China port congestion building ‘bullwhip’ snap on trans-Pacific

With the number of ships at anchor growing at Shanghai, Ningbo, and in Southern California, the delays at Chinese origins will ripple through supply chains, raising the risk of another wave of structural blank sailings.

LA-LB ports move quickly to implement congestion measures

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and their terminal operators seek quick relief from congestion problems as vessel bunching reaches historic levels.

Lack of visibility dampens long-term ro/ro outlook: UECC

While the ro/ro market booms thanks to high consumer demand and spillover container cargo, soaring vessel costs and an ongoing chip shortage add risk.

Niche intra-Asia carriers latest to target Indian export growth

The latest move to tap into India’s export growth comes via a vessel-sharing deal between four regional carriers predominantly operating on intra-Asia trades.

Investor infusion boosts digital truckload bidding platform

A rapid evolution in how US shippers contract with truckload carriers is driving growth at Emerge and drawing $130 million in fresh private equity funding to its digital procurement platform.

Essential Reads

New data on the explosion of capacity being deployed in the Asia-US trade indicates there will likely be sufficient capacity to handle projected import volumes for the rest of the year, but the effective capacity will be reduced by port congestion in the US and Asia.
Los Angeles-Long Beach terminal operators are pulling out all stops to handle a record 20 million TEU of laden and empty containers this year with the peak season now in full swing.
The responses of two major carriers to an importer’s complaint to the US Federal Maritime Commission underscores the difficulty in using a regulatory avenue to settle contract disputes.
Disruption to Asia-North Europe supply chains is growing as the trade moves into its peak shipping period facing soaring rates and falling service levels.
With trust between carriers and their customers at an all-time low in a highly unstable container shipping market, there is growing interest from all parties in the multiyear, two-way contracts enabled by the NYSHEX platform.