Logistics News Dec. 14, 2014

ILWU says no shutdown – Amidst work slowdowns and calls for government intervention in contract negotiations, a spokesman for the West Coast longshore union says “Nobody wants to shut down the ports.” Read the story here. (Puget Sound Business Journal)


Egyptian Gov’t wants to rework Suez port concession – After years of economic issues brought on by political instability, Egypt’s transport ministry is trying to renegotiate terms of its deal with Suez Canal Container Terminal. Read details here. (Reuters Africa)


CVSA joins truckers in calling for CSA data be kept out of public eye – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance agrees with the trucking industry: the general public doesn’t understand, and will misuse, CSA information on carriers. Read the story here. (Heavy Duty Trucking)


Port congestion is the new normal, says MOL VP – The fact is, it takes so much longer to expand a terminal than it does to build ships. Only major investment in terminal infrastructure relating to throughput will eventually ease congestion. Read more here. (JOC)


CH Robinson buys Freightquote.com – The acquisition extends one of the continent’s largest 3PLs’ reach into LTL and e-commerce. This buy puts smaller shippers within CHR’s reach. Read about it here. (JOC)


Weekly fuel prices – See the weekly roundup of gas and diesel prices here. (US Dept. of Energy)


After FMC nixes West Coast surcharges, TSA carriers try $1000 GRI – As spot rates drop during the winter slack season, can carriers really effect revenue increases? Read more here. (JOC)


Lifestyle Solutions to add 2 warehouses – The company’s Signature Gallery sofa bed line will be services from the Texas and New Jersey locations. See more here. (Furniture Today)


Sen. Schumer wants crackdown on “chameleon carriers” - The senator from New York is asking the FMCSA to include individual driver names in the effort to root out carriers who close up and reform under another name to avoid consequences for poor safety records. Read the story here. (Transport Topics)