Global & Regional News

  • Evolving International Container Markets Follow U.S. Lead

    Mar 16, 2018 — Two distinct markets are evolving in international container transportation with one market seeking faster delivery despite having to pay premium prices and a second market that is willing to delay delivery in exchange for lower transportation costs.
  • India: Staggering 265-fold hike in labour levy at ports killing coastal shipping

    Mar 14, 2018 — The government’s practice of continuing to charge notional labour cess on coastal cargo operations, despite the fact that most ports are now mechanised and do not require manpower for loading and unloading, is taking a toll on the country’s coastal shipping operators. Many are losing business to rail and road transport, and to ports run by the private sector.
  • Lyttelton strike not affecting Port Otago

    Mar 14, 2018 — A fortnight-long strike at Lyttelton Port has not yet prompted any increase in export or import volumes at Port Otago, but that may change in the weeks ahead. Despite a deal between the Lyttelton Port company and Rail and Maritime Transport Union having been close, 200 workers went on strike at midnight on Monday for a fortnight.
  • International manager Christina Fild started at Hertling Duesseldorf

    Mar 8, 2018 — Christina Fild, in the moving industry since 2011, has been appointed an International Manager with Hertling Duesseldorf and started on Feb. 1. “With my passion for the international moving business and with my practical experience, I’m confident to tackle any challenges in the future and I am glad that I can personally contribute to the ongoing success of Hertling”, Christina writes.
  • Djibouti Signs New Container Terminal Deal

    Mar 7, 2018 — Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal Management Company has signed a deal with Singapore-based Pacific International Lines to raise by a third the amount of cargo handled at the port, the country’s Ports and Zones Authority said on Tuesday. The agreement would allow it to handle an extra 300,000 20-foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) annually, the authority said.
  • Expanded Panama Canal Marks 3,000 Vessel Crossings

    Mar 7, 2018 — More than 3,000 vessels have now transited the Expanded Panama Canal less than two years since the new locks opened for business, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced. The containership MSC Caterina marked the 3,000 vessel milestone during a northbound passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean last Friday.
  • Major Fire on Ultra-Large Containership Maersk Honam in Arabian Sea, Situation ‘Critical’

    Mar 7, 2018 — An ultra-large containership belonging to container shipping giant Maersk has suffered what is being described as a ‘serious fire’ in one of its cargo holds in the Arabian Sea. According to an emailed statement from Maersk Line, the MV Maersk Honam reported a serious fire in a cargo hold on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 15:20 GMT while enroute from Singapore towards Suez, Egypt.
  • Mexico On Course To Double Port Capacity

    Mar 6, 2018 — Mexico’s Programa Nacional de Infraestructura (PNI), or National Infrastructure Program, aims to double existing port capacity by the end of 2018. Currently, ports have a combined capacity of 470m tonnes, up from 260m tonnes when the plan was first introduced in 2012. The target for this year is to reach 520m tonnes.
  • The Future of Shipping in East Africa

    Mar 6, 2018 — The emerging markets of East Africa offer companies boundless possibilities, as technology, agriculture and natural resources fuel economic growth, in what will be one of the most prevalent emerging markets in a new phase of Globalisation. Africa will have six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies this year, according to the World Bank. All of this potential does not mean that trade is then presented on a silver platter to shippers and manufacturers.
  • Large Containership Loses About 70 Containers Overboard Off U.S. East Coast

    Mar 5, 2018 — A 10,000 TEU containership lost about 70 containers overboard on Saturday night while about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The U.S. Coast Guard is warning mariners of navigation hazards.
  • Nigeria – Cargo Palletization and Form “M” Requirements

    Mar 5, 2018 — All containerized import cargo destined for Nigeria must be palletized. This new guideline is applicable for all Nigerian bound cargo departing from various origin ports as from the 1st of January 2018. In addition, Form "M" number must be reflected on Bills of Lading and Cargo Manifests for commercial goods.
  • Malaysian domestic lines weather impact of lifting of cabotage

    Mar 1, 2018 — The strongest remnants of Malaysia’s domestic shipping sector seem to have taken the impact of the relaxation of cabotage rules in June in their stride and have seen good performances from their container shipping operations.
  • Port of Savannah Harbor Deepening Project Reaches Halfway Point

    Mar 1, 2018 — The project to deepen the navigation channel leading to the Port of Savannah has reached its halfway point with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completing the outer harbor dredging. The harbor expansion project will deepen the Savannah River to 47 feet at mean low water, allowing Neo-Panamax vessels coming through the Expanded Canal to take on heavier loads.
  • Hapag Lloyd Triples Operating Profit in 2017

    Mar 1, 2018 — German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Wednesday reported its 2017 operating profit more than tripled, citing higher transport volumes and a slight recovery in freight rates. It also said that besides worldwide container transport demand and rising freight revenue, last year’s merger with Gulf peer UASC provided more efficiencies.
  • COSCO Shipping International Books Full-Year Profit

    Mar 1, 2018 — COSCO Shipping International (Singapore) recorded a net profit attributable to equity holders of SGD 263.9 million (USD 198.9 million) for the full year of 2017, marking a major recovery when compared to the full-year loss of SGD 466 million booked in 2016.
  • Pirates Attack Two Ships in One Day off Nigeria

    Feb 28, 2018 — Armed pirates attacked two vessels in separate incidents on February 24 off the coast of Bonny Island, Nigeria, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
  • Duqm container terminal to be ready by 2019-end

    Feb 28, 2018 — A new container terminal at Duqm port, which will have an annual capacity to handle two million twenty-foot equivalent units (TUEs), will be ready by the end of 2019, according to a top-level port official. “We are now building the platform, rail, and warehouses. By the end of 2018, we will order the big equipment, including cranes, for the port,” Reggy Vermeulen, chief executive officer of the Port of Duqm, told the Times of Oman in an exclusive interview.
  • Penang Port to spend $46m on expansion

    Feb 26, 2018 — MMC Corp-owned Penang Port is allocating MYR180m ($46m) for expansion plans this year to boost capacity to 2.8m teu from 2m teu currently.
  • Arpin Van Lines’ Agents Earn Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

    Feb 22, 2018 — Two Arpin Van Lines’ Agents have earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017. The winners are Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage, Inc. of Melville, NY; and Star International Movers of Sterling, Va.
  • Cameroon: Operations to effectively start at Kribi deep water port soon

    Feb 22, 2018 — "We’ve come to Kribi for a large concertation between actors of external trade and to take initial steps towards the effective start of operations at Kribi deep-water port." These were the words of Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, minister of transport, at the end of a meeting organized in the city from February 15-16, 2018. It was organized to install the actors of the future port community.
  • Terry Head Stepping Down as IAM Presidet; Charles White Stepping Up

    Feb 22, 2018 — IAM is officially announcing that Terry Head has formally confirmed that he plans to step down as IAM president at the end of 2018 or during the early weeks of 2019. The IAM Executive Committee is pleased to further advise that IAM Senior Vice President Charles "Chuck" White has already been confirmed to succeed Head in the role.
  • Pasha Hawaii Concludes Deployment of Horizon Spirit In Support of Puerto Rico Carriers Hurricane Relief Efforts

    Feb 21, 2018 — Since cargo volume can now be handled by the U.S. Jones Act vessels customarily serving the Puerto Rico market, the vessel will serve as a drydock reserve ship in Pasha Hawaii’s container business between the mainland and Hawaii. It will relieve the Horizon Reliance which will undergo regulatory dry-dock maintenance at a U.S. West Coast shipyard.
  • Reshaped Maersk Looking to Compete Directly with UPS, Fedex

    Feb 21, 2018 — Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk plans to compete directly with package delivery companies UPS and Fedex as it expands its transport and logistics business, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, sold its North Sea-focused oil and gas business in August in a $7.5 billion deal in August as it focuses on transport and logistics.
  • Schiphol to merge cargo department with aviation marketing

    Feb 21, 2018 — Schiphol Airport is combining its cargo department with aviation marketing, with the current head of the freight business moving onto another role. The Dutch Airport has in the past been lauded for its investment in cargo and contacts have suggested the move could be viewed as the hub backing away from the sector.
  • Why self-driving trucks are good for truckers, and why that’s good for everyone

    Feb 20, 2018 — Last year the two biggest fears in the trucking industry were the ELD mandate finally coming to roost, and the driver shortage issue. Driver shortage, and the related aging trucker demographic have been long-standing issues, but on top of these stresses, 2018 has emerged out of the 2017 shadows with a strong economy, coupled with the rapid growth of e-commerce.
  • The Annual Cost of U.S. Cybercrime Could Top $100 Billion

    Feb 20, 2018 — Companies aren’t properly incentivized to protect their networks and we’re all paying the price, the Council of Economic Advisers concludes. The U.S. economy loses between $57 billion and $109 billion per year to malicious cyber activity, according to an estimate published Friday by the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
  • Dangerous North Atlantic Storm Impacting Shipping Lanes

    Feb 20, 2018 — A developing hurricane force storm low over the west-central North Atlantic continues to move eastward at 35 knots producing winds of 55-75 knots with significant wave heights up to 12 meters (40 feet) within 180 NM south and 120 NM west of the center. This is a dangerous storm as it is tracking eastward at a fairly low latitude and is affecting shipping from North Europe and Mediterranean ports and US East Coast and Gulf ports.
  • Shippers hit by trucker shortage and bad weather pushing up transport costs

    Feb 15, 2018 — Shippers are fearing for their bottom lines amid claims the US truck driver shortage will intensify after a year in which hurricanes and high demand drove up rates.
  • JD Logistics launches JD Logistics launches domestic rail freight pilot program in China rail freight pilot program

    Feb 15, 2018 — JD Logistics has confirmed a new type of collaboration with a competing mode of transportation. Together with the China Railway Corporation, JD is piloting a same-day, door-to-door white glove delivery service for high-end goods, utilizing domestic trains for long-distance transportation.
  • Container lines look anew at Asian trades

    Feb 15, 2018 — Apparently in response to market demand, the end of 2017 and the first couple of weeks of the year have seen the launch of a flurry of new and enhanced services from several key lines on intra-Asia and China-Southeast and South Asia routes in particular.
  • Senate confirms rail, truck agency administrators

    Feb 15, 2018 — The U.S. Senate confirmed Ronald Batory as administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and Ray Martinez as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • EU antitrust regulators to fine NYK, Wilhelmsen, other car shipping firms

    Feb 13, 2018 — EU antitrust regulators are set to fine Nippon Yusen KK (NYK) and several other Japanese shippers as well as Norwegian Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA (WWL) in the coming weeks for rigging bids for shipping cars, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
  • ELD Mandate Presents Opportunity to Boost Fuel Efficiency, Technology Vendors Say

    Feb 13, 2018 — Complying with the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate may create new expenses for new adopters of the technology, but the devices also could generate fuel savings for carriers depending on the type of system they deploy and how they use the data.
  • IMO Signs Partnership Deal with European Bank

    Feb 9, 2018 — The IMO has signed a new partnership agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to help promote sustainable shipping and ports in selected countries.
  • Disabled Containership MOL Prestige Under Tow Off British Columbia

    Feb 7, 2018 — The disabled containership MOL Prestige is under tow back to Canada after suffering an engine room fire last week that left the ship adrift off British Columbia, Canada.
  • Gridlock hurting business at Nigeria’s busiest port

    Feb 6, 2018 — Getting to and from Apapa — the catch-all name for Lagos’ two seaports of Apapa and Tin Can Island — has increasingly become a nightmare for pretty much everyone. Now, with the chronic traffic jams hurting business and no sign of any swift resolution to the problem, labour unrest is looming large on the horizon.
  • Cargo Theft Explodes in Mexico

    Feb 6, 2018 — Cargo theft in Mexico has exploded since 2015, and totaled more than 4,000 thefts in 2017, according to SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center’s annual report on cargo theft in the country. The 1,105 thefts in 2015 grew by 61% to 1,773 in 2016. That number grew by 127% to 4,030 last year.
  • Chabahar Port lures Afghan traffic away from Karachi

    Feb 6, 2018 — Afghanistan has shifted 80% of its cargo traffic from Pakistan’s Karachi seaport to Iran’s Bandar Abbas and Chabahar ports. The move comes two months after Chabahar, barely 100 kilometers from Pakistan’s Gwadar port, was inaugurated. The shift, prompted in part by a new trade tariff imposed by Islamabad, is expected to greatly reduce Pakistan’s role in the transit of Afghan goods.
  • Singapore and Guyana strengthen ties with open skies deal

    Feb 5, 2018 — The Singapore Airshow 2018 was the setting for the conclusion of an Open Skies Agreement between Singapore and Guyana on February 4. Cargo carriers from each nation will be allowed to base aircraft in each other’s countries and operate from there to any third country.
  • Long Beach port OKs on-dock rail facility

    Feb 5, 2018 — The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday approved the construction of Pier B on-dock rail support facility at the Port of Long Beach, California. The facility would provide track space to join together sections of trains assembled at terminals.
  • Sabah Ports increases capacity at Sapangar

    Feb 2, 2018 — Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd will increase the handling capacity of Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP) to half a million TEUs (20ft equivalent units) per annum with the launching of its two additional ship-to-shore cranes, here, Wednesday.
  • A glimpse into the future of forwarding – through a cloudy crystal

    Feb 2, 2018 — Freight transportation performance last year turned out to be one of the best in almost a decade, resulting from many factors, including strong business investments, increased consumer confidence, more construction and improved factory output. Freight forwarders saw strong results last year in the ocean, air and trucking sectors, as tightening supply conditions led to strong inventory demand due to restocking of shelves, partially depleted by surging e-commerce growth.
  • Port Houston Sets Record for Container Volume in 2017

    Feb 2, 2018 — Port Houston broke its record for container traffic in a year due to strength in the transportation of steel, wind energy equipment and automobiles, according to the port authority. Longshoremen processed more than 2.46 million industry-standard twenty-foot-equivalent units , or TEUs, in 2017, a 13% increase compared with 2016.
  • China Holds A Tenth Of Europe’s Box Capacity

    Feb 1, 2018 — China now controls one-tenth of European container terminal capacity – a figure that is up more than 9% from the start of the decade. That’s according to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s International Transport Forum (ITF), which revealed that Chinese container terminals in Europe now constitute about 10% of European volume and exist in 13 European ports.
  • Cargo Thefts Drop as Police, Fleets Fight Back

    Feb 1, 2018 — Cargo thefts fell 36% in the fourth quarter of 2017, a continuation of a steady drop as fleets addressed the issue and states with large cargo hubs devoted more law enforcement manpower to the problem, according to CargoNet.
  • New regulation to import previously owned vehicles into Côte d'Ivoire

    Feb 1, 2018 — On 06 December 2017, the Ivorian Council of Ministers adopted a decree limiting the age of previously owned vehicles imported into Côte d'Ivoire. The age limit for imported previously owned cars is now five (05) years from the date of the vehicle’s first registration.
  • Rand Logistics files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with debt swap deal

    Jan 31, 2018 — Rand Logistics Inc, one of the largest bulk freight shipping providers in the Great Lakes region, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Tuesday after agreeing to a debt-for-equity swap with lender Lightship Capital LLC.
  • Airfreight rates still strong in lead up to Chinese New Year, says Freightos

    Jan 30, 2018 — Airfreight rates from China rose modestly last week, with increases in Chinese export demand ahead of the upcoming shutdown in a little over two weeks for the Chinese New Year. However, freight rates are currently well under levels seen in December, when heavy seasonal demand combined with bad weather to push shipments from Asia to Europe as high as US$7 to $10 per kilogram.
  • Port of Rotterdam reveals expansion plans

    Jan 29, 2018 — Port of Rotterdam will get another 100 hectares of land at Maasvlakte 2 as a distribution park, because of increasing demand for port-related logistics real estate. ‘Distripark Maasvlakte West’ is the only available ‘greenfield’ site for distribution in the Port of Rotterdam.
  • Nigeria: Maritime Workers Threaten to Shut Down Ports Nationwide in Seven Days

    Jan 29, 2018 — The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has threatened to withdraw all its members from the seaports nationwide if the federal government does not carry out emergency fixes on all access roads to ports, especially the Apapa port, by Monday, February 5.
  • Russia-Vietnam rail freight service tested successfully

    Jan 29, 2018 — RZD Logistics and its Vietnamese partner, Ratraco, which is 35%-held by Vietnam Railways (VR), have successfully completed a test intermodal rail freight service between the Vorsino Freight Village, southwest of Moscow, and Hanoi.
  • Port of Baltimore to Add New Shipping Service to New Zealand, Australia

    Jan 24, 2018 — A new monthly roll-on/roll-off shipping service between Europe and New Zealand and Australia will begin calling the port of Baltimore in March, officials announced Jan. 23.
  • Citing increased bombing risk, TSA mandates additional security on Middle East airfreight

    Jan 24, 2018 — Citing the increased threat of a bomb being smuggled on board an aircraft bound for the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo, effective Monday morning. All cargo being loaded onto flights at last point of departure airports in Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will be required to comply with air cargo advance screening (ACAS) protocols.
  • Trudeau announces Pacific trade agreement without US

    Jan 24, 2018 — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that Canada — along with the 10 other remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — would work toward creating a revised trade agreement.
  • Trucking Industry Concerned About NAFTA Ending

    Jan 23, 2018 — The North American Free Trade Agreement became a critical component in the national economy when it was implemented in 1994. The trade deal is now facing major changes as partner countries rework its many provisions – a process that has been marred by contentious negotiations and a possible pullout by the United States.
  • Qatar: Traffic at ports doubles post siege

    Jan 23, 2018 — Ports in Qatar have witnessed steep rise in the number of ships coming to Qatari waters since illegal blockade. The number of vessels coming to ports every month after siege has almost doubled, showing the strength Qatar’s growing maritime trade.
  • Schiphol artificially restricting airport cargo capacity with 'illegal' slot rules

    Jan 23, 2018 — An aviation lawyer has branded Schiphol’s slot legislation “illegal” and “anti-competitive”, claiming the Dutch gateway is artificially restricting capacity.
  • Adelaide to accommodate larger vessels

    Jan 22, 2018 — Flinders Ports announced that South Australia’s Adelaide Outer Harbor Channel will undergo a project to remove 1.55 million cubic metres of material from the shipping channel and place it 30km offshore.
  • Registration now open for IAM's DOD European Workshop

    Jan 22, 2018 — The International Association of Movers, working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), will hold a DOD/Industry European Workshop in Mannheim, Germany March 21-22, 2018.
  • Drewry: World Container Index inches up 2.4%

    Jan 22, 2018 — General rate increases from Asia to the U.S. East Coast gathered traction last week, with the Shanghai-New York trade strengthening by 18 percent from last week to reach $2,869 per FEU, Drewry reported.
  • Amazon Begins to Act as Its Own Freight Broker

    Jan 19, 2018 — Over the past two years Inc. has dabbled in the transportation and logistics industry. But recently, the e-commerce behemoth began to directly broker freight to truck drivers, rather than solely rely upon third-party firms such as C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Transport Topics has learned.
  • Weaker Dollar Won’t Derail Global Growth: Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Jan 18, 2018 — The depreciation of the dollar was one of the market surprises of 2017, defying the predictions of many analysts and economists at the start of that year. Continued weakness in 2018 has led some, including European officials, to warn about possible detrimental effects on growth.
  • China's First 20,000 TEU Container Ship Delivered

    Jan 18, 2018 — China's first 20,000 TEU container vessel COSCO Shipping Aries is undergoing sea trials at the Port of Nantong after a naming ceremony on Tuesday. The delivery sets a new record in the country as the first 20,000 TEU ultra large container ship built in a Chinese shipyard with independent intellectual property rights.
  • East Africa Ports in Fresh Push to Attract Shipping Lines

    Jan 18, 2018 — Regional ports are banking on the development of infrastructure and the ease of cargo evacuation and delivery to remain competitive. With Dar-es-salaam and Mombasa ports charging almost the same rates, shippers say competition has shifted to how fluid the ports are and the speed at which goods are delivered to end users.
  • Antwerp achieves fifth consecutive record year for container volumes

    Jan 17, 2018 — Belgium’s Port of Antwerp ended 2017 with a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row. During the year, the port handled 223.6 million tons of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year’s 214.1 million tons.
  • Freight service starts on Kenya’s standard gauge railway

    Jan 17, 2018 — The first rail freight service has been launched on Kenya’s 472km standard gauge railway between the capital of Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombassa.
  • Arctic seaports bustle as shipping on Northern Sea Route reaches new high

    Jan 17, 2018 — Figures from the Association of Russian Sea Ports show that the Russian Arctic seaports in 2017 handled a total of 74,2 million tons, an increase of 49,1 percent compared with 2016. The growth is rooted in a major general hike in Russian Arctic shipments.
  • FMC Urged to Set Guidelines for Detention, Demurrage Charges

    Jan 17, 2018 — Cargo owners and trucking companies urged the Federal Maritime Commission to set guidelines on detention and demurrage charges when unforeseen circumstances take place, such as a weather emergency or labor slowdown.
  • Maersk, IBM Form New Blockchain Company for International Cargo

    Jan 16, 2018 — IBM and A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S have started a company that will use new technologies such as blockchain, a digital ledger best known for underpinning bitcoin, to track cargo movements and automate paperwork for shipping across international borders.
  • Turkey to design new route to reduce Bosphorus shipping traffic

    Jan 16, 2018 — Turkey is ready to create a new the route for a planned canal, aiming to reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait, in order to transform the European part of Istanbul into an island.
  • ELD Mandate, Driver Shortage Spur All-Time Record Trailer Orders in December

    Jan 16, 2018 — Fleets are ordering thousands of dry vans to deal with exceptionally tight trucking capacity pushed to the edge by the ELD mandate. Carriers are resorting to much more drop-and-hook to compensate for the lack of drivers, and they need significantly more trailers to manage the demand.
  • Post-peak season carrier capacity drops marginally on major east-west trades

    Jan 16, 2018 — Ocean carrier deployed capacity during the fourth quarter of 2017 declined slightly from the prior quarter, but was up compared to a year prior, according to the latest World Liner Supply Report from BlueWater Reporting.
  • TRB Researchers Look at Safety, Relationship Between Pay and Driver Fatigue

    Jan 12, 2018 — The wages earned by truck drivers are too low, forcing them to work long hours, according to a report presented to trucking industry researchers at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board here. Members of the Trucking Industry Research Committee also discussed truck parking, fatigue management and the link between driver pay and safety.
  • U.S. Ports Update Part 1: Expanded Panama Canal Changes the Balance

    Jan 11, 2018 — Following the close of its 2017 fiscal year, Panama Canal authorities announced that the entrepot welcomed a record 403.8 million tons—the largest amount of annual volume ever transited in its 103-year history. Industry analysts say the impact on U.S. ocean cargo gateways will soon become evident.
  • Piracy Reaches Twenty-Two-Year Low

    Jan 11, 2018 — The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reports 180 piracy incidents in 2017, the lowest annual number of incidents since 1995, when 188 reports were received. In 2017, 136 vessels were boarded, while there were 22 attempted attacks, 16 vessels fired upon and six vessels hijacked. In 15 separate incidents, 91 crewmembers were taken hostage and 75 were kidnapped from their vessels in 13 other incidents. Three crewmembers were killed in 2017 and six injured.
  • Overloaded ports weigh down Vietnam

    Jan 10, 2018 — Vietnam’s over-burdened shipping infrastructure is taking a big toll on freight operations, with the peak port authority estimating the industry loses US$2.4 billion a year because it can’t reach the country’s best docks.
  • Mandatory palletisation of shipments to Nigeria

    Jan 10, 2018 — AGS Nigeria would like to inform you that the government of Nigeria has approved a policy which requires that all containerised cargo destined for Nigeria must be palletised. Non-compliance will lead to severe cargo delays and additional costs. The Port and Customs authorities may request the non-containerised cargo to be taken back on board. This new policy is applicable to all Nigeria-bound cargo departing from various origin ports as of 01 January 2018. Any wood packaging material must be fumigated (ISPM 15), free from bark and bear the IPPC mark for the treatment.
  • PSA Singapore showcases advanced port technologies at Intelligent Port of the Future Exhibition

    Jan 9, 2018 — Held at Pasir Panjang Terminal Building 3 from 10-14 January 2018, the PSA ‘Intelligent Port of the Future’ Exhibition will showcase PSA’s future port vision, as well as the transformation of jobs through technology and innovation. Touching on elements of PSA’s heritage and progress, the exhibition will feature technologies never before seen at container terminals in Singapore, including amphibious drones, automated quay cranes, exoskeletons for port staff, and robotic arms for related container activities.
  • Belt and Road Will Affect Global Shipping and Forwarding for the Foreseeable Future

    Jan 9, 2018 — As the New Year creeps in, with staff in shipping and forwarding offices slowly getting back into the swing of things after the excesses of Christmas for many, it is a good time to take a look at what is likely to occur within the global freight industry in 2018.
  • Government Announces Reduced UCR Fees for Interstate Carriers

    Jan 9, 2018 — The federal government today announced reduced annual fees for commercial carriers required by law to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has oversight of UCR, published the final rulemaking ( The new fees go into effect immediately.
  • Costs rise at Southampton as bigger ships and new services drive box congestion

    Jan 9, 2018 — Hauliers and logistics operators are warning UK shippers and consignees using the country’s second busiest container gateway, Southampton, of higher landside rates, as costs rise as a result of growing box congestion. One haulier told The Loadstar: “The problems began with the move of The Alliance services from Felixstowe to Southampton last April, which meant a lot of hauliers moving with their customers.
  • ‘Bomb Cyclone’ causing airfreight and logistics disruption across Eastern U.S.

    Jan 4, 2018 — As the so-called ‘bomb cyclone’ winter storm moves up the East Coast of the United States today, logistics companies are bracing for disruptions. SEKO Logistics said that the winter storm was, “disrupting global supply chains, with roads, airports and now [sea]ports being closed across the region.” The logistics company added that ports all across the Northeast were now affected.
  • Three Japanese carriers looking forward to coming together as ONE

    Jan 4, 2018 — K Line, MOL and NYK are banking their future group profitability on the success of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) – the merger of the Japanese transport groups’ respective container businesses scheduled for April. According to reports, the trio say they expect to save ¥50bn ($440m) in costs in the first fiscal year ending 31 March 2019m and thereafter ¥110bn a year.
  • Shanghai Port Sets New World Record

    Jan 3, 2018 — The port of Shanghai has set a new world record by handling over 40 million TEUs in 2017, local media reports. Shanghai aims to become China’s leading international shipping, aviation and railway hub by 2040. The city has also set a goal of handling 45 million TEUs in Shanghai ports by 2040.
  • Port of Durban remains congested

    Dec 21, 2017 — AGS Durban wishes to inform you that the port of Durban remains congested which is affecting all shipping lines. The port suffered heavy damage following a severe storm in October, while problems in the processing of containers also caused setbacks. All shipments to and from Durban, as well as all operations to and from Southern Africa, are affected by the additional delays.
  • CAGTC member Policinski asks Congress to increase freight infrastructure funding

    Dec 21, 2017 — Testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) CEO Mark Policinski called on Congress to implement a strategic campaign of investment in our nation’s freight infrastructure. Noting that the current world economy demands that nations elevate their infrastructure to compete on the global stage, Mr. Policinski asked Congress to not only provide oversight for existing investment programs, but to also increase direct federal investment in our freight network.
  • Quebec port to construct container terminal

    Dec 20, 2017 — The Quebec Port Authority (QPA) on Tuesday announced plans to build a container terminal that could serve as a new international economic hub geared toward logistics facilities, distribution centers and other new businesses. The CA$400 million terminal project will include an extension of the Port of Quebec’s wharf line and links to ?existing rail and road networks. The port is served by CN, Canadian Pacific and the Quebec Gatineau Railway.
  • 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.