Strong language is often needed to advocate for a position, but now that progress is being made on container weight verification, people should choose their words more carefully.
The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 puts reauthorization for water infrastructure projects back on a regular two-year cycle, if the full House and Senate vote on it.
In a letter to the Federal Maritime Commission, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America urged acceptance of an agreement between carriers and six U.S. ports, but noted that shippers shouldn't bear the cost of the regulation.
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Ordering of containerships eased in the fourth quarter of 2015 despite attractive shipyard prices because carriers are running out of profitable trades on which to deploy them, according to London-based shipping consultant Drewry.
The Port of Savannah will weigh export containers at no cost to help shippers comply with new International Maritime Organization requirements for providing verified gross mass data to carriers.
Commercial practices for certifying the weight of ocean containers can be developed in a straight forward way, with few exceptions, according to officials from trade groups that bear ultimate responsibility for enforcement of the IMO rule.