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News, analysis, data and videos covering U.S. ports along the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast. 

Commentary

Last month, the Port of Long Beach agreed to join and partner with the Port of Los Angeles in the portwide portal — the GE Transportation Port Optimizer. The portal’s goal is to give the industry one platform to exchange data, and improve visibility and driver productivity in the process. This portal will ensure that LA-LB remains the leader in communication, innovation, and productivity.

News & Analysis

Port of Los Angeles.
10 Aug 2018
Space is so tight today in the eastbound Pacific, and ocean carriers have been so clever in managing it, that some beneficial cargo owners are paying higher than spot rates to get their shipments on vessels leaving Asia. However, there is a qualifier to that trend shippers should know about.
A chemical plant.
09 Aug 2018
US chemical producers knew a sector boom would create logistics challenges. But what they did not anticipate was other growing sectors putting extreme pressure on US trucking as well, with a huge spillover to intermodal rail.
Frontier Logistics in Charleston, South Carolina.
27 Jul 2018
Resin exporters, whose product — barring an all-out, global trade war — will likely continue to uptrend in the years ahead, have turned to the US Southeast to meet their facility needs, and there are objective reasons why they've done so.
Seahawk 2018 breakbulk international logistics
26 Jul 2018
A move of three unassembled air cooling condensers to three different construction sites added layers of complexity to an international logistics solution.
Port of Prince Rupert.
23 Jul 2018
The Northwest Seaport Alliance argues the market share loss is due to cheaper intermodal rail rates, but Prince Rupert says that is not the case — that two other factors are driving its value proposition.
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Jul 2018
The two candidates standing for election appear to have identified the correct formula concerning two leadership factors.
A wharf at the Port of Charleston.
23 Jul 2018
The latest expansion in South Carolina provides yet another data point concerning one vessel trend in North America.
18 Jul 2018
New York City and the Port of New York and New Jersey are preparing for a future of strong growth and more demanding supply chains.
17 Jul 2018
Growth at the Port of Baltimore is driving up truck turn times and forcing operational changes.
Chassis at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
13 Jul 2018
A gray chassis pool is not off the agenda, stakeholders say, but as of mid-2018 it appears to be a solution in search of a problem, for several reasons.
The Port of Los Angeles.
12 Jul 2018
It took the new management team at APL’s Pier 300 in Los Angeles only three months to improve truck turn times from the worst in the harbor to the fourth best among the 12 terminals. And they accomplished it by deploying a "customer focus/consumer focus" strategy.
A warehouse in the United States.
10 Jul 2018
Shippers that use the Port of New York and New Jersey may find that Syracuse offers an attractive option once a rail-linked inland port is built. But will its lower rent offset higher logistics costs?
The Port of New York and New Jersey with the Statue of Liberty.
05 Jul 2018
The port is attracting new business — aided by two infrastructure improvements and stronger international demand. But the situation, like so many trade sectors, is fluid: a trade war would likely affect the bullish trend.
Port of Los Angeles.
28 Jun 2018
US ports can follow the lead of West Coast ports, which have developed a smart strategy to prepare several weeks in advance for sudden surges or drops in cargo volumes.
Union Pacific Railroad in California.
27 Jun 2018
Yusen Terminals in Los Angeles, where Union Pacific is adjusting to a consolidation of shipments from the three former lines that formed the Ocean Network, is a major focus of the railroad’s attention.
A truck hauing cargo at the Port of Los Angeles.
26 Jun 2018
There are still differences of opinion among stakeholders regarding the equity of the proposed system for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Two trucks at the Port of Los Angeles.
26 Jun 2018
Beneficial cargo owners and truckers in Southern California have experienced only spot chassis shortages, and given current import projections, this condition should continue through the peak season. However, store-door contracts that designate the use of specific intermodal equipment provider chassis are still an issue, and this condition could worsen if non-vessel operating common carriers expand their use of door contracts with chassis clauses.
Chassis at the South Carolina Ports Authority.
22 Jun 2018
The two port authorities believe the pool will solve two chassis problems — eliminate the chassis shortage and provide the highest-quality chassis. But they also warn beneficial cargo owners that this won’t be an overnight fix.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
21 Jun 2018
Two proposals moving forward at the Port of New York and New Jersey to cut truck moves and curb pollution would provide alternative routes for shippers moving cargo to or from Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island by rail.
Port of Oakland at dawn.
20 Jun 2018
SSA Marine’s 24-year lease extension in Oakland will open the door to increased investments in marine terminal and related infrastructure improvements that beneficial cargo owners should see reflected in more efficient operations at Oakland’s largest container terminal.
14,000-TEU CMA CGM, at Bayonne Bridge.
18 Jun 2018
Despite concerns that the intense bursts of cargo exchange triggered by mega-ship calls could stress port resources and systems, the port has seen no notable increase in congestion, terminal-gate truck backups, or chassis access problems after the raising of the Bayonne Bridge.
Port of Savannah.
11 Jun 2018
Keeping these projects funded and on schedule is important because beneficial cargo owners want to put their supply chains in markets ready for the future of ocean transportation — and that means being ready for mega-ships.
The Port of Los Angeles.
07 Jun 2018
The Port of Los Angeles’ fiscal 2018-2019 budget emphasizes the expansion of marine terminals and supporting infrastructure, as well as technology advancements to improve cargo-handling efficiency.
Port of Charleston, South Carolina.
07 Jun 2018
The Port of Charleston received $49 million for dredging this year, less than the $90 million it sought. However, beneficial cargo owners do not have to worry because South Carolina will provide a $50 million bridge loan, and the $558 million project is still on track to be complete in early 2021.
Port of New York and New Jersey Bayonne.
04 Jun 2018
Some shippers that send cargo through the Port of New York and New Jersey may take comfort from a federal judge’s ruling that the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor will continue to fight crime and oversee hiring in the port. Other shippers may be concerned that commission’s activities will continue, and hurt hiring and efficiency.
The Port of Virginia at sunset.
31 May 2018
The Port of Virginia has scored a major victory to deepen its harbor to 55 feet and make the location one of the most attractive on the US East Coast for beneficial cargo owners.
Port of Long Beach at sunset.
31 May 2018
Via frequent outreach to truckers, beneficial cargo owners, and railroads — including a culture change — Total Terminals International has gone from having the worst truck turn times at the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach to becoming one of the more efficient terminals.
A toy story in New York, United States.
28 May 2018
As with many other consumer industries, it’s not that the toy industry pie is shrinking, it’s merely being split differently.
Flat-panel television sets in a US store.
28 May 2018
After a robust 2017, another strong year for electronics imports to the United States is likely in 2018, given the iPhone/smartphone era and the utility of apps. And only an all-out China/US trade war would slow that trend.
Kansas, United States wheat field.
28 May 2018
Strong demand from emerging market countries points to another good year for US foodstuffs in 2018, but like so much of the US trade picture, political variables — including trade war/tariff tensions with key destination markets — may affect sales.
Big-ticket appliances.
28 May 2018
In 2017, US imports of household goods jumped as home projects and construction soared on economic strength, and the outlook calls for continued growth in 2018.
The Port of Oakland.
24 May 2018
The Oakland Portal that the Northern California port launched Thursday will help beneficial cargo owners, terminal operators, truckers, and other port users share shipment information on a single platform rather than having to access dozens of different websites.
A forest in the United States.
24 May 2018
US forest product and paper industry exports have rebounded, aided by eased environmental regulations.
Port of Long Beach-Pierpass facility.
22 May 2018
Importers who pick up cargo during the day favor the prospective flat fee structure, as they would pay less. Importers who pick up cargo at night, who currently don’t pay the traffic mitigation fee (TMF), and would pay more, oppose the new PierPass 2.0 program. Meanwhile, terminals argue they can’t operate extended gates without compensation, and beneficial cargo owners and truckers want greater terminal TMF transparency.
Port of Virginia.
22 May 2018
The Port of Virginia has been experiencing glitches with its new Navis N4 software in the Virginia International Gateway terminal. Fortunately, there has not been a major disruption for beneficial cargo owners but it is creating an inconvenience for truckers.