DHL supports LiventCorp. in Latin America


locations in Europe. DHL was chosen as

DHL Industrial Projects, a unit of DHL Global Forwarding that manages

complex project

logistics, deep sea chartering activity and heavy-lift cargo, has been supporting Livent with the expansion of its production facility in El Salar del Hombre Muerto in the province of Catamarca, Argentina. Livent is one of the

biggest providers of lithium compounds and a leader in lithium extraction and

purification technology. The work


international shipments, ocean charters for prefabricated modularized cargo, airfreight, storage, and domestic


transportation for one of the biggest providers of lithium

compounds and

leaders in lithium extraction. Prefabricated modules and other materials are transported from Asia, North America, and various

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The American Trucking Associations reports in ATA Freight Transportation Forecast: 2020 to 2031 that total freight volumes in 2020 are likely to collapse by 10.6% to 14.6 billion tons, although truck freight volumes falls a smaller 8.8%; Trucking volumes are expected to rebound in 2021, rising 4.9% next year and then growing 3.2% per year on average through 2026; Overall freight revenues in 2020 will total $879 billion, rising to $1.435 trillion in 2031.

The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) announced a new match-funding program for “last mile” transportation to help goods movement providers invest in clean truck and infrastructure technology. The announcement comes as the MSRC celebrates 30 years of clean air transportation investments from its Clean Transportation Funding Program.

Logistics Plus Inc., a leading worldwide provider of transportation, logistics, and supply chain solutions, is proud to announce that it has submitted and received approval for its current data submission to the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the industry. Since 2004, SmartWay has helped partners avoid emitting 124 million tons of air pollution (NOx, PM, and CO2), which helps protect the environment and keep Americans healthy.

OmniTRAX, Inc., is launching its Rail-Ready Sites program along the 222-mile Georgia & Florida Railway (GFRR) in coordination with nine counties across South Georgia and north Florida. The Rail-Ready Sites program connects customers looking to maximize supply chain performance with rail-served properties. OmniTRAX is jointly collaborating with economic development organizations in Dougherty, Mitchell, Thomas, Worth, Brooks, Cook and Colquitt counties in Georgia and Madison and Taylor counties in Florida to market and develop eight initial sites along the GFRR.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) submitted to the Federal Register a final rule allowing railroads to use ultrasonic inspection technology, augmented with global positioning system (GPS) technology, to employ continuous rail testing. These updated regulations are expected to improve safety by making it easier for railroads to test rail more frequently and to identify and repair internal rail flaws before conditions degrade safety.

Road & Rail

the partner of choice for this project, owing to its experience in previous projects in Latin America and excellent service level. DHL team members,

based at the Livent facilities, provided satellite mobile phones to ensure connectivity through the entire transportation chain or support with the compliance of safety standards by providing regular check-ups on blood oxygen levels for drivers. As the employment of residents and the development of local vendors are of high priority for Livent, DHL supported this initiative by providing personnel transfer to the sites, as well as enhancing the visibility of the local vendors involved in the project development. Services were monitored from a central control tower based in Buenos Aires, enhancing end-to-end processes. “Logistics, especially under

challenging conditions, is all about expertise, flexibility and reliability. All this is part of our DNA,” said Ryan Foley, CEO DHL Industrial Projects. “For this project, it was particularly important to implement special health and safety measures for all involved, and to work closely with local residents as well. We have expanded our personnel services, such as providing oxygen tests to our drivers and offering transfers. DHL Industrial Projects has once more proven to be the provider of choice, even when the air gets thin.” With the production

site located at about 4,000 meters above sea level, DHL was contracted to provide numerous services for Livent, ranging from chartering and movement of over-sized cargo to personnel transfers to the site. Factors such as the extreme weather conditions, lack of oxygen and limited telephone signal, among others, required highest HSE standards and additional safety arrangements for the staff.

Issue 7 2020 - FBJNA Port of Oakland

reports unaudited FY 2020 results

Despite a 37.6% drop in net income compared to the prior year, the Port of Oakland is on a sustainable path due to managed reduction in expenses.That’s what the Port’s governing Board heard in a presentation in last September on Fiscal Year 2020 unaudited financial performance. The Port reported $41 million

in operating income for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020. That was down from $66 million in FY 2019. The Port attributed the decline to the economic impact of a global coronavirus pandemic. “The Port’s overall financial

position remained solid and resilient with strong liquidity and debt service coverage ratios at June 30,” Oakland Port Commissioners were told. Revenue declined 5.3% in

FY 2020 to $376 million, the Port said. A 70-to-90% drop in Oakland International Airport passenger traffic beginning in March contributed to much of the revenue decrease. Cargo volume at the Port of Oakland fell 6.8%, the Port said.

Aviation revenue dropped

10.3% last year, the Port said. Maritime revenue rose 1%. Commercial Real Estate revenue was off 7.8%. The Port said that

coronavirus impacts hit during the last three months of the fiscal year. A strong first eight months lessened the impact. The Port warned of further pressure in FY 2021 with a full year of expected pandemic-related economic reversals worldwide. The Port said its FY

2020 unaudited financial performance was in line with internal projections. The Port said it cushioned the blow of a reeling global economy by reducing budgeted expenses nearly $40 million. The Port said cost-control efforts should ensure that it remains financially resilient and prepared for uncertainties in FY 2021. Import cargo volume

increased for the third consecutive month at the Port of Oakland in August. Port officials said that containerized


import volume jumped 9% in August compared to 2019 totals. Exports were also up, 1.4% compared to August 2019. Officials there are

encouraged by the rebound as it enters peak shipping season which runs from August to October. Peak season is when retailers get ready for the traditionally busy shopping months

of November and

December. “We remain cautious because

as we have already seen, the coronavirus pandemic has created lots of uncertainty,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “We’re waiting to see how COVID-19 will affect our retail partners.” Brandes attributes the boost

in imports to U.S. retailers restocking their dwindling inventories. Shipments include pandemic-related items such as e-commerce goods, medical equipment, and personal protective equipment. He said the gain in August exports was due to fruit and beverage shipments doing slightly better compared to August 2019. Year-to-date total cargo

volume at the Port of Oakland is down 5% from 2019. That’s due primarily to a 25.3% drop in shipments of empty cargo containers

back destinations.

Five reasons companies are shiſting supply chains to Vietnam

Shifting production to a new country

to diversify but can your

company’s supply chain is challenging


bottom-line benefits for both ecommerce startups and large retailers. The process of realigning your supply chain could involve: standing up a legal entity in the new country; securing approval from regulatory agencies; handling tax and accounting requirements; setting up facilities, human resources, and production, and organizing the supply chain from suppliers to production to consumers With uncertainty in the

market due to trade tariff policy and

the global pandemic,

as well as the business advantages Vietnam offers,

companies are increasingly considering Vietnam as an alternative or as an additional link in their supply chains. Here are five reasons why

companies are relocating or adding production in Vietnam: ease of business, labor cost, and production expertise. The World Bank gave an

Vietnam overall score

of 69.8 on its “ease of doing business score” where 0 represents the lowest and 100 represents the best performance of a particular country. Vietnam’s score is a slight increase over its score in 2019 and higher than that of Indonesia, the Philippines, and the average among East Asia and Pacific countries. In terms of trade, Vietnam also scores well in the report, clocking less

time and cost than the region’s average for their exports’ border compliance. That is due in part to Vietnam adopting an electronic customs clearance system, which

has helped

improved trade efficiency. Regarding labor costs, the

average factor factory and manufacturing labor costs are about 80% less in Vietnam compared to China in terms of US dollars, according to recent data from When considering minimum wage rates, the minimum wage is 37% less in Vietnam’s major production centers, compared to

Guangdong Province in

Southeast China, according to data from the WageIndicator Foundation in September 20 20 . Employees who

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