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LOGISTICS REPORT  By Paul Page  3/22/2017 Concerns over price-fixing in shipping are spreading just as global container lines are preparing to line up in powerful new alliances. The U.S. Justice Department effectively disclosed an investigation into the liner companies, the WSJ’s Costas Paris reports, by crashing a meeting of top industry executives and issued subpoenas
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By Clarissa Hawes March 27, 2017 Trucking companies have until April 6 to comply with the training provision of the FDA’s Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule, but with less than two weeks before the compliance date, the federal agency has yet to post its digital training course. As part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization
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“Cargo moving through Port Houston facilities is off to a solid start,” Executive Director Roger Guenther announced today during the March meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Terminals owned and operated by Port Houston handled a cumulative total of 5.7 million tons of cargo, reflecting a three percent increase compared
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By Alex Lennane 20/3/2017 Air freight rates are soaring out of Asia to Europe and the US west coast, with Bangladesh to Europe seeing particularly high demand, forwarders have told The Loadstar. Tight capacity, plus shippers looking to meet end-of-quarter numbers, are said to be behind the market growth. The ready-made garment sector has increased
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By Alexander Whiteman 21/03/2017 US exporters and their freight forwarders are likely to come under increased regulatory scrutiny after Florida-based freight forwarder Access USA Shipping confessed to export violations. The company was ordered to pay $27m in fines following an admission to the US department of commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) that it had committed
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Asianshipper / OOCL charters 8 mega ships ahead of joining the Ocean Alliance HONG Kong’s Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) chartered eight large containerships in February in readiness of joining the Ocean Alliance on April 1. The chartered vessels include three new 11,000-TEU vessels, which have been fixed for 6-12 months at US$18,000 per day. The
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By Mike Wackett 20/03/2017 The new alliance networks will offer faster transit times between Asia and North Europe’s major hubs, but only at the expense of extended voyage times to secondary ports, according to new analysis from Drewry Maritime Advisors. Drewry’s analysis of the pro-forma schedules published by the 2M+HMM, Ocean and THE alliances for 1
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By Lu Bingyang and Coco Feng (Beijing) — China’s state-owned train maker has started work on a plant in Chicago, a year after clinching a $1.3 billion contract to supply rail cars to the Chicago Transit Authority. CRRC Corp. Ltd.’s American branch held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for its 45-acre manufacturing facility in Chicago’s
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By Mike Wackett 15/03/2017 Could yet another rate war on the Asia-Europe westbound trade be round the corner, as the three alliances prepare for battle over market share next month? According to data from Alphaliner, from 1 April, the 2M+HMM (including Hamburg Sud), the Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance will offer 17 weekly strings between Asia and
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Spanish Port Strikes Set for March

Port workers are set to strike for nine days in March after Spain’s cabinet passed a draft law to liberalise the hiring of port labour. The planned overhaul would allow companies to hire their own personnel instead of unionised staff, with proponents claiming the current dynamics allow union workers to earn up to 50% more
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