Federal Interagency Agreement to Share ACE Data

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Federal Maritime Commission have signed an agreement to share ACE data. You can learn more about this agreement by clicking here

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Presentation made by Alicia Robinson During 2013 Summer Meeting

Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, who serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Africa in the U.S. Department of Commerce, presented Africa: Opportunities and Challenges at the AT020 Summer Committee Meeting.  A copy of her presentation can be accessed below:

Africa Opportunities and Challenges July 2013

Alicia also provided some statistics on U.S. trade with Sub-Saharan Africa, which can be found below:

Top 10 States Exporting to SSA

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Panama Canal Update Presentation

At the meeting, Rodolfo Sabonge, the Executive Vice President of Planning and Business Development at the Panama Canal Authority, presented an update about the progress on the expansion of the Canal.

The full presentation can be found below:

Panama Canal Presentation

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North American Competitiveness in Global Trade: The Role of Transportation

The Canadian Transportation Research Forum 48th Annual Conference in Halifax will focus on the role of transportation in North American trade competitiveness. The conference is to be hosted by the Dalhousie University Centre for International Trade and Transportation at The Lord Nelson Hotel in the heart of historic Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 10-12, 2013.

In addition to papers, plenary and panel sessions, the conference features special luncheon speakers, an Oxford-style debate, networking opportunities, a companions’ program, and a lobster dinner onboard the Harbour Queen, a replica of a Mississippi sternwheeler steamboat, which will tour Halifax Harbour.

We invite authors and presenters to submit their work to our 48th annual conference, with a particular focus on North American Competitiveness in Global Trade: The Role of Transportation.  The deadline for abstracts has been extended to January 31, 2013.

For additional information on the conference program, call for papers, and for registration details, please visit the CTRF website: http://www.ctrf.ca

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Thinking Outside the Box: Macroeconomic and Inland Network Impacts on Port Competitiveness

AT020 Member Philip Davies of Davies Transportation Consulting Inc. has published a new research paper which analyzes the market performance of two West Coast port complexes – Vancouver BC and the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach –  based on macroeconomic factors and the competitiveness of inland transportation networks to derive alternative estimates of price elasticity for West Coast container traffic. In both cases the results suggest that traffic is much less sensitive to relative cost differentials than conventional wisdom suggests. The paper also analyzes potential impacts of the Panama Canal expansion on US container traffic, and highlights the implications for West Coast ports in developing strategies to maintain competitiveness. The full paper can be downloaded from the company website at www.dtci.ca

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TRB 2013 Annual Meeting

The International Trade and Transportation Committee will meet on
Monday, January 14, 2013 7:30PM – 9:30PM  Shoreham, Governors

Please see the Upcoming Meetings and Events tab under the Meetings heading for a full agenda.


We hope to see you there!

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New York Times Article on the Panama Canal Expansion

AT020 Member Scudder Smith was quoted in this August 21, 2012 New York Times article on the Panama Canal Expansion and the efforts of Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports to attract new cargo.  You can find the full article here.

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