On January 19th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its “spend plans” outlining the specific inland waterways projects that were allocated funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Infrastructure Package) totaling $2.22 billion.
John Porcari, the Biden-Harris Administration’s Port Envoy, warned that long-standing shortfalls in U.S. infrastructure spending going back generations have created a reliance on an infrastructure “that our grandparents built.”
California’s Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing $2.3 billion in state funding to help ease congestion and supply chain problems that continue to impact the California Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland.
As the backlog of import containers at container terminals has declined, Eugene Seroka, executive director Port of Los Angeles, said the Port is turning its attention to the backlog of empty containers and may impose fees on empty containers that dwell on terminals “excessively.”
A.P. Moller-Maersk announced on December 8th that it will be building eight 16,000 twenty-foot unit (teu) container ships powered by “carbon-neutral methanol” with an alternative capability for low sulphur diesel fuel
The new Chinese Customs requirements go into effect on January 1st, 2022 and the FDA is asking food exporters to China to submit information to the FDA by December 17th, 2021 to meet the Chinese deadline.