Commentary

In the initial year and a half, the Trump administration’s trade policy has been characterized by protectionism, policy reversals, inconsistencies, and a seeming willingness to enact policies without the full consideration of all companies/stakeholders in the sector. And that’s all the more reason for businesses to deploy a pro-active dialogue strategy with Washington.
The more that blockchain becomes understood, the more conceptually, at least, it fits hand in glove with international logistics. But actually transitioning logistics to the paradise of transactions being recorded instantly and efficiently is proving to be quite a formidable task.
No one questions the right of a new administration to take a fresh look at existing policies, but is the Trump administration’s goal a new economic and political isolationism for the United States? And how did that work out, last time?
What appears to be a win-win NAFTA timeline for Washington will not be for consumers.
The brewing trade war between the United States and China serves as a reminder to international traders that knowing where your goods are made and being able to prove it are two very different issues. 
Change, and technological change, is occurring in logistics, but the analysis that argues ocean carriers are trying to put logistics providers out of business is a stretch. The more likely scenario is more diverse — and one that will ultimately benefit the customer.
The metropolitan Los Angeles area has the dirtiest air in the United States, but area residents should not fret; there is a readily available solution to this longstanding problem.
If history is any indicator, one should not underestimate the potential of global trade and container shipping to change how we live and the world around us.
US shippers’ challenge in securing drayage capacity has eased since the peak eight weeks ago, but tightness persists regionally.
Voluntary export restraint agreements may seem like an amicable, cooperative solution to a trade problem, but in reality they are a dangerous relapse into trade quotas banned by the World Trade Organization — and they increase protectionist pressures globally.  
In the United States, who is liable for payment to a carrier after the shipper pays a broker and the broker declares bankruptcy without paying the carrier? 
Change is unavoidable, but strategic points of inflection are not always obvious in real time. In the future, it’s likely that April 1, 2018 — the date electronic logging device enforcement “went live” — will be enshrined as a red-letter day for our industry.
The transportation and logistics industry is heavily regulated, with myriad federal, state, local, and international laws on the books whose terms are directly reflected in the contracts. This poses a compliance burden. Fortunately, technology is helping forward-thinking organizations in this arena mitigate risk.
There has been little momentum to address the menace of container ship fires. That is despite the fires killing crew members and causing tens of millions of dollars of cargo losses and supply chain disruption annually. Something needs to change.