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2021 Farm Exports to China Will Approach Record

Soybeans are unloaded from a grain wagon during harvest in Wyanet, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News) Soybeans are unloaded from a grain wagon during harvest in Wyanet, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

The value of U.S. farm exports to China will touch $31.5 billion in the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the highest ever, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Feb. 18 in a report.

Mike Dorning | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50

US Steps Up Heat on Container Carriers to Ease Port Congestion

A container ship is berthed at the Kobe Port in Hyogo, Japan. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg News) Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg News

U.S. regulators stepped up the heat on ocean shipping companies and the seaport terminals some of them operate, seeking to smooth the disrupted flow of containers that are swamping America’s biggest ports and wreaking havoc on the nation’s strained supply chains.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Texas’ Gas-Export Clampdown Shocks Market as Blackouts Continue

American and Texas flags stand in front of the Chevron Pasadena Refinery in Texas. (Sharon Steinmann/Bloomberg News) American and Texas flags stand in front of the Chevron Pasadena Refinery in Texas. (Sharon Steinmann/Bloomberg News)

Texas is restricting the flow of natural gas across state lines in an extraordinary move that some are calling a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause.

February 18, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

Technology Brings Visibility to Supply Chains, Experts Say

Walmart truck on highway Walmart Canada has found that technologies such as blockchain and machine learning can help with end-user predictability. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The increased visibility that technology brings to supply chains is helping to improve efficiency in very specific ways, according to experts at a recent virtual event.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 17, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Scanning Every Vehicle Could Cause Border Backups

Trucks are inspected at Otay Mesa as they cross from Mexico to the U.S. Trucks crossing over from Mexico to the United States go through U.S. inspection stations at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A new U.S. law signed Jan. 5 requires every vehicle, truck and freight train that crosses into the United States from Mexico or Canada to be scanned and inspected at ports of entry with X-ray or similar technology.

Wendy Fry | San Diego Union-Tribune
February 16, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Snow, Ice May Stall Vaccine Shipments

Cars parked for several days in Chicago Feb. 16, 2021 are covered in cumulative snow. Cars parked for several days in Chicago Feb. 16, 2021 are covered in cumulative snow. A storm dumped up to 18 inches in the greater Chicago area. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

The U.S. vaccine supply is increasing to 13.5 million doses per week, up from 11 million, but harsh winter weather may slow the pace temporarily.

February 16, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Electric Aircraft Demand Seen Growing for Deliveries

A JD.com Inc. drone during a package delivery demonstration at a launch pad in China. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Electric aircraft such as drones could account for 30% of same-day package deliveries by 2040 as network scale dramatically brings down costs, according to L.E.K. Consulting.

February 16, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Amazon Sues N.Y. Attorney General, Claiming Excessive COVID Demands

A worker carries Amazon packages during a delivery in New York. A worker carries Amazon packages during a delivery in New York. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. is suing the New York State attorney general, arguing that she’s exceeding her authority in seeking to penalize the company for alleged failures in its pandemic safety protocols and treatment of workers at New York City warehouses.

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
February 12, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Forward Air Revenue Increased While Income Declined for Q4

Forward Air truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Forward Air Corp. reported record fourth-quarter revenue but a decline in net income.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2021
Government, Logistics

Illinois Launches Program to Promote Supply Chain Management Training

Gov. Jay Pritzker Illinois Gov. Jay Pritzker says the program helps prepare workers for jobs of the future and supports the state's health response, which relies heavily on the supply chain. (Chares Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

Illinois officials and the Association for Supply Chain Management have partnered to launch a job-training program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2021

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