The Icelandic government, two Icelandic municipal authorities and the EFLA engineering company signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the creation of a new port in the northeast corner of Iceland.
SSA Marine's Oakland International Container Terminal will make appointments mandatory for the majority of containerized import pick-ups in order to shorten lines at terminal gates and speed up cargo delivery to customers.
The company plans to accept the weights that clients provide as certified, but if clients are not able to provide the certified weight, it will weigh the cargo on their behalf.
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Port of Portland, Ore. Executive Director Bill Wyatt told the Portland Business Journal low crude oil prices have caused trucking rates to drop well below expected levels, making direct container service to the Puget Sound region less economically viable.
The Puyallup, Wash.-based shipping company's last call at the Port of Portland, Ore. will be Saturday, May 21.
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.