Global & Regional News

  • Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach post impressive November volumes

    Dec 14, 2017 — Total November POLA volume came in at 924,225 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), which set a new record for monthly volumes in the port’s 110-year history, topping November 2016’s 877,564 TEU, and were up 5.3% annually. POLB November volume was up 14.7% annually at 612,659 TEU, with the first 11 months of 2017 coming in at 6,847,589 for a 10% annual gain. In calendar year 2016, POLB handled 6,775,171 TEU.
  • ELD Mandate Magnifies Parking Shortage, Washington Truck Exec Says

    Dec 7, 2017 — Truckers in Washington state are meeting with lawmakers to discuss options for addressing the state’s shortage of truck parking, an issue which is expected to face added pressure once the federal requirement for use of electronic logs takes effect next week.
  • Analysis: Recent Merger in China May Herald a Revolution in Hauling Freight

    Dec 5, 2017 — Even as China embraces ride sharing and delivery drones, and builds vast networks of airports and high-speed rail, it still depends on long-haul trucks to carry 80% of its cargo.
  • Brexit To Hit Unprepared Supply Chains Hard

    Dec 5, 2017 — U.K.-EU supply chains are at the breaking point as the fallout from Brexit begins to take hold. Almost two-thirds (63%) of European Union businesses that work with suppliers located in the United Kingdom expect to move some part of their supply chains out of the U.K. as a result of the Brexit decision last year.
  • Dubai-based cargo handlers complete blockchain technology test with IBM

    Nov 28, 2017 — Dubai-based ground handler dnata, and a consortium of supply chain firms, has successfully completed a proof-of-concept test for a logistics platform that tracks supply chain transactions using hyper-secure blockchain technology. According to stakeholders in the project, the new system can eliminate redundant data and improve visibility and transparency.
  • Bali airport stays shut but Lombok reopens

    Nov 28, 2017 — Bali’s international airport remains shut for a second day due to the threat of a volcanic eruption from Mount Agung. The Indonesian authorities have extended the shutdown to at least 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) Wednesday 29 November. However, the airport on the neighbouring island of Lombok has been re-opened.
  • Panama, China sign maritime cooperation agreement

    Nov 28, 2017 — The two nations have agreed upon mutually-beneficial maritime developments in safety, navigation, port costs and registration, according to a report from industry news outlet Seatrade Maritime.
  • Grace launches new brand

    Nov 21, 2017 — Grace in Australia has recently launched a whole new identity. The rebranding of the 106-year-old Australian company comes as part of a unification of its nine business divisions under a single all-encompassing identity.
  • TIACA deal supports Africa’s airfreight development

    Nov 20, 2017 — The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will have TIACA working with the 40 members of AFRAA to support air cargo development in Africa.
  • FMC Moves Forward with Regulatory Reforms

    Nov 20, 2017 — The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) took an important step in its regulatory reform efforts when it voted last week to advance a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that simplifies and streamlines its Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Service Arrangements (NSA) and Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRA) rules and procedures.
  • Tesla's Power Plant on Wheels

    Nov 20, 2017 — Is Tesla Inc.'s Semi on the verge of doing to the trucking industry what the iPhone did to telecommunications? Probably not -- but the decarbonization of road freight may still upend both the logistics business and the oil industry.
  • ELD violations won’t ding carriers’ CSA scores until April, FMCSA announces

    Nov 17, 2017 — Carriers who are hit with citations for non-compliance with FMCSA’s electronic logging device mandate will not have points recorded against them in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring system, safety officials said today at a public hearing in Birmingham, Ala. It was previously announced that those drivers also will not be put out of service during that period.
  • U.S. Navy Joins Puerto Rico Sealift Effort

    Nov 17, 2017 — At Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command is facilitating a small-scale domestic sealift to bring utility trucks, front end loaders, portable living quarters and other much-needed supplies to Puerto Rico. The ro/ro USNS Brittin will make six voyages to and from the island over the course of the next several weeks.
  • Uber Plans Self-Driving, Long-Haul Trucks on the Road ‘in the Near Future’

    Nov 15, 2017 — Uber is working on a fleet of self-driving semi-trucks, but it won’t completely replacing traditional drivers, the company said. In a post on Medium on Nov. 14, Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, the company’s self-driving car wing based in Pittsburgh, laid out its vision for the future of long-haul trucking.
  • Port of Vietnam experiences congestion due to storm

    Nov 15, 2017 — The port of Quy Nhon, in Vietnam, is congested at the time, because of a storm that occurred in the area, resulting in multiple vessels to sink, thus blocking ship traffic, sources report. The storm hit the port on November 4, making the port authority to issue a temporary block of the channel and reduce ship traffic to vessels with draft up to 5.5m.
  • Grounded Container Feeder Breaks in Two

    Nov 15, 2017 — The grounded container feeder Kea Trader has broken up on Durand Reef in New Caledonia, 120 days after she went aground. High waves battered her hull over the weekend, gradually leading to cracking, then to larger breaches. At least two containers have gone over the side. 102 of the 700 containers originally on board are still in her holds.
  • Even a NAFTA Collapse Won’t Keep Companies From Moving to Mexico

    Nov 9, 2017 — President Donald Trump’s vow to scrap or revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement was expected to put a scare into companies considering these kinds of moves. But many are sticking to plans to set up shop in Mexico even if the pact isn’t renewed, according to the experts who help firms relocate and find new plants.
  • Majority of small fleets yet to comply with ELD mandate

    Nov 9, 2017 — With just six weeks remaining before enforcement of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device begins, 60 percent of fleets running between 1 and 100 trucks have yet to adopt ELDs, according to a recent survey conducted by CarrierLists.
  • Lawmakers fight to save infrastructure financing tool in GOP tax bill

    Nov 8, 2017 — Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are fighting to save tax-exempt bonds in the GOP tax bill that are used to finance infrastructure projects around the country. In a bipartisan letter earlier this year, more than 150 members of Congress urged House leadership to keep the deduction on tax-exempt municipal bonds, which are considered a critical tool for public-private partnerships and infrastructure rebuilding efforts.
  • U.S. Trucking industry still grappling with impending ELD mandate

    Nov 7, 2017 — Sections of the long-haul and drayage trucking communities are still unprepared for implementation of the fast approaching federal mandate to install electronic logging devices (ELDs) on all commercial trucks and buses by Dec. 18, 2017.
  • Poland Approves Plan to Build $9.6 Billion Central Airport

    Nov 7, 2017 — Poland will build central airport for as much as 35 billion zloty ($9.6 billion) by 2027, reversing a strategy based on expanding smaller regional ports with the help of funds provided by the European Union. Under the government plan, the Warsaw Okecie airport would eventually be shut. No potential dates for the closing were given.
  • SoCal Ports Approve Aggressive Air Quality Rules for Moving Cargo

    Nov 6, 2017 — The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced they have approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update that sets out aggressive clean air strategies for moving cargo through the nation’s busiest container port complex — which is on pace for the busiest year ever.
  • Drewry reports increase in World Container Index

    Nov 6, 2017 — Drewry said that the World Container Index, which is a composite of container freight rates on 8 major routes to/from the US, Europe and Asia, has showed an increase and provided a two-year spot freight rate trend for the index. According to maritime research consultants, the index is up by 25.6% to $1517.1/40ft container.
  • Nigeria: Piracy - Foreign Shipping Firms Pay N14 Billion to Escort Vessels in Nigeria

    Nov 6, 2017 — Due to the volatile nature of Nigeria waterways, foreign shipping companies spend over N13.76 billion ($45 million) annually to escort their vessels from one point to another on Nigeria's waterways, LEADERSHIP has learnt. About four major international shipping companies operate in the country including Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Grimaldi and CMA/CGM in addition to smaller foreign and local shipping companies operating on the waterways.
  • British Containership Loses 42 Containers Overboard Off Japan

    Nov 3, 2017 — The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the loss of dozens of containers from a British containership off Japan. The MAIB says 42 containers were lost overboard from the UK-flagged MV Ever Smart approximately 700nm east of Japan on Oct. 30.
  • U.S. truck rates jump to highest points since 2014

    Nov 1, 2017 — With conditions ripe for rate hikes of late, truckload rates in all three major segments in October continued their upward momentum, according to monthly spot market rates data from Truckstop.com.
  • U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Calls for Increased Security Funding at LA, Long Beach Ports

    Nov 1, 2017 — While praising efforts to protect the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports from terrorist and cyber-attacks, members of Congress aired concerns Oct. 31 about threats to public safety and the economy if federal funding for maritime security programs isn’t raised to meet new threats.
  • MSC Recommences Benghazi Container Freight Services as Normality Returns

    Oct 31, 2017 — Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced that it will resume container freight services to and from Benghazi, Libya, now that the port has re-opened, following a three-year closure stemming from the 2011 revolution. The port, which restarted operations at the beginning of the month, was forced to close when rivalling armed groups occupied the city in 2014.
  • U.S. Truck Technician Shortage Worse Than Previously Thought

    Oct 31, 2017 — In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians from 2016 to 2026 will be three times higher than was previously projected for the 2014 to 2024 period.
  • Cosco sails back into the black as rate improvements help boost revenue

    Oct 31, 2017 — Chinese shipping giant Cosco Shipping Holdings today reported a 35% year-on-year increase in revenue for the third quarter as sit swung back into the black. It also announced plans to raise almost $2bn through a share placement.
  • Russia set to ban Dutch carriers unless ABC's Schiphol slots are returned

    Oct 31, 2017 — Russia will ban Dutch carriers from its airspace from Saturday unless landing slots at Schiphol are returned to AirBridge Cargo (ABC). One source told The Loadstar flight times to Asia would increase by three to four hours if carriers couldn’t use Russian airspace.
  • After 16 years, KLM resumes flights to Mumbai’s CSIA adding belly freight to busy route

    Oct 30, 2017 — After a 16-year hiatus, KLM is relaunching service to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), connecting Amsterdam to India with three weekly flights.
  • DHL adds global gateway facility to O’Hare cargo development

    Oct 30, 2017 — DHL opened a 54,000 square-foot, US$10 million global gateway facility at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) last week, adding to Chicago’s growing northeast cargo campus, which DHL said was on track to be “the largest cargo development built at a U.S. airport in more than a decade, when completed in the next few years.”
  • Heathrow councils call for an "open mind" in support of a second Gatwick runway

    Oct 30, 2017 — Local authorities in the Heathrow area have welcomed evidence which, they say, supports an extra runway at rival London airport, Gatwick.
  • 4 takeaways from the IMB’s latest global piracy report

    Oct 30, 2017 — The flagship global report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and in South East Asia. The increase in attacks off the coast of Venezuela and other security incidents against vessels off Libya - including an attempted boarding in the last quarter - highlights the need for vigilance in other areas. In total, 92 vessels were boarded, 13 were fired upon, there were 11 attempted attacks and five vessels were hijacked in the first nine months of 2017.
  • Chinese government pushing port consolidation

    Oct 27, 2017 — Busy ports linking China and the rest of the world are now targets of a Chinese government consolidation campaign that previously spurred high-profile mergers among state-owned shipping and logistics companies. By consolidating port operations according to administrative regions such as provinces, Beijing hopes to reduce competition and promote economies of scale, according to Caixin. Officials also expect consolidated ports to be managed more efficiently.
  • New Security Rules Take Effect on U.S.-Bound Flights

    Oct 27, 2017 — New security measures for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights took effect today, with airline personnel conducting short interviews with travelers at check-in or the boarding gate. The directive was announced by the Trump administration in July as an alternative to banning laptops and other electronic devices from the cabin of inbound flights to the U.S. The new rules apply to American and global airlines and affect roughly 2,100 flights from around the world that enter the U.S. on any given day.
  • U.K. aims for final proposal on Heathrow expansion in 2018

    Oct 25, 2017 — The saga continues for London Heathrow’s third runway expansion, as the U.K.’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling began a consultation period on a revised version of the airport’s national policy statement. The goal is to publish final proposals for the LHR expansion during the first half of 2018, which will be subject to a vote in Parliament.
  • U.S. Transportation Command’s trailblazing transition to cloud computing enhances its cyber processes and protection

    Oct 25, 2017 — U.S. Transportation Command is the first Department of Defense organization to initiate migration of its cyber domain to a commercial cloud provider to improve mission assurance, while strengthening information technology efficiency and effectiveness. Last month, the first wave of five USTRANSCOM IT systems transitioned to a commercial cloud-based solution.
  • American Trucking Associations Takes an In-Depth Review into the Ongoing Truck Driver Shortage

    Oct 25, 2017 — Anyone that wakes up each day in a logistics job that centers around moving freight is more than aware of the fact that there is a significant truck driver shortage. That is nothing new; in fact, it is far from it. But that does not mean the driver shortage is viewed as a “whistle by the graveyard” or “nothing to see here” approach. In fact, it is and needs to be the opposite.
  • Drivers Shortage, ELD Rule Top Trucking Industry Concerns

    Oct 25, 2017 — A shortage of drivers tops the pending implementation of the federal electronic logging device mandate as the biggest trucking business concern, according to an industry trade group. In its annual survey, the American Transportation Research Institute found that motor carriers and the industry in general are most concerned about a lack of qualified drivers to carry the nation’s freight.
  • U.K. Brings Push for Brexit Transition Into Line With EU Stance

    Oct 24, 2017 — The U.K. has shifted its approach to the transition agreement it wants to put in place for after Brexit, falling into line with the European Union’s long-held stance.
  • Freight Operations Partially Resume at the Port of Durban

    Oct 17, 2017 — Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced that marine operations at the Port of Durban have partially resumed following disruptions caused by heavy storms on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, that saw several ships break loose from their mooring and run aground.
  • Schiphol freighter sector dealt blow as 'local rule' for slots is rejected

    Oct 17, 2017 — Low-cost airlines have rejected proposals for a ‘local rule’ at Schiphol airport that would have given priority to freighter operators as the hub faces a shortage of slots. The airport is nearing its slot limit for the year of 500,000 and as a result is having to limit the number of aircraft calls, with freighters looking most likely to lose out because of the ad-hoc nature of their services. Slot restrictions for freighter aircraft are likely to continue next year, with estimates suggesting 10.5% of freighter calls could be turned away in 2018 compared with 2017.
  • Delays in Lagos operations due to heavy traffic congestion

    Oct 17, 2017 — AGS Nigeria Lagos wishes to inform you of the increase of road congestion around the Apapa area at the port of Lagos. This congestion, which is caused by a combination of factors (road deterioration during the rainy season, construction at the harbour and increased port activity) contributed to increased transport costs and delays in operations.
  • The ELD Mandate: What to expect

    Oct 16, 2017 — Like it or not, the era of paper driver logs is over. Technology is available that will automatically record drivers Hours of Service and better ensure compliance with legislation. As of December 18, 2017, commercial drivers with model year 2000 or newer trucks who currently are required to prepare Hours of Service records of duty status (RODS) must start using an electronic logging device (ELD).
  • After naval patrols, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines launch air surveillance ops over Sulu Sea

    Oct 16, 2017 — The operations, part of a tri-nation effort to curb movements of militants linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the southern Philippines, mark the first joint air patrol over the dangerous waters. "Affiliated terrorist organisations and sympathisers have exploited the porous borders and linked up with local terrorist groups, evident following the Marawi City siege," said Malaysia's Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
  • Sohar Port and Freezone kicks off first phase of expansion

    Oct 16, 2017 — Oman’s Sohar Port and Freezone has revealed that the first phase of its mega expansion plan is set to get under way soon. The expansion is part of the freezone’s long-term move to grow the vital industrial and maritime hub by as much as 50 per cent, a report said.
  • Nate to Bring More Damages to Hurricane-Weary Region

    Oct 7, 2017 — Tropical Storm Nate, on track to strike near New Orleans overnight Saturday, may cause close to $1 billion in damage across Central America and the U.S., regions already battered by the most powerful month of hurricanes on record.
  • PCS shift: TRANSCOM targets ‘clunky’ Move.mil, may try to spread out busy summer season

    Oct 4, 2017 — Making the Move.mil website more user-friendly and possibly spreading at least some moves more evenly throughout the year are a few of the things defense transportation officials are looking at to improve the process of moving household goods for service members, as the program that manages service members’ household goods undergoes its own relocation of sorts.
  • Household Goods and Vehicle Shipment Programs for Department of Defense Consolidated Under U.S. Transportation Command

    Oct 4, 2017 — USTRANSCOM is now the single manager of the Defense Personal Property Program or DP3, which oversees the Department of Defense’s household goods and privately-owned vehicle shipment programs.
  • Information sheet about activities that are prohibited for foreign moving companies in Switzerland

    Oct 3, 2017 — Two national laws restrict the activities of foreign moving companies in Switzerland: the cabotage ban and the Posted Workers Act. These laws were passed to protect Swiss trade and Swiss employees as measures to accompany the conclusion of the Bilateral Agreements between Switzerland and the EU.
  • HURRICANE MARIA DIVERSION GUIDANCE

    Oct 2, 2017 — CBP recognizes that the current extraordinary weather situation created by Hurricane Maria may cause many ocean vessels to divert from their intended port of unlading to other port locations for discharge purposes. To ensure smooth processing of bills and associated status notifications in the new port of unlading, CBP reminds the carriers that they should amend the manifest to reflect the new port of unlading.
  • Trump Waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico, Easing Hurricane Aid Shipments

    Sep 29, 2017 — The Trump administration said on Thursday that it would temporarily waive a century-old shipping law for Puerto Rico that officials there said was hindering disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Maria. The waiver of the law, known as the Jones Act, comes as federal and local officials report more supplies trickling onto the increasingly desperate island.
  • India renames largest port

    Sep 28, 2017 — The Indian Ministry of Shipping has announced the renaming of Kandla Port, to Deendayal Port, with effect from 25 September, 2017.
  • Demand for Safer Practices When Shippers are Packing Freight Containers Continues

    Sep 28, 2017 — A coalition of leading cargo industry organisations representing the full breadth of the global supply chain is maintaining its campaign for safer practices in packing freight containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs).
  • McCain repeats call for Jones Act repeal following Puerto Rico waiver

    Sep 28, 2017 — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday repeated his call to repeal the Jones Act after the Trump administration announced a temporary lift on shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico as it recovers from hurricanes Maria and Irma.
  • Alibaba buys controlling interest in Cainiao logistics network

    Sep 27, 2017 — China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has taken control of struggling logistics network Cainiao with an investment of 5.3 billion yuan (US$807 million) in a move to dramatically increase its international reach. The investment, once completed, will increase Alibaba’s stake in the logistics network from 47 percent to 51 percent and brings the estimated valuation of Cainiao to about $20 billion, according to Reuters.
  • No Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico: Trump administration

    Sep 27, 2017 — The Trump administration will not grant a Jones Act waiver for oil, refined products and other commodities being shipped into Puerto Rico as the island works to rebuild following Hurricane Maria, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.
  • Car carrier to pay $21m penalty over price-fixing

    Sep 27, 2017 — Hoegh Autoliners has made a settlement with the US Department of Justice, regarding accusations over price-fixing. According to sources, the Norwegian company is to pay a fine of USD21 million to Middle East exports for illicit actions against competition.
  • Pan Am Railways, Port Saint John to offer new intermodal service

    Sep 27, 2017 — Pan Am Railways and DP World have agreed to form a new direct intermodal service connecting the Boston market to Port Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada. The new agreement provides a "viable alternative" to customers in the New England area, said officials representing DP World, the port's terminal operator. Port Saint John provides connections to more than 500 international destinations.
  • Third Hong Kong runway passes finance hurdle

    Sep 27, 2017 — The Hong Kong Airport Authority has released a report on the detailed funding study for a three-runway system (3RS) after it was accepted in principle by its board.
  • Crowley Says On-Island Distribution Key to Getting Relief Supplies to Puerto Rico Residents

    Sep 26, 2017 — With more than 3,000 loads of food, supplies and other cargo on its terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and more on the way, executives with said today the key to providing relief to citizens impacted by Hurricane Maria will be expediting local transportation and distribution of the cargo.
  • Maria Cripples Puerto Rico’s Main Airport, Leaving Thousands Stranded

    Sep 26, 2017 — After Hurricane Maria knocked out radar systems and power, the U.S. territory’s main airport is struggling to get thousands of stranded passengers off the island. Agustín Arellano, chief executive of Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC, which operates the airport, said only about 2,000 passengers are flying out every day despite standby lists that are in the tens of thousands. That is down from an average of 15,000 passengers departing daily prior to Maria.
  • Puerto Rico After Maria: No Power, No Cell Signal, and Lots of Damage

    Sep 22, 2017 — Puerto Rico is emerging crippled after the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in almost a century hobbled its telecommunications system, destroyed its power grid and left communities facing widespread devastation.
  • Ban on cargo flying direct between UK and Bangladesh could be lifted

    Sep 20, 2017 — The ban on direct cargo flights between Bangladesh’s Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal Airport and the UK could be lifted, according to local media, in what would be a boost to garment exporters. The airport has been under much security scrutiny, and had employed a UK company to advise on improvements. Currently, cargo must be screened in a third country before arriving in the UK. Similar bans are in place for cargo going to Australia and Germany.
  • The box carriers: Consolidate or compete?

    Sep 20, 2017 — While there were 20 global container lines in 2011 operating in a fragmented industry, the recent Cosco’s takeover of OOCL created a new reality in today’s container shipping, where the top four carriers control 53.8% of the world’s container cargo, according to shipping market analyst Xeneta.
  • Coast Guard Closes Ports in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands Ahead of Cat 5 Hurricane Maria

    Sep 20, 2017 — The United States Coast Guard has closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Maria. Effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard set port condition ZULU for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of the possibility of sustained gale force winds greater than 39 mph that may arrive within 24 hours. While port condition ZULU is in place, no vessels may enter or transit within these ports without permission of the COTP. Under the condition, all vessel movements are prohibited, and all ship-to-shore operations must cease until further notice.
  • Port Klang gets more tranquil, but it’s eerie

    Sep 19, 2017 — Until a few months ago, Port Klang was a hive of activities, with containers usually stacked six stories high. These days, it’s a lot quieter. Major shipping firms have moved their hubs to Singapore, according to recent reports. “A few years ago, we could still compete with Singapore,” said an industry player who owns a logistics company. “We managed to draw big carriers to Port Klang. I don’t think we can catch up with Singapore now.”
  • Strengthening Hurricane Maria to Pass Right Over Puerto Rico, Forecasters Say

    Sep 19, 2017 — A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Maria barreled towards the eastern Caribbean islands with 125 mile-per-hour (200 kph) winds on Monday, threatening the region with its second major storm this month. Officials from French-controlled Martinique to the U.S. Virgin Islands warned residents to prepare for the storm, now ranked by U.S. forecasters as a major hurricane, at Category 3 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.
  • US Senate passes budget-busting $700 billion defense policy bill

    Sep 19, 2017 — The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to pass a $700 defense policy bill for 2018 that would exceed President Donald Trump’s budget request and break statutory caps on defense spending. The bill surpasses the president’s $603 billion defense budget request, the $549 billion cap set by the Budget Control Act and the $696.5 billion House version, with which the Senate version must be reconciled before the NDAA’s final passage by Congress.
  • 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.