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.

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Port Manatee logoBerth Project at Port Manatee Awarded $6.4 Million – Port Manatee has been awarded $6.4 million in state funding for a berth enhancement project.  The port is positioning themselves for growth due to their close proximity to the expanding Panama Canal.

Read more from The Maritime Executive.

Port of LA Eliminates The ICF – The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissions has voted in favor of eliminating the Infrastructure Cargo Fee (ICF). The fee was approved in 2008 to help finance major rail, highway and bridge improvement projects but was never implemented.

Read more from Supply Chain Management Review.

Colombia and Panama Sign FTA – Colombia has signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Panama after 3 years of negotiations. The agreement formalizes $2.8 billion in annual commerce, establishing measures to limit the traffic of contraband across the border into Colombia.

Read more from Colombia Reports.

Port of Vancouver Begins Second Phase of Rail Entrance Project – The Port of Vancouver has begun the second phase of a $38 million rail entrance project which will be built in four phases. The project is expected to be completed by 2015 and will improve the port’s ability to transport products for U.S. companies.

Read more from RT&S.

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Shanghai Free Trade ZoneFTZ Approved in Shanghai – China’s State Council has approved the setup of a pilot free trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai.  This will be the first free trade zone in mainland China and is seen as an important policy move by the Chinese government.

Read more from Journal of Commerce.

Port of Beirut sees Surge in Container Traffic – Lebanon’s Port of Beirut has seen a surge in container traffic due to the 2 ½ year civil war in neighboring Syria. Traders are doing their best to avoid risky overland transit and have severely congested the port.

Read more from Bloomberg.

Port of Liverpool Upgrades Infrastructure – The Gladstone lock and adjacent container terminal at the Port of Liverpool are being upgraded ahead of plans for the Port’s new deep water container terminal, Liverpool2.  When both projects are completed in 2015, the Port’s current container capacity will be doubled.

Read more from Journal of Commerce.

Port of LA to Improve Yang Ming Terminal – The Port of Los Angeles is initiating the environmental review process as the first step in Yang Ming’s plan to enhance their terminal facilities. The Taiwanese marine transport company plans to build a new wharf, expand the West Basin Intermodal Container Facility and deepen its berth to accommodate 14,000 TEU vessels and increase cargo volume.

Read more from Port of Los Angeles.

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Whale tailNew Shipping Lanes off California Coast – New shipping lanes have been developed for vessels traveling to California ports to protect endangered whales from ship collisions. The new lanes change the routes of ships using the San Francisco Bay, the Santa Barbara Channel, and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Vessels will begin using these new traffic lanes this weekend.

Read more from Washington Post

Port of LA Implements New Energy Plan – The Port of Los Angeles has announced the development of an Energy Management Action Plan (E-MAP). The plan is designed to improve the port’s energy efficiency by assessing the port’s existing and future power demands.

Read more from Port of Los Angeles

Port of Virginia Schedules Closure on June 12th – The Port of Virginia has scheduled a 4-hour shut down to address the details of the new labor contract with union employees. Hampton Roads Shipping Association is sponsoring the event in conjunction with local leaders of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA).

Read more from Pilot Online

Port of LA Signs MoU with Hamburg Port Authority – The Port of Los Angeles has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hamburg Port Authority. The 5-year agreement paves the way for increased cooperation and partnership.

Read more from Port of Los Angeles

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electricityPort of LA/LB to Power Ships with Electricity – The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will be powering ships with electricity to cut down on air pollution by the end of the year. Shore power, also known as alternative marine power (AMP), will cut air pollution from ships at berth by 95%.

Read more from Environmental Leader

EU Funds Anti-Piracy Program – The European Union (EU) has allocated €37 million for a program to strengthen the fight against piracy in African countries. The Regional Maritime Security program will help develop the legal and judicial systems of countries in the region to aid in the arrest and transportation of pirates.

Read more from Journal of Commerce

Truckers Strike in Kenya – Kenyan truckers have gone on strike and blocked the only highway from Mombasa to Nairobi, the main trade artery to east Africa. Truckers are protesting the new method of weighing trucks per axle and will not open the road until the government agrees to revert to the old system of weighing by gross weight.

Read more from Yahoo! News

India Signs MoU with China – India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China in order to address the trade imbalance between the two countries. The MoU addresses buffalo meat, fisheries and pharmaceuticals, as well as feed and feed ingredients.

Read more from Journal of Commerce

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