Commentary

It’s a fundamental principle of our free market system: payment for services.
The Federal Railroad Administration is making it easier for inspectors and agency lawyers to initiate criminal investigations, and to impose more and higher civil penalties, beginning this month.
The Automated Commercial Environment has given U.S. Customs and Border Protection new insights and tools to help it improve enforcement efforts.
An upcoming decision at the International Maritime Organization will implement in 2020 or delay until 2025 a requirement for low-sulfur fuel to be used globally by all ships, including ones carrying containers. Although the debate has been confined largely to policy circles, it’s easily the most important environmental rule coming down the pike affecting the container sector.
The optimal price increase process should have three phases and consider nine aspects.
A bill of lading is the contract between the shipper and the carrier, and if the contract shows the carrier received 2,285 cartons and delivered 2,285 cartons, the carrier has discharged its responsibility in full.
Although Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump propose to give to the U.S. transportation sector with one hand, they may be taking away with the other. Infrastructure is a front-and-center issue in the U.S. presidential campaign. But the near-term effect on the issue of free-trade agreements could be chilling.
A staunch advocate of the maritime industry and the Port of Baltimore in particular, Helen Delich Bentley crashed through a glass ceiling in a male-dominated sector, not only demanding respect but letting anyone who showed a lack of it know.
It is imperative that the leadership of cargo airlines adopt new strategies and thinking to ensure that their businesses remain relevant and profitable in the future.
Service reliability has improved and there is talk to avoid port labor problems, but profitability seems to be lacking in the container shipping industry.
It’s important for motor carrier brokers to present the legal realities to its shippers up front so that setoff problems don’t arise.  
An openness to new processes and technology will determine which 20th century logistics providers survive and thrive in the 21st century.
Productivity data, when done right, can improve cargo visibility, availability and velocity.
The push-back by members of the Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group to make recommendations on how to monitor port productivity is an insult to shippers that have little, if any, control over whether labor, terminals and railroads come together to curb port congestion.