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ILWU ratifies port labor contract for four-year deal; to start truck “roadability” inspections (05/25/2015)

The membership of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union voted last Friday, May 22 to overwhelmingly approve a new contract that should ensure labor peace at West Coast ports for at least the next four years, the Journal of Commerce (JOC) and other news media reported last Friday, May 22.

Chinese GMO law could further delay approval of new crops, industry group says (05/25/2015)

BEIJING - Proposed changes to China's regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMO) could further delay an already lengthy approval process for imports of new GMO crops, plant science industry association CropLife Asia said May 22, Reuters reports.

China does an about-face on GMOs; official gear up to make country a GMO power (05/25/2015)

The Chinese have long been wary of genetically modified organisms, grown from seeds designed to yield plants more resistant to drought, bugs, and other hazards. While imports of GMO-derived soybeans and corn are used as livestock feed, human consumption of GMO-based food is banned except for cooking oil and papayas. That may change, as Bloomberg News reported last week that China’s top officials are gearing up to turn their country into a GMO power.

Strong U.S. dollar awakens ‘sleeping dog’ North Atlantic container trade; imports from EU up, export shipments lag (05/25/2015)

LONDON — Evidence continues to mount that the North Atlantic, long considered the “sleeping dog“ of container trades, is “waking up”, according to a report May 18 in the Journal of Commerce (JOC). European imports are increasing thanks to a strong U.S. dollar, which is lift ing freight rates and attracting new services, JOC said, citing Drewry Maritime Research industry consulting service.

CN rail terminal planned near Toronto for U.S.-bound container cargo (05/25/2015)

Canada National Railway is building a huge railway terminal outside Toronto in order to handle the growing need for containers-by-rail, the Wall Street Journal reported May 14 . The move is part of a goal to shift more freight away from U.S. ports, truckers and railroads and toward their Canadian counterparts.

ADM announces major expansion of Argentina port export facilities (05/25/2015)

CHICAGO, ILL.—Archer Daniels Midland Company announced May 21 that it is investing in substantial improvements and expansions to its port facilities in Puerto San Martin in the Argentine state of Santa Fe. to expand the company’s capability to export grain and other agricultural products from the region. The improvements, which will include the construction of a new berth for barge discharge and the addition of storage capacity, are expected to be complete by early 2016.

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