Northwest Seaport Alliance to Expand Gate Hours
The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) has announced plans for its new Gate Efficiency Program, which aims to expand gate hours during peak season. The program goes into effect on July 1, 2019 and will continue until December 31, 2020. The terminal will be open from 6 PM until 2:30 AM during this time. Kate Whittier, NWSA spokesperson, stated that turn times are the NWSA’s “main driver.” Read more here.
U.S. Senators Advocate for Bill to Repair Infrastructure
Members of Congress are lobbying for the Strengthen and Fortify Existing (SAFE) Bridges Act after infrastructure experts have determined that thousands of the country’s bridges are in need of repair. The bill would provide $2.75 billion in funding per year through 2025 in order to fix and maintain bridges. According to a report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, 47,052 of the nation’s 616,087 bridges are “structurally deficient.” Read more here.
Mexico Tariffs “Indefinitely Suspended”
The proposed additional five percent tariffs on goods from Mexico that were set to go into effect on Monday, June 10, 2019 have been “indefinitely suspended” due to a deal between the U.S. and Mexico, which occurred on Friday, June 7, 2019. According to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. and Mexico will commit to strengthening bilateral cooperation and implementing Migrant Protection Protocols. Learn more on our blog.
Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach Report Declines in Export Volumes in May 2019
The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s two busiest container ports, experienced declines in export volumes in May 2019. The Port of Los Angeles has disclosed monthly export declines since November 2018. The Port of Long Beach also reported a 19.5 percent decline in imports in May. Together, the ports handle approximately 40 percent of U.S. containerized import trade with China. Learn more here.
Canada Becomes First Country to Sign Pledge to Reduce Truck Emissions
Canada has pledged its commitment to the Drive to Zero initiative, which was launched in September 2018 by Calstart, a California-based nonprofit focused on a clean transportation industry. Drive to Zero is a global initiative which seeks to decrease emissions produced by transportation vehicles. The initiative aims to impact urban communities by 2025 and the market as a whole by 2040. Read more here.
Walmart Tool Allows Vendors to Adjust Product Prices Due to Tariffs
Walmart’s “Cost Change Scenario” tool allows the retailer’s vendors to change product prices based upon reasons including tariffs, labor, transportation and raw materials. The online application was silently introduced to Walmart vendors last year. Although vendors have the ability to change product prices, Walmart ultimately controls the final price of products sold to consumers in its stores. To read more, click here.
Target Begins Offering Family Care Benefits to Hourly Workforce
On June 10, Target announced that family care benefits will be extended to its hourly workforce, now including part-time employees. The retailer also has plans to extend a 20-day stipend of backup care solutions, offering both childcare and eldercare, to hourly and salaried employees at all stores and distribution centers beginning this fall. Learn more here.
Statistic of the Week
The amount of growth in intermodal volumes in the U.S. in 2018, according to the Intermodal Association of North America. The year 2018 showed the strongest increase in the field in the last five years. View more stats here.
Links of the Week
Catch up with the Ascent Global Logistics team at the below upcoming event:
2019 3PL AND SUPPLY CHAIN SUMMIT
Atlanta, GA – June 10-12, 2019
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