Chris Brooks

A 30-year journalist, Chris’s career has touched on every facet of the editorial operation, from editing and writing to layout and design. He has overseen the day-to-day operation of the JOC magazine and Web site for much of the last decade, first as managing editor and, for the last two years, as executive editor.

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Ports are well-positioned to handle the container volumes coming their way over the next decade and beyond. The same can’t be said for the congested roads, rails and other surface connectors in and around ports, where capacity will need to grow 10 percent by 2030 in North America and a staggering 68 percent in Asia, according to the International Transport Forum.

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