Unitrans Global Logistics Newsletter | Edition 77 | September 28, 2017
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In Edition 77:
> US Waives the Jones Act Temporarily for Puerto Rico
> China Celebrating National Holiday
> India Exporters to Comply with RFID Sealing Tags Effective Oct 1
> East Coast Ports Credit Expanded Panama Canal for Cargo Growth
> First Flight for Alaska Air Freighter
> Reefer freight rates climbing

Links of the Week

Port of Oakland Hiring at its New Cargo Facility

30 Day Journey Aboard a Cargo Ship, Time Lapse Video

Coming Home to a Shipping Container

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US Waives the Jones Act Temporarily for Puerto Rico

The White House announced early Thursday that President Trump has agreed to waive the Jones Act, which will temporarily lift shipping restrictions on Puerto Rico and enable the hurricane-ravaged island to receive necessary aid. The waiver from the shipping law, which requires American-made and -operated vessels to transport cargo between U.S. ports, will only last for 10 days and goes into effect immediately. Click here for more info.

China Celebrating National Holiday

Chinese businesses will be closed in celebration of the Chinese National Holiday, also referred to as the "Golden Week." The week-long public holiday will cause nearly all business operations to cease across most of Asia. The holiday will impact: factory production, logistics and port operations, vessel sailing schedules, import customs clearance and overall market capacity. Click here for more info.

India Exporters to Comply with RFID Sealing Tags Effective Oct 1

Beginning on October 1, 2017, India ocean consignments will no longer require to be sealed in the presence of an inspector. India exporters will need to furnish e-seal number, date of sealing, time of sealing, destination customs station for export, container number and trailer track number to the customs authorities. Container information will be accessed by an electronic reader which will allow cargo to move expeditiously and prevent unnecessary delays at ports reducing the costs of export transactions.

East Coast Ports Credit Expanded Panama Canal for Cargo Growth

It has been over a year since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal and many East Coast ports are citing the expansion as one reason for cargo growth. Savannah, Charleston, Norfolk, Philadelphia and Baltimore agree that the project has helped boost container volumes. Click here for more info.

First Flight for Alaska Air Freighter

Alaska Air Cargo has introduced its first converted Boeing 737-700 freighter to its fleet, the first aircraft of its kind in the world. It operated from Seattle to Alaska on its maiden commercial flight. Alaska Airlines vice president of airport operations and customer service, Wayne Newton, described it as a "one-of-a-kind aircraft" that marked the beginning of a new era at Alaska Airlines." Click here for more info.

Reefer Freight Rates Climbing

Demand for reefer containers have caused a rate increase by 2 percent the second quarter of this year. Pricing will continue to increase once peak season begins in the last quarter of 2017. Industry experts are suggesting the cause of scarcity in refrigerated containers to be a result of carrier's lack of investment. Reefers are more expensive to purchase and maintain compared to the standard industry container.

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