Economic Development

Relating to overseas sourcing and domestic economic development and the combined impact on supply chains.


No Export Charges on Canadian Softwood Lumber

Ontario and Quebec softwood lumber exporters will no longer be assessed export charges of 0.1 percent and 2.6 percent respectively.
April 14, 2014
Canada has won a dispute over the termination date of export charges applied to softwood lumber to the U.S.
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ProTrans Relocates to New Location In Texas

Effective May 27th, 2014, ProTrans Laredo is moving to a new facility located at 110 Consolidation Point, Laredo, Texas 78045.
April 11, 2014
The new ProTrans’ Laredo Facility offers nearly 222,000 square feet of warehouse space with more than 10,000 square feet of office space and 100 dock doors.
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April Retail Imports Expect 6.1 Percent Increase

The total for 2013 was 16.2 million TEU, up 2.3 percent from 2012’s 15.8 million TEU.
April 8, 2014
Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 6.1 percent in April, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
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Ukraine: Between Past and Future

Ukraine is not only wedged between Russia and Europe, it is poised between its past and its future.
April 5, 2014

Pavlo Sher emeta, trade and economy minister for Ukraine, told a BBC audience, “The discussion we are having here is not really East and West, it’s a discussion between the past and the future.”

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Revitalizing the Buffalo River

Laying the foundation for a “blue economy” as an urban waterway is reclaimed.
April 5, 2014

With surgical skill, crews are meticulously dredging the Buffalo River, ridding it of decades of contamination, setting the stage for the restoration of habitat for fish and wildlife, improved water quality and enhanced public access. 

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U.S. Crude Oil Imports Fall, Share of Top 3 Suppliers Highest in Forty Years

Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia provided almost three out of every five barrels of oil imported into the U.S. market last year.
April 4, 2014
While U.S. total net crude oil imports fell during 2013, the share of imports last year from the United States' top three foreign oil suppliers—Canada, Saudi Arabia and Mexico—was the highest in at least four decades.
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Steamship Lines Announce May GRIs

These GRIs are expected to go into effect on May 1, 2014.
April 4, 2014
Ocean carriers have announced new general rate increases (GRIs) for eastbound cargo from Far East and Indian sub-continent origins to the U.S. and Canada.
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Net Energy Imports in 2013 Lowest in More Than 20 Years

A large drop in energy imports together with a smaller increase in energy exports led to a 19 percent decrease in net energy imports from 2012 to 2013.
April 3, 2014
Total U.S. net imports of energy, measured in terms of energy content, declined in 2013 to their lowest level in more than two decades
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National E-Commerce Experts to Speak at KC SmartPort Event

Panelists will discuss current e-commerce strategies, how the retail store experience is adapting, changing labor force requirements and ideal locations for e-commerce fulfillment facilities.
April 3, 2014
With online sales expected to reach $370 billion by 2017, panel will discuss national trends, including sector’s impact on retail, labor and fulfillment facilities
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Report: Airfreight Rates Retreat Over Chinese New Year

Higher pricing is anticipated in the spring.
April 1, 2014
Airfreight rates fell in February 2014 as factory closures over the Chinese New Year holiday period reduced cargo demand.
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