Commentary

Commentary

News flash: Many longshoremen in the Port of New York and New Jersey are second-, third- or even fourth-generation dockworkers. Surprised? Neither am I.
I just read your article regarding Incoterms in a bill of lading in which you say Incoterms relate to the transfer of title. I thought Incoterms provided the responsibilities of the seller and buyer but didn’t relate to title transfer. Title transfer would be referenced in the contract terms of sale. Can you provide clarity as to whether Incoterms regulate transfer of title?
We live in a society where jumping to conclusions without having all the facts is all too common. Case in point is another story about the bad boys of the National Football League, specifically, the behavior of the Miami Dolphins players and their conduct inside and outside the locker room. Federal agencies with jurisdiction over trade-related issues do the same thing.
The recent fatal shooting of TSA officer Gerardo I. Hernandez while at his passenger screening post at LAX airport, instantly reminded me of an airport security column that I wrote in 2006.
It’s often said that things come in threes: The Three Stooges, The Three Little Pigs, the Big 3 and, of course, the P3.
The rapid deceleration in revenue growth evident among the world’s 50 largest transportation and logistics companies last year is still with us in 2013, with a few fluctuations and twists.
Does the sudden renewed interest in same-day delivery of online orders reveal a genuine underlying opportunity, or will these services fail spectacularly the way Kozmo.com, Webvan, Home Grocer and others did when the dot-com bubble burst more than a decade ago?
As the end of 2013 nears, many of us are being asked to forecast what will happen in 2014 as we prepare our budgets. What does global trade growth look like? What about individual trades? Where are carrier rates going?
With the exception of the high-flying airline industry, it’s rare for surface freight transportation to be on the cover of a magazine. So it was with some surprise that I noted two leading business periodicals featuring freight transportation on September covers.
Despite what some trucking interests say, the Southern California ports have made tremendous strides in accelerating container movement into and out of the marine terminals.
A motor carrier questions the impact of an EEOC lawsuit concerning Islamic drivers fired for refusing to haul loads of alcoholic beverages because it violated their religion.
Two recent court cases should prompt all companies, and especially small and medium-sized importers and exporters, to review their business practices with an eye toward reducing potential liability. One dealt with the outcome when one company purchases the assets of another, and the second dealt with determining when U.S. Customs and Border Protection is permitted to seek personal liability from corporate officers in a penalty setting.
An auditor questions a carrier’s billing of a shipper when Incoterm notations indicate otherwise. So how should Incoterms and a bill of lading interact?
Minnesota has the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), Washington has the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Kennewick and Richland), and Iowa-Illinois have the Quad Cities (Moline and Rock Island, Ill., and Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa). To many, this information is probably worth a hill of beans.