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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.
Container shippingLogistics technologyTruckingPortsSupply Chain

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.
Container shippingContainer linesNorth American ports

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.
MaritimeContainer shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

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.
Container linesInternational ports

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.
ForwardingLogistics technologyPortsSupply ChainDrayage

Virginia lawmakers propose funds for state’s second inland port

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 24, 2023, 4:49 PM EST

Some Virginia state legislators are looking to fund a second inland port, but the project’s prospects hinge on railroad and shipper demand, according to a study.
RailNorth American portsIntermodal providers

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.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesNorth American portsInternational ports

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.
Container shippingContainer linesNorth American portsInternational portsTrans-PacificTrans-Atlantic

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.
Container shippingContainer linesInternational portsPortsAsia-EuropeTrans-PacificTrans-Atlantic

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.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesNorth American portsInternational ports

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.
Container shippingContainer linesInternational portsPortsAsia-EuropeTrans-Atlantic

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.
MaritimeContainer shippingNorth American portsTrans-Pacific

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.
Container shippingContainer linesNorth American ports

Terminal49 lands investment to pursue visibility automation

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 19, 2023, 8:45 AM EST

Demand for ocean visibility surged through the pandemic, including among software providers needing real-time container milestone data, an area that software vendor Terminal49 has targeted in recent years.
Container shippingLogistics technologyContainer linesNorth American portsInternational portsPorts

Port of South Louisiana buys Avondale terminal as wind cargo boost looms

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent | Jan 18, 2023, 2:46 PM EST

The acquisition of Avondale by the port comes just as the state of Louisiana readies to auction its first round of offshore wind leases.
Breakbulk portsEnergy projectsBreakbulk shippingNorth American portsProject cargo

Market fallout from OSRA-22 to become clearer in 2023

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 18, 2023, 2:36 PM EST

Whether OSRA-22 — and increased FMC scrutiny — will produce tangible changes in how carriers and terminals calculate and convey detention and demurrage charges is still yet to be seen, as inaccurate invoices continue to plague shippers.
Transport, trade and regulationMaritimeContainer shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

Trans-Pac spot rate spread for East, West coasts narrows ahead of Lunar New Year

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jan 17, 2023, 4:29 PM EST

The narrowing spread between East and West coast spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific comes as spot rates to the East Coast have fallen by 18 percent over the past six weeks while West Coast rates have ticked slightly higher.
Longshore laborContainer shippingNorth American portsPortsTrans-Pacific

RoadOne looks to tap Houston freight growth with deal for Texas drayage carrier

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 17, 2023, 10:59 AM EST

The sharp increase in freight activity seen at the Port of Houston over the past year has prompted national drayage provider RoadOne IntermodaLogistics to acquire a Texas motor carrier.
TruckingNorth American portsDrayageTruckload

Maersk inks new deals as decarbonization drive continues

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jan 13, 2023, 11:57 AM EST

Decarbonizing its entire business by 2040 requires collaboration across Maersk’s global supply chain, pushing the carrier to sign partnerships in strategic areas to achieve its net-zero ambitions.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesInternational ports