Nippon Express expands rail, air services to Europe

Nippon Express plans “free movement of goods” through Eurasia “Logistics giant Nippon Express said its newly launched inter-modal services connecting Japanese ports and airports with Europe via the Eurasian rail network will be expanded to new routes in response to demand from beneficial cargo owners (BCOs). The Tokyo-listed company, one...

Capacity-strapped shippers support US truck driver apprenticeships

Is younger drivers on the road the answer to the driver shortage? “A coalition of trade groups wants Congress to advance a controversial plan that would get younger truck drivers on the road. US shippers and distributors stung by rising truck prices want Congress to pass legislation that would put...

Asia port congestion tests supply chains

Port congestion at some Asian ports is delaying cargo and has forced at least one carrier to launch a feeder service to transship at less-affected ports.   Carriers said Bangkok, Chittagong, Kolkata, and Shanghai are among the worst affected ports, with berthing delays of about a week. While part of...

Transporters End Strike at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

Transporters hauling containers to and from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) have called off their strike after local politicians wrested an assurance from the four new transporters selected by the port authority not to proceed with their work until the Supreme Court decides on a petition brought by the striking...

Workers at Major Indian Ports Plan Indefinite Strike

Workers unions plan to go on an indefinite strike at all of the 12 major ports in India on or after May 30 to press their demands. The national co-ordination committee of six federations of major port workers also decided to call for a nation-wide one-day protest strike on May...

Fog at Shanghai, Ningbo and Qingdao Ports Causes Vessel Delays

A customer advisory has been issued stating that terminals in Shanghai, Ningbo and Qingdao have been affected for some weeks by heavy winds and intense fog, causing disruptions to port operations and vessel services. The advisory notes the following conditions and delays: Shanghai: Port operations at Wai Gao Qiao and...

Santos customs officers’ strike intensifies

  The strike is increasing shipper costs, especially importer costs and those who use the Port of Santos, Brazil’s largest container port. (Above: The Port of Santos.) Photo credit: Tecon Santos. The strike by auditors with Brazil’s Receita Federal (customs office) has intensified in the past two weeks, as Sindifisco,...