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Port news and updates from around the globe covering critical international ports such as Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York-New Jersey, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Jawaharlal Nehru, Santos, and Tokyo. From traffic congestion, port strikes, and port labor negotiations to pending government regulations and equipment upgrades, JOC.com covers every angle of the port industry.

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13 Jul 2020
Roughly 90 percent of carriers in the highly fragmented US drayage sector generate less than $4 million in annual revenue, and these smaller providers could be at risk of bankruptcy due to skyrocketing insurance premiums.
27 Dec 2019
Customs officials and brokers in the United States are both being challenged by constantly changing tariff levels and a continued influx of smaller e-commerce parcels.
27 Dec 2019
A busy renewable energy sector and stable oil and gas markets have collided with persistent overcapacity in the multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) sector, causing rate growth to sputter and stall.
27 Dec 2019
Spot container freight pricing between Asia and Europe are on the rise thanks to aggressive capacity management by carriers, but analysts say continued lackluster demand will make rate growth more difficult to sustain.
26 Dec 2019
Shippers and non-vessel-operating carriers are now seeing electronic quotes on par with those offered through long-term contracts, a clear signal that certain container lines see instant quoting as a key part of their future strategies.
26 Dec 2019
A new regulation that takes effect in the Mexican state of Jalisco in January is the latest rule that has angered Mexican truckers by limiting truck movement or levying a fee to enter a particular area, or both.
26 Dec 2019
The US truckload freight market took some bruising in 2019, but there are signs that a rebound may be around the corner in 2020.
26 Dec 2019
While carriers have long had options to get paid quicker than payment terms would guarantee -- by accepting a discount on invoices -- freight broker LoadDelivered is testing whether drivers would trade early payment for providing visibility and capacity loyalty.
26 Dec 2019
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has concluded that the most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships is a mandatory goal-based approach that provides the incentive needed to drive innovation.
26 Dec 2019
Landlord ports like New York and New Jersey, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, the Northwest Seaport Alliance, and Vancouver, B.C., are bringing together terminal operators, ocean carriers, shippers, truckers, railroads, and equipment providers to share data via port information portals.
26 Dec 2019
The trans-Atlantic has been the most stable of the major east-west container shipping trades since 2016, with strong growth achieved in both headhaul and backhaul volume, but a recent escalation of trade tensions is clouding the 2020 outlook.
24 Dec 2019
With the number of truck drivers in the United States expected to continue rising steadily, motor carriers in the coming years will be focused on to getting the most out of existing drivers' miles and ensuring drivers earn enough money to keep them behind the wheel.
24 Dec 2019
The US Federal Maritime Commission has proposed a rule that would see the agency take a more active role in detention and demurrage disputes, but container carriers are laying the groundwork for a potential legal challenge in 2020 should the FMC enact the rule.
24 Dec 2019
Altamira, Mexico’s fourth-largest port by cargo volume, is moving ahead with dredging work and a bridge repair project that port officials hope will attract larger cargo volumes.
24 Dec 2019
The Pacific Northwest ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert are moving forward with short-term marine terminal, rail, and roadway infrastructure projects, while on the East Coast, Halifax is extending a container terminal berth to handle larger ships and Montreal is increasing annual container handling capacity.
24 Dec 2019
With growth in trade between Asia and North America projected to continue at a slow, steady pace in 2020, container carriers will be focused on keeping a floor on rates and recouping the added cost of low-sulfur fuels.
24 Dec 2019
After a disappointing peak season in 2019, the outlook for international air freight in 2020 will depend on an acceleration in global trade demand and an easing of tensions between the United States and its trading partners, particularly China.
23 Dec 2019
The Port of Charleston has received the final $138 million in federal funds necessary to deepen its harbor to 52 feet, which would make it capable of handling 18,000-20,000-TEU vessels as soon as 2022.
23 Dec 2019
The Indian government is moving ahead with regulatory reform meant to streamline terminal charges after rejecting calls by a key carrier group to alter some parts of the proposal.
23 Dec 2019
New authorization for the US Ex-Im Bank resolves its quorum quandary for the time being and readies it to face off with China in developing markets.
23 Dec 2019
Third-party logistics providers increasingly view technology as a way to make their services "stickier" and more valuable to their customers, rather than as a competitive threat.
23 Dec 2019
The ELD era has seen a big reduction in truck driver hours of service violations, but accidents and fatalities keep rising. That long-term trend isn’t necessarily related to the ELD.
23 Dec 2019
New legislation will take effect in California Jan. 1 that would make it much more difficult for truck drivers to retain independent contractor status, but owner operators are stuck in limbo pending a court decision on a legal challenge to the new rules.
23 Dec 2019
With economic growth expected to slow and relations between the United States and its largest trading partners still in flux, cargo owners are expecting low but sustained demand and increased pricing pressure in the coming year.
23 Dec 2019
A tendency of port community systems to optimize operations only within the boundaries of that port and resistance due to competitive concerns are slowing digitization and data sharing efforts in container shipping.
23 Dec 2019
Carriers and other stakeholders have seemingly had ample time to prepare for IMO 2020. As the implementation clock ticks down to Jan. 1, JOC.com takes a look at the state-of-play, including a host of lingering questions, not least of which include the cost and availability of compliant fuels.
20 Dec 2019
The FMC exemption is part of a broader effort to reduce filing requirements related to freight transportation long after trucking companies and railroads were released from the burden of filing tariffs with the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) in 1994.
20 Dec 2019
Harren & Partner, owner of heavy-lift carrier SAL, has purchased three secondhand ships and is also testing an innovative combustion system for retrofitting on other ships in the fleet.
20 Dec 2019
New fees in Los Angeles-Long Beach to be paid by shippers beginning in late 2020 will subsidize the purchase of costly new trucks as the ports seek a fleet of near-zero emission vehicles by the mid 2020s. But the ports need to be mindful of cargo diversion if shippers seek to avoid the fee.
20 Dec 2019
The longshore labor union in the Port of Rotterdam is concerned APM Terminals Rotterdam will lose volume to its fully automated rivals following its sale to Hutchison Ports.
20 Dec 2019
Spot rates on the Asia-Med and Asia-North Europe trades continue to spike ahead of the new year, with a combination of factors stimulating prices.
20 Dec 2019
Shelley Simpson, J.B. Hunt's executive vice president, chief commercial officer, and president of highway services, gave the Day 1 keynote address at the 2019 JOC Inland Distribution Conference. In this interview, she discusses the relationship of the smart phone adoption timeline with trucking and logistics innovation, challenges unique to domestic goods movement, and the potential for transparent pricing.
20 Dec 2019
An expansion of the sole container terminal at the Port of New Orleans is expected to improve efficiency and expand the terminal’s capacity to handle cargo volumes that have risen by high single-digits this year.
20 Dec 2019
Senior Trucking Editor Bill Cassidy provides highlights from the 2019 JOC Inland Transportation conference in Chicago, discussing technology, customer demand, and the keynote speech by J.B. Hunt's Shelley Simpson.
20 Dec 2019
The JOC.com editorial team has identified 10 trends every shipper, carrier, and third-party logistics provider should be watching in the upcoming year.
19 Dec 2019
The survey found that 63 percent of quotes provided by forwarders were not instant, with manually generated quotes taking an average of 122 hours from the time a request was made.