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

15 Nov 2021
Detention and demurrage costs have soared in 2021, and shippers complain that many of these storage fees are mistaken and difficult to correct.
20 Oct 2021
Anyone trying to read into recent activity in freight rate indices should be careful to distinguish between what they would like to see and what they might actually be seeing, JOC analyst Lars Jensen says.
19 Oct 2021
Container leasing companies question the cost efficiencies of retailers leasing containers and chartering ocean vessels and suggest retailers work with ocean carriers.
30 Jun 2021
Despite higher costs to move automobiles and high and heavy cargoes, and uncertainties related to the COVID‑19 pandemic that continue to challenge the recovery, demand is rebounding quickly.
29 Jun 2021
When assessing the ocean container market, participants should not only look at the headline-grabbing rate figures — the spread is equally important.
26 Apr 2021
CMA CGM is supporting an experimental vessel that will sail around the world as part of a research project into viability of using seawater to produce hydrogen on board.
05 Apr 2021
US East Coast ports will see more vessel calls and volume through April 20 due to the expected arrival of Suez-delayed container ships.
31 Mar 2021
The tight market for shipping capacity is causing a roughly one-month delay to THE Alliance’s planned US and European service changes.
31 Mar 2021
Among the misconceptions raised by the Suez incident is that it has shown the fragility of the global ocean transportation network; nothing could be further from the truth, says JOC analyst Lars Jensen.
31 Mar 2021
Maersk said its new service to US Southeast ports will add faster transits from Asia and serves the rapidly growing Vietnam export market.
29 Mar 2021
The average price for a 20-foot dry container is up around 50 percent since last year, and a backlog of orders means those buying new boxes now will have to wait until August for delivery.
29 Mar 2021
Salvors reported that Suez Canal transits can resume after the Ever Given has been successfully dislodged and is towed away for inspection.
26 Mar 2021
Ocean carriers are beginning to divert ships and shippers face further delays if weekend efforts to refloat the Ever Given don’t work.
24 Mar 2021
US resin exports are expected to see a sharp drop in the second quarter as Gulf Coast producers restart after severe February weather disrupted operations.
19 Mar 2021
Decarbonization goals at global shippers is pushing the industry toward more granular scrutiny of supply chain-related emissions, a task that’s being helped by emergent technology and a focus on shipper collaboration.
05 Mar 2021
Maersk believes the growth in Indian LCL trade is more pronounced among retailers for their sourcing from China and domestic automakers scrambling to secure spare parts to meet resurgent vehicle demand.
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.