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  • 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.
  • Brian Limperopulos Promoted to IAM Vice President

    Jan 22, 2018 — The International Association of Movers (IAM) is thrilled to announce the promotion of Brian Limperopulos to the position of Vice President.
  • Amazon Begins to Act as Its Own Freight Broker

    Jan 19, 2018 — Over the past two years Amazon.com 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.
  • IAM Testifies Before Federal Maritime Commission on Detention and Demurrage Petition

    Jan 18, 2018 — This week, IAM joined nearly a dozen other shipper-based companies, and provided testimony to the Federal Maritime Commission in support of the Detention and Demurrage Petition, currently under consideration. IAM's involvement with the petition filers, The Coalition for Fair Port Practices (CFPP), goes back nearly two years, when informal discussions began among shippers and other impacted by detention and demurrage fees. The Commission asked that a petition be submitted so they could formally consider detention and demurrage practices.
  • 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 Southern boosts online tracking system

    Jan 18, 2018 — China Southern Cargo Airlines has put online the airside operations section of its tracking system, which is based primarily on bar-code technology. The 38 sections of the system now cover all the air transport processes in cargo and mail, with the cargo information “instantaneously trackable” said a spokesperson for the carrier. The system has been updated more than 40 times since going live in May 2015.
  • 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.
  • Freight prices eased, but now set to rebound, says Freightos

    Jan 16, 2018 — Airfreight prices that finally relaxed after the 2017 holiday season are poised to increase again with the approach of the Chinese New Year, occurring this year in mid-February, according to estimates from online pricing platform Freightos.
  • 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.
  • Aquatic drone terror attacks a growing possibility

    Jan 9, 2018 — Terrorists have reportedly retrofitted aerial drones to conduct attacks and surveillance. The proliferation of aquatic drones may plausibly widen the terrorists’ capabilities and opportunities for attacks to coastal cities.
  • 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 (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/fees-unified-carrier-registration-plan-and-agreement). 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.
  • WorldACD: November air cargo volumes reach new high

    Jan 3, 2018 — Global airfreight volumes in November 2017 were 1.3 percent higher than the previous record, set last October, according to recently released statistics from industry analyst WorldACD Market Data.
  • Rollout of Active Steering in Trucking Draws Near

    Jan 3, 2018 — Active steering is steadily moving beyond the prototype stage and is expected to become available in commercial trucks within the next couple of years. The rollout of automated steering should occur in stages, beginning with lane-keeping assistance and lane-centering capabilities, which could reach the market by 2020.
  • 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.
  • Global fleet capacity to bulge as more containerships are delivered in 2018

    Jan 3, 2018 — There will be a 5.6% growth in container fleet capacity this year, according to scheduled newbuild deliveries of 1.49m teu and expected in scrapping of some 350,000 teu, says Alphaliner. After 2017’s slight supply-demand rebalancing, the pent-up flood of newbuild deliveries this year will be a challenge for shipowners and container lines – especially if there is a dip in demand.
  • 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.
  • Shipping on course for recovery for 2018: analysts

    Dec 20, 2017 — Clouds lifting, calmer seas returning. But the 2018 marine forecast for transpacific and other major shipping trade routes also notes that full recovery from the dark days of 2015-16 depends on a number of political, economic and technological factors.
  • Hackers Could Sink a Bulk Carrier

    Dec 20, 2017 — Penetration testing experts Pen Test Partners, have highlighted how hackers could sink a bulk carrier by manipulating the loading data of its hull stress monitoring systems (HSMS) to deliberately cause an imbalance of cargo on the vessel without the crew being aware. The consequences could be catastrophic with the vessel being put under intense strain leading to it breaking up and sinking.
  • Canada Announces ELD Proposal as US Mandate Takes Hold

    Dec 19, 2017 — As the electronic logging device mandate takes effect in the United States, Canada has published its own first draft of rules that would require the devices for truck drivers. Once finalized, the mandate will be rolled out within two years.
  • Update: Delta Cargo lifts ATL embargo earlier than expected

    Dec 19, 2017 — Delta Cargo has lifted the embargo for all domestic cargo departing from, arriving in and transferring through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) as of 12 pm ET.
  • 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.
  • Idle containership numbers fall again, but newbuilds and M&A are a threat

    Dec 7, 2017 — The number of containerships in hot or cold lay-up has fallen to 114, from 136 in the past two weeks. Alphaliner warned that newbuild deliveries and M&A activity could reverse the downward trend. The analyst said the amount of idle cellular tonnage had declined from 520,365 teu to 464,802 teu, or 2.2% of the total global fleet, due to “unusual strength during the traditionally slow winter season”.
  • 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.
  • What to expect from Tesla’s big electric truck reveal

    Nov 16, 2017 — Tesla is set to take the lid off its electric truck tomorrow for the first time, after months of teasing the big rig. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is still doing some teasing of his own, posting to his Instagram account a short video clip of the truck all draped in shadow — but we’re still going to learn a lot tomorrow. Here’s a quick breakdown of what we know, what we think we know and what gaps we hope Tesla will fill at its big unveiling.
  • Could Driverless Tech Mean Thousands of Trucking Jobs Lost? Probably Not

    Nov 16, 2017 — One of the most in-demand and stable jobs in Ohio could face major changes as the industry develops new automated, driverless technology. The technology is coming, according to researchers and trucking industry experts. But they also debate whether or not drivers could lose jobs or how their role behind the wheel might change.
  • 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.
  • How intelligent automation will impact and revitalise global supply chains

    Nov 7, 2017 — The idea of automation in manufacturing and the supply chain is nothing new - since the earliest days of the industrial revolution we have sought to automate tasks with machines, and lower the cost of manufacturing processes.
  • 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.
  • Ship Glut Clouds Long-Awaited Recovery

    Nov 1, 2017 — Container shipping is emerging from a painful six-year slump, but a glut of tonnage that will hit the water over the next two years threatens to derail the nascent recovery. In recent months, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA-CGM SA have each announced orders for 11 mega-vessels. Together, with existing plans by Asian giants like Cosco Shipping Holdings Co. and Evergreen Line, the moves mean dozens of these vessels will be delivered by 2020.
  • 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.
  • Analysts Say Container Shipping Industry 2018 Profitability Depends On Capacity Discipline

    Nov 1, 2017 — In an assessment made by shipping analyst group Drewry, container shipping industry profitability in the coming year is dependent on the carrier's ability to maintain the tight capacity management displayed so far in 2017. "A lot will depend on whether the carriers can refrain from undercutting one another and stick to the capacity management they have displayed this year," Drewry senior container researcher Simon Heaney said.
  • 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.
  • Inmarsat Shipboard Communication Platform Found Vulnerable to Hacking

    Oct 30, 2017 — Seattle-based cybersecurity firm IOActive has uncovered what it describes as critical security flaws in one of Inmarsat’s shipboard communication platforms that could leave the platform and vessels’ networks vulnerable to remote hackers.
  • Airline cargo bosses remain in positive mood

    Oct 27, 2017 — Airline cargo bosses are in an upbeat mood, with a new IATA survey suggesting a continued strong financial performance in the second half of 2017. IATA’s latest business confidence survey, conducted in early-October, asked for the opinions of airline chief financial officers and heads of cargo. Exactly 80% of respondents reported that profitability increased in year-on-year terms in the third quarter of this year – up from just 36% in the first quarter of the year.
  • 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.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

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

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

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

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

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

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • 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. Immigration and Travel Restrictions - IAM President’s Commentary and Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nov 1, 2011
  • 2011 Young Movers Conference IAM Presentation

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

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

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

    Jun 1, 2010
  • SDDC AMSA 2013 Military Summit Slides

  • SDDC Industry Day Slides - April 3, 2013

  • 2013 Euromovers Congress - Innovation and Standardization in International Moving

  • 2013 Euromovers Congress - IAM Initiatives to Protect Your Business

  • CMSA 2013 Annual Meeting Presentation - Trends in International Moving