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US trade gap narrows in welcome sign for growth

AJOT | September 16, 2007 | International Trade

The US trade deficit narrowed slightly in July as exports continued to outpace imports, the government said, suggesting trade could offer a welcome lift to third-quarter economic growth. Read More »

China, EU must shun protectionism

AJOT | September 16, 2007 | International Trade

A group of European companies doing business in China cautioned both Brussels and Beijing against the dangers of protectionism, saying all they were asking for was a level playing field. Read More »

Canada’s trade surplus shrinks

AJOT | September 16, 2007 | International Trade

Canada's trade surplus shrank more than expected in July as imports rose because of the stronger Canadian dollar, while the housing sector proved surprisingly resilient this summer, figures showed. Read More »

Sodexi launches paperless airfreight

AJOT | September 16, 2007 | Air Cargo

Sodexi, one of France's leading pioneers of the EDI revolution in Air Transport, has developed a system for total electronic processing of air cargo shipments. Read More »

East Midlands Airport plans for wind turbines

AJOT | September 16, 2007 | Air Cargo

The four proposed wind turbines, which will generate 10% of the Airport's energy, are another important step closer to making Airport site operations carbon neutral by 2012. Read More »

SWISS to introduce new Geneva-Bucharest service

AJOT | September 16, 2007 | Air Cargo

SWISS is further expanding its Geneva-based network with the introduction next April of a thrice-weekly service to and from Bucharest. The new route extends the range of non-stop services operated by SWISS from Geneva to 10 destinations. Read More »

Crowley moves 110,000-lb. boiler for Fruit of the Loom

AJOT | September 16, 2007 | Liner Shipping

Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner and logistics services groups recently worked together to provide both inland and ocean transportation for a massive boiler bound for Fruit of the Loom in Honduras. This large boiler measuring 35-feet long, 12-feet wid Read More »

TSA lines meet in Taipei for ‘08-‘09 contract season

AJOT | September 16, 2007 | Liner Shipping

Container shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) met in Taipei last week to take initial soundings of the Asia-US cargo market for 2008-09, updating their assessments of the industry supply/demand balance and general operating co Read More »

Premium Article  GARMENTS/APPAREL, SPORTING GOODS & TOYS - Timely logistics removes obsolescence in fickle world of f

Karen Thuermer | September 09, 2007 | International Trade | Transport Intermediaries

In last year’s hit movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” Miranda Priestly, the ruthless and cynical editor of top fashion magazine Runway determines whether a high fashion collection succeeds or fails simply by pursing her lips. Read More »

Premium Article  GARMENTS/APPAREL, SPORTING GOODS & TOYS - Plus-size importer gaining from customs broker visits

Paul Scott Abbott | September 09, 2007 | Transport Intermediaries

The plus-size women’s fashions imported by Ulla Popken seldom are hindered by Customs officials, thanks in large part to the hands-on approach of the firm’s longtime logistics and customs brokerage firm. Read More »

Premium Article  GARMENTS/APPAREL, SPORTING GOODS & TOYS - Recalls hurt toy importers

Peter Buxbaum | September 09, 2007 | International Trade

Importing toys from China has seen better days. Some of the leading names in the US toy world have been forced to recall products, particularly those manufactured in China. The recalls revolved around safety issues involving lead paint and small magnets e Read More »

Thamesport welcomes traffic boost

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | Breakbulk & Projects

Thamesport (London), Limited has welcomed the largest vessel ever handled at the Port. The 352m Adrian Maersk operates on Maersk's AE1 Far East service. This latest call by the world's largest container Line at Thamesport will be followed, on Sunday 2nd Read More »

PHA Commission approves $25 million for construction contracts & projects

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | Breakbulk & Projects

The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) approved about $25 million for construction contracts and projects, including sound reduction and environmental matters, at its regular meeting. Read More »

Port of Stockton dedicates new expressway

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | Breakbulk & Projects

The Port of Stockton, CA, recently dedicated its new Port of Stockton Expressway that connects the Port of Stockton's West Complex, formerly the US Navy's Rough & Ready Island, to California State Highway 4. Read More »

John S. Connor handles art sculpture to China

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | Transport Intermediaries

John S. Connor, Inc., a full service logistics company based in Glen Burnie, MD, recently handled the airfreight shipment of a fragile fiberglass crab art sculpture from Baltimore, MD, to Xiamen Airport, China. Read More »

Schenker plans takeover of Spain-TIR

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | Transport Intermediaries

DB subsidiary Schenker is planning to acquire 100% of the Spanish logistics group Spain-TIR. An agreement to this effect was signed with the shareholders. Subject to regulatory approval this acquisition will enable Schenker to further expand its European Read More »

RMI announces third annual Fast Track Award recipients

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | Intermodal

RMI, the market leader and largest independent provider of accurate, reliable, comprehensive and secure rail information services to the transportation industry, announces today the 2008 Fast Track Award winners. Now in its third year, the 2008 Fast Track Read More »

NASSTRAC announces executive committee appointments

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | Intermodal

NASSTRAC recently announced the addition of Mary Pat Paxton of Tiffany & Co. and John Giusti of Harman/Becker Automotive to its executive committee. They'll be part of the association's executive group that provides strategic direction in support of NASST Read More »

Columbia Sportswear: Supplying the world from Portland

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | International Trade

Columbia Sportswear started out as the Columbia Hat Company in 1938 and has since become an international firm that designs and distributes outerwear, footwear, accessories and outdoor equipment to roughly 10,000 retail outlets in the US and to customers Read More »

Sporting strong growth

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | International Trade

When Linda Bi took over her late husband's business in 2000, her previous involvement in the company was limited to bookkeeping. Since that time, the president of Chicago Expert Importers has turned the company into a leading mid-Western woman-owned busin Read More »

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