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

Bulk and breakbulk ports get back to basics

Posted 07/01 · 09:23 AM · LM Editorial
While North America’s great ocean cargo gateways are heavily reliant on containerized throughput, major and minor ports alike are not letting go of their bulk and breakbulk operations. Indeed, many of them are coming to regard this basic piece of their portfolio as a value-added service.

Viewpoint: Shippers in for a bumpy ride

Posted 07/01 · 08:07 AM · LM Editorial
I’m not sure who said it, but it’s one of my favorite lines when it comes to putting the current market environment into perspective: You don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.

Ocean Cargo: Night gate fee raise postponed at Ports of LA/Long Beach

Posted 07/01 · 07:05 AM · LM Editorial
Responding to shipper concerns, the West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) announced it will postpone until August 1 its planned adjustment to the Traffic Mitigation Fee at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

U.S. seaports manage change on their own

Posted 07/01 · 06:38 AM · LM Editorial
The Port of Long Beach, which has been promoting free market solutions to address air pollution concerns for some time, is celebrating the nation’s Independence Day weekend by closing an irksome contractual loophole

Transportation pricing trends - July 2011

Posted 07/01 · 06:27 AM · LM Editorial
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Global Trade: Fedex issues positive perspective

Posted 06/23 · 09:22 AM · LM Editorial
In its fourth quarter earnings report, Fedex explained its 6 percent y-t-d improvement on strong yield improvement in all transportation segments, as well as volume growth of ground and international express shipments.

Ocean cargo: Port of San Francisco concentrates on bulk

Posted 06/21 · 08:16 AM · LM Editorial
The Port of San Francisco, which ceded major container operations to its cross-bay rival, the Port of Oakland, many years ago, is getting back to basics.

Ocean cargo: Shippers are getting the attention they deserve

Posted 06/17 · 11:50 AM · LM Editorial
As many leading ocean carrier executives have noted recently, sharper shipper expectations are driving disruptive change in the industry

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.

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