International Freight Shipping

International Freight Shipping

News relating to the import and export business, including customs, current economics and more.


The transloading trend is placing severe pressure on the largest container gateway in the Americas, where the adjacent Los Angeles and Long Beach ports handled a combined 14.4 million 20-foot-equivalent units last year.

News & Analysis

23 Oct 2014
The world’s largest ship financiers, mostly German, could see their vessel assets, dominated by container ships, written down by up to 20 percent in the European Central Bank’s impending review of Eurozone banks’ resiliency.
North Sea Route
21 Oct 2014
Shipowners operating in the Arctic and the Antarctic caught a glimpse of the first set of international regulations on the trade today, the first full draft of laws aimed at reeling in the shipping's Wild West.
21 Oct 2014
UPS will raise freight rates for air and ground packages, domestic and international shipments and less-than-truckload freight by 4.9 percent on average Dec. 29, the company said Monday.
19 Oct 2014
Growing U.S.-Mexico trade has attracted a new player into the sparse short-sea market connecting the two countries, with a service aimed at the U.S. Southeast market for northbound cargo.
Containerized ocean imports to the U.S. surged 19.3 percent year-over-year in September, while containerized ocean exports from the U.S. slumped 13.0 percent.
19 Oct 2014
U.S. imports of ocean containers reached a record high in September, as retailers expect a robust holiday season, but exports continued to decline from soft global demand, making 2014 so far the worst year for container exports in the past four years.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Oct. 17
17 Oct 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in October and November, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
Container chassis
14 Oct 2014
Tracking chassis as they move around and through ports and railheads is the next step in building a more sophisticated, interconnected supply chain, telematics company Orbcomm says.
14 Oct 2014
From July through September, there were roughly 22.5 million global sailing schedule changes on more than 1.3 million schedules from 20 carriers, underscoring the challenges of shipment planning, according to a new report from CargoSmart.
14 Oct 2014
The war of words between Australia’s competition regulator and the container shipping industry continued today, with Shipping Australia CEO Rod Nairn branding Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims “naive,” “blind to the facts” and “on a crusade.”
13 Oct 2014
China Customs issued data field requirements for its forthcoming advanced manifest rule but still hasn’t announced an effective date, according to a Maersk Line advisory issued on Oct. 13