The Northern Sea Route, which can cut 12 to 15 days off voyage times between Asia and North Europe compared to the traditional Suez Canal routing, is currently only usable during the summer season, but could be open year-round by 2020.
Major freight railroads in the United States employed 152,718 workers as of the middle of July 2016, up 0.19 percent from the previous month but down 10.71 percent year-over-year, according to data from the Surface Transportation Board.
Chinese e-commerce solutions provider Baozun Inc. created Baotong E-logistics, a wholly-owned warehousing and logistics subsidiary.
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The Jacksonville, Fla.-based railway will construct a $270 million intermodal rail hub in Rocky Mount, N.C. in addition to launching a new intermodal rail service within the state between the Port of Wilmington and Charlotte.
Logistics costs for businesses in the United States grew in 2015, while spending actually slowed by nearly half from the 5.1 percent compound average rate over the previous four years and was flat relative to the overall economy.
The expanded Panama Canal locks, which just opened June 26 to handle vessels up to 14,000 TEUs, are expected to reshape U.S. East Coast port operations.