If the shipping industry succeeds in getting the International Maritime Organization to postpone the low-sulfur rule in October, it will prove to be a pyrrhic victory.
John D. McCown, cofounder and former CEO of Trailer Bridge Inc.
Colin Barrett, president, Barrett Transportation Consultants
A significant change proposed in the standard-form motor carrier bill of lading involves carrier negligence as related to freight loss-and-damage claims. Heretofore, it’s been up to the carrier to prove itself free from negligence, where negligence is an issue in a claim; the new B/L would instead place the legal burden on the shipper to prove the carrier was in fact negligent.
Swept up by brutally low rates across all trades, Maersk finally joined the rest of the container shipping industry in the financial bloodletting.
Gary Ferrulli, president-North America, Unicon Logistics
Carriers come into the market, and then go out of business. This year will be the sixth consecutive year the industry will lose money.
Any shipper that depends on container transportation must be looking with great concern at developments in this extraordinary year of 2016.
Strong liner-terminal relations could protect and grow the volumes of ports and terminals around the world, but maybe not, as there are also more powerful factors at play.
Greg Miller, Special Correspondent
How can alliances maintain enduring links with hubs if the alliances themselves are constantly in flux?
Mark D'Amico, Senior Analyst, SJ Consulting Group
After posting solid growth in 2014, the top trucking companies experienced a down year in 2015. Although lower fuel surcharge revenues were responsible for driving revenue downturns in the truckload and LTL markets, base rate growth also slowed from 2014.
Shippers aware of the fragility of the demand imbalance in the truckload sector are voicing concerns with their trucking partners, carriers say.
Don Dovgin, Practice Manager, Strategic Consultant, Omnitracs
Affordable in-truck technologies can help companies make smart routing decisions with a high degree of accuracy and, in the process, save money and increase their return on investment.
John Cushing, secretary, West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement and president, PierPass
It’s a fundamental principle of our free market system: payment for services.
Mitchell K. Morris, partner, Jonathan R. Marx, lawyer, McGuireWoods
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.
Susan Kohn Ross, international trade attorney
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.
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