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North American freight numbers show increase in US-Canada pipeline traffic
The latest Bureau of Transportation Statistics report shows that US-NAFTA freight totaled $103.0 billion in June 2014 as all five major transportation modes — air, vessel, pipeline, rail and trucks — carried more freight by value in June 2014 than in June 2013.
Of the $9.5 billion, or 10.2 percent, increase in US-NAFTA freight from June 2013, truck freight contributed the most, $4.4 billion, followed by pipeline, $2.1 billion. The trucking increase was predominately due to an increase in the value of U.S.-Mexico truck freight, which was up $2.9 billion, or 64.8 percent, of the total trucking increase.
Canadian international merchandise trade, July 2014
Canada's merchandise exports increased 1.4 per cent in July, while imports edged down 0.3 per cent. As a result, Canada's trade surplus with the world widened from $1.8 billion in June to $2.6 billion in July. Exports rose to $45.5 billion, led by motor vehicles and parts. Overall, volumes increased 1.1 per cent and prices 0.3 percent. Imports edged down to $43.0 billion, as prices declined 0.6 per cent while volumes increased 0.4 per cent. Lower imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts, consumer goods as well as metal and non-metallic mineral products were partially offset by higher imports of motor vehicles and parts.
US and Canada release RCC joint forward plan
The United States and Canada have released the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Forward Plan which builds on the 2011 Joint Action Plan, the momentum it has generated within government and with stakeholders, and lessons learned over the last few years. The Joint Forward Plan will advance from the initial issue-based Joint Forward Plan to new partnership arrangements and a framework of more institutionalized commitments by U.S. and Canadian regulators, the government said.
Premiers will lead comprehensive renewal of Agreement on Internal Trade
Canada's Premiers agreed to continue to modernize the Agreement on Internal Trade.
With internal trade valued at $366 billion — or 20 percent of Canada's GDP — which has grown by approximately 60 per cent in 10 years, the premiers said they recognize that the free flow of people, goods, services and investments across the country supports building stronger economies and strengthens Canada's economic union.
Significant advancements in international trade make it even more important that Canada is effectively positioned to capitalize on opportunities both domestically and internationally.
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Rockefeller, Thune to introduce bill to strengthen STB
U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
Sens. John D. Rockefeller IV and John Thune, chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, will soon introduce the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014. The bill aims to improve the STB by making it more efficient and accessible. The legislation follows several months of serious freight rail service delays and backlogs.
"It is far past time that America had a competitive and efficient rail transportation network. Industries, businesses, consumers and rail passengers around the country rely on our freight rail system, and when the system or its economic regulatory framework breaks down, so does our economy," said Rockefeller.
Canadian Wheat Board to build CP-served grain elevator in Saskatchewan
The Canadian Wheat Board announced plans to develop a third high-throughput grain facility in Canada. The board in fall expects to begin constructing a Canadian Pacific-served grain elevator near Pasqua, Saskatchewan.
Scheduled to open in January 2016, the elevator will feature a 134-car loop track and cleaning facilities. The facility will be built adjacent to a CP line.
Pasqua is centrally located, "right in the middle of a high-production area and with the ability to ship grain both East and West, as well as to the South," said CWB President and Chief Executive Officer Ian White.
The board also is building grain elevators in Colonsay, Saskatchewan, and Bloom, Manitoba.
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TCRC Rail Traffic Controllers ratify record 6-year labour agreement with CP
Canadian Pacific and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Rail Canada Traffic Controllers announced that a labour agreement covering approximately 135 rail traffic controllers in Canada has been ratified.
The agreement was ratified with a record 94 per cent of votes cast in favour.
The agreement spans six years, also a record, and was negotiated before the expiry of the previous agreement. The new contract runs from Jan. 1, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2020.
The general wage increase is 3 per cent per year. There are other specific adjustments.
Explosion on the highway teaches an emotional lesson
By Matt Chase
This is an actual event that occurred in December 1995. There is no mention of the trucking company I was working for at the time, and I changed the name of the person in the story. All other information is as accurate as I could be, both in the narrative as well as the news stories or clippings. I have kept this story buried in my mind for years, with several attempts to write it down, only to scrap it later. This story changed forever the way I would do my job. It has almost been 20 years since the sad event, and here it is for the first time.
Truckload freight costs dip slightly
Published recently, the results by the Canadian General Freight Index show the total cost of ground transportation for Canadian shippers went down by 1.8 per cent from May to June.
The base rate index also slipped by 1.4 per cent.
"The decline from March to June of this year follows the same pattern as March to June of 2013 however this year the decline is not as steep." said Doug Payne, president & COO, Nulogx.
Confirming predictions, container traffic at western US ports drops in July
Journal of Commerce
Total container traffic at U.S. West Coast ports declined 2 per cent in July compared to the same month last year, confirming the predictions that importers and exporters would divert some of their cargo to Canadian and U.S. East Coast ports because of longshore contract negotiations on the West Coast.
Imports declined 2 per cent and exports were down 3 per cent compared to July 2013, according to statistics posted on the website of the Pacific Maritime Association.
The PMA has been engaged in contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union since May, and negotiators failed to agree upon a new contract by the July 1 deadline.
Maersk and MSC file 2M vessel-sharing proposal with the FMC
Lloyd's Loading List
Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co. should know by Oct. 11 whether their collaboration will be allowed to go ahead in the U.S. trades after filing with the Federal Maritime Commission.
The Washington, D.C., agency now has 45 days in which to review the Maersk/MSC vessel-sharing agreement, popularly known as 2M, although the clock can be stopped if commissioners or FMC staff want additional information.
This happened in the case of the now defunct P3 agreement, which was eventually cleared by the FMC before being overruled by China.
Shipowners fear European free trade
Materials Management & Distribution
The members of the Canadian Shipowners Association are concerned that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union may hurt Canada's short sea shipping industry, its workers and suppliers, and shippers.
Canadian shipowners have invested in 14 state of the art high-efficiency vessels worth over $700 million, which are positioned to play a part in the prosperity that CETA will bring. However, "while the CETA deal is good for the Canadian economy," said CSA President Robert Lewis-Manning, "it cannot be allowed to jeopardize the Canadian short sea shipping capacity that the domestic marine industry, labour and the government have collectively developed to meet Canada's unique domestic shipping challenges."
Report: Alliance consolidation continues — CMA CGM signs 'Ocean 3' agreements with CSCL, UASC
Two months after Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. joined forces to form the 2M vessel-sharing agreement, following the denial of regulatory approval for the proposed P3 Network due to antitrust concerns, the last of the former three P3 members — French carrier CMA CGM — has moved on as well. CMA CGM announced that it has signed three agreements with CSCL and UASC, dubbed the "Ocean Three," on the Asia-Europe, trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades.
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St. Lawrence Seaway cargo shipments surpass 2013 levels by 3 percent
Total cargo shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway have now surpassed 2013 levels despite one of the most difficult starts to the shipping season in years due to ice coverage, according to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, which said total cargo tonnage from March 25 to Aug. 31 reached 20 million metric tons, up 3 per cent over the same period last year.
The strong recovery has been fueled by a surge of Canadian grain exports, increases in road salt inventories for Great Lakes municipalities and an influx of specialty steel and other metals for the automotive and construction industries. Construction materials such as stone and cement have also been in strong demand.
July air freight markets rise strongly
The International Air Transport Association released data for global air freight markets showing a strong increase in air cargo in July. Compared to July 2013, freight tonne kilometers rose 5.8 percent. This is an acceleration in growth from June when cargo demand grew at less than half that rate — 2.4 percent.
The strong growth mirrors positive developments in some key regional economies. After a slowdown at the start of the year, global business confidence and trade are showing signs of improvement again, especially in Asia-Pacific. Global air cargo volumes have now surpassed their previous July peak, in 2010, and look set to continue to increase.
Russia hints at flight ban in response to sanctions
Russia signaled it might ban Western airlines from flying over its territory as part of an "asymmetrical" response to new European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
Blaming the West for damaging the Russian economy by triggering "stupid" sanctions, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow would press on with measures to reduce reliance on imports, starting with increasing output of domestic aircraft.
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