May 18

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“Me mind on fire, Me soul on fire, feeling hot, hot, hot”

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In less than 2 weeks it will be June and the weather is getting hotter! One more month and 2023 is half over. It’s time for the sun to come out and everyone to be happy and active again. I have to admit I am a fall/winter girl at heart, but I am so ready for some heat – both with outside weather and in industry news. What is ahead of us? Peak season is coming in a couple short months and there are still some uncertainties with the West coast labor unions. Hot + Spicy port news that happened since last week? Major League Baseball team the Oakland A’s are done with Howard Terminal. The A’s four-year exclusive negotiating agreement for the 50-acre waterfront site — at which they planned a new 35,000-seat ballpark alongside thousands of homes, millions of square feet worth of commercial space and public amenities — officially expired at midnight on May 13, the Port of Oakland, which owns Howard Terminal, confirmed Monday. The City and the Port are focusing on transportation and industrial uses at Howard Terminal. Howard Terminal should continue to support the transition of heavy transportation away from West Oakland neighborhoods while creating infrastructure for zero-emissions truck charging and maintenance stations, offshore wind support vessel staging, and other innovative maritime support activities. 

Port Houston’s container exports continue to outpace historic 2022 volumes. Loaded exports specifically are up 17% year-to-date compared to last year, due in large part to the demand for resin exports. In total, 1,026,260 loaded TEUs were handled through April at Port Houston, surpassing the 1 million-mark earlier in the year than ever before. A slight softening of import container cargo compared to the record-breaking volumes of 2022 was expected and budgeted for this year. Although loaded containers at Port Houston declined by 10% in April compared to April 2022, they are up 3% for the year. Port Houston’s total container volume for the month of April declined by 8% compared to the same month last year, to 307,879 TEUs. Year-to-date total container volumes are flat at 1,241,910 TEUs thus far this year.

Just like the May weather, import TEUs are also slowly heating up this week – increasing 3.98% since last week. The weather has been hot in Savannah since February, and not to brag, but our Savannah operations are the hottest. We have unlimited capacity and killer sexy drayage, transload and trucking rates. If you want the ease of dealing with the only single terminal port in the U.S. and the best Savannah crew in the business, Tyler Pulbrook and the Savannah team can make it happen

What’s happening at the ports and rails?:

You can find all the information on the below link where we cover port congestion, chassis issues and capacity lead times weekly at all U.S. and Canada Ports and rail heads


Oakland: There is some word that drivers were being turned away by clerks last night and it’s being tied to labor shortages. Congestion continues this morning and driver wait times are at 2-3 hours. Vessels In Port: 64 / Expected Arrivals: 11

Canada Rail (All locations): There are some deadly (and earlier than usual) fires currently burning out of control in parts of British Columbia and Alberta. Which in turn can ultimately affect CN rails service. Nothing has been delayed “yet” but this can change at any hour and is all dictated by the weather and flow of the fires. Last year we saw rail lines warped due to the high temps and took weeks to repair portions of the tracks. Speaking of rail – a HUGE increase in demand on rail service either local drayage and long-distance round-trip drayage between Toronto and Montreal to the Mid U.S. Although the increase in business, not much in the way of lack of availability. We continue to grow that business and have no issue currently with any chassis capacity. If you you’re your freight moving smoothly, Contact Rachel Racicot and our Canadian team today

Houston: Houston has been on fire as of late, and the same continues this week. Expect a busy pre-Memorial Day week next week – Vessels In Port: 307 Expected Arrivals: 141

Miami: Labor shortage still causing some delays, port congestion remains a problem – containers being stacked

Detroit Rail: Some chassis shortages are popping up at the Detroit rails, the issues are hit and miss and are not overly affecting congestion, however this could be an issue in the weeks to come.

Did you know? U.S. Memorial Day and Canada Victoria Day holidays and peak season is upon us… ​If you want to get your hot goods here via ocean it’s getting to the point of being too late. “You missed the boat”. Airfreight just may be your only option now. Carrier 911 is here to recover air cargo from airports and handling facilities and expedite to final destinations. We have a combination of sprinters, straight trucks and dry vans that can pick up in just one hour. It will seem impossible…

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