Month: April 2021

DOT Addresses Exporter Problems, Proposes Infrastructure Investments

US Agricultural shippers’ complaints that container lines are refusing export bookings in favor of higher-paying imports have reached the ear of the federal government, but there are no “easy fixes,” Pete Buttigieg, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary, said in late March to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Buttigieg told legislators that this […]

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TPM Takeaway: Shippers Turn to Transloading for Demand-Based Fulfillment

As the US import surge continues to create a capacity crunch, transloading terminals near ports are filling up. That’s forcing more container transloading activity further inland, increasing transportation costs, and diminishing the advantages of transferring goods from 40-foot ocean containers to 53-foot trailers or intermodal containers. Despite this, transloading is increasingly attractive to shippers due […]

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TPM Takeaway: Dedicated Trucking on the Rise

Trucking and logistics companies are experiencing a boom in dedicated trucking, as shippers look to these services to help them reshape the supply chain. For example, Agway Farm & Home has offered their Agway and Southern State retails stores free delivery to locations that order a certain minimum quantity, said Holly Pearce, the company’s director […]

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US Gulf Coast Storm Impacts Q2 Resins Production, Exports

The resin export market is still feeling the chill from the February deep freeze on the US Gulf Coast. Petrochemical production in the region is running at approximately half the level it was prior to the storms, due to long restarts from shutdowns and power outages at Texas plants, Terry Glass, executive director for plastics […]

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