North America

  • U.S. Coast Guard Receives International Recognition for Hurricane Response

    Jun 19, 2018 — As the 2018 hurricane season opens, the international maritime community recognized the Coast Guard for its efforts last year to restore safe marine navigation in waterways hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • Tariffs present different global supply chain situations for shippers

    Jun 18, 2018 — For nearly 18 months, or even longer, there have been steady gains in United States-bound imports from China, with much of it due to the pending, now actual, tariffs, which have been by viewed by many at protectionist measures.
  • US Imposes New Security Measures on Incoming Air Cargo Shipments

    Jun 13, 2018 — U.S. authorities are requiring airlines to give them more notice about certain types of cargo that officials believe may pose a security risk. As of June 12, carriers operating planes with commercial cargo now must send certain information about that cargo to U.S. Customs and Border Protection before loading the plane.
  • Logistics Hires Grew in May

    Jun 6, 2018 — According to the Wall Street Journal, logistics and freight transport companies added 18,700 jobs in May in order to keep up with demand in the U.S. shipping markets.
  • Uber Freight Launches ‘Fleet Mode’

    Jun 5, 2018 — Uber Freight has added a “fleet mode” to its mobile app to enable dispatchers at small fleets to find and book loads and assign them to their drivers. With this feature, dispatchers can view all available loads as well as a list of drivers with details on their schedules and availability without needing to exit the app.
  • FMC Demands Details on PierPass Changes at Los Angeles / Long Beach Ports

    Jun 5, 2018 — The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced it has decided to issue a formal Request for Additional Information (RFAI) in response to an amendment filed in April by the parties to the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement (WCMTOA). The amendment would change the PierPass fee structure and implement appointment systems for truckers serving facilities at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
  • America has a massive truck driver shortage. Here’s why few want an $80,000 job.

    May 29, 2018 — About 51,000 more drivers are needed to meet the demand from companies such as Amazon and Walmart that are shipping more goods across the country, according to the American Trucking Associations. The driver shortage is already leading to delayed deliveries and higher prices for goods that Americans buy. The ATA predicts that it's likely to get worse in the coming years.
  • Trump White House Seeking Public Comment on Which Maritime Regulations to Remove

    May 24, 2018 — The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is seeking public input on how the federal government can reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on the maritime sector as part of the Trump Administration’s broad plan to deregulate American industries.
  • House Appropriators Keep Meal-and-Rest-Break Provision in Transportation Bill

    May 24, 2018 — A provision aimed at ensuring uniformity nationwide for meal-and-rest-break laws for truck drivers will stay in a House funding bill after surviving a Democratic-led effort to remove it May 23.
  • Dwindling Merchant Marine fleet crimps U.S. ability to wage war

    May 17, 2018 — The once-mighty U.S. Merchant Marine fleet has nearly collapsed under the weight of high labor costs, zigzagging federal policies and intense competition from abroad, damaging America's position as the only country in the world able to supply and sustain a long-distance war.
  • Trucking market acceleration still heading up

    May 17, 2018 — A large majority of freight transportation and logistics industry stakeholders, including shippers, motor carriers, 3PLs, brokers, and others, continue to marvel at the overall state of market conditions, especially in the trucking sector.
  • Port of Montreal project set to expand rail infrastructure

    May 4, 2018 — The Canadian government will invest CA$18.4 million to improve rail infrastructure at the Port of Montreal, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced last week. The intermodal project will "optimize" the port's rail network capacity, particularly in the port's interchange zone.
  • What the Denham amendment means for the trucking industry

    May 2, 2018 — The Denham-Cuellar-Costa Amendment has garnered mixed reaction from the trucking industry. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) believes the amendment will help streamline interstate commerce by federalizing hours-of-service rules, but the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) believes the amendment will rob truck drivers of needed rest breaks and rightful pay.
  • U.S. Questions COSCO’s Takeover of Long Beach Terminal -Report

    Apr 23, 2018 — A U.S. national security review has raised concerns about a takeover by China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings Co of a large container terminal in Long Beach, California, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The terminal is part of COSCO’s planned $6.3 billion deal to buy shipping firm Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) , the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
  • 25th Infantry Division Soldiers Aid Relief Efforts on Hawaii Island Kauai

    Apr 19, 2018 — Army aviators and other soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division assisted emergency response efforts here for the island’s residents and tourists in the aftermath of recent heavy rainstorms and mudslide-producing flooding.
  • U.S. West Coast ports report mixed message for first quarter

    Apr 16, 2018 — The Port of Long Beach has completed its best ever first quarter, with marine terminals handling almost 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) January through March. The quick start is 19.4 percent more than the first quarter of 2017, the Port’s busiest year ever.
  • FMC Orders Carriers to Disclose Demurrage Practices

    Apr 4, 2018 — On Monday, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it has begun its investigation into terminal operators' and ocean carriers' practices for port demurrage, detention and free time. In its first move, FMC is ordering carriers and terminals to disclose information and documents explaining these practices.
  • ELD Mandate Law Enforcement Grace Period Is Almost Over

    Mar 30, 2018 — The three-month law enforcement grace period for trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices is almost over. As of April 1, drivers caught without ELDs are due to be placed out of service for 10 hours, and may have points added to their Compliance, Safety, Accountability program scores, or could even be assessed a civil fine.
  • An immigration bill you've never heard of will solve US's labor shortage

    Mar 27, 2018 — According to the Labor Department's latest jobs report, we're in the strongest labor market in decades. But that has left the country with a severe shortage of skilled workers. The Immigration Innovation or "I-Squared" Act has been proposed to tackle this issue. But it's gotten lost amid our nation's divisive immigration debate.
  • Canada Urges World Nations to Preserve Pillars of Global Trade

    Mar 26, 2018 — As the U.S. and China edge closer to a full-blown trade war, Canada has urged all nations to act to preserve the pillars of the world trading system. “We need to cherish the organizations that have been the cornerstone of the world economic order,” Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in an interview in Singapore on Saturday.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • U.S. Passport Renewal Delays

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