Issue 7 2017 - FBJNA


California’s big ports see huge gains

California’s big seaports, Los Angeles and Long Beach, experienced surging cargo volumes in July. With total volume of 720,312 TEUs in July, the Port of Long Beach set a record for the best month in the port’s 106-year history, surpassing the previous high mark set in August 2015 for the number of containers moved across its docks. Cargo traffic has increased

for five consecutive months in Long Beach, and in six of the first seven months of 2017. Volume is up 6.4% for the calendar year compared to 2016. Overall, container business in

Long Beach was 13.1% higher in July compared to the same month a year ago. Imports jumped 16.3% to 378,820 TEUs — also setting an all-time record for the Port — as retailers anticipate consumer demand for goods in the coming months. Exports slipped 11.7% to 126,098 containers. The recent wave of imports helped push empty containers 27.7% higher, to 215,394 TEUs. Empty containers are repositioned overseas. July container volumes at the

Port of Los Angeles, regarded the nation’s busiest port, climbed by 16% compared to July 2016 volumes. 796,804 TEUs came

through the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest July in the port’s 110- year history. Seven months into 2017, Port of

Los Angeles container volumes are 9.5% ahead of 2016, when the Port of Los Angeles handled a record-breaking 8.8 million TEUs. “As we strive to maintain our

competitive edge with these record volumes, it’s important to acknowledge the Pacific Maritime Association and the good men and women of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union who just extended their contract with terminal operators until 2022,” said Gene Seroka,

Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles.

“The certainty that

comes from this decision builds further long-term confidence in our supply chain as we continue to focus on superior infrastructure, innovative leadership and extraordinary customer service.” July loaded imports

increased 13% to 417,090 TEUs. Loaded exports rose 17% to 154,925 TEUs. Along with a 20% spike in empty containers, overall July container volumes were 796,804 TEUs. Previously, the strongest July in Port history was 2006, when 761,326 TEUs moved through the port’s terminals. Through July, total 2017 cargo

volumes are 5,279,352 TEUs, an increase of 9.5% compared to the same period in 2016.

American waterways benefit from barge transport The American Operators recently

Waterways released

a study documenting the contribution of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry to the US economy. Developed through a cooperative agreement between AWO and MARAD, and conducted by

PricewaterhouseCoopers, it quantifies the industry’s impact on US employment, gross domestic product, and taxes, and highlights the rich array of commodities

transported on

American waterways. According to the study, water transport uses 75% less energy

than trucks and 31% less than rail to haul a ton of freight; the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, in turn, are directly responsible for more than 50,000 jobs. And of all the products carried on the nation’s waterways, 69% of the lumber, stone and ore, 82.4% of petroleum and petroleum

products as well as 90% of coal are transported by the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry. On a nationwide basis,

including direct, indirect, and induced impacts, the industry supported more than 300,000 jobs and $33.8 billion in GDP in 2014.

CargoLogicAir launches 1st

scheduled service CargoLogicAir (CLA), the only

British all-cargo airline, launched its first scheduled cargo route on August 19, providing maindeck services connecting the UK and Mexico. Twice-weekly Boeing 747-

400 flights departs from CLA’s base at London Stansted Airport every Wednesday and Saturday. Flights operate to Mexico City International Airport via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The launch of its first scheduled

route follows the delivery of CLA’s third Boeing 747 freighter in May 2017. The airline has reported strong customer demand in the first half of 2017 with its ACMI and charter operations growing 44% year-on-year. “The arrival of our third 747

freighter means we are ready to begin our scheduled cargo operations and we are confident the routing we have chosen will appeal strongly to customers moving car spares, hi-tech,

energy, aerospace and healthcare products,” said Dmitry Grishin, CLA CEO. The full aircraſt routing, which

sees ABC’s 747 freighter also operating via Houston, Frankfurt and Abu Dhabi enables CLA to also offer customers a wide choice of Europe-Mexico, Europe- Middle East and U.S.-Middle East connections. In the Middle East, CLA is

providing road feeder services to also offer customers fast deliveries to Dubai International Airport (DXB), Dubai World Central (DWC) and Sharjah (SHJ). Over Frankfurt, it will also link up with the global network of its partner airline, AirBridgeCargo, enabling CLA to offer onward connections to APAC region. CLA, which offers a total cargo

capacity of over 200 tonnes a week on its new routes, has also appointed AEROCHARTER as its GSA partner in Mexico, AirCargoAmericas in the US and AirFreightLogistics in Europe.

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