Commentary

Dealing with a container ship incident has gone from a puzzling and troubling situation, to one that can be fairly described as an absolute catastrophe as they continue to grow in size.
Proofreading a contract is a critical part of contractual relationships. You can’t expect the judicial system to overlook your errors or to correct them.
As the summer draws to the close, no resolutions are in sight for the issues plaguing the container shipping industry: overcapacity and low productivity at West Coast.
Tankers and dry bulk ships reached their maximum size years ago and haven’t grown much since. To repeat a question posed countless times already: Are container ships, which have never stopped growing, finally approaching the upward limits of size?
A provision in the U.S. Senate-approved highway bill would index Customs user fees to inflation and divert the increased fees to fund programs in the bill. With severe shortages of Customs and Border Protection staffing at ports around the country, diverting funds to pay for unrelated projects is a misguided and harmful idea.
Despite the deadline extension for full implementation of Customs' Automated Commerce Environment, shippers should not let up on their implementation efforts, and should strive to meet the new ACE timeline.
It's National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and shippers need to pitch in. Those that don't become more "driver-centric" in their outlook will face rising costs, and potential penalties under new regulations.
Concession to shippers from major carriers FedEx and UPS have dulled the impact of dimensional weight pricing initiatives announced last year.
Transportation remains a fairly specialized field, with aspects that are unique to it and requiring knowledgeable managers to deal with providers on which the organization must rely. And, as in many areas of commerce, there are specialized terms that must be learned and properly understood by those responsible for an organization’s forays into fulfillment of its needs in that field.
Executed properly, inventory optimization reduces the incidence of out-of-stock products, minimizes carrying costs, increases fulfillment speeds and preserves gross profit margins.
A California policy directive will impact everyone that handles or receives domestic and international freight including warehouses, distribution facilities, airports, ports, trucks, railroads, manufacturers, agriculture, retailers and final mile delivery.
Typically, once a U.S. longshore negotiation is settled, the affected ports revert to a state of normalcy despite whatever disruption occurred during the talks. U.S. West Coast negotiations over the past 20 years have never been without disruption but were always followed by near-normal operations that lasted in some cases for years. The six years leading up to the June 30, 2014, expiration of the recent agreement between waterfront employers and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union saw only sporadic disruption. But there is a difference between then and now: The current agreement reached on Feb. 20 failed to resolve all issues and one in particular — chassis maintenance — stands out as holding the potential for sparking further disruption and uncertainty for shippers.
There will be a peak season, a little later than normal in the trans-Pacific, perhaps, and carriers could indeed reap the benefits of higher pricing.
As Americans prepare to celebrate workers and their contributions this Labor Day, now is the perfect time to highlight the importance of improving our highways for the sake of our nation’s prosperity.