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.
28 May 2020
Spot truckload rates are inching up as the reopening of many businesses shifts cargo, and capacity, to the contract market. That’s tightening spot capacity as loads increase.
28 May 2020
Carriers say container booking cancellations, and the failure of importers and exporters to notify them of the cancellations, are contributing to supply chain disruptions during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
28 May 2020
The current round of government support appears to have rekindled the debate over whether such influence is detrimental to the container shipping industry.
28 May 2020
The first offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes has been approved, but with an unexpected condition attached that project developers say severely dilutes the economic benefits.
28 May 2020
The addition of DP World to Maersk and IBM’s blockchain platform TradeLens is a feather in the cap of the still nascent container logistics network, bringing a string of more than 80 terminals and associated business into the fold.
27 May 2020
Containerized agricultural exports surged in the first quarter over the year-ago period when China’s tariffs on many US commodities crushed ag exports to China.
27 May 2020
The second episode of JOC Uncharted features essential news and analysis to help understand the freight shipping world, with a special focus on the future of US-China trade, tight air cargo capacity, and rising chassis tensions. Hear from Peter Levesque, president of Ports America, and the JOC editorial team on how the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping supply chains.
27 May 2020
With the US imposing higher tariffs on goods from China, importers of household goods moved production to Southeast Asia last year, primarily Vietnam.
27 May 2020
The search for transportation’s fuel of the future is regaining the momentum built up in 2019, with high-profile initiatives launched in May to accelerate research into alternatives to fossil fuels.
27 May 2020
It was a solid first quarter for Zim, as the carrier managed to improve its profitability despite the growing impact of the coronavirus through the reporting period.
27 May 2020
A wave of government support measures and the rising threat of overcapacity speaks to the pain on the way, even if carriers have shown they’ve learned from the 2008-2009 global financial crisis not to pull punches when it takes to cutting capacity quickly.
27 May 2020
A Salesforce-based logistics software provider has established a critical goods network to link suppliers, buyers, and 3PLs that wouldn’t ordinarily be connected to one another.
26 May 2020
Produce shipments from western and southern US states provoked a refrigerated spot rate spike in May, and some truck shortages in California.
26 May 2020
Expeditors has acquired Fleet Logistics, pulling digital forwarding capabilities into the arsenal of the trans-Pacific’s largest non-vessel-operating common carrier.
26 May 2020
Forwarding software providers continue to link up to provide amplified value to logistics companies, the latest example being SimpliShip and Qwyk teaming to provide rating and quoting tools to an Asia-based forwarder alliance.
26 May 2020
PIL, which raised more than $550 million from the sale of box ships earlier this year, said it has agreed on a debt repayment holiday until the end of this year with most of its main lenders.
26 May 2020
Increased import tariffs on Chinese-made toys in 2019 caused some shippers to shift sourcing to Vietnam, accelerating the diversion of those cargoes from Los Angeles and Long Beach to ports on the East and Gulf coasts.
26 May 2020
Adrian Pinna, who retired this spring, had a style harkening back to what some consider the good old-days of container shipping, before a relatively young industry took on a more buttoned-up style.
25 May 2020
Blank sailings are making it difficult for ag shippers and truckers to make appointments for delivering export containers to marine terminals, and they are experiencing additional supply chain costs as well.
25 May 2020
Partnerships between digital freight brokers and TMS providers continue to be formalized, which should benefit shippers looking for extra sources of capacity in their core transportation planning and execution systems.
25 May 2020
With schools and retailers shut down across the country, imports this summer of back-to-school items and holiday season goods may be much lower than in prior years.
25 May 2020
The Marseille-based startup technology incubator’s newest cohort features a duo of companies aiming to automate the trade compliance and administrative work done by logistics providers on behalf of shippers.
25 May 2020
Walmart remained atop the list of the 100 largest US importers by a wide margin in 2019, while Koch Industries retained to the No. 1 export spot.
22 May 2020
Cargo owners argue the waiver on port storage fees will ease the the container backlog at Chittagong marine terminals, but some shipping agents disagree.
22 May 2020
As countries across Europe and North America begin to emerge from lockdowns that in some cases have been in place since early March, attention in the air cargo industry is shifting to the recovery phase.
22 May 2020
Nearly five months into 2020, US agricultural exporters say their main concerns are logistical issues such as blank sailings in the trans-Pacific, ocean carrier detention and demurrage charges, and supply chain disruptions due to “earliest return date” (ERD) mandates.
22 May 2020
Tightening truck capacity will collide with rising freight demand by 2021, flipping pricing power back to truckers next year, Coyote Logistics predicts, but consumer behavior is a wild card.
22 May 2020
Congressional representatives of New York and New Jersey this week sent a letter to House and Senate leaders in support of $3 billion in financial aid for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
21 May 2020
The massive demand destruction in the oil sector has triggered billions of dollars in capex cuts, shrinking the project cargo pipeline.
21 May 2020
Domestic intermodal volume in April suffered its worst month in eight years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with intermodal marketing companies saying May might end as poorly, if not worse.
21 May 2020
As the debate rages on between chassis providers and chassis users over interoperability, merchant haulage, and carrier haulage, agricultural shippers and the truckers they hire say they experience logistics inefficiencies and high costs.
21 May 2020
Carriers appear to be in a better position to shrug off the demand declines of the second quarter and capitalize on recovering volume through the rest of the year.
21 May 2020
The savings afforded by the safe harbor tax credit has US solar energy developers rethinking traditional project logistics processes, purchasing and importing materials much earlier in the construction cycle.
20 May 2020
The JOC Truckload Capacity Index indicates large US carriers are making deeper cuts in their fleets after an unprecedented 10-quarter expansion in available capacity.
20 May 2020
The first episode of JOC Uncharted features a One-On-One with Rodolphe Saade of CMA CGM Group and a group discussion on trans-Pacific service contracts with Christian Sur of Unique Logistics International and Rick Gabrielson of Lighthouse Maritime Advisors.