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US and China strike historic deal to eliminate tech tariffs
USA TODAY via Cargo Business
The U.S. and China reached a historic tech trade deal in early November that would eliminate tariffs on the global trade of $1 trillion in high-tech products in a move that could support up to 60,000 new U.S. jobs. The tentative agreement would cover approximately 200 product lines, from printer cartridges and semiconductors to video game consoles and magnetic resonance imaging machines. "This shows that China, despite any resistance it may have, has been willing to give a little bit," said Omar Hamid, head of Asia Pacific country risk for IHS Global Insight.
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Government of Canada transfers 3 public port facilities to Strathcona Regional District
Government of Canada
Recently, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo — Alberni, announced the transfer of ownership of three public port facilities to British Columbia's Strathcona Regional District. The port facilities include Owen Bay on Sonora Island, Port Neville on Johnstone Strait, and Surge Narrows on Read Island. Under the transfer agreement, the Strathcona Regional District will receive a contribution of $2,894,500 to cover operational costs and maintain the infrastructure for all three port facilities.
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FedEx freight CEO William Logue to retire
Supply Chain Digital
FedEx Corporation has announced that William Logue will retire as president and CEO of its FedEx Freight subsidiary on Dec. 31 2014. Logue has guided FedEx Freight since 2010 to a leading position in the U.S. Less-Than-Truckload market. He cited health concerns as the reason for his decision to retire. Michael Ducker, a 40-year FedEx veteran, will succeed Logue as President and CEO of FedEx Freight.
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ILWU and PMA tussle about slowdowns at Seattle, Tacoma ports as congestion continues
Seattle Times and KPCC-TV via Cargo Business
Port workers are being sent home, agriculture shipments are threatened, and truck drivers are at a standstill due to congestion caused by alleged work slowdowns by labor at the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, which the union vehemently denies. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association, which represents terminal employers, have been in contract talks since May to replace a six-year agreement that expired on July 1.
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Rail


CN, Teamsters rail conference continue to negotiate new contract
Progressive Railroading
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference negotiators are trying to establish a new negotiating process with CN officials that would prevent a work stoppage or service interruption if the parties fail to reach a new agreement, union leaders announced last week. The process calls for both parties to pay predetermined amounts to charities instead of imposing a lockout or a strike if an agreement isn't reached. The process would be a first in the history of negotiations between the TCRC — which represents 1,700 CN workers — and the Class I, union officials said in a press releases.
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B-Trains to be longer
Materials Management & Distribution
According to the Ontario Trucking Association, operators of B-trains will have more flexibility to spec their equipment going forward thanks to a bill introduced in the Ontario Legislature by Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca. Bill 31 proposes to amend the Highway Traffic Act by extending the maximum overall length of the popular B-train tractor-double trailer combination from 25 metres to 27.5 metres in order to accommodate a longer wheelbase tractor.
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Soy coalition: Class I report card confirms ag shippers' frustration
Progressive Railroading
Union Pacific Railroad reclaimed the top spot in the Soy Transportation Coalition's fifth annual Railroad Report Card. The top ranked railroad in 2011 and 2012, UP was second last year behind CSX Transportation. Norfolk Southern Railway assumed second place in this year's rankings after taking third last year. The rest of the 2014 customer satisfaction rankings show CSX in third, CN in fourth, Kansas City Southern in fifth, BNSF Railway Co. in sixth and Canadian Pacific in seventh. The rankings are based on a survey completed anonymously by agricultural shippers of various sizes and scale of operations, according to the STC.
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Gates as CN Rail holder gets Quebec plea to paint bridge
Bloomberg Businessweek
Bill Gates, the biggest investor in Canadian National Railway Co., received an appeal from two Quebec mayors to prod the carrier into repainting a signature bridge in the provincial capital. Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume and a counterpart from nearby Levis wrote to Gates, the Microsoft Corp. co-founder, to seek help in getting Canada's largest railroad to spruce up its Quebec City Bridge, which they say is "plagued by rust."
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Trucking


Ontario Minister of Transportation makes 3 announcements at OTA convention
Truck News
Steven Del Duca, the Ontario Minister of Transportation dropped some major announcements and policy changes at the OTA's annual convention. Del Duca told about 500 attendees of the OTA convention that he supports Electronic Logging Devices. "Ontario also supports the concept of using Electronic Logging Devices as an effective tool for monitoring hours of service compliance by commercial motor vehicle drivers," he said.
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Peterbilt gets 3rd Manitoba location
Today's Trucking
Peterbilt Manitoba has expanded its network by opening Peterbilt Manitoba-East, a parts and service facility located in Springfield, Manitoba. "We're pleased to add a new location to our network and expand our ability to serve our customers," said Doug Danylchuk, dealer principal. "The entire team at Peterbilt Manitoba is focused on providing superior customer service and we will continue that tradition with our newest store."
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Western Canada takes major step towards harmonization of long combination vehicle regulations
Truck News
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation has signed a Western Memorandum of Understanding on Rocky Mountain Doubles. The memorandum means that RMDs can now travel on certain routes — at a maximum length of 41m on multi-lane highways and 32.5m on two-lane highways. This includes Highway 16 all the way to the Saskatchewan border and into Alberta. This will not only increase efficiency, but reduce green house gas emissions.
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Daimler launches a revolution
Today's Trucking
Daimler Trucks has a radical vision of the near future based on a truck that drives itself. It's not driverless, rather the driver can give almost complete control to the truck on the highway. And then turn his seat 45 degrees to the right while using his tablet to check the dinner menu at the next truckstop. Or organize his next load. Or perhaps talk to another driver via Skype. You name it, he can do it. What he can't do is leave his seat.
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Marine


PMA and ILWU ramp up contract talks
Cargo Business
Contract talks for West Coast longshoremen between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association have intensified after cargo movement began to slowdown at the end of the holiday shipping season. Negotiators met the weekend before Veteran's Day, on Veteran's Day itself, and into the night on Nov. 12, according to ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees, who said that kind of schedule is rare.
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LA/Long Beach backlog lengthens
Lloyd's Loading List
Ship delays in Southern California have worsened in the past 48 hours as more vessels arrived from Asia only to find berths already occupied. Recently, 14 ships were at anchor outside Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. Of those, 12 were containerships, an increase of four from a previous figure. The situation has been getting progressively worse, as a combination of factors including a compressed of peak season, chassis shortages and larger ships created gridlock in the country's largest port complex.
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Air


Shippers drive up Asia-US air cargo prices as port congestion worsens
Journal of Commerce (Subscription required)
Shippers of trans-Pacific ocean freight trying to avoid crippling West Coast port congestion are turning to air cargo in such numbers that forwarders report space shortages and prices going "through the roof." Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics chairman Paul Tsui said available air freight space to the U.S. had reached critical levels and costs "have jumped through the roof."
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Lufthansa strike expands to long-haul flights
Air Cargo World
In their long-running struggle over proposed retirement plan changes, members of the German pilots union, Vereinigung Cockpit, have turned up the heat on Lufthansa by extending its current two-day strike for short-haul routes to include long-haul routes as well. The 35-hour strike, the eighth labor action that VC has coordinated against Lufthansa in 2014, forcing the carrier to cancel about 1,500 mostly short- and medium-haul flights from its Frankfurt hub, or 65 percent of its service, and is scheduled to end a minute before midnight.
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