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Spotlight 8 Journal of Commerce | June 5, 2023 Trending @ Turn to for the latest breaking news, analysis, special projects and events-related information. Here's what's hot: FEATURED CONTENT WEBCASTS from Houston's Barbours Cut container terminal to its Alliance ramp. The weekly service to Alliance will have twice-weekly cutos on Tuesday and Friday evening, with scheduled container availability on the following Thursday and Sunday morning, respectively. "Based on vessel arrival, these new intermodal service schedule updates have the potential to increase in frequency to meet growing intermodal demand at the Port of Houston," BNSF said in a May 18 advisory. No ocean carrier is oering the inland intermodal service from Houston yet, according to sources familiar with the matter. But BNSF has discussed such a service oering with Mediterranean Ship - ping Co., Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express, those sources say. BNSF ran several trains from Barbours Cut to Alliance in April 2022, moving about 4,000 containers in total. BNSF said at the time it was evaluating the service. House bill seeks checks of 'foreign' port cranes Port terminal cranes made in coun- tries deemed by the US to be a "foreign adversary" would need to be inspected before deployment to check for the pres- ence of technology that could be used for espionage or cyberattacks, under new legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill, spon- sored by Reps. John Garamendi, D-Calif., and Carlos A. Giménez, R-Fla., does not identify specific countries that manu- facture the cranes that would be subject to inspection. But a statement from the co-sponsors specifically mentions China, noting that 80% of the cranes used in US ports are made there. Giménez called China the country's "most significant national security threat" and said the Port Crane Security and Inspections Act of 2023 aims "to combat the undue influence of the Chinese Communist Party on port infrastructure, including cargo cranes, a critical component of US supply chains." Midyear Port Performance Report: What Needs to Be Done to Improve Flow Thursday, June 8, 2023, 2:00 PM EDT North American ports are approaching the summer-fall peak shipping season free from the congestion and supply chain bottlenecks they faced last year. Vessel schedule integrity, while still far from ideal, has improved dramatically from the approximately 20% on-time performance registered early last year. The ports themselves are fluid, with virtually no container backlogs. Gate times for trucks are likewise what terminal operators and truckers consider to be acceptable. Retailers are scrambling to reduce the inventory overhang from last year that continues to take up valuable space at their warehouses with the plan being to be ready to receive this year's fall and holiday merchandise. Railroads have addressed the congestion problems at their ramps in Chicago, Dallas, Memphis, Toronto and Montreal. The severe congestion those ramps experienced last summer and fall had a knock-on e‡ect at the ports, resulting in congested marine terminals and excessive rail container dwell times. While the dou- ble-digit drop in cargo volumes the past six months are undoubtedly a major reason why the ports are fluid entering peak season 2023, the question now is, what must the marine terminals, carriers, railroads, truckers and retailers do in the coming few months to prepare for the next cargo surge? Logistics Technology: The Future of Digital Procurement Thursday, July 20, 2023, 2:00 PM EDT Shippers across modes have been saddled with an unenviable amount of volatility, on both the high and low side of the rate and capacity-availability spectrum. That volatility is throwing a number of long-held beliefs about freight procurement — most notably a reliance on annual contracts and devotion to a multi-round bidding process — into question. As technology advances in all areas of logistics take hold, it's appropriate for shippers to wonder if the time they take to determine the appropriate carriers, allocate freight and find the right rate equates to a commensurate amount of value. This webcast will focus on how bidding across freight modes is changing, how the proliferation of rate information is changing procurement models and whether it makes sense to be more flexible as a buying organization. Canada Trade and Shipping: The Path Forward On demand, Free The two-plus-year surge in imports from Asia and the wake of its disruption that tested supply chains from marine terminals to inland hubs is over. That's shi'ing the spotlight to how stakeholders are investing in Canadian infrastructure and improving operations to address pinch points, lest they become bottlenecks when there's a cargo surge or major weather disruption. Acknowledging the need for government to do more, Ottawa is rethinking the nation's port structure and how to best support inland cargo flows. If the last seven years have been a guide, however, then Canadian shippers and transportation providers know not to count on federal intervention if port workers and employers don't have productive contract talks on both coasts. Accelerate cuts in transport emissions or miss climate targets: ITF report Transport emissions will not decline fast enough in the coming years to meet interna- tional climate objectives, and governments will struggle to balance national priorities against the need to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement, according to a May 23 report from the International Transport Forum (ITF). US-Mexico cross-border trucking expanding on manufacturing demand, nearshoring The US trucking market may be in the doldrums, but not at the US-Mexico border. High demand for manufactured goods and produce is pushing up the volume and the value of goods moving north from Mexican factories and farms into the United States. Pandemic-induced trailer dislocation still hampering US truckload carriers One of the COVID-19 pandemic's persistent impacts on the truckload market has been a systemic dislocation of trailers, a dynamic that has morphed from a drain on capacity available to shippers at the height of freight demand to a drag on the ability of carriers to service loads in the current market. RESOURCES Top 100 Importers and Exporters

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