Commentary

“Act of the shipper” is the common way of referring to the exception to carrier cargo liability that exists when the shipper’s conduct is the cause of in-transit loss or damage. This defense covers the shipper’s acts and its omissions — failures to act. 
Shippers clamor for better services, but they won’t get better until there are solid gains in container shipping rates and the industry is making money. 
Rail carloads have big intermodal implications because if carloads aren’t growing, more pressure is put on the intermodal sector to deliver the goods, both in terms of volume and revenue.
Vessel capacity remains the overriding concern about whether the Port of Houston will be able to handle the wave of plastic resins exports that will add half a million TEU annually to export volumes within a few years. 
Modern logistics operation demands high levels of visibility.
Reweighs have long been a bone of contention between shippers and carriers. It’s a lot more of a two-way street.  
When the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement entered into force on Feb. 22, it represented the culmination of a three-year effort. The equally difficult task of actual implementation is just starting.
The most challenging of regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act — the Foreign Supplier Verification Program — takes effect on May 30. Are you ready?
A few developing issues could significantly affect enforcement and interpretation of the Jones Act.
No-shows, or 'downfalls' in industry jargon, have been an issue for decades, but as the container industry gets more ambitious about discovering the next big opportunities for cost savings, this issue stands out. 
Regardless of how the North American Free Trade Agreement fares under the Trump administration — whether it undergoes a tweaking, is fully renegotiated, or is scrapped outright — Texas and other southern border states will be on the front lines of the fallout.
The US International Trade Commission’s imposition of countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber entering the US provides a glimpse of how a trade dispute can vastly complicate life for shippers.
Change doesn’t come easily for the transportation industry, but nevertheless, there are significant shifts happening in 2017.
A prudent manager needs to pay attention to contingency plans or risk difficulties that exacerbate whatever problem may occur in a motor carrier shipment.