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Spot truckload rates rising at US East Coast ports, falling on West Coast

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 7, 2023, 4:17 PM EST

Analysts have told the Journal of Commerce they expect spot market pricing to bottom out and remain flat for some time before rising again, most likely at a slow pace.

US retailers offer little optimism in gloomy H1 import forecast

Kevin Saville, Managing Editor | Feb 7, 2023, 3:09 PM EST

The uncertain direction of the US economy is prompting consumers to hit the pause button on their buying habits, forcing a major retail group to further downgrade import projections through the first half of the year.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesNorth American portsTrans-PacificTrans-Atlantic

Uncertain market clouds outlook for South China terminal operator

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Feb 7, 2023, 10:59 AM EST

Slowing global trade and tough Chinese measures to combat COVID-19 infections dragged down volume last year at Hutchison Ports subsidiary HPH Trust.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesInternational portsPorts

FMC administrative judge rules in truckers’ favor in chassis dispute

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 6, 2023, 5:20 PM EST

Ocean carriers cannot limit the use of chassis by motor carriers in merchant haulage, the FMC’s chief administrative judge said in an “initial” summary decision meant to resolve a long-running dispute. 
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesDrayage

Sharp increase in capacity keeps trans-Atlantic rates under pressure

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Feb 6, 2023, 11:37 AM EST

Carriers on the trans-Atlantic find themselves in the curious position of adding capacity to the trade while at the same time having to blank sailings to maintain the supply-demand balance.
Container shippingContainer linesPortsTrans-Atlantic

MSC extends Asia-USWC string to India as primary market demand wanes

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Feb 6, 2023, 10:07 AM EST

With the extended port reach into India, carriers are looking to fill leftover capacity from Southeast Asia as primary market volumes slow and US sourcing within Asia diversifies beyond China, sources say.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesNorth American portsInternational portsTrans-Pacific

US retailers’ global sourcing strategy will take time to develop: analysts

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Feb 3, 2023, 3:32 PM EST

As the size of China’s workforce declines and production challenges increase, US retailers are shifting to global sourcing strategies, with each sector looking for the business model that meets its particular requirements.
Transport, trade and regulationMaritimeContainer shippingInternational portsTrans-Pacific

MSC opens more direct port connections for Indian exporters as volumes taper

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Feb 2, 2023, 10:41 AM EST

The expansion of origin-to-destination ocean connectivity with predictable transit time improvements is a boon for Indian exporters trying to find untapped markets for their products amid slowing demand.
Container shippingContainer linesInternational ports

Improved US cargo flow drives continued gains in trans-Pacific schedule reliability

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Feb 1, 2023, 3:18 PM EST

The return of US ports to normal cargo flow is demonstrated starkly in the year-over-year comparisons of vessel schedule reliability in the Asia-US trade.
MaritimeContainer shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American portsTrans-Pacific

Sourcing shift from China pulls US import share to more than a decade low

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Feb 1, 2023, 9:42 AM EST

Data shows US importers are walking the walk when it comes to sourcing diversification, slowly moving trade flows away from China and toward Vietnam, India, and South Korea, writes Journal of Commerce Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesNorth American portsInternational portsTrans-Pacific

Norfolk Southern adds to Southeast intermodal capacity with new cranes

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 31, 2023, 4:02 PM EST

Norfolk Southern’s plan to bring more capacity to its international intermodal business this year has kicked off with new cranes enabling the stacking of marine containers at its Austell ramp in Georgia.
Container shippingNorth American portsNorth-American railIntermodal providers

Savannah aims for more cold-chain cargo with new reefer racks

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 31, 2023, 1:29 PM EST

The Port of Savannah says plans for additional reefer rack capacity will add to its market share for cold chain imports coming into the US Southeast and Gulf Coast.
Container shippingNorth American portsCool Cargoes

ONE cuts profit forecast on persistent market weakness

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jan 31, 2023, 11:32 AM EST

The first 2022 financial results from ocean container carriers are filtering in, revealing the impact of collapsing rates and demand on profitability levels.
Container shippingContainer linesPortsAsia-EuropeTrans-Pacific

Spread between East, West coast ocean spot rates returns to pre-pandemic levels

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jan 30, 2023, 5:11 PM EST

The premium rate that importers had been paying to ship Asian imports through the US East Coast has dropped considerably over the past few months, allowing the spread between East and West coast spot rates to narrow to pre-pandemic levels.
MaritimeContainer shippingNorth American portsTrans-Pacific

FMC drops bid to use OSRA-22 for emergency data sharing

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 30, 2023, 2:59 PM EST

A Federal Maritime Commission member’s attempt to force marine terminals and ocean carriers to share more data under OSRA-22 has ended with the normalization of the ocean freight market.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingPorts

Investors fuel drayage software provider PortPro with $12 million in funding

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 27, 2023, 2:49 PM EST

Investors see drayage as an area rife for technological improvement, with software provider PortPro the latest startup to secure funding to empower port truckers.
Logistics technologyTruckingPortsDrayage

NY-NJ marine terminals offering up more data to improve truck flow

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 27, 2023, 1:29 PM EST

Last year’s container surge prompted a harder look at information sharing for container availability and port operations, which New York-New Jersey marine terminals are responding to with new data.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingNorth American ports

ILWU ‘sending message’ to West Coast terminals as contract talks drag on

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jan 27, 2023, 11:42 AM EST

West Coast stakeholders are speaking up against the ILWU, saying contract-related job actions taken by longshoremen are impeding their ability to take delivery of containers at key ports.
Longshore laborContainer shippingNorth American portsTrans-Pacific

Project cargo outlook brightening for Port of New Orleans

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent | Jan 27, 2023, 10:49 AM EST

Even as breakbulk volumes ebb from their pandemic highs, several mega-projects planned for South Louisiana are expected to keep project cargo moving at the Port of New Orleans.
Energy projectsBreakbulk shippingNorth American portsProject cargo

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