July import surge overwhelms Southern California supply chain

An unexpected 40 percent increase in import volumes since May overwhelmed the Southern California supply chain and infrastructure, creating logistical headaches for truckers and equipment providers.

For-hire trucking on a long-term growth track: SJ Consulting

The largest US and Canadian truckload and LTL carriers have grown substantially over the last decade, despite short-term economic woes, according to data from SJ Consulting Group.

Federal intervention seen as most viable way to end Montreal port strike

Container line, rail and forwarder executives tell JOC.com they aren’t holding their breath for an immediate response from the Trudeau government for calls to end the ongoing strike at the Port of Montreal.

Yang Ming cuts losses despite sharp drop in Q2 volume

Taiwanese carrier Yang Ming was unable to turn around its string of financial losses in the first half, but the shipping company continues to inch its way closer to a positive result.

Logistics technology reshapes trade finance for shippers, suppliers

Technology has the potential to solve long-running financing tensions between suppliers and importers, and logistics networks and service providers are likely to be the focal point for these solutions.

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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union's (ILWU) letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom compounds worries that have been mounting for over a year surrounding the issue of allowing West Coast terminals to install labor-saving cargo handling equipment.
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The carrier block exemption from Europe’s competition law expires in 2024, but there is a growing view among shipping line customers that an evaluation of the regulation should be held as soon as possible.
A bipartisan congressional commission questioned a $700 million US loan to YRC Worldwide, but its ability to scuttle the loan is questionable.
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