Outlook 2022: Preventing the next supply chain meltdown

There is no single solution to the problems underlying the international supply chain meltdown, but the steamship lines, port terminals, railroads, and cargo owners can take action now to fend off a repeat occurrence of 2021’s disruption.

Ex-JOC publisher Don Becker dead at 88

Don Becker’s public-facing approach served him well once he took over The Journal of Commerce in 1984, quickly establishing relationships with key shipping business leaders.

Outlook 2022: West Coast ports face continued congestion, vessel backlogs

Plagued by vessel bunching, terminal congestion, and equipment shortages for much of last year, North America’s West Coast ports are cautioned that these conditions are likely to persist well into 2022 even if imports slow from the double-digit gains in 2021.

Maersk’s Q4 profit upgrade adds $1 billion to 2021 earnings

Soaring rate levels swept aside a decline in Maersk’s Q4 volumes and set the carrier on course to report an even more profitable 2021 than expected.

Delays await US-Canada truckers as vaccine mandates loom

Shippers “will have to be innovative” to avoid delays caused by COVID-19 vaccine mandates for truck drivers crossing the US-Canadian border.

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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.