Commentary

Any shipper who depends on container transportation must be looking with great concern at developments in this extraordinary year of 2016.
Strong liner-terminal relations could protect and grow the volumes of ports and terminals around the world, but maybe not, as there are also more powerful factors at play.
How can alliances maintain enduring links with hubs if the alliances themselves are constantly in flux?
After posting solid growth in 2014, the top trucking companies experienced a down year in 2015. Although lower fuel surcharge revenues were responsible for driving revenue downturns in the truckload and LTL markets, base rate growth also slowed from 2014. 
Shippers aware of the fragility of the demand imbalance in the truckload sector are voicing concerns with their trucking partners, carriers say.
Affordable in-truck technologies can help companies make smart routing decisions with a high degree of accuracy and, in the process, save money and increase their return on investment.  
It’s a fundamental principle of our free market system: payment for services.
The Federal Railroad Administration is making it easier for inspectors and agency lawyers to initiate criminal investigations, and to impose more and higher civil penalties, beginning this month.
The Automated Commercial Environment has given U.S. Customs and Border Protection new insights and tools to help it improve enforcement efforts.
An upcoming decision at the International Maritime Organization will implement in 2020 or delay until 2025 a requirement for low-sulfur fuel to be used globally by all ships, including ones carrying containers. Although the debate has been confined largely to policy circles, it’s easily the most important environmental rule coming down the pike affecting the container sector.
The optimal price increase process should have three phases and consider nine aspects.
A bill of lading is the contract between the shipper and the carrier, and if the contract shows the carrier received 2,285 cartons and delivered 2,285 cartons, the carrier has discharged its responsibility in full.
Although Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump propose to give to the U.S. transportation sector with one hand, they may be taking away with the other. Infrastructure is a front-and-center issue in the U.S. presidential campaign. But the near-term effect on the issue of free-trade agreements could be chilling.
A staunch advocate of the maritime industry and the Port of Baltimore in particular, Helen Delich Bentley crashed through a glass ceiling in a male-dominated sector, not only demanding respect but letting anyone who showed a lack of it know.