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

Exports are still bright spot for California

Posted 06/10 · 07:36 AM · LM Editorial
Despite recent signs of a slackening pace of global economic growth, California exporters turned in another impressive performance in April with shipments totaling $12.88 billion, a gain of 14.4 percent over the same month last year, according to an analysis by Beacon Economics of foreign trade data released this week by the U.S. Commerce Department.

“The Turbulent ‘10s” will have profound impact on ocean shipping

Posted 06/09 · 08:59 AM · LM Editorial
While labor costs and “green” initiatives may be making West Coast ports less dominant in the coming years, they are hardly at risk, said a prominent industry analyst.

IWLA calls pending California legislation a “job killer”

Posted 06/09 · 07:30 AM · LM Editorial
Proposed legislation in California that would make that state’s ports less competitive with other Pacific Rim and Gulf ports is being opposed by The International Warehouse Logistics Association

BTS reports Freight TSI falls 1.0 percent from March to April

Posted 06/08 · 11:40 AM · LM Editorial
The BTS said that the April Freight TSI at 107.5 is up 14.0 percent from the recent low of 94.3 in April 2009, which was its lowest level since July 1997. April’s Freight TSI is down 5.1 percent from its historic peak of 113.3 in January 2005.

PierPass raises fee at ports of LA/Long Beach

Posted 06/07 · 03:31 PM · LM Editorial
In a move to contain costs and sustain service, the West Coast MTO Agreement announced it will raise the current Traffic Mitigation Fee at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Ocean cargo carriers can take nothing for granted

Posted 06/07 · 01:27 PM · LM Editorial
The tired old cliché, “thinking outside the box,” takes on new meaning when invoked by the world’s leading container shipping company

Drayage companies owe Port of LA money

Posted 06/07 · 11:12 AM · LM Editorial
Port of Los Angeles spokesmen said that half a dozen motor carriers are now being investigated for not honoring contracts providing cash incentives for the operation of “clean trucks.”
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Trucking towards a double-dip? Batter up!

Posted 06/03 · 01:26 PM · LM Editorial
I don’t know what is harder: figuring out what the economy is doing or hitting a curve ball? While I was a decent enough hitter growing up, I did not see too many breaking balls. But given all the noise about which way the economy is moving, I may be heading back to the batting cages.

Port City Is vital chronicle of S.F. waterfront

Posted 05/27 · 09:23 AM · LM Editorial
The San Francisco Heritage Foundation maintains that Port City (by Michael Corbett; San Francisco Architectural Heritage, 248 pages; $65.00) represents a first in terms of providing a comprehensive story of the Port of San Francisco.

Ports and shippers must remain vigilant

Posted 05/26 · 07:32 AM · LM Editorial
While supply chain velocity is always a shipper concern, cargo security remains one of the highest priorities for seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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