2018

As Hyman Roth said in The Godfather, “… this is the business we’ve chosen.”  Here’s to staying out of the fray in 2018.

Thomas Lorenzo
Thomas
Lorenzo
Domtar Corp.

The year 2018 will be the year of critical mass and speed. 

Marianne Rowden
Marianne
Rowden
American Association of Exporters & Importers
Implementing electronic logging in 2018 will not be easy and may spark a review of truck driver work rules.
Technology that provides real-time cargo location visibility gained much attention in 2017, as did tracking for containers, chassis, and other equipment. That trend is likely to continue in 2018.
A key, new container shipping partnership will commence operations in 2018's first quarter, and it will affect the intra-Asia supply-demand equation.
As experienced trade professionals know, how 2018 will play out is not something shippers have any influence over and the business of shipping containers in the Asia-Europe trade could take three directions.
Key north-south parties expect the positive trade pattern to continue in the year ahead, but there are challenges that could dent that forecast.
The song will likely remain the same regarding the air cargo sector in 2018: increasing demand, which suggests that building a 'time safety cushion' into your supply chain is prudent.
The year 2018, an election year, could be a moment when campaign promises to increase infrastructure funding are finally fulfilled, but how much of that potential pie will go toward freight and the broader needs of container shipping/trade?
If the word for the 1960s was “plastic,” the phrase for the current era may very well turn out to be “third-party logistics provider.”
Capacity, not price, is king once again.
Nearly nine years after ocean carriers began transferring their chassis to lessors, beneficial cargo owners, truckers, and other supply chain participants are still wrestling with issues of cost, control, and choice, amid a fragmented system.
To cope with shifting demand, most newer car carrier ships are larger and more versatile, with design features that enable them to carry high and heavy project and breakbulk shipments, in addition to vehicles.
Any recovery would contrast with the depressed market the industry has endured in recent years.
Most warehouse/distribution sector indicators point to continued tight supply and rent increases of 5 to 6 percent in 2018, so BCOs should carefully plan their space needs.