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

17 Jan 2020
Maersk, tapping its reefer capabilities, has linked up with an Indian ag group on a pilot program designed to boost the carrier’s integrated strategy.
Shanghai port.
18 Dec 2018
US-China tariff uncertainty is prompting US-bound manufacturing moves out of China, but undertaking the shift is not a quick and easy process.
The Port of Los Angeles.
17 Dec 2018
Providers such as Advent and GE Transportation are each constructing a system of systems at North American ports.
Freight rail cars.
17 Dec 2018
For the past few months, nearly 900 TEU of Dhaka ICD-bound containers remained delayed at the port, daily.
A truck travels in Canada.
17 Dec 2018
US shippers took a similar hit when the US electronic logging device (ELD) mandate disrupted truck capacity in inter-city lanes last December.
A Manitoulin truck.
17 Dec 2018
The Manitoulin Group of Companies acquired the book of business of one company and partnered with its parent company to broaden its coverage in northwest Canada.
A US Postal Service truck.
17 Dec 2018
The presidential task force on US Postal Service reform has focused on an important aspect of its business model, but unfortunately it has missed an opportunity to make a change that would truly make a difference for the Postal Service.
A truck being loaded in the United States.
17 Dec 2018
There is good reason to consider ditching the transactional model.
Port of Los Angeles.
14 Dec 2018
Eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates fell for the fourth straight week.
A double-stack train in the United States.
14 Dec 2018
CSX Transportation has recommitted $91 million toward a project.
Maersk Line SeaLand.
14 Dec 2018
It's the latest sign of an ocean carrier strategy of trying to cut costs by pushing shippers to secure slots digitally.
Containers stacked at a port.
14 Dec 2018
One shipping-trade group representing foreign carriers in trade to/from India, questioned why authorities went live with the revamped, single window system without an adequate trial-run process.
Trucks at the Port of Los Angeles.
14 Dec 2018
“We use the data to make efficiencies happen,” Weston LaBar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association, told the JOC Port Performance North America Conference this week in Newark, New Jersey.
Port of Montreal.
13 Dec 2018
Montreal’s extended gate hours have improved fluidity since their introduction in September. Now, amid rising volume and construction, among other factors, port officials would like to see the off-hours cargo pickup continue to trend higher to further decease congestion.
Trucks travel in the United States.
13 Dec 2018
The electronic logging device transition period has passed and the trucking industry has found a new normal. On the rails, intermodal volume has grown each week, year over year, except week one. What do the aforementioned mean for rates and capacity for each?
A truck travels in the United States.
13 Dec 2018
“Absent a rebound this week, the anticipated holiday peak for van freight appears to be muted,” DAT said in a statement. Even so, another feature of the US economy continues to bode well for freight demand.
Port of Antwerp.
13 Dec 2018
Among other findings, the McKinsey report provided further evidence supporting the thesis that automation technology incorporation in container shipping, and in particular at marine terminals, will likely be part science and part art.
Trucks delivering and picking up containers at a port
13 Dec 2018
There is almost assuredly no one system that will solve inefficiencies, especially in a large port complex with a dozen independently operated terminals like Southern California, speakers at the JOC Port Performance North American Conference in Newark, New Jersey, said this week.
Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal at Tuticorin port.
13 Dec 2018
Wan Hai hopes to attract business/volume under India's liberalized cabotage system.
Union Pacific Railroad.
12 Dec 2018
Shippers will have to scramble after Union Pacific Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway announced the elimination of more than 425 domestic and nearly 100 international origin-and-destination interline pairs in multiple phases.
Trucks being loaded.
12 Dec 2018
Matt Kane hopes new services, including factoring and insurance, will draw more truckers and shippers to his ‘no-broker’ loadboard, MyRiteLoad.com.
Two container ships near Rotterdam port.
12 Dec 2018
Two variables shippers will have to determine that will likely influence the instant quote practice’s acceptance/rejection are — will the shipper's business model benefit from an instant quote and an immediate booking? And how much of a premium are shippers willing to pay to obtain them?
Containers stacked at a port.
12 Dec 2018
“PCS 1X is a cloud-based, new-generation technology, with a user-friendly interface. This system seamlessly integrates eight new stakeholders, besides the 19 existing stakeholders from the maritime, trade on a single platform,” a Ministry of Shipping statement said.
Dover Straits, United Kingdom.
12 Dec 2018
The latest deal reached between Britain’s Theresa May government and the European Union has failed to win any political support, and Brexit contingency planning suggests the private sector is assuming all trade with the EU will be on World Trade Organization terms, regarded as a worst-case scenario.
Containers stacked at a port.
11 Dec 2018
Workers resumed work only after the Bangladesh Land Port Authority (BLPA) assured them that it will pay their wages within a week.
The Port of New York and New Jersey.
11 Dec 2018
At the JOC Port Performance North America Conference in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday, a key technical director offered insights regarding how to increase port productivity as ships get bigger, including what stakeholders should expect from automation.
A heavy lift ship.
10 Dec 2018
Both clauses are designed to be "simple and practical" and ease the global fleet's Jan. 1, 2020 transition to a low-sulfur fuel era, BIMCO said.
A truck travels on a US highway.
10 Dec 2018
Automating often ignored ‘behind-the-scenes’ systems can bring big benefits, including savings and improved customer service, says Echo Global Logistics CEO Doug Waggoner.
Hansa Heavy Lift HHL Kobe.
10 Dec 2018
Founded in 2011, Hansa Heavy Lift was the successor to Bremen-based Beluga Shipping.
CMA CGM and Traxens Technology.
10 Dec 2018
CMA CGM (India) said the smart container was loaded onto the CMA CGM Tosca at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust on Nov. 30, destined for Marseilles, France.
An MSC ship.
10 Dec 2018
After four straight months of declining demand growth on the westbound Asia-Europe trade, container volume has started to increase.
A truck travels on a US road.
07 Dec 2018
Shipper/company actions may require coordination, a cultural change, and additional expenses up front, but forward-thinking shippers understand the benefit can be substantial and worth the effort for their operation.
A Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) meeting.
07 Dec 2018
The Federal Maritime Commission stopped short of any regulatory action on detention and demurrage. Instead, a task force would meet to “refine commercially viable demurrage and detention approaches.” There were several findings, however, which validated cargo owner concerns and provide reasons to be optimistic that teams of stakeholders will be able to find resolutions.
Maersk Magleby container ship.
07 Dec 2018
A $6.9 million federal grant will enable the Port of Baltimore to dredge to 50 feet a berth at its only container terminal, enabling the terminal to better handle growing cargo volumes by hosting two mega-ships at once.
A container ship at sea.
07 Dec 2018
The new tools provide peace of mind for a segment of shippers who want web-based booking tools, and also offer a path to value/service differentiation for ocean carriers. But what happens to the value proposition of NVOs and their decades-long relationships and nuanced, specialized services?
APM Terminals Mumbai Gateway Terminals India at JNPT.
07 Dec 2018
GTI shortened cargo dwell times substantially in the most recent measuring period and also notched impressive performances in other metrics.