry official.

But it will take a couple of years for Italy's jewellery export volumes to retu Read More »

Italy holds up EU deal on South Korea trade pact

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | International Trade

Italy blocked a deal among European Union member states on the terms of a free trade agreement with South Korea, but the European Commission said it hoped to secure Rome's backing. Read More »

Exports decline sharply in July from June due to softening markets in Western Hemisphere

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | International Trade

Steel exports declined in July from June by 14.4%, while remaining 26.7% higher than July 2009. 'The month on month decline in steel exports reflects the softening marketplace for steel at the beginning of the summer, especially for NAFTA exports, which r Read More »

Brazil minister says protectionism weakening WTO

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | International Trade

Protectionist measures by the world's leading economies are hindering the implementation of global trade rules set up by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a senior Brazil official said. Read More »

Holiday shipping up in the air in weak US economy

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | International Trade

Toy store owner Eric Masoncup is playing a high-stakes game as he readies holiday orders in this shaky U.S. economy: If he delays too long, he will not only pay higher costs to fly in goods, he risks late deliveries in the last-minute crush. Read More »

China seeks to avoid shouting matches with US

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | International Trade

China wants to quell tensions with the United States through quiet talk, not shouting matches, senior officials told White House advisers, saying the two powers should focus on repairing the global economy.

The Chinese officials made the conciliatory Read More »

EU, US suspend tariff dispute, no sanctions yet

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | International Trade

The World Trade Organisation halted arbitration between the United States and European Union after the two sides requested more time to resolve an import tariff dispute without sanctions.

The suspension gives the U.S. up to a year to fulfill its side Read More »

Brazilian mouse made US elephant run on trade

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | International Trade

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva boasted of having won trade disputes against the United States and likened his country to a mouse that scared an elephant.

"We had a fight with the United States in the WTO on cotton and we won. We had a f Read More »

Steel imports increase in July

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | International Trade

Imports increased 18.6% in July compared to June according to preliminary government reporting. 'The increased arrivals in July over June reflect improved market conditions in the second quarter when prices were strengthening and lead times stretching ou Read More »

Union urges US action on China clean-energy tactics

AJOT | September 13, 2010 | International Trade

The United Steelworkers union accused China of illegal trade practices that threaten U.S. clean energy jobs and urged President Barack Obama's administration take action to stop them. Read More »