Westar Ocean LCL Consolidation and our use of smaller ports for European westbound freight.

The major east coast ports continue to become more and more congested due to overflow from west coast traffic slowdowns, truck and rail issues and east coast winter storms. You may want to consider how Westar routes westbound European ocean freight. We utilize smaller, non-congested ports of entry into the US via the port of Chester, PA(Philadelphia) and port of Wilmington, NC. We can reduce your days in transit by our routings where it geographically makes sense for your company.Our ocean LCL consolidation service from Europe to the US routes direct into our Pittsburgh warehouse via the port of Chester, PA. And we can distribute your product anywhere nationwide within a matter of days without the use of rail.

The Harbor Trucking Association (HTA), which represents drayage companies near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, said more than 70 trucking companies have declared “force majeure” in letters sent to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and various steamship lines in response to huge “per diem” and demurrage charges for containers and chassis. More…

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NY-New Jersey 2014 volume up 5.4pc to record 5,772,303 TEU
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has posted a 5.4 per cent year-on-year increase in container volume for 2014 to 5,772,303 TEU, reports American Shipper. Philadelphia up 16.7pc to 449,122 TEU, dredging 70pc done in 2014. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) has posted a 16.7 per cent year-on-year container volume increase in 2014 to 449,122 TEU as well as a 16.6 per cent rise in overall cargo throughput to 5,950,319 tons, marking a fifth straight year of double digit growth.

In October, the State of Pennsylvania created the Intermodal Cargo Growth Incentive Programme that commits up to US$ 1 million a year for five years to encourage ocean carriers to move more cargo through Philadelphia by awarding US$ 25 per container lift above previously reported lift totals.The scheme is to ensure that Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) continues to call. While the strings of ships operated by MSC and Maersk’s 2M alliance do not call Philadelphia, MSC has said it will continue to call from North Europe to Philadelphia and Boston.The Port of Philadelphia posted a 14.4 per cent increase in break bulk cargo to 1,382,861 tonnes. Steel was up 49.5 per cent to 394,717 tonnes, and forest products were up 28.2 per cent to 614,843 tonnes.The port said while the amount of fruit and cocoa beans it handled as breakbulk cargo fell, because more of it was containerised, reported American Shipper.”These cargoes aren’t genuinely down at all, only that a portion of them are shifting to containers,” the port said. The port handled 150,637 automobiles (Hyundai and Kia vehicles), 16.6 per cent more than the 129,239 in 2013, and 1,437,664 tons of liquid bulk products last year, up 13.4 per cent year on year.

The port’s $350 million dredging of the Delaware River channel from 40 to 45 feet is close to 70 per cent complete, with the latest rounds of bids to deepen the remaining areas now being evaluated.

US-EU trade deal – the Guardian briefing
What is TTIP, other than an ugly acronym? And will it boost global prosperity by billions of pounds every year – or just make big business ever more influential and unaccountable? More…