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April blanks from China grow as US import decline continues

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Mar 29, 2023, 3:35 PM EDT

For ocean carriers, the decision to cancel sailings suggests they expect no rebound in trans-Pacific freight rates that are now at two-year lows.
Container shippingContainer linesNorth American ports

US outlook for second-half rebound of Asia imports darkens

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Mar 29, 2023, 11:37 AM EDT

US big-box retailers are receiving fewer imports while inventories remain elevated and US consumer confidence teeters, boding poorly for a significant second-half rebound in Asia container imports, writes JOC Executive Mark Szakonyi.
Trans-PacificContainer shippingContainer linesForwardingMarine terminalsNorth American portsTrucking

US ag exporters feel pinch of work shift cuts at West Coast terminals

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Mar 28, 2023, 2:29 PM EDT

Ongoing uncertainty over longshore labor on the West Coast is disrupting the long-term relationships US agricultural exporters have worked to establish with their overseas buyers.
North American portsContainer shippingTrans-PacificMarine terminals

HMM joins Maersk in ending demurrage collection at closed terminals

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 28, 2023, 12:10 PM EDT

HMM’s decision to immediately cease charging demurrage fees at closed terminals comes as the US Federal Maritime Commission is finalizing rulemaking around free time billing practices.
Container shippingContainer linesPortsMarine terminalsNorth American portsTransport, trade and regulation

US resin exports start 2023 strong, but growth outlook cloudy

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Mar 27, 2023, 2:15 PM EDT

Recovering US supply and lower shipping costs are benefiting resin exports, but the uncertain forecast for the global economy makes the outlook for more growth a guessing game.
Container shippingContainer linesNorth American ports

APM Terminals to develop Haiphong container terminal with Vietnam's Hateco

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Mar 27, 2023, 11:41 AM EDT

APM Terminals said the new facility would specifically target North American and European export and import markets.
International portsContainer shippingContainer linesTrans-PacificAsia-Europe

Shipping interests urge White House intervention in West Coast labor talks

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Mar 24, 2023, 11:23 AM EDT

The plea to the Biden administration comes just days after the Pacific Maritime Association said the latest job action by dockworkers caused “significant delays” at some marine terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
MaritimePortsLongshore laborNorth American ports

Ports America strikes deal to develop Gulfport container terminal

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Mar 23, 2023, 4:01 PM EDT

Mississippi’s Gulfport is looking to add more container handling capability with Ports America planning to redevelop a shuttered terminal for cargo handling.
North American portsContainer shipping

FMC querying carriers, terminals on free time billing practices

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 23, 2023, 2:44 PM EDT

Ahead of a June deadline to issue new rulemaking on detention and demurrage billing, the Federal Maritime Commission is seeking clarity from carriers and terminals about billing shippers when container pickups and drop-offs are not possible.
Container shippingPortsNorth American portsTransport, trade and regulation

Ocean carriers delay GRI attempts on India-US trades as rate slide continues

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Mar 23, 2023, 12:33 PM EDT

Local freight forwarder sources in India say they view GRIs more as a tool to slow the erosion in rates rather than effectively trying to increase prices.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesNorth American portsInternational ports

Hamburg strike action closes vital waterway to container shipping

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Mar 23, 2023, 10:50 AM EDT

The Port of Hamburg is once again being disrupted by strike action that is causing significant disruption to vessel schedules at Europe’s third-largest container hub.
PortsContainer shippingContainer linesMarine terminalsInternational ports

MSC adds Jaxport stop on trans-Atlantic service

Teri Errico Griffis | Mar 22, 2023, 4:09 PM EDT

The Scan Baltic to USA service, which will begin calling Jaxport in late April, marks the port's second trans-Atlantic service and fifth container service.
Container shippingContainer linesTrans-AtlanticNorth American ports

Charleston gets expedited hearing in appeal over ILA’s Leatherman lawsuit

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, Michael Angell, Associate Editor, and Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Mar 22, 2023, 2:32 PM EDT

The fast-track hearing schedule came after the South Carolina State Port Authority told the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals the port could become “bottlenecked” if ships can’t call the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal.
Longshore laborContainer shippingNorth American ports

Maersk going it alone, so far, on policy changes to free time billing

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 22, 2023, 11:31 AM EDT

Maersk in April will stop collecting detention and demurrage fees on days terminals are closed and shippers can’t pick up or drop off containers, a move yet to be followed by competing ocean carriers.
Container shippingContainer linesPortsNorth American portsTransport, trade and regulation

ILWU Canada triggers federal intervention in contract talks with employers

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Mar 22, 2023, 3:57 AM EDT

ILWU Canada is seeking significant wage increases, while automation of cargo-handling equipment, a source of tension in past contract negotiations, will likely once again be a prominent issue.
Longshore laborContainer shippingMarine terminalsNorth American ports

Disruptions always lurking in container shipping: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and JOC Analyst | Mar 21, 2023, 10:52 AM EDT

While the ocean shipping market has largely normalized after COVID-19, stakeholders would be wise to pursue a business strategy that takes operationally disruptive events into account, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
Container shippingContainer linesMarine terminalsLongshore laborNorth American portsInternational ports

Proactive approach to ISPM 15 progressing despite roadblocks

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent | Mar 21, 2023, 9:10 AM EDT

Breakbulk shippers and logistics providers have several proposals for changes to ISPM 15 mitigation and enforcement measures pending approval from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Breakbulk shippingBreakbulk portsTransport, trade and regulation

ILWU job action causing terminal gate delays in Los Angeles-Long Beach: PMA

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Mar 20, 2023, 3:24 PM EDT

Longshore workers represented by ILWU Local 13 are refusing to stagger their meal breaks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, resulting in periods when no work is being done on the docks, says the Pacific Maritime Association.
Longshore laborContainer shippingMarine terminalsNorth American ports

Not all recent import share loss on West Coast is permanent: analyst

Larry Gross, president and founder, Gross Transportation Consulting; and JOC analyst | Mar 20, 2023, 10:03 AM EDT

As the US West Coast’s share of import TEU has fallen in recent years, analyst Larry Gross notes there is an important difference between declines due to sourcing location changes and declines due to loss of share by region.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesTrans-PacificNorth American ports

IEPs file brief siding with ocean carriers in FMC chassis dispute

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Mar 17, 2023, 2:14 PM EDT

The independent equipment providers say upending the current business model would create additional chassis shortages and invoicing problems that would inconvenience cargo owners.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer linesDrayage