Commentary

After signing its bill of lading, a shipper notices damage to a product that was concealed during offloading. What recourse does he have?
The United States' crackdown on exports of new cars bought from dealerships exposes a lack of understanding of trade law.
Although many in the industry have been waiting and wondering when the inevitable consolidation of ocean carriers would happen — presumably via the historical processes of buyouts, mergers or absorbing bankrupt companies — the consolidation has been happening in a much more organic process.
On July 9, U.S. Customs and Border Protection began formal enforcement of the Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements rule, or ISF, for overseas ocean containers destined for U.S. ports of entry. With potential ISF penalties now in play, significant questions are being raised.
Refrigerated transportation has come a long way from the days when Union Pacific Railroad put huge chunks of ice in boxcars to keep produce or meat from spoiling as it moved to market.
The JOC today formally introduces what we call the Port Productivity project, the result of a five-year effort to translate casual industry understanding into cold, hard numbers. The specific focus is berth productivity achieved at ports and terminals worldwide — a measurement of the speed at which container ships are unloaded, loaded and sent back to sea.
The most obvious conclusion when looking at data revealed in the launch of the JOC’s Port Productivity project is neither surprising nor unexpected: Container ports and terminals in Asia, primarily China, and the Middle East dominate their global counterparts in getting a ship, regardless of size, in and out of port as quickly as possible.
Trucking seems an unlikely candidate for technological transformation. It is, after all, literally where the rubber meets the road. But the latest changes to federal hours of service rules may be the catalyst trucking needs.
An importer of specialty goods asks about loss claims on international shipments. Would a shipper get the sales price that it would have had if the goods had been delivered?
Under the new hours of service rules, even small delays could turn a two-day trip into a three-day one, as DAT's Mark Montague demonstrates.
How bad has this summer been at the Port of New York and New Jersey? So bad that some truckers are comparing its impact with Hurricane Sandy.
Anyone who followed the heated back-and-forth of the recent International Longshoremen’s Association contract negotiations might wonder how the two sides could ever work together. Truth is, they have no choice.
With court rulings on motor carrier liability limits a mixed bagged, shippers are advised to negotiate tariff limits of liability.
Inside the Beltway, transportation and logistics rarely appear to be priority considerations affecting Cabinet appointments or congressional committee assignments. Although supply chain issues impact foreign relations, national and homeland security and finance, they simply don’t garner the same attention.

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