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

02 Jul 2020
APM Terminals is rolling out a set of data connectivity tools, initially at two US ports, to inform shippers of container status and vessel arrival on a more real-time basis.
Cosco Rotterdam.
02 Apr 2018
Cosco Shipping Holdings, China's largest shipping company, has continued to aggressively expand into landside logistics, building on Beijing’s Belt and Road strategy to grow its terminal and inland footprint in Asia and Europe.
The Port of Los Angeles.
31 Mar 2018
West Coast ports have taken the lead in breaking down the barriers to information sharing by establishing information portals that will allow all port users to access the shipment data they need in a secure environment. This development promises to accelerate productivity.
29 Mar 2018
Sponsored: Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka discuss technology in the freight transportation industry, including its Port Optimizer pilot program with GE Transportation, and examining challenges of increasing data standardization and wider adoption of technologies across the supply chain.
Air cargo loading.
28 Mar 2018
Capacity problems abound on land and in the air, and experts say many of the solutions are the same, including earlier planning and sharing of forecasts by shippers.
A truck travels on a US road.
28 Mar 2018
Shippers should be aware that there are anecdotal reports that questionable forms of co-brokering or double brokering are on the rise in 2018, as the supply of US trucks tightens and some brokers look to make a quick buck. During these instances, shippers essentially fund a double commission and could be exposed to financial damages, delays or lawsuits when things go wrong.
DP World Nhava Sheva Terminal.
28 Mar 2018
The central portal is designed to handle delivery orders, transport orders, gate open cut-off times, delivery gate schedules, gate-in bookings, and pre-gate schedules electronically, instead of in hard-copy form — an existing system that entails long delays and lacks shipment visibility.
And Antonov plane.
28 Mar 2018
Life has been good for heavy-lift air cargo operator Antonov after the breakup with its partner, with the company notching job wins in oil and gas, energy, aerospace, agriculture, telecommunications, and other industries. But that, in a sense, was not surprising, given its advantage — seven AN-124-100 freighters with payloads capable of transporting 150 metric tons.
Port of Santos.
28 Mar 2018
Shippers are benefiting from a new Contrail intermodal terminal and railroad service from the São Paulo hinterland to the key Brazilian Port of Santos. The Jundiaí Intermodal Terminal is strategically located and has opened at an opportune time — as Brazil’s container volumes rise with the strengthening regional and global economies.
A truck travels on a US road.
27 Mar 2018
As the electronic logging device mandate enforcement deadline looms, Trucker Path and Convoy have introduced new features to help truckers and shippers manage driver time in the digital era.
27 Mar 2018
Kerry Logistics will focus on the cross-border e-commerce sector where the Hong Kong-listed third-party logistics provider is seeing strong demand.
Maersk Line.
27 Mar 2018
In theory, blockchain has the potential to enable global container carriers to create a universal, standardized, ledger system with many more efficient processes. The question is whether carriers who are fierce competitors and who do not trust each other can use a system in which trust is integral.
A warehouse in the United States.
26 Mar 2018
Here is a directory of more than 175 warehousing service providers across the United States.
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Mar 2018
Beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) continue to enjoy low spot rates in the eastbound Pacific despite carriers’ attempts to reduce effective capacity through blank sailings. However, small and mid-size BCOs in LA-LB are paying a price for the blank sailings, as terminals cancel work shifts to save money.
Uber Freight.
21 Mar 2018
The actual ‘Uber for trucking’ is offering a series of perks to draw new truck drivers to its brokerage and technology platform.
IBM.
21 Mar 2018
The heads of the IBM/Maersk joint venture said 24 companies are being onboarded with roughly 70 more in the pipeline, and are seeking to allay forwarders’ fears that the initiative is encroaching on their end-to-end supply chain services.
A truck travels on a US road.
21 Mar 2018
A reporter’s notebook from this week’s Transportation & Logistics Council meeting shows shippers and their suppliers grappling with big trends and fine details, from e-commerce to freight claims.
A truck on a US road.
21 Mar 2018
Shippers at a US Transportation and Logistics Council conference say catering to drivers and improved planning are keys to finding much needed capacity.
A truck on a US road.
20 Mar 2018
Trucking and, in fact, all US surface transportation capacity is tight in early 2018. Shippers are finding it challenging to move freight within North America, and transportation rates are rising. The questions are: Why? How long will this last? What can shippers and exporters and importers do about it?
Containers at a port.
19 Mar 2018
Under the limit, a three-axle truck laden with a TEU has a 30 tonne weight limit and a FEU on a four-axle truck has a 40 tonne weight limit.
Containers at a Brazil installation.
19 Mar 2018
Attendees made the case that Brazil has turned a corner, with trade picking up, and the economy growing, despite Brasilia’s political problems.
19 Mar 2018
E-commerce and pharmaceuticals are driving up air cargo volume and leading the industry into a period of sustainable growth.
DP World Nhava Sheva Terminal.
19 Mar 2018
Under a $3 billion investment program set up with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund earlier this year, the Dubai-headquartered group concluded a deal to acquire the Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Sheva) Ltd.
Amazon fresh grocery pickup.
16 Mar 2018
Shipper logistics managers are trying to educate their C-suite executives regarding the needs of logistics and supply chain departments in case of an emergency or disruptive situations. But trying to engage the C-suite on what seems like an obscure new technology or unlikely event is easier said than done.
The Port of Los Angeles.
15 Mar 2018
Despite paying higher rents and encountering especially low vacancy rates in US seaport cities and large inland cities, BCOs will continue to seek warehouse and distribution space in those high-cost locations, rather than secondary markets, decision makers told TPM 2018 conference attendees. 
A container ship at sea.
15 Mar 2018
The latest blockchain solution has been tested by a consortium comprising a shipper, forwarder, carrier, and tech services company.
A warehouse in the United States.
15 Mar 2018
Have freight forwarders and transportation companies heard the “wake up call” of the fourth industrial revolution — one that will transform supply chains? The world has changed and the evidence argues it is time to invest in technology and people development.
15 Mar 2018
Air cargo is in catch up mode as it slowly drags itself into the digital world.
A travels in the United States.
14 Mar 2018
Agricultural shippers, especially livestock owners, and truckers will get some relief this produce season via an extension of a temporary waiver of the ELD mandate. Other groups are pressing for longer waivers, as the rollout of the ELD mandate throws supply chains out of whack.
Trucks travel in Brazil.
13 Mar 2018
Trucks are being hijacked at a rate of more than one per hour in the Brazilian city and its hinterland, according to reliable sources, and this has boosted insurance and security costs.
A barge leaves for a mission.
13 Mar 2018
With a quarter of the island’s residents lacking electrical power, long-term improvements are taking a back seat to rebuilding efforts.
A US intermodal facility.
13 Mar 2018
The intermodal model is complex, requiring a coordinated ballet in which various inputs — including rail line capacity, railcar supply, terminal capacity, chassis supply, container supply, and drayage capacity — all need to be in balance. That is not the case this year.
12 Mar 2018
In what is typically the slow season for US truckload shipping, carriers are levying surcharges and rejecting shipments.
12 Mar 2018
Aligning capacity with fluctuating demand and sticker-shock pricing is always a tough dance in the air cargo spot market, and it is getting more difficult.
Port of Oakland.
09 Mar 2018
Ocean carriers want to put the past 10 years behind them; it was a time when their focus went inward, and unsuccessfully so. Much rebuilding is needed to re-establish credibility with customers. One opportunity is the small shipper market. But can carriers make their services Amazon-like for small shippers?
09 Mar 2018
The scheduled Hong Kong-LAX freighter service to be launched by Flexport is aimed at locking in space on the busy route.