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

04 Mar 2021
A group of 24 senators wrote to the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in support of its investigation into accusations carriers have been denying export bookings, thereby injuring the US agricultural sector
20 Jul 2020
The Port of Charleston wants to diversify its cargo business into e-commerce, netting big-box retailer Walmart as the first major omnichannel retailer to occupy a port authority-owned warehousing complex less than an hour from Charleston.
20 Jul 2020
Expansion of Prince Rupert’s Fairview container terminal will position the port to accommodate short- to mid-term growth.
20 Jul 2020
Spot rates on the trades from Asia to Europe have leveled off recently, but continue to maintain levels far above a year ago.
17 Jul 2020
After carriers implemented three general rate increases between June 1 and July 1, spot rates on Friday in the eastbound trans-Pacific remained stable for the second consecutive week.
17 Jul 2020
The low-speed collision in the Welland Canal, which links Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, damaged both vessels, but did not cause any injuries or pollution.
17 Jul 2020
Despite an unexpected uptick in intermodal volume to close the second quarter, J.B. Hunt Transport Services says third-quarter consumer demand remains unpredictable due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
17 Jul 2020
A July 16 story on JOC.com, titled Zim’s new empty container site rankles NY-NJ truckers, incorrectly reported that Zim Integrated Shipping Services would require empty container returns at the Croxton yard beginning July 17.
17 Jul 2020
The floods, caused by heavy rains over the last six weeks, have also impacted container operations in southern China where reefer imports have already been disrupted by stringent checks on meat and other perishables due to COVID-19.
17 Jul 2020
E2open is changing its pricing structure for data, connectivity, and system usage as it adapts to a logistics software market more keen to all-in pricing.
16 Jul 2020
The continuing surge in COVID-19 cases acts as an anchor on the economic recovery and could turn a U-shaped recovery into a W-shaped one, IHS Markit’s chief economist warns.
16 Jul 2020
Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca Dye said the agency’s fact-finding investigation into the largest East Coast port would include three teams consisting of truckers, marine terminal operators, cargo owners, and transportation intermediaries, among others.
16 Jul 2020
A startup that calculates door-to-door cargo shipping emissions has released an interface to convey its data directly to shippers and forwarders needing to meet emissions reductions goals.
16 Jul 2020
The level of funding Congress ultimately authorizes for port dredging and jetty maintenance still needs to be worked out between Senate and House leaders.
16 Jul 2020
As a project cargo pipeline "hole" looms thanks to retrenchment in the oil and gas sector, slow scrapping and newbuilding orders are not enough to cure sector over-tonnage.
15 Jul 2020
Moroun made the trucking real estate deal of the century when he acquired the Ambassador Bridge in 1979 and shaped the flow of goods between the US and Canada for decades.
15 Jul 2020
When implementing environmental policy, West Coast elected officials are urged to balance clean-air goals with the burden of increased cost of goods movement.
15 Jul 2020
CEVA Logistics has expanded the digital tools it offers shippers, part of a growing trend of global 3PLs providing self-service capabilities around quoting and visibility to transaction-oriented shippers.
15 Jul 2020
Railroads will have to rethink how they move freight if the American workplace permanently shifts from centralized city offices to telecommuting in homes.
15 Jul 2020
Freight broker Convoy has enabled small carriers to bid for long-term dedicated freight contracts, expanding the pool of carriers shippers can access to secure such capacity.
15 Jul 2020
The Port of New Orleans will use information from sensors attached to commercial tugs and barges to better position dredgers to keep sediment levels under control.
15 Jul 2020
Capital spending cutbacks in the oil and gas sector foreshadow a painful lack of project cargo logistics providers, but the industry could also benefit from the trillions of dollars expected in stimulus spending during the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
15 Jul 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Shipamax CEO Jenna Brown, and a second-half economic outlook from IHS Markit chief economist Dr. Nariman Behravesh.
14 Jul 2020
Microsoft continues to build on its position as a provider of web services to the logistics industry via an expanded relationship with C.H. Robinson, North America’s largest freight broker.
14 Jul 2020
Truck turn times in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to improve, but truckers seek more timely information from carriers and terminals so they can further reduce visit times.
14 Jul 2020
CMA CGM’s decision to no longer directly serve Port Tampa Bay leaves the Florida port with two direct Asia container services.
14 Jul 2020
Carriers may need to go beyond blank sailings to manage capacity if new and sustained outbreaks of COVID-19 cause a prolonged downturn in consumer demand, says Drewry.
14 Jul 2020
Bangladesh’s maritime regulator implemented the quarantine in February just as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) began spreading globally.
13 Jul 2020
Some US importers are already trying to get ahead of a potential escalation in tariffs on EU goods by front-loading cargo.
13 Jul 2020
By launching a door-to-door, less-than-truckload business in Savannah, Forward Air is adding more freight and building density in its airport-to-airport network.
13 Jul 2020
Roughly 90 percent of carriers in the highly fragmented US drayage sector generate less than $4 million in annual revenue, and these smaller providers could be at risk of bankruptcy due to skyrocketing insurance premiums.
13 Jul 2020
US land-based heavy transport has largely been able to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to its designation as an essential service, but like other parts of the project supply chain, the sector could see waning demand as the oil and gas industry pulls back on capital expenditures.
13 Jul 2020
Multi-billion-dollar impairments recently announced by oil majors like Shell and BP provide a glimpse of the potentially seismic changes taking place in the global energy market, a critical source of project cargo.
10 Jul 2020
A new waterborne service has debuted between Chittagong and Kolkata, saving time and money for shippers.
10 Jul 2020
Adani Group has pulled the plug on a $39.4 million deal it unveiled in December to acquire a controlling stake in India domestic cold chain logistics leader Snowman Logistics Ltd.
10 Jul 2020
Cosco Shipping's partnership with Alibaba and the group’s finance arm Ant Financial, which will primarily focus on using blockchain to track containerized goods globally, fits into China’s larger goal of creating a digital silk road threading through its Belt and Road initiative.