Tuesday, April 05, 2011
As this nation struggles back from the Great Recession, one must wonder what really is behind Big Labor’s agenda. It certainly can't be job creation.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
One must wonder why The European Commission would welcome last week’s World Trade Organization’s final case ruling on subsidies, as it clearly favors Boeing over Airbus. Still, a proud face was put up by the EU members, who maintain that Boeing has received subsidies in the past and continues to receive them today.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
While looking at mainstream media news sites today, an item in The New York Times caught quickly caught my attention. Maybe it caught your attention, too. Here is the headline: “Obama to Set Goal of One-Third Cut in Oil Imports.”
Posted on 03/30 at 11:53 AM
Diesel Prices •
It is unfortunate indeed, that a populist movement seems necessary now to advance a trade agenda that should be led by the Obama Administration.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The International Air Transport Association today announced scheduled international traffic for February 2011 showing increases of 2.3 percent for cargo demand compared to February 2010.
Monday, March 28, 2011
While many of the major Western nations are presently united in a military effort to wipe out terrorism in the Middle East and East Africa, there’s been an ongoing “lack of will” to enforce the same vigilance when it comes to ocean piracy.
Friday, March 25, 2011
New market intelligence on Japan is being made available to shippers this week.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
A few weeks ago, Congress signed off on extending funding for federal highway and transit funding through September 30, the end of the fiscal year. This multiple month extension was the seventh of its kind, albeit the lengths have differed for each one.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Words cannot describe the human and emotional impacts of the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami, and the still-unfolding nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Nearly half a million people have been displaced, forced to find shelter from the snow and freezing temperatures, and the death toll—currently estimated to be 6,911—continues to climb with more than 10,000 people still missing.
Posted on 03/21 at 12:13 PM
As President Obama completes his trip to Brazil, Chile and El Salvador, U.S. manufacturers are urging his administration to move forward on a the pending free trade agreement with Colombia.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
In the previous Oil & Fuel column, I explained that throughout 2010 and early 2011 tight diesel markets had been pressuring the price of crude in much the same way that they did during the 2008 price run. My intention was to write a follow-up article this month that compared the factors underpinning tight diesel markets then and now. However, the rising turmoil in the oil-rich Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has taken the markets by surprise, and thus deserves attention.
Posted on 03/15 at 01:44 PM
Diesel Prices •
Monday, March 14, 2011
While most of the world’s focus was on Japan’s response to its earthquake and related crisis, trade experts were quietly working behind the scenes in Washington last week to establish a long-term strategy for rebuilding that country’s economy.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
When I am asked what the big topic in the industries LM covers is these days, there is no surprise of late. It is a one word answer: fuel. How could it really be anything else at this point? If you need more proof, look at the past two weeks of diesel price increases from the Energy Information Administration. They both check in around the 15-cent mark. Ouch.
Friday, March 04, 2011
Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve released the most recent edition of its “Beige Book,” which tracks economic activity. This edition covers the period from January 3-February 18. A look at the results seems to be in line with many other economic indices, many of which have the same theme. That theme being something like this: “things are moving at a slow and steady pace, with cautious signs of improvement.”
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Something we don't often recognize is how much the Internet has joined steamships, railroads, aircraft, trucks, and pipelines as a primary mode of transport. Indeed, for a steadily expanding range of digitized products and services, the Internet is now the preferred delivery mode