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Charleston Tariff Increase

AJOT | December 22, 2014 | Ports & Terminals | Ports

The South Carolina State Ports Authority plans on making changes to Terminal Tariff No. 8 effective January 1, 2015. Read More »

Premium Article  China’s currency:  Beijing looks to drive a convertible

Matt Miller | December 22, 2014 | International Trade

China’s currency:  Beijing looks to drive a convertible

China’s currency, the renminbi or yuan has always been a subject of concern for trading partners. The tightly controlled currency rarely reflects the global give-and-take necessary for a truly convertible monetary unit of trade. But an experiment is taking place in Canada to loosen currency controls. Is Beijing kicking the tires on a new convertible? Read More »

Premium Article  Things looking up for Great Lakes/St. Lawrence shipping

Leo Ryan | December 22, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Things looking up for Great Lakes/St. Lawrence shipping

Carriers closely involved in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence waterway are hoping for more of the same in 2015 after benefiting from a stronger trend in commercial shipping activity in 2014. Read More »

US says China to cut red tape on imports of medical devices, medicine

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | International Trade

China agreed to allow U.S. medicines and medical devices into local markets more quickly and open up its anti-trust procedures, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said after bilateral trade talks between the two nations. Read More »

As US eases hostilities, Cuba faces new challenge

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | International Trade

For decades, it was Cuba's first response to criticism. Read More »

US trade strategy suffers second blow in days at WTO

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization ruled Washington had unfairly penalized imports of Chinese solar panels and other goods, the second time the body has faulted Washington's tactics in 10 days. Read More »

Democratic lawmakers warn against investment rules in trade pacts

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | International Trade

Some Democratic lawmakers have urged the U.S. administration to exclude foreign investment protections from major free trade agreements, warning they might undermine buffers against future financial crises and hurt public support for trade deals. Read More »

EU wants US embargo of Cuba to end but accepts will take time

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | International Trade

The European Union, which once launched a lawsuit to try to break the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, said it still wanted the blockade lifted but it was prepared to wait. Read More »

Thai Union Frozen to buy US tuna firm Bumble Bee for $1.5 billion

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | International Trade

Thai Union Frozen Products PCL, the world's biggest producer of canned tuna, has agreed to buy U.S. peer Bumble Bee Seafoods for $1.5 billion as part of a plan to double revenue through overseas acquisitions. Read More »

China’s JD.com to sell Gap clothing, vying with Alibaba to woo Western brands

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | International Trade

China's JD.com Inc has partnered Gap Inc to sell the U.S. clothing retailer's apparel online in China, as the Beijing-based e-commerce company goes head to head with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to woo big foreign fashion names. Read More »

EU leaders seek to overcome hostility to US trade deal

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | International Trade

EU leaders defended plans for the world's biggest trade deal with the United States, seeking on Thursday to counter hostility in Europe and clear the way for the accord to be agreed by the end of 2015. Read More »

EU grain to enjoy spoils of Russian export curbs

Reuters | December 21, 2014 | International Trade

European Union grain exporters will be the main beneficiaries of Russia's pullback from international grain markets as Moscow races to cool domestic prices in the face of economic crisis, analysts and traders said. Read More »

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 »

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