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Busier Seaports in U.S. Benefit Union Pacific: Freight Markets

Union Pacific train in Wyoming

“It’s going to be a pretty good year for the railroads,” said Anthony Hatch, an independent New York-based transportation analyst. International container traffic will rise as much as 7 percent this year, he said.

Growing global demand is helping to boost overseas sales of everything from aircraft to cotton, […]


Haifa port: 2010 was a record breaking year

Haifa Port

Haifa port, one of Israel’s main maritime gateway and main hub ports in the eastern Mediterranean, announced last week that the port handled TEU 1,263,552in 2010, a record breaking figure in container handling.

The port expects 2011 to be another record breaking year due to the full integration of the Carmel terminal […]


Peru port strike threatens fruit exports

Container ships have been turning away from Peru’s port of Callao due to dockworker strikes, raising concerns for the country’s fresh produce exporters, reported website noticiasnorte.com.

Peruvian Exporters Association (ADEX) president José Luis Silva Martinot said the country’s businesses could not afford to lose customers, leaving some with no option but to send by air […]


Highways open new South American trade routes

The Interoceanica Highway to the Pacific Ocean is said to turn Brazil from "America's backyard" to a major supplier of natural resources bound for China.

New highways stretching across South America from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans will consolidate Brazil’s role as the continent’s leader and give it an alternative export outlet to […]