Commentary

It is imperative that the leadership of cargo airlines adopt new strategies and thinking to ensure that their businesses remain relevant and profitable in the future.
Service reliability has improved and there is talk to avoid port labor problems, but profitability seems to be lacking in the container shipping industry.
It’s important for motor carrier brokers to present the legal realities to its shippers up front so that setoff problems don’t arise.  
An openness to new processes and technology will determine which 20th century logistics providers survive and thrive in the 21st century.
Productivity data, when done right, can improve cargo visibility, availability and velocity.
The push-back by members of the Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group to make recommendations on how to monitor port productivity is an insult to shippers that have little, if any, control over whether labor, terminals and railroads come together to curb port congestion.
The knowledge of local needs and practices make foreign distribution partners a valuable asset to gaining marketing share for companies operating internationally.
Railroads have effectively dealt with the changes roiling our international trade patterns.
Unless a shipper’s bill of lading form provides for claimants to recover “administrative expenses” incurred in connection with filing claims, the claimant has no right to add a thin dime to its actual damages.
Struggling with soft demand and growing competition from container, bulk and roll-on, roll-off carriers, the operators of multipurpose carriers with something special to sell will be the ones likely to survive.  
Any further improvements to the U.S. container security regime need to embrace the principle of risk-assessment versus blanket physical inspection. All the latter will do is drive up cost, create supply chain delays and uncertainty and undermine competitiveness.
U.S. marine terminals’ last-minute rallying around existing container weighing services, global operators’ weighing services for those exporting outside the U.S. and a regulatory grace period made the rollout of International Maritime Organization's SOLAS akin to the much-feared but innocuous Y2K. 
The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 regulations were published on April 6, and they have serious implications for brokers and freight forwarders.
An overcharge claim properly demands a refund of excessive money inadvertently paid out, not money that merely might have been paid had the shipper actually relied on the carrier’s erroneous invoice.