A leading retail industry consultant suggests the nearly year-long stretch of disruption and uncertainty tied to the recent West Coast longshore labor standoff wasn’t just a minor event in the minds of those companies. Wanting to “de-risk,” shippers may alter their supply chain plans, bypassing the West Coast as much as they can.
Peter Hinchliffe, secretary-general of the International Chamber of Shipping
The recent deaths of hundreds of refugees at sea is potentially game-changing and may at last spur all European Union member states to take the urgent collective action needed to prevent further massive loss of life at sea.
A customs broker should make certain its name is reflected on the documentation, by whatever name you choose to call it, only as agent for the beneficial shipper and not as principal. That should suffice to insulate the broker from any lawsuit that might be brought in connection with the inland domestic movement of a shipment.
In the past several months, the Port of New York and New Jersey and other ports along the East Coast have experienced record cargo growth due primarily to containers routed here from the West Coast. This growth has led to challenges in how we handle the increased volume on the land side, which we are working on collaboratively with various stakeholders including terminal operators, trucking companies, chassis providers and public safety to address.
It should be no surprise that executives at FedEx and UPS would be fed up with the false reports of their business model being disrupted by developments with app-based, Uber-like models for same-day and next-day delivery of online retail orders.
Peter Tirschwell, Chief Content Officer
There is no easy or single solution to what many believe is a worsening truck driver shortage in the U.S., but that’s not stopping motor carriers and their customers from escalating their response.
Motor carrier “scores” issued under the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program are not helping the public as intended and are causing unnecessary harm. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration needs to take those scores off the table and out of public view until it fixes problems with the methodology used to create them.
Diana Illing, IHS Maritime and Trade consultant
Ports need a clear vision of trade developments, equipment and staffing issues, and hinterland infrastructure in their communities.
Lawrence J. Gross
Shippers are experiencing a period of relative tranquility on the trucking front, but the calm won’t last long,
J.B. Hunt grew its top line revenue by 10.4 percent in 2014 from 2013. While this mark may not be noteworthy by itself, what is unique is that this marks the fifth consecutive year J.B. Hunt increased its revenue by double digits. Only two other companies in SJ Consulting Group’s Top 50 Trucking Companies list have achieved the same feat: Kenan Advantage Group and Roadrunner, although the manner at which they went about this growth is very different.
There’s plenty of speculation about how the proposed liability insurance increase would affect small owner-operators, but one thing’s for sure: The camps for and against the increase are highly polarized.
A federally sponsored infrastructure initiative for major regional ports to be linchpins of a national port strategy would be a first step in upgrading the U.S. in terms of competitiveness in productivity and ability to serve this and future generations of vessels.
There is an expression, “Build It and They Will Come." For the truckers, it’s “Open It Up And They Will Come."
Susan Kohn Ross
One thing’s for sure if you’ve been involved with international trade in recent times: Things are getting ever more complicated and risk management and compliance challenges are consistently getting harder to anticipate and manage.