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NEWS BULLETIN
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Port of Tacoma continues string
of months with box volume growth

Evergreen Line container ship
making first direct Boston call

YRC Freight expanding
distribution center network

ATA truck tonnage index
posts gains during July

CSX Transportation taps Jenkins
as vice president for e-business

Port of Tacoma continues string
of months with box volume growth

TACOMA — Port of Tacoma container volumes posted a six percent gain year over year in July, marking the fifth consecutive month of growth. Last month’s volumes signaled the start of the traditional peak shipping season, as retailers prepare for the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons. It follows unusually robust container volumes over the last few months, when shippers moved inventory ahead of the June 30 expiration of the West Coast labor contract. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association continue to work under the previous contract while they negotiate a new one. Through the first seven months of the year, Tacoma handled 1,167,123 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), an eight percent increase year to date. Full imports were up 10 percent to 441,113 TEUs (20-foot equivalents), and exports rose eight percent to 319,221 TEUs. Domestic volumes grew two percent to 264,990 TEUs. In other year-to-date cargo news, grain exports grew 75 percent to 2,398,775 short tons, as volumes returned to normal following last year’s historic lows, breakbulk cargo improved eight percent to 133,044 short tons and log exports fell 25 percent to 242,266 short tons, reflecting decreased demand from China.

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ATA truck tonnage index
posts gains during July

ARLINGTON, VA — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.3 percent in July, following a decrease of 0.8 percent the previous month. In July, the index equaled 130.2 (2000=100) versus 128.6 in June. The index is off 0.6 percent from the all-time high in November 2013 (131.0). Compared with July 2013, the SA index increased 3.6 percent, up from June’s 2.3 percent year-over-year gain. The latest year-over-year increase was the largest in three months. Year-to-date, compared with the same period last year, tonnage is up 2.9 percent. The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 133.3 in July which was 0.8 percent above the previous month (132.3). ATA calculates the tonnage index based on surveys from its membership and has been doing so since the 1970s. This is a preliminary figure and subject to change in the final report issued around the 10th day of the month.

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Evergreen Line container ship
making first direct Boston call

BOSTON — As part of the new service linking North Asia and the U. S. East Coast (NUE2), Evergreen Line's containership ITAL LUNARE will make the first ever direct call into the Port of Boston for the ocean carrier on August 20, as part of the CKYH partner agreement. The weekly service also calls at the U.S. ports of New York, Norfolk and travels through the Panama Canal making calls at the Asian ports of Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo. The ship has a 5,086-TEU capacity and was built in 2007. The vessel is part of Evergreen Line's worldwide fleet and sailed for Evergreen's sister company, Italia Marittima, in its earlier days. ITAL LUNARE will be welcomed to Boston by the Massachusetts Port Authority and will receive a maiden calling plaque. Other members of the joint agreement providing the all-water service via the Panama Canal are Cosco, K Line, Hanjin and Yang Ming. The joint agreement received permission by a unanimous vote of the Federal Maritime Commission to discuss cooperation in the U.S. trade lanes.

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CSX Transportation taps Jenkins
as vice president for e-business

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Clarence W. Gooden has announced the appointment of Ed Jenkins as vice president-market strategy e-business for CSX Transportation. He will continue to report to Mr. Gooden. Over a nearly 30-year career at CSX, Mr. Jenkins has held positions in operations, sales and marketing and strategy. He was appointed assistant vice president, market strategy and e-business in 2004 after having been named assistant vice president, corporate development and strategic planning in 2000. Mr. Jenkins spent several years in management consulting and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech and a master of management in transportation, finance and marketing from Northwestern University. CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.

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YRC Freight expanding
distribution center network

OVERALAND PARK, KA — YRC Freight has announced it has upgraded three terminals to full distribution center status. The newly-designated distribution centers will be located in Memphis, Houston and Seattle. Based in Overland Park, Kan., YRC Freight is a transporter of industrial, commercial and retail goods, specializing in less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping solutions for businesses.

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