Although advancements in equipment, refrigeration systems, and software and technology help to mitigate risks, a dynamic global cold chain in perpetual flux means there are always new challenges to confront.


A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday agreed that non-vessel-operating common carriers should be covered by part of a protective order granted two weeks ago that was intended to help smooth the release of tens of thousands of containers trapped on Hanjin Shipping vessels and terminals around the globe.


Eight dockworkers boarded a container ship berthed at Santos as part of ongoing industrial action in the harbor.

Hanjin Shipping told a bankruptcy court in Newark, New Jersey Friday that railways, terminal operators and container lessors are gouging the South Korean line’s shippers by asking those cargo owners to pay more than usual to bring freight into US ports, in the wake of Hanjin’s recent bankruptcy filing.

The costs and liability for Hanjin Shipping containers have been some of the biggest concerns for members of the supply chain since the world's seventh-largest container line went bankrupt.
Hanjin Shipping told a US District Bankruptcy Court Friday how it would handle the late return of containers.

US Customs and Border Protection has given the Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval pilot program a thumbs up.
US importers stand to see faster clearance of their containers as Customs and Border Protection expands a pilot providing pre-clearance of shipments from four ports to every port in the country.

Trans-Pacific spot rates remained stuck in a narrow range this week even though the trade was roiled by the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy and vessels are approaching full utilization.

A decision by a Brazilian regulator threatens to slow investments in rail capacity aimed at reducing bottlenecks and offering more services to shippers at Santos.

An effort to get approval for heavier trucks on Texan roadways failed in the legislature in 2015, but a second effort is now underway.
A heavyweight fight is shaping up in the Texas Legislature over proposals to allow trucks to carry heavier loads over the state’s highways.