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US trade shortfall shrinks

AJOT | April 23, 2006 | International Trade

America's trade shortfall with the rest of the world became a little smaller during February, as US consumers bought fewer foreign-made cars and televisions and the politically sensitive deficit with China narrowed markedly, just in time for China Preside Read More »

Budget trumps trade

AJOT | April 23, 2006 | International Trade

On a day when the future of global trade talks was widely reported to be in jeopardy, President Bush nominated the respected US Trade Representative to serve as his new budget director. The move and timing don't bode well for the Doha round of negotiation Read More »

World Shipping Council weighs in on ‘SOS bill’

AJOT | April 23, 2006 | Liner Shipping

We are writing to express our views about H.R.4899, the 'Sail Only if Scanned Act' (the 'SOS bill'), which we understand may be offered as an amendment to H.R. 4954 in Committee. H.R. 4899 would require every ocean shipping container to be 'scanned' in a Read More »

Yang Ming Line restructures PNW Service

AJOT | April 23, 2006 | Liner Shipping

Yang Ming Line (YML), together with members of the CKYH Alliance, have jointly developed four (4) new loops of operation to better serve their customers linking S.E. Asia with North America's Pacific Northwest. Upgraded vessels, revised port rotations and Read More »

Containerization’s undelivered promise

AJOT | April 23, 2006 | Liner Shipping

Malcom P. McLean's containership represents an American technological innovation of the highest magnitude. Yet as this revolution in ocean transportation passes the half-century mark this week, one important question stands out: What happened to the US co Read More »

Strong Jan.-Feb. Asia to US cargo growth supports positive picture for 2006

AJOT | April 23, 2006 | Liner Shipping

Member container shipping lines in the Trans-Pacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) cited January-February 2006 figures from the Port Import-Export Reporting Service (PIERS) which show more than 20% cargo demand growth overall compared with the same period Read More »

Premium Article  TRANS-ATLANTIC TRADE - Europe’s logistics landscape comes of age

Karen Thuermer | April 16, 2006 | Transport Intermediaries

The European landscape is quickly changing and with it the footprint and location of logistics operations. Healey & Baker, part of the Cushman & Wakefield group, reports: “The logistics industry remains in the midst of a period of intense structural reali Read More »

Premium Article  TRANS-ATLANTIC TRADE - Canada’s Atlantic trade remains buoyant

Leo Ryan | April 16, 2006 | International Trade | Liner Shipping | Ports & Terminals

The evidence so far suggests that the major carrier-rationalization developments have had little impact on container service capacity at Canada’s trans-Atlantic gateways of Montreal and Halifax. It’s not precisely the same trend as on the US eastern seabo Read More »

AAPA lauds Senate Appropriations Supplemental bill

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has praised the US Senate Appropriations Committee for approving the FY 2006 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, which would result in a major boost in security funding for America's seaports. As Read More »

Ship Finance and Horizon Lines complete approx. $280 million container vessels transaction

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

Ship Finance International Limited announced that it has closed the definitive agreements and related financing documents to acquire five newbuilding container vessels from third parties for a sum of approximately US$280 million and to place the vessels o Read More »

North Carolina International Port reaches major milestone

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

The property for the new North Carolina International Port (NCIP) on the West bank of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County now The North Carolina State Ports Authority seeks a firm, or team of firms, to manage the development process of the proposed No Read More »

Retail ports operating smoothly as volume returns

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

The nation's major retail container ports are operating smoothly this month as volume levels build back up after the winter slow season, according to the April Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Global Insight. Read More »

Saint John sees first quarter increases

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

'On the heels of the Seatrade Cruise Conference and Trade Show held recently in Miami, we are pleased to confirm five additional cruise calls to the port for this year' says Captain Soppitt, President & CEO. 'The Carnival Victory will call September 13, 2 Read More »

Port of Long Beach sees ‘modest’ Feb. traffic increase

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Breakbulk & Projects

China's New Year's celebration curtailed shipments through the Port of Long Beach in February, as the total number of cargo containers climbed a modest 3.5% to the equivalent of 515,464 twenty-foot container units. Read More »

BNSF opens China office

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Intermodal

BNSF Railway Company announced that it will become the first US railroad to open an office in China when its representative Shanghai office opens in the second quarter 2006. Read More »

State Trucking Assn. recognizes Con-Way safety records and practices

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Intermodal

At its annual safety awards banquet for the year 2005, the South Carolina Trucking Association awarded Con-Way Southern Express (CSE) first place in the General Commodities Local 2 million to 5 Million Miles Driven category. The company also was named ov Read More »

DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express delivers to Hawaii despite crippling floods

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Intermodal

For much of the year, Hawaii indeed is an island paradise with plenty of warm, sunny days, drawing millions of visitors each year. The islands recently weathered heavy rains with severe flooding which washed out roads, and drowned homes under rising water Read More »

Consumers urge Bush: Illegal duties on Canadian Softwood lumber should end

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | International Trade

US consumer groups have called on the Bush Administration not to appeal a decision by the US Court of International Trade saying that the US had violated its own law by applying the "Byrd Amendment" to countervailing and antidumping duties imposed on Cana Read More »

Etihad’s new services off to a flying start

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Air Cargo

Etihad Crystal Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is reporting a record month for March 2006. Read More »

New Dnata Freezone Logistics Centre set to transform Dubai cargo handling

AJOT | April 16, 2006 | Air Cargo

Dnata Cargo, operator of Dubai's air cargo terminals, is on track to complete the final expansion of its Freezone Logistics Centre (FLC) at Dubai International Airport. The new unit will more than triple annual throughput capacity of the FLC complex to a Read More »

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