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13 Jun 2021
Container lines are levying congestion surcharges for shipments through Yantian International Containers Terminals as the Shenzen complex slowly improves performance amid a COVID-19 outbreak.
13 Jun 2021
Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, outlines proposals to Congress to address what his members' consider unfair detention and demurrage, and how to ensure container lines honor their common carriage responsibilities.
11 Jun 2021
The planned merger of GlobalTranz and Worldwide Express, creating the fourth-largest freight brokerage in North America, allows the third-party logistics providers to pool parcel, less-than-truckload, and truckload capabilities in tight surface capacity market.
11 Jun 2021
CEO Darren Hawkins pledges cooperation with congressional subcommittee investigating its $700 million loan and defends Yellow’s claim to be a major military trucking supplier, saying CARES Act saved critical LTL capacity as well as jobs.
11 Jun 2021
The Cass Freight Index shows shipment volumes, costs, and rates remain at or near multi-year highs after staging a strong rebound from the COVID-19 lull in freight shipments.
11 Jun 2021
Knight-Swift Transportation, one of the top five US domestic intermodal providers, will be leaving BNSF Railway on Jan. 1, 2022, to partner with Union Pacific Railroad in the western US.
11 Jun 2021
Vacating rail containers to the Pier S “surge” facility is allowing terminal operators in the Port of Long Beach to continue working ships despite excessive dwell times for those boxes.
11 Jun 2021
The strength of the post-COVID-19 rebound in multipurpose vessel and heavy lift demand and rates has taken the industry somewhat by surprise, with demand driven by continued investment in wind energy, oil and gas recovery, and “spillover” cargoes from the container and bulk segments.
11 Jun 2021
Hapag-Lloyd is making extra efforts to ease the burden on New York and New Jersey drayage drivers handling an unprecedented number of empty containers that have accumulated in the port.
10 Jun 2021
After a long slump, strengthening MPV freight rates could encourage reinvestment in the sector for the first time in a decade.
10 Jun 2021
Singapore-based drayage technology provider Haulio has tied up with CMA CGM to handle coordination of port trucking in Thailand as it seeks to build a Southeast Asia-wide platform.
10 Jun 2021
Lifting the travel ban between Europe and the US was a topic high on the agenda during Thursday’s meeting between the US president and UK prime minister, but spreading COVID-19 infections in Europe mean there is little chance of a rapid resumption of flights.
10 Jun 2021
Vessel owner Groupe Desgagnés and the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority are debuting a new container feeder service from the port of Hamilton that will allow shippers to transload in Montreal for international destinations.
10 Jun 2021
The congestion choking South China is so widespread that it will take weeks to work through the backlog of boxes, even with the limited resumption of operations at Yantian Terminals’ east port.
10 Jun 2021
European transportation technology heavyweight Transporeon has acquired freight procurement automation specialist TNX Logistics in a bid to amp up its customers’ spot buying prowess.
09 Jun 2021
With US imports accelerating as the peak shipping season approaches, two Chinese carriers with no previous presence in the Asia-US trades will begin to deploy vessels to the West Coast in the coming weeks.
09 Jun 2021
There is no easy way out of South China for ocean shippers, and capacity constraints on air and land transport have left building in additional buffer time as the only real option.
09 Jun 2021
Maersk Growth invests in an autonomous trucking company whose products are starting to be rolled at trailer yards across North America.
09 Jun 2021
Caution is in order when looking at the durability of the current surge, as there is little reason to expect that the current torrid pace will continue as we move into 2022 and beyond.
09 Jun 2021
In an already maxed-out trans-Pacific system, disruptions such as the Suez Canal blockage and now worsening congestion in Southern China will increasingly limit the ability of carriers to honor their minimum quantity commitments.
09 Jun 2021
Carriers working Indian ports say they have been working to raise their service levels in tandem with the swings in demand since the second half of 2020, propelled by elevated sourcing trends from the US and Europe.
08 Jun 2021
Dole will begin a new weekly container service to Port Tampa Bay that will carry its own cargo and provide additional capacity to other shippers to and from Central America.
08 Jun 2021
Shippers are desperate for someone — anyone — to solve the current problems vexing container shipping, but anyone thinking government intervention is an option should reconsider that.
08 Jun 2021
With a new set of bots, a logistics automation startup is aiming to help forwarders minimize the labor they use to address customer enquiries, from spot quotes to track and trace status.
08 Jun 2021
Ripple effects from the severe congestion choking Yantian terminals will be felt for weeks as shippers struggle to deal with the huge and growing backlog of containers.
08 Jun 2021
As the US economy reopens, more states are speeding up the permitting process for oversize/overweight flatbed loads, as cargo diversion complicates routing.
08 Jun 2021
Visibility provider Overhaul has received $35 million in funding, led by infrastructure giant Macquarie, to expand its risk reduction-based approach to supply chain visibility globally.
07 Jun 2021
Two more carriers follow Zim in suspending some trans-Pacific calls in Oakland until congestion issues and vessel bunching are eased.
07 Jun 2021
Container lines are adding more alternatives to shipping through congested Yantian Container International Termina, as analysts and forwarders warn of another surge in spot container rate levels.
07 Jun 2021
US retailers have upgraded their forecast for monthly imports through September and project continued international supply-chain congestion, possibly through the end of the year.
07 Jun 2021
Top trucking and intermodal providers are raising penalties on shippers who do not promptly unload and return 53-foot trailers or containers.
07 Jun 2021
Worried forwarders are struggling to find transport solutions for their clients in a congested global shipping market, pushing formerly containerized cargoes out of boxes and into breakbulk modes.
07 Jun 2021
Housing, energy, and manufacturing are generating intense demand for flatbed transportation at a time when a shortage of materials is disrupting supply chains.
07 Jun 2021
It’s been difficult to wedge the benefits of ocean freight into the use of US Customs and Border Protection’s duty-free treatment for shipments valued at less than $800, but increased direct-to-consumer volume is changing the math for shippers.
07 Jun 2021
There is a lot of uncertainty among apparel and footwear importers about how tariffs, port congestion, equipment shortages, and the future of the US workplace will impact their supply chains in 2021.