Commentary

A recent call with a private equity investor, someone looking to better understand container shipping, was revealing. As the conversation ensued, it was apparent he was having trouble understanding how pricing is set in the industry.
The evidence is overwhelming that the younger the driver, the greater the risk of road accidents and fatalities.
Assuming a shipment shortage problem lies with a vendor and not a carrier won’t get you anywhere without proof and a paper trail.
Mexico has been a key intermodal frontier in recent years, with rails investing in infrastructure and introducing new services.
Born out of the challenge to reduce the carbon footprint associated with today’s mainstream delivery services, with particular focus on the final mile of delivery, Starship drones are already making deliveries in 15 cities in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Estonia.
The SOLAS verified gross mass requirement is not a panacea, but it is a definite safety improvement over the status quo.
A new era in the ocean shipping industry is beginning, based on the activity of 2016. It’s a natural time for industry leaders to pause and take stock. It’s at a time such as this when new thinking could emerge.
Shippers should plan to deal with 12 or fewer carriers in the not-too-distant future. They should develop true relationships to meet their company’s service needs and not expect rates to remain where they are.
Although growing volumes challenge ports and terminal operators, only shippers are asked to pay for programs like extended gate hours despite the fact that the growing volumes that make such programs necessary result in increased revenue for terminal operators.
A shipper should be sure to engage brokers (or carriers who have a broker sideline) with a solid financial position and some standing in the industry. Avoiding brokers who leave their carriers unpaid will ensure the shipper won’t have unpaid carriers to worry about.
The economic success of nations is significantly reliant on the development of infrastructure like roads, rails and ports; corporations hoarding trillions of dollars in off-shore accounts threaten the economic preeminence of the U.S.
The reaction of shippers to West Coast longshore labor disruption is evolving in such a way that West Coast ports have reason for concern.
Entering a factoring arrangement with a carrier without terms clearly set in writing may initially seem to work when accomplished through informal deals between principals, but sooner or later problems arise.
Containerization, “the box that changed the world,” was the catalyst that allowed global trade to grow to where it is today. From 1986 through 2006, global trade quadrupled. It doubled again from 2000 to 2006. The link between the growth of containerization and that of global trade is no coincidence.