Global & Regional News

  • Errol Gardiner joins Transworld in New Zealand

    Oct 15, 2018 — Errol Gardiner joined Transworld International in New Zealand to handle business development on 24 September 2018. Until recently Errol ran New Zealand Van Lines and became FIDI President in 2013.
  • Barges and rails viewed by New York City as a means to get trucks off city streets

    Oct 15, 2018 — Several projects to shift truck traffic on to barges, and several other more general goals to meet the same target, are part of the Freight NYC project that is being implemented by New York City’s Economic Development Corporation.
  • Panama Canal Sets New Annual Tonnage Record

    Oct 12, 2018 — The Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year (FY 2018) with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), marking a 9.5 percent increase from 2017. The total tonnage for the year is greater than the 429.4 million PC/UMS tons forecast for FY 2018, as well as the 403.8 million PC/UMS tons registered in FY 2017.
  • HOS Rules Relaxed as Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall

    Oct 11, 2018 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration relaxed hours-of-service regulations in eight states as Hurricane Michael made landfall, battering the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds. Administrators at FMCSA’s Southern Service Centers on Oct. 9 declared a state of emergency in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Hong Kong to focus on boosting maritime services after leader Carrie Lam admits city cannot compete with rival ports on shipping

    Oct 11, 2018 — Hong Kong cannot compete with its shipping rivals and will turn its attention to maritime services as a way to strengthen its position as a key seaport trading centre, the city’s leader has admitted. Acknowledging the decline in sea cargo passing through Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor sought to address the weakness by boosting the sector elsewhere.
  • Post-ELD mandate update: trucking market has added 4% more trucks since April 1, 2018

    Oct 8, 2018 — There have a lot of questions regarding the state of capacity in the trucking market and whether the market is adding capacity or losing it. The surge of new truck orders suggests that the industry is growing, but most of the answers to date have been subjective.
  • Warehouse Hiring Soars in a Growing Rush for Logistics Workers

    Oct 8, 2018 — U.S. logistics hiring surged in September at the fastest pace in a year, as warehousing and transportation companies ramping up for peak season added 23,800 jobs.
  • Port of San Diego continues recovery from cyberattack

    Oct 6, 2018 — The Port of San Diego continues to work with federal, state and local officials to investigate and repair the damage from a ransomware cyberattack uncovered last week. The port commission is expected to get a closed-door briefing on the attack at its Tuesday meeting, according to a spokesperson. While the port has continued to operate, some of its computers and information technology systems remain disabled.
  • New Owners to Redevelop Former Avondale Shipyard Site Into Logistics Hub

    Oct 6, 2018 — Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced the closing of the sale of the former Avondale Shipyards site to Avondale Marine, a joint venture between T. Parker Host and Hilco Redevelopment Partners, which has to redevelop the New Orleans-area property into a global logistics hub.
  • The Port of Rotterdam Authority Testing Autonomous Navigation in Port

    Oct 6, 2018 — The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a partnership agreement with an artificial intelligence software startup to help develop autonomous navigation within the port.
  • Indian shipping modernisation threatens Sri Lankan transhipment volumes

    Oct 5, 2018 — The modernisation of Indian ports and liberalisation of regulations could threaten the container transhipment business of Sri Lanka’s Colombo port, according to speakers at maritime industry forums this week.
  • Rising demand paves the way for new intermodal networks across SE Asia

    Oct 5, 2018 — Increased freight demand across South-east Asia has given rise to a new breed of intermodal networks, driven by cross-border trucking. According to Gursimran Singh, regional business development manager at China-ASEAN road freight specialist Kart Asia, more and more large 3PLs are choosing Bangkok as their regional logistics hub and are relying on cross-border trucking networks for air and sea connections.
  • What are the opportunities of rail freight between Europe and China?

    Oct 4, 2018 — The New Silk Road has become an integral part of the Eurasian rail freight sector. This became clear as experts from all over the world gathered in Tilburg, the Netherlands on 27 September to discuss the opportunities of the New Silk Road. They revealed the latest investments, new routes and remaining bottle necks on the multimodal connection between Europe and China.
  • Scheduled railroading could improve North American freight-rail service

    Oct 4, 2018 — North American railroads' growing interest in precision scheduled railroading has the potential to improve flagging service levels, according to a new report by Moody's Investors Service.
  • Ripples from congestion at UK box hubs now reaching north Europe ports

    Oct 2, 2018 — More ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) are likely to be diverted from UK ports as Felixstowe and Southampton struggle to cope with the annual peak season surge, impacting the working programmes at other North European container hubs.
  • Japanese ports resume operations after typhoon, loading delays continue

    Oct 1, 2018 — Ports in Japan re-opened Monday after operations were suspended Sunday as Typhoon Trami made landfall, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Trami, which at its peak packed maximum gusts of 216 kph, was weakening slightly but still causing extreme weather Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
  • Port of San Diego hit with ransomware attack

    Oct 1, 2018 — Port of San Diego ceo Randa Coniglio, said: "The Port of San Diego is partnering with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the investigation of a serious cybersecurity incident first reported on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 that has disrupted the agency's information technology systems. The port also continues close communication and coordination with the US Coast Guard.”
  • Beleaguered UK importers prepared for further delays as more vessels divert from Southampton and Felixstowe

    Oct 1, 2018 — Chronic congestion at the UK’s two largest container ports is forcing ocean carrier planners to make further last-minute ship diversions, causing chaos to the country’s supply chain.
  • FMC plans demurrage and detention report field interviews

    Oct 1, 2018 — Commissioner Rebecca Dye of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, as part of “phase two” of the agency’s ongoing Fact Finding 28 demurrage and detention investigation, will hold field interviews in Southern California and Southern Florida in October.
  • Baku Int’l Sea Trade Port to increase transit capacity of region’s countries

    Sep 28, 2018 — Azerbaijan is keen to further leverage its transit and logistics potential by transforming the transportation system and services into one of the key comparative advantages of its economy, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said.
  • Port Workers Plan Strike in L.A. to Challenge Logistics Firms

    Sep 28, 2018 — Warehouse workers and truck drivers at Los Angeles ports are planning to launch a three-day strike Monday, aiming to put pressure on logistics companies they claim owe them back wages.
  • Felixstowe box congestion spreads to Southampton, just in time for Xmas rush

    Sep 27, 2018 — The UK’s two biggest container ports appear to have hit crisis level. UK retailers potentially face weeks of delays in getting their Christmas stock onto the shelves in time for the peak consumer spending rush.
  • CBP outlines ACE enhancements on deck

    Sep 26, 2018 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday announced a set of enhancements that it plans to make to its umbrella computer system, known as the Automated Commercial Environment or ACE.
  • Premiere Van Lines President Walt Peniuk Runs from Toronto to Washington, DC for #iamovers

    Sep 24, 2018 — Premiere Van Lines President and adventure enthusiast Walt Peniuk will be taking on one of his greatest challenges yet by trekking from Mississauga, Canada, to National Harbor for this year's IAM Annual Meeting. Walt is running and biking the entire distance to raise fund for IAM's new charity, IAM Here 2 Help. He is collecting funds at his Crowdrise page.
  • ALAN coordinates logistics response to Hurricane Florence

    Sep 20, 2018 — The American Logistics Aid Network continues to receive requests for – and offers of – warehousing and logistics services to support hurricane response.
  • Southcom Lends Helping Hand Through Humanitarian Assistance Programs

    Sep 20, 2018 — U.S. Southern Command’s humanitarian assistance program conducts Defense Department-approved activities within its area of responsibility in conjunction with partner nations to alleviate human suffering, disease, hunger and privation, particularly in regions where those needs may pose major challenges to the civilian populace.
  • Containership chaos at port of Antwerp after pilots stage a walkout

    Sep 19, 2018 — Some 30 containerships are without a berth in the Antwerp region, following a 24-hour walkout by the Flemish Pilotage Service union. The strike commenced at 7pm on Monday, with sources yesterday telling The Loadstar that about 40 vessels were then outside Antwerp, unable to discharge or load.
  • France mulls cheaper hack for autonomous transport

    Sep 19, 2018 — To get rid of the need for a driver, French state-owned railway SNCF will upgrade its existing trains and use century-old tracks to keep costs down. The first prototypes will be ready within five years.
  • What is the Typhoon Mangkhut fallout on shipping and the supply chain?

    Sep 19, 2018 — Typhoon Mangkhut is currently the largest storm in the world in 2018, and it’s impacting a region that is the center of manufacturing and shipping. The effects will be felt by industries, companies, and consumers across the globe.
  • FMCSA schedules HOS listening session this weekend

    Sep 19, 2018 — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session Sept. 22 on potential changes to its Hours of Service (HOS) rules for commercial truck drivers. The listening session takes place at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV from 10 a.m.-noon PDT.
  • Portugal Stevedores to Stage 24-Hour Strike

    Sep 18, 2018 — Portuguese stevedoring unions are planning to stage a 24-hour strike on September 20, bringing the port operations in Leixoes and Lisbon to a halt.
  • Port of Long Beach invests in rail-focused terminal upgrades to handle growing traffic

    Sep 18, 2018 — To handle the mounting maritime traffic, the port in 2011 embarked on a nearly $1.5 billion project to combine two of its oldest terminals. Known as the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, it calls for significantly renovating piers E and F, and expanding the on-dock rail yard from 10,000 linear feet to more than 70,000 linear feet.
  • Maersk Container Vessel First to Take Arctic Shortcut

    Sep 18, 2018 — A shipping vessel operated by the world’s largest container shipping company, Maersk, has for the first time managed to sail through Arctic waters off northern Russia, Danish public broadcaster DR reported Sept. 17.
  • Typhoon slams into China after pummelling Philippines, Hong Kong

    Sep 17, 2018 — A typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday (Sep 16), the country's most populous province, killing at least two and causing millions to be evacuated. Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in Haiyan after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing more than 50 in the Philippines. Ports, oil refineries and industrial plants in Guangdong have been shut.
  • Panama Canal Head Expects Fewer China, U.S. Ships if Trade War Escalates

    Sep 17, 2018 — Fewer ships from China and the United States could use the Panama Canal if trade tensions escalate between the two economic giants, but the dip could be offset by grain exports from north Brazil, the head of the organization that operates the waterway said.
  • Hakovo claims a first with global electronic bill of lading backed by P&I clubs

    Sep 17, 2018 — Singapore start-up Hakovo claims to be the first digital freight marketplace to offer an electronic bill of lading (e-bill) for containerised cargo.
  • Angry hauliers now told a 'no-deal' Brexit means no licence to drive in the EU

    Sep 14, 2018 — As few as 1,224 UK hauliers could be eligible to transport goods to the EU if the country departs the union without a deal in place. Logistics industry representatives say a UK-EU agreement on road transport must be prioritised over a trade deal.
  • Freight train derailment deals another blow to ailing UK logistics sector

    Sep 13, 2018 — A freight train derailed yesterday near the Hams Hall hub in the UK, which will increase the pressure on inland container supply chains and haulage capacity already stretched to breaking point.
  • Transshipment at India’s ports surges after cabotage reform

    Sep 12, 2018 — Under the liberalized cabotage program, foreign ocean carriers are free to transport laden export-import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports, without any specific permission or license.
  • Logistics is booming in China — but not where you think

    Sep 12, 2018 — China's coastal cities are booming with shipping and manufacturing, but there's a problem — they're running low on space, pushing some manufacturing and logistics hubs to nearby satellite cities and to that big land mass with people and plenty of area for development: The interior.
  • South Africa’s Transnet to Deepen Durban Port to Accommodate Larger Ships

    Sep 12, 2018 — South Africa’s Transnet said on Tuesday it will spend 7 billion rand ($464 million) to deepen berths at Africa’s biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban to accommodate larger vessels. Transnet aims to complete the work by 2023.
  • East Coast ports monitoring path of Hurricane Florence

    Sep 11, 2018 — U.S. East Coast ports from South Carolina to Maryland were carrying on normal terminal operations Tuesday morning, although they are closely monitoring the approach of Hurricane Florence. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm, which is packing winds of 130 mph, is expected to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday and approach the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina on Thursday.
  • U.S. FMC clarifying ‘reasonable’ demurrage, detention fees

    Sep 11, 2018 — An ongoing Federal Maritime Commission investigation hopes to bring much-needed clarity to how marine terminal demurrage and ocean carrier detention charges are levied on shippers to ensure the nation’s oceanborne commerce moves efficiently.
  • Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo ranks world’s leading container growth port

    Sep 11, 2018 — According to international rating agency Alphaliner, the Port of Colombo has recorded a 15.6 percent growth in container handling for the first half of this year, out of the top 30 global ports.
  • Hurricane Florence driving 'life-threatening' conditions toward US east coast

    Sep 10, 2018 — Freight shipments could be delayed on the US east coast this week, which is expecting a major hurricane to hit. Hurricane Florence should hit the Carolinas on Thursday, causing rough seas and strong rip currents, along with a potentially “disastrous” level of flooding.
  • Asian Piracy Figures Down but Threat to Vessels Under Way Remains

    Sep 7, 2018 — The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) has produced a comprehensive report showing a total of 40 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia during the first half of the year, a 15% decrease when compared to the first six months of 2017 and the lowest number of incidents reported among the 10-year first half reporting periods between 2009 and 2018.
  • India: Govt sets terms for older cargo terminals at major ports to shift to a new rate regime

    Sep 7, 2018 — The government has opened a four-month window for public-private-partnership (PPP) cargo terminals at major port trusts operating under a restrictive rate regime of 2005 to migrate to a market-driven pricing structure finalised in 2013 for new projects and has set terms and conditions for the shift.
  • ILA locals overwhelmingly approve contract extension

    Sep 7, 2018 — The International Longshoremen’s Association said that members at ports from Maine to Texas on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a six-year extension of its contract with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX).
  • As India's air cargo market starts to fly, carriers take a fresh look at freighters

    Sep 5, 2018 — IATA released figures yesterday showing that last year cargo volumes from India hit the million-tonne mark last year, year-on-year growth of nearly 17%.
  • Panama Canal modifies transit reservation system

    Sep 4, 2018 — The Panama Canal has announced changes to its Transit Reservation (booking) System for Neopanamax vessels, effective October 1, 2018.
  • Here Comes Gordon: Gulf Storm Expected to Make Landfall as Hurricane

    Sep 4, 2018 — State and local governments in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are preparing for Tropical Storm Gordon, which is moving quickly through the eastern Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall as a minimal Category 1 hurricane on Tuesday evening along the north-central Gulf coast.
  • Delay-hit Felixstowe loses another service as CMA CGM switches Epic 1

    Aug 31, 2018 — CMA CGM heaped further misery on the port of Felixstowe this week by announcing it would withdraw one of its services from the gateway. The Epic 1 rotation, which connects Northern Europe with the Indian subcontinent, will instead use London Gateway as its UK port of call.
  • Now OOCL switches services to Southampton, as Felixstowe delays drag on

    Aug 29, 2018 — OOCL has piled further pressure on Felixstowe, announcing it is leaving the UK gateway while “severe” operational delays continue to plague the port’s IT systems. OOCL said its North Europe-Turkey route (NET) would instead use Southampton as its UK port of call.
  • ATRI makes the case for more HOS flexibility

    Aug 29, 2018 — In response to growing calls for more hours-of-service flexibility, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has published a technical memorandum on hours-of-service flexibility. Produced by Jeffrey Short, senior research associate, the report concludes, to no great surprise, that truck drivers who travel during peak times are slowed and that more flexible HOS regulations could not only speed those travel times, but also would not impact the miles drivers cover in a day.
  • Leading airfreight operator calls for more from African airports

    Aug 29, 2018 — Sanjeev Gadhia, the founder and chief executive of Astral Aviation, an all-cargo carrier based at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, as well as a TIACA director and vice chairman of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Cargo Task Force, has made a plea on behalf of freighter carriers for African airports to improve their cargo-related infrastructure and procedures.
  • Intermodal wrangles just making the pain worse for US shippers using rail

    Aug 29, 2018 — For long-suffering rail customers in the US, further grief is on the horizon. From September 17, those which have to move traffic across Chicago on Union Pacific and CSX will face a costly slalom on nearly 200 routes.
  • Port of Oakland raises cranes to welcome new generation of container vessels

    Aug 27, 2018 — Four ship-to-shore cranes at Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) – the busiest terminal at the Port of Oakland – are 27 feet taller following completion this week of a year-long, crane-raising project.
  • Port Congestion Surcharge in Bangladesh

    Aug 24, 2018 — Considering present congestion in Bangladesh ports, CMA CGM reminds its customers of the implementation of a Port Congestion Surcharge as follows: Effective August 20th, 2018 (B/L date) for all imports into Bangladesh (except US trades: September 20th, 2018)
  • Record Low Water Levels on the Danube Hinders Shipping in Hungary

    Aug 23, 2018 — Water levels on the Danube dropped to record lows on three sections of the river in Hungary on Wednesday due to a recent drought, hindering passenger cruise ships and causing losses to freight shipping companies.
  • Major Hurricane Lane Barrels Toward Hawaii

    Aug 23, 2018 — Hawaii residents already reeling from months of explosive eruptions from Kilauea volcano braced on Wednesday for Hurricane Lane, which was bearing down on the U.S. island chain with high winds and lashing rains and the potential to trigger flooding and landslides.
  • Coast Guard Issues Hurricane Watch for Hawaiian Ports

    Aug 22, 2018 — The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a storm watch for Hawaii's seaports in expectation of the arrival of Hurricane Lane, which is expected to turn and advance towards the Hawaiian Islands later this week. Port Condition X-Ray is in effect for ports on the island of Hawaii, including Hilo Harbor. This Coast Guard designation means that winds above 39 mph are expected within 48 hours.
  • Mumbai Maersk sets world record in loading highest number of containers, surpasses 19,000-TEU mark

    Aug 22, 2018 — The Mumbai Maersk, operated by APM Terminals Mumbai, has set a world record in loading the highest number of containers, surpassing the 19,000-TEU-mark, the shipping line has said. The vessel loaded 19,038 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) setting a new world record, which is a fete not only for a Maersk vessel but also for any vessel in the world, the shipping line said in a statement on Wednesday.
  • U.S. trucking: FMCSA Seeks Industry Comment on Several Potential HOS Changes

    Aug 21, 2018 — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials have issued a proposal that seeks comment on several possible changes to the agency’s hours-of-service rule, ranging from how to increase driver or workday time in adverse driving conditions to revising the current mandatory 30-minute driver break after eight hours of continuous driving.
  • The world's biggest shipping company is about to try out a new route.

    Aug 21, 2018 — Denmark's Maersk (AMKBY) said Tuesday it plans to send the first container ship from East Asia to Europe via the Arctic Ocean. The newly built Venta Maersk is set to leave the Russian port of Vladivostok later this month. It will sail through the Bering Strait and over the top of Russia en route to St. Petersburg, taking what is known as the Northern Sea Route.
  • PKA to increase container tariffs

    Aug 20, 2018 — Port Klang Authority (PKA) announced today that the 2nd phase of the increase in Port Klang’s container tariff which was due to be implemented on 1st September 2018, will be deferred to 1st March 2019.
  • FTA rap for delay in action to solve UK logistics skills shortage as Brexit looms

    Aug 20, 2018 — Britain’s supply chains face a major skills shortage, and with the status of European workers post-Brexit still uncertain, the problem could intensify further still. Nearly 200,000 EU workers are employed in the UK supply chain and Freight Transport Association (FTA) head of skills Sally Gibson wants clarity on their situation post-Brexit as soon as possible.
  • APL Antwerp Loses Eight Containers Overboard at Port of Virginia

    Jul 31, 2018 — The U.S. Coast Guard warned mariners of loose cargo containers in the water at the Port of Virginia after a reported eight containers fell overboard from a ship on Sunday afternoon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Early Closure of JPPSO-Northeast: 10-Aug-2018 (11:00-1630 EST)