May 2018

Brazil Truck Driver Strike

On May 21, 2018, truck drivers in Brazil went on strike. The truck drivers are blocking roads and highways, which has led to closures across the country including some airports and ports. Transit and lead times for goods passing through Brazil will be affected. The duration of the strike is unknown. FedEx Trade Networks will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional information as it becomes available. [+]

CN investing in 1,000 new generation grain hopper cars

Canadian National Railroad (CN) announced plans to acquire 1,000 new generation high-cube grain hopper cars over the next two years to rejuvenate the aging equipment needed to serve increasing annual crop yields. “This substantial investment in higher capacity payload hopper cars, with up to 10% more capacity than the older generation, ... [+]

ContainerLINK™ App for Carrier Transicold Container Refrigeration

Much lighter than 10 pounds of service manuals and far easier to use, thanks to its built-in search functionality, the new ContainerLINK™ app for tablets and smartphones is now available for Carrier Transicold container service personnel. The app puts a wealth of technical and troubleshooting information into the hands of ... [+]

Maersk Line expands presence between Canada and Europe

Maersk Line, the world’s largest shipping company, announced on May 23rd the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe’s Mediterranean region and Canada to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic. The new service offers direct calls to Montreal and Halifax, upgrading ... [+]

Port of Oakland online shipping platform goes live

A one-stop, online gateway to the Port of Oakland is now live. The Port’s new tech platform, called the Oakland Portal, provides a single point of entry to seaport operations. It’s believed to be an industry first in the quest to digitize containerized cargo transportation. “This is what our industry is ... [+]

Turkish Cargo Broadens QEP Accreditation Network

Turkish Cargo keeps on receiving the QEP (Qualified Envirotrainer Providers) accreditation. With QEP accreditation for 14 new stations (Basel, Paris, London, Milano, Berlin, Zurich, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, New York, Miami, Toronto and Johannesburg), Envirotrainer has increased the number of accredited stations to 22. The containers of Envirotrainer, which is ... [+]

VIG Introduces New Terminal Operating System

A new, unified terminal operating system is driving the terminal data and control systems at Virginia International Gateway (VIG) following the recent, successful changeover from a system that was more than 10 years old. “Our ability to efficiently coordinate all of the operations, analyze the data and drive efficiency while ... [+]

‘Global opportunities at Port of Oakland’

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) recently announced the award of $187.4 million in 2018 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program Grants funded by Senate Bill 1 (the statewide gas tax enacted in 2017) to construct two projects of the Global Opportunities at the Port of Oakland (GoPort) Program: 7th Street Grade Separation ... [+]

New Maersk Line ‘MMX’ Service for Halterm International Container Terminal

A new Maersk Line Mediterranean – Montreal Express service is expected to call at Halterm International Container Terminal, as its last port in Canada before direct calls in Valencia (Spain), Salerno and La Spezia (Italy) finishing its eastbound calls at Fos sur Mer (France). The service commences on July 2nd, 2018, ... [+]

Port Houston added to MSC’s existing Indus service

Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther announced that Port Houston has been added to MSC’s existing Indus service. That container service, which employs nine 8,400 TEU vessels, already calls the U.S. East Coast, India, and the Middle East via the Suez Canal, and will begin calling the Bayport Container Terminal ... [+]

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