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Cargo thefts in the United States were up 7 percent in value despite falling 18 percent by volume in the third quarter of 2015 compared with the second quarter, according to the FreightWatch International Q3 2015 U.S. Cargo Theft Report.
The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 attempts to fund highway and infrastructure spending while remaining budget neutral through a series of offsets, including the application of some customs user fees for highway aid.
Combined with the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement signed last month, the Chinese policy could help "ignite new trade," according to Federal Maritime Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky.
The U.S. Gulf port also expects to benefit from continuing population migration to Texas and the expansion of Panama Canal, which is scheduled to be completed in April 2016.
Meanwhile, a Federal Aviation Administration task force released its recommendations regarding a registration program for unmanned aircraft systems that will affect the use of drones in both commercial and recreational settings.
Box volumes at the largest U.S. East Coast port were up 11 percent year-over-year in October, driven primarily by a 9.8 percent spike in loaded import containers.