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  • VW admits diesel emissions scandal spelt an end to C-TPAT status

    January 18, 2017

    Volkswagen Group of America has revealed that it was removed from the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) programmes, following the diesel emissions scandal in 2015. Companies on the C-TPAT list are considered low risk, resulting in expedited processing of their cargo, including fewer customs examinations. The programme is led by the …

  • Carmakers continue with investment plans for US plants

    January 18, 2017

    GM and Hyundai have both announced substantial investments in the US this week – but despite incoming US president Donald Trump using Twitter to shower himself with praise for these investments, their plans have been in place for some time, according to the OEMs themselves. Following Trump’s criticism of GM’s production of the Chevrolet Cruze in …

  • Engine room fire disables Höegh Autoliners ro-ro vessel

    January 17, 2017

    Global maritime transport provider Höegh Autoliners has confirmed that a fire in the engine room of the Alliance St Louis ro-ro carrier (pictured) has taken the vessel out of operation. The fire broke out on Monday (January 16th) when the ship was in the Caribbean Sea, 130 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana. It was …

  • Port of Portland begins search for Wyatt’s replacement

    January 16, 2017

    Port of Portland has begun searching for a new executive director after current incumbent Bill Wyatt (pictured) announced his imminent retirement. Port commissioner president, Jim Carter, said: “Our goal in this search is to ensure we select the best leader for the port moving forward and provide opportunities for our stakeholders to be part of …

  • Honda secures 4,000 jobs with new investment in Ontario facilities

    January 16, 2017

    Honda Canada has agreed to invest C$492m ($374m) in new facilities in Ontario, securing 4,000 direct jobs, according to the province’s government. Among the developments, the carmaker has agreed to build a new paint shop at its plant in Alliston that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 44%. It will also adopt new vehicle assembly …

  • FCA invests in US Jeep output; warns over withdrawal from Mexico 

    January 11, 2017

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed plans to invest $1 billion in its Michigan and Ohio plants, generating 2,000 jobs in the US. The move will create the capacity to extend its Jeep product line-up in response to a continued shift by consumers to SUVs and pickup trucks, and will also add some flexibility to …

  • Electric vehicle firm Rivian buys former Mitsubishi plant in Illinois

    January 11, 2017

    Rivian Automotive, the US-based electric car hopeful, has agreed a deal to purchase Mitsubishi’s former manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois. In July 2015, Mitsubishi confirmed it would end production of the Outlander model at the near 80,000 sq.m facility (pictured), its only plant in the US, switching production to Japan. Mitsubishi originally established the Normal …

  • MetroGistics buys AmeriFleet to expand fleet services

    January 10, 2017

    US-based automotive 3PL MetroGistics has announced its first acquisition since being bought by private equity group, Tailwind Capital, in October. The company has acquired Georgia-based AmeriFleet, which says it is the biggest fleet logistics services partner in North America, for an undisclosed sum. The merged operations of AmeriFleet and MetroGistics will create a ‘one-stop-shop’ for …

  • Trump turns on Toyota over vehicle imports from Mexico 

    January 6, 2017

    Following recent attacks on Ford and GM for existing and planned imports of vehicles into the US from Mexico, US president-elect Donald Trump has now turned his attention to Toyota. In a tweet posted on Thursday (January 5th) Trump said: “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars …

  • Ford cancels plans for plant in Mexico as GM defends its position

    January 4, 2017

    Ford has confirmed it is cancelling plans to build a $1.6 billion assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, in north-central Mexico, citing slowing demand for the smaller vehicles intended for the plant for the move, rather than recent criticism from president-elect Donald Trump over production in Mexico for export to the US. In a news conference …