Commentary

Tense relations between China and the United States in the South China Sea have the potential to spawn an international crisis that threatens assets, shipping and supply chains, and the safety of employees.
As ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft become ubiquitous and stories about driverless cars and trucks dominate the news, the trucking industry is stealthily starting to use autonomous vehicle, or AV, technology to increase efficiency and safety.
If the shipping industry succeeds in getting the International Maritime Organization to postpone the low-sulfur rule in October, it will prove to be a pyrrhic victory.
A significant change proposed in the standard-form motor carrier bill of lading involves carrier negligence as related to freight loss-and-damage claims. Heretofore, it’s been up to the carrier to prove itself free from negligence, where negligence is an issue in a claim; the new B/L would instead place the legal burden on the shipper to prove the carrier was in fact negligent.
Swept up by brutally low rates across all trades, Maersk finally joined the rest of the container shipping industry in the financial bloodletting.
Carriers come into the market, and then go out of business. This year will be the sixth consecutive year the industry will lose money.
Any shipper that 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.