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South Korean Truck Drivers Strike Over Fuel Costs

June 13, 2008 5:06 am | News | Comments

More than 5,000 truckers stopped work, demanding the government increase fuel subsidies, help raise transportation charges and introduce a minimum wage.

Boeing Completes Deal For Supplier Stake

June 12, 2008 6:43 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Plane maker has finalized a deal to acquire a 50 percent interest in a North Charleston-based aircraft parts supplier for its 787 jetliner.

South Korean Cargo Workers Threaten Strike

June 12, 2008 4:55 am | News | Comments

Cargo transport workers angry over high fuel costs and the policies of President Lee Myung-bak threatened a strike that could disrupt the movement of goods.


DOT: Freight Activity Up Slightly In April

June 11, 2008 11:05 am | News | Comments

Freight transportation services index measured 109.4 in April, about 0.1 percent higher than the same month last year, according to government data released Wednesday.

BP Chairman: Oil Industry Unable To Meet Demand

June 11, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Peter Sutherland, chairman of the oil giant's board, said recent high prices were not driven by market speculators or fears that oil is running out.

Port Authorities Want U.S. Cargo Security Law Repealed

June 10, 2008 12:48 pm | by Constant Brand, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

World customs authorities called on the United States to repeal or scale back a new law that will require foreign ports to screen all containers before they are shipped to the U.S.

Spanish Truckers' Strike Clogs Highways

June 10, 2008 7:50 am | by Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Trucks moving at a snail's pace clogged highways across Spain, as drivers protesting rising fuel costs pressed on with a transport strike that has disrupted supplies of food, fuel and other goods.

Anheuser-Busch Bringing Budweiser To Vietnam

June 9, 2008 6:52 am | by Jim Salter, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Brewer continues to expand in Asia as it announces an import and distribution agreement with Gannon Distribution Co.


Honda Saving Jobs, Responds To Small-Car Demand

May 29, 2008 5:35 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup production will be moved from Canada to Alabama, allowing Civic sedan production to be raised in Canada, Honda CEO said.

EU Warns Of Rising Beef Prices

May 27, 2008 11:55 am | News | Comments

European Union introduced stricter import rules earlier this year, which limited the number of Brazilian farms that met EU animal health standards and could export to Europe.

Report: Globalization Stalled By Transportation Costs

May 27, 2008 10:50 am | by Julian Beltrame, Canadian Press | News | Comments

Economists say the cost of moving goods -- particularly heavy materials such as steel -- not the burden of tariffs, is the largest barrier to global trade today.

Report: Gaps In U.S. Port Security Program

May 27, 2008 5:54 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GAO reports finds port security has gaps that terrorists could exploit to smuggle weapons of mass destruction in cargo containers.

Outlook: Canada’s Auto Parts Production To Decline

May 21, 2008 7:00 am | News | Comments

Canadian auto parts makers face a tough year with production falling by 8 percent in the face of the strong loonie and declining U.S. demand, says the Conference Board of Canada.


Report: Export Strength Bolsters U.S. Manufacturing

May 20, 2008 6:45 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Sector could perform better than the U.S. economy amid surge in exports due to the weak dollar, according to a report by the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI.

GM May Sell Chevrolets In South Korea

May 16, 2008 7:06 am | News | Comments

Automaker considering launching its Chevrolet brand in South Korea to capture a larger share of the country's growing market for imported cars.

Nissan Lowers U.S. Sales Forecast

May 15, 2008 11:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker lowering its U.S. sales forecast from 15.5 million vehicles to 15.2 million vehicles as the weak economy continues to wreak havoc on the auto industry.

DOT: Freight Activity Down In March

May 14, 2008 9:36 am | News | Comments

Freight transportation services index, which measures changes in the output of services by the railroad, air freight and trucking industries, was 109.4 in March, 0.4 percent lower than the same month last year.

Crocs Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Chinese Firms

May 13, 2008 6:00 am | News | Comments

Shoe maker said subsidiary Jibbitz LLC won a copyright and trademark infringement case against three Chinese shoe companies and was awarded damages of $56 million.

Lawmakers Want Bush To Stop Buying Petroleum

May 13, 2008 5:40 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Congress expected to approve legislation directing President Bush to temporarily halt the shipment of about 70,000 barrels of oil a day to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Wisconsin Remains Top Cheese Producer

May 12, 2008 5:55 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Experts say predictions that California will soon overtake Wisconsin as the nation's top cheese producer are unlikely to come true.

After 2 Months, Idled Workers Returning To GM Plant

May 8, 2008 12:05 pm | News | Comments

General Motors plant in Missouri shut down since March 6 due to a parts shortage caused by a strike at supplier American Axle will restart on Monday.

BMW Chief: U.S. Part Of Long-Term Advantage

May 8, 2008 5:50 am | by Christof Ruehmair, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chief executive told shareholders that maintaining the automaker's presence in the United States was not a knee-jerk reaction to the strong euro, but a long-term strategy.

EU Probes China, Moldova And Turkey Steel Rod Imports

May 8, 2008 5:29 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

European Union to investigate whether China, Moldova and Turkey are illegally selling steel wire rod at below-cost prices that damage European manufacturers.

Toyota Raising Prices On Some U.S. Models

May 7, 2008 5:54 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

World's second-biggest automaker is raising prices on the Yaris sedan and Camry later this month amid increased worries about profit growth in the American market.

Boeing Completes First 737-900ER Delivery To Europe

May 6, 2008 5:55 am | Boeing | News | Comments

'Extended range' 737-900ER is the latest version of iconic 737 jetliner series, and is able to carry more passengers and fly farther than earlier models.

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