This Week In Global Logistics

The Most Environmentally Advanced Terminal in the World – The Middle Harbor Project at the Port of Long Beach is combining two terminals into one large 304-acre terminal. This state-of-the-art terminal will be able to move twice as much as the older terminals in terms of containers and will cut the emissions and air pollution in half.  The lease and construction include cleaner fuel for ships, complete shoreside power, cleaner air from yard equipment, internal electric cars, and an on-dock rail system, which will be the biggest aid in cutting emissions.

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New Train Connection in Edmonton –Canadian National Railway (CN) is expanding its service to the Port of Prince Rupert in order to accommodate the growth of Alberta, one of the fastest growing industrial and consumer based economies in North America. Beginning in June, CN will add a container train connection to Edmonton and relocate its Calgary Intermodal Terminal to a larger logistics park. The new logistics park will provide Alberta fluid access to world markets as well as two prime export routes. The new facility is expected to be open in January.

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China Defends Rare Earth Export Restrictions – Earlier this week, the EU, U.S. and Japan went to the World Trade Organization (WTO) with a request to settle a dispute concerning China’s export restrictions on rare earth materials. The complainants claim that the export restriction was imposed for the sake of keeping rare earths in China for its own future use. Chinese officials have responded by stating that the rare earth restrictions have been made out of consideration for the environment and the sustainable utilization of resources, not export protection. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin states that China provides more than 90% of the global supply of rare earth minerals and some control measures needed to be adopted.

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Joint Hearing Concerning NY-NJ Port Tolls – State Legislators are holding a joint hearing on April 20 at the Center for the Arts at the College of Staten Island to examine the “lack of accountability” of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The hearing was called in response to last fall’s controversial toll hike along with internal and external audits critical of agency spending and other practices. The toll hike has already cut into the volume of containers handled by the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island because shippers are unwilling to pay the additional surcharges.

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This Week In Global Logistics

Wealthy Chinese are Spending Luxuriously – Companies and businesses around the world have reported a 2011 year-end trend of giant increases in Chinese spending on luxury goods. Research by Wang Xiaolu, deputy director of the National Economic Research Institute in China, suggests that the increased spending is a result of concealed wealth within the country’s underground economy. This hidden economy has grown significantly since China began rolling out a multi-trillion renminbi economic stimulus package in late 2008.

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NY-NJ Port Authority Shows No Tolerance for Discrimination – The newest executive director of the Port Authority for New York and New Jersey, Patrick Foye, is making diversity on the waterfront a priority. According to Waterfront Commission’s statistics of longshore workers in New York, about 85% are white and about 90% are male. This statistic contrasts with the diversity of the population in communities surrounding the ports. Foye plans to end “deliberate discrimination” by leveraging leases, and creating a solid, enforceable diversity hiring plan.

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Obama Seeks Supply Chain Security – Department of State and Homeland Security officials have been directed by President Obama to work together with state, federal, and international government agencies and private industries to discuss a national supply chain security strategy. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and criminal activity have all negatively impacted U.S. economic growth and productivity through disturbances in the international supply chain within the last decade. President Obama wishes to address these supply chain disruptions by strengthening our national and international policies accordingly.

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Cooperation Between Port of Philadelphia and Port of Klaipeda – The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Lithuania in hopes of revitalizing the Port of Philadelphia and expanding trade opportunities. The Port of Klaipeda is an ice-free port on the eastern coast of Lithuania that serves as a main shipping line to ports in Western Europe and Southeast Asia. The MoU opens up the Philadelphia gateway to European and Asian trade through Klaipeda.

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