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Composite shipping containers could transform global trade
The shipping container has remained pretty much unchanged since American Malcolm McLean invented it in 1956. But carbon fiber composites could transform this staple of global trade, according to Stephan Lechner of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.
The composite container is more expensive than the typical steel container, but its lighter weight would make it more effective in the long run by saving fuel costs.
A composite container could cost about $8,300 versus $3,050 for the steel version.
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Why do we need Incoterms?
According to author Christian Siviere: In our global village, we could ask the question: Why do we need Incoterms? With the increase in international commerce, more and more goods are traded worldwide and you could think it's all getting simpler. But the reality is there are different ways of doing business, local languages and customs, legal systems, trade barriers, all bringing challenges. Incoterms give us the advantage of predictability and as they are recognized around the world, they constitute a common language for international traders.
Shippers and railroads address service issues, potential solutions in Canada
The Canadian Fertilizer Institute, Canadian Steel Producers Association, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, Forest Products Association of Canada and Mining Association of Canada are urging railroads to work with their organizations on a customer-based approach to improve rail service in all sectors.
The national trade associations are concerned that a sector-by-sector approach will not address broader service issues across the system, officials from the five organizations said in a joint press release.
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Canadian National Railway-served frac sand facility opens in Alberta
Evergreen Transloading and Superior Silica Sands LLC announced the opening of a CN-served frac sand transload facility in Sexsmith, Alberta.
The Sexsmith Mega Centre will help fulfill strong demand for high quality, Northern White silica sand as proppant for the oil and gas industry in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, Evergreen and Superior Silica Sand officials said.
Located adjacent to a CN station in Grande Prairie, Alberta, the transload facility will be operated by Evergreen.
CN delivers more than 5,000 hopper cars to Canadian grain elevators
Canadian National Railway Company
CN said it spotted 5,102 hopper cars for loading at country grain elevators in western Canada during grain-crop Week 34. This marks the fourth week in a row that CN has delivered well in excess of 4,000 grain cars to Prairie elevators, averaging 4,550 cars per week, or 21 percent greater than CN's average March performance for the last decade.
Claude Mongeau, CN president and CEO, said, "We are continuing to make significant progress toward our goal of transporting close to 5,500 grain cars per week to meet the Canadian government's Order in Council. But CN can only meet its commitment if all other key players in the supply chain are equally held to account for their performance."
CP cites drawbacks of 'Fair Rail' act, sets share purchase plan
Canadian Pacific officials expressed "extreme disappointment" with the proposed Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, which would amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Canada Grain Act to establish additional measures aimed at addressing the nation's grain-movement backlog by increasing transportation efficiency.
The bill would provide the Canadian Transportation Agency the authority to extend interswitching distances in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba to 160 kilometers for all commodities to increase competition among railroads and provide shippers access to alternative rail services.
TransCore to debut new truck-to-load ratio analytics tool
TransCore Link Logistics is introducing a new Truck-to-Load Ratio analytics tool, which will allow carriers and freight brokers to access real-time and historical data on total truck and load volumes.
They'll also be able to view ratios in specific areas. The new index will be launched at Truck World.
The new Posting Index can drill down by geographic area, equipment type and truckload vs. less-than-load shipments and trucks.
TransCore says its new service is built on its Loadlink freight matching system and the tool captures data from 14 million loads and trucks posted to the network each year.
Saskatchewan updates trucking regulations
Truckers operating in Saskatchewan now have a few more options for where they can go and what they can pull.
The Government of Saskatchewan has approved new regulations. Although they have still to be officially published in Hansard and made available to the public, there are four major changes.
OTA meets with Sikh truckers to address shared issues
The Ontario Trucking Association and members of the Sikh trucking community have come together to address common concerns.
The two groups met over the weekend at the OTA's offices. More than 40 representatives from the OTA and the Canadian Sikh Association participated. The Sikh drivers expressed concerns about their rights to wear their turbans, however much of the discussion focused on issues that are universal across the industry, the OTA reports.
"Trucking is trucking, in the end. Most of the issues raised are the same everywhere, regardless of carrier size or the ethnic origin of carriers and owner-operators," said OTA President David Bradley.
ICAO calls meeting about tracking flights
The Montreal Gazette
The International Civil Aviation Organization has convened a special meeting in Montreal, Quebec, about tracking flights like Malaysia Airlines 370, which disappeared a month ago.
The meeting will "try and increase current momentum on deliberations over the specific aircraft and satellite-based capabilities needed to permit global implementation of worldwide flight tracking."
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British Columbia's aviation industry gets a lift from the province
British Columbia's aviation industry wants to tap into a booming global market and the province is putting up $5 million to help them take off.
Under the wing of a Twin Otter aircraft built by Viking Air in Sidney, Finance Minster Mike de Jong announced his government's investment of $1 million this year — the first payment in a commitment of $5 million over five years to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada's Pacific Division.
After dropping anchor in Maine, Iceland's Eimskip looks to stay, expand
In the year since Eimskip — the 100-year-old, Reykjavik-based shipping company — moved its U.S. port of call for its own vessels to Portland, Maine, from Norfolk, Va., the company already is handling 5,000 containers, has signed 20 export/import business customers and is growing roots in the community through charity and other events.
"Because Eimskip offers direct transatlantic services between the United States, Canada and Europe as well as services between Iceland and other major ports in Europe, it's important to remember that shipping to Iceland can provide [an opening] into other North Atlantic markets," said Dana Eidsness, director of the Maine North Atlantic Development Office.
FMC gives go-ahead to G6 expansion
International Transport Journal
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has unanimously voted to allow the G6 Alliance to expand into the Asia–U.S. west coast and transatlantic routes.
The agreement between American President Lines, Hapag Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui OSK Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line is set to expand the current geographic scope to allow G6 operational cooperation in the trades between the Far East and the U.S. west coast, as well as between North Europe and all U.S. coasts.
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