Suez Canal surcharge adds to Indian shipper pricing woes

With Suez Canal transit tolls rising next month, Indian shippers — already dealing with elevated freight rates — are now seeing new canal-related surcharges on services to North Africa.

Industry confronts limited reach to solve US port woes

Having US ports return to a pre-COVID “status quo” depends on a slowing of cargo volumes and a return of labor to the logistics workforce in significant enough numbers to improve cargo flow.

CSX ramps up hiring in bid to take freight share from trucks

CSX Transportation CEO James Foote told federal regulators he will look to increase headcount at the Class I railroad as it seeks to take more business from trucking

Cargo data timeliness, consistency bigger hurdle than access: shippers

A lack of information on import and export flows through ports isn't as big a constraint as untimely and inconsistent data, high-profile cargo owners told the Federal Maritime Commission this week.

Matson’s Q4 results show China shipping surge

Matson’s fourth-quarter results surge amid growing demand for expedited ocean freight services from China to the US West Coast.

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The trans-Atlantic trade will report significant volume growth in 2021 as heavy US demand fills all available capacity and pushes rates to record levels.
Ports and marine terminals say that more containers can be moved through on-dock rail now that service has improved, and rail car supply has eased.
Wan Hai has come under scrutiny from the US Federal Maritime Commission for assessing detention charges on containers that shippers assert could not be returned to a container terminal.
The Port of Oakland opens an off-site container yard that aims to make it easier for ag shippers to access empty containers to use for exports.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hang over the air cargo business, and until regular international travel resumes, shippers will find space in tight supply and rates at elevated levels.