International Logistics

SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
The U.S. Coast Guard’s announcement last week that it wouldn't object to two alternative methods of verifying container weights set in motion a high-stakes game of chicken between carriers and exporters. It is also fueling a fight among ports seeking to present themselves as the most user-friendly to shippers struggling to comply with the new rule.

Japan’s major transportation and logistics companies are on a spending spree in Myanmar.

Don’t mention “Uberization” to Barry Conlon. The term is vastly overused, especially in reference to trucking, says the co-founder and CEO of Overhaul.

SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
U.K. shippers planning to weigh the contents and packaging of a container before adding that sum to the tare weight to gain the verified gross mass will have to pay a fee.

JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of FedEx Trade Networks Dr. Udo Lange discuss how e-commerce is shaping shipping and logistics now, and how it will continue to shape the industry in the future as the gap between e-commerce and traditional commerce narrows.

CargoSmart Chief Commercial Officer Lionel Louie and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett chat at the 16th TPM Conference about the digitization of critical shipping information and the shortcomings of electronic data interchange, which is widely used in the industry. The two also talk about the challenges to digitizing data and how technology can help shippers in their daily operations.

Damco profit jumped triple digits in the first quarter.

DP World said in a notice to customers in the United Arab Emirates that it had determined how it will enable SOLAS compliance in the UAE and at what cost.

A slower economy has not necessarily driven less-than-truckload carriers off the road.

In the U.S., the spring of 2016 isn’t a bad time to be a shipper. Sure, there’s the SOLAS problem, but soft demand combined with excess capacity on land and sea and low fuel costs is pushing down transportation costs and giving shippers more bargaining power in annual contract bids, whether in the trans-Pacific maritime trade or U.S. domestic truck lanes.