The 2009 navigation season is set to open on March 31st for the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway. Mark your calendar if you are interested in attending the opening ceremony at St. Lambert Lock to be held on the first day of operations March 31st. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the official opening of […]
The fourth annual roundtable hosted by the Truth about Trade & Technology (TATT) is tentatively scheduled for October 13-14th, 2009 in Des Moines, Iowa. TATT is a non-profit advocacy group led by American farmers who support free trade and biotechnology. If you are interested in attending you must submit the nomination form by Monday, June 1st, […]
A conference you won’t want to miss if you’re involved in the transportation industry. Many experts of the commodities and logistics field will be attending this very vital conference in New Orleans April 28-30th, 2009. Representatives from the ports, stevedores, transportation companies, commodity producers, importers, exporters, port authorities, and customs brokers will be taking part. […]
Marine terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are reporting that most import cargo is being properly claimed using PortCheck. However, export cargo is experiencing delays. Cargo must be claimed with PortCheck. “Exporters” are urged to claim their cargo with PortCheck to avoid delays and being turned away at the gate.
What does declining world trade look like? As trade volume falls, carriers are reducing capacity by idling their ships hoping to minimize losses. These photos taken over Singapore illustrate the cargo ship parking lot that results.
Choosing the right container service for your exports can take a little research and some of the lesser known niche shipping lines may offer better or faster service than some of their larger competition. If you’re shipping to Turkey, here’s one to consider: Turkon America Line, offering weekly sailings between the US and Turkey with quick […]
What is a Marine Surveyor and what role do they play in International Shipping? Marine Surveyors are third parties hired to ensure a smooth and safe movement of goods. A surveyor can observe and document many different aspects of your shipment and more importantly they can protect your interests should any legal disputes arise. Several […]
Do you ship to or from China? There are new customs procedures that can prevent the loading or offloading of your cargo. On January 1st, 2009 a new regulation for Advance Manifest Transmission called “China Customs Advance Manifest” (CCAM) takes effect. This regulation applies to all import, export and transshipped cargo via any China Mainland port […]
The State Department has adopted a policy of “denial with certain exceptions” regarding arms exports for the security firm EP Investments, LLC or EPI, (a/k/a Blackwater). While the Department recognizes Blackwater’s recent creation of its Export Compliance Committee and will work with them allowing certain exceptions to be made, the “presumption of denial” is necessary […]
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are instituting a Clean Trucks Program to improve the port environment. JCPenny and Pacer have begun taking steps to comply with the program with delivery of clean diesel Kenworth tractors to replace older trucks in their fleets. If you operate trucks around these terminals, you need to […]