This Week In Global Logistics 50Los Angeles Water-Quality Restoration Plan Approved – The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are planning to reduce pollution in the ports and in the Dominguez Channel by cleaning up toxic “hot spots” over the next 20 years. The accumulation of various pollutants and sediments have contaminated the water and made some fish toxic to eat. State regulation includes limits on 70 water contaminating pollutants, regular monitoring and testing of the harbor and harbor animals, and requires neighboring citizens to refrain from releasing dirty storm water into the port complex.

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Mega Logistics Park at Port of Busan – A 22 million-square-foot distribution park is being built within Busan New Port in South Korea and is due for completion by 2020. The distripark offers logistical activities outside of cargo handling and will allow the port to better meet the demand for manufacturing, packaging, and assembly. As part of the Busan Jinhae Free Trade Zone, a variety of incentives will be offered to companies operating there.

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New Intermodal Terminal at Chippewa Falls – A new intermodal terminal has opened at Canadian National’s 8.5 acre Chippewa Falls Yard, providing proficient single-rail-line access to North American and global markets. The terminal features a 2,500 foot long intermodal loading and unloading track as well as an onsite grain transfer facility. Just a 100 miles east of Minneapolis, this new terminal provides customers in Wisconsin and Minnesota with new supply chain options for inbound and outbound container shipping.

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Beijing Bans Airlines from Compliance with EU Emissions Trading Scheme – The European Union implemented a new Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) on January 1, 2012. The new plan charges airlines for carbon emissions on flights to and from Europe; however, the ETS calculates emission fees for the entire flight rather than limiting fees to carbon emissions in European airspace. In protest, Beijing has banned Chinese airlines from complying with the charge. The ETS has concurrently angered the EU’s other major trading partners and tensions over the topic are very high.

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