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Page 2 of 163 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 1 CONTENTS 2015 ANNUAL REVIEW & OUTLOOK JAN.12 From port congestion and new ocean alliances to driver shortages and rail service worries, the global supply chain is more fragile than at any point in recent memory. Three shippers discuss how they're adjusting to the challenges. 8 ■ DEPARTMENTS ■ COLUMNS 4 Y E A R O F T H E C U S T O M E R? By Chris Brooks 156 S H U T T I N G O U T T H E S H I P P E R S By Peter Tirschwell 158 CO M M E N TA RY I N D E X 160 A D V E R T I S E R I N D E X 160 C L A S S I F I E D S 2015 JAN.12 2015 JAN.12 2015 V.16 N.1 JAN.12 V.16 N.1 JAN.12 V.16 N.1 22 GOVERNMENT WILL GRIDLOCK RETURN TO WASHINGTON? With the Highway Trust Fund dwindling and little political will to raise fuel taxes, potholes again obstruct the road to a new transportation law. REGULATING THE REGULATORS As battles over truck safety roll on, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration finds a potential new challenger to its rules: Congress. HIS GOAL? KEEPING PROMISES With nearly a year under his belt, Customs Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske is putting trade promotion and cargo clearance on the front burner. 50 MARITIME ALLIANCES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE Shippers and reg ulatory authorities will be watching closely as new and expanding alliances launch their services. 2015'S RISING STARS With the economy improving and West Coast ports struggling, a rising number of imports may shift east. UNCORKING THE PORT BOTTLENECK North American ports and terminals are working to untangle crippling port congestion, but it won't be a quick fi x. Breaking Breaking Point Point Breaking Point Breaking Breaking Point Breaking

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