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

new Panama Canal locks being filled with water
03 Jul 2015
The new locks at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal began to fill with water in late June in preparation for months of testing of their new gates before they open to commercial traffic next April.
30 Jun 2015
In exactly one year new global regulations requiring every packed container have a verified container weight will go into effect, and shippers need to be prepared, an industry trade group warns.
23 Jun 2015
The new locks at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal began to fill with water this week in preparation for months of testing of their new gates before they open to commercial traffic in April 2016.
22 Jun 2015
CaroTrans is launching a new weekly, direct less-than-container-load service from Milan to Charleston starting next month, amid weak westbound volume growth on the trade lane.
19 Jun 2015
Asia-Europe freight rates are now 82 percent lower than at the same time last year, dropping by 15.6 percent this week to settle at the latest record low of $205 per 20-foot container, according to the latest reading of the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index.
16 Jun 2015
The “new” enlarged Suez Canal that will allow two-way transits for ships will open on schedule on August 6, according to the waterway authority.
12 Jun 2015
In its most aggressive move in the African market in years, APM Terminals has begun construction on a new container terminal at Ghana’s largest container gateway and plans to invest heavily on inland connections to allow growing volume to move more efficiently to and from the hinterland.
08 Jun 2015
Swire Shipping, the liner shipping division of China Navigation, is teaming up with Rickmers-Linie, the breakbulk and heavy-lift carrier, to enhance services in India and the Mideast.
05 Jun 2015
ST PETERSBURG — Western sanctions and the fall in oil prices that devalued the rouble have devastated Russian container volume and sent shockwaves through the sectors dependent on the business. But there is some hope that fortunes will begin to improve in the coming months.
04 Jun 2015
Airbus is using multipurpose ships to transport large components from Hamburg, Germany, to Mobile, Alabama, for production of the European aircraft manufacturer’s first U.S.-built planes.