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November 21 2017
Uber Strikes Deal With Volvo to Bring Self-Driving Cars to Its Network
(New York Times) No one knows what the future of self-driving cars will look like, or how long it will take to get there. But every major player in the field is striking partnerships to be ready for the day when autonomous vehicles finally become mainstream. READ MORE
Nafta Negotiations Shift Down a Gear
(Bloomberg) The fifth round of talks, which began in Mexico City on Nov. 15 and wraps up on Tuesday, is the first held without the top trade chiefs from the three countries. That allowed the respective teams to work on the challenge of updating the more mundane facets of the nearly 2,000-page North American Free Trade Agreement, which started in 1994 and is undergoing a major overhaul. READ MORE
South Korea fears further missile advances by North this year in threat to U.S.
(Reuters) North Korea may conduct additional missile tests this year to polish up its long-range missile technology and ramp up the threat against the United States, South Korea’s spy agency said on Monday, adding that it was monitoring developments closely. READ MORE
Kenya Supreme Court upholds election rerun, sparking celebrations, protests
(Washington Post)Kenya’s Supreme Court upheld the reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, paving the way for his inauguration even as the opposition remains defiant. READ MORE
Indicators: Market conditions for carriers to remain solid, freight volumes continue surge
(Commercial Carrier Journal) Hurricanes, economy continue to drive spot market freight gains: Freight demand on the spot market in October continued a 17-month streak of year-over-year increases, according to DAT’s monthly North American Freight Index, released last week. Freight volume on the spot market grew 65 percent compared from October 2016, despite a small dip from September 2017 volume. READ MORE
With Route Approval In Place, What Next For Keystone XL Pipeline?
(Forbes) By a 3-2 vote, the Nebraska Public Service Commission issued its final approval for the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline system Monday morning. The permit represents the final technical approval needed by the controversial pipeline’s builder, TransCanada, in order to begin construction on the 1,200 mile long northern leg of the Keystone XL system. The PSC decision is also a significant win for President Donald Trump, who issued an executive order for the reconsideration of the Keystone XL project just four days into his term in office.
The question for the project now is, what comes next? READ MORE
Asian War Risk Syndicate Launched
(Maritime Executive) A new marine insurance facility aimed at protecting Chinese and Asian ship owners from the risks of war and piracy has been launched. READ MORE
James M. Marconi
Director of Public Relations
NDTA: The Association for Global Logistics and Transportation