International Logistics

International Logistics

Logistics news, intelligence and analysis about the various components of the international logistics supply chain; including warehousing and distribution centers, refrigerated supply chains (“the cold chain”), advanced logistics technologies, and third-party logistics (“3PL”) providers around the world. Extensive coverage of companies in the JOC’s Top 50 Global Logistics listings, including DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker, CH Robinson, DSV, XPO Logistics, UPS Supply Chain, CEVA Logistics, Expeditors International and JB Hunt. [as ranked in the 2017 list, published in 2018]. Looking to the future, major global logistics firms are continuing to make significant investments in upgrading their technological platforms, so they can match the needs of shippers with the specialized capabilities of carriers. The major motivations for the adoption of new technologies continue to be a need to increase efficiency and lower costs despite the growing demands of customers for higher levels of customer service. JOC regularly publishes updated rankings of the major international logistics providers in terms of revenues.

News & Analysis

02 Jul 2020
APM Terminals is rolling out a set of data connectivity tools, initially at two US ports, to inform shippers of container status and vessel arrival on a more real-time basis.
A Wallenius Wilhelmsen ship.
24 Aug 2018
Like much of global trade, pent-up demand and emerging market country development, among other economic fundamentals, bode well for the roll-on, roll-off sector’s growth prospects in the immediate years ahead, if the threat of tariffs subsides.
Trucks with chassis at NY-NJ.
23 Aug 2018
The merits of owning a chassis vary, depending on individual business models, but there is one aspect of the electronic logging device mandate that provides an advantage for those truck drivers who are chassis-ready, for example via ownership.
A truck travels on a US road.
23 Aug 2018
Few debate the enhanced safety on US roads stemming from the electronic logging device (ELD). But what about circumstances the truck driver cannot control, such as an accident that suddenly closes a major highway? Or when equipment breaks down? Proposed reforms address these and more.
Blockchain primed to reduce shippers’ paper costs
23 Aug 2018
CargoX said the cost to produce and transfer a bill of lading using its Smart B/L was 85 percent less expensive than traditional means. But is a public blockchain such as CargoX’s suitable for the shipping industry?
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Aug 2018
Higher-than-usual fuel prices and tit-for-tat tariffs have exacerbated the chaos on the eastbound trans-Pacific this peak season, but the problem started earlier this year, and there is one causal factor as the source of the problem.
Appalachian Regional Port.
22 Aug 2018
In the United States’ tight surface capacity market, the operative phrase in supply chain management is “minimize the truck transport variable,” and Georgia’s new inland port, the Appalachian Regional Port, aims to do that, and more.
A ZIM container ship.
22 Aug 2018
Zim Integrated Shipping Services’ report is another stark data point concerning container shipping’s more-subdued outlook at mid-2018. Volume and revenue are rising, but there is concern about the firmness of rates, as well an inability to pass along/recover rising costs.
DP World Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal.
22 Aug 2018
The two sides have different interpretations regarding how the direct port delivery system is faring and its cargo flow process.
Uber Freight.
21 Aug 2018
Uber Freight’s app has become a market participant at a time when US truck capacity is very tight and shippers are looking for ways to counter (or at least blunt) the remarkable amount of negotiating power transport companies have.
Veracruz port, Mexico.
21 Aug 2018
Perhaps nowhere in the world, save India, is a critical mass of demand and resources coming together to produce a more-promising trade future than in Mexico. But to maintain that take-off status, Mexico will have to solve major infrastructure shortcomings, as well as address longstanding trade security issues.
Port of Jacksonville.
20 Aug 2018
Roll-on, roll-off cargo flowed smoothly through US ports during the first half of 2018, and the involved ports are moving forward with planned, needed investments. Further, the immediate years ahead look promising, provided the trade tension winds die down.
Port Miami.
20 Aug 2018
Port Miami is making a statement. New cranes, a better truck gating system and transloading facilities, and access to Interstate 95 mean the port has the infrastructure for global trade. And Miami has one other tangible that many stakeholders in container shipping will notice. Certainly other ports will.
Maersk Eureka.
20 Aug 2018
Both freight intermediaries and ocean carriers are under pressure to avoid sitting on obsolete rate data, pressure that’s been placed on them by the rise of transparent freight pricing models.
Port of Male, Maldives.
20 Aug 2018
Maersk officials now believe that, with the majority of imports into Maldives coming from China and India — two of Maersk’s already established key markets — resumed operations there can better serve customers in the region.
Terminal de Conteineres de Paranagua (TCP).
18 Aug 2018
Terminal de Conteineres de Paranaguá (TCP), also known as Paranaguá, is in an annual race with another port for the title of “global chicken export port king,” and its officials are not subtle regarding where they want to finish each year.
Port of Los Angeles.
17 Aug 2018
Ocean carriers are enjoying rare pricing power, which is being propelled by three factors. But the impact of their decisions on customer relationships with beneficial cargo owners and truckers remains to be seen.
Port Miami.
17 Aug 2018
So far, the Port of Tampa and Port Miami are only seeing small cargo volumes, but shippers looking to cut travel time and costs for cargo sent across the US-Mexico border may increasingly choose the sea route, if the conventional land-based route’s delays don’t diminish.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
17 Aug 2018
The Container Freight Station Association of India, which represents 27 container freight station operators, has urged authorities to deal with terminals’ disinclination toward the wider direct port delivery logistics operation at an upcoming stakeholder review meeting.
Rotterdam port.
17 Aug 2018
The Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center, which coordinates vessel traffic visiting terminals at the port of Hamburg, is launching collaborative projects to help determine if it is meaningful to continue bilateral information exchanges or to replace it with a central data hub to support improved terminal asset utilization and liner route and network planning.
Damco.
17 Aug 2018
The unit, which comprises Damco, Maersk’s freight forwarding operation, and the inland activities of APM Terminals, its global container terminal unit, increased revenue by 6.7 percent to $1.5 billion in the second quarter.
A freight train travels in Canada.
16 Aug 2018
Western Canada has been “behind the curve” in developing inland ports compared with the US West Coast and South Atlantic regions. However, that will change with Ashcroft's expansion.
Port of Los Angeles.
16 Aug 2018
The concept of a single electronic platform for port users is gaining momentum with truckers, beneficial cargo owners (BCOs), and other port users, with GE Transportation’s Port Optimizer at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach achieving breakthroughs as a pacesetter.
An Amazon shipment / package being delivered.
16 Aug 2018
E-commerce, led by Amazon, and couriers UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service are years ahead of shipping, including trucking logistics, with regard to digital bill of lading. A shift is long overdue and would offer multiple benefits.
Maersk Line.
16 Aug 2018
The world’s largest ocean carrier has reopened shipping connectivity to the Maldives with a direct, weekly feeder link between Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Male, which it believes will prove to be a boon for trade to/from South Asia.
Trucks at Port of New York and New Jersey (Newark).
15 Aug 2018
Shippers will likely see a substantial benefit from a new refrigerated container option for a peel-off pile program at the Port of New York and New Jersey.
CSX Transportation.
15 Aug 2018
These are relatively minor changes in destination terminals and don’t eliminate any existing service, although it will require some decisions on how to route cargo for the best price.
Chassis stack in the United States.
15 Aug 2018
Backers of protectionist policies and home-source manufacturing have set their sights on the chassis, and if they get their way the net-effect would hurt shippers and trade in the United States.
The Port of Oakland.
15 Aug 2018
Looks can be deceptive. Terminal operators, a very visible component of container shipping, are often the first to be criticized by BCOs and truckers when there are delays in delivering cargo. However, they have no control over the various transport modes that bring cargo to them.
Nippon Express.
15 Aug 2018
The JOC Top 50 Global Logistics Providers, published on JOC.com on April 13 and in the April 16 Journal of Commerce magazine, misstated the annual revenues for Nippon Express.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust
15 Aug 2018
Officials concluded that instead of a sudden, sweeping policy change, the port will work toward reducing free times for all "export containers" handled via inland container depots (ICDs) to six days from seven days and, depending on the progress, a further reduction will be considered.
Trucks travel in Florida.
14 Aug 2018
Record US imports, combined with constraints on intermodal and already tight truckload capacity, point to one outcome for US spot market truck rates.
Freight cars at a railyard.
14 Aug 2018
There is a lot of potential volume out there for intermodal to tap, if it could only solve the interchange dilemma. Instead, the sector seems to be moving in the opposite direction.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
14 Aug 2018
A grant, for two projects, reflects the ongoing effort by the Port of New York and New Jersey, the East Coast’s largest port, to boost the use of barges and reduce the volume of trucks on roads in and around the port area, curbing pollution.
HMM/
14 Aug 2018
Hyundai Merchant Marine, which recently announced its withdrawal from the Trans-Atlantic trade, said it expects higher freight rates and load factors through the third-quarter peak season but cautioned cargo volume is likely to fluctuate due to “changes in [the] international situation.”
Port of Montreal.
13 Aug 2018
In the midst of a volume uptrend, Montreal is the latest North American port to try extending its terminal gate hours to improve cargo fluidity in and out of the terminal, and to place a charge on containers to pay for it.