2016

JOC’s Annual Review and Outlook outlines the major challenges, opportunities and trends in the global transportation and logistics industry via reports from the editorial staff and insight from the industry’s top players. Major segments highlighted include maritime, trucking, rail and intermodal, air cargo, government and logistics. Contributors have years of experience and range from CEOs to analysts, shippers, and knowledgeable JOC reporters.

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After bottlenecks and delays in 2014, it was tempting to greet the lack of congestion in ports across Asia in 2015 with relief, but the open berthing windows and “come right in” signs were, in fact, an indicator of falling demand.
With near-sourcing spurring a Mexican manufacturing boom and a strong dollar kicking U.S. imports into high gear, cross-border trade between the U.S. and Mexico is expected to rocket in 2016.
The Asia-Europe trade will continue to hog the headlines in 2016 with a return to the bear market of 2009 looking increasingly likely against a backdrop of slumping freight rates, stagnating traffic, surging surplus capacity and shrinking vessel utilization.
The coming year presents a perfect storm of economic, political and social pressures to keep ocean transportation rates at all-time lows, thus creating continued losses, increased capacity and looming consolidation for ocean vessel operating common carriers.
Joseph T. Saggese
Joseph
Saggese
North Atlantic Alliance Association
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When looking ahead at what is expected to come about in the ocean shipping industry in 2016, an important question to ask is: Could the benefits of digitalization be worth $10 billion, $20 billion or more in savings?

Andy Barrons
Andy
Barrons
Navis
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Two things to keep an eye on in 2016 will be industry consolidation and structural changes in supply chains.
Sylvie Vachon
Sylvie
Vachon
Montreal Port Authority
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Many commentators have said that our two greatest threats are terrorism and climate change. I, and others, have long held the belief that the two are intertwined, particularly given that many of our adversaries are funded by petro-dollars.
Marcus L. Arky
Marcus
Arky
Metro Group Maritime
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It is clear that 2016 will usher in a new era in the container shipping industry, with unprecedented challenges – and opportunities – on the horizon.
Massachusetts Port Authority
Thomas
Glynn
Massachusetts Port Authority
“Triple E”… efficiency, economy of scale, environmentally improved? The great concept continues to shape the marine industry, but is so last year!
Edward J. Kelly
Edward
Kelly
Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey
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We enter 2016 with new concerns about slowing global trade and increased risk, as troubled areas of the world become even more volatile.
Michael J. White
Michael
White
Maersk Line North America
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The completion of Panama Canal expansion in 2016 will be a game changer in the port industry. The expansion represents a new era in mega-ships, an even larger fleet of cargo ships that can carry up to 13,000 to 14,000 TEUs, nearly three times as many containers as the ships currently transiting the canal.
Juan M. Kuryla
Juan
Kuryla
PortMiami
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E-commerce is revolutionizing consumer shopping behavior in the United States and around the world. Retailers are quickly realizing they must either adapt to the new reality or perish. Next-day delivery, and now even same-day delivery, is becoming the expected norm.
Paul Anderson
Paul
Anderson
Port Tampa Bay
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Two years since the devastating 2013-14 winter wreaked havoc on U.S. intermodal rail networks, North America’s largest railroads are on the cusp of restoring reliability and speeds to the level shippers once took for granted.
The passage of the Trade Promotional Authority and a subsequent implementation of Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would have significant impact for our port and our region. The TPP will provide Oregon with an opportunity to open new markets for its goods and services in countries that are not current free trade agreement partners.
Bill Wyatt
Bill
Wyatt
Port of Portland, Oregon
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Overcapacity continues to weigh on container shipping in 2016. Too much space and not enough cargo is the problem. The most visible impact is at sea where ocean freight rates remain under pressure. But ports are feeling pressure, too.
Chris Lytle
Chris
Lytle
Port of Oakland
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For a seaport to be successful, cargo must move freely in and out of its terminals. And seaports are key economic drivers for the nation, responsible for $4.6 trillion in economic activity or a full one-third of the U.S. economy last year. Those figures are expected to double in the next 15 years, but real infrastructure investment is necessary to keep pace with that growth.
Gary LaGrange
Gary
LaGrange
Port of New Orleans
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In the wake of a year we won’t soon forget, 2016 promises to deliver a formidable mix of industry challenges, turning points and opportunities. In the containerized cargo trade, the continually changing landscape will keep pressure on seaports to engage with their industry stakeholders, not as landlords but as partners and solution enablers.
Gene Seroka
Gene
Seroka
Port of Los Angeles
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Since the Great Recession of 2008, consolidation among vessel operators has been a trickle. But in 2016, the floodgates may open wide.
Jon Slangerup
Jon
Slangerup
Port of Long Beach
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The future of safe and efficient trade to and from the U.S. is dependent on healthy port facilities and continued investment in transportation infrastructure. Investment priorities reach far beyond port assets. Collaborative planning and capital spending in land-side mobility, roads and rail are imperative to ensure efficient flow of cargo.
Roger Guenther
Roger
Guenther
Port of Houston Authority
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Ports must meet the ongoing needs of adding or replacing land-side assets while continuing to fund very necessary and also very expensive dredging and harbor development projects. This balance can at times be extremely challenging. However, it is absolutely critical to the long-term health of a port.
James J. White
James
White
Port of Baltimore
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