Logistics News May 19, 2015

USITC says no to duties on Chinese-built containers – The US International Trade Commission rejected the claim that 53-foot dry freight containers from China are being “dumped” into the US market. Read the story here. (Journal of Commerce)


Customers of 3 Chinese bedroom makers hit with 45.83% duty – The three factories, Dalian Huafeng, Nanhai Baiyi Woodwork, and Liaobushangdun Huada/Great Rich, were assigned the rate for 2009 shipments after a lengthy and complicated review. Read more here. (Furniture Today)


RH, you know as Restoration Hardware, to open its largest retail outlet in Vegas – RH will be part of a large mixed-used development in the Tivoli Village area of Las Vegas. There is more info here. (Furniture Today)


“Driverless” vehicles make inroads at SoCal ports – Automation slowly continues to creep into US ports. Remote-controlled cranes and vehicles guided by magnets will soon be plying the docks at San Pedro’s Middle Harbor. Read more here. (Transport Topics)


Jump in housing starts, permits – April housing starts were the highest in over 7 years. Home Depot’s Q1 profits beat estimates. These facts should give optimism to furniture sellers. Read the story here. (Bloomberg)


Truckers announce driver pay hikes – Watkins & Shepard and Bay & Bay Trucking announced new pay raises for drivers. Read more here. (Transport Topics)


Diesel up a $.03 from last week – Still down over a dollar from a year ago, the national average for diesel fuel is at $2.90 this week. The stats are here. (US EIA)


Listing of top 20 US import NVOCC’s – In order of TEUs for Q1, here are the NVOCC’s handling the most cargo inbound to the US. (AJOT)