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Port of LA’s Seroka: Supply Chain Crisis Shows Need for Better Paid Jobs
Gene Seroka, executive director, Port of Los Angeles says supply chain dislocations impacting ports, warehouse and trucking operations will be reduced with better jobs including better pay and benefits for employees.
SEKO reports numerous China port shutdowns
SEKO Logistics issued a March 13th report stating that the spread of the Omicron virus was causing a shutdown at a number of Chinese ports and logistics operations stretching from Shenzhen to Shanghai.
Port of Long Beach’s Cordero says rail upgrades will enhance operations
Mario Cordero, executive director Port of Long Beach, said the Port has prioritized rail improvements as part of its 10-year/$2.278 billion Capital Program designed to “… improve velocity in the Port and reduce emissions.”
CargoTrans’ Loomis says small importers face growing challenges
Stephanie Loomis, vice president, International Procurement at CargoTrans, Inc. based in Manhasset, New York, said that higher Trans-Pacific freight costs are making imports of low-priced products from Asia increasingly uncompetitive in the United States.
Maximizing drivers’ time with trip planning
Today’s supply chains are in a flux. Trucking companies and shippers can’t find drivers to haul loads and make deliveries. Trucking companies need to be creative to find and hire drivers and then use technology to maximize the driver's time and keep them moving.
Boston Consulting’s Sanders says carriers investing more in supply chain
The COVID crisis and import surge into the United States has increased ocean carrier revenues and resulted in some companies investing in supply chain operations that will allow them to “get closer to their customers,” says Ulrik Sanders, managing director and senior partner, The Boston Consulting Group, Copenhagen.
ONE’s Nixon says U.S. supply chain needs major upgrades
ONE’s Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Nixon spoke out against what he described as inefficiencies in U.S. and North American container terminal operations, warehousing, chassis handling and a lack of 24/7 operations.
Porcari, Cordero & Seroka cite collaborations that reduced port delays
John Porcari, the Biden Administration’s Port Envoy, has worked with U.S. ports to address the traffic jam of ships, trucks, and rail, says supply chain bottlenecks are easing as a result of collaboration with maritime supply chain stakeholders.
MARAD’S Lessley says ports will receive $2 billion
Lucinda Lessley, Acting Administrator for the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) said that MARAD would be responsible for awarding $2 billion in funding created by the President’s Bi-Partisan Infrastructure law through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP): “The PIDP grants are awarded on a competitive basis to port projects that will improve the movement of goods to, through and around ports.”
Trade impact with US escalates as Canadian protest movement spreads
As the Canadian demonstrators blocking access to the vital Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario entered a fourth day with no end in sight, the bilateral trade impact of the protest movement against COVID-19 measures is rapidly escalating.

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