The latest news and insight on the current state of U.S. Ports, including infrastructure investment, new services, labor issues, and global trade volumes.

West Coast MTO Agreement Releases Statement on VGM Weighing Procedures

Posted 04/04 · 03:27 PM · LM Editorial
The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) announced today that all 13 member terminals are incapable of providing verified gross mass (VGM) weighing services that adhere to the SOLAS guidelines scheduled to go into effect on July 1.

Will the era of “mega vessels” be short lived?

Posted 04/04 · 08:24 AM · LM Editorial
Analysts for the London-based consultancy, Drewry Maritime Advisors, say that the trend of “big ship obsession” may soon come to an end.

Port of Long Beach forecasts growth

Posted 04/01 · 04:01 PM · LM Editorial
At the 12th annual “Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast,” panelists stated that cargo growth should continue through 2016 even though uncertainty remains as the economy and industry continue to evolve.

An uptick for air cargo, while ocean remains flat

Posted 03/28 · 04:16 PM · LM Editorial
In what amounts to something of a reversal of fortune, shipper confidence in the air cargo sector appears to be gaining on that of ocean freight.

Ocean cargo supply chains were more secure in 2015, says study

Posted 03/24 · 09:03 AM · LM Editorial
Shipping losses continue their long-term downward trend with 85 total losses reported worldwide in 2015, according to the Allianz Global Corporated & Specialty (AGCS) fourth annual Safety and Shipping Review 2016.

Port of Oakland February loaded import volume surged 89.7 percent

Posted 03/23 · 10:21 AM · LM Editorial
Full import containers through the Port of Oakland leaped 89.7 percent in February 2016 compared to the same month last year, demonstrating that the gateway continues its cargo recovery from the contract dispute extending to 2015.

There’s no time to waste on West Coast port contract talks

Posted 03/15 · 04:16 PM · LM Editorial
A broad coalition of shippers and other supply chain stakeholders are appealing to West Coast dockside labor and management to begin early discussions on either a contract extension or a new contract with the goal to conclude negotiations before the current contract expires on June 30, 2019.
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New player in the freight-bill factoring field emerges

Posted 03/10 · 05:24 PM · LM Editorial
Express Freight Finance, an independent factoring company specializing in transportation clients, has recently launched its freight-bill factoring services for truck fleets, owner-operators, and freight brokers nation-wide.

A cargo-centric view on Cuba is needed says AfA

Posted 03/04 · 09:19 AM · LM Editorial
The Airforwarders Association, representing 360 companies and more than 300,000 employees who move air cargo through the supply chain, today urges the U.S. Department of Transportation to assign routes to U.S. passenger air carriers that currently offer air cargo service.

SSA Marine Terminals handle ocean cargo mega vessels with aplomb

Posted 03/02 · 05:31 PM · LM Editorial
The three ports that hosted the largest container ship ever to call on a North American port this past week all had one thing in common – Seattle-based SSA Marine handled the cargo.

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