Ahead of the SOLAS container weight mandate its important to ask yourself these questions: Will you purchase weighing equipment to use Method 1 or 2? Will you purchase a service from others and pay by the container? Will you purchase the equipment and provide the service for others and potentially yourself?
Bill Eilenfeld, manager, Weighbridge Strategic Product Group, Mettler Toledo
Praveen Raveendran, Container Shipping Consultant
An often overlooked and increasingly relevant form of intermodal transport is truck to barge or train to barge. The Mississippi River is really a “free railroad” for the U.S. whose potential for intermodal transport has not been fully exploited.
A year after the Feb. 20, 2015, deal that ended months of catastrophic West Coast port disruption, what lessons have been learned? And what is the likelihood the events will be repeated?
John Crowley, executive director, National Association of Waterfront Employers
As members of the supply chain we should all be focused on safe, secure, and reliable global marine transport, but from my perspective, there are too many parties looking for a reason to not provide verified weights.
Jerry Peck, GTM systems integration and Trade & Customs specialist, Hitachi Consulting
It’s safe to say that most everyone has heard the word “cloud” used in connection with at least some aspect of supply chain technology. But while most may have heard the term, it’s also safe to say that many wouldn’t be able to fully explain exactly what it is, how it works or, for bonus points, where the term “cloud computing” originated.
Colin Barrett, president, Barrett Transportation Consultants
There’s nothing in general or transportation law to preclude contracting parties from reaching agreements to be applied retroactively. But there’s also nothing in the law to preclude the parties from agreeing to alter an effective date.
Lawrence J. Gross, president, Gross Transportation Consulting
Damage from poor rail performance can be severe and long-lasting. Once incurred, that damage isn’t easily reversed.
Nigel Coles, managing director, and Martin J. Foncello, managing consultant, Exiger
The analysts that process trade transactions for commercial banks are the front lines of defense against global financial crime and they must be taught to look beyond just the trade documents in front of them and consider a wider context.
As we descend on Long Beach, California, for the 16th Annual TPM Conference, a slew of issues threatens to disrupt shipper supply chains. Long-awaited consolidation among container carriers is under way, with dramatic changes to alliances likely. But the biggest concern for shippers is the looming container weight policy mandated by the International Maritime Organization, an issue that will resonate through TPM and beyond.
Gary Ferrulli, president-North America, Unicon Logistics
Although communications have improved between stakeholders dealing with ports and terminals, and congestion has eased, much still needs to be done, and port productivity remains a concern. Progress that could be made hasn’t been because much of the design, infrastructure and equipment in ports don’t meet the requirements of today’s environment and markets.
Jeff Tucker, CEO, Tucker Company Worldwide, Inc. and QualifiedCarriers.com
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's decision to post “absolute performance measures” for BASIC scores in early March represents an affront to the intent of Congress when it passed the FAST Act.
Amazon is reimagining the modern supply chain, and we have to use our own imaginations to follow along. The company that simultaneously built the world’s largest cloud computing business and became a digital entertainment giant has grown uncomfortable with traditional freight transportation offerings, thus dabbling in trucking, air freight and now ocean.
Satish Jindel, president, SJ Consulting Group
While other segments of the transportation industry have consolidated to gain network efficiencies, the railroads continue to operate with the structural constraints of a bygone era.
Asaf Ashar, professor research, emeritus, National Ports & Waterways Initiative, University of New Orleans
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' channel assessment methodology based on national benefit/cost ratio is speculative and, in some areas, flawed, especially on the benefit side.
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