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  • Indefinite customs strike in Chile

    May 25, 2017 — Nisomar, the data-driven maritime services company, is advising of an indefinite strike from Wednesday 24 May by the National Association of Customs Officers of Chile (ANFACH) which will affect all Chilean ports, airports and borders in the country. The strike will cause delays to all operations, with only special cases attended, such as those related to humanitarian support and dangerous cargo. It is anticipated that over 1,900 customs officials will be striking across the country.
  • Ghana, Dubai, Singapore and Antwerp ports share ideas on efficient port

    May 25, 2017 — Professionals in the maritime industry have deliberated on how the ports of Ghana can be made more efficient so as to enhance its competitiveness in the West African sub region at a presidential conference in Accra.
  • AAPA: Ports concerned about Trump's proposed funding cuts

    May 25, 2017 — The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) on Tuesday expressed concern about port-related funding cuts in President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal-year 2018 budget. Trump's budget would reduce funding to many programs that are "critically important to ports," including Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants and port security grants, AAPA officials said in a press release.
  • German shipping group Hapag-Lloyd aims for speedy post-merger integration

    May 25, 2017 — Hapag-Lloyd (HLAG.DE) and Arab sector peer UASC are focused on speedy integration, Hapag's chief executive said after the German company announced completion of their delayed merger to creates the world's fifth-biggest shipping company. "We now not only have a very strong market position in Latin America and the Atlantic, but also in the Middle East, where we will become one of the leading carriers," CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said on Wednesday.
  • Cyber Vigilance at Sea: The New Norm

    May 25, 2017 — The risk of cyber attacks on vessels at sea continues to be significant, and it’s not going away any time soon. Each year, it seems, there are more and more reports of hacks that have resulted in loss of critical data, financial loss or problems with IT systems or shipborne systems functionality.
  • Djibouti opens most advanced port in Africa

    May 24, 2017 — Djibouti has today opened the country’s latest mega project – the Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP). The new 690 hectare facility is equipped with ultra-modern facilities that can accommodate 100,000 dwt vessels. The port provides a world-class logistics platform for shipping. The new facilities will vastly improve the efficiency and ease of doing business in the Horn of Africa. The project cements Djibouti’s position as a critical junction on the “Maritime Silk Road”.
  • Escalating Dockworkers’ Conflict Now Threatens Swedish Economy

    May 24, 2017 — As a drawn-out labor conflict at the Nordic region’s largest port escalates, some of Sweden’s largest exporters are warning they may be forced to find alternative harbors abroad to safeguard shipments. Container capacity at A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S’ APM Terminals facility in Gothenburg has in the past six months dropped to 80 percent of the normal weekly level of 10,000 containers due to a conflict with the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union. It could drop to 40 percent in the coming days as APM plans a partial lockout in response to the industrial action.
  • Why forwarders have the algorithm & blues

    May 24, 2017 — Internet start-ups using algorithms to offer airfreight bookings are seen as disruptors for traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ freight forwarders. Air Cargo News decided to seek out a virtual forwarder, to see what it can offer.
  • Calais migrant gangs attack British truckers for the first time since the 'Jungle' camp was demolished

    May 24, 2017 — British truckers have called for increased protection in Calais following the first serious attacks by migrants since the demolition of the 'Jungle' refugee camp. It is just over six months since the vast shantytown was torn to the ground, and some 8,000 UK-bound asylum seekers dispersed across France. Officially, they are all now banned from the Calais area, but a series of 'extremely violent' incidents on Sunday shows they are slowly returning.
  • Brexit: companies set to sever European ties

    May 23, 2017 — Many businesses are preparing to sever supply chain ties between the UK and the EU to avoid Brexit tariffs, according to survey of 2,111 supply chain managers by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Almost one third of UK businesses that use EU suppliers are looking for British replacements, while almost half of European businesses expect to reduce their use of UK suppliers.
  • A new all-electric and autonomous cargo ship is planned for operation in 2018

    May 23, 2017 — Some of the world’s largest cargo ships emit pollution comparable to millions of passenger cars put together. The heavy fuel oil that they burn has high sulfur content and therefore, it is an important part of the world’s transportation industry that needs to transition to being battery-powered. Norway is making a first significant step toward just that with Kongsberg, a maritime engineering firm, and Yara International ASA, a large Norwegian chemical company, unveiling the concept for a new all-electric and autonomous cargo ship that they plan to have in operation as soon as next year.
  • Narendra Modi emphasizes port development

    May 23, 2017 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said developing modern ports was important for India to cement its position in the global trade sector. He said Kandla port in Kutch district of Gujarat, which he described as one of the major ports in Asia, will soon be connected with Chabahar port in Iran to boost India's international trade.
  • Countries Acting Alone Pose Main Risk to Trade System, WTO Says

    May 22, 2017 — The biggest risk to the global trade order is one country taking unilateral action that disrespects the system, according to World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

    May 18, 2017 — The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.
  • At Time:matters, Technology Drives Growth

    May 18, 2017 — Like pretty much everyone else in logistics, time:matters considers digitalization to be central to its future. “We want to have the platform available in the 300 most important catchment areas in the world,” said Miller. That means setting up shop in cities that host the industries where time:matters has expertise. “We’re doing this by making it as easy to book an emergency logistics service as it is to book a hotel online,” he said. “By digitalizing the chain, we make something that is very complex very easy.”
  • Pasha Hawaii Announces Shipyard for Two New Containerships

    May 17, 2017 — Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, TX, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications, and delivery of the first vessel is planned for early 2020.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • China Sparks World Container Traffic Boom

    May 15, 2017 — Preliminary data from Drewry’s Container Trades Statistics (CTS) indicates that world container traffic surged by 10% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, fuelled mainly by spikes in imports and exports from China. The CTS numbers point to intra-regional trade as the primary driver of growth with volumes up by 17%, versus 7% for deep-sea traffic.
  • Dubai’s DP World Confirms 10 Injured when Ship Hits Cranes at Jebel Ali Port

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • Gosselin Mobility and DT Moving announce the merger of their international moving operations

    May 13, 2017 — In an agreement finalised this week between Gosselin CEO Marc Smet and DT Moving Managing Director, Nick Kerr, Gosselin has acquired and merged DT Moving with its Gosselin Mobility operating companies. The deal brings together DT’s UK and France businesses under the Gosselin umbrella, creating an enlarged European moving network of 51 offices in 34 countries.
  • Tesla’s Road to Electric Trucking May be Easier Than Many Assume

    May 12, 2017 — The leap to electric trucks for Tesla Inc. and others isn’t as improbable as many in the trucking industry assume. That’s the finding of an investment report issued Wednesday by Alexander Potter, an analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co. The key, Potter said, is that much of the trucking industry overestimates weight needs. That leaves room on trucks for the weight of the large battery packs that provide power for electric vehicles.
  • First 20,000 TEU ‘Megaship’ Docks in UK

    May 12, 2017 — The 20,170 teu MOL Triumph became the largest ship to ever visit the UK when it docked at the port of Southampton this week. MOL Triumph is the first in a new breed of ultra large container vessels (ULCV), or so-called’megaships’, entering service this year with capacity to carry more than 20,000 twenty-foot. It was delivered to Japanese container shipping company, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ (MOL), back in March.
  • New online tool connects ports worldwide (video)

    May 12, 2017 — The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched ‘Navigate’ at the Transport Logistic Fair, in Munich. The beta version of this online tool contains deep-sea and short-sea schedules connecting to 550 ports worldwide, as well as rail and barge connections between Rotterdam and more than 150 European inland terminals.
  • Schiphol successfully tests automatic compliance analysis

    May 10, 2017 — Initial testing of an online compliance checking system that reduces delays by pinpointing mistakes on airway bills has successfully concluded. The system was developed as part of Schiphol’s Smart Cargo Mainport Program, and speeds up cargo flows by detecting data errors in air waybills.
  • RFP to study Cross-Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel connecting NJ and Brooklyn

    May 10, 2017 — The Port Authority will soon be issuing an RFP (Request for Proposals) for a “Tier II” Environmental Impact Study to explore the impact and feasibility of the long-contemplated Cross-Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel connecting Brooklyn to New Jersey.
  • A Map Like This Persuaded Trump to Save Nafta, For Now

    May 10, 2017 — Location is everything in the real-estate biz, so it’s not entirely surprising that a map changed former developer Donald Trump’s mind. President Trump was close to withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement last month, before he saw a U.S. map highlighting areas that rely on business with partners Mexico and Canada. It just so happened many of those states supported Trump in the 2016 election, giving him a strong motivation to renegotiate rather than abandon the pact, he told the Washington Post.
  • In the Wake of the Titanic - Icebergs in the North Atlantic

    May 10, 2017 — Ice is beginning to choke major trade routes causing some carriers to rethink their operations. More than 400 icebergs have drifted into the shipping lanes forcing vessels to reduce speed and or divert hundreds of miles to avoid danger.
  • Naval mines found off Yemen’s coasts

    May 9, 2017 — The Royal Saudi Navy vessels operating with the coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen have found a number of maritime mines off the coast of Yemen’s port of Midi, the coalition command said on Monday.
  • Travis Kalanick gives us a sneak peek at Uber Freight

    May 9, 2017 — There is currently not much information about the company’s efforts with regards to the same, but Kalanick shared an image of what appears to be the first ‘Uber Freight’ truck. These words are stenciled along the sides of the long truck, which is standing in a deserted parking lot. The photograph was shared by him in a tweet.
  • Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Trucks: Holy Grail or Hot Potato

    May 8, 2017 — Kenworth, Toyota, UPS and other major trucking and transport names have launched high-profile hydrogen fuel cell projects in recent weeks. Buzzy start-ups are pledging ambitious rollouts. But despite the pedigrees of the companies and the millions of dollars going into development and testing, many industry experts are skeptical about the business case for fuel cell technology — especially for large, long-haul vehicles.
  • Port efficiency to attract more shipping lines, port users to Subic

    May 8, 2017 — International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) continues to make a strong case for the Subic Bay Freeport as a key international trading gateway of the Philippines after achieving productivity levels at par with that of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).
  • 5 Ways to Cut the Risk of Cargo Theft

    May 8, 2017 — While risk modeling is an important part of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), few companies use the information to identify threats within their supply chain by trade lane, and their vulnerability against those threats. Part of threat analysis includes how the shipment is routed, the number of stops it makes, and identifying each player in the supply chain.
  • Air cargo demand growth reaches six year high

    May 3, 2017 — Air cargo traffic grew at its fastest rate since late 2010 in March as the industry continues to benefit from an uptick in world trade and export orders. The latest figures from airline body IATA show that in freight tonne km terms traffic increased by 14% year on year in March, which is the fastest pace of growth recorded since October 2010, a recession bounce-back year.
  • New report addresses Somali security issues

    May 3, 2017 — A new report, conducted by OEF Research in cooperation with OBP and Secure Fisheries, highlights that it is not only piracy that affects maritime security in Somali land, but other complex issues as well, such as illegal fishing, coastal violence, and human trafficking. In particular, there are eight important factors which create an insecure maritime environment in Somali waters.
  • As Arctic Ice Vanishes, New Shipping Routes Open

    May 3, 2017 — As global warming melts sea ice across the Arctic, shipping routes once thought impossible — including directly over the North Pole — may open up by midcentury. But high costs may keep the new routes from being used right away.
  • QIS: new autonomous truck technology could transform insurance industry

    May 1, 2017 — The introduction of truly driverless long haul freight vehicles has the potential to create a once-in-a-century economic impact—and a new role for insurers.
  • New Shipping Alliances Bringing Chaos to Asia-Europe Tradelanes

    May 1, 2017 — “Organised chaos” – that’s how one carrier describes the Asia-Europe schedules of the Ocean and THE alliances, believing there’s very little hope of vessels hitting itineraries before June. The source, an alliance member, told The Loadstar the transition of ships and containers from previous schedules to their new alliance hubs had proved more complex than expected – the result being containers stranded at terminals between Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
  • What shippers really want: Airfreight’s true customers speak out

    May 1, 2017 — Airport codes BCN and BQN are strikingly similar at first glance. But to a Spanish pharmaceutical manufacturer in Barcelona, located thousands of miles from a misdirected shipment of temperature-sensitive components languishing in a warehouse in Puerto Rico, that one letter represents millions of dollars per day.
  • Confidence grows for air cargo in Asia

    Apr 28, 2017 — Airfreight volumes on Asia-Europe trade lanes eastbound and westbound are expected to surge in the coming months, according to the latest survey results for the APAC Forwarding Index. Around 54% of survey respondents predicted Asia Pacific air cargo volumes across all lanes will be higher in three months time than at present, with 37% expecting them to remain the same and just 9% lower.
  • U.S. rail traffic up 4.7 percent; AAR comments on Trump tax plan

    Apr 28, 2017 — U.S. railroads moved 515,131 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending April 22, a 4.7 percent increase compared with the same week a year ago, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Wednesday.
  • Rotterdam to shape Gujarat’s port development

    Apr 28, 2017 — In a major boost to Gujarat’s future maritime development, the Port of Rotterdam has agreed to a strategic tie-up with the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to lend its expertise in a slew of projects including planning for new ports and churning out skilled professionals in shipping and transport sectors.
  • The benefits of freight visibility

    Apr 27, 2017 — Many drivers perceive freight visibility software, or load tracking, as another way to limit their control and freedom out on the road. Fleet owners, as well, can be skeptical about allowing an outside party to know where their trucks and drivers are. It can be seen as a liability, a safety or even a security issue. But what about the unknown benefits of load visibility?
  • Singapore remains world’s maritime capital for 2017

    Apr 27, 2017 — MPA Singapore announced that the country has once again clinched the top position, in Menon’s Leading Maritime Capitals of the World Report (“Menon Report”).
  • Port of Calais Reports Record High in Freight Truck Traffic

    Apr 27, 2017 — One of the busiest ports linking France and the UK has reported a large upswing in freight vehicles passing through on its cross Channel routes. A renewed upsurge in haulage traffic has been confirmed in the first three months of 2017 and allowed the Port of Calais to realise the best quarter in its history through an absolute record for the month of March and the passage of 181,005 cargo units which used the Calais port facilities. The number of heavy goods vessels crossing through the French port grew by 11.2% compared to the first trimester of 2016, with 507,850 heavy goods vessels passing through the port.
  • Shanghai port, world's busiest, grapples with traffic congestion

    Apr 24, 2017 — The world's busiest container port, Yangshan in China's business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion wrought by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say. More than 100 container vessels are now waiting outside the port, where the average waiting time at berth last week went up 6.2 percent, to 18.2 hours, versus the previous week.
  • Cordero to run Port of Long Beach as executive director

    Apr 24, 2017 — The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has tapped former Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero as executive director of the Port of Long Beach.
  • Secondhand Market Heats Up For Small Containerships

    Apr 21, 2017 — A lack of orders for smaller containerships over the past few years, with operators focused on large vessels, is attracting new investors into the secondhand market. Hamburg-based asset and investment manager MPC Capital said it had already raised $100m in equity to acquire a fleet of feeder (1,000-2,000 teu) and feedermax (2,000-3,000 teu) vessels this year.
  • Amazon’s on-demand manufacturing sends tremors through supply chain

    Apr 20, 2017 — If Amazon’s latest clothing manufacturing plans become a reality, air cargo companies stand to lose billions in revenues. This week, the e-commerce giant was awarded a patent for a localized manufacturing setup that eliminates much of the traditional supply chain, bringing manufacturing closer to consumers than ever before.
  • U.S. Maritime Industry Stands Behind Jones Act Ruling Letter Changes

    Apr 20, 2017 — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), representing interests of the domestic maritime industry, has submitted comments strongly in support of the recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) notice proposing to revoke previous letter rulings inconsistent with the proper enforcement of coastwise laws, including the Jones Act.
  • Are Sri Lanka’s ports the next Great Game for China, India and Japan?

    Apr 18, 2017 — Increased international interest in the Indian Ocean comes at a convenient time for Sri Lanka, as the country continues to recoup after the end of its decades-long civil war which ended in 2009. While opportunities present themselves, all this attention also comes with its own set of complications.
  • Shippers must declare EU road freight weights from 7 May

    Apr 16, 2017 — Less than a month from now, a new law is set to come into force within the European Union that will force shippers to declare the weight of their cargo to hauliers transporting goods within Europe.
  • Emirates flies America’s Cup boat to Bermuda from New Zealand [VIDEO]

    Apr 14, 2017 — Emirates SkyCargo flew 44 tonnes worth of boat and associated gear from Auckland to Bermuda for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup sailing competition, which will begin in late May. The boat, called “New Zealand Aotearoa” is the Emirates Team New Zealand’s race boat. The shipment included all associated support equipment, including the team’s chase boat.
  • Biggest Ship to Ever Call On U.S. East Coast Arriving in May

    Apr 14, 2017 — The biggest ship ever to visit the U.S. East Coast will make its maiden call in Charleston, South Carolina next month after sailing through the expanded Panama Canal from China. The MV Cosco Development, which measures 1,200 feet long and 158 feet wide, can transport up to 13,092 TEUs. It is scheduled to call at the South Carolina Ports Authority’s (SCPA) terminal in Charleston Harbor on May 13.
  • Self-Driving Trucks, Delivery Vans at Vanguard of Autonomous Vehicle Revolution

    Apr 13, 2017 — Commercial vehicles aren’t the only mode of transportation that can be automated, but when it comes to urban spaces, they’re likely to be the early movers.
  • Hapag-Lloyd: New Oceania Service - North East Asia Australia Express (NAX) Service

    Apr 13, 2017 — Hapag-Lloyd announced the new North East Asia Australia Express with dedicated allocation serving Japan, Korea and North / Central China to Australia.
  • UPS expands its ability to carry dangerous goods

    Apr 13, 2017 — Global logistics provider UPS Inc. has expanded its global dangerous goods shipping program, increasing both the volume and the types of goods that it carries between 36 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia, the company said this week.
  • Brexit set to disrupt European businesses and drive action on expat recruitment and reward

    Apr 13, 2017 — Almost two thirds (59%) of European businesses with significant interests in the UK view Brexit as “another disruption” rather than the “fundamental challenge” to their operations that is feared by a quarter (26%).
  • Alexa, where's my cargo?

    Apr 12, 2017 — CHAMP Cargosystems has developed a system that allows users to make air cargo track and trace requests using Amazon's Alexa voice recognition service. The new system enables voice interaction with CHAMP's Traxon track and trace application, allowing users to obtain air waybill statuses using simple voice commands on devices that offer the Alexa voice service, such as the Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Fire tablets.
  • Gulf of Guinea Maritime Security in 2016

    Apr 12, 2017 — 2016 witnessed a marked increase in maritime security incidents over the previous year, irrespective of the counting standards. Denmark-based Risk Intelligence counted 119 verified attacks by criminals on all kinds of vessels in West Africa (Senegal to Angola) – compared with 82 in 2015.
  • Icebergs Disrupt North Atlantic Shipping

    Apr 12, 2017 — An unusually large number of icebergs have drifted into the shipping lanes of the North Atlantic in recent weeks, forcing vessels to detour well to the south to avoid danger. Icebergs have even been spotted outside of the Coast Guard's ice navigation warning area, prompting at least one notice to mariners urging additional caution.
  • UK-China rail freight service starts in Essex

    Apr 11, 2017 — The first direct rail freight service from the UK to China departed from Essex on Monday. A train with 30 containers filled with British-produced exports began the 7,500-mile journey from the DP World London Gateway rail terminal in Stanford-le-Hope.
  • ReCAAP: Actual maritime incidents in Asia down compared to 2017

    Apr 11, 2017 — The ReCAAP has published infographic to depict the mobility of piracy and armed robbery incidents against ships in Asia during January-March 2017. In general, there was an overall drop in actual piracy and armed robbery. However, the number of attempts increased.
  • Air Canada Cargo to offer freight space in direct link to Mumbai

    Apr 11, 2017 — Air Canada has confirmed that a new year-round, direct service to and from Mumbai will be inaugurated by the carrier on July 1. The service, on which Air Canada Cargo will market the available bellyhold space of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft operating the route, will complement Air Canada’s existing year-round service to Delhi.
  • Long Beach Port bracing for impact of shipping alliance reformation

    Apr 10, 2017 — It’s been called “The Big Bang of 2017.” An unprecedented number of ocean-carrier mergers last year and the collapse of the seventh-largest container carrier – Hanjin Shipping – have resulted in something Port of Long Beach officials say has never happened in the shipping industry– the reshuffling of ocean carriers from four to three new alliances.
  • Shippers, 3PLs Tout Technology as Key to Better Performance

    Apr 10, 2017 — Technology can save shippers, carriers and third-party logistics companies money and time and improve the relationship between the three critical cogs in the supply chain, according to a panel at the 2017 Transportation Intermediaries Association conference.
  • Mumbai container port to be dredged

    Apr 10, 2017 — Jan De Nul Group announced that, in joint venture with Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., has acquired a contract with port operator Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust for the deepening and widening of the access channel towards Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai, India.
  • Why So Many Americans Are Saying Goodbye to Cities

    Apr 5, 2017 — New York is a microcosm of the American city. Population growth in big cities has now shrunk for five consecutive years, according to Jed Kolko, an economist and writer. While well-educated Millennials without children have concentrated in a handful of expensive liberal cities, the rest of the country is slowly fanning out to the sunny suburbs.
  • Georgia eyes June 15 for I-85 reopening

    Apr 5, 2017 — The Georgia Department of Transportation has set an “aggressive but attainable” goal to have Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta reopened. In a press conference Tuesday morning, GDOT officials said they plan to have the section of Interstate that collapsed following a fire reopened by June 15, approximately 10 weeks from the collapse. A fire underneath an overpass last Thursday caused the overpass to collapse, closing both lanes of the major corridor.
  • Qatar Cargo launches direct freighter service to Cambodia

    Apr 5, 2017 — Qatar Airways Cargo began freighter service to Phnom Penh today, focusing mostly on Cambodia’s garments business, which accounts for about 80 percent of the country’s exports. The weekly service, operating on the Doha–Phnom Penh–Doha route, will offer more than 60 tonnes of cargo capacity each way aboard one of the carriers A330 freighters.
  • IAM President's comments on hotels in Long Beach

    Apr 5, 2017 — There have been several recent posts and emails to the Association expressing concern and complaints about the hotel reservation process for this year’s Annual Meeting and Expo in Long Beach, Calif. We always welcome input from the members—good or bad—because that is how we have grown over the years, as well as improved the value of membership and enhanced the member experience. In the case of hotels for the conference, a number of incorrect assumptions have been made and, in some cases false information spread through various social channels. So this is an effort to clear the air and advise where things currently stand.
  • U.S. Department of State adopts collaborative contracting in logistics

    Apr 4, 2017 — DOS is seeking a new approach to a single source contract that, at its core, is doing what 3PLs do best: providing customized, reliable services through multiple modes of transportation.
  • Cartus Identifies Four-Year Trends in Top Global Relocation Destinations

    Apr 2, 2017 — Every year, companies expand or more firmly establish their presence in countries around the world where labor and market conditions will favor business growth. What countries are companies sending their employees to this year and how do they compare with the top destinations of four years ago? According to Cartus Corporation, the U.S., the U.K. and Switzerland rank as the top three on a list of ten
  • Federal Judge Extends Block on U.S. Travel Ban

    Mar 30, 2017 — A federal judge in Hawaii yesterday extended an order blocking the federal government from implementing a revised travel ban. The revised order, which was due to take effect on March 16, would have banned travelers from six mostly-Muslim nations from entering the U.S. for 90 days and suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days.
  • Ports, Truck Drivers Testing Appointment Systems 2.0 for Shipping Container Pickups

    Mar 30, 2017 — Truck drivers are on the fence about new appointment systems meant to eliminate congestion outside terminal gates that are popping up in ports from Long Beach, Calif., to Newark, N.J. That’s because they remember early appointment systems intended to allow drivers to pick up and drop off shipping containers that fell short of their intended outcome. Some were designed without input from the truckers that used them. However, new appointment systems are taking different measures to be more effective, combining advances in technology and better collaboration among stakeholders.
  • E-AWB use sees slight decline in February

    Mar 30, 2017 — Electronic air waybill (e-AWB) penetration of the market tailed off slightly in February, according to the latest IATA monthly report. The figure for the month was 0.3% down on January, according to the association’s latest figures.
  • Singapore Approves Japanese Shipping Merger

    Mar 30, 2017 — The Competition Commission of Singapore has cleared the proposed joint venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line).
  • Placing a Premium on Cargo Insurance

    Mar 29, 2017 — In 2015, losses due to cargo theft hit $22.6 billion, according to BSI Group's Global Supply Chain Intelligence report. And, in November 2016 alone, the Transportation Asset Protection Association recorded 231 freight thefts in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. The average loss topped 60,000 euros, or about $64,000. Cargo insurance, which covers products in transit, can protect against these risks.
  • China’s newest all-cargo carrier takes to the skies

    Mar 29, 2017 — Early this morning, Guangzhou-based all-cargo start-up, Longhao Airlines put its first 737-300F into revenue service on a flight between Jiangsu Nantong Xindong Airport (NTG) and Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN). The carrier, which has already inked a deal to carry cargo on behalf of Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines, has ambitious plans to put five freighters into service each year over the next decade, with a target fleet size of 50 aircraft by 2025.
  • Payment required from vessels passing via Philippines

    Mar 29, 2017 — According to a Republic of the Marshall Islands’ marine safety advisory, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has reported to its members that invoices have been received from the Provincial Government of Zambales, Philippines, seeking payment of a “Provincial Coastwatch Environmental Monitoring System User Fee” from managed vessels passing through the territorial waters of the Province of Zambales.
  • Ivory Coast rescinds port security measures, attack threat unfounded

    Mar 29, 2017 — Ivory Coast rescinded an order on Sunday to increase security at its two main ports after determining that an earlier reported threat of terrorism was unfounded, according to a document seen by Reuters. The first transport ministry memorandum had ordered security under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code to be increased to level two due to “probable terrorist attacks” on Ivory Coast’s national territory. “After compiling the information … it emerged that the threat is not real,” the head of maritime security Colonel Bertin Koffi Tano wrote in a second order.
  • Introducing the World’s First 20,000 TEU Containership

    Mar 29, 2017 — Japanese container shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of the MOL Triumph, the new ‘world’s biggest containership’ and the first ‘megaship’ to pass the 20,000 TEU threshold.
  • Santa Fe Group Further Invests in China with full Acquisition of Sino Santa Fe

    Mar 24, 2017 — The Santa Fe Group has acquired 100% ownership of Sino Santa Fe or Santa Fe China.
  • Vietnam: Foreign shipping lines must now publicise fees

    Mar 24, 2017 — Foreign shipping lines will have to publicise charges, surcharges of freight services for containerised goods, and port service charges from July 1, 2017. The decree is expected to make the shipping market more transparent, ease the fee burden on Vietnamese import-export firms, and promote healthy competition.
  • Industry calls for action to prevent decline in UK shipping

    Mar 24, 2017 — All sides of the British shipping industry came together at the House of Commons on 20 March 2017 to make a united call for urgent government action to prevent catastrophic further decline of the UK merchant fleet and the country’s seafaring skills base.
  • Inland Freight Container Terminal Goes from Strength to Strength

    Mar 21, 2017 — An inland container storage facility in Teesside has reported record growth over the last year. The £2.6 million Tees Riverside Intermodal Park was part of a £12.5 million investment plan that logistics firm AV Dawson embarked on from 2012 to 2015 to develop its 100 acre freight and logistics terminal in Middlesbrough. The container terminal, which has been operational since 2013, has now reached over 300 units in storage, which continues to grow each month.
  • Heathrow makes its case in countdown to Brexit

    Mar 21, 2017 — Heathrow Airport Limited has reiterated the importance of the gateway to the UK’s international trade capability, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to activate Article 50, which will officially trigger the process of the country’s withdrawal from the EU. The operator of the UK’s biggest and busiest air cargo hub has also once again pointed to the value of a new runway to the country’s future economic success.
  • Increase in drone accidents prompt new restrictions in Canada

    Mar 20, 2017 — The Canadian government has instituted new temporary, on year rules that prevent the use of recreational drones near airports, garnering praise from private- and public-sector stakeholders in the air transport business. In addition to clearly marking their devices, drone operators in Canada are now forbidden from flying higher than 90 meters, within 75 meters of buildings and “within 9 kilometers of the center of any airport, heliport, aerodrome or water aerodrome, where aircraft take off and land.”
  • FMC Establishes Regulatory Reform Task Force

    Mar 20, 2017 — Acting Chairman of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission Michael A. Khouri today designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer. Ms. Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome, unnecessary, and outdated directives and recommend how they should be remedied.
  • Stakeholders agree on 24-hour services in Nigerian ports

    Mar 17, 2017 — Stakeholders have agreed that the maritime industry should operate for 24 hours to facilitate efficient cargo handling and delivery services to consignees. The stakeholders reached the consensus in a communique issued at the end of a one-day Town Hall Meeting on Cargo Handling and Port Charges organised by Publishers of Business and Maritime West Africa magazine.
  • More freighters for Amazon?

    Mar 17, 2017 — Amazon is in talks to acquire more freighter aircraft. None of the parties involved would comment on the rumors, and Cargo Facts has not been able to verify them independently, but here is what we have been told. We’ll start with the smaller, easier-to-swallow version, which is that Amazon is negotiating with Boeing for the purchase of one hundred 767-300Fs.
  • A time when technology arrives to market obsolete

    Mar 17, 2017 — According to future trends analyst Jim Carroll, if you want to get out in front of the next big change in trucking, keep in mind that when it comes to the future, you may have no idea what you should really be thinking about.
  • Core and Supplier Members: Upgrade NOW and Save!

    Mar 17, 2017 — There is no better time than now to consider UPGRADING to an IAM Governing Membership. This year, Governing Members will again have a full week of exclusive first access when the Annual Meeting registration website officially opens in April for Attendee Registrations and for selecting Exhibit Booths and Sponsorships for the 2017 IAM Annual Meeting & Expo in Long Beach, Calif. (October 9-12). In addition to having first access to the annual meeting website, when you upgrade to the Governing Member level, you also receive many added-value benefits.
  • Chennai Port Trust signs MoU for cargo handling

    Mar 16, 2017 — A Memorandum of Understanding was signed recently between Chennai Port Trust and the Government of Puducherry in New Delhi for handling EXIM cargo originating from Puducherry Port hinterland. The MoU envisages that Chennai Port Trust will assist Puducherry Port in handling its export cargo.
  • Panama Canal implements new vessel scheduling system

    Mar 16, 2017 — In response to growing traffic through the waterway, the Panama Canal has announced that it will launch a state-of-the-art vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system to further optimize costs, improve safety and increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the service it provides.
  • Opinion: Truck Speed Limiters Won’t Improve Highway Safety

    Mar 16, 2017 — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants all heavy trucks to have speed limiters – devices that block big rigs from driving above a certain predetermined speed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – which is also pushing for lower speed limits – and other groups support NHTSA’s planned regulation. While no one wants to see 80,000-pound tractor-trailers traveling at unsafe speeds, there’s plenty of evidence that shows why devices that keep trucks from accelerating above a certain level for what is likely to be a short distance isn’t a good idea.
  • Finnair hit by strike at Helsinki Airport

    Mar 16, 2017 — Finnair has confirmed that it will have to cancel more than 90 of its flights through its home hub of Helsinki Airport tomorrow (17 March) because of a strike at Finland’s biggest air gateway. The strike, to be held between 3pm and 7pm Eastern European Time (EET, two hours ahead of UTC), does not involve Finnair staff, but is the result of a dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union(IAU) and Palta, a service sector employer union.
  • Cargo ship escapes attack by pirates off Boan Island

    Mar 9, 2017 — The Vietnamese-flagged general cargo ship Phu An 268 was attacked by pirates in Philippine waters off Boan Island, on March 5, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre informs. Fortunately, the captain of the vessel managed to escape the attack by increasing speed and maneuvering head towards Malaysia.
  • Global rail traffic forecast for continued growth

    Mar 9, 2017 — According to a report published by SCI Verkehr, Germany, all types of rail traffic are expected to grow up to 2025, building on the growth already achieved since 2005. The strongest growth is expected in urban rail, followed by mainline passenger and freight.
  • How to Use Transportation Management to Generate Value

    Mar 9, 2017 — It’s important for companies to consider how they’ll build global supply chain visibility, especially when third party service providers own the execution data around shipment status, carrier performance, and freight costs within their own systems.
  • The regulatory fights U.S. trucking expects to face

    Mar 9, 2017 — ATA’s chief executive expects trucking to debate on a wide range of different topics in the coming year, even down to the assignment of radio channels by the FCC.
  • Container Lines to Cut Terminal Cost in China

    Mar 6, 2017 — Eleven container liner transportation companies have promised to cut or standardize the Terminal Handling Charges in order to lower nearly 3.5 billion yuan burden of export enterprises each year, according to National Development and Reform Commission. This move is expected to save more than $500m annually for the country’s traders. THC is the major surcharge of sea transportation that is collected from export enterprises by container liner transportation companies.
  • Azerbaijan inaugurates new link to Iran

    Mar 6, 2017 — Azerbaijan officially inaugurated a new cross-border link to the Iranian city of Astara on March 5 when the first test train crossed the newly-constructed dual-gauge bridge over the Astarachay river, which divides the two countries. Construction on the 8.3km link began in April 2016, and the line runs from Astara, Azerbaijan, to the Iranian border city of the same name. The Azerbaijan - Iran project is considered as a key missing link in the North-South Transport Corridor, which is proposed to provide a direct rail link between India and the Caucuses to Russia and northern Europe, and is projected to carry up to 10 million tonnes of freight per year.
  • Cargo iQ: Air cargo should focus on reliability not speed

    Mar 6, 2017 — Cargo iQ executive director Ariaen Zimmerman said that the industry has spent too long trying to speed up transport times when there are already products on the market that offer faster services. He explained that shippers were not necessarily willing to pay extra for faster times, and if they were, they could use a whole array of existing air cargo products or even choose one of the integrators under a completely different cost model.
  • Determining Eastern Indonesia’s hub ports

    Mar 3, 2017 — The logistics and sea transportation sectors in Indonesia are now confused by government officials’ indistinct statements and the issuance of different regulations related to the appointment of international hub ports in Indonesia.
  • Shipping Can and Must Prevent Another Bankruptcy, FMC Chief Warns

    Mar 3, 2017 — The entire shipping industry – carriers and their customers and suppliers – need to come together to ensure that the supply chain disruption caused by the Hanjin bankruptcy never happens again, said Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle this week.
  • Airfreight volumes up in January despite Chinese New Year effects

    Mar 2, 2017 — Chinese New Year affected airfreight demand in January, but nonetheless volumes improved during the month compared with a year earlier. The latest figures from analyst WorldACD show that air cargo demand in weight terms improved by 4.9% year on year in January, with the origins Asia Pacific and North America registering improvements of more than 7%.
  • Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports enjoyed 2016 cargo boost

    Mar 1, 2017 — Asia-Pacific and Middle East airports continued their “overall growth trajectory” for airfreight volumes in 2016, according to December and full year regional statistics released by Airports Council International (ACI). Cargo throughputs at airports in Asia-Pacific and Middle East grew 10.9% and 10.4% respectively in December 2016, with full year increases of 4.5% for Asia-Pacific and a rise of 5.8% in the Middle East.
  • Fighting rising piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

    Mar 1, 2017 — ‘The Gulf of Guinea, which has been Africa’s main maritime piracy hotspot since 2011, could become the world's most piracy-affected area.’ This was a key observation made by American and African experts at a workshop organised by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Abidjan from 14 to 17 February. This finding and others depicted a rather disheartening picture of maritime security in Africa.
  • U.S. Immigration and Travel Restrictions - IAM President’s Commentary and Update

    Feb 2, 2017 — After last week’s Executive Order by the U.S. on immigration and refugees there has been considerable press coverage in the US national news and overseas. Surprisingly, as of today, IAM has not received a single inquiry or question relative to the matter from one of our members. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t questions; and the closer the Association gets to launching the registration process for our 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo there undoubtedly will be questions and concerns raised that need to be addressed.
  • JK Moving Services Holds Ribbon-Cutting for New Facility

    Jan 19, 2017 — IAM member company JK Moving Services held an open house on Wednesday, January 18, to celebrate the opening of its new 75,000 square foot warehouse facility in Sterling, Virginia.
  • IMO Cautions Against Extending EU-ETS to Shipping

    Jan 9, 2017 — Including shipping in the EU?s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping on a global basis, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said in a letter to senior European officials.
  • BIMCO: Shipping Industry Faces Choppy Waters

    Jan 3, 2017 — The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the period will see another year of die-hard competition, according to international shipping association BIMCO.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.
  • U.S. Passport Renewal Delays

    Sep 23, 2016 — If your passport is anywhere near you, take a moment and check the expiration date. If that date is anytime during the next 24 months, it might be best to start the renewal process now or soon. Here's why...
  • IAM Visit to SDDC – February 18

    Feb 24, 2016 — On February 18, IAM staff and Board leaders met with SDDC staff at their offices at Scott AFB. Present from SDDC was the full Personal Property Directorate leadership team, Lt. Col. Todd Jensen, SDDC Director of Personal Property, Danny Martinez, Personal Property Business Processes Division Chief, Jill Smith, Chief, Personal Property Systems Integration Division, David Jones and Rose Lindsey.
  • IAM Submits Comments to USTRANSCOM on Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program

    Nov 10, 2015 — IAM yesterday submitted comments on the U.S. Transportation Command’s recent Federal Register Notice about the Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program. IAM believes the proposed pilot is ill-conceived and poorly timed.
  • Who should pay extra fees for shipping alcohol?

    Oct 1, 2015 — Should service members pay for extra costs associated with shipping home alcohol from overseas locations as part of their household goods? “In the past, industry had been told that any excess cost over and above the normal customs cost would be payable directly by the military members ... that was the standard for a number of years,” IAM Senior VP Chuck White said. “Now SDDC has questioned that paradigm.”
  • IAM attends GSA pre-solicitation meeting

    Aug 6, 2015 — IAM attended the GSA pre-solicitation meeting yesterday in Washington D.C. IAM’s Senior Vice-President, Chuck White, and Programs Director, Brian Limperopulos, discussed international trends and issues affecting the industry with both GSA officials and transportation service providers from the industry.
  • IAPH: A Smart Conference in a Smart Port City

    Jun 15, 2015 — The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) convened at its 29th World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2015, under the theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”, was successfully concluded, attracting more than 900 delegates, accompanying persons, guest speakers and exhibitors from across the world.
  • Scott AFB Visit Summary and 2015 Peak Season Shipment Refusals

    Apr 2, 2015 — On Mar. 31, IAM President Terry Head and Senior Vice President Chuck White met with the new Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Personal Property Director, Lt. Col. Michael Erhardt; the outgoing Personal Property Director, Capt. Aaron Stanley; and other key SDDC staffers. The key discussion item was obviously SDDC’s recent decision not to allow shipment refusals during the 2015 Peak Season.
  • International Association of Movers Names Charles L. White Senior Vice President

    Feb 2, 2015 — The International Association of Movers (IAM) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” L. White has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President.
  • IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Online Directory Launch

    Dec 10, 2014 — The new and improved ILN Online Directory has launched. Now anyone can easily search for ILN member companies geographically or by name keywords, allowing IAM members, ILN members and the general public to find companies they can potentially partner with on logistics projects.
  • IAM's 52nd Annual Meeting Opens with Fanfare

    Oct 8, 2014 — This year’s conference theme – “Where the World Comes Together” – simply states a fact: IAM’s conference is unparalleled in that it draws together in one place nearly 2,000 attendees, representing 2,400 member companies located in over 170 countries around the world. It is an awesome scene as people from disparate cultures and countries come together seamlessly to participate in membership meetings and education sessions, sit down together in one-on-one meetings, work business deals over a shared lunch in the expo, and visit over 100 exhibitors to learn what is new in technology or packaging or customs brokerage. It is, indeed, a microcosm of the world.
  • NDTA-DC Installs New Board of Directors

    Jul 9, 2014 — At a luncheon held on June 19, the Washington, DC chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA-DC) formally installed its new Board of Directors for 2014/2015. Among those board members present at their swearing in by LTG Ken Wykle, President of NDTA, were Bill Farmen, Jason Trubenbach, Irvin Varkonyi, Earl Boyanton, Craig Hymes, Jon Kaskin, Terry Head, Steve Pimpo, and Bill Wanamaker.
  • IAM Hall of Honor 2014 inductees announced

    Jun 30, 2014 — IAM is proud to announce the selection of two distinguished individuals to be inducted into the IAM Hall of Honor at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Now in its seventh year, the Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have had a profound influence on the household goods removals Industry and the Association. The 2014 inductees will join 42 other members of the IAM Hall of Honor.
  • 2014 Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarships awarded

    Jun 27, 2014 — The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund Board of Directors is proud to announce that it has awarded ten deserving students with scholarships of $5,000 USD each.
  • Attendees pronounce ILN Regional Meeting a success

    May 23, 2014 — IAM is pleased to report that those attending the first regional meeting of the IAM Logistics Network in Antwerp, Belgium, have pronounced it a success. With an ambitious agenda in hand, the 35 attendees representing 20 member companies spent more than two days immersed in the business of logistics.
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  • 2011 Young Movers Conference IAM Presentation

    Sep 15, 2011
  • IAM Presentation at the CMSA San Diego Chapter

    Jul 1, 2011
  • YP-35 at the Young Movers Conference

    Jun 1, 2010
  • IAM Presentation to the Young Movers Conference

    Jun 1, 2010
  • SDDC AMSA 2013 Military Summit Slides

  • SDDC Industry Day Slides - April 3, 2013

  • 2013 Euromovers Congress - Innovation and Standardization in International Moving

  • 2013 Euromovers Congress - IAM Initiatives to Protect Your Business

  • CMSA 2013 Annual Meeting Presentation - Trends in International Moving