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The Port of Montreal, shut down since Monday morning by an employer lockout of longshoremen, will reopen for work at 8 a.m. Saturday following a compromise agreement reached Thursday evening.

The Port of Long Beach and the American Trucking Associations settled a trucking industry lawsuit against the concession requirement in the port’s clean-truck program, the port announced Monday,

Retail container traffic at the nation’s ports sank 14.6 percent in January, according to the monthly Port Tracker report released March 6 by the National Retail Federation and IHS Global Insigh

It would appear that managing infrastructure needs for bigger ships and environmental responsibility are at cross-purposes. But heading into 2018, North American ports have a plan.
 

 

Technology that provides real-time cargo location visibility gained much attention in 2017, as did tracking for containers, chassis, and other equipment. That trend is likely to continue in 2018. Here's why. 

Key north-south parties expect the positive trade pattern to continue in the year ahead, but there are challenges that could dent that forecast.
The third direct service supplements the carrier's CIMEX 6 and CIMEX 8 service.
The Port of Mobile is uptrending — this year it passed New Orleans to become the Gulf Coast's second-busiest container port in laden import containers.
Several port authorities told JOC’s Port Performance North America Conference on Wednesday that they take the threat very seriously.
William Doyle to resign from Federal Maritime Commission effective Jan. 3.
“The Receita Federal is intent on pushing the pedal of pain down this week.”
The United States is the largest market for Brazilian coffee exports.
Solid container growth at the Port of Antwerp was not enough to close the gap on rival Rotterdam that has managed to boost its transshipment business.
By 2020, hub ports in Europe can expect the vast majority of all calls to be made by ships with a capacity greater than 14,000 TEU.
Just how different carriers and their customers view the container shipping business was illustrated during an executive panel at JOC’s TPM Asia conference in Shenzhen.

It is common for US container ports to give priority to ultra-large container ships over smaller vessels in the use of their port channels.

The prioritization of ultra-large container ships at ports delays shipments by smaller container ships, and increases the risk of damage to cargo and ships. 

It is unclear, however, if lifting the Jones Act will immediately aid relief efforts in the US territory or have any consequential impact on the long-debated shipping regulation’s future.

Transporting relief goods and supplies inland is slow going due to delayed truck pick-ups.

 

Uber Freight is most comfortable concentrating on truckload.