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Truckers urge single appointment system across Southern California port complex

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 26, 2023, 4:35 PM EST

As federal and state laws aim to make per diem charges more transparent, California trucking groups say a unified appointment system across the Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex would go a long way toward that goal.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingNorth American ports

FourKites aims to turbocharge shipper analytics efforts

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 26, 2023, 2:18 PM EST

The need for shippers to contextualize freight status data led visibility provider FourKites to build a data connectivity tool for enterprise shippers.
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Consistent vessel service key to Port NOLA cargo recovery: officials

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 26, 2023, 9:38 AM EST

After a 2022 in which skipped calls dragged down volumes at the Port of New Orleans while neighboring Gulf Coast gateways saw booming import growth, officials are hoping a return to steady vessel schedules will help entice shippers back to the port.
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Cargo lull in 2023 will allow NY-NJ to improve fluidity: port chief

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 25, 2023, 5:17 PM EST

The director of the Port of New York and New Jersey has laid out priorities for 2023 that she says will ensure its future growth and ability to maintain market share.
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Freightos goes public on NASDAQ in first measure of logistics tech value

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 25, 2023, 5:00 PM EST

Freightos’ public listing on the NASDAQ will be the first test of how public investors value one of the more prominent logistics technology companies to emerge over the past decade.
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MSC, Maersk to end 2M Alliance amid divergent strategies on ocean capacity

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jan 25, 2023, 4:54 PM EST

The move raises questions whether the carriers will seek new alliance partners, potentially setting off another round of musical chairs involving the other two networks, THE Alliance and the Ocean Alliance.
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Hapag-Lloyd buys large stake in Indian ports operator J M Baxi

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 25, 2023, 1:31 PM EST

Hapag-Lloyd’s focus on port-to-port shipping includes pursuing ownership stakes in marine terminal operations, with the acquisition of a 40 percent share of Indian ports operator J M Baxi the latest example.
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WiseTech makes US drayage play with acquisition of Envase

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 25, 2023, 10:14 AM EST

WiseTech Global, owner of the most widely used forwarding software product, has acquired a prominent vendor of drayage management software, capping a year of takeovers for the company.
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Electronic bill of lading ‘green shoots’ emerge in wake of pandemic

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 24, 2023, 4:47 PM EST

Pandemic-driven acceleration in the usage of its digital shipping document product is a sign that blockchain does work in niche applications in global logistics, according to CargoX.
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India-US freight rate decline shows no signs of slowing in new year

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Jan 24, 2023, 10:38 AM EST

Rates on trades out of India continue to soften in January, most notably to the US, and at least one carrier is seeking general rate increases in a bid to prop up prices.
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US inventory drawdown key to trans-Pacific volume recovery: analyst

Jason Miller, associate professor of logistics at Michigan State University, and JOC analyst | Jan 23, 2023, 2:42 PM EST

While there are encouraging signs regarding general merchandise retailers seeing their inventories-to-sales return toward pre-COVID levels, data suggests many sectors have a long way to go before their inventories-to-sales come back to pre-pandemic levels.
Container shippingIndustrial real estateTrans-PacificSupply Chain

Vietnam sees surge in deep-sea vessel capacity amid trade sourcing shift

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Jan 23, 2023, 1:43 PM EST

With an increased focus by importers on geopolitics and “friend-shoring,” carriers are shifting an increasing volume of deep-sea vessel capacity away to Vietnam — and away from China.
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Carbon pricing needs reform to address ‘skewed’ trade policy: WTO

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jan 23, 2023, 10:18 AM EST

Dirtier products are the unintentional winners in global trade where cleaner finished goods pay higher tariffs, resulting in an effective “subsidy” of polluting commodities, according to the World Trade Organization.
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Big Flexport layoffs offer potential clue to its future identity

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 20, 2023, 3:47 PM EST

Scrutiny over Flexport’s job cuts earlier this month points to a long-term issue for the venture-backed logistics company: a perceived lack of identity in a market that has long been skeptical of its differentiation.
ForwardingLogistics technologyTrans-Pacific

Ocean shippers may ‘pay up’ for secure capacity despite weak market

Peter Tirschwell | Jan 20, 2023, 11:55 AM EST

Even as weak economic conditions prevail during the annual service contract negotiating cycle, it does not automatically mean shippers will be driving the hardest possible bargains with newly vulnerable carriers.
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India-US trade adds new capacity with Cosco-OOCL service to East Coast

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Jan 20, 2023, 10:55 AM EST

The AWES service itinerary is yet another example of liners’ increasing network consolidation at Mundra for the Indian leg, a single-port call strategy that, arguably, helps them save on marine dues.
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Rotterdam rolls out delay-busting barge planning tool

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jan 20, 2023, 10:49 AM EST

The digital sharing of schedule information via Rotterdam’s Nextlogic platform addresses the complexity involved in terminals booking and handling 18,000 container barges a year.
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Lack of data leaves shippers reliant on 3PLs to reduce Scope 3 emissions

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 20, 2023, 8:00 AM EST

Pressure on shippers to take a more active role in bringing down so-called Scope 3 emissions covering the activities of a company’s third-party vendors — including transportation — has increased in recent years.
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Matson expects weak demand, freight rates to continue through H1

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jan 19, 2023, 2:20 PM EST

The softening outlook from niche carrier Matson foreshadows that the decline in US imports from Asia and the softening freight rates that began last fall are likely to continue through the first half of 2023.
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Half of trans-Pacific vessel capacity faces Lunar New Year cut: analyst

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 19, 2023, 1:53 PM EST

While a 50 percent capacity cut is about typical in the eastbound trans-Pacific during the post-Lunar New Year lull, more blank sailings could be in the offing given the accelerating decline in US import demand.
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