Supply chain innovation teams, created by the Federal Maritime Commission, say a national portal could improve port performance and increase American economic competitiveness.
A report issued today by the AASHTO and the AAPA said the FAST Act has brought ports and cargo fully into the surface transportation network and has given the nation a dedicated federal freight program for the first time ever.
The London-based shipping research and consulting firm said expenses have been cut to the bone in the past two years, so increases would not be unexpected.
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Members of the planned ocean carrier alliance – Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, NYK, MOL and “K” Line – said they plan to offer 31 services, utilizing 240 vessels to call over 75 ports.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection auditors are becoming less lenient regarding trade law violations and are widening their enforcement net, partly due to pressure from Congress, which has repeatedly expressed concern about protecting domestic industry.
Ten cranes at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 at the Port of Los Angeles are being lifted higher to reach across mega-size container vessels being deployed on the transpacific shipping lane.