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Union says it will strike APMT's North Pier terminal, which handles 35 percent of Peruvian cargo, starting Wednesday.
Filling and testing the Pacific locks will take about 90 days.
Study from Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson said the cargo most in play will be destined for the “battleground region” in the Midwest.
Transportation and port companies need to cooperate more, members of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition said at their annual meeting in San Francisco.
Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and Union Pacific railways have seen volumes drop 4 percent, 3 percent and 6 percent, respectively, so far in the second quarter.
The ever-increasing size of containerships has led a decrease in average number of containers moved per hour in port and, in turn, to increased vessel delays, according to a new JOC Port Productivity study from IHS Inc.