Multiple pain points test forwarders on China-Europe rail route

The main rail option from China for European importers is via the so-called “middle corridor,” but as demand steadily increases, so too are the many chokepoints along the route.

US importers increasingly seek to reduce contract rates

While some carriers have been willing to adjust shipping contracts, others are holding the line, anticipating that peak season, US port congestion, and the ability to blank sailings will keep the spot market afloat through the balance of the year.

Rhine low water levels restrict loads, spark surcharges

Falling water levels on the Rhine are a seasonal problem, but this summer a European heatwave and low rainfall has left parts of the river virtually impassable.

CMA CGM lands 50:50 India JV for Nhava Sheva terminal concession

CMA CGM believes the advantages from a dedicated terminal in India will help it enhance service levels there as the carrier vigorously pursues integrator goals.

NY-NJ rail lifts fall as low rates entice shippers to truck

The Port of New York and New Jersey saw a decline in rail volumes in the first half of 2022 as intermittent container embargoes at railroads and low trucking rates pushed shippers off the rails.

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Ten days after the US Federal Maritime Commission told shippers they no longer need to pay a filing fee or retain a lawyer to submit a complaint, shippers have already begun taking advantage of the updated process.
The Port of Savannah has more than 40 vessels anchored outside its harbor, but the Georgia Ports Authority said the terminal is more fluid today than last fall.
Port of New York and New Jersey drayage carriers say their ability to operate is being hamstrung by the need to find scarce appointments at marine terminals for returning empties.
Pressure is mounting on European regulators to conduct a review of container shipping’s block exemption from competition law.
Some California trucking companies have already taken the brokerage plunge, enabling them to contract at arm’s length with independent truckers who have set themselves up as single-truck carriers.