International Trade

Mexico says it may suspend US trade preferences over meat labels

AJOT | June 09, 2013 | International Trade

Mexico's Economy Ministry said it was considering suspending preferential trade tariffs with the United States for a variety of products in a simmering dispute over meat labeling. Read More »

Premium Article  Scrap paper exports to China face pressures; Ekman forges forward

AJOT | May 07, 2013 | International Trade

According to Resource Information Systems Inc. (RISI), an information provider for the forest products industry, world recovered paper demand has grown by around 70 million tonnes (45 percent) in the last ten years (2001-11). Demand in Asia represents the majority of this growth, increasing by about 60 million tonnes during that time period. Demand in China, alone, grew 260 percent, largely because of growing demand for paper and board demand, especially on the recycled paper and board side. Read More »

Premium Article  Steel scrap: a world traded commodity

AJOT | May 07, 2013 | International Trade

Market has seen growth but some international players restrict trade. Steel scrap is increasingly being regarded as a raw material for manufacturing new products worldwide. As a result ferrous scrap--iron and steel--has become a world-traded commodity. Read More »

Premium Article  Russian trade off

George Lauriat | March 21, 2013 | International Trade


By George Lauriat, AJOT

On August 22nd 2012, after an eighteen-year plus courtship, Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). After so many years in the cold, some expected Moscow to warm to the commercial advantages that WTO member Read More »

Premium Article  Port Miami, Port Rotterdam forge links to expand perishables trade

Karen Thuermer | March 21, 2013 | International Trade | Ports & Terminals

By Karen E. Thuermer, AJOT

PortMiami and the Port of Rotterdam have a lot in common. Both are focusing on Year 2015, cementing closer relations, and expounding on their advantages to become yet even more significant perishables ports. In fac Read More »

Premium Article  Alaska Seafood demand to North Asia

Robert L. Wallack | March 21, 2013 | International Trade

By Robert L. Wallack, AJOT

Bering Sea Opilio snow crab catch reports of January show harvesting season well under way and within Total Allowable Catch of 66 million pounds. Alaska seafood producers are landing vessels at Unalaska, Dutch Har Read More »

Premium Article  Trade with Central America: an opportunity still waiting to happen

Peter Buxbaum | March 21, 2013 | International Trade

Despite FTAs, World Bank reports logistics, Customs are impediments to trade

by Peter Buxbaum, AJOT

Why can't Central America trade more? That's the question grappled with in a report on the region released by the World Bank last month. The Read More »

Premium Article  Transport from St. Lawrence port of antenna for new WTC highlights Canada project cargo activity

Leo Ryan | January 23, 2013 | Breakbulk & Projects | International Trade | Ports & Terminals

Leo Ryan, AJOT

Project cargo activity is alive and expanding in Canada following stalling caused by delays in financing of some ventures in the energy and mining sectors requiring heavy equipment going back to the 2008-2009 recession. The up Read More »

Premium Article  Industry Profile; The Home Depot’s Holifield meets big retailer supply chain challenges

Paul Scott Abbott | January 23, 2013 | People | Interviews | International Trade

By Paul Scott Abbott, AJOT

The Home Depot's Holifield meets big retailer supply chain challenges

As senior vice president of supply chain at The Home Depot Inc., Mark Holifield is responding to many challenges, including through use of t Read More »

Premium Article  Letter to the Editor of the American Journal of Transportation

AJOT | January 10, 2013 | International Trade

It's the middle of the night and there's a guy at my front door. He wants to buy my house and he's offering a lot of money. Read More »

Premium Article  Is Community Cloud the Future of Logistics?

AJOT | December 13, 2012 | International Trade | Transport Intermediaries


By Chris Jones, Descartes Systems Group

Editor's note: Chris Jones is Executive Vice President, Marketing and Services at Descartes

Are you saturated by all the cloud hype? Recently, a leading analyst firm published a report on cloud c Read More »

Premium Article  Insurers contemplate climate risks

Peter Buxbaum | December 13, 2012 | International Trade

Increased frequency of devastating events means higher premiums, restricted coverage in effected areas

By Peter Buxbaum, AJOT


The unloading of t Read More »

Premium Article  Projected free trade pact with EU seen boon for Canadian East Coast ports

Leo Ryan | December 13, 2012 | International Trade | Ports & Terminals


Leo Ryan, AJOT

Canadian shippers and port circles on the East Coast consider they stand to reap considerable benefits from a proposed Canada-European Union free trade agreement currently at an advanced stage of negotiations. Such an accord Read More »

Premium Article  Belgium region of Wallonia is hotbed of logistics innovation and direction

Karen Thuermer | December 13, 2012 | International Trade


By Karen E. Thuermer, AJOT

There's a battle going on in Northern Europe between certain locations to become Europe's premier logistics location. Vying for the position is the Netherlands, Nord Pas de Calais (Northern France), and Belgium Read More »

Premium Article  The ASEAN Asterisk

George Lauriat | November 29, 2012 | International Trade

By George Lauriat, AJOT

ASEAN's growth is a pleasant asterisk to the global recession and the aftermath's tepid economic performance. The region has tremendous potential. With a population of 620 million and a GDP of $2.2 trillion, it is a r Read More »

Premium Article  Apparel and garment logistics, sourcing continues to spin in new directions

Karen Thuermer | November 29, 2012 | International Trade | Transport Intermediaries

By Karen E. Thuermer, AJOT

The apparel and garment industry involves multiple treads that weave through international sourcing options, trade agreements, transportation modes, logistics operators and programs, piece manufacturing, and timing Read More »

Premium Article  IANA, NITL draw industry leaders to Anaheim exhibit hall

Paul Scott Abbott | November 15, 2012 | Intermodal | International Trade

By Paul Scott Abbott, AJOT

Freight industry leaders converged Nov. 10-14 on the Anaheim Convention Center for the Intermodal Association of North America’s 30th Intermodal Expo and the National Industrial Transportation League’s 105th annual Read More »

Premium Article  Can a rise in steel production in China spark life into the dry bulk sector?

George Lauriat | November 15, 2012 | Breakbulk & Projects | International Trade

There is little doubt that China’s become the world’s blast furnace, pouring out steel at historic rates. With the ink hardly dry on a $157 billion stimulus package to rebuild the PRC’s infrastructure, there is some cause for optimism in the dry bulk sector as nothing fills bottoms quite like steelmaking. Read More »

Premium Article  Protecting the entire cold chain

Peter Buxbaum | November 15, 2012 | Intermodal | International Trade

Millard invests in warehouses, seaports, value-added services

By Peter Buxbaum, AJOT

Shippers of perishable goods need the same transportation, warehousing, and distribution services that other shippers require. But because of the na Read More »

Premium Article  BNSF Rail to load coal through Canada’s Fraser Surrey Docks

Leo Quigley | November 05, 2012 | Energy | Rail and Road | Intermodal | International Trade

By Leo Quigley, AJOT

The largest and most diverse multi-purpose terminal on North America's West Coast is planning to expand once again. Read More »