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ASA: “CRomnibus” Provides Investments, Presents Setbacks for Soybean Growers

AJOT | December 15, 2014 | International Trade

The Senate has passed a combination continuing resolution and omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government for the 2015 fiscal year, after the House passed the same legislation earlier this week. Read More »

United Increases Service to China this Summer

PR Newswire | December 15, 2014 | Intermodal

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it will operate additional flights to Shanghai and Chengdu, China, from the airline's premier trans-Pacific gateway hub in San Francisco during the peak summer travel season. The current daily service between San Francisco and Shanghai will increase to two flights daily from May 6 to Oct. 24, 2015, and the three-times-weekly service between San Francisco and Chengdu will increase to daily service from June 4 to Sept. 1, 2015, both routes subject to government approval.

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Radiant Logistics Acquires Don Cameron and Associates, Inc.

PR Newswire | December 15, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Radiant Logistics, Inc., a domestic and international logistics services company, today announced it has acquired Don Cameron and Associates, Inc., a Minnesota based, privately held company that provides a full range of domestic and international transportation and logistics services across North America. Read More »

Dramatic reductions in emissions found at Port of Oakland

AJOT | December 14, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Researchers say they’ve measured “dramatic reductions” in diesel emissions at the Port of Oakland. The result, according to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, should be cleaner air. Read More »

Matson announces upcoming retirement of Senior VP, Ocean Services Hoppes

AJOT | December 14, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Matson announces upcoming retirement of Senior VP, Ocean Services Hoppes

Matson, Inc., a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that Dave Hoppes, senior vice president, ocean services, will be retiring on March 31, 2015 and that John Lauer, currently vice president, Transpacific services at the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc., will succeed him as senior vice president, ocean services, effective March 31, 2015.  Read More »

GAC celebrates 40 years in Hong Kong

AJOT | December 14, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

GAC Hong Kong, part of the global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group, has marked 40 years in operation with an event celebrating the company’s growth into one of the leading ship agents and logistics services providers in the territory. Read More »

German union calls new strike at Amazon warehouses

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

German union Verdi has called a fresh three-day strike at five Amazon warehouses, increasing pressure on the online retailer during the busy pre-Christmas period in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. Read More »

Ecuador to call on LAN Ecuador to reinstate illegally dismissed trade union leader

AJOT | December 14, 2014 | Air Cargo

In a long meeting  at the Ministry of Labour, trade union leaders representing workers at LAN Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador met Ecuador’s Minister of Labour to seek government mediation in attempts to secure the reinstatement of Ximena López after she was illegally dismissed in October this year. Ecuador’s Minister of Labour declared himself to be “one more soldier in this fight” and agreed to ask the company to comply with the Constitution and reinstate the leader. Read More »

Dry bulk shippers: Main freight index falls

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Shares of dry bulk shippers down between 3-6 percent Read More »

Vessel aground blocks traffic to Port of Antwerp

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Traffic for large ships heading towards the Belgian port of Antwerp was temporarily blocked on Friday after a giant container ship ran aground outside the Dutch port of Terneuzen downstream from the Belgian harbour, emergency services said. Read More »

China, Kazakhstan to sign $10 bln in deals including oil, infrastructure

Reuters | December 14, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects | Projects

China is expected to sign 30 cooperative agreements worth $10 billion with Kazakhstan as Premier Li Keqiang begins his first official visit to the country, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Read More »

Army Corps awards $25.6 million contract to deepen the Arthur Kill Channel

AJOT | December 12, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Army Corps awards $25.6 million contract to deepen the Arthur Kill Channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, has awarded a contract for $25.6 million to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC, Oak Brook, IL on December 9, 2014 for deepening the Arthur Kill Channel.   Read More »

Enterprise shelves massive Bakken pipeline project

Reuters | December 12, 2014 | Energy | Pipeline

Enterprise Products Partners on Friday shelved plans to build the first crude pipeline from North Dakota to the storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, likely hindered by competition from other shippers and lower oil prices. Read More »

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 »

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