California farmers say drought is over but regulatory constraints remain

Thanks to record 2016-2017 rainfall, the long California drought is over and California growers are feeling positive about the 2017 outlook.
Port of Long Beach predicts “modest growth” in 2017

The Port of Long Beach expects “modest growth” in 2017 after experiencing a 5.8% decline in overall container cargo in 2016, according to interim Chief Executive Duane Kenagy.
Lytle Hails Port of Oakland’s 2016 Turnaround

Port of Oakland executive director Chris Lytle said in his “State of the Port” address that “we are on a roll” as the Port racked up 2.37 million twenty foot containers in 2016, a 4% increase from 2015.

Education skills remain a challenge for warehouse & logistics development
San Joaquin executive explains e-commerce logistics revolution in CA

Mike Ammann, president & CEO of the San Joaquin Partnership says there is revolution underway in warehousing and distribution and California’s San Joaquin valley is leading the way.
Port of Long Beach: After Slangerup

The departure of Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup comes at a time when the port is facing a number of challenges related to the downturn in international trade, the cost of capital improvement projects and the implementation of a new energy program.
Hanjin Bankruptcy Will Have Global Impact

The bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Company will have long-term disruptions within the global supply chain and freight rates for imported containers to the United States may rise as much as 54%, according to one report.
PMSA Says California Must “Accelerate Public Investments” To Meet Sustainable Freight Goals

California’s recently announced Sustainable Freight Action Plan calls for truck, rail and waterborne transportation to dramatically reduce carbon emissions by 2030, and will require California to “accelerate public investments” in the maritime, trucking and rail sectors, according to the Pacific Merchants Shipping Association (PMSA).
PMA/ILWU Will Discuss Contract Extension

In a potential breakthrough for Pacific Coast labor peace, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced that it will begin discussions with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to extend the current PMA/ILWU contract which expires in 2019.
Helen Bentley: Waterfront Rocky

Former Republican Congresswoman Helen Bentley, who died on August 6that the age of 92 years old, was a leading proponent of the U.S. Merchant Marine, the Jones Act, the Port of Baltimore and an outspoken opponent of U.S. trade deals that she believed outsourced U.S. jobs and technology.

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