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World trade picture improves but 2014 still below trend

Reuters | April 17, 2014 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization slightly raised its 2014 forecast for growth in global goods trade to 4.7 percent, saying it did not expect a return to the historical trend level of 5.3 percent until 2015. Read More »

CIMC Intelligent Technology Co. and Globe Tracker International ApS announce wireless tracking

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

CIMC Intelligent Technology Company, Ltd, a subsidiary of China International Marine Container Company, Ltd, ranked No. 1 worldwide since 1996 for production and sales of transportation equipment, such as marine containers, road transport vehicles and airport ground-handling equipment, has announced that it will create a CIMC Asian Tracking, Monitoring, Remote Management and Trade Data Sharing Showcase at the Port of Shenzhen in collaboration with Globe Tracker International, ApS, a leader in global “end-to-end” supply chain visibility solutions. Read More »

Retailers urge expedited contract negotiations at West Coast ports

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The National Retail Federation has urged maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer. NRF believes expedited negotiations would strengthen the supply chain and provide shippers and retailers the certainty they need to utilize the West Coast ports during the holiday shipping period, which begins in July. Read More »

Crashes in crucial US crude waterway fall to 10-year low

Reuters | April 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Serious crashes in the bustling Bay of Galveston have fallen to the lowest level in a decade even as more oil moves on U.S. waterways, official data show, suggesting that better training and equipment are helping avert spills like one in March. Read More »

SC Ports report record Pier container volumes

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

South Carolina Ports reported March pier container volumes were the highest since August 2008. Last month the Port handled 85,616 boxes, totaling 692,338 pier containers fiscal year to date. Read More »

US Army Corps of Engineers offers its final approval for Jacksonville harbor deepening

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a final Chief’s Report approving the Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project, clearing the way for congressional authorization in an upcoming Water Resources Development Act. Read More »

Throughput of Port of Rotterdam practically stable

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in the first quarter of 2014, at 109 million tonnes, was 0.2% below the level for the corresponding period last year.Split up by goods type, less crude oil (‑2%), mineral oil products (‑14%) and other liquid bulk cargo (‑14%) were transferred. Read More »

Work starts on Felixstowe expansion

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Work has started at the Port of Felixstowe on the latest expansion of the UK’s largest container port. Read More »

Cargill expects flour merger with ConAgra to be finalized in 6-8 weeks

Reuters | April 17, 2014 | Intermodal | Ports & Terminals

U.S. agribusiness Cargill Inc expects the merger of its flour mill operations with those of ConAgra Foods Inc to be finalized in six to eight weeks after it clears a longstanding regulatory hurdle, Cargill Executive Chairman Greg Page said. Read More »

ISS appointment develops global liner expertise

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has announced the appointment of Chris Crookall as Vice President, Liner. Chris will be based in the company’s Liner Division, in Dubai and will report to Eddie Filus, SVP Liner. Read More »

Little change in overall Confidence Index despite gains in the present situation

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Little change occurred in the latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index. Slipping only 0.1 points from 57.0 in March to 56.9 this month, the overall index did however favor improvements in the present situation increasing 1.6 points to 51.8. However, expectations for the next six months dimmed falling 1.8 points to 62.0 for April. Read More »

Online retailers in Germany under fire over working conditions

Reuters | April 17, 2014 | Intermodal

Working practices at the German operations of two of Europe's largest online retailers have come under fire this week, with more strikes at Amazon and Zalando being forced to defend its warehouse operations after a critical TV report. Read More »

TT Club signs partnership in the Philippines

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Specialist transport insurance provider, TT Club has appointed a network partner in The Philippines.  Read More »

Damco supports Chinese company Kerui to go global

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Global freight forwarder and logistics provider Damco will extend its partnership with the Shandong Kerui Holding Group Co., LTD. (“Kerui”). Read More »

Gebrüder Weiss offers direct groupage freight service to Turkmenistan

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Since mid-April, Gebrüder Weiss has been offering a new direct groupage freight service from Sofia, Bulgaria, to the Turkmen capital Ashgabat. Read More »

Bradham joins Red Arrow Logistics to enhance overseas supply chain capabilities

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Red Arrow Logistics, the logistics and transportation company that serves fast growing, complex and high value supply chains, has named supply chain management expert Garrett Bradham as VP Global Markets to enhance the company’s ability to serve its clients that operate around the world. Read More »

Old Dominion announces GRI

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Intermodal

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., announced from the carrier’s Thomasville, N.C. headquarters the organization will be increasing its base rates 4.3 percent effective May 1, 2014. Read More »

Time Transports partnership helps carrier

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Intermodal

Transport Inc. is partnering with GAIN®Clean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) stations to supply Time’s CNG fleet. Read More »

TruStar Energy announces grand opening of City Furniture CNG Fueling Station

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Intermodal

The two-compressor station is located at their Tamarac headquarters and warehouse location, and will be used to fuel their fleet of new CNG-powered delivery trucks – which will service the surrounding communities. Read More »

Southeastern Freight Lines promotes Stritt to VP of Fleet Services

AJOT | April 17, 2014 | Intermodal

Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has announced that Kerry Stritt has been promoted to vice president of fleet services, operating out of Columbia, S.C. Read More »

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