International Freight Shipping

International Freight Shipping

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

Commentary

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

27 May 2015
U.S. shippers’ expectations for freight growth has dropped to its lowest levels in nearly five years, according to a recent survey.
19 May 2015
C.H. Robinson Worldwide is priming its $330 million Global Forwarding division for faster growth in 2015, naming Mike Short president and opening new offices in Asia and Europe.
14 May 2015
CaroTrans, a non-vessel-operating common carrier, will begin a weekly direct less-than-container load service from Montreal to Le Havre, France, on May 22.
Finnlines ship
14 May 2015
Finnlines scraped a small profit in the first quarter as it spent heavily on technology to comply with tougher environmental regulations for ships sailing in North European waters.
27 Apr 2015
Spot rates in the China-U.S. East Coast lane are falling back down to historical levels, a sign that vessel diversions driven by West Coast congestion may be easing.
C.H. Robinson's Sri Laxmana at TPM 2015.
27 Apr 2015
Sri Laxmana, Director of Global Forwarding, Ocean Services, C.H. Robinson, comments on challenges the shipping industry faced in 2014 and what is ahead, including thoughts on various ways the Panama Canal expansion may impact West Coast volumes.
Cars loaded on roll-on, roll-off ship
26 Apr 2015
A year ago, the European roll-on, roll-off market was rife with fears of carrier bankruptcies, shotgun sales and shuttered operations. Then the unexpected happened: Oil prices plummeted, and those fears haven’t just been allayed, but ro-ro carriers are on the verge of a mini-boom.
13 Apr 2015
Spot rates and volume from China to the U.S. East Coast continued to rise through March, signs that West Coast congestion is still driving cargo owners to other ports.
01 Apr 2015
Orient Overseas International Ltd.'s announcement that it will spend almost $1 billion on the purchase of six 20,000-TEU ships has put an end to speculation that the Hong Kong-listed line was interested in acquiring troubled APL from Neptune Orient Lines.
26 Mar 2015
Speculation has been rife in the Singapore media about a possible tie-up between Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) and fellow G6 Alliance member Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas International Ltd. (OOIL), but a closer look at the business of the two carriers reveals that merging their operations would create little synergy.