Can Global Shipping Be Fixed? One Regulator Will Try.

The Federal Maritime Commission, traditionally obscure, has been cast by Congress and the administration to help lead the campaign to tame inflation.

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Crops ‘Stored Everywhere’: Ukraine’s Harvest Piles Up

Farmers who have lived under the risk of Russian missile attacks have their doubts about an international agreement to ease a blockade on grain shipments through the Black Sea.

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Where Is Pete Panto?

A union leader on the Brooklyn docks disappeared 81 years ago, presumably murdered by the mob.

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At Europe’s Largest Port, Russia Sanctions Meet Their Toughest Test

The Dutch port of Rotterdam and its staff are at the front line of enforcing the European Union’s restrictions on trade with Russia. It’s no easy task.

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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.

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As Russia Chokes Ukraine’s Grain Exports, Romania Tries to Fill In

With famine threatening millions, Europe is intent on finding alternatives to one of world’s biggest food exporters, whose landlocked crop is stranded by war.

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On Inflation and the Food Crisis, the World Can Work Together or Fall Apart

No single country can solve the problem of rising food and fuel costs.

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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.

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Dozens Killed and Hundreds Burned in Bangladesh Depot Disaster

A fire set off a series of explosions, killing at least 39 people, including firefighters. Many others were in critical condition.

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Russia Wants to Sell More Energy to Asia, but Has to Slash Prices

Russia wants to sell more oil and coal to China and India, but Western sanctions may make that hard unless Russia offers deep discounts on the price.

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How the Supply Chain Crunch is Hurting California Farmers.

As shipping companies concentrate on the most lucrative routes from China to California, almond growers are struggling to transport their wares.

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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.

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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.

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A Normal Supply Chain? It’s ‘Unlikely’ in 2022.

The chaos at ports, warehouses and retailers will probably persist through the year, and perhaps even longer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #shortages, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy, #warehouses

Supply Chain Woes Could Worsen as China Imposes Covid Lockdowns

American manufacturers are worried that China’s zero-tolerance coronavirus policy could throw a wrench in the global conveyor belt for goods this year.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy

Supply Chain Snags Continued to Drive Up Inflation in December

The surge in coronavirus cases is idling workers at ports and trucking companies, while strong consumer demand continues to drive up the cost of shipping and energy.

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On Syria’s Ruins, a Drug Empire Flourishes

Powerful associates of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, are making and selling captagon, an illegal amphetamine, creating a new narcostate on the Mediterranean.

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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.

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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.

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The Biggest Kink in America’s Supply Chain: Not Enough Truckers

Long hours and uncomfortable working conditions are leading to a shortage of truck drivers, which has compounded shipping delays in the United States.

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3,000 Miles From Glasgow, a Town and Its Polar Bears Face the Future

In Churchill, climate change is not a looming danger. It imbues daily life.

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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.

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Supply Chain Shortages: Your Questions Answered

Confession: We didn’t even have a logistics beat before the pandemic. Now we do. Here’s what we’ve learned about the global supply chain disruption.

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Biden to Announce Expansion of Port of Los Angeles’s Hours

The expansion of the Port of Los Angeles’s hours comes as the administration has struggled to untangle kinks in global supply chains and curb the resulting inflation.

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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.

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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.

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European Union announces plans to require all mobile devices to use USB-C

iPads with USB-C ports.

Enlarge / iPads with USB-C ports. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

The European Commission has announced its intent to enact legislation that would mandate all consumer electronic devices sold in the European market have a USB-C port for charging.

Should the new rules be enacted, they would make it illegal to sell consumer electronic devices that lack that port. The law would apply to smartphones, video game consoles, portable speakers, cameras, and some types of headphones—but it would not apply to devices that only use wireless charging.

It also would not prevent devices from having additional ports for charging, as long as they also have a USB-C charging port.

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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.

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Sony buys Nixxes, propelling potential for prodigious PlayStation-to-PC ports

While you may not have heard of Nixxes, the developer has been behind some high-profile PC and console ports in the last 20 years.

While you may not have heard of Nixxes, the developer has been behind some high-profile PC and console ports in the last 20 years.

Just days after announcing the acquisition of Returnal developer Housemarque, Sony today revealed that Dutch studio Nixxes will be the next member of the growing PlayStation Studios family.

If the name Nixxes doesn’t ring a bell for most gamers, that’s because the studio hasn’t developed any original projects in its over-20-year history. Instead, Nixxes has primarily specialized in creating a variety of PC and console ports for games from the likes of Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics (both now Square Enix subsidiaries).

That makes Nixxes an especially intriguing acquisition for Sony, which has been slowly dipping an increasing number of toes into the PC gaming space in recent years. After Horizon: Zero Dawn hit the PC last year, Sony said in its annual report that it “will explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform in order to promote further growth in our profitability.” Then, in May, Sony listed Uncharted 4 under the “more PC releases planned” section of an investor report, alongside the recent PC port of former PlayStation exclusive Days Gone.

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Why Is It Busy on the Waterfront? Americans Are on a Shopping Spree.

Monthly cargo volumes at the Port of New York and New Jersey have set records and strained port operations.

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‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’: Chaos Strikes Global Shipping

The pandemic has disrupted international trade, driving up the cost of shipping goods and adding a fresh challenge to the global economic recovery.

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Intel details Thunderbolt 4: Required DMA protection, longer cables, and more

Intel has outlined what to expect from the new Thunderbolt 4 standard, which is expected to start appearing in consumer devices later this year.

While it won’t offer an increase over the 40GB/s that Thunderbolt 3 does, Thunderbolt 4 has steeper minimum requirements than Thunderbolt 3 for devices to claim certification—and that makes some new features and perks standard.

These are the specifications for Thunderbolt 4, according to Intel:

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