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Eric Watkins

Americas Correspondent

San Pedro

Eric Watkins is the Americas Correspondent for Lloyd’s List, covering container traffic in the Western Hemisphere. Based in Los Angeles, California, Eric covers the major container ports along the Pacific Coast and is familiar with the region’s transport system, including maritime, railroad and trucking.

Eric brings a global perspective to his work, having worked as a foreign correspondent in the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, Africa and Europe. Now living on a bluff overlooking San Pedro Bay, Eric is well positioned to report on the global traffic that plies the seas to and from the Pacific gateways of North and South America.

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Canada’s west coast container ports see imports up, exports down

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Long Beach city council orders port to provide study on impact of automation

"The City Council has considered the matter and directed staff to develop a report on the issue," said the port’s executive director, Mario Cordero. "We stand ready to assist and facilitate that process in any way that we can"
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US west coast ports see steady throughput despite Trump’s tariffs

President Trump’s tariffs have upset global markets and unnerved investors as the trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies heads into its second year with no end in sight. But so far, as the numbers show, his policies have done little to dent Chinese imports or boost US exports

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Norden and Enviva collaborate to boost US exports of wood pellets

‘Enviva is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets and we are proud that they have trusted us to deliver even more of their products to customers across the Atlantic,’ Norden chief executive Jan Rindbo said

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Long Beach picks HDR to design rail facility

The expansion and reconfiguration of the existing Pier B railyard will create a staging area for loading freight trains nearly two miles long, eliminating thousands of local truck trips

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