Shipping companies ought to venture into unchartered waters and make the market happen.
What do shippers and container lines really want, true collaboration that helps to solve problems, or to pay lip service that sounds good but has no bite?
No one disputes no-show containers are a major industry challenge. The question is, how can it get resolved?
The shipping and steel industries never quite seem able to match supply and demand well enough to ensure steady profitability. 
The government of the destination country may get pretty inquisitive about exactly where the fruit you’re shipping was grown, and who did the growing, and may even require — as does the United States — that the origin be reflected at any time that the fruit is offered for sale within its borders. 
An early contract extension at West Coast ports would present an opportunity to restore shipper trust and regain cargo they have diverted to the East and Gulf coasts.
Both presidential candidates have excoriated international trade almost to the point of saying it is the source of everything wrong in this country.
It seems there are two federal transportation departments, the one regulating new highway technology and the one regulating railroads, and they don’t seem to be on the same page.
Shippers want assurance from ocean carrier alliances that there are emergency plans in place if one of their container lines can’t deliver its own cargo and that of its member partners.
Technology will influence the 2016 retail holiday season in more ways than ever before, and with heightened consumer demand starting to put pressure upon home delivery operations, retail success is increasingly dependent upon advanced home delivery solutions.
After a fully crated shipment was delivered with no visible damage, a customer submits a claim for one piece of the shipment. The carrier agrees to pay one-third of the claim, saying the shipper, receiver, and carrier all had hands on the product. Is there recourse for the customer? 
The Hanjin Shipping situation again illustrates the fragility of today’s supply chains. Shippers would be mistaken if they think they only need to be on guard for such issues on the seas.
The Port of Oakland looked to an old recipe for success in the unprecedented crisis caused by the failure of Hanjin Shipping: teamwork.
For cities looking to tap into the $1.95 trillion US export market, there are a few key characteristics that will provide a solid foundation for building an exporting industry.