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Port Completes Project to Deepen Savannah River

Port of Savannah Port of Savannah by Georgia Ports Authority

SAVANNAH, Ga. — After decades of political wrangling and environmental roadblocks and nearly seven years of dredging muck from the river bottom, one of Georgia’s most anticipated economic development projects — the nearly $1 billion deepening of the Savannah River channel — finally is complete.

Michael E. Kanell | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 15, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Fertilizer Company Says Union Pacific Limits Will Hurt Farmers

Union Pacific train John Sommers II for Transport Topics

OMAHA, Neb. — A major fertilizer company says the limits Union Pacific is putting on rail traffic to clear up congestion will delay shipments that farmers need during the spring planting season.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
April 15, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Texas Moves to Ease Border Gridlock Over ‘Sense of Urgency’

trucks at Ciudad Juarez A long line of trucks is stalled at the Bridge of the Americas, one of two ports of entry in Ciudad Juarez going into the U.S. on April 12. (Omar Ornelas/The El Paso Times via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas — The logjam of trucks at the U.S.-Mexico border finally began breaking April 14 after nearly a week as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott eased off his latest dramatic action over immigration that has gridlocked some of the world’s busiest trade ports and taken a mounting economic toll.

April 15, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Indiana River Port Featured in White House Rural Infrastructure Tour

Tell City Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Tell City, Ind., event. (U.S. Department of Transportation via YouTube)

The Department of Transportation has released $44 billion for rural infrastructure, an announcement that reinforced a White House commitment and aligned with a visit by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to a small Indiana river port.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
April 14, 2022
Business, Logistics, For-Hire, Private, TCA

Amazon, UPS’ Biggest Customer, Is Also Its Biggest Competitive Threat

A UPS driver leaves from a UPS facility in Landover, Md. A UPS driver leaves from a UPS facility in Landover, Md. (Alex Wong/Getty Images via Tribune News Agency)

Amazon delivered more than 5 billion packages in the U.S. in 2021, while UPS delivered roughly 5.5 billion U.S. packages, according to company figures and industry estimates. Amazon has said it could surpass UPS this year, and it’s not alone in that prediction.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 14, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

TXTA Chief: Driver Wait Times at Border Becoming a Burden

Commercial vehicles wait to pass into Mexico at the border crossing in Progreso, Texas. Hundreds of commercial trucks wait in line to cross the Progreso International Bridge into Mexico on April 13. (Michael Gonzalez/Bloomberg News)

The discomfort of drivers having to wait long hours to enter Texas from Mexico should be considered amid the focus on freight delays resulting from Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent directive to enhance border safety inspections, says the head of the Texas Trucking Association.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
April 14, 2022
Business, Logistics, TCA

Air Cargo Becoming a More Feasible Freight Alternative

An Amazon Prime Air cargo plane Recent purchases will grow Amazon's air fleet to more than 80 cargo planes. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

Manufacturers, retailers and seafood distributors have increasingly turned to air cargo planes to transport products — a more expensive, but faster and more reliable alternative to longhaul trucks, trains and ocean vessels often bogged down by current supply chain problems.

Hugo Martin | Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2022
Business, Safety, Logistics, Private

Amazon CEO Jassy Wants to Improve Warehouse Safety

Amazon's Andy Jassy Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said it was employees’ choice whether they want to join a union but believes they’re better off not doing so. (Isaac Brekken/Associated Press)

In his first letter to Amazon shareholders, CEO Andy Jassy offered a defense of the wages and benefits the company gives its warehouse workers while also vowing to improve injury rates inside the facilities.

April 14, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics

XPO Chairman Jacobs Says Transportation Economy Shows Signs of Slowing

XPO CEO Brad Jacobs "We’re in a place where the future is not very clear what is going to happen," XPO Chairman and CEO Brad Jacobs says. (XPO Logistics Inc.)

XPO Logistics Inc. CEO Brad Jacobs said that the transportation-specific economy remains strong but is slowing and not as vibrant as it was earlier in the year.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 14, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Mexican Truck Exports Plunge 80% as Border Blockade Persists

Truckers block the entrance into the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in Ciudad Juarez Truckers block the entrance into the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in Ciudad Juarez going into New Mexico on April 12. (Omar Ornelas /The El Paso Times via Associated Press)

Mexican semi-truck exports to the U.S. have slumped 80% in a matter of days as a border blockade to protest Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s stepped-up vehicle inspections drags on.

April 14, 2022