Commentary

Logistics shouldn’t be a zero-sum game. That’s why we need transparency, but that’s going to require the industry to embrace all tools, starting with a new generation of smart sensors and tracking equipment, and putting them to work on a blockchain.
From the vantage point of early December 2018, the current year will be a mixed bag of near disaster, continuing frustrations, and some glimmer of hope; it all depends on your position and perspective.
Technology — and the disruption and efficiencies it creates — is affecting almost every segment of international shipping. Except, it seems, for the container. That should change.
The continued diminution of the US-flag fleet represents, arguably, the single greatest threat to US national and economic security.
Ports are in the unique position to facilitate transformational change for the global supply chain. If we responsibly harness the new technologies available, these advanced solutions can position ports as trusted partners in digital infrastructure — just as we are in physical infrastructure.
US courts would no doubt rule on the side of safety after a claim filed involving a damaged airplane engine shipment.
Cosco has undertaken a series of investments and expansions that serve as evidence that it’s pressing on strong with its ambitious aim.
Asking the nations of Asia to stop subsidies seems like a waste of time. They will do what they believe to be in their best interest. Eventually, the European Union (EU) will come to the same conclusion: Do what’s best for the EU.
Importers of record must be alert to how products are being classified, particularly when working with overseas exporters who may be willfully or unwillfully trying to skirt the system by declaring goods with the wrong country of origin or an incorrect HTS code. The stakes are far too high to leave this unaddressed
After paying a carrier in mainland China via PayPal, a shipper is told the rate went up. What options does the shipper have?  
The public-private partnership dubbed the Port Optimizer may seem like a win-win deal for everyone involved: port authorities, terminal operators, shippers, and carriers. But a closer look raises worrisome questions about data security, misuse of public money, and the cost of implementation.
Connectivity is changing the world, and that includes the shipping industry, and it offers numerous benefits. However, this connectedness makes it more vulnerable to cyber threats, but there are straightforward measures that can ensure the security of our data and infrastructure.
The year ahead holds major challenges for ocean carriers, and the challenges can be even more acute for midsize carriers such as Yang Ming, requiring even more prescience and agility.
At the JOC Logistics Technology Conference, we separated the hype from reality in a startup-flush sector where the actual impact has been difficult to see so far. But know this: a technology-led transformation is coming in logistics. It just isn’t here yet.