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Edition 614; August 11, 2017 
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Important NMFC Changes

In case you missed it, a number of NMFC (National Motor Freight Classification) changes went into effect this month. One of the most substantial changes is the transition from a 9-tier to an 11-tier density breakdown. Depending on the density of the shipment, the freight class (and rate) could change due to the new subclassification thresholds. Click here to see our new infographic for specific examples of the changes. 


Port of Houston to Extend Gate Hours at Bayport

The Port of Houston will extend truck gate hours at the Bayport terminal this fall to keep pace with increasing volumes. The changes will take effect on October 2, extending hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with an in-gate cutoff of 10 p.m. Click here to read more.

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Panama Canal Introduces New Discounts

Effective October 1, the Panama Canal will introduce discounted tolls to ships that make a return trip through the canal within 28 days (excluding time in Panamanian ports). The newly lowered tolls are one of several competitive tactics to lure traffic away from its competitor, the Suez Canal. Click here to read more. 


Chittagong Floating Terminal 

The Bangladesh government has approved the idea of a floating terminal to help reduce congestion and delays at the Port of Chittagong. The new floating terminal will act as a cargo hub for import and export containers that will be transferred between larger container ships and feeder vessels that can navigate upriver to the Pangaon Inland Container Terminal. The floating terminal is expected to be operational within 18 months.

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JNPT Receives Approval for DPD

A local court has ruled in favor of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), allowing it to proceed setting up a common pool of truckers for direct port delivery (DPD) shipments. The DPD will save pre-approved importers time and money as the cargo will be picked up from the wharf instead of routing through an off-site container freight station (CFS).

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U.S.-Europe Trade Report

During the first five months of 2017, U.S. imports from Europe expanded to 3.3 million TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units), up 3.9 percent year-over-year. Exports to the same region decreased to two million TEUs, down 0.5 percent. Imports from Poland, Turkey, Spain, France and Germany increased while exports to France, Italy, the UK and Belgium decreased. 


Labor Strike Planned in India 

Dockworkers at India's major ports are expected to strike on August 18, 2017, protesting the Major Ports Authority Bill 2016. Impacted ports are expected to include Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Kandla and Marmugao. 

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Top 50 Container Ports in 2016

For the seventh year in a row, the Port of Shanghai has captured the title for the busiest container port in the world. Shanghai handled 37.13 million TEUs followed by Singapore (30.9 million), Shenzhen (23.97 million), Ningbo-Zhoushan (21.6 million) and Hong Kong (19.6 million). The highest ranking EU port was Rotterdam (12.40 million - number 12) while the highest ranking U.S. port was Los Angeles (8.9 million - number 18). 

Newsletter Changes as of September 1 

In an effort to increase the quality and variety of breaking logistics news we publish, the Marisol Transportation & Trade News Update will become the Ascent Global Logistics newsletter on September 1, 2017.

This change will enable our team to expand upon our current international freight forwarding e-newsletter to also include domestic freight management and retail consolidation articles.

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International Holiday Calendar 

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