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

29 May 2020
Spot container rates spiked from the previous week as retailers replenished diminished inventories and after capacity has been reduced through dozens of blank sailings in May.
30 Aug 2019
Falling rates on the Asia-North Europe trade is expected to lead to another round of blank sailings as carriers try to match capacity with the weakening demand.
30 Aug 2019
The Port of Long Beach in California believes its success has come in large part from following a philosophy of what it c
Griff Lynch
29 Aug 2019
Griff Lynch, Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority discusses the factors that led to record growth at Georgia Ports Authority in 2018, the Mason Mega Rail Terminal, which they estimate will double rail capacity to 1 million container lifts per year, and plans for the South Atlantic Consolidated Chassis Pool.
NJ pushes fight over waterfront commission
29 Aug 2019
The activities of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor - long a target for employers and labor in the Port of New York and New Jersey - are again the focus of opposition from New Jersey officials, who have opted to appeal a court ruling that the state could not unilaterally withdraw from the commission.
29 Aug 2019
Ports along Florida’s east coast were eyeing Hurricane Dorian warily, with the latest forecasts projecting the storm will make landfall there Monday, possibly as a category 4 hurricane.
29 Aug 2019
Emerging from a summer in which terminals suffered sporadic labor shortages, the Port of New York and New Jersey is launching a program to improve efficiency in the way weekend labor crews are formed, and looking to cut the number of workers who don’t report for assigned shifts.
29 Aug 2019
Volumes have rocketed at the DP World Cochin terminal in India, a result of recent cabotage reforms that paved the way for foreign-flagged tonnage in the country’s coastal trade.
29 Aug 2019
J.B. Hunt has informed shippers it will assess peak season surcharges on excess freight out of California and Washington state even though volumes are much weaker than a year ago.
28 Aug 2019
A union-sponsored report on automation in Vancouver and Prince Rupert cites the potential reduction of 50-90 percent in longshore jobs as terminal operators seek to reduce operational costs, especially labor.
28 Aug 2019
The number of US trucking companies rose by more than 21,000 in the year between June 2018 and this June, even as low spot-market pricing increased pressure on smaller fleets.
28 Aug 2019
Union Pacific Railroad and CSX Transportation, struggling to recover volume after service cuts, are reaching out to shippers and logistics providers about reinstating direct service to Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio, sources tell JOC.com
28 Aug 2019
Vessel movements have been halted in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on the approach of Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to strengthen and target Florida’s east coast early next week.
28 Aug 2019
Data from the spot freight procurement platform Cargobase finds shippers should consider a limited number of quotes and the right timeline to solicit.
28 Aug 2019
Hong Kong in November will start down the road of X-raying all airfreight shipments, which has users worried about the costs -- in both time and money.
28 Aug 2019
The low-cost transportation execution provider AscendTMS is partnering with EDI connectivity platform Kleinschmidt to help its broker, shipper, and carrier users digitize basic processes like load tendering and payment.
28 Aug 2019
Wide-ranging software development — from in-house teams to fostering startups — in Bangalore shows Maersk is putting resources toward its stated intent to become a global logistics integrator.
27 Aug 2019
A forwarder that has just launched a new index to document price changes on freight moving from Asia to Mexico says the peak season will be weak this year, as consumers shy away from spending due to the country’s ailing economy.
27 Aug 2019
US wind energy is growing, but tariffs could slow a booming industry.
27 Aug 2019
JOC Senior Technology Editor Eric Johnson talks about what the introduction of three new carrier-developed digital entities — TradeLens, the Global Business Shipping Network, and the Digital Container Shipping Association — means to the liner shipping industry.
27 Aug 2019
Ireland’s second-largest port has boosted its customs facilities ahead of the turbulence expected from what is looking increasingly like a no-deal Brexit by the United Kingdom from the EU.
27 Aug 2019
A logistics collaboration software provider debuts a new freight payment capability that’s tied directly to the shipment, a process that’s unusual for shippers except in situations where a TMS provides such capability.
26 Aug 2019
In order to prevent further loss of market share, Los Angeles and Long Beach are seeking approval from their harbor commissions to collaborate on supply chain optimization initiatives.
26 Aug 2019
US inventory levels are dropping, but not enough yet to boost surface transportation demand.
26 Aug 2019
Heartland Express has acquired truckload carrier Millis Transfer and the Millis driving school for $150 million, the second major acquisition the Iowa carrier has made in two years.
26 Aug 2019
The parent company of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) said it had turned a profit in the first half of 2019, and that the strategy of keeping the two carriers as separate entities was “bearing fruit.”
26 Aug 2019
The group that represents India’s privately owned ports and terminals wants to ensure that revenues are distributed properly under a new pricing model in the final stages of implementation by the government.
26 Aug 2019
JOC Associate Editor Ari Ashe explains why chassis shortages are such a problem in the international transportation space and why finding a solution is so difficult.
While the number of affordable cloud-based TMSs available to shippers has expanded, many small and medium shippers still rely on spreadsheets to manage freight rates and bookings.
26 Aug 2019
Digital freight broker Loadsmart has built an extension to its platform to allow shippers using shareable spreadsheets to request rates and book truckloads directly within those documents.
26 Aug 2019
JOC event in Mumbai highlights the number of companies targeting container logistics in a country known for its relatively light use of containerized supply chains.
26 Aug 2019
Supply chain software providers are using application program interfaces (APIs) to connect previously disparate data sources and systems, potentially ushering a new strata of neutrality in freight transportation.
23 Aug 2019
China announced its own round of new tariffs, prompting President Donald Trump late Friday to raise US tariffs on Chinese imports and instruct US companies to begin looking for alternatives to doing business with Beijing.
23 Aug 2019
Announcing what it said was a “socially responsible choice” to protect the Arctic and the planet, CMA CGM will not allow its ships to sail along the Northern Sea Route from Europe to Asia, and will protect the environment by prioritizing the use of LNG fuel.
23 Aug 2019
The Port of Virginia will shift more vessel calls to the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) terminal so shippers using rail can receive their cargo faster.
23 Aug 2019
After two bills that would have banned the use of double tractor-trailers stalled in the Mexican legislature, a new proposal calls for cutting the allowable weight of the vehicles.
23 Aug 2019
WWO says it will fully cooperate with Australia’s ongoing ro-ro cartel investigation that had already ensnared Japanese firms NYK and “K” Line.