How a Texas Border City Is Shaping the Future of Global Trade

Laredo, across from Mexico on the Rio Grande, is primed to become one of the world’s most important land ports as American companies reduce their reliance on factories in Asia.

#california, #china, #factories-and-manufacturing, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #laredo-tex, #mexico, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states-economy, #warehouses

Your Weirdest Dates

We asked listeners to tell us about their most bizarre date spots. The stories were imaginative, morbid and in some cases, life changing.

#dating-and-relationships, #freight-cargo, #love-emotion, #travel-and-vacations

Who Is Viktor Bout, Arms Dealer in Swap for Brittney Griner?

Viktor Bout has been accused of supplying arms to Al Qaeda, the Taliban and rebels in Rwanda. His exploits helped inspire a 2005 film, “Lord of War,” that starred Nicolas Cage.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #arms-trade, #bout-viktor, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #freight-cargo, #griner-brittney, #gru-russia, #political-prisoners, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #terrorism, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

The Rail Strike Is a Chance For Biden to Prove He Really Is a Pro-Union President

The president’s pro-labor reputation doesn’t mean much if he isn’t willing to stand firm when unions need White House support.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brotherhood-of-locomotive-engineers-and-trainmen, #democratic-party, #freight-cargo, #house-of-representatives, #income-inequality, #international-association-of-sheet-metal-air-rail-and-transportation-workers-smart, #law-and-legislation, #organized-labor, #paid-time-off, #railroads, #senate, #strikes, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Some Rail Workers, Seeking Sick Days, Say Biden Betrayed Them

The request for Congress to impose contract terms that several unions had rejected rankled rank-and-file members who had rallied behind the president.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freight-cargo, #international-brotherhood-of-teamsters, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #organized-labor, #paid-time-off, #railroads, #strikes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

What We Know About the Railroad Labor Talks

President Biden has asked congressional lawmakers to step in to help prevent a possible strike by tens of thousands of rail workers, which would have a devastating effect on the economic recovery.

#freight-cargo, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #railroads, #strikes, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Will Meet With Congressional Leaders as Rail Strike Looms

President Biden has urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would prevent a labor stoppage by rail workers next month.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #freight-cargo, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #strikes, #united-states-politics-and-government

Key Union Votes Down Freight Rail Contract, Making Strike More Likely

The tentative agreement, brokered in September with help from the Biden administration, had averted a strike before the midterm elections.

#brotherhood-of-locomotive-engineers-and-trainmen, #freight-cargo, #international-association-of-sheet-metal-air-rail-and-transportation-workers-smart, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #railroads, #strikes, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

What One Importer’s Legal Fight Says About the Power of Cargo Giants

The Biden administration has vowed to crack down on abuses by ocean carriers. But cases at the Federal Maritime Commission reveal the challenges of the campaign.

#freight-cargo, #international-relations, #maffei-daniel-b, #ships-and-shipping, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supply-chain, #united-states-politics-and-government

Can the Rhine River Be Saved From Climate Change?

Germany has embarked on an ambitious and expensive effort to preserve the river’s historical role as a vital transportation link. But will it work?

#drought, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #floods, #freight-cargo, #germany, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #kaub-germany, #politics-and-government, #rhine-river, #rivers, #transportation, #united-nations, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #water, #world-heritage-sites

For Rail Workers, Anger Persists Over Sick Leave

A tentative new contract brokered by the White House offered employees one day off, leaving some dissatisfied and raising the risk of another impasse.

#assn-of-american-railroads, #brotherhood-of-maintenance-of-way-employees, #freight-cargo, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #railroads, #ships-and-shipping, #strikes, #supply-chain, #texas, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Mismanagement and ‘Monster Trains’ Have Wrecked American Rail

Decades of cost-cutting takes a toll.

#conrail, #freight-cargo, #harrison-e-hunter, #organized-labor, #railroads, #supply-chain, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Railroads’ Strategy Thrilled Wall Street, but Not Customers and Workers

Freight railways pushed to streamline their operations and improve their profit margins. Critics say the approach left the system stretched thin.

#freight-cargo, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #railroads, #stocks-and-bonds, #strikes, #transportation

A Rail Strike Averted Reminds Us That There Is Power in a Union

The single best thing President Biden and the Democratic Party could do for workers is to give them the tools and support to build power for themselves.

#assn-of-american-railroads, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #collective-bargaining, #freight-cargo, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #railroads, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Railroad Workers Point to Punishing Schedules as Cause of Strike

Employees say the inflexibility of scheduling upended their personal lives. The companies say they maintained service while using fewer resources.

#freight-cargo, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #paid-time-off, #railroads, #strikes, #transportation, #work-life-balance

Amtrak Is Scrambling to Restore Canceled Trains

The rail service had started canceling all long-distance passenger trains on Wednesday because of the possible work stoppage on freight railroads.

#amtrak, #freight-cargo, #organized-labor, #railroads

What We Know About the Railroad Labor Deal

A tentative deal could avert a strike by tens of thousands of rail workers, breaking an impasse in negotiations over sick time and working conditions.

#amtrak, #delays-transportation, #freight-cargo, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #paid-time-off, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #railroads, #strikes, #supply-chain, #union-pacific-corporation

Amtrak Halts Long-Distance Service Over Freight Rail Labor Dispute

The passenger railroad said trains would operate only if they could complete trips by 12:01 a.m. Friday. Most Northeast Corridor service will continue.

#amtrak, #freight-cargo, #lockouts, #organized-labor, #railroads, #strikes, #travel-and-vacations

How a Rail Strike Could Reinvigorate Supply Chain Disruption

If freight trains stop rolling, the result could be chaos for business, shortages for consumers, and fresh momentum for rising prices.

#agriculture-and-farming, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #railroads, #ships-and-shipping, #strikes, #supply-chain, #transportation, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states-economy

Strike Threat on Freight Railroads Is New Supply Chain Worry

Administration officials are pushing for a settlement to head off a walkout by tens of thousands of workers on Friday.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bnsf, #freight-cargo, #norfolk-southern-corporation, #organized-labor, #railroads, #strikes, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy, #walsh-martin-j

High Seas Deception: How Shady Ships Use GPS to Evade International Law

A technology enabling the transmission of fake locations to carry out murky or even illegal business operations could have profound implications for the enforcement of international law.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #freight-cargo, #iran, #maritime-crime, #united-nations, #venezuela

How Shady Ships Use GPS to Evade International Law

A technology enabling the transmission of fake locations to carry out murky or even illegal business operations could have profound implications for the enforcement of international law.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #freight-cargo, #iran, #maritime-crime, #united-nations, #venezuela

Ukraine’s First U.N. Grain Ship Prepares to Depart for Africa

The Brave Commander, a freighter, is expected to carry 23,000 metric tons of wheat to Ethiopia, which World Food Program officials said was “on the verge of famine.”

#africa, #black-sea, #ethiopia, #famine, #food, #freight-cargo, #grain, #odessa-ukraine, #ports, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ukraine Grain Ship Passes Russia’s Black Sea Blockade

For the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, a ship loaded with corn sailed out of Odesa, part of a deal officials hope will help ease food shortages around the world.

#black-sea, #freight-cargo, #grain, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #odessa-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #turkey, #ukraine

How a Military Base in Illinois Helps Keep Weapons Flowing to Ukraine

Thousands of logisticians are responsible for making sure that U.S. military aid reaches its destination, on planes, trains and ships.

#foreign-aid, #freight-cargo, #kyiv-ukraine, #military-aircraft, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ships-and-shipping, #stuttgart-germany, #u-s-european-command, #u-s-transportation-command, #united-states-air-force, #van-ovost-jacqueline-d

As Dockworkers Near Contract’s End, Many Others Have a Stake

West Coast longshoremen and port operators say they’re determined to reach an agreement, but truckers and retailers relying on cargo are uneasy.

#freight-cargo, #international-longshore-and-warehouse-union, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #long-beach-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #organized-labor, #pacific-maritime-assn, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states-economy

Biden to Visit Port of Los Angeles, Casting Inflation as a Global Problem

The visit to the nation’s busiest entry point for goods comes as President Biden struggles to show progress on resolving supply chain issues that are fueling inflation across the country.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #freight-cargo, #inflation-economics, #los-angeles-calif, #port-of-los-angeles-calif, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

American Importers Accuse Shipping Giants of Profiteering

Carriers are exploiting the supply chain chaos to breach contracts and jack up rates, importers say in asking for federal intervention.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #federal-maritime-commission, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #maffei-daniel-b, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #united-states

One Ukrainian War Casualty: The World’s Largest Airplane

Mriya, the world’s largest aircraft, was destroyed in a pivotal battle at the start of the war. It was a beloved symbol for all of Ukraine but perhaps no one misses it more than its first pilot.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #antonov-co, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #freight-cargo, #pilots, #politics-and-government

The Battery That Flies

A new aircraft being built in Vermont has no need for jet fuel. It can take off and land without a runway. Amazon and the Air Force are both betting on it. So who will be in the cockpit?

#batteries, #burlington-vt, #flying-cars, #freight-cargo, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #innovation, #pilots, #rothblatt-martine-a

A DHL Cargo Plane Breaks in Two Landing at a Costa Rica Airport

No one on board was injured, a spokesman for the delivery company said, adding that it was working with the authorities to remove the plane.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #costa-rica, #dhl, #freight-cargo, #san-jose-costa-rica

The Pandemic’s Nerd Celebrities

When old rules of global commerce no longer seem to apply, masters of esoteric data — ocean shipping container times, anyone? — are thrust into the limelight.

#freight-cargo, #inflation-economics, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy

This Is What Happens When Globalization Breaks Down

The story of one shipping container from a factory in China to a warehouse in the United States traces the arc of a global supply chain consumed by trouble.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mississippi, #mississippi-state-university, #ports, #shenzhen-china, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #supply-chain, #toys

New Supply Chain Risk: 22,000 Dockworkers Who May Soon Strike

With the contract of union workers at West Coast ports nearing expiration, the prospect of a labor impasse threatens another shock to the global economy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freight-cargo, #international-longshore-and-warehouse-union, #international-trade-and-world-market, #organized-labor, #pacific-maritime-assn, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #strikes, #supply-chain

As Inflation Surges, Biden Targets Ocean Shipping

The president is targeting shipping companies that have jacked up prices during the pandemic, but critics say bigger economic forces are at work.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-maritime-commission, #freight-cargo, #inflation-economics, #ports, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russian Sanctions Snarl Shipping Even as Pandemic Pressure Eases

Global disruptions from the war on Ukraine and uncertainty due to the sanctions have led to pileups at ports and could delay cargo longer.

#black-sea, #delays-transportation, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #freight-cargo, #great-britain, #international-trade-and-world-market, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #ports, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ukrainian Invasion Adds to Chaos for Global Supply Chains

Russia’s military incursion is severing key supply chains and setting off a scramble among global companies to comply with new sanctions.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #commodities, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ruble-currency, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shortages, #supply-chain, #ukraine, #western-europe

Online Orders in Manhattan May Soon Arrive by Ferry

A partnership plans to bring packages into Manhattan by ferry, relieving truck congestion in tunnels and bridges.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #fernhay, #ferries, #freight-cargo, #manhattan-nyc, #ny-waterway, #roads-and-traffic, #ships-and-shipping, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-parcel-service-inc, #wachtel-william

All Eyes Are on the Nation’s Ports. Can Truck Drivers Make the Most of It?

The supply-chain crisis has opened a rare opportunity for them to agitate for a better life.

#charleston-sc, #collective-bargaining, #freight-cargo, #international-brotherhood-of-teamsters, #international-longshoremens-assn, #maersk-line, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #trucks-and-trucking

Crunch at Ports May Mean Crisis for Family Farms

Backlogs and cancellations are hitting American growers as costs rise, profits slump and overseas customers shop elsewhere.

#agriculture-and-farming, #dairy-products, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #milk, #port-of-los-angeles-calif, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #trucks-and-trucking

Global Shipping Delays Loom Over Retailers for the Holidays

The travails of a Chicago fishing company’s advent calendar highlight the supply chain hurdles for businesses trying to deliver items in time for the holidays.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #california, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fedex-corporation, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #railroads, #ships-and-shipping, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #trucks-and-trucking, #union-pacific-corporation, #walmart-stores-inc

What the Shipping Crisis Looks Like at a U.S. Port

An enduring traffic jam at the Port of Savannah reveals why the chaos in global shipping is likely to persist.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #freight-cargo, #georgia-ports-authority, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #trucks-and-trucking

What America’s Port Crisis Looks Like Up Close

An enduring traffic jam at the Port of Savannah reveals why the chaos in global shipping is likely to persist.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #freight-cargo, #georgia-ports-authority, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #roads-and-traffic, #ships-and-shipping, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #trucks-and-trucking

Carbon Neutral Shipping on the Hudson

Against the winds of instantaneous everything, a sailboat crew tries to forge a carbon-neutral supply chain between the Hudson Valley and New York City.

#freight-cargo, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #sailboats-and-sailing, #ships-and-shipping

The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.

Pandemic-related product shortages — from computer chips to construction materials — were supposed to be resolved by now. Instead, the world has gained a lesson in the ripple effects of disruption.

#china, #columbia-sportswear-company, #cork-ireland, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #england, #european-union, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #south-dakota, #suez-canal, #target-corporation, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states

An Obstacle to Amtrak Expansion That Money Won’t Solve

Amtrak and freight rail companies have long clashed over the use of railroad tracks, a dispute that is now playing out along the Gulf Coast, where the agency is seeking to restore service.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #csx-corporation, #delays-transportation, #freight-cargo, #gulf-coast-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #norfolk-southern-corporation, #railroads, #surface-transportation-board, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Can Massive Cargo Ships Use Wind to Go Green?

Cargo vessels belch almost as much carbon into the air each year as the entire continent of South America. Modern sails could have a surprising impact.

#2021-climate-issue, #freight-cargo, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #sailboats-and-sailing, #ships-and-shipping, #wind-power

E-Commerce Mega-Warehouses, a Smog Source, Face New Pollution Rule

A plan aimed at the nation’s largest cluster of warehouses is designed to spur electrification of pollution-spewing diesel trucks and could set a template for restrictions elsewhere.

#air-pollution, #amazon-com-inc, #california, #e-commerce, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #freight-cargo, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #long-beach-calif, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

What Will Legal Cannabis Look Like in New York?

The state will become one of the largest markets of the drug in the nation. Here’s what you can do now, and what will take some time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #freight-cargo, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #new-york-city, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #smoking-and-tobacco, #state-legislatures

Clearing the Suez Canal Took Days. Figuring Out the Costs May Take Years.

There will be finger-pointing and competing agendas as cargo companies, lawyers, insurers and government agencies try to sort out what went wrong when the Ever Given got stuck — and who must pay.

#canals, #freight-cargo, #insurance, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #ships-and-shipping, #suez-canal