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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.

Supply chain challenges continue to cause delays, forcing some companies to reduce freight into San Pedro Bay ports

Continued supply chain challenges at the San Pedro Bay ports, the busiest port complex in the United States, has spawned such issues for businesses?and individuals?forcing some like Levi Strauss to reevaluate their freight movement.

Cargo Owners Applaud White House Order on Competitiveness

Groups representing cargo owners are praising President Biden's executive order on business competitiveness, but say stronger regulatory action and even legislation may be needed to resolve longstanding concerns over freight transport fees and services.

UP suspending USWC?Chicago hub services to clear Global IV boxes

Union Pacific's emergency measure is meant to help move a stack of containers at its Global IV terminal outside of Chicago where an estimated 2,000?3,000 containers sit without chassis.

Container Rates to U.S. Top $10,000 as Shipping Crunch Tightens

Container shipping rates from Asia to the U.S. and Europe increased to new record levels over the past week, ensuring transportation costs will stay elevated for companies heading into a peak season for rebuilding inventories.

Union Pacific suspends inbound international container shipments to Chicago for a week

Embargo will allow railroad to address backlog at Global IV facility.

New FMC and DoJ MOU Supports Interagency Collaboration on Antitrust Issues

The Federal Maritime Commission and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division today signed an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (?MOU?) to foster increased cooperation and communication in their respective oversight and enforcement responsibilities of the ocean liner shipping industry.

Long Beach now controls the Queen Mary, but it may have to deal with a derelict submarine too

The city's attorneys described the decommissioned Soviet attack submarine as an "environmental hazard." It is reportedly taking on water, does not have bilge pumps to drain the flooding and could damage the Queen Mary's hull if it rolls.

Long Beach port to celebrate final completion of ambitious Middle Harbor project in August

The Port of Long Beach is planning a celebration for next month to celebrate, after 10 years, the completion of what's been touted as the world's most advanced and greenest? container terminal.
The $1.5 billion Middle Harbor project, which has opened in phases but was formally completed in last month with final work on wharf and backland areas, combined two aging, 1950s-era shipping terminals into one. It brought upgraded wharfs, greater water access, more storage areas, an expanded on-dock rail yard to reduce truck trips and the ability to accommodate the newest and largest ships.

Centerpiece of Wilmington waterfront development remains on track for March 2023 completion

Construction on the central piece of Wilmington's long-awaited waterfront remains on schedule to finish in March 2023, Port of Los Angeles officials said during the most-recent harbor commission meeting.
Harbor commissioners this week approved updates for the contract with Sasaki Associates Inc. for engineering, architectural and landscaping design services, adding 10 months and $500,000 to the existing agreement for the Wilmington Waterfront Promenade space. The changes take into account some tweaks to the plans, including the addition of restrooms and payment to cover earlier delays in the schedule.

Analysis: self-driving trucks will force consolidation of trucking market

Several of the nation's largest fleets are investing in self-driving trucks. Ordering the trucks from a major original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is not an option at present, but carriers are now contracting with TuSimple, Plus, Locomation, Waymo and other companies that have developed self-driving technology.

TMF at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to Adjust on August 1

LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) today announced that on August 1, 2021, the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase by 2.2 percent. The adjustment matches the combined 2.2 percent increase in longshore wage and assessment rates that take effect in early July.

LA, Long Beach get $25 million investment for zero emission vehicle infrastructure at ports

The funding is part of a $200 million commitment from Electrify America's California Zero Emission Vehicle Investment Program, which is funding technology, renewable energy storage, energy management infrastructure and public charging depots.

Bipartisan infrastructure deal: What's in it for trucking industry?

After months of talks, President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on the framework for nearly $1 trillion in hard infrastructure spending. But the deal is linked to other bills and still has a ways to go before trucking sees benefits.

Does Hydrogen Have a Future in the Shipping Industry?

The global shipping industry is responsible for 3% of our total emissions of CO2. Green hydrogen fuel, while not yet ready to replace oil or gas bunker fuels industry-wide, does not cause any emissions in use and may be the best possible solution to this problem. However, heavy regulation such as an international carbon tax is required to make sustainable energy alternatives a reality in this industry.

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Stay of Mandate: AB5 Preliminary Injunction Will Remain In Place Pending Appeal to US Supreme Court

Today, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted our request to stay the mandate to lift the preliminary injunction on California's enforcement of AB 5 against motor carriers.

North American Shipping Industry Forms Decarbonization Coalition

Recognizing that it will be critical for all segments of the maritime industry to work together to achieve the goals of reducing GHG emissions, a broad range of companies in the U.S. and Canada from all parts of the sector are forming a coalition to accelerate the industry's pathway to net-zero emissions. Known as the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, they are recruiting ship owners, builders, charterers, financiers, classification organizations, port authorities, government and non-government organizations for membership and participation in the initiatives.

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing in CTA Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied the California Trucking Association's (CTA) request for an en banc review of the Ninth Circuit's April 28 decision that found the CTA was unlikely to succeed on its claim that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (F4A) preempts AB-5, the California legislature's imposition of a restrictive ABC test.

Cargo Is Piling Up Everywhere, And It's Making Inflation Worse

The Port of Los Angeles just logged its busiest month in history, handling more than 1 million shipping containers in May, more than half loaded with imports from Asia. The record volume of cargo has overwhelmed longshoremen, truck drivers, warehouses, and railroads. Vessels are waiting up to five days just to get into port, and it can take 10 more days for a container to be loaded on a train.

NY-NJ port terminals upping capacity

Marine terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) plan to increase their container handling capacity and reduce the time truckers spend at their facilities as the ongoing flood of imports into the US that began last summer shows no sign of letting up.

Port of LA Clean Trucks Program gets a roadmap but twists and turns remain before it is in place

The Los Angeles harbor commission has approved a roadmap for implementing the ambitious, twin-port Clean Truck Program on the Port of LA side.
But a long list of questions and uncertainties remain over financing, technology and priorities, including making sure both the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are on the same page.