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Goods Movement Timeline

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Welcome to the METRANS Goods Movement Timeline. This is a searchable timeline of activities tied to goods movement, logistics and international trade based upon items from the popular press.

Given our location and the importance of this region as an international trade gateway, many of the entries pertain to Southern California. We do however draw from state and national press as well. Some articles' links may have expired, or you may have to pay a fee or register on the Web site where they originally appeared to access the complete article. Our goal however is to provide the researcher with enough information to track significant events over time as they have occurred in key areas like legislation, finance, and security.

This timeline grew out of timelines initially developed for METRANS research projects in the area of goods movement. Earlier entries (before 2005) were therefore not prepared with a searchable database in mind and will be less detailed. We hope, however, that they remain a useful resource.


It's an acknowledged truth that the United Kingdom is under-warehoused?. And the supply pipeline of new units is significantly constricted. According to the latest figures from estate agents, Savills, in the 100,000 sq. ft plus range (which is not very large by today's standards) there is just 6.9 million sq. ft currently under construction barely half of last year's figure. A market with less than two years of supply on offer is considered undersupplied, yet currently the void time? for space, the time a unit stands empty before being let or re-let, is two months into negative territory as customers lease space off plan?.READ MORE »

U.S. retailers see millions in sales delays amid shipping logjam

Overwhelmed U.S. ports, elevated freight costs and accidents that sent goods plunging to the bottom of the ocean are causing headaches for U.S. retailers already reeling from the pandemic.

Middle-skill jobs in demand at Southern California ports, airports

Technology and automation will continue to make some jobs obsolete at Southern California's ports and air hubs, but they?re also creating openings for well-paying, mid-skill occupations, a new report finds.

Amid Shortfalls, Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Critical Supply Chains

The order is intended to help insulate the economy from future shortages of critical imported components by making the United States less reliant on foreign supplies.

COVID-19 testing delays Chinese imports of US perishables

US seafood exporters are among the hardest hit by stricter COVID-19 testing requirements in China that some shippers have decried as non-tariff trade barriers.

Port of Los Angeles Rewards Container Terminals for Higher Truck Productivity

The Port of Los Angeles recently launched a new
incentive program to move trucks faster and more
efficiently through its terminals. The
programs offer terminal operators two ways to
earn financial rewards: one for shortening the time
it takes to process trucks dropping off and/or
picking up cargo, and the other for trucks handling
both transactions in the same trip.

FMC Announces Big Step To Stopping Unreasonable D&D Practice

The Federal Maritime
Commission (FMC) announced they will issue
information demand orders to ocean carriers
and marine terminals to evaluate the
reasonableness of their detention and
demurrage practices, a large step in modernizing the practices.

Dockworker coronavirus cases spark concern as goods movement slows in Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

Dockworkers at the nation's largest commercial seaport complex continue battling the coronavirus, even as numbers wane across Los Angeles County with about 41% of all positive tests at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach occurring in the first six weeks of the new year.

Cargo surge shows no sign of letting up in Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

The cargo surge that exploded in the last several months of 2020 at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has continued into the new year, including the latter setting a January record but the spike in imports has also caused massive congestion and sent some ships to smaller ports.

Container lines ordered to explain detention, demurrage assessment

Federal maritime regulators on Wednesday ordered container lines and marine terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York, and New Jersey to explain how they are assessing detention and demurrage.


Fast-tracked by advances in technology and increasing customer demand for sustainable supply chains, A.P. Moller - Maersk has accelerated the efforts to decarbonise marine operations with the launch of the world's first carbon neutral liner vessel in 2023 - seven years ahead of the initial 2030-ambition. All future Maersk owned newbuildings will have dual fuel technology installed, enabling either carbon neutral operations or operation on standard very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO)

4 charts show the effects of West Coast port congestion and supply chain delays

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been overburdened with a deluge of container imports over the last few months. As a result, cargo heading into and out of the ports has slowed to a relative crawl, as the ports deal with record-breaking volume alongside a reduction in staff related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OOIDA supports FMCSA's proposal to end duplicative regulation

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association showed support for FMCSA's proposal to eliminate a duplicative? regulation that requires drivers to submit a list of traffic convictions to their employers.

FMCSA extends national HOS waiver through May 31

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced late Friday it was extending the HOS waiver which was set to expire Feb. 28 through May 31. The national exemption to the HOS rules for truckers and carriers hauling COVID-19 relief was first issued on March 12, 2020, in response to the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump. It was set to expire a month later, but the rapidly spreading pandemic has warranted several extensions and expansions.

FMC to discuss 'big, huge step' related to detention, demurrage and container returns

Federal Maritime Commission Commissioner Rebecca Dye will meet with fellow commissioners next week to provide an update on Fact Finding 29, the investigation into the pandemic's effects on the ocean shipping industry.

Global supply chains choke under tsunami of freight

Chinese factories stay open for Lunar New Year, potentially adding to shipping delays in what is shaping up as a perpetual peak season?

Shipping Companies Look at Sailing Away From Choked Southern California Gateways

Dozens of ships are waiting offshore, disrupting supply chains and sending carriers and their customers looking for alternatives.

LA Councilman Buscaino pushes Congress to vaccinate dock workers at Port of LA

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino testified before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Thursday about COVID-19's impact on local governments and essential workers, and he urged the federal government to provide further assistance.
The testimony was part of the committee's hearing on protecting transportation workers and passengers from COVID-19.

California asks Federal Maritime Commission to take action on agricultural shipping delays

Just one week after CNBC's two-month investigation into shipping carriers? rejection of U.S. agricultural exports, California is calling on the Federal Maritime Commission for immediate action. A letter to the FMC was signed by several state officials asking for immediate steps in reviewing the carriers? export policies.

Excessive detention and demurrage charges 'threaten' US intermodal carriers

?The process and governance regarding the extortive assessment of detention and demurrage lacks equity, inclusion, and transparency, says Weston LaBar, chief executive of the US west coast ports drayage carriers? association