At times, there can be such a thing as too much freight. When total shipments per day at YRC Freight rose 4.8 percent in the second quarter, and freight tonnage was up 5.9 percent year-over-year, the increase meant more hiring, more handling and higher operating costs.

First Half in Review
The first half of 2014 saw the start of several stories that JOC.com will most likely be covering for the next year and perhaps beyond.

Artist’s rendition of one of Matson’s planned Aloha Class vessels.
Jones Act carrier Matson posed slight declines in second-quarter net profit and operating income but said it expects its operating results in the second half of 2014 to show improvement from a year ago.

Regional Container Lines has reorganized the port rotation of its Manila-Singapore (RMN) Service by adding a call at Batangas, Philippines, in an effort to circumvent growing delays at the nearby port of Manila.

The G6 Alliance is performing abysmally compared with its competitors when it comes to schedule reliability, according to a new SeaIntel report.

Myanmar pharmaceuticals, shutterstock photo
Consumer spending on over-the-counter health care products in Myanmar is anticipated to grow from around $140 million in 2013 to $480 million by 2020, providing a huge and growing market for distributors and logistics providers.

Major Japanese international freight forwarder Yusen Logistics Co.


The JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index climbed 0.2 percentage points to 97.4 last month.
The JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index rose for the fifth straight month in July, driven by steady improvement in the U.S. economy, stronger industrial output and freight demand.

chicken farm
Despite a loss at the World Trade Organization last fall, China isn’t prepared to give in on a dispute over U.S. poultry that has exposed U.S. producers to steep anti-dumping and countervailing duties in what was once their largest overseas market.

Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for August 1
Several container lines announced this week general rate increases for the month of September.

More than a year after the container ship MOL Comfort and its 4,382 containers sank in the Gulf of Aden, shippers are watching developments in a Japanese court and awaiting a classification society’s report on the sinking.

Hawaii-focused Matson remains interested in entering the Alaska market if one of the two Jones Act carriers in that trade decides to sell.

SCFI: Shanghai to Northern Europe
August general rate increases have given a boost to spot rates on all of the major lanes this week.