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China halts anti-dumping probe into EU, Japan dialysis kit makers

Reuters | December 17, 2014 | International Trade

China has halted an anti-dumping investigation into European and Japanese makers of blood dialysis equipment, ending a six-month probe that had extended to the Chinese market leader, Germany's Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) AG & Co KGaA. Read More »

Canada West Coast ports offer little relief from US delays

Reuters | December 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The gridlock at U.S. West Coast ports that has forced McDonald's to ration French fries at its Japanese restaurants and interrupted supplies to retailers such as Lululemon is unlikely to be alleviated by routing cargoes through Canada, whose Pacific ports face their own problems. Read More »

Alabama State Port Authority posts record revenues with steel, container & coal volumes up

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The Alabama State Port Authority has released its financial and tonnage results for fiscal year 2014 ending 30 September.  James K. Lyons, chief executive officer, announced the Authority earned record revenues of $162.3 million and handled a record 29.1 million tons of cargo through the public terminals. Read More »

Record month for containers at the Port of Baltimore

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The Maryland Port Administration (MPA) today announced that 46,827 containers were handled at the Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals in October 2014, establishing a new record for most containers handled in one month and surpassing the previous record of 44,095 containers set in July 2013. Read More »

Container volume up 13% at the SC Ports Authority

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The SC Ports Authority announced another month of double-digit container growth, with fiscal year-to-date volumes up 13 percent year over year. Read More »

AAPA urges President Obama to assist in resolving West Coast dockworker negotiations

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

In a letter to President Barack Obama, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and collective voice of public seaports in the Americas – urged the president to take the necessary steps to assign federal mediators to help resolve the ongoing contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing West Coast dockworkers, and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), whose principal business is to negotiate and administer maritime labor agreements with the ILWU. Read More »

Hamburg Süd receives five prizes in Australia

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Liner Shipping

At the 19th Australian Shipping & Marine Industry Awards in late November, Hamburg Süd received a total of five awards. Read More »

World Shipping Council announces leadership transition 

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Chris Koch, current president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), will retire from his position on July 31, 2015, and WSC Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, John Butler, will assume that position on August 1 of next year.  After his retirement as president, Koch will continue to support the Council in a senior advisory capacity. Read More »

TSA adopts guidelines January 15 GRI, peak season surcharge

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Transpacific container lines are continuing efforts to address rising costs and cover service contingencies in the Asia-U.S. trade lane. Read More »

Carriers announce December 15th GRI

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Most transpacific ocean carriers have announced a general rate increase (GRI) effective December 15, 2014. The GRI applies to cargo originating in Asia and the Indian subcontinent to all destinations in the US, Canada, and Mexico. The proposed GRIs vary widely by carrier. Read More »

GAC Pindar’s latest Volvo Ocean Race logistics challenge in Abu Dhabi

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects | Projects | Transport Intermediaries

The leading boats of the Volvo Ocean Race have now arrived at Khalifa Port. Behind the scenes GAC Pindar’s logistics team ensured that the original race village from Alicante was safely delivered and re-built in Abu Dhabi, 62 days and 11,672 nautical miles later, after leapfrogging the second race stop in Cape Town. Read More »

Balkan railway part of Chinese ‘express lane’ to Europe

Reuters | December 17, 2014 | Intermodal | Rail

Serbia said it expected Chinese construction of a new rail link between Belgrade and Budapest to begin by mid-2015, part of Beijing's strategy to accelerate the flow of goods into Europe through the Balkans. Read More »

German railways, drivers’ union near deal to end series of strikes

Reuters | December 17, 2014 | Intermodal | Rail

German state-run railway Deutsche Bahn and the drivers' union GDL reached a partial agreement bringing them closer to settling a dispute that has caused major disruption to rail travel and freight in recent months. Read More »

Italy seeks to sell around 40% of railways group

Reuters | December 17, 2014 | Intermodal | Rail

Italy hopes to sell around 40 percent of state railways company Ferrovie dello Stato next year as part of a privatisation drive to cut public debt, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan told Il Messaggero in an interview published. Read More »

Tucker and Piscitelli join Tiger Cool Express management team

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Intermodal | Rail

Tiger Cool Express LLC, an innovative and cost effective temperature-controlled intermodal transporter of produce and food products, has appointed two industry veterans to its growing team of professionals. Read More »

Reduce lift truck damage to pallet rack and plant

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

Reduce lift truck damage to pallet rack and plant

Like busy freeways, plants and warehouses have had to squeeze more traffic into less space as the cost of real estate has risen over the years.  Read More »

Amazon workers in Germany extend strike

Reuters | December 17, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

Amazon staff at German warehouses extended a strike in a long-running dispute over better pay and conditions, but the online retailer promised it would be able to deliver Christmas orders on time. Read More »

UTi Worldwide earns certification in IATA’s CEIV Pharma Program at Brussels Airport

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Air Cargo | Transport Intermediaries

UTi Worldwide Inc., a global supply chain services and solutions company, has achieved CEIV Pharma certification in the comprehensive IATA training and pharmaceutical freight certification program, the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV), at Brussels Airport. Read More »

European logistics industry poised for upturn in M&A activity, claims new report

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Despite the weak state of the European economy, conditions are right for a significant upturn in mergers and acquisition activity driven by a number of micro-economic drivers, the authors of a new report from Ti claim. Read More »

ACE compliance brings real benefits to Customs Brokers

AJOT | December 17, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

The US Customs Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is set to become the single window through which the trade community electronically reports import and export activity. With ACE compliance mandated for November 1, 2015, Customs Brokers are feeling the pressure to find software that will accommodate new, paperless workflows, and there’s starting to be a bit of panic on the streets. Read More »

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