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

26 Feb 2021
Virginia’s shippers provide the port with information on their warehousing strategies that the port can use to allocate equipment and other resources, and at least 10 other shippers are slated to tap Virginia’s data feeds.
14 Jan 2021
European truckload broker sennder has vaulted into the upper reaches of venture capital-based logistics startups with a $160 million funding round and a $1 billion valuation.
14 Jan 2021
A partnership between widely used rate management software provider Portrix and container line digital quoting platform BlueX Trade is yet another sign of the need for forwarders to get direct access to digital quotes offered by carriers.
14 Jan 2021
With the addition of dedicated installation capacity, SAL will target European offshore development, maintenance, and decommissioning.
14 Jan 2021
Shippers have used the spot trucking market to account for volume surges in 2020, but they can use data to better calibrate their contracts, including short-term deals, freight procurement expert Heather Mueller tells JOC Uncharted.
14 Jan 2021
Union Pacific Railroad’s decision to rescind record-breaking surcharges on the West Coast beginning Jan. 17 will lower prices for importers moving cargo through Los Angeles.
14 Jan 2021
The China-Europe rail network is creaking under the same space and equipment shortages, and soaring rate levels, that are disrupting air and ocean markets.
13 Jan 2021
Retailers and parcel carriers are expanding returns networks to handle record volumes and drive down transportation costs for carriers.
13 Jan 2021
In the current heated environment in container shipping, one should be careful not to confuse the operational problem with the contractual problem.
13 Jan 2021
New customs formalities came into effect on Jan. 1, when the Brexit transition period ended and the UK effectively became a “third country,” but DB Schenker says incomplete documentation was creating significant delays.
13 Jan 2021
Kip Louttit, executive director at the maritime exchange, said that 18 more vessels are slated to call the port complex over the next three days, as ships at anchor outpace ships at berth.
13 Jan 2021
With most feeder services in the Pearl River Delta currently suspended, the movement of containers to and from Hong Kong and Shenzhen is being severely disrupted.
13 Jan 2021
Buoyed by rail upgrades, intermodal haulers in India are hoping to convince traditional road shippers to switch to rail, accelerating a modal shift critical to meeting government targets on cargo dwell times.
13 Jan 2021
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features Heather Mueller, chief operating officer of Breakthrough, discussing surface transportation’s shifting volume to the spot market or toward mini-bids in the current procurement environment and the importance of examining data around when to go to the spot market.
12 Jan 2021
A new administration and Congress offer a new chance to break infrastructure spending gridlock, the head of the US Chamber of Commerce says. Meanwhile, the American Society of Civil Engineers fixes a $13 trillion two-decade cost on delaying repairs.
12 Jan 2021
The Quebec government joins the Canada Infrastructure Bank in supporting the planned marine terminal Contrecoeur, as the latter announced in 2019 that it would invest up to C$300 million toward the project.
12 Jan 2021
Agricultural exporter Scoular will open a transload facility this summer to export soybeans out of the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, adding to its existing relationships with ports in Virginia, South Carolina, and Southern California.
12 Jan 2021
Truck turn times and container dwell times deteriorated further in Los Angeles-Long Beach in December, with even the best-performing terminals struggling to handle the volumes.
12 Jan 2021
Budget limitations are forcing forwarders to choose between investing in customer-facing tools that could help grow their market share or back-end automation that could help them extract more profit from existing business.
12 Jan 2021
All Kuehne + Nagel cargo on the air freight trade lane between Amsterdam and Los Angeles will be carried by aircraft flying on sustainable aviation fuel.
12 Jan 2021
Intermodal should have a good year in 2021, but its long-run fundamentals that were in place pre-pandemic have not been significantly altered.
12 Jan 2021
Intermodal marketing company (IMC) executives say US intermodal rates charged to shippers will rise between 3 and 10 percent in major lanes and between 3 and 5 percent in secondary lanes this year.
11 Jan 2021
DCLI ran out of chassis last week in Chicago, and cargo owners are frustrated because Union Pacific will not release their containers to draymen with trucker-owned chassis.
11 Jan 2021
While signing so-called early-bird contracts is not a new phenomenon in the eastbound trans-Pacific, this year is different because the early signings are more frequent and driven more by space guarantees than freight rate considerations.
11 Jan 2021
Rising short-term charter rates and recovering cargo volumes are leading ro-ro carriers to reactivate ships in cold lay-up since early 2020.
11 Jan 2021
Post-Brexit trade changes will add an extra layer of complexity to the UK’s cross-border e-commerce market.
11 Jan 2021
High demand for consumer goods and tight capacity will keep pressure on US contract and spot truckload rates in the early part of 2021, but pricing could begin to recede again by mid-year.
08 Jan 2021
Trucking’s peak season extended well into December, blunting a seasonal decline in actual trucking employment numbers and boosting seasonally adjusted job gains, according to data released Friday.
08 Jan 2021
A growing number of forwarders are taking the bold step of chartering ships as a way to directly control shipping capacity and provide more reliable services.
08 Jan 2021
With importers of lower-value cargo in the EU unwilling to pay record rates, some factories in China will close early and delay the shipping until after the holidays.
08 Jan 2021
Bangladesh, the world’s second-largest apparel exporter, saw activity come to a near halt last spring during the initial wave of COVID-19.
08 Jan 2021
Some shipping executives believe that with trans-Pac eastbound space sold out through Chinese New Year, the ongoing impact of the pandemic on buying patterns favoring household goods versus travel and leisure will extend the import surge well into 2021.
07 Jan 2021
Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel is looking into ways that Houston could handle larger vessels before a widening project is complete, given a Texas law that puts size limits on port calls.
07 Jan 2021
The chassis network on the East Coast has held up during the recent import surge due to better communication and data, and more reliable equipment.
07 Jan 2021
A new law that requires the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a plan to use X-rays or similar technology to scan all cars, trucks, and freight trains entering the country could cause a flare up of chronic congestion issues at the southern border.
07 Jan 2021
A congested container shipping market is pushing cargo toward breakbulk shipping as Toepfer Transport's MPV/HL rate forecast climbs to $7,005, signaling recovery from 2020's COVID-19 slump.