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Appointments to the Canadian Transportation Agency
Digital Journal
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced appointments to the Canadian Transportation Agency of William G. McMurray and P. Paul Fitzgerald of Ottawa and Stephen Campbell of Saint. John, New Brunswick. McMurray, appointed for a four-year term, was vice chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board in Ottawa. For over 10 years he was a course lecturer at McGill University in Montreal, teaching on transportation law and regulation, focussing on the work of the CTA.
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Supreme Court clears the path for rail shipper complaints
Freight Management Association
On May 23, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed CN's Appeal and confirmed the 2010 Canadian government decision that clears a major hurdle for shippers who have complaints about the growing incidental and supplementary charges that railways arbitrarily impose on their customers. These charges are over and above the railways' freight charges and are extra costs for such things as currency surcharges, fees for submitting paper bills-of-lading, weighing of cars and penalty charges such as demurrage, overloaded cars, etc.
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US, Canadian freight traffic keeps gaining
U.S. and Canadian freight traffic maintained positive momentum recently, the Association of American Railroads reported. Mexican intermodal volume also logged into the win column. U.S. freight carload traffic rose 5.3 percent, measured against the comparable week in 2013, AAR said. Canadian freight carload traffic rose 6 percent, measured against the comparable week in 2013, while Canadian intermodal volume gained 11.4 percent.
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CN Rail touts much improved grain shipping performance
Manitoba Co-operator
CN Rail says it has moved a record amount of Western grain so far this crop year but shippers say that doesn't make up for poor service earlier in the shipping season. "I'm glad they're moving the grain but I do take exception to their demeanour and tone," Keystone Agricultural Producers' president Doug Chorney said in response to CN's news release announcing its improved performance. "It tells me they've learned nothing about service this winter." CN seems to be saying it’s doing farmers a favour, Chorney said.
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Nova Scotia mulls Cape Breton rail future
Halifax Herald News
Nova Scotia's transportation minister said it will be a pressing few months as the province examines the viability of rail service in Cape Breton. Geoff MacLellan spoke to reporters outside a cabinet meeting in Halifax, in which he said the province isn't ready to discuss "hypotheticals and pie-in-the-sky opportunities." Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway has said it will not attempt to renew a provincial subsidy and will instead shut down freight service between St. Peters Junction and Sydney.
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Truckload linehaul, intermodal costs higher than a year ago
Compared to the same time last year, truckload linehaul costs averaged 5.8 percent higher, an increase that is consistent with those of 5.7 percent in April and 6 percent in March, according to the latest Cass Truckload Linehaul Index. With demand improving and capacity exiting the marketplace at a faster pace, the 2014 bid season — when approximately 70 percent of all contracts are negotiated in the first 4 months of the year — has resulted in higher truckload costs for the shipper, according to Cass.
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Canadian spot market freight volumes show continued strength
Truck News
TransCore Link Logistics' Canadian freight volumes rose 2 percent in May, marking a 31 percent improvement year-over-year. The TransCore Canadian Freight Index measures volumes from about 5,000 Canadian trucking companies. In May, cross-border postings accounted for 69 percent of total load volumes. Cross-border loads originating in Canada rose 70 percent year-over-year while loads originating in the U.S. were up 10 percent over last May. The top five states for loads destined for Canada included: Ohio, Texas, California, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
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Etihad Cargo flies to Tanzania, Switzerland, North America
Air Cargo World
Etihad Cargo announced more freight capacity in Tanzania, Switzerland and the U.S. Etihad Cargo began a weekly freighter service to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. On the return flight to Abu Dhabi, the freighter will stop in Nairobi. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's biggest city, is a major industrial and economic center in East Africa. The freighter service will operate every Monday to Julius Nyerere International Airport.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Canola Growers file Level of Service Complaint with Canadian Transportation Agency (Canadian Canola Growers Association)
CN Rail to Ottawa: New rules unnecessary as grain shipments reach 'unprecedented' level (Financial Post via Reuters)
Night gate ops to start at Vancouver (Materials Management & Distribution)
Give the trucking industry a chance (By Matt Chase)
Minister Raitt highlights Canadian innovation in the transportation sector at global conference (Canadian Shipper)

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New cargo association founded at Frankfurt
Air Cargo World
Cargo companies at Germany's Frankfurt Airport founded an association to promote FRA as a global air cargo hub. Air Cargo Community Frankfurt will represent the interests of air cargo companies and function as the single voice of this industry. The association has 15 member companies from the freight forwarding and logistics industry. Members want to create a new framework for closer cooperation at FRA. Their common objective is to develop Frankfurt Airport as Europe's most advanced air cargo hub by 2020. At its membership meeting, the association elected a six-member board from among its four member groups — airlines, handling agents, freight forwarders and other service providers.
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P3 alliance scrapped
Port Strategy
Maersk Line says that the P3 shipping alliance has been scrapped following non-approval by the Ministry of Commerce in China under the country's merger control rules. P3 was a long term operational sharing agreement originally proposed by Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM back in June 2013, but it has been taking a long time to come to fruition because it has had to gain regulatory approvals from Europe, the US and China. Vincent Clerc, chief trade and marketing officer, Maersk Line, said, "The decision does come as a surprise to us, of course, as the partners have worked hard to address all the regulators’ concerns."
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OmniTRAX Canada unlikely to ship, although permitted
Thompson Citizen
Although there are no specific permits or approvals required from Transport Canada before OmniTRAX can start shipping Bakken and Western Intermediate sweet crude oil, OmniTRAX President Merv Tweed says, "We probably aren't going to do it this year. ... We still have more consultation to do." OmniTRAX Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Denver-based short line railroad, which owns Hudson Bay Railway.
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