This Week in Global Logistics 44Potential Railroad Strike Could Disrupt Supply Chains – Shipper groups are urging Congress to help prevent a possible nationwide strike next week. The National Retail Federation (NRF) CEO and President stated that the rail strike can pose a big threat to commerce, especially during the holiday shopping season.  If the strike were to happen, it could cost the national economy $2 billion per day.

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Port of Los Angeles Debuts Carbon Calculator – This week, the Port of L.A. introduced a tool to assess global warming at port facilities. Ports can use the free Carbon Calculator to compute the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from their operations. The Port of L.A.’s Executive Director stated that the Carbon Calculator is a powerful tool to help each port chart its own course toward reducing greenhouse gases. The Port of L.A. is one of 59 World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) members that have taken the lead in developing the calculator.

Learn more about Carbon Footprinting and access the Carbon Calculator in the English Unit Version or Metric Unit Version from the WPCI site.

China Manufactures BMWs for Export – After a successful release of its 5 series sedans, BMW has become the first foreign manufacturer to export cars made in China to foreign markets. The CEO of BMW China stated that the significance of the whole operation is that it is the first time BMW will produce engines in China. Although China has the company’s latest and most modern production technology, not everyone is confident about Chinese manufacturing. Many worry that low production costs will result in lower quality finished products.

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Environmentalists Try to Stop Miami Port Deepening – Miami Port Executives plan to have their harbors and channels deepened to handle the big “post-Panamax” ships expected to transit the Panama canal in the next two years. Environmentalists, however, filed a petition this week outlining the ecological costs of the expansion. Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reviewing the petition to determine whether to call a hearing or dismiss the petition and continue with the plan.

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