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China’s COVID-19 Measures and How They Impact Port Activity

Stephanie 3/14/2022 5:48:34 PM

With China locking down the port city of Shenzhen on Sunday in hopes of reducing a COVID-19 spread, Seko Logistics warned clients that the measure will impact the delivery of products from that region. Seko’s COVID-19 advisory note on Sunday explained that because of the weeklong lockdown in Shenzhen, “no cargo will be able to load in Yantian … and vessels most likely will omit the port.” But on Monday afternoon, Seko issued a corrected advisory. “We have been advised that Yanti....
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Port Houston sees huge bump in steel cargo

Stephanie 2/21/2022 1:13:36 PM

Port Houston’s steel cargo exports recorded a 1,874% year-over-year increase in January to 21,992 tons. Imports of steel at the port recorded a 176% year-over-year increase to 440,883 tons. The year-over-year increased demand is part of the global steel industry’s rebound in construction and manufacturing.  General imports during January increased by 61% year-over-year to 668,126 tons, and container imports increased 22% to 2.5 million tons. Port Houston also moved a total of 3....
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Trans-Pacific shipping lane targeted as green corridor

Stephanie 1/28/2022 7:16:56 PM

In the attempt to transition to zero-carbon-fueled ships by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ports of Shanghai and Los Angeles have come together, hand in hand. This partnership is focused on phasing out fossil fuel-powered vessels and ramping up adoption of low- and zero-carbon fuel ships and technologies through the 2020s. The partnership aims to improve air quality in and around the port cities of Los Angeles and Shanghai while reducing emissions from port operations. It w....
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U.S borders to close off on unvaccinated Canadian, Mexican truck drivers

Stephanie 1/21/2022 4:55:58 PM

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S will close its borders to unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Canadian and Mexican truck drivers. This new regulation is as a result of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protect public health while “safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy”. This regulation was presented back in October and is to be applied to all foreign essential workers.    “The border COVID-18....
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Congestion and Bottleneck Problems are Worsening

Stephanie 1/17/2022 1:55:59 PM

  Alan Murphy, CEO of Sea-Intelligence, warned this week: “It seems that there is no sign of imminent improvement”. The trans-Pacific cargo move can now take up to three months to be imported. Transit times have now doubled pre-COVID numbers and they continue to increase.  Flexport launched their very own Ocean Timeliness Indicator in early December which uses data back from March of 2019, measuring the time from the cargo-ready date at the exporters’ gate to the date when products ....
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Gebrüder Weiss offers ‘zero-emissions’ ocean, air service

Stephanie 1/14/2022 7:20:33 PM

“Lauterach, Austria-based transportation and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss on Thursday announced a carbon-neutral service for North American customers transporting goods via ocean or air.   Gebrüder Weiss called it a zero-emissions service because “customers have the opportunity to fully compensate for the CO2 emissions generated during the transport of their cargo,” Mark McCullough, CEO at Gebrüder Weiss USA, told FreightWaves.   Customers’ emissions are calculated using t....
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