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MSC joins carriers ending demurrage billing when US terminals are closed

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 30, 2023, 2:37 PM EDT

The fast-moving developments around changes to detention and demurrage billing are happening amid an ongoing rulemaking process by the FMC around the assessment of such charges to consignees and their drayage representatives.
Container linesContainer shippingPortsNorth American portsTransport, trade and regulation

Record profit for DB Schenker lifts parent group into black

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Mar 30, 2023, 1:53 PM EDT

Despite being prepared for divestiture, the performance of global forwarder DB Schenker is the only reason Deutsche Bahn group is profitable at present.
ForwardingAsia-EuropeInternational railIntermodal providers

European shippers sign up for waterborne biofuel initiative

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Mar 30, 2023, 11:25 AM EDT

Dutch multimodal operator Samskip will offer carbon-neutral ocean transport to shippers using biofuel in its intra-European operations.
PortsInternational ports

Targets for Europe’s modal shift not feasible: rail freight sector

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Mar 30, 2023, 10:01 AM EDT

Far greater ambition will be required by European Commission policy makers if targets to double the market share of rail freight by 2050 are to be achieved, according to rail freight operators.
SurfaceTruckingInternational rail

Teamsters taking more hardline approach toward LTL trucking employers

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Mar 29, 2023, 5:09 PM EDT

The Teamsters union promises a tougher approach in contract talks with ABF Freight and TForce Freight, and is opposing major network changes proposed by Yellow, its largest freight employer.

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 linesTrans-PacificNorth American portsInternational ports

Canadian National to boost transloading with new Calgary facility

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Mar 29, 2023, 2:12 PM EDT

The project is the latest in a series of steps to address the imbalance between domestic and international intermodal volumes in Canada.
North-American rail

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

New House shipping bill garners support from stakeholders

Teri Errico Griffis | Mar 29, 2023, 11:22 AM EDT

The legislation aims for faster development of uniform data-sharing standards, while the co-sponsors say they were also motivated to protect US shipping interests from what they view as China’s malign influence over the supply chain.
Transport, trade and regulation

Ocean carriers, marine terminals warn Congress on regulatory overreach

Teri Errico Griffis | Mar 28, 2023, 5:20 PM EDT

The testimony comes as two House members prepare legislation designed to update OSRA-22 and another congressman restarts an effort to remove the antitrust immunity of ocean carriers.
Transport, trade and regulation

Forwarders grapple with new freight rate math on tech investments

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 28, 2023, 4:30 PM EDT

Forwarders that experimented with new software during the days of robust freight demand now face a dilemma over what technology produces actual returns on investment as volumes and margin shrink.
Logistics technologyForwardingAir cargo forwarding

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

New bill in US House seeks repeal of carriers’ antitrust immunity

Teri Errico Griffis | Mar 27, 2023, 4:18 PM EDT

The legislation also aims to provide a boost for US exporters by prioritizing getting their products into foreign markets and better defending them against container rate increases and detention and demurrage fees.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingContainer lines

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

German strikes over pay dispute cripple transportation network

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Mar 27, 2023, 11:36 AM EDT

German unions demanding inflation-busting wage increases walked off the job Monday, bringing the country’s transport system to a halt.
SurfaceForwardingRailInternational railAirportsAir cargo forwardingTransport, trade and regulation

Owner puts heavy-lift giant Mammoet up for sale

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Mar 24, 2023, 2:46 PM EDT

Dutch conglomerate SHV’s planned divestment of Mammoet, the world’s largest heavy-lift and engineered transport company, could have a “very important impact” on the sector, according to one consultant.
Breakbulk shippingHeavy-haul transport

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

US House duo pledge OSRA fixes to boost FMC power

Teri Errico Griffis | Mar 24, 2023, 11:09 AM EDT

US Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Daniel Maffei went before Congress Thursday to field questions about the agency’s budget, slow-going rulemaking, and whether new amendments are needed for shipping reform.
Transport, trade and regulation