IFPTA News and Events

Södra Launches Major Initiative to Electrify Transportation

Nov. 25, 2022 - Södra is now launching a major initiative to electrify the operation’s transportation. A new project will study the future potential to operate electric-powered trucks, forklifts and loaders that can help further reduce the association’s fossil-fuel emissions.

Södra is currently a net producer of electricity and is aiming to reach net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2040. A natural step in this process is to electrify the vehicle fleet and operations. Parts of the mills’ vehicle fleet already run on electricity, including electric forklifts at the Värö and Långasjö sawmills. This work will now enter the next phase and Södra is launching a project for the large-scale electrification of internal and external transportation. The project includes the electrification of logging and chip trucks in Södra’s own haulage business as well as vehicles at mills.

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Euroports Inaugurates Three New Berths for Forest Products at Its Gaolan Terminal in South China

Nov. 22, 2022 - Euroports is pleased to announce the inauguration of three new berths at its Gaolan Terminal in South China. Furthermore, the company expects another berth to be approved for international cargo by the end of 2022.

The new area grants Euroports a total of five berths for forest products operations.

Earlier this year Euroports built a new warehouse in Gaolan designed to optimize breakbulk in – container out operations, allowing the port operator to better serve destinations for containerized cargo in China and Southeast Asia.

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OneFortyOne’s Kaituna’s Woodchip Sets Sail from New Zealand to Japan

Nov. 22, 2022 - OneFortyOne’s Kaituna Sawmill and its partners celebrated its first export shipment of woodchip out of Port Marlborough (New Zealand), as part of a new export initiative with partner Marusumi Whangarei Co., Ltd.

Woodchip has been accumulating at Shakespeare Bay over the last three months, in preparation for the loading of the Southern Star Vessel which docked on Monday, Nov. 7 and departed Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Another vessel is planned for the new year of which woodchip is now being accumulated.

Port Marlborough has been a critical partner in providing logistical support for the trial operation, including 4,000m2 (0.4 ha) in the port’s Shakespeare Bay log yard currently for the operation.

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Metsä Group Says Port Warehouse and Private Track Project for Kemi Bioproduct Mill on Schedule

Nov. 21, 2022 - Metsä Group announced that construction and installation work for its new Kemi bioproduct mill is progressing as planned and on schedule for completion by the end of the year.

The new 110 kV power line has now been completed, and it will be deployed when the mill comes online. Bioelectricity generated by the mill will be transmitted to the national grid along the new power line. The mill will produce 2.0 TWh of renewable energy annually, which is equivalent to 2.5 per cent of Finland’s overall electricity production.

The autonomous cranes in the woodyard have reached roof height. The electric cranes will unload wood arriving by train and lorry independently.

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Euroports Rauma Handles Terminal Operations for Metsä Fibre’s New Sawmill

Oct. 20, 2022 - Metsä Fibre on Sept. 30 started production at its new sawmill in Rauma, Finland. The new sawmill has an annual capacity of 750,000 cubic metres of pine sawn timber, and the annual use of pine logs sourced in Finland is around 1.5 million cubic metres. The sawn timber produced in Rauma is sold mainly to Europe and Asia.

The sawmill’s location enables smooth logistics to transport the sawn timber to customers through the Port of Rauma. The new sawmill does not have its own warehouses. Instead, finished sawn timber is packaged and automatically loaded onto lorries, which transport it directly to the port.

Euroports Rauma Oy is responsible for the sawmill’s terminal operations.

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IFPTA's New President Bob Davidson Welcomed by Members and Guests At Transport Symposium 24

(l-r) Alan Bog, Bob Davidson, and Tom Mutz.Sept. 2022 - At the conclusion of Transport Symposium 24, outgoing IFPTA president Alan Bog (Euroports) and secretary/treasurer Tom Mutz (PENN Warehousing) gathered on the stage and introduced Bob Davidson (Eldorado Brasil) to the audience as IFPTA's new president.

Mr. Mutz will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer.

In addition to the Association’s new president, four new directors were elected to the Board by the membership: 

  • Milind Balaji, Director of Global Distribution and Services, Georgia-Pacific - Packaging and Cellulose Division
  • Lars Gottschenkis, Senior Sales Manager Pulp & Paper, J Müller
  • Andy Powell, Commercial Director, G2 Ocean
  • Jyrki Ranki, Vice President, Maritime Logistics, Metsä Group

The following directors continue to serve their terms:

  • Horst Kaupke, Manager, Marketing & Sales, BLG Cargo Logistics GmbH
  • Ana Paula Trilho, Diretora, APT Group
  • Rhoda Voth, General Manager, North America, Saga Welco AS
  • Kelly Williams, Vice President, Terminals and Stevedoring, Western Stevedoring

TS 24 took place September 18-20, 2022 at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

IFPTA’s Transport Symposium is the longest running conference and exhibition dedicated to the global forest products logistics industry. Brought to you by Fastmarkets, in association with IFPTA, the event brings together all the key players throughout the pulp and paper supply chain.

Our conference sessions are focused on keeping attendees updated on trending topics in worldwide transport, materials handling and distribution of forest products, while the event’s exhibitions and networking receptions are available for meeting industry colleagues and forging new partnerships.


SCA Announces Beginning of Land Construction in Tunadal Port

Oct. 7, 2022 – SCA announced that land construction work is starting in the port of Tunadal, just outside of Sundsvall (Sweden). The work involves dredging in the port that will use the dredged material to create more land surface area that will support an expansion of cargo handling.

The project is part of SCA’s investment of some SEK 460 million ($54.7 million) in Tunadal Port between 2021 and 2024, which was announced in February of 2021. At that time, SCA explained that investments in its Östrand pulp mill, in addition to the ongoing investments in pulp production at its Ortviken industrial site, will more than double the volume of pulp to be shipped from the Sundsvall region.

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UPM Inaugurates Its New Deep Sea Pulp Terminal in the Port of Montevideo

Oct. 5, 2022 - UPM inaugurates today its new pulp terminal in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay. This investment of approximately USD 280 million is a fundamental part of UPM’s USD 3.47 billion growth investment in Uruguay that includes a state-of-the-art pulp mill in Paso de los Toros, new eucalyptus tree nursery as well as local community investments in Paso de los Toros.

The new pulp terminal is located in the newly developed deep sea port in Montevideo, and it will have a direct rail connection to the new UPM Paso de los Toros mill. In the future, all UPM pulp from Uruguay will be shipped with fully loaded ocean vessels directly from Uruguay.

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Metsä Fibre’s State-of-the-Art Sawmill Starts in Rauma, Finland

Metsa FibreSept. 30, 2022 - Metsä Fibre announced that its new state-of-the-art pine sawmill in Rauma, Finland, has moved from production test run to continuous sawn timber production. The sawmill is operating continuously in three shifts.

Construction of the Rauma sawmill started in the spring of 2020, and the value of the investment is approximately EUR 260 million. This is the largest sawmill investment ever in Finland.

The Rauma sawmill is a worldwide forerunner in technology, efficiency and operating models. Technological innovations such as machine vision, self-learning artificial intelligence and integrated information systems that control the sawline’s various functions provide improved conditions for the production of sawn timber of consistent quality and the sawmill’s industrial efficiency.

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JAXPORT to Serve as Host Port for International Forest Products Supply Chain Event

Sept. 9, 2022 - The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) will serve as the host port for the 24th annual Pulp and Paper International (PPI) Transport Symposium. The event is the longest-running conference dedicated to the forest products supply chain and attracts global leaders from throughout the industry.

Organized by Fastmarkets RISI, in association with the International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA), PPI Transport Symposium 24 is September 18-20, 2022, at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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Brazil's Pulp and Paper Sector Sees Growth in Production, Exports, in First Half 2022

Aug. 31, 2022 - According to the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá), in the first half of 2022, pulp production grew 7.8% compared to the same period of the previous year, and paper production showed a 3.1% increase.

In the first half of 2022, China remains the main destination for pulp exports produced in Brazil, reaching US$ 1.5 billion traded. Latin America remains Brazil's leading paper buyer and has totaled US$ 966 million in product negotiations. The region is also the foreign market that most acquired wood panels, which totaled US$ 126.3 million.

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Ponsse Launches New Technology Concept: Electric Forestry Forwarder

Aug. 17, 2022 - Ponsse and Epec are introducing the PONSSE EV1, an electric forest machine technology concept.

The PONSSE EV1 concept has been developed for forwarders with a 15-tonne load-carrying capacity -- the most popular Ponsse forwarder size category. The concept machine features a fully electric powertrain, as well as Epec's power distribution unit and hybrid control unit. The machine's powertrain operates fully with battery energy. Batteries are charged using a Range Extender, which is a combustion engine at this stage of development.

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Impact of Skyrocketing Fuel Prices on Forest Products Transportation

The following was recently published by the Forest Resources Association

July 7, 2022 - Rising fuel prices impact everyone’s pocketbook through increased costs which are driving up prices. This increase in cost is especially true for the trucking industry, which is critical to maintaining the supply chain and is often viewed as a barometer of the U.S. economy. While 2020 data from the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center shows that the average fuel economy for cars was 24.2 miles/gallon, it was 5.29 miles/gallon for heavy trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 33,000 pounds, such as a 5-axle tractor-trailer log truck. As trucks are vital for moving raw forest products from in-woods harvest sites to mill consumers, rising fuel prices significantly impact the cost of those deliveries.

Impact of Skyrocketing Fuel Prices on Forest Products Transportation


 

SCA's Electric Timber Truck from Scania Is Now in Operation

July 6, 2022 - SCA, together with Scania, has developed the world's first electric timber truck with a capacity to carry 80 tonnes and the new truck has been delivered to SCA.

“We have come a long way in the industrial processes that are already today 96 percent fossil-free,” said Hans Djurberg, head of sustainability at SCA. “We are very happy to be able to break new ground together with Scania to make the heaviest transports fossil-free.”

SCA said the intention is for the vehicle to transport timber on the stretch between SCA's timber terminal in Gimonäs and the paper mill in Obbola outside Umeå. 

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JAXPORT Completes Final Phase of $100 Million in Berth Improvements at Blount Island

June 27, 2022 - The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) announced today the completion of the final phase of $100 million in berth enhancements at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal (JCT) at Blount Island. The last stage of the project, the rehabilitation of 700 linear feet of deepwater berthing space, was completed at the end of June in coordination with the recently completed Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project.

The SSA JCT now features a 47-foot channel depth with 2,400 linear feet of newly rebuilt berthing space capable of simultaneously accommodating two post-Panamax container ships.

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Arauco to Invest $3 Billion in Construction of New Pulp Mill in Brazil

June 23, 2022 - Arauco has announced that on June 22 it signed a US$3 billion investment collaboration agreement with the government of Mato Grosso Do Sul in Brazil for the construction of a new pulp mill.

Arauco has named the initiative "Project Sucuriú."

The new mill would have a production capacity of 2.5 million tons of hardwood pulp and would be located 50 km from the municipality of Inocência.

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Port of Tarragona Sees Maritime Traffic Increase by 7.1% in May

June 22, 2022 - The Port of Tarragona reported maritime traffic at the Port continues with the upward trend by + 7.1%, compared to May 2021, handling a total of 2.69 million tons in its facilities.

In the accumulated period, January-May, the figures continue to mark a positive trend with a growth of 4.3%, with 13.02 million tonnes moved, compared to 2021.

It continues with a positive trend in the group of goods 'paper and paper pulp' with a + 13% with the 67,881 tons moved during this period, which positions this traffic in the best month of May in recent years.

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Port of Mobile Container Volumes Remain Robust, Intermodal Rail Posts Triple Digit Growth

June 16, 2022 - Calendar year-to-date 2022 through May container volumes remained robust at the Port of Mobile posting 225,883 TEUs or an 11.6 percent gain over volumes handled during the same period last year. May 2022 container volumes at the Port of Mobile were down 6 percent handling 41,232 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) versus 43,865 TEUs handled in May 2021. May’s dip in container terminal volumes reflected the volatility of Trans-Pacific trade associated with prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns in China.

Uncongested and fluid, the Port’s intermodal rail growth in May exceeded expectations with 208 percent growth compared to May in 2021. Year to date 2022 intermodal rail volumes remained in triple digits with 130 percent growth over the same time-period in 2021.

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Chinese Demand Drove Global Trade of Hardwood Chips Higher in Early 2022

June 13, 2022 - In 2021, the world’s shipments of wood chips reached almost 35 million m3, close to the highest on record. Significant expansion of pulp capacity in China combined with a lack of domestic wood fiber has driven the global increase in traded wood chips over the past decade. About four-fifths of the trade was hardwood chips in 2021, predominantly destined for pulp mills in Asia, while the remaining volume was softwood chips.

According to the Wood Resource Quarterly, importation to China reached a new record-high of 14.8 million odmt in 2021, a 12 % increase from the previous year. This rise was a continuation of an unprecedented upward trend that started in 2008 when China imported only one million odmt.

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International Forest Products Partners in Creation of Global Forest Products AB

May 13, 2022 - International Forest Products LLC (IFP) announces its participation in the creation of Global Forest Products AB (GFP), a new joint venture trading company in Gothenburg, Sweden. The venture is a collaboration between IFP, Fredrik Anderson, and Johan Rafstedt and will provide suppliers and customers a platform with sound financing, transparency, and cost efficiency.

Mr. Anderson has more than 25 years of experience in the forest products industry, most recently as CEO of CellMark, and Mr. Rafstedt brings 25 years of financial services experience, including the role of CFO of CellMark.

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The Biden Administration’s Rail Regulation Efforts Make Little Sense

The Biden Administration should discard a recent proposal to impose reciprocal switching on U.S. railroads.

May 9, 2022 - The pandemic accelerated the amount of online shopping by U.S. residents, and a large proportion of the U.S. population has grown accustomed to eschewing stores and having most goods delivered to their homes.

This trend has increased the number of trucks on the road, which has created congestion, parking problems, and more emissions due to traffic across the country. The recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act contains $8 billion to boost freight infrastructure and safety programs. The state of Georgia is spending $1.8 billion a year, following a state recommendation that Georgia reduce problems caused by the surfeit of trucks.

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Hapag-Lloyd Offers New Rail Link from Port of Virginia to US West Coast

April 29, 2022 - The Port of Virginia is the only US East Coast stop for ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd’s reworked Mediterranean Gulf Coast Express (MGX) that will move cargo overland by rail to California via Virginia.

The service began operating in mid-April with arrival of the Synergy Antwerp at Norfolk International Terminals. Nearly 1,000 of the vessel’s containers were moved via Norfolk Southern to Chicago where they were switched to another rail carrier that moved them to the ports of Los Angeles and Oakland.

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LD Celulose Ramping-Up Production at New Dissolving Pulp Mill in Brazil

April 25, 2022 - LD Celulose S.A, a joint venture between the Austrian company Lenzing and the Brazilian company Dexco, invested about USD 1.3 billion in a 500,000 tonne/year dissolving wood pulp mill in the Triângulo Mineiro region in Brazil. Valmet delivered the key process islands and integrated automation solutions for the mill. The equipment operations and the production ramp-up in the new mill have now successfully started.

"This mill is among the most productive and energy-efficient mills in the world. We have adopted the most advanced technologies in the mill, not only in the sustainable production process, but also in the solutions that seek to reduce emissions to the environment," said Luís Künzel, CEO of LD Celulose.

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Stora Enso Divesting Its Sawmills and Forest Operations in Russia

April 25, 2022 - Stora Enso has entered into an agreement to divest its two sawmills in Russia. The company’s Nebolchi and Impilahti sawmills will be divested to local management.

In addition, the divestment includes Stora Enso’s Russian forest operation which through its harvesting supplies wood to the sawmills.

Stora Enso’s assessment is that due to the uncertainties in the Russian market, local ownership and operation can provide a more sustainable long-term solution for these business operations and the employees working there.

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New MSC ScanBaltic Service Makes First Call to The Port of Philadelphia

April 19, 2022 - On Thursday, April 14, PhilaPort welcomed the maiden call of a new ocean liner service to The Port of Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. The container ship M/V Cornelia is part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) brand new ScanBaltic service.

MSC first announced the launch of the new weekly service connecting the ScanBaltic with the US East Coast in mid-March. MSC noted that it is the only carrier to provide a direct connection between the two regions, reducing transshipment for customers and providing expedited transit times.

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Sanctions against Russian Exports will Permanently Alter the Global Trade of Forest Products

April 14, 2022 - Lumber trade flows changed almost instantly when Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Trade sanctions and restrictions in financial transactions by Europe, North America, and major markets in Asia halted shipments from Russia and Belarus. In addition, exports from Ukraine were also disrupted. The total lumber exports from the three countries in the war zone were 34 million m3 in 2021. Over 25% of that volume was exported to countries with current sanctions against Russia and Belarus.

In addition, the two major wood certification organizations, FSC and PEFC, have labeled all timber from the two countries as "conflict timber." The removal of the labeling means that the timber cannot be used in certified products, which will impact any country buying wood from Russia and Belarus and manufacturing certified products, e.g., lumber, plywood, pulp, and paper for sales worldwide.

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Weyerhaeuser to Acquire 80,800 Acres of Timberlands in North and South Carolina

April 14, 2022 - Weyerhaeuser Company announced an agreement to purchase 80,800 acres of high-quality timberlands in North and South Carolina from a fund managed by Campbell Global for approximately $265 million. The acquisition is comprised of highly productive timberlands situated in strong coastal markets and strategically located to deliver immediate synergies with existing Weyerhaeuser timber and mill operations.

Additionally, the acquisition is expected to deliver portfolio-leading cash flow and harvest tons per acre within the company's Southern Timberlands business.

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Finland's Exports of Paperboard Grew to EUR 3.3 Billion in 2021

April 12, 2022 - According to preliminary data for 2021 published by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), the export value of forest industry products was a little more than EUR 13 billion. As a result of the global rising demand and prices for sawn goods, the export value of the wood-products industries accounted for as much as 29 per cent of forest industry exports. Imports of roundwood and wood residues into Finland totalled 13 million cubic metres, slightly more than half of which consisted of pulpwood.

The export value of forest industry products increased by 16% from the previous year in real terms to EUR 13.1 billion. Compared with the previous ten-year average, exports were, however, only 2% higher (deflated using the wholesale price index). In the wood-products industries, exports increased by 42% from the previous year to EUR 3.9 billion, while in the pulp and paper industries exports increased by 8% year-on-year to EUR 9.3 billion. The forest industries accounted for 19% of Finland's total goods exports in 2021.

Finland's Exports of Paperboard Grew to EUR 3.3 Billion in 2021


 

Canfor’s Sawmills and Taylor Pulp Mill in BC Hit by Supply Chain Crisis

March 30, 2022 - Canfor Corporation announced that it will implement reduced operating schedules at its Western Canadian sawmills (in British Columbia, Canada) effective April 4, 2022 due to the cumulative effects of the unprecedented global supply chain crisis that has been ongoing for several months.

The reduced operating schedules will remain in effect for a minimum of four weeks and the company will continue to assess and make adjustments to operating schedules as supply chain conditions evolve.

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Stora Enso Announces Plans to Divest Four Paper Mills in Europe

March 29, 2022 - Stora Enso has initiated a sales process for a possible divestment of four paper production sites. In line with Stora Enso’s strategy, paper is not a strategic growth area for the Group. The divestment intent is aligned with the Group’s strategy to focus on long-term growth potential for its renewable products in packaging, building solutions and biomaterials innovations.

Stora Enso’s paper production sites intended for divestment are: Anjala in Finland, Hylte and Nymölla in Sweden, and Maxau in Germany. The assets are high-quality sites for paper and pulp production with strong infrastructure, and skilled and experienced staff.

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Port of Vancouver Says Trade Steady in 2021 Despite Supply-Chain, Extreme Weather Challenges

March 24, 2022 - The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released 2021 year-end statistics for goods moving through the Port of Vancouver. Despite the ongoing pandemic and global supply chain challenges, as well as extreme weather events in B.C., 2021 cargo volumes through the Port of Vancouver increased by 1% from 145 to 146 million metric tonnes (MMT) over 2020.

In 2021, record container and foreign bulk volumes, as well as strong grain volumes in the first half of 2021, helped maintain cargo volumes through the port, despite a challenging trade landscape and the continued federal deferral of cruise in Canada due to COVID-19.

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UPM Optimistic About Reaching Agreement Soon with Paperworkers Union in Finland

March 22, 2022 - UPM today said that Conciliator Leo Suomaa has submitted a proposal for a settlement in the collective labour agreement negotiations between UPM Pulp and the Paperworkers' Union. The conciliator has asked the parties to state their position on the proposal by 14 April 2022 at 10:00 EET.

In the meanwhile, the conciliator will continue the conciliation with the Union and with UPM's other businesses. Paperworkers' Union has now also agreed that all business can run the negotiations parallel instead of having them one by one.

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Alexander Global Logistics and AD Ports in Talks to Develop Pulp and Paper Terminal in Abu Dhabi

March 21, 2022 - Alexander Global Logistics (AGL) announced that it is in talks with AD Ports Group to form a collaboration for the purpose of developing a world-class hub in Abu Dhabi for pulp and paper products in the Middle East.

“We are very excited about this project,” said Alexander Hellmers, Vice President of AGL. “We have the strongest belief that the combination of expertise and knowledge of the industry brought into this by Alexander Global Logistics, plus the strategic location, capabilities and resources provided by AD Ports Group, will soon allow the pulp and paper industry to have a world-class terminal to serve customers in the Abu Dhabi hinterland.

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Work Stoppage Saturday Initiated by TCRC, Not by CP

March 20, 2022 (Press Release) - Canadian Pacific Railway said that while the company was still engaged in ongoing negotiations facilitated by federal mediators, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) withdrew its services and issued a news release misrepresenting the status of the talks.

“We are deeply disappointed that, in the final hours before a legal strike or lockout was to potentially occur, the TCRC Negotiating Committee failed to respond to the company’s latest offer that was presented to them by the federal mediators,” said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. “Instead, the TCRC opted to withdraw their services before the deadline for a strike or lockout could legally take place. The TCRC is well aware of the damage this reckless action will cause to the Canadian supply chain.”

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Maersk, Proman Announce Agreement on Green Methanol Supply

March 10, 2022 - Proman and A.P. Moller -Maersk (Maersk) have entered into a new cooperation agreement to identify and develop green methanol supply solutions for Maersk's new methanol-fuelled container vessels.

As part of today's agreement, Proman will aim to supply Maersk with 100,000 – 150,000 tonnes per year of green methanol from its new 200,000 tonnes per year methanol facility in development in North America. The project will be built by Proman with target start of operations in 2025, producing bio-methanol from non-recyclable forestry residues and municipal solid waste.

Proman and Maersk will further collaborate on developing global projects with the aim of producing and delivering green methanol for Maersk's vessels.

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Meadow Lake Tribal Council Joins Paper Excellence’s Call for CN to Provide More Rail Cars

March 7, 2022 (Press Release) - Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) joined Paper Excellence today in calling on CN to provide more rail cars for Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Inc.

The pulp mill is dependent on CN, which has failed to adequately transport Meadow Lake mill’s product to ports for months. After exhausting all local storage facilities, Paper Excellence leadership announced a further production slowdown due to the lack of rail service on February 11th. The mill has not operated at full capacity since December.

Currently, CN continues to provide less than 40% of requested rail cars and now the mill has had to resort to participating in a CN auction process that drives up prices for the few cars that are available.

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Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Will Likely Halt Planned Investments in the Russian Forest Industry

Feb. 28, 2022 (Wood Resources International - Market Insights) - Russia's invasion of Ukraine is likely to impact global trade in the coming months. Increased sanctions against trading with Russia and difficulty with financial transactions will probably interrupt and re-direct shipments of forest products throughout the world. As a result, trade with Russia will likely decline, impacting long-established international trade flows of forest products.

Countries like China and India, who have reluctantly supported Russia in the conflict, may also be affected by limited trade sanctions. This development would mainly affect China, which relies on the importation of forest products, including logs, wood chips, lumber, pulp, and paper from North America, Europe, Oceania, and Latin America for domestic use.

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New Cradle Dedicated to Pulp Handling Undergoes Tests

Feb. 23, 2022 (Tissue Online) - Berth 99, newly built by Suzano at Porto do Itaqui, in São Luiz (MA), is undergoing commissioning tests, which include berthing verification, assisted operation and unberthing.

The commissioning tests are provided for in the implementation license obtained by Suzano from Sema. During the tests, several aspects of the operation in the berth are checked, such as the feasibility of the maneuver and behavior of the vessel, the times between the pilot boarding, the navigation to the port and conclusion of the maneuver, as well as the efficiency of the fenders and mooring systems.

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Associated British Ports Welcomes Return of Seacon (AG)

Feb. 21, 2022 (Press Release) - Associated British Ports (ABP) is delighted to support Seacon (SG) re-establish its northern base at the Port of Garston. Seacon (SG), a UK port-based terminal operator specialising in the handling of forest products, was originally founded in Garston in 1983 under the name Stanton Grove.

The cargo handling, storage and distribution services provider which operates a terminal at the Port of Tilbury (London) is now expanding its operations and is set to return to its roots. As of February 2022, Seacon (SG) will once again operate a forest product terminal at the Port of Garston.

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Alabama Port Authority to Build Inland Intermodal Transfer Facility at Montgomery

Feb. 18, 2022 - The Alabama Port Authority board of directors approved a $2.042 million purchase of 272 acres in Montgomery, Alabama, to construct an inland container intermodal transfer (ICTF) facility. The project will extend intermodal rail service from the Port Authority’s container intermodal terminal at the Port of Mobile in support of Alabama regional growth in manufacturing, retail, distribution, and agribusiness sectors.

When constructed, the intermodal container transfer facility at Montgomery will be serviced by CSX Transportation (CSXT) Intermodal. The project reestablishes regularly scheduled CSXT Intermodal rail service at the Port of Mobile and provides a foundation to expand intermodal services further inland to support CSXT customers. CSXT will contribute up to $12.5 million toward infrastructure improvements in the facility.

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Wood Fiber Costs Increased for Softwood Pulp Producers Worldwide in 2021

Feb. 16, 2022 - Wood fiber costs for pulp manufacturers have gone up in practically all countries covered by Wood Resources Quarterly ("WRQ") over the past year. In the 3Q/21, the Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) was at its highest level since 2014, 8.1% higher than the 3Q/20.

The most significant price increases have occurred in Western Canada, US South, Latin America, and Oceania. Softwood pulplog prices in the US South were up 9% year-over-year, an unusual jump in a region with relatively small price adjustments historically. Other noteworthy price increases were for softwood chips in Western Canada (+11% y-o-y) and softwood pulplogs in France (+9%), Brazil (+20%), and Chile (+15%).

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Paper Excellence Announces Production Slowdown at Meadow Lake Pulp Mill Due to Lack of Railway Service

Feb. 11, 2022 - Paper Excellence today announced an indefinite production slowdown of its Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada, BCTMP (Bleached Chemi Thermal Mechanical Pulp) mill due to repeated lack of railway service.

The mill has the capacity to produce 410,000 tonnes of BCTMP per year, which is exported to customers primarily in Asia.

Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Inc., which employs 190 people and infuses over $1 million daily into Canada’s economy, is dependent on CN Rail, which has failed to transport Meadow Lake’s pulp production to ports for months.

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Navis to Supply Euroports with TOS for Bulk and Break-Bulk Terminals

Feb. 10, 2022 - Navis, a provider of operational technologies and services that helps streamline operations across the cargo supply chain, announced a new partnership agreement with Euroports consisting of a multi-terminal implementation of Master Terminal by Navis.

According to Navis, the initial 5 year Master Terminal by Navis plus managed services subscription agreement includes a three-phased plan for several terminals with a targeted go live within 3 years. With a focus on Euroports’ break-bulk facilities, the Navis TOS (terminal operating system) will replace legacy systems, applying standardization for greater consistency and efficiency across Euroports’ network.

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PhilaPort Receives $246 Million in Funding to Bolster Port Development

Feb. 7, 2022 - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Feb. 4 announced a $246 million state investment into the Port of Philadelphia to continue modernization efforts and improve regional economic stability. This funding builds upon the Governor’s comprehensive $300 million Capital Investment Program at the Port of Philadelphia announced in 2016.

In 2016, Governor Wolf announced his Port Development Plan to redevelop underutilized areas of the Port of Philadelphia by investing more than $300 million in the port’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment. Critical infrastructure investments included the purchase and implementation of three new super post-Panamax cranes at the Packer Avenue Marine terminal, the building of two new state-of-the-art warehouses, and the development of the SouthPort Auto Terminal, the first new port terminal in more than 45 years. Since implementing the infrastructure improvement plan the port has realized record breaking cargo volumes, nearly 60 percent container growth, and created thousands of new jobs.

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Senate Introduces Ocean Shipping Reform Bill

Feb. 3, 2022 (American Shipper) - The U.S. Senate introduced on Thursday its version of legislation aimed at promoting U.S. exports while curbing carriers’ power over both container service and equipment fees charged to shippers.

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) is similar to legislation that passed overwhelmingly late last year in the U.S. House, though it lacks some of the specifics of the earlier bill. Both bills would give the Federal Maritime Commission authority to initiate rulemakings, making it more difficult for ocean carriers to refuse service to American exporters.

Language in the Senate bill is not as strong as the House version on imposing import-export reciprocity on carriers. However, both bills include certification requirements for carriers when imposing demurrage and detention fees.

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Canada’s Forest Sector Calls for Action on Supply Chain Woes

Feb. 2, 2022 - Canada’s forest industry provides more than 225,000 direct jobs across over 600 communities – many of which are hundreds of kilometres from larger cities and key customer markets.

A resilient and reliable transportation system is critical to Canadian forestry’s ability to meet increasing global demand for our products, keep forestry workers working, and improve economic conditions in rural and northern forestry communities.

“There are three main issues we need collective action on – future-ready infrastructure, rail service reliability, and the labour force of tomorrow,” noted Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) President and CEO Derek Nighbor.

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UPM Pulp Takes on North America with New Eucalyptus Pulp Volumes

Feb. 1, 2022 - With a eucalyptus pulp boost from the Paso de los Toros mill in Uruguay, scheduled to start-up in the first quarter of 2023, UPM Pulp is ready to take on a completely new market in North America. Lajos Forster, Sales Director, New Markets, comments that the company started its market entry already in 2021.

“With the additional Euca volume, we are ready to develop UPM Pulp into a global market pulp supplier. Therefore, a presence in the third biggest pulp market in the world is just a logical consequence on our journey,” says Forster.

Forster notes that UPM Pulp has successfully established itself as a reliable player in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe during the previous decade and is now using this experience to develop its third strategic market.

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Port of Dundee Welcomes Timber Shipment Direct from China

Feb. 1, 2022 - The Port of Dundee welcomed the arrival of the 177-metre long deep sea vessel the Ha Long Bay with her cargo of 12,000 packs of plywood on board.

The large cargo vessel sailed up the Tay direct from the Far East (China) and is one of the largest cargo vessels to be handled at the busy port. The 12,000 packs of plywood were discharged in record time by the expert port team who completed the job in just 15 days.

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SCA Logistics Opens Its New Terminal at Port of Tilbury in UK

Jan. 31, 2022 - SCA Logistics announced that on January 22 it opened a new port terminal in the Port of Tilbury in Essex, UK. This coincides with the closure of SCA’s terminal in the Port of Sheerness (UK).

The objective of the move is more efficient distribution, SCA said.

SCA explained that the process of integrating SCA’s digital information flow with the Port of Tilbury has been ongoing for some time and mid-January a SCA RoRo vessel leaving from Sweden could make its first call at the port.

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Bold Moves to Boost European Rail Freight

Jan. 2022 - The European freight rail industry has seen a steady decline over the past 70 years. Freight rail’s modal share has decreased from around 60 percent in the 1950s, and 30 percent in the 1980s, to roughly 15 percent today, driven mainly by large industry shifts. This prompted a vicious circle of increasing fixed costs, leading to loss of competitiveness and loss of volume, and consequently increasing fixed costs again — with little hope for a thriving future. The rise of new small and agile entrants worsened the situation for freight rail incumbents that were left with unhealthy structures and often faced political pressure to maintain unprofitable businesses.

The European Union has set a bold ambition to reverse this trend. It plans to double freight rail’s modal share by 2030, both to reduce the transport sector’s CO2 emissions and to ease the congestion of major road connections. Achieving this ambition would see freight rail volumes grow by around six percent a year in ton-kilometers (tkm).

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AKT Blockade against UPM Not Helping Labor Negotiations with Paperworkers’ Union

Jan. 24, 2022 - The Transport Workers’ Union AKT on Jan. 22 announced a blockade against UPM in Finland to support the strikes of the Paperworkers’ Union and the Finnish Electrical Workers´ Union.

According to UPM, AKT’s support measures will be carried out as a blockade in Finnish ports. During the blockade, the stevedores will not handle UPM’s paper and pulp. The blockade begins on 24 January at 06:00.

“AKT’s actions do not advance functioning labour markets. AKT is not even a party in the negotiations, which we aim to start with the Paperworkers’ Union,” says Jyrki Hollmén, Vice President, Labour Markets, UPM.

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Cooper Marine & Timberlands Acquires Seago Lumber Company

MCCOMB, MISSISSIPPI, Jan 19, 2022 (Press Release) - Cooper Marine & Timberlands (CMT) is excited to announce the acquisition of Seago Lumber Company. Seago Lumber Company, owned and operated by the Seago family since 1948, produces 1-inch dressed boards for sale in both domestic and export markets, and is known in the industry for its superior lumber quality and customer satisfaction.

“Today, we’re excited to welcome the Seago Lumber team into the Cooper family,” said Angus R. Cooper III, President of Cooper Marine & Timberlands. “The addition of Seago Lumber greatly enhances Cooper Marine & Timberlands’ ability to meet growing customer demand and provide the industry’s highest standard of lumber products and customer service.”

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Precision Terminal Logistics Acquires The Kearney Companies

Jan. 17, 2022 - Precision Terminal Logistics (PTL), effective December 31, 2021, acquired The Kearney Companies, Inc. (KCO) of New Orleans, LA. and Kearney Page Warehouse Services (KPWS) operating in Savannah, GA.

KPWS will be rebranded as The Kearney Companies – Savannah. David Kearney will retain his position as president of both companies and will continue to be an equity owner.

PTL President Ray Nixon said, “The acquisition expands two critical gateways at a crucial time when customer supply chains at ports are backlogged and need enhanced capacity.”

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Minister of Transportation to Attend Railroad Timber Terminal Opening at Hauerseter in Norway

Jan. 12, 2022 - Norske Skog at Saugbrugs, in collaboration with Nortømmer and Viken Skog have established the company Tømmerterminal Hauerseter AS, a privately owned railroad terminal for loading timber by rail. On Wednesday 19 January, the official opening will be attended by Norwegian Minister of Transport Jon-Ivar Nygård.

Between 100,000 and 150,000 cubic meters of timber will be transported annually via the timber terminal, mainly spruce pulpwood to Norske Skog Saugbrugs in Halden. This amounts to somewhere between 2,500 and 3,750 timber truckloads a year.

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SSA Marine and The Northwest Seaport Alliance Welcome First Vessel Call to Modernized Terminal 5 in Seattle

Jan. 10, 2022 - Phase one of Terminal 5 is open for cargo ships to call the NWSA gateway. The MSC Monterey is the first vessel to call the newly modernized terminal with four new Super-post Panamax cranes ready to work the ship.  The Terminal 5 Modernization Program launched in 2016 to expand gateway cargo capacity and enable The Northwest Seaport Alliance to service the largest vessels in the Transpacific trade.

Construction on the new facility launched in July 2019, fueled by the combined investment from the NWSA Managing Members and SSA Marine of approximately half a billion dollars. The strategic investment of modernizing Terminal 5 will increase cargo capacity and job opportunities in the Puget Sound region.

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Norfolk Southern Rolls Out Pilot Incentive Program for Intermodal Shipping Partners

Dec. 23, 2021 - Norfolk Southern has rolled out a pilot incentive program for intermodal shipping partners that aims to drive market efficiencies, grow capacity at its international intermodal terminals, and advance key sustainability goals.

The Dual Mission Reward Program is being tested at Landers Intermodal Facility in Chicago, the company’s largest terminal handling international freight, and at the railroad’s Kansas City Intermodal Facility. Under the industry-first pilot, truck carriers and steamship lines can earn a $200 incentive every time a drayage driver brings in and departs with a shipping container, completing a “dual mission.”

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Metsä Board Sells Hangö Stevedoring in Finland to Euroports

Dec. 21, 2021 - Metsä Board and Euroports have signed an agreement on 16 December 2021, according to which Metsä Board will sell the entire share capital of its fully owned subsidiary Oy Hangö Stevedoring Ab to Euroports Finland Oy.

The parties have mutually agreed that the transaction price will not be disclosed.

Hangö Stevedoring has around 180 employees and its sales in 2020 were approximately EUR 20 million. The company is the largest provider of cargo handling services in Hanko and has a wide customer base, including Metsä Board.

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Canfor Agrees to Acquire Millar Western Solid Wood Operations for $420 Million

Dec. 21, 2021 - Canfor Corporation on Dec. 16 announced that it has entered into an agreement with Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. to acquire the company's solid wood operations and associated tenure for $420 million, including $56 million in working capital.

Millar Western's solid wood operations, located in Alberta, Canada, will add 630 million board feet of production capacity and have access to a globally competitive, high-quality timber supply.

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Georgia Ports Authority Capacity Efforts Paying Off

Dec. 10, 2021 - The Port of Savannah handled 495,750 twenty-foot equivalent container units in November, a 6.7 percent increase over the previous year and a new monthly record for the Georgia Ports Authority.

“Our employees along with Savannah’s stevedores, ILA members, truckers, river captains and many other transportation professionals have pulled together to handle record cargo volumes for an incredible 16 consecutive months, said Griff Lynch,GPA’s executive director.

In less than six months, the GPA has designed and begun to bring online an ambitious series of improvements that will increase the Port of Savannah’s annual capacity by 25 percent. 

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Norfolk Southern Earns Leadership Rating from CDP

Dec. 8, 2021 - Norfolk Southern has been awarded an A- climate change rating by CDP, the leading carbon disclosure system for the global business community. The rating places Norfolk Southern in CDP’s highest rated tier, the Leadership Level.

The achievement was largely driven by Norfolk Southern’s pursuit of a science-based emissions reduction target for efficiency, targeting a 42% reduction by 2034 from 2019, announced earlier this year. The company made a 7% reduction in carbon emissions intensity in 2020 alone.

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Canfor Pulp Announces Production Curtailments in Response to Supply Chain Challenges

Dec. 2, 2021 - Canfor Pulp Products is announcing temporary NBSK and BCTMP production reductions at Northwood Pulp and Taylor Pulp in response to the significant transportation interruptions being experienced in British Columbia (BC).

Canfor's pulp shipments have declined as a result of the recent weather-related transportation disruptions. With pulp mill inventories nearing capacity, the company’s pulp production will be reduced until such time as the BC transportation network is able to return to more-normal operating conditions. This will result in reduced production achieved through a minimum two-week curtailment of Canfor's NBSK production at Northwood Pulp and a minimum four-week curtailment of the production of BCTMP at Taylor Pulp.

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West Fraser Provides Operational Update Regarding Severe Weather, Flooding

Nov. 30, 2021 - West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. today announced that in response to the flooding situation in British Columbia it is providing the following update on operating conditions.

In recent weeks, severe weather and flooding in B.C. has caused transportation disruptions to rail and truck routes, including limiting access to ports for overseas shipments. In the second half of November, following the weather event that led to road and rail closures, the Company's western Canadian lumber weekly shipments have declined by approximately 25%-30%.

In addition, our pulp shipments to the port of Vancouver, from where the majority of our export pulp ships, have averaged less than 20% of normal volumes.

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Celadon to Open North American Headquarters, OCC Recycling, Advanced Manufacturing Operations in Savannah

Nov. 29, 2021 - Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Nov. 12 announced Celadon Development Corporation (“Celadon”) will invest more than $155 million in opening a North American headquarters and a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility in Chatham County, creating 117 jobs in the Savannah area. This represents Phase 1 of Celadon’s major investment project in Georgia.

According to the Governor's office, in addition to establishing a North American headquarters and a recycled brown pulp manufacturing facility, Celadon will open a second production line of its recycling and manufacturing operations during Phase 2 of its expansion to Georgia.

Once both phases of Celadon's project are complete along with its dry processing plant, the company expects to export approximately 87,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) through the Port of Savannah annually.

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Morten Brühl to Join Elof Hansson in 2022 as Its New VP Global Shipping

Nov. 19, 2021 - Elof Hansson has appointed Morten Brühl as its new VP Global Shipping. He replaces Staffan Nordin, who is leaving his role for another position at Elof Hansson Group, and Carina Wallin, who, after more than 40 years in the company, is retiring.

Mr. Brühl joins Elof Hansson from APM Terminals Management BV in The Hague, which is part of the A.P. Moller Group. He will take up his new role in March 2022.

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Alexander Global Logistics Now Offers QAKE Certified Pulp and Paper Warehouse in Alexandria Port

Nov. 11, 2021 - Alexander Global Logistics (AGL) announced that it recently acquired a warehouse facility in Alexandria, Egypt, for the handling of pulp and paper shipments.

According to AGL, the acquisition was prompted by a North American pulp and paper producer seeking a fully equipped, bonded warehouse dedicated to pulp and paper that also needed to be QAKE (Quality Assurance Key Environment) certified within a six-month timeframe. This meant special hygiene and maintenance measures, qualified and trained personnel, modern technology, GMP specifications, and more.

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Port of Coos Bay Enters into Purchase and Sale Agreement to Acquire the Former Georgia Pacific Mill Site

Nov. 1, 2021 (Press Release) - The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) to acquire the former Georgia Pacific Mill site.  The Port and the current owner, CDC Inc. of St. Louis, MO have negotiated the terms of the PSA with the goal of job creation on Oregon’s South Coast.

The Port’s intent in this acquisition is to rehabilitate the site and return it to service, utilizing the facility for the movement of goods and commodities through maritime, rail, and trucking for both domestic and international markets.

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