International Freight Shipping

International Freight Shipping

News, data and expert analysis of international freight news that affects every link in the international supply chain.

From shippers to truckers to railroads to port operators to providers of logistics services, everyone involved in the supply chain needs to understand how the latest news about international freight developments affects their global operations, and those of their partners and customers.

From details of new customs regulations and international trade policies, to analysis of potentially transformative infrastructure projects, to the competitive impact of new electronic technologies, JOC coverage clarifies the various benefits and risks of each new development.


To be frank, if you missed Maersk’s first-quarter earnings conference call, you missed a lot.

News & Analysis

19 Feb 2021
The head of Maersk’s venture capital arm, and his counterpart on the business side of the container line, are starting a new independent fund to invest in later stage supply chain and logistics startups.
14 Dec 2020
An executive at a Hong Kong-based freight forwarder expected blank sailing schedules to be finalized in early January, although he said the number of blank sailings would depend on the return of empty boxes to China.
01 Oct 2020
Three large container lines say most of their available capacity is in use as demand in the US rises, but shippers still fret about finding space on a ship.
29 Sep 2020
Analyzing data from a 52-week rolling window to eliminate seasonality, we are now at a point where the spot rate is more likely to increase than to decrease from one week to the next, a change that means an entirely different dynamic for shippers.
09 Jul 2020
For so-called black swan events such as COVID-19, there’s little chance that logistics managers will have had the foresight to have a traditional plan ready for a pandemic or disruption caused by an unexpected natural disaster.
19 Feb 2020
Maersk is more than doubling its warehousing and distribution assets in North America through an acquisition that serves as another signal of its commitment to transition from container line to integrator.
04 Feb 2020
More than a year and a half after establishing a 40-foot container rate index on 12 global trades, the Baltic Exchange has started offering its daily Freightos Baltic Index as a benchmark for freight buyers.
13 Dec 2019
Drewry's Head of Research Products Martin Dixon on fleet and rate projections for breakbulk and project cargo, uncertainty around tariffs, oil prices, and the shipping cost implications for cargo owners of the IMO 2020 low-sulfur fuel regulation.
06 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Sandra Karlsson, head of DGF GoGreen Europe for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses the significance of IMO 2020, the regulation's actual impact, consumer expectations, and exciting decarbonization options available to shippers.
11 Nov 2019
While the imposition of tariffs on Chinese imports into the US has prompted some shippers to shift production to South Asia instead, the logistical and transportation shortcomings of the region are likely to limit growth in cargo headed for the United States.
22 Oct 2019
Global ocean freight volume continues to grow this year, albeit slowly, despite economic slowdowns and gloomy trading conditions.
27 Sep 2019
Mexican shippers are finding this year’s peak season less disruptive to their supply chains than last year and are experiencing less difficulty getting cargo from the ports, as cargo volumes have grown only slightly and ocean carrier rates have stayed in the same range as in 2018.
23 Sep 2019
The newly formed Getting to Zero Coalition, comprising members of the maritime, energy, infrastructure, and financial sectors, will lead commercial efforts to meet the International Maritime Organization’s goal of halving carbon emissions from shipping by 2050.
21 Aug 2019
Zim’s broadening partnership with the 2M Alliance helped the Israeli carrier record a profit in the second quarter of 2019 and an increase in freight rates for the quarter over the same period in 2018.
12 Jul 2019
The shallow drafts pushed up spot rates on cargo from Asia, although it’s unclear how much was due to reduced loading capacity and how much was used by carrier representatives as simply justification to seek higher rates.
20 Jun 2019
Sponsored: CargoSphere Managing Director Neil Barni on his company's approach to bringing digital innovation to the area of rate analysis.
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The 656-foot, 23,800-deadweight-ton Traviata will call on ports in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Mediterranean, and North Europe on its maiden voyage.
30 Apr 2019
The car carrier’s new roll-on/roll-off vessels have capacity for 8,000 vehicles as well as lower fuel consumption and emission levels than their predecessors.
24 Apr 2019
A new joint venture between Wallenius Lines and Swedish Orient Lines (SOL) has ordered LNG-fueled newbuildings intended to serve paper product and breakbulk shippers.
Eric Johnson, senior editor, technology, JOC,
09 Apr 2019
Eric Johnson, senior editor, technology, JOC,
07 Apr 2019
Sponsored: DHL Global Forwarding's Sanjay Tejwani on moving from a price-focused sales model, ocean carrier consolidation, future of freight forwarders, and specific changes to the RFQ process with potential to transform the contracting process.
26 Mar 2019
The Danish shipping giant has established a start-up accelerator in India that aims to help develop technologies Maersk can one day leverage back into its own digital transformation.
06 Mar 2019
As Amazon-era demands for speed are multiplying, time is as important a consideration as cost for BCOs weighing merchant and carrier container haulage.
01 Feb 2019
While blockchain hasn't happened yet in shipping, it remains for many an inchoate concept.
31 Jan 2019
The Bangladesh government is introducing pre-arrival processing of import documents at ports in July.
25 Sep 2018
Non-vessel-operating common carriers have come to the rescue of beneficial cargo owners seeking better service guarantees and lower rates from ocean carriers they have contracted with for Asian imports.
A Wallenius Wilhelmsen ship.
24 Aug 2018
Like much of global trade, pent-up demand and emerging market country development, among other economic fundamentals, bode well for the roll-on, roll-off sector’s growth prospects in the immediate years ahead, if the threat of tariffs subsides.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen.
13 Aug 2018
Under the International Maritime Organization's rule, starting in 2020, ships will only be allowed to emit 0.5 percent sulfur, down from the currently acceptable level of 3.5 percent.
Maersk Line logistics.
06 Jun 2018
The new digital product, which commenced global operations in early 2017, is designed to offer instant pricing/booking, cost transparency/cargo tracking, simplified/centralized documentation, and proactive/round-the-clock customer services.
Maersk Line.
03 Jun 2018
Maersk’s first-quarter earnings conference call was not only a report card on the ocean carrier, as important as that is. It was also a summary of the major trends and factors affecting container shipping.
Maersk vessel
09 Feb 2018
Maersk Line sailed to a half a billion profit in 2017, but earnings were dragged down by the cyber attack and rising unit costs.
25 Jan 2018
The writing was on the wall for the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement after language in a US House of Representatives bill was introduced that would force carriers to choose between membership in rate discussions and ocean carrier alliances.
23 Jan 2018
Exchange participants hope the New York Shipping Exchange will increase visibility and certainty for shippers, which they argue will result in a better end-to-end experience for its customers.
08 Jan 2018
On a percentage basis, 2017 was one of the strongest increases registered since the end of the Great Recession.
29 Dec 2017
A key, new container shipping partnership will commence operations in 2018's first quarter, and it will affect the intra-Asia supply-demand equation.