2018

It can be said that 2017 has certainly been a year of change, growth, and some surprises as it relates to the U

Kunihiko Miyoshi
Kunihiko
Miyoshi
Yusen Logistics (Americas)

Keeping costs in check and terminals congestion free are two of the main drivers that will ensure ports’ success in the coming year.

Griffith V. Lynch
Griffith
Lynch
Georgia Ports Authority
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The role of the trade compliance professional continues to evolve. Completely rewritten bilateral trade arrangements will perpetuate this exciting trend. Identifying experienced trade compliance talent, particularly export talent, continues to grow exponentially more difficult as companies add head count in this area and there are simply not enough qualified candidates to fill the roles.

Bill Conroy
Bill
Conroy
Tyler Search
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Regulatory oversight for this industry is a challenge in terms of keeping pace with the changing business climate while also maintaining a focus on the Federal Maritime Commission’s core mission under the Shipping Act — to ensure a competitive and reliable international ocean transportation supply system that supports the US economy and protects the public from unfair and deceptive practices.

Michael A. Khouri
Michael
Khouri
Federal Maritime Commission
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The parcel industry until recently was operating on the past premise of weekday deliveries with a surcharge and only with express delivery on Saturdays,

At a time when political discourse around the world is often polarized and reactive, one of the challenges for a global industry such as shipping is to find a way to help governments maintain enough consistency in regulation to allow the industry to continue to support the world’s economy without unnecessary disruption.

John W. Butler
John
Butler
World Shipping Council
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US importers are slightly more upbeat regarding their trans-Pacific goods shipments at the start of 2018.
In a series of conversations, JOC executive editor Mark Szakonyi surveyed three shippers on how 2017 fared for their supply chains and what 2018 holds.
Economic health is driving growth in cargo volumes.

The NAFTA agreement is important not only on its own merits, but it will give a clear indication to the trade community on the current administration’s approach to other pending major trade issue.

Geoffrey C. Powell
Geoffrey
Powell
National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America
Carriers have little track record of self-policing in pursuit of overall industry gains. Can carriers change their operational stance?

Hiring in the maritime transportation industry was surprisingly steady overall in 2017. We are optimistic that it will remain so in 2018, and the lure of this ever-changing industry will continue to attract and retain talented professionals.  

Susan Shey Dvonch
Susan
Dvonch
Shey-Harding Associates Executive Search
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Collaboration and interdependence among industry segments will continue to be core elements of successful international trade in the future.

Steven R. Blust
Steven
Blust
Institute of International Container Lessors
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Mergers and acquisitions, changes in alliances, the emergence of a small number of very large shipping houses, and a strong focus on digitalization, present shippers with promises, challenges, and a lot of questions.

Bjorn Vang Jensen
Bjorn
Jensen
Electroux
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Maritime stakeholders must devote increased attention to seafarer mental health this year.

Rev. David M. Rider
David
Rider
Seamen's Church Institute
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Ocean freight rate volatility in the US container trades is likely to increase this year, especially in the spot markets on which many non-vessel-operating common carriers and their customers rely.

James. E. Devine Jr.
James
Devine
Distribution-Publications
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Expect the outcome of pending trade deals, the accommodation of larger ships, and response to new regulation to continue to shape the industry in 2018.

Angus R. Cooper II
Angus
Cooper
Cooper/T. Smith
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2017 brought many important changes to trucking.

Mark H. George
Mark
George
IMC Companies

Looking three to five years ahead, there continues to be growing dialogue on driverless trucks and how they could impact the industry.

Richard McDuffie
Richard
McDuffie
Dunavant

Numerous shifts in trade, transportation, and regulations are converging on the transportation industry.

Klaus Schnede
Klaus
Schnede
Eastman Chemical