© Copyright 2001-2012 The Beckett Group, All Rights Reserved Indian ports still underperforming  India’s major ports such as Cochin (picutred) are still suffering from under investment. Union Pacific invest $3.3B Union Pacific is envesting heavely to improve efficiency to help it meet the country’s future freight demands. The Beckett Group Invited to India.  The United States Department of Commerce (DOC), International Trade Administration (ITA), U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (CS), is organizing an executive-led Ports and Maritime Technology Trade Mission to India from February 20 to 24, 2012 and has invited The Beckett Group to be US Delegates. The mission will include one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meetings with national and regional government officials; and networking events.  The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms to India’s rapidly expanding port and maritime technology market and to assist U.S. companies pursue export opportunities in this sector.  The mission to India is intended to include representatives from leading U.S. companies that provide state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment, port security and maritime technology equipment. The Beckett Group helps Illinois Soy Council The Beckett Group is currently working on a Head-haul and Back Haul Logistics Study for the Illinois Soy Council to identify opportunities to move soy products more efficiently by containers.  The Soy industry currently only moves about 5-8% of their project to global destinations by containerize methods.  This study looks at two major questions: 1) Is there an available source of equipment to load soy for global destinations? 2) Is container transportation cost effective for soy shippers? Commercial Promotion of Illinois Soy Container Shipping - This project will prepare a primer on containerized shipping of soy products.  The Primer will: 1) Describe the features and benefits of containerize transportation along with estimated cost savings; 2) Describe container equipment specifications and will list local providers 3) Outline how to access rail networks  and marine terminals and 4) Highlight strategies for improving transportation efficiencies and lowering costs through cooperative transportation relationships and facility developmen.   News For the latest industry press and news please check in often.