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The amount of time container ships spend at port continued to rise in the first half of 2019, despite relative gains in terminal efficiency, according to an analysis of port productivity data.

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Mexico’s fourth-largest port by volume is bucking the trend of slower cargo growth by posting solid gains in volume this year that far outpace the rise in cargo through all Mexican ports combined.
Importers seeking relief amid the ongoing US-China trade war could consider re-classifying their products or seeking tariff exclusions, but the process can be costly and time-consuming.
Industry sources say an approved “SOP” document to regulate logistics costs is expected to be circulated to stakeholders in the coming days as the Indian government proceeds with a sense of urgency to conclude what is seen as a game-changer for the country’s ocean trade.
There is no driver shortage, says the author. Trucking added drivers last year during a time of record-low unemployment, and presumably, the most competitive conditions possible in terms of available career alternatives to life in the driver’s seat. That doesn’t square with a hypothetical chronic shortage.
West Coast port managers say sharing cargo information through digital portals and disseminating information on truck turn times is motivating marine terminals to improve performance, but brokers and forwarders remain skeptical.
The first step in dredging the harbor in Norfolk will begin in January 2020, kickstarting a project that will make the Port of Virginia the deepest harbor on the East Coast.
Getting containers to inland factories on time is a crucial part of the production process, and delays can cause costs to mount quickly.
The number of blanked sailings is growing on the Asia-Europe trades as carriers sit becalmed in the slack season with no clear idea of whether to expect a pre-Chinese New Year rush.
Coyote Logistics’ chief strategy officer urges shippers to prepare now for a truckload market in 2020 that could look very different than today’s.
Although Typhoon Hagibis was the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades, carriers are reporting only minor disruptions to schedules and minimal damage to port infrastructure.
Bangladeshi shippers are relieved after the local customs agent that handles Cosco Shipping’s business in the country had its license reinstated.
While the “phase one” trade agreement reduces tensions between the US and China, the two sides are nowhere near reaching a more comprehensive deal at this time, a US-China business expert says.
Sailing withdrawals and rising utilization levels on the Asia-North Europe route are not translating into spot rate increases, suggesting carriers are again chasing market share.
DP World will invite 10 Indian startup businesses to participate in an interactive technology program as it seeks to leverage the benefits of blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, simulators, and the internet of things (IoT) for the development of smart trade solutions.
Demand from e-commerce and other companies has pushed up rents and reduced availability of smaller warehouses over the last five years more than for larger spaces, according to a new report.
Amazon's purchase last month of a little known digital customs broker signals the growing importance of process automation, of intertwining logistics and trade compliance, and of the need to enable e-commerce sellers.
Carriers would need complete control of the supply chain in order to successfully offer premium services, including time-definite delivery, an executive from Zim Integrated Shipping Services said.
India’s Ministry of Shipping has met with various stakeholders in recent weeks to review options for streamlining logistics costs, particularly where intermediaries make up a significant burden for cargo interests.
Two refrigerated intermodal carriers, Marten Transport and KLLM Transport, have acquired 53-foot containers as US Class I railroads have been disincentivizing intermodal trailer use.

ARO Commentaries

We have witnessed the first complete year under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and it has yielded real benefit.
As firms invest in technology, it’s vital to remember that our industry was built on handshakes and building relationships with customers.
Over the last few years, the scale game has taken everyone into a whole new industry landscape.
It’s hard to consider port challenges without first understanding factors influencing container carriers — our
In this industry, price matters.
With longshore labor peace secured, we at the New York Shipping Association will be focused on implementing the provisions of the new six-year East Coast and New York/New Jersey labor agreements, especially those that impact productivity and the competitive position of the Port of New York and New Jersey.
The shipping industry along the east coast of North America is evolving at a tremendous pace.
The Georgia Ports Authority’s central challenge of 2019 is maintaining our high customer service standards in the face of exponential cargo growth.
In life, and usually in business, the future is thought to be too difficult to predict, but for liner shipping, the future seems to look like the past all too often.
Challenges are many for the agriculture and forest products exports community.
The era of trade liberalization may be over despite the trade community’s best efforts to stop protectionism and fragmentation.
I am hopeful in 2019 that we will see some existing technologies go mainstream and nascent ones emerge.
In 2019, logistics providers face increasing pressures to improve visibility and cross-border execution, and reduce costs, risks, and errors that decimate margins.
The freight transportation industry is in a technology renaissance.
A top 2019 priority is Congress adopting the American Association of Port Authorities’ unified industry plan that devotes 100 percent of HMT funds to America’s ports, while placing no additional tax burden on the industry or taxpayers.
2019 will be a year for shippers to regroup and recover from the Perfect Storm of 2018.
The increased capability of third-party technology providers, original equipment manufacturers, and tech-based freight brokers has provided a level of real-time (or near real-time) visibility that has not been seen before in the transportation industry.
Over the past couple years, the movement to “everything tech” and “disruption” all over has reached a fever pitch.
Canada, during recent negotiations with the US and Mexico on moving forward with a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (now USMCA), is still facing a new age of protectionism with duties and tariffs, and where the classification of products has become ever more key in compliance.
Blockchain is both the most overhyped and most promising non-energy technology in the logistics industry today.