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US announces tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200bn

US announces tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200bn-Forwardernews

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the new tariffs are in response to China's pursuit of "abusive trading practices with regard to intellectual property and innovation".
The US public has been given until the end of August to comment on the proposed list, which is expected to come into force in September.
China has said it is shocked by the US announcement and plans to retaliate.
Washington has already implemented tariffs on $34bn worth of goods with duties on a further $16bn set to come into force in the autumn. China has responded in kind.

European shippers may also “feel the pain” of more ocean cargo carrier consolidation

European shippers may also “feel the pain” of more ocean cargo carrier consolidation-Forwardernews

It comes as small surprise that the same concerns have been raised by the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) which recently stated that the service provided by container shipping lines has deteriorated since 2016 and is now seen by exporters, importers and freight forwarders “as more problematic.” 
According to the second annual shipper satisfaction survey done by ESC and Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, all the service features received a poor or medium level of satisfaction score from customers. 
“The most critical issues facing ocean carriers for the remainder of the year are to regain profitability and stop cutting customer service as a cost-reduction measure,” said Philip Damas, Head of Drewry’s Supply Chain Advisors in an interview.

Air Cargo industry must learn to operate like the global defense sector to thrive in modern age

Air Cargo industry must learn to operate like the global defense sector to thrive in modern age-Forwardernews

Strong collaboration and visibility, as well as the embracing of digitization, are all concepts the military has long learned to master, and airfreight could easily apply many of those lessons due to the similar nature between the two industries.
Verkindt, who appears on the Canadian series ‘Next Gen-Den Dragons’, was speaking ahead of her taking part in a panel exploring digital transformation, at TIACA’s 2018 Air Cargo Forum in Toronto, Canada from 16th to 18th October.

3,000 Refrigeration Units Ordered by Evergreen Line

3,000 Refrigeration Units Ordered by Evergreen Line-Forwardernews

“With its digital scroll compressor, the PrimeLINE unit has a reputation for energy efficiency and a value proposition that includes rapid pull-down, tight temperature control, high air-flow performance and excellent cost of ownership,” said Andrew See, general manager, Global Container Refrigeration, Greater China, Carrier Transicold. “Evergreen’s PrimeLINE units feature our LED control-display option, which the shipping line considers advantageous for ship crew members visually monitoring stacked containers onboard a vessel.”
The majority of Evergreen Line’s PrimeLINE units are being installed on 40-foot high-cube containers with the balance mounted on 20-foot containers, all acquired for replacement.

Container maintenance facility coming to South Carolina inland port

Container maintenance facility coming to South Carolina inland port-Forwardernews

To open in the third quarter, the facility will be used to provide container and chassis maintenance services for a variety of customers in the area. Container Maintenance offers repair, upkeep and depot services, and stores and redistributes intermodal equipment.
The Dillon facility will complement the company's operation at Inland Port Greer, which also ties into the port but is served by Norfolk Southern Railway.
"We are excited to be part of the Dillon community and are proud that we can continue to support the Port of Charleston through its inland port network," said David Miller Jr., Container Maintenance's general manager of marine repair services, in a press release.

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