Commentary

Commentary

Think back to a year ago. In December 2012, the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance were locked in tense contract negotiations that had East and Gulf Coast ports on the brink of a strike.
It was a trip that almost didn’t happen. Intended to be a two-week mission involving a two-state delegation from Oregon and Washington, various factors conspired to reduce it to a one-product, one-state, eight-day, three-city whirlwind.
What started as an innocuous blip on supply chain radars within the high-tech industry, the topic of rare earth minerals has grown into a strategic concern for U.S. manufacturers and security.
Carriers’ ability to limit their liability makes it more economical for shippers to carry their own cargo coverage. Or does it?
Covering a wide scope of activities dealing with the movement and security of products and people across all of America’s borders, having two Customs commissioners on the same panel at CONECT’s fall Cargo Symposium provided attendees with tremendous access and detailed information on agency operations.
Just when you thought the news couldn’t get worse for global container carriers that lost an estimated $650 million collectively in the first half of the year, it did.
So who is Gil Kerlikowske, and why does his nomination make the trade industry so nervous?
There’s bound to be plenty of news over the next few weeks about the proposed P3 Network as regulators in the U.S., Europe and China decide whether a massive vessel-sharing agreement among the world’s three largest container shipping companies is anti-competitive and therefore shouldn’t be allowed to take effect.
Under the MAP-21 law, if a motor carrier has common and/or contract authority and a property broker’s license, wouldn’t it make sense to obtain additional freight forwarder authority instead of establishing a new corporate entity for brokerage operations?
Through much of the 1990s and early 2000s, short-sea shipping was the next great thing for U.S. ports. Then it got forced into the shadows. Why the Marine Highway is stuck in reverse, and why we need to give it a better shot.
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.