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22 Jan 2021
Despite an acceleration in COVID-19 cases among longshoremen in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, waterfront employers say there are enough general dockworkers to handle near-record container volumes, although a shortage of trained equipment operators is a problem.
16 Jun 2020
This month’s seasonal burst of truck freight shipping is expected to fade after Independence Day, putting more pressure on small trucking operators struggling to stay on the road.
16 Jun 2020
Carriers and NVOs agree that tight capacity management contributed significantly to last week’s spike in spot rates, but carriers say they are demonstrating good faith by reinstating sailings when volumes turn around.
16 Jun 2020
Lockdowns on both sides of the Atlantic have hurt the busy trade route and dramatically cut European exports to the major demand markets of North America.
16 Jun 2020
TMS and supply chain modeling software providers combine to build an integrated “what if” scenario capability for shippers that normally wouldn’t have the resources to acquire and staff such a solution.
16 Jun 2020
Hit hard by COVID-19, a "patchwork" of high and heavy cargoes keeps the market afloat after a sharp drop in imports across the US’ top ro-ro ports.
16 Jun 2020
A software startup aiming to be the connective tissue between data from disparate warehousing systems has received venture capital as retailers’ distribution needs get more complex during the COVID-19 pandemic.
15 Jun 2020
The ability to strike could give the longshoremen union Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 375 more leverage in its negotiations with employers for a future contract.
15 Jun 2020
The federal grants will go to waterborne freight services in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and American Samoa.
15 Jun 2020
The National Industrial Transportation League said its members do not rely on the publication of essential contract terms, eliminating the need for carriers to make such filings.
15 Jun 2020
Container shipping, for the moment, has broken the self-destructive cycle of the post-financial crisis decade that saw carriers resorting to pulling cost levers like building mega-ships and slow steaming that benefit them, but not their customers.
12 Jun 2020
The addition of Gusgo Transport to its operating subsidiaries gives TFI deeper access to international containerized freight moving between the US and Canada.
12 Jun 2020
Eastbound container spot rates from Asia to the US West Coast rose to their highest point in a decade this week as an unexpected spike in volumes collided with blank sailings by carriers.
12 Jun 2020
The demand outlook on the Asia–Europe trade remains deeply uncertain, but carriers continue to hold the line on pricing amid a high level of blank sailings and volume declines.
12 Jun 2020
The average capacity of container ships calling ports around the world, and the average amount of cargo exchanged per call, continued to grow in almost all regions in 2019.
12 Jun 2020
The Port of New York and New Jersey’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic went beyond just its physical footprint, working with neighboring states to ensure clear communication of essential service status to warehouses and distribution centers.
12 Jun 2020
Focusing on differentiated services will help container lines weather the unpredictable demand cycles of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, liner industry veteran Ron Widdows told JOC Uncharted.
11 Jun 2020
The latest economic and trade outlooks for Europe paint a gloomy picture for the year.
11 Jun 2020
William Doyle, who served two terms on the Federal Maritime Commission, has been named executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, taking charge of the Port of Baltimore amid terminal and intermodal improvements.
11 Jun 2020
Freighters and converted passenger craft are taking longer to unload than belly freight and some ground handlers are understaffed after furloughs and layoffs in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
11 Jun 2020
Logistics software acquisitions continue to occur amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest being Descartes’ $12 million deal to purchase UK-based online forwarding software provider Kontainers.
11 Jun 2020
The forwarder Flexport is edging toward a broader imprint on the shipping industry through the development of customizable interfaces for its customers and increased access to its systems for agent partners.
10 Jun 2020
ILWU’s monthly stop-work meeting to discuss union matters moved to June 19 day shift as West Coast longshoremen honor slain African-American George Floyd.
10 Jun 2020
Robert Voltmann is credited as driving the transformation of the Transportation Intermediaries Association from a financially weak group with little voice on Capitol Hill to a stable force with three times the membership and congressional influence.
10 Jun 2020
Despite the gradual reopening of the US economy, retail sales, which are the main driver of import volumes in the trans-Pacific, are forecast to decline 11.3 percent this year, according to IHS Markit.
10 Jun 2020
Business is slowly coming back, but safety concerns will force changes in ways carriers, shippers operate, Pitt Ohio CEO Chuck Hammel says.
10 Jun 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Ron Widdows, CEO of FlexiVan Leasing; Port of NY/NJ’s response to COVID-19; and analysis from IHS Markit’s Rahul Kapoor.
10 Jun 2020
The focus of IPI has been moving away from the US West Coast toward the East Coast and Western Canada. This has big implications for individual railroads, but also broader impacts regarding shorter length of haul and diminishing industry revenue per move.
10 Jun 2020
E2open customers will get access to free cargo visibility as the software company tries to combat the pull of standalone visibility providers.
09 Jun 2020
Intermodal is not seeing the same rebound in demand as trucking since the economic shutdown owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, and research firm FTR Associates does not believe containerized rail volume will fully recover to 2019 levels until sometime in 2021.
09 Jun 2020
Double-digit decline in US imports from Asia in May continues what is expected to be a second consecutive year of negative container volumes in the eastbound trans-Pacific.
09 Jun 2020
US businesses are rushing to develop a clearer picture of customer demand and freight capacity as they move beyond the early stages of reopening stores and factories.
09 Jun 2020
Air cargo prices have begun to decline from the mid-May highs, but with the withdrawn passenger belly freight unlikely to make a rapid comeback, rates will remain well above last year’s levels.
09 Jun 2020
Supply chain disruption from measures to limit the damage of the coronavirus can delay the collection or return of containers, but D&D charges vary widely across carriers and ports.
09 Jun 2020
Mexico’s exports in April dropped 41 percent year over year, the biggest one-month drop since the country’s 1986 fiscal crisis.
08 Jun 2020
Economists with American Trucking Associations believe the US economy will contract this year at the highest rate since 1946, and that although numbers will look much better in the second half of 2020, it will be another 12 months until markets return to pre-COVID pandemic levels.