China prioritizes digitized supply chains with new state-backed logistics group

The creation of a new state-backed logistics group comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s has highlighted the need for improving domestic and global logistics and transport networks in several speeches in the last few months.

Major US retailers tapping intermodal truckers to retrieve ocean boxes

The use of drivers accustomed to hauling 53-foot containers to pick up 20-foot and 40-foot boxes shows how US retail giants are pulling every lever to get truck power into the ports.

APM Mobile plans fee for truckers who miss container pickups

APM Terminals will start imposing a missed appointment fee at its Mobile terminal in a bid to get truckers to follow through on container pickups.

US West Coast hardest hit as trans-Pac blank sailings escalate

A growing number of blank sailings comes as carriers are also skipping ports in both Asia and the United States in an effort to recover sailing schedules.

Knight-Swift expands LTL presence with Midwest carrier buy

The largest US truckload operator acquired its second LTL carrier this year, bringing it closer to a national network and more than $900 million in LTL revenue.

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Shippers are being forced to rethink how they approach contract negotiations with carriers in the midst of an overheated market while wondering when rates may return to normal levels.
One shipping executive said China’s limiting of cabotage volumes to domestic operators has hindered ports such as Dalian and Qingdao from developing their own transshipment business.  
The International Longshoremen’s Association is appealing a federal labor judge’s decision that it engaged in an unfair labor practice against South Carolina’s newest marine terminal.
The Port of Virginia is expanding the rail footprint of Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) to take advantage of import volumes that have grown at the fastest rate of any US Southeast port in 2021.
CMA CGM is making a significant investment in its air cargo division, placing its second direct order for new freighter aircraft.