NEW DELHI, India—A yellow truck festooned with black tassels and hex symbols to ward off bad luck passed our van on the right as we jounced over the potholes that slowed us to a crawl on the road between Jaipur and Jodhpur. The truck was similar to many of the trucks I saw on a three-week road trip in the northern Indian states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh this winter, except for one thing: It was carrying a 20-foot container, the only box I spotted in hundreds of miles of tortuous driving. The blue box bore the familiar APL logo.
Susan Kohn Ross
As the 2014 U.S. election season begins to take shape, the possibility of immigration reform is growing. How would reform impact the clearance of imports and exports at the U.S. border?
From my perspective the JOC article titled “NY-NJ Port Mess ‘Worst Ever’” does a significant disservice to a number of the participants within the harbor that are attempting to address a very difficult situation, which in large measure was brought on by events beyond their control.
While disputes between trucking companies and marine terminal operators over turn times may be nothing new, the excuses for inefficiency have gotten old. While we have argued and pointed fingers, cargo volumes have increased, congestion and gridlock has continued and the outside world looks on, wondering when this industry is going to get its act together. We would suggest, it’s time to try something new. Instead of excuses and finger-pointing, let’s try cooperation.
Amid the deluge of year-end statistics highlighting the yawning economic gap between the European Union’s more solid northern member states and its debt-stricken southern half there’s one that looks, at first glance, like a mistake — container traffic.
Forget the economy, there’s a new threat to growth in global trade and to the manufacturers that produce it, the retailers that import it and the carriers that move it.
Transportation of marijuana may remain illegal under federal law, even between states where it has been legalized, but is it legal to transport it in intrastate commerce within those states?
What prompted a headline 20 percent drop in the U.S. to China trade last year?
The next big crisis affecting U.S. ports and shippers is rapidly taking shape.
Interesting developments already are emerging just a month into the new year. Drewry started 2014 quickly by reporting that fewer than half of the global container carriers made money in 2013.
Does a mismatched seal number on a trailer give a shipper the right to hold a carrier responsible for damages?
For a fortunate number of you, 2014 will be the year you finally get that Global Trade Management system you’ve been pleading for. If so, you’ll quickly find that preparing for the implementation isn’t for the faint of heart.
The latest earnings from UPS reveal two trends that might at first seem contradictory: e-commerce is growing in leaps and bounds globally, and customers are choosing to defer delivery on packages to get greater savings.
President Obama is right to recognize the need for new trade promotion authority and other resources to promote more exports. But he and Congress should not overlook some simple steps that would also help to remove obstacles that currently keep America’s Foreign-Trade Zones — a shining exception to the sluggishness of the overall export economy — from doing even better.
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