TTI SERVES WAN HAI CONTAINER SERVICE
OAKLAND – 01/05/06 – Total Terminals International (TTI) has begun serving Wan Hai Lines' transpacific China service at its Oakland and Long Beach container terminals; TTI currently handles approximately 11% of all US West Coast container traffic through its leased and managed terminals in Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle.
DotVN, INC. OPENS SAN DIEGO OFFICE
SAN DIEGO – 01/01/06 – Vietnam’s official provider of Internat and telecommunications services, DotVN, Inc., has opened its North American headquarters in San Diego; Vietnam's Internet usage has grown over 1,000% over the past five years and there are currently about 6.1 million Internet users in Vietnam, penetrating only about 7.4% of the population.
NIXON ACQUIRED BY AUSSIE SURFWEAR GIANT
ENCINITAS – 12/27/05 – California-based Nixon Inc. has been acquired by Australian surfwear company Billabong International Ltd in a package deal valued at $93 million; Billibong’s global business which includes such popular brand names as Von Zipper eyewear, Element shoes, Kustom footwear, and Honolua Surf and Mrs. Palmers surf wax and accessories.
EVERGREEN MEGA-SHIP CALLS AT L.A.
LOS ANGELES – 12/23/05 – Evergreen Marine’s Hatsu Sigma recently made her maiden arrival at the Port of Los Angeles; the 7,024-TEU containership is the largest vessel in the company’s fleet and is the second of ten new ''S'' class vessels operated by Hatsu Marine Ltd., the carrier’s British-flag subsidiary, that the Taiwan-based ocean carrier is planning to fold into its fleet over the next two years.
GERMANY WANTS WINE ''PURITY'' LAW
BRUSSELS, Belgium – 12/21/05 – Germany is asking the European Commission to extend the reach of the recent US-EU wine agreement by imposing a ''purity law'' to protect European wines from certain US production practices; the transatlantic wine trade is worth some $2.8 billion a year with most US exports produced in California.
NEW SoCAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER FOR UPS
ONTARIO – 12/16/05 – Expedited air carrier UPS has opened the doors at its new distribution center adjacent to Ontario International Airport in Southern California; the new facility adds considerable clout to the roughly 1.1 billion square feet of industrial warehouse space available in Southern California, almost twice that of other distribution hubs such as New Jersey, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas.
NEW CALIFORNIA WINE WEBSITE LAUNCHED
SAN FRANCISCO – 12/14/05 – A new website has been developed to showcase premium California wines in potential overseas markets such as China; the entire website will be translated into Simplified Text for the Chinese marketplace and will reach out through ''unique and innovative programs'' to the Chinese wine, hotel, and import trade as well as affluent consumer markets in China.
NEW L.A. PORT CHIEF NAMED
LOS ANGELES – 12/14/05 – Geraldine Knatz, managing director of the Port of Long Beach, has been named the new General Manager of the port of Los Angeles; a graduate of the University of Southern California and a veteran of 24 years at Long Beach, Knatz is the first woman to head a major US port.
AG TRADE OFFICIALS MEET IN SACRAMENTO
SACRAMENTO – 12/09/05 – Agricultural trade officials from Africa and Asia met this week with officials of the California Department of Food and Agriculture to establish trade relationships and provide a California perspective on US agricultural trade policy; the trade policy delegation consisted of representatives from South Africa, Ghana, Sri Lanka, and Jordan, which, collectively, bought more than $28 million in California-grown agricultural products in 2004.
BNSF MERGER SPECULATION SWIRLS
FT. WORTH – 12/08/05 – Speculation is growing that the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway may be mulling new merger opportunities to significantly increase its North American service profile; industry publications say the rail carrier is considering a merger with the Canadian National Railway or the Kansas City Southern fueled by some $2 billion in “free cash” to spend over the next 26 months on increasing the dividend paid to investors, or acquisitions.
SAMPLE CZAR IN NEW CHINA PARTNERSHIP
LOS ANGELES – 12/06/05 – California-based Sample Czar Inc. has formed a new partnership with SmartClub to develop online surveys in China; the partnership will offer participants aggregate points by traveling on public transport, shopping at one of its many retail partners – including China's leading e-commerce websites – or using their personal cellphone.
PORT OF OAKLAND TO BEEF-UP SECURITY
OAKLAND – 12/02/05 – The Port of Oakland, the country’s fourth busiest container port, will spend $750,000 in state grants to acquire a new array of high-tech security equipment from global positioning devices to hydraulic traffic barriers; already on-line are 2,000 radio frequency identification (RFI) devices that will be used to monitor truck movements at the port’s ocean terminals.
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