This Week In Global Logistics

Port of Portland LogoPort of Portland Offers Incentive Payments to Ocean Carriers – The Port of Portland has authorized incentive payments to Hanjin Shipping Co. and other ocean cargo carriers as a final bid to keep them calling at the port. The port will pay $20 per container moved through Portland, plus $25 a container for each increase in the number they transport beyond predetermined levels, up to a total of $4 million for the one-year program. The incentive program has been presented and Hanjin’s decision is expected in five to eight days.

Read more from Oregon Live.

Port of Los Angeles to Improve Drayage Conditions – The Port of Los Angeles is going to start construction on two major roadway projects to make the Harbor Area safer and easier for cargo drayage vehicles to navigate. Construction will begin this month and extend through fall 2016.

Read more from Logistics Management.

New Cargo Clearance Policy in Nigeria – The newly introduced Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) has helped to facilitate cargo clearance at seaports and border posts. Chieftain of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has said that genuine freight forwarders now clear their cargo within stipulated time at a lesser cost.

Read more from Nigeria Trade Hub.

White House Bans Trade of Ivory – The White House has banned all commercial imports of African elephant ivory, including antiques, as well as all commercial exports. The law is motivated by a high demand for ivory in Asia and the Middle East.

Read more from Daily Nation.

This Week In Global Logistics

Radio Frequency Identification TagNY-NJ to Implement RFID Tag Program – The Port of New York and New Jersey’s new program will require radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags on all trucks serving container terminals beginning August 19th. The program requires truckers to register under the port authority’s drayage truck registry in addition to verifying compliance with clean-air requirements.

Read more from Journal of Commerce.

Sri Lanka Plans Port Expansion Project – Sri Lanka’s Colombo port is due to undergo a $400 million expansion that aims to transform the island into a regional trading hub. The expansion will enable the port to double port capacity and accept mega-ships.

Read more from ABC News.

Freight Train Makes First Journey from China to Europe – The first freight train to complete a journey from China to Europe arrived in Hamburg, Germany this week carrying 51 containers. The 15 day route goes through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland and finally Germany.

Read more from Journal of Commerce.

Miami to Receive New Post-Panamax Cranes – The Port of Miami is due to receive four new Super Post-Panamax cranes in September. The port will now have six Super Post-Panamax cranes and will be the only port south of Norfolk, Virginia able to accommodate post-panamax vessels.

Read more from The Maritime Executive.

What is Drayage?

dray·age  (drā′ĭj) 

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Definition – transporting goods a short distance via ground freight or the charge for such a transport. In freight forwarding, drayage is typically used to describe the trucking service from an ocean port to a rail ramp, warehouse, or other destination. 

History – The word drayage originally stems from the term dray, a low cart without fixed sides that is used for carrying heavy loads a short distance. Although a dray is defined as a cart historically, a dray may be any vehicle used to transport heavy loads a short distance, such as a truck or sled.

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This Week in Global Logistics

close up of shipping containerPollution Declines at Port of Los Angeles – Elemental carbon levels at the Port of Los Angeles have fallen by 55% since 2006.  This measurement is seen as a key indicator of diesel fuel pollution and the improvement is attributed to the Clean Air Action Plan measures taken at both the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Read more from the Port of Los Angeles.

Hydrogen Station – First of Its Kind The first ever public hydrogen station connected to an active pipeline has opened in Torrance, California.  The station, which doesn’t require truck delivery of its fuel, will mainly serve the test fleets of Toyota, Mercedes, and other car companies developing hydrogen technologies.  One major advantage of hydrogen fuel is the complete lack of exhaust emissions during use.  However, the ability to deliver hydrogen to consumers remains a major hurdle.

Read more from Wired.

Chassis Shift a Slow Process Ocean carriers’ decision to stop providing chassis has proven to be a slow process.  While some steamship lines have been more decisive, many have only dropped the service at smaller ports or delayed implementation of their plans.  The transportation industry will be watching closely to see how this situation develops.

Read more from the JOC.

Fight Over Trucking Labor Continues – Organizations including the National Retail Federation and the California Trucking Association are lobbying California’s lawmakers to reject a proposal that could ban owner-operator truckers serving California ports.  Labor groups are in favor of the bill and feel that these truckers are not independent contractors and should therefore be allowed to be organized by unions.  The effects of this and similar legislation can substantially impact the makeup of the entire drayage industry.

Read more from DC Velocity.

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