Unitrans Global Logistics Newsletter | Edition 73 | April 24, 2017
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In Edition 73:
> Congestion at the Port of Shanghai
> Indian Dockworker Strike Postponed
> 2016 Annual USDA APHIS Report
> Offshore Technology Conference 2017
> Hydrogen Fueled Trucks to Debut at Port of LA

Links of the Week

Rotterdam Boosts Container Throughput

Taiwan's Largest Port Takes on New Tech

Cordero to run Port of Long Beach as Executive Director

Unitrans Newsroom

Congestion at the Port of Shanghai

Congestion is causing logistical delays at the Port of Shanghai, one of the busiest ports in the world. The congestion is reportedly due to a number of factors, one of which is the shift in cargo due to the new ocean carrier alliances. With the recent changes in carrier alliances, some containers must be transferred to a different vessel which is causing disruption in container yards. As a result, vessels are having to wait in order to berth at terminals. Reports state that the average vessel wait time is ranging between 1.5 and three days. Due to this, there is now a backlog of vessels in the outer harbor. Weather and overbooked vessels are also contributing to the delays. If you have shipment-specific questions, please contact your local Unitrans International, an Ascent Global Logistics Company, representative.

Indian Dockworker Strike Postponed

On Monday, April 17, trade unions representing Indian dockworkers met with officials from the Ministry of Labor and decided to postpone the previously reported strike until May 12, 2017 to allow additional time for negotiations. Labor groups representing dockworkers employed at public ports are pressing for changes in the Major Port Authorities Bill 2016. Workers fear this bill will result in a loss of jobs and social security. According to Hapag-Lloyd the proposed strikes could impact the ports of Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Kandla and Mormugao.

2016 Annual USDA APHIS Report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has released its annual Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) report to provide the trade community with updated information about its progress to protect and streamline the global trade of agriculture. Below are some interesting facts from the report:

  • In 2016, PPQ inspected and cleared nearly 62 million boxes of fruits and vegetables before they were exported to the U.S.
  • A total of 19 countries participate in PPQ's preclearance program (The program works to prevent the movement of potentially harmful pests to the U.S. It also benefits importers as precleared commodities may pass through U.S. ports without delay.)
  • PPQ is currently working with countries around the world to build a global electronic phytosanitary certificate exchange system.
  • In 2016, PPQ and its partners issued more than 650,000 export certificates (PPQ maintains a nationwide team of Export Certification Specialists who inspect and certify plants and plant products being shipped to markets overseas, making sure U.S. exports meet the importing country's requirements.)

Read the entire PPQ report here.

Offshore Technology Conference 2017

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will be held May 1-4 in Houston, Texas. OTC is the largest event in the world for the oil and gas industry featuring more than 2,300 exhibitors with attendees from 100 countries. Learn more about the event on their website here.

Hydrogen Fueled Trucks to Debut at Port of LA

On Wednesday, April 19, Toyota revealed "Project Portal" a new hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy duty truck use at the Port of Los Angeles. "We're honored to be Toyota's test lab," said Tony Gioiello, deputy executive director at the Port of Los Angeles. "Ultimately, our hope is in the coming years Toyota demonstrates the viability of this technology and helps us make the zero-emissions truck viable in the marketplace here at the nation's largest port complex." The new truck's electric motor is powered by hydrogen fuel cells that emits only water vapor and can travel up to 200 miles on one 20-minute charge. "Hydrogen is the lightest element on Earth, it's very abundant," said Craig Scott, Toyota's national manager of advanced technologies. "Landfill waste can easily be turned into hydrogen." Read more here.

International Holiday Calendar

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