Commentary

Commentary

For months, we’ve been asking how North American infrastructure at ports, rail heads and on the roads would hold up when imports grew at sustained levels beyond the low-single-digit levels seen through the first quarter of this year. Well, the returns are starting to come in, and the news is anything but good for beneficial cargo owners.
Last winter’s supply chain disruptions were simply glimpses into what could become the new normal.
Maybe you’ve heard about China’s rejection of the P3 Network. In all seriousness, I’m hesitant to cover an issue such as this because of the overwhelming analysis and observation that has come before me. But I have strong feelings about why China refused to allow it and a lot of questions about the real outcome.
In the end, does the “why” really matter? After 12 months of planning and countless millions of dollars, isn’t it enough that China said no to the largest vessel-sharing alliance ever proposed?
With the stroke of a pen on June 17, China transformed itself from a non-player among regulators of container shipping to the most important one. In the process, it belatedly took on a role commensurate with its stature as the world’s largest container market, accounting for some 25 percent of global liftings.
There’s been no shortage of turbulence on the West Coast lately, and more is in store with the midnight June 30 expiration of the ILWU contract. In addition, there has been mounting pressure on Pacific Northwest ports, seemingly caught in a vise between the western Canadian ports to the north and California to the south.
JOC economist Mario O. Moreno updates his projections regarding U.S. containerized trade with South America.
Apparently, the U.S. Congress is of the view that $75,000 is a more appropriate bond requirement for the brokerage industry in terms of offering protection to those who might be injured if a broker went out of business. Will it really have that effect?
Although port labor strikes are anything but a recent phenomenon, the recent pace of strikes is quickening in response to escalating economic changes worldwide.
I believe it’s safe to say that among all of the aspects of international trade, the most misunderstood and misused element of an international transaction is the correct application of shipping Incoterms.
Other than last week’s stunning collapse of the P3 Network, there’s arguably no hotter issue in the container shipping world than port productivity.
Everywhere you turn, people are bullish on the future of online retailers. It’s reflected in Amazon’s stock price, which has grown rapidly thanks to … free shipping.
The timing could have hardly been worse. Two days after the U.S. trucking industry scored a rare Senate victory against last year’s revision to truck driver hours of service rules, a tractor-trailer slammed into a limousine van on the New Jersey Turnpike, killing comic James McNair and badly injuring his fellow comedian and TV star Tracy Morgan.
The ocean shipping industry faces two overriding challenges: improving cost efficiencies and improving customer experiences.