Sue Abt designed art showing car manufacturing upgrades in Mexico
Mexico is no longer the low-wage sourcing location for low-value consumer products for the U.S. market that it was two decades ago when the North American Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. and Canada was implemented.

The G6 Alliance has added the Canadian port of Halifax to its Asia-U.S. East Coast service, citing market demand as the container shipping industry limps closer to the traditional peak season period.

China’s ability to throw staggering amounts of money at projects were on display again this week with the announcement that a state-owned investment giant will pour $113 billion into supporting the One Belt, One Road trade strategy.

Spot rates on the major east-west routes recorded a second week of sharply rising prices as a general rate increase converged with widespread sailing withdrawals by the shipping alliances to finally bring some good news to the battered trade.

new Panama Canal locks being filled with water
The new locks at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal began to fill with water in late June in preparation for months of testing of their new gates before they open to commercial traffic next April.

Manaus on the map
Chibatao and Super Terminais, the two container terminals serving Manaus, are both getting their operational acts together before more competition heats up in the region, investing a combined $115.5 million in new equipment and terminal improvements this year.

Agility Logistics has appointed a new CEO for its South Asia operations as the company seeks to capitalize on the intra-Asia’s growing trade.

While container carriers haven’t had much to cheer about as spot rates take a beating, they can at least take solace in the fact that equipment costs have hit a 10-year low, according to shipping consultant Drewry.

Four new super post-Panamax gantry cranes capable of handling the largest vessels in the world are now en route to Manzanillo International Terminals in Panama.

The development of "connected" trucks by partners such as Zonar and Daimler Trucks North America has big implications for visibility into global supply chains. In the future, the truck is likely to be the basic node of information in interlocking supply chain networks, generating and sharing information.

Shippers tapping containerized rail services between the Port of Antwerp and Duisburg are poised to see greater reliability and experience less congestion at the North European seaport after the former joined forces with duisport, Europe’s largest inland port.

Alianca ship at port of Manaus, Brazil
One of the most isolated and intriguing cities in the world, Manaus, Brazil, also presents some of the most difficult container shipping challenges to be found anywhere.

The demand for logistics services and infrastructure will be fuelled by China’s increasing trade appetite and the continuing growth of e-commerce markets within the country, according to Barclays Research.