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

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.
Cranes at Port Houston.
18 Apr 2018
Analysts at 3rd Annual JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston see US Gulf imports increasing 8 percent this year, while exports should rise 2 percent, assuming no trade war occurs. Further, Gulf exports could exceed forecasts, if the long-delayed boom in exports of synthetic resins from the region materializes soon.
APM Terminal Inland Services, Chennai cold chain facility.
18 Apr 2018
The transportation giant this week inaugurated a new cold storage center within its container freight station site at Ponneri, on the outskirts of Chennai in South India.
Union Pacific Railroad in Oregon.
17 Apr 2018
Shippers gave railroads poor marks on its latest quarterly report, according to a Cowen & Co. survey. More than 50 percent of shippers did not have a favorable review of service since January 1, as railroads struggled to handle the additional spillover freight from the US truck sector. Railroads blamed inclement weather and say better times are ahead. Shippers and lawmakers argue the problems are deeper.
Recycling plastic waste.
17 Apr 2018
The decline in US exports took place even before trade war rhetoric between the United States and China began to heat up.
Trucks at JNPT.
17 Apr 2018
Heeding requests from the third-party logistics providers community involved with container freight stations, the customs agency put aside a decree restricting storage of direct port delivery containers left uncleared by consignees at the wharf, to a single, port-designated off-site depot, and instead reopened that business to all storage yards in and around the port.
A truck being loaded in the US.
17 Apr 2018
Guarantees may be hard to come by, but assurances of volume may help secure capacity and avoid the worst rate hikes.
Containers at a port.
16 Apr 2018
After a container is unloaded from a vessel to the yard, the Chittagong Port Authority lets shippers store the container in the yard for free for four days; on the fifth day, storage rent is charged.
The Port of Long Beach.
16 Apr 2018
The new system, which begins in August, pending Federal Maritime Commission approval, assesses a flat fee on all day and night container moves, requires an appointment, and is a response to complaints from beneficial cargo owners and truckers about the high price of the traffic mitigation fee and truck bunching at certain times of the day.
Containers on a ship at the Port of Rotterdam.
16 Apr 2018
There are no quick fixes to Rotterdam's inland container congestion and the port needs all parties to help find solutions.
A truck travels on a US road.
16 Apr 2018
Can deep, wide, sophisticated supply chain visibility help shippers ‘create’ capacity and control rising costs?
Port of Durban.
16 Apr 2018
Greater container demand is good for African economies, but the underinvestment in the continent's ports and inland logistics networks is leading to mounting bottlenecks.
SSA Marine Terminal, Port of Oakland.
16 Apr 2018
Terminal operators, in a desire to control global end-to-end container logistics, are mirroring a strategy being employed by container lines.
A Bangladesh railway.
13 Apr 2018
Bangladesh, currently in its seventh five-year plan, which covers 2016 to 2020, has set goal of a 15 percent rail transport share by 2020.
A warehouse in the United States.
13 Apr 2018
Increasing customer demands and the need for more flexible supply chains means the warehouse of the e-commerce era will do much more, and also achieve more for businesses.
Trucks at the Port of Santos.
13 Apr 2018
The strike, owing to a pay and benefits dispute with Brazil's federal government that dates to November, has increased dwell times at the port to seven days, with some shippers facing up to 14-day delays.
A warehouse.
13 Apr 2018
In 2017, the strengthening global economy increased business volumes and freight rates — boosting Top 50 third-party logistics providers’ revenue, while fueling niche mergers and acquisitions.
Union Pacific Railroad.
12 Apr 2018
Delays on railroads have eased since mid-March in Chicago, Savannah, and Dallas, after a rough winter filled with delays, detention, per diem, and demurrage fees for shippers. Railroads are rushing to hire employees, lease locomotives, and build sidings to be prepared for the next seasonal wave in the second half of 2018.
Port of Prince Rupert.
12 Apr 2018
Despite a 28 percent increase in container volume in the first quarter, Prince Rupert today is fluid. The port predicts continued fluidity through peak season even with continued double-digit growth, but beneficial cargo owners are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
An IBM office.
12 Apr 2018
Shippers tracking the Maersk-IBM blockchain project to see if it yields real benefits in helping them monitor cargo movement could soon get a glimpse of whether it does. But they can also expect trucking rate increases and no near-term resolution to the problem of getting truck capacity.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: "We're trying to run a marathon when we've just learned to walk," C.H. Robinson's Sri Laxmana said in an interview with Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett at 2018 TPM.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: Laufer Group International CEO Mark Laufer and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett discuss the market and technological changes taking place in the container shipping industry following the recent consolidation wave.  
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: NAI Global Logistics Director Adam Roth and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett sat down at the 18th Annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California to discuss how the electronic logging device mandate and e-commerce are shaping demand for industrial real estate in the United States.
Port of Vladivostock.
12 Apr 2018
An XPO logistics truck.
12 Apr 2018
Higher demand and pricing has shifted the Top 50 US trucking operators to the fast lane, and more growth is ahead.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: Naomi Iwashita, CP's manager of temperature control solutions, on new technologies enabling shipper access to temperature data on a specific refrigerated container as it moves through the supply chain. Iwashta details Canadian Pacific Railway's launch of its one-stop TempPro service, recent equipment investments, and approach to improving round-trip economies for exporters.
Infographic: 12 Steps for US shippers
11 Apr 2018
In the electronic logging device era, shippers will have to do more than offer drivers a cup of java and a key to the bathroom if they want access to US truck capacity at reasonable rates. Here is an infographic that provides a quick-reference list to help keep shippers' goods moving.
Trucks parked in United States.
11 Apr 2018
Professionals gathered at the 2018 Transportation Intermediaries Association Capital Ideas Conference said US market conditions favor surface transportation carriers more today than when the industry convened in Las Vegas one year ago.
XPO Logistics truck arrives at a port.
10 Apr 2018
XPO Connect will help shippers find and monitor fluctuating capacity across the logistics firm’s transportation modes.
Containers transported by a US railroad.
10 Apr 2018
It is vital that US intermodal continues to perform up to its maximum capabilities now that it is entering the normal seasonal upswing in volume and full enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate has commenced.
Hoegh Autoliners roll-on, roll-off
09 Apr 2018
Europe’s automotive logistics sector is on a roll. Volumes are rising across the supply chain, and with the strengthening EU and US economies, 2018 should prove to be a year of continued sector growth. However, concern about a possible trade war and Britain’s complex exit from the European Union are two trade storm clouds.
Two ships.
09 Apr 2018
Regarding international logistics, it is clear and easy to note that new digital forwarders have several advantages. But what is often overlooked is that legacy forwarders have certain advantages too.
JNPT.
06 Apr 2018
Dubbed an Uber-like, on-demand operation, the new, streamlined logistics solution will have digital capabilities and will involve well-defined standard operating procedures at each terminal to ensure efficiency.
Information sign to truck drivers.
05 Apr 2018
In the electronic logging device era, shippers will have to do more than offer drivers a cup of java and a key to the bathroom if they want access to truck capacity at reasonable rates.
Port of Felixstowe.
05 Apr 2018
Digitalizing the forwarding business will improve efficiency and automate repetitive functions, but transporting containerized cargo across continents will always require a human touch, key industry decision makers argue.
Port of Los Angeles.
05 Apr 2018
Neither country has listed a deadline for tariff implementation, hence the situation remains dynamic and fluid. However, key analysts are formulating worst-case scenarios.