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It was only after 2009 that Chinese exports to ASEAN countries really began to grow faster than with other countries, according to the maritime consultants, which suggests it takes a few years for benefits of FTAs to "really kick-in.”
Kewill and Polaris Transportation make chief executive changes, while C.H. Robinson appoints Europe, Asia trade route development directors.
The TPP agreement, which includes the United States and 11 other countries in the Pacific Rim and the Americas, covers a range of industries and promises to reduce or eliminate tariffs and quotas on numerous products.
Exports helped drive record throughput in September at the Port of Long Beach, but were the main reason the Port of Oakland experienced a 4.8 percent drop in container volumes.
The derailment of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude, which resulted in a fire that forced the evacuation of hundreds of area residents, was caused by a defect that was missed on two separate inspections, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
In a response to the ITF recommendations, the International Chamber of Shipping said it prefers a fuel levy, rather than an emissions trading scheme, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.