International Freight Shipping

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Canadian and U.S. flags
24 Apr 2014
CHICAGO — The Canadian ambassador to the U.S. yesterday said the United States should use all of its harbor maintenance taxes for U.S. port work and shouldn’t impose a fee on U.S.-bound containers coming through Mexican and Canadian ports.
22 Apr 2014
Japan’s containerized cargo trade will remain almost unchanged in fiscal 2014, which started on April 1, from the previous fiscal year, a Tokyo-based research firm predicted in a new report.
Wine imports constitute the largest U.S. import commodity by volume from the Mediterranean and southern Europe.
21 Apr 2014
Container ships are running full on the westbound trans-Atlantic as shippers scramble to complete their annual contract negotiations with carriers at a time when the new P3 Network and other expanding alliances have not yet finalized their new service schedules.
The SCFI for the Mediterranean fell 6.4 percent in the week ending April 18.
18 Apr 2014
Spot container freight rates measured by the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index were mixed again this week...
18 Apr 2014
U.S. agricultural shippers say requirements by Japan, the European Union, and China for advance submission of cargo documents are creating a trade barrier for U.S. exports of perishable goods.
18 Apr 2014
Container traffic in Rotterdam inched up just 0.3 percent in the first quarter, as Europe’s biggest container hub confronted continuing overcapacity in the Le Havre-to-Hamburg port range and changes in the container shipping sector.
17 Apr 2014
Vehicle carriers are increasing their share of the roll-on, roll-off market while conventional ro-ro vessels are in decline, according to a new report by the Dutch consulting firm Dynamar.
U.S. containerized imports, March 2013 to March 2014
14 Apr 2014
U.S. containerized import volume jumped 15.1 percent year-over-year in March 2014, the largest increase in 13 months, according to advance figures from PIERS, the data division of JOC Group Inc.
The SCFI for North Europe dropped 6.9 percent in the week ending April 11.
11 Apr 2014
Spot container freight rates measured by the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index were mixed this week, as the Asia-Europe lane observed declines while the Asia-U.S. route saw gains.
Ocean Carrier Rate Revision Roundup for April 11
11 Apr 2014
Multiple carriers have planned rate increases in various trade lanes in April and May, although any gains achieved could be fleeting as overcapacity and lackluster global demand continues.