Unitrans Global Logistics Newsletter | Edition 78 | October 10, 2017
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In Edition 78:
> Chassis Challenges for New York-New Jersey Continue
> US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) find Live Larvae
> Air Cargo Growth Continues to Climb
> Port of Oakland Commission Approves $11M Rail Link Project

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Chassis Challenges for New York-New Jersey Continue

With the quantity of mega-vessels increasingly calling the Port of New York and New Jersey, there is a growing concern of chassis shortages. Discussions to create a pool out of combining fleets of Flexi-Van leasing and Direct Chassislink, Inc. collapsed back in July. The proposed plan would have allowed truckers to pick up and drop off containers and chassis at the same location. According to JOC, James Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority said, "There is no other way to operate today without a working chassis pool. You simply cannot operate efficiently. The ports that don't have a well working chassis pool are going to struggle."

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) find Live Larvae

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced last week that agriculture specialists at the Houston Seaport discovered live larvae in foreign cargo prompting orders to immediately export the non-compliant dunnage aboard the vessels. This live larvae specimen was found eating its way through wood packaging material. "Protecting our nation from harmful plant pests and exotic diseases that could cause great devastation to U.S. Agriculture is of great importance," said Roderick W. Hudson, Houston/Galveston Area Port Director. Click here for more information

Air Cargo Growth Continues to Climb

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that global air freight demand increased 12.1 percent during August 2017, compared to 2016. Five out of the last six monthly air cargo reports have yielded double-digit percentage growth. Click here to read more.

Port of Oakland Commission Approves $11M Rail Link Project

The Cool Port Oakland project, a planned temperature controlled transload and distribution warehouse, will open in the Fall of 2018 at a cost of $90 million. The Port of Oakland has just approved an $11 million rail spur to the new facility from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to support the increasing Asian demand for premium U.S. meat. This 280,000-square-foot distribution center on 25 acres of port property is projected to process 9,000 rail cars per year and an additional 9,000 containers are projected to move by truck. The port is estimating a total twenty-foot equivalent volume based on this container throughput at 54,000 units.

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