Commentary

Mexico plans to inject $5 billion into the nation’s ports to keep up with growth in demand. But more interesting is that Mexico’s investment is part of a broader approach to manage and expand Mexico’s ports as a system. “We think the ports work in a better way if we use them as part of a logistics chain,” Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa, general coordinator of Mexico’s ports and merchant marine fleet, told the AAPA’s annual spring conference in Washington last month.
By failing to act forcefully on controversial detention and demurrage charges during recent spikes in port and terminal congestion, the Federal Maritime Commission missed a golden opportunity to be relevant.
After a motor carrier's rollover accident damaged freight, a broker needs advice on damage claims. Even though a bill of lading was prepared with his name shown as shipper, he isn't the owner of the goods.
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.
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.
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.
Ports need a clear vision of trade developments, equipment and staffing issues, and hinterland infrastructure in their communities.
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.