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

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.
20 Mar 2015
Milaha Maritime and Logistics has kicked off a direct feeder link between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (Nhava Sheva), India, and Doha, Qatar, a route that has seen significant gains in trade volumes in recent years.
Trucks at the Port of Santos
27 Feb 2015
After 10 days of "spontaneous" protests, many independent truck drivers in Brazil have agreed to government-inspired peace talks aimed at preventing the South American country from grinding to a halt.
APM Terminals, Tangier, Morocco, Africa
25 Feb 2015
APM Terminals restated its target of booking a $1 billion net operating profit after tax in 2016 as it emerged as the Maersk Group’s top performing division last year.
25 Feb 2015
Damco’s decline deepened in 2014 as the Maersk Group’s freight forwarding and logistics unit saw ocean and air freight volumes slide in a growing market.
Ambassador Bridge
21 Feb 2015
The U.S. and Canada cleared a big hurdle to building a second span over the Detroit River, a critical crossing and sometime choke-point for cross-border trade.