Commentary

Digitization will continue to change the container shipping landscape. If not, the next big wave of bankruptcies, mergers, and acquisitions will be on its way sooner than we think.
Instead of spending resources on uncertainty associated with getting legislative relief for heavier trucks, truckload carriers should focus on digging out of the pricing pothole.      
YRC Freight and other less-than-truckload and truckload carriers are feeling pressure at more points in their networks as freight demand finally approaches truck capacity levels. That pressure will push up the price shippers pay this year to move truck freight across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Nearly seven months into the Trump presidency, it is still not clear what the administration’s trade policy is.
Will the vote be remembered as a narrow, ultimately inconsequential act, or a turning point premised on a message to the union leadership that something needs to change?
Motor carrier drivers cannot simply avert their eyes while the shipper’s loaders toss things aboard higglety-pigglety. If they see something amiss, they should say something.
The ELD mandate will give shippers and truckers unprecedented amounts of data on shipments and space utilization.
Cosco Shipping Holdings and Shanghai International Port Group’ purchase of Orient Overseas Container Line is the last apparent opportunity for container carriers wishing to grow by taking over large, well-managed, and profitable competitors. 
Some words have been part of the global trade landscape for decades. Others are a bit more off the beaten path. But all are important for you and your colleagues.
The sulfur cap on marine fuel will come into force after the most intense period of consolidation in the industry’s 60-year history. 
A weakening of the US dollar to other currencies is raising US exporter hopes for increased volumes in the low single-digits this year. That’s hardly spectacular growth, but it will be a welcoming change from the last five years. 
A shipper procures and installs airbags to protect shipments, without carrier involvement. If an airbag proves of poor quality or insufficient strength, damaging the goods, the liability rests with the shipper.
The disparity in the degree to which SMEs in Canada and the United States make use of trade opportunities is substantial and offers some explanation as to why it was the United States that initiated the discussion over making NAFTA more accessible to small business.
Despite the hype, east-west transit shipments through the Northern Sea Route are likely to remain a niche trade.