Canada says won’t tell railways where to ship grain for now

Reuters | March 26, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

The Canadian government will not, for now, start telling railways where to ship farmers' grain but it will decide within days whether to extend its requirements on how much grain they must haul, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said. Read More »

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Companies earn 2014 General Motors “Supplier of the Year” awards

AJOT | March 26, 2015 | Transport Intermediaries

Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc., a leading asset-light transportation and logistics service provider, announced today that two of its subsidiary companies, Active Aero Group and Rich Logistics, were named “Supplier of the Year” by General Motors. Read More »

Hainan Airlines to buy 30 Boeing 787-9 jets, worth $7.7 billion by list price

Reuters | March 26, 2015 | Air Cargo | International Trade

Hainan Airlines Co Ltd, China's fourth-largest carrier, said it plans to order 30 Boeing Co B787-9 jets as it seeks to expand international routes to tap into growing demand for overseas travel from China. Read More »

Texas begins statewide “Down to Business” Tour at Bayport Container Terminal

GlobeNewswire | March 26, 2015 | Ports & Terminals | Ports | Container Port

New Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos and members of his staff began a statewide introductory tour in Houston March 24 at the Port of Houston Authority’s Bayport Container Terminal. Read More »

Canada’s New Brunswick province bans fracking, plans study

Reuters | March 26, 2015 | Energy | Discovery

Lawmakers in New Brunswick voted on Thursday to prohibit fracking in the eastern Canadian province, committing to study the controversial method of extracting oil and gas for one year before reconsidering the ban in 2016. Read More »

Canada government asks pipeline regulator for safety guidelines by 2016

Reuters | March 26, 2015 | Energy | Pipeline

Canada’s Conservative government has given the energy regulator about a year to deliver up-to-date guidelines for pipeline companies to improve safety and protect the environment. Read More »

East African leaders woo investors for infrastructure plan

Reuters | March 26, 2015 | International Trade

The leaders of five East African countries went on a charm offensive on Thursday to lure investors for a massive plan to upgrade infrastructure in the region that has made big hydrocarbon discoveries. Read More »

Lynden Air Cargo flies aid to Vanuatu after cyclone devastates islands

PR Newswire | March 26, 2015 | Air Cargo

Lynden Air Cargo's L-100 Hercules aircraft is being put to use flying relief supplies to Vanuatu after Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated the South Pacific Islands March 13. Communications company Digicel Fiji chartered a Lynden Air Cargo plane from Nadi, Fiji, to the capital city of Port Vila within days of the cyclone. Read More »

Baltic sea freight index flat on muted vessel activity

Reuters | March 26, 2015 | Liner Shipping

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained steady on Thursday due to a muted vessel activity. Read More »

Kenya ready to start work on first berths at northern port

Reuters | March 26, 2015 | Ports & Terminals

Kenya is ready to begin work on the first three berths at a long-delayed port on its northern coast, next to the historic trading town of Lamu, President Uhuru Kenyatta said in his annual State of the Nation address on Thursday. Read More »

ATA Again Asks FMCSA to Make Common Sense Fix to Safety Measurement System

PR Newswire | March 26, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

In comments filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the American Trucking Associations again urged the agency to make a common sense change to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability safety measurement system - the removal of crashes trucking companies and their drivers did not cause. Read More »

U.S. military challenged maritime claims of 19 countries in 2014

Reuters | March 25, 2015 | International Trade

The U.S. military conducted freedom of navigation operations last year challenging maritime claims by 19 countries, from China to Argentina, asserting U.S. transit rights in defiance of efforts to impose restrictions, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. Read More »

Myanmar launches export strategy to connect smaller firms to global economy

Reuters | March 25, 2015 | International Trade

Myanmar launched an export strategy aimed at strengthening smaller companies, which is a departure from 49 years of military rule when a few large firms dominated the economy, said the International Trade Centre (ITC). Read More »

China steel firms turn overseas as domestic woes mount

Reuters | March 25, 2015 | International Trade

Laden with debt and struggling to make money as the world's No.2 economy loses momentum, China's steel mills do not appear obvious candidates for overseas expansion. Read More »

EU imposes anti-dumping duties on stainless steel from China and Taiwan

Reuters | March 25, 2015 | International Trade

The European Union will impose anti-dumping duties on imports of cold-rolled flat stainless steel from China and Taiwan, according to a notice in the EU's Official Journal. Read More »

Japan, NZ agree US fast-track bill vital for TPP talks

Reuters | March 25, 2015 | International Trade

Japan and New Zealand share the view that a fast-track trade bill in the United States is extremely important for the conclusion of a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, the Japanese economy minister said. Read More »

Coke’s zero tolerance for land grabs proves difficult to fulfil

Reuters | March 25, 2015 | International Trade

The Coca-Cola Co has made a good start in axing land grabs from its supply chain, but it must work harder in proving that its bottlers and sugar suppliers do not violate land rights, development experts told the company. Read More »

CMA CGM VOLGA enters the fleet

AJOT | March 25, 2015 | Liner Shipping

The CMA CGM Group has announced that the CMA CGM VOLGA entered the CMA CGM fleet on March 17th, and started her first rotation in Dalian, China, on March 20th. Read More »

Ports of LB and LA begin talks to improve supply chain efficiencies

AJOT | March 25, 2015 | Ports & Terminals

Top executives from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles held a kickoff meeting earlier this week to begin working together to focus on cargo conveyance strategies that will enhance velocity and efficiency throughout their gateway’s supply chain. Read More »

Mega ships and cyber attacks pose new threats for maritime sector, according to new Allianz report

AJOT | March 25, 2015 | Liner Shipping

Shipping losses continued their long-term downward trend with 75 reported worldwide in 2014, making it the safest year in shipping for 10 years, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS)  third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015, which analyzes reported shipping losses of over 100 gross tons. Read More »