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Minister Raitt announces rules identifying dangerous goods
Canadian Shipper
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced that regulations for identifying the dangerous goods transported on Canadian roads and rails are being harmonized across Canada and with the U.S. and United Nations rules. The new regulations will aim to bring cross border consistency to the way dangerous goods are identified, eliminating the need for interpretation and providing emergency personnel with a clearer understanding of the risks posed by goods being transported, so they can take appropriate response measures, Raitt said.
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Survey: Exporter confidence now higher than 2003-2006 boom years
EDC
Canadian companies that sell internationally are more confident about business prospects now than they were during the global economic boom period between 2003 and 2006, according to the semi-annual Trade Confidence Index by Export Development Canada. EDC is Canada's leading provider of financing, insurance and bonding for Canadian companies that sell into foreign markets. EDC's Trade Confidence Index measures how Canadian exporters and investors are feeling about their business opportunities in the next six months.
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Minister Raitt launches review of Canada's transportation legislation
Government of Canada
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, launched a statutory review of Canada's transportation legislation a year ahead of schedule, fulfilling the government's promise made this spring to accelerate the review. The review is being done a year earlier than required to address a range of changing conditions and challenges, including those related to the transportation of grain on the Prairies.
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Texas Railroad Commission releases city's injection well data
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Texas Railroad Commission said it has posted information online about injection wells in the Azle area where a series of small earthquakes rocked residents last year. Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett and other officials had complained that data such as injection volumes and pressures was updated only once a year and left them in the dark. The Railroad Commission said staff seismologist Craig Pearson "is facilitating the data exchanges between operators and academic institutions interested in conducting the research required to ultimately determine the cause of recent seismic activity in Parker and Tarrant counties."
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Canadian government issues new rail safety regs
Progressive Railroading
Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced new rules aimed at further safeguarding communities located along rail lines. The new measures introduce amendments under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, Railway Safety Management System Regulations and Transportation Information Regulations. The rules require 35 provincially regulated railroads and light-rail systems operating on federal track to develop and implement safety management systems.
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BNSF, CP must provide timeline for shipping grain backlog
Cargo Business
U.S. officials have given BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway a deadline to submit their plans to clear a backlog of grain cars after months of service delays blamed on severe winter weather and high demand. Grain storage bins in states like Montana, Minnesota and North and South Dakota are still brimming with last year's harvest because of poor rail service. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board decision also ordered that the two class I railroads provide a timeline for resolving the backlog and submit formal weekly status reports on grain car orders and deliveries.
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Central Maine & Quebec Railway to operate in Canada after CTA approval
Progressive Railroading
The Canadian Transportation Agency granted a certificate of fitness to the Central Maine & Quebec Railway after determining it had adequate liability insurance. The certificate will enable the railroad to begin operating in Quebec, Canada. The railroad expects to close a transaction to assume operations of the former Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Inc., then immediately take over operations of the Quebec lines after the closing, said CMQR CEO John Giles in an email.
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Truckers happy with progress on in-transit shipments
Materials Management & Distribution
The Canadian Trucking Alliance says an agreement between the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection is a big step towards realizing one of the key outcomes of the Beyond the Border Action Plan — the restoration of carriers' ability to conduct in-transit movements of Canadian domestic shipments through the U.S. It was revealed earlier that the two agencies had reached a harmonization agreement on the data required for domestic goods transiting through the other country.
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CTA objects to proposed USDA border crossing fee increase
Truck News
The Canadian Trucking Alliance has let the U.S. government know it isn't happy with plans to raise border-crossing fees on trucks. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposed in increase in the amount it charges at border crossings. The fees are supposed to help the agency recoup the costs of conducting agricultural quarantine inspections at US ports of entry.
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Canadian shipping protests staggering hike in US inspection fees
Chamber of Marine Commerce
The CMC, a bi-national marine industry association, filed a submission to the United States Department of Agricultural Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, opposing a proposed federal rulemaking to significantly increase fees for agricultural quarantine and inspection services. The rule change would increase the fee from $496 to $825 per inspection and eliminate the annual fee cap of charging a maximum of 15 times per vessel. For Canadian Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping, the change could increase their annual inspection costs by as much as 238 percent.
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US importers stocking up in case of West Coast labor disruption
Cargo Business
Importers in the U.S. are building up stock to offset a possible West Coast labor disruption at the ports once the current contract expires, according to the most recent issue of Container Insight by Drewry Maritime Research. According to the report, Asian cargo imported through the West Coast of North America surged by 13 percent in March at 884,000 TEUs, and then on to 1,021,000 TEUs in April.
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Ballast water principles set
Materials Management & Distribution
The Canadian Shipowners Association has developed joint principles with the Lake Carriers' Association for ballast water regulations on the shared waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canadian Eastern and Arctic waters to the limit of the Canadian exclusive economic zone. The five principles symbolize the common will of these two associations, which represent the majority of Canadian and American flag domestic vessels on these waters, for fair, equivalent and flexible ballast water regulation on both sides of the border.
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CMA CGM set to launch 1st in series of 23 box ships
Cargo Business
France's shipping giant, CMA CGM, took delivery of the first in a series of 23 ships — ranging from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs — that are scheduled to hit the seas through the third quarter of 2016. The CMA CGM Danube, with a 9,400-TEU capacity, is scheduled to depart on its maiden voyage from China. The 9,400-TEU Danube, 300 meters long and 48 meters wide, maximizes loading capacity while meeting the technical constraints needed to negotiate the Strait of the Bosphorus.
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Air


Air cargo accelerates on back of improved economy
Air Cargo World
Air cargo growth accelerated in May, with 4.7 percent growth compared to a year ago, according to data from the International Air Transport Association. This is up from the 3.8 percent year-over-year growth recorded in April. Cargo volumes, measured by freight tonne kilometers, were up across all regions.
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Air BP debuts unleaded Avgas in conjunction with Goodwood Aerodrome
Aviation Pros
Leading international aviation fuel supplier, Air BP, in conjunction with Goodwood Aerodrome has announced it has successfully started trials supplying unleaded Avgas (91UL) for customers flying general aviation light aircraft into Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, United Kingdom. The debut coincides with what will be a busy weekend of general aviation flying with the Goodwood Festival of Speed set to welcome some 1,200 movements.
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