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

09 Jul 2020
Imports from Asia and China rebounded in June as a number of US retailers reopened, but consumer demand could pull back later this summer if stores are forced to close again due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.
01 Oct 2019
While the search for true end-to-end visibility continues, the rise of partnerships between visibility providers in distinct legs continues with surface transportation-oriented software company FourKites partnering with container visibility provider Ocean Insights.
01 Oct 2019
The creation of a coalition — supported by more than 70 public and private organizations including Maersk, Royal Dutch Shell, and Lloyd’s Register — to drive commercial efforts to decarbonize international shipping is the latest example of an industry beginning to grasp the Herculean tests that lie ahead
01 Oct 2019
The 15th-largest US trucking operator will make deep cuts in its dry van truckload business and focus on LTL and logistics as it attempts to get back in the black.
01 Oct 2019
The India Ports Association is looking to link its digital platform to a network operated by Abu Dhabi Ports, sources said, as India seeks more international integration in logistics.
01 Oct 2019
Freight rates at 12-month lows, growing capacity, and Europe’s major economies in slowdown is not a good platform for building container volume.
01 Oct 2019
Advances in the development of zero-emission cargo handling equipment has a port official “cautiously optimistic” Los Angeles and Long Beach will meet the clean-air goal of commercially-available zero-emission CHE by 2030.
Convoy has catered to small shippers before now, but put a pause on serving new customers with fewer than 1,000 truckload hauls this spring and summer.
01 Oct 2019
Convoy is releasing a new transportation management system for shippers relying on spreadsheets and emails -- a free software option that provides access to Convoy quotes and booking.
01 Oct 2019
With liner schedule reliability a persistent bugaboo, the German container line is turning to Portchain to highlight in real time disruption to schedules.
30 Sep 2019
YRC Freight is building its own fleet of domestic containers — to reach 600 by year’s end — for use on BNSF Railway lines connecting West Coast ports with the US heartland.
30 Sep 2019
The convergence of contract and spot rates for ocean freight and the increased availability of instant digital quoting tools is pushing more cargo to the spot market and changing shipper negotiation strategies for long-term contracts.
30 Sep 2019
The state of Florida has appropriated $35.3 million dollars to deepen the Jacksonville Harbor to 47 feet along a 11-mile stretch to the Blount Island terminal by 2023.
30 Sep 2019
An early blockchain-based liner shipping product has shuttered due to a lack of demand, signaling that the industry is still struggling to understand the concept and the value of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
30 Sep 2019
The Dubai-based global port terminal operator is looking to position an existing inland freight terminal in Hyderabad as a regional multimodal distribution hub as part of a larger effort to offer integrated logistics services in India.
30 Sep 2019
The Chittagong Customs House has suspended the license of Continental Traders, the local agent of COSCO Shipping, a move that could cause significant disruptions to the Chinese state-run container carrier’s operations in Bangladesh.
30 Sep 2019
Falling behind on connectivity for import/export cargo can easily trigger the negative feedback loop, eventually leading to elimination of the regular liner services.
30 Sep 2019
YRC Worldwide achieved its latest labor goal, another step toward its long-term recovery plan.
27 Sep 2019
An analysis of pricing in 115 spot truckload lanes by JOC.com indicates a sequential monthly increase in September, with rates rising 4.46 percent on average across those lanes.
27 Sep 2019
After seeing four weeks of declining spot rates in September-- when rates should be increasing -- and with factory closures coming next week during Golden Week celebrations in China, NVOs who sell in the spot market say further rate declines are possible.
27 Sep 2019
Mexican shippers are finding this year’s peak season less disruptive to their supply chains than last year and are experiencing less difficulty getting cargo from the ports, as cargo volumes have grown only slightly and ocean carrier rates have stayed in the same range as in 2018.
27 Sep 2019
Stakeholders are disappointed in the multiple-year delay in building new air cargo facilities at Los Angeles International Airport, but will consider interim solutions to meet the challenge of growing volumes.
27 Sep 2019
Sponsored: Trucking capacity and rate fluctuations are major concerns for shippers. Cosco Shipping’s Executive Vice President Howard Finkel frankly addresses the issues in this JOC interview.
27 Sep 2019
Hyundai Merchant Marine has set up weekly block train operations from India’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals to a key northern India hinterland point; the service launched this week with a 90-TEU railcar.
26 Sep 2019
BCOs are urged to prepare their C-Suites for an up to 9 percent increase in ocean freight costs after IMO 2020 takes effect Jan. 1.
26 Sep 2019
Fierce competition for warehouse space in and around New York and a lack of land on which to build has prompted developers to construct multi-level warehouses to meet the industrial space demands of logistics companies, shippers, and e-commerce business.
26 Sep 2019
As more technology is integrated into the supply chain, a Coyote Logistics survey examines what tasks are given to computers and what humans should continue to handle.
Nippon Express jumps into India logistics growth race
26 Sep 2019
Nippon Express takes an ownership stake in an Indian logistics company as it looks to grow its presence in the country’s evolving supply chain dynamic.
26 Sep 2019
The world’s global carriers are struggling under mounting debt loads brought on by vertical integration strategies and a new legal requirement to put long-term lease obligations on balance sheets.
26 Sep 2019
E-commerce giant Amazon has purchased Los Angeles-based startup INLT, cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) global trade management (GTM) provider for US importers.
25 Sep 2019
Admitting that LA-LB ports charge a premium for their services, port directors are concentrating on improved cargo velocity through information sharing and infrastructure enhancements to stop the bleeding of discretionary cargo to other North American ports.
25 Sep 2019
The Port of Houston is looking for industry and public support as it tries to accelerate the pace of a project to widen the Houston Ship Channel amid growing cargo volumes.
25 Sep 2019
Although there is tariff uncertainty around exports, August was a strong month in Savannah and Charleston and the two ports are investing in future growth.
Top 25 Asia-US import NVO rankings 2019
25 Sep 2019
Kuehne + Nagel handled the largest combined share of US imports from Asia of any non-vessel-operating common carrier in the first half of 2019, followed by Expeditors International and C.H. Robinson, according to PIERS.
25 Sep 2019
JOC.com Senior Editor Hugh Morley talks about the challenges Mexico faces as it deals with rising cargo volumes amid logistical woes and economic headwinds.
25 Sep 2019
Righting the cargo ship that capsized off Georgia earlier this month could take as long as a year, though the vessel is not affecting operations at the busy Port of Brunswick, according to the head of the Georgia Ports Authority.
25 Sep 2019
For the first time, a mega-ship will be powered by LNG, but CMA CGM’s just-launched vessel and its eight sister ships on order will keep the supply-demand balance on Asia-Europe under pressure.