The Harbor Truck Association (HTA) reported that on July 13th, harbor truckers were protesting at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach following the U.S. Supreme Court decision not to challenge California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) requiring owner/ operator truck drivers be treated as employees.
Automated container terminals at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have generated more work hours and higher pay for longshore workers according to a report commissioned by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).
Agricultural exporters expressed their frustrations with ocean carriers at the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AGTC) Annual Meeting on June 15th.
This comes at a time when AGTC successfully lobbied for the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 which will give the Federal Maritime Commission more power to regulate against unfair detention and demurrage practices that have been a focus of anger by exporters and importers.
Necessity is said to be the mother of invention and, if nothing else, the Covid-19 pandemic, staff shortages, insufficient air cargo capacity, extended and delayed transit times, low ocean freight capacity, sailing schedules in chaos, and the war in Ukraine have revealed the truly adaptive nature of the air cargo industry.
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AGTC) hailed the imminent enactment of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) of 2022, expected to be signed into law by President Biden on June 16th, which it said will help U.S. exporters ship more agricultural cargo abroad.
The prevalence of global inflation, at least over the course of the past year, has been significantly on the rise. In fact, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), inflation rates around the world have recently reached an average of 8.7 percent.
New U.S. infrastructure funding will improve grain and energy shipments transported along the inland waterways thanks to improved port, lock, and dam upgrades, according to Paul Matthews, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana