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Minister Fast's statement against proposed US border inspection fee increases
Government of Canada
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, issued the following statement: "I am concerned that proposed increases to fees by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service would impose disproportionate costs on Canadian exporters and commercial transporters, with detrimental effects on our cross-border trade and ultimately on the prosperity of both countries. My concerns have been formally submitted to the U.S. government."
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Canadian international merchandise trade, May 2014
Government of Canada
Canada's merchandise exports advanced 3.5 percent and imports grew 1.6 percent in May. As a result, Canada's trade deficit with the world narrowed from $961 million in April to $152 million in May. Exports increased to $44.2 billion, the second highest value on record, led by motor vehicles and parts. Overall, volumes were up 4.2 percent and prices declined 0.7 percent. Imports expanded to $44.3 billion, as volumes increased 2.4 percent and prices declined 0.8 percent. The main contributors to the increase in imports were motor vehicles and parts as well as metal ores and non-metallic minerals.
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'State of Freight' analysts caution wariness as slow growth predicted
Canadian Shipper
In a webinar analyzing the current North American "state of freight" from a shipper perspective, FTR Transportation Intelligence analyst and senior consultant Noël Perry noted that the transportation industry faces the weakest recovery since 1965 and the 4th longest recovery time. "We should all be wary about growth over next few years — it could be interrupted by recession," Perry noted, adding that everyone has been operating at lower level over the last economic recovery in 2004, except for intermodal which is at a "new peak."
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Quebec communities fear for safety of rail cargo
CBC News
One year after the derailment in Lac-Mégantic that killed 47 people and destroyed the heart of the municipality, a number of Montreal-area politicians and residents say they worry about the safety of hazardous materials being transported by rail through their communities. Craig Sauvé, a city councillor for Montreal's Southwest borough, said his concerns are shared by many residents in his district's St-Henri neighbourhood, which is bisected by a heavily used rail line.
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More needed to prevent another Lac-Megantic
The Canadian Press via Materials Management & Distribution
Periodic flurries of federal regulation, rule-making and reassurance followed the rail disaster that killed 47 people, destroyed dozens of buildings and contaminated waterways in a small Quebec town. But one year after the tragedy in Lac-Megantic, opposition MPs and a leading environmental group say still bolder steps are required to prevent another fiery and catastrophic derailment of an oil-laden train. The quantity of oil that's moving by rail is growing by leaps and bounds, and is being carried on a system of tracks that was never intended to handle such a huge volume of dangerous goods, they warn.
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RBC Compass rail preview notes volume spike is expected to boost earnings for carriers
Canadian Shipper
The RBC Compass second quarter 2014 rail preview is predicting volume spikes in rail carriage that are expected to boost Q2 2014 earnings. Notable volume gains were reported in intermodal, grain and energy-related markets, which RBC Dominion Securities Inc. analyst Walter Spracklin attributes to positive sector fundamentals, as well as several extraordinary factors (pent-up demand, accelerated international container shipments, the record Canadian crop, etc.).
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Railroads move 44 oil trains weekly cross New York, Canadian border
The Associated Press via WIVB-TV
As many as 44 trains a week, each loaded with at least a million gallons of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region, move through upstate New York, according to documents released by the state. CSX Transportation said it hauls an average of 20 to 35 trains a week across 17 upstate New York counties from the west to Albany and then south along the Hudson River. Canadian Pacific said it hauls an average of five to nine crude oil trains a week through five counties from the Canadian border to Schoharie County, according to the documents released to The Associated Press by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.
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Daimler demonstrates self-driving trucks
Truck News
Driving a truck will be a completely different experience by 2025, one that more resembles the piloting of a commercial airliner. That's the prediction of Daimler Trucks, which recently demonstrated its first autonomous truck, which drives itself much of the time, allowing the driver to pivot his seat 45 degrees, creating a comfortable office environment from which to work.
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Orbcomm launches 1st phase of new generation of satellites
Orbcomm successfully launched six next generation OG2 telecommunication satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, to provide faster data systems to customers and increasing the company's overall network capacity for customers in trucking and other fields it serves. The OG2 satellites are more advanced than its current OG1 satellites and will provide existing customers with significant enhancements, such as faster message delivery, larger message sizes and better coverage at higher latitudes, while significantly increasing network capacity, according to the company.
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Maersk and MSC to attempt new east-west alliance
The Journal of Commerce
Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. are planning a huge 10-year vessel-sharing agreement early next year in the Asia-Europe, trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades as the carriers strive to better utilize capacity in the wake of their failed bid to launch the P3 Network. The VSA, if it's approved by regulators, will be referred to as 2M and will replace all existing vessel and slot purchase agreements that Maersk Line has in these trades, said Maersk.
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FMC allows CKYH, Evergreen to cooperate in trans-Pacific, trans-Atlantic
The Journal of Commerce (Registration required)
U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioners unanimously voted to allow CKYH partners and Evergreen Line to discuss cooperating in the trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades. The discussion agreement allows the carriers to look at launching vessel-sharing agreements on the two major trade lanes while gauging the market and how other carrier alliances take shape. Cosco, "K" Line, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen have had an alliance on the Asia-North Europe and Asia-Mediterranean routes since March. Most of the lines already have cross-slot arrangements with each other on major U.S. routes, but a formalized alliance would give them more structured slot-sharing.
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Outlook for air cargo stabilizes — Growth accelerates in May
The International Air Transport Association
The International Air Transport Association released data for global air freight markets showing air cargo growth accelerated in May, with 4.7 percent growth compared to a year ago. This is up from the 3.8 percent year-on-year growth recorded in April. Cargo volumes, measured by Freight Tonne Kilometers were up across all regions, but with significant differences in performance.
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