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
Extensive capacity cuts on the Asia–Europe and Asia–Med trades are holding up container spot rates, and some carriers are even announcing rate increases in May and June.
27 Apr 2020
Dutch carrier Spliethoff expands its multipurpose/heavy-lift fleet and opens an office in Singapore.
24 Apr 2020
The need to widen the channel gained urgency last year when a group of non-container businesses that rely on the port expressed concerns their cargoes would be squeezed by the increasing size and number of container ships moving through Houston.
24 Apr 2020
DP World’s rollout this week of an online freight booking platform for forwarders continues its campaign toward broadening its reach in containerized supply chains.
24 Apr 2020
Carriers will blank dozens of sailings in the trans-Pacific as they anticipate a double-digit drop in imports in May and June.
24 Apr 2020
A new international distribution center in Houston blends US trucking and containerized imports as less-than-truckload carrier Averitt reaches deeper into US consumer markets.
24 Apr 2020
Air freight capacity is struggling to keep up with soaring demand for medical equipment from coronavirus-hit Europe and the US that will keep China factories open through the Labor Day holidays.
23 Apr 2020
Venture capital investment is beginning to flow toward logistics providers that ease the freight and trade compliance burdens on US-Mexico cross-border shippers.
23 Apr 2020
North American intermodal volume may plunge as much as 25 percent in the second quarter, so railroads believe the right strategy is to focus on cost-cutting while providing reliable service.
23 Apr 2020
Freight visibility provider Overhaul, fresh off a $17.5 million funding round in March, is partnering with Schneider’s broker division.
23 Apr 2020
Bangladesh’s Shipping Ministry pushed customs authorities to relax rules governing what type of cargo could be moved to private off-dock space amid growing pressure to relieve congestion at Chittagong.
23 Apr 2020
The unprecedented number of blank sailings announced by carriers on the Asia-Europe trade is an indicator of low demand expectations by carriers.
22 Apr 2020
The devastating impact of the US-China trade war followed by the COVID-19 destruction of consumer demand in the US will result in a dispersal of trade lanes connecting North America with growing production clusters in Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Latin America.
22 Apr 2020
A spike in demand for less-than-containerload (LCL) service suggests US importers are limiting shipping costs by not importing items that may not sell during the COVID-19 pandemic.
22 Apr 2020
Since acquiring APL in 2016, CMA CGM has steadily withdrawn the carrier from all other trade lanes and will now only cover trade between Asia and North America.
22 Apr 2020
Shippers pressuring carriers to drop low-sulfur surcharges have some impressive data to support their push, with the price of very low-sulfur fuel oil in Singapore having collapsed by 70 percent since the first week of January.
22 Apr 2020
An American Transportation Research Institute analysis of vehicle location data across six states shows trucking activity plummeting 8 to 10 percent in April as the COVID-19 lockdown spread across the US.
21 Apr 2020
Daimler and Volvo will combine efforts to develop hydrogen fuel-cell technology for heavy electric trucks to meet future emissions and shipper sustainability targets.
21 Apr 2020
A survey of shippers and 3PLs finds the COVID-19 crisis left many companies ill-prepared for the pandemic and will compel them to invest in technology.
21 Apr 2020
The improved crisis-managing ability of a consolidated container shipping industry is serving it well as the coronavirus drags down demand.
21 Apr 2020
Demand for global transport services remains volatile across the supply chain, but the COVID-19 recession has not diminished the urgency required in finding a carbon-neutral fuel source.
21 Apr 2020
The trade group that represents foreign carriers in India says the latest inventory numbers at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust suggest a supply chain bottleneck of alarming proportions is beginning to take shape.
20 Apr 2020
Job losses, damage to small business shippers, and diminished expectations for a fast restart for truck freight push pandemic recovery into 2021.
20 Apr 2020
Supply chain bottlenecks could delay US wind farm development and endanger tax credit subsidies.
20 Apr 2020
The Port of Wilmington’s refrigerated storage expansion is part of a broader effort among US Southern and mid-Atlantic ports to increase their reefer volumes by adding storage capacity and handling fruit imports from South America
20 Apr 2020
CBP has reversed course on allowing certain importers to defer duties by 90 days for companies whose receipts in March or April dropped by more than 60 percent due to COVID-19.
20 Apr 2020
Carriers are focusing their efforts on cost-saving measures through an extensive blank sailing program to match evaporating demand amid the COVID-19 impact on cash flow.
17 Apr 2020
This year’s negotiations on trans-Pacific service contracts have been more amicable than in previous years, as both carriers and their customers face significant challenges forecasting consumer demand and oil prices.
17 Apr 2020
As blank sailings pile up on the major east-west trades, the forwarder Kuehne + Nagel updated its Sea Explorer to offer more detailed information on ocean freight service schedules and predicted port arrivals.
17 Apr 2020
The Port of Virginia will temporarily suspend container operations in the Portsmouth Marine Terminal beginning May 3, a result of the dropoff in volume due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
17 Apr 2020
An updated forecast from Coyote Logistics pushes a significant uptick in US truckload spot rates off until 2021, just when the US economy and shippers are expected to be recovering from recession.
17 Apr 2020
The container shipping industry will undoubtedly do more business electronically as a result of the corona­virus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but will digitalization be a force for solving longstanding problems, set the stage for disruption, or both?
17 Apr 2020
The series of blank sailings is intended to shore up freight rates that have dropped to around $900-$1,000 per FEU from about $2,400 per FEU at the beginning of the year.
16 Apr 2020
Terminal operators are preparing now to prevent anticipated cargo surge in May and June by offering on-terminal storage space for containers carrying non-essential merchandise.
16 Apr 2020
The South Carolina Ports Authority expects spring and summer import volumes to be quite depressed due to blank sailings related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
16 Apr 2020
Extensive capacity cuts by the carriers are reducing price volatility on the headhaul on the Asia-Europe trade and driving up rates on the backhaul.