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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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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.
08 Dec 2020
3Gtms caters primarily to large enterprise US domestic shippers that have complex freight transportation networks.
08 Dec 2020
Retailers are extending holiday return policies as they look to keep return management costs down and ensure last-mile capacity amid the changed pandemic landscape.
08 Dec 2020
Hapag-Lloyd reporting stronger-than-expected volumes in the fourth quarter comes after global volumes rose 4.6 percent year over year in October, according to Container Trade Statistics.
08 Dec 2020
The Digital Container Shipping Association’s latest effort is targeting a long sought-after goal in maritime and logistics — a paperless bill of lading — by making it standardized and interoperable.
07 Dec 2020
A tighter focus on transportation and technology following a corporate split will improve the service and experience XPO offers to shippers globally, the company and transportation analysts say
07 Dec 2020
That DHL Global Forwarding is considering chartering ships for container customers shows the extent to which the extended peak season has soaked up container capacity out of Asia into Europe and North America.
07 Dec 2020
A startup enterprise communication software provider, with roots in the maritime industry and with traction among global traders, announced a $10 million funding round.
07 Dec 2020
Intermodal executives want to address the chronic congestion issues in 2020 with railroads and BCOs, but universally accepted solutions are hard to come by.
07 Dec 2020
Bangladeshi shippers are struggling with higher freight rates on imports from China, but garment and raw material users have to bear the expense because of deadlines to ship finished goods to buyers.
04 Dec 2020
The Port of Long Beach unveiled a cooperative plan with its terminal operators to improve port fluidity by prioritizing dual transactions for truckers.
04 Dec 2020
Although trucking employment is rising, the year-over-year gap is still large enough to throttle back capacity and keep pricing pressure on shippers.
04 Dec 2020
Carriers say a new law proposed by India’s Ministry of Shipping that pushes for greater transparency on ocean pricing amounts to “government interference.”
04 Dec 2020
The growing equipment imbalance and strong demand from European importers has led to drastic action from CMA CGM.
04 Dec 2020
A resurgence in the number of virus cases in Hong Kong and quarantine restrictions in China has led feeder operators reducing the number of ships and crews engaged in the trade.
04 Dec 2020
Ports in the UK are being overwhelmed by high import demand that is not expected to slow until early 2021.
04 Dec 2020
Demand for detailed carbon emissions data is growing, evidenced by the integration of SeaRoutes’ data into the platforms of third-party logistics providers and global transportation and rate management systems.
03 Dec 2020
Fulfillment providers are offering warehouse space and technology to help retailers focus more on e-commerce and better position inventory for faster last-mile delivery.
03 Dec 2020
Indices forecast rising rates for MPPs through the end of the year as breakbulk demand improves and container shippers searching for alternatives underpin a strengthening market.
03 Dec 2020
Equipment providers open a near-dock site at Port of Los Angeles as a stop/start location for chassis in order to free up space at marine terminals and improve cargo velocity.
03 Dec 2020
The ONE Apus incident would mark the largest loss of containers at sea since the June 2013 sinking of the MOL Comfort off Yemen.
03 Dec 2020
LTL freight volumes and tonnage are increasing year over year in the fourth quarter, but the pandemic’s latest waves could slow growth until COVID-19 vaccines become available.
03 Dec 2020
Trucking software provider Baton is building drop-and-hook relay networks in large cities to allow long-haul truckers to avoid first- and last-mile congestion and dwell time.
02 Dec 2020
XPO Logistics will be spun off into two separate businesses, one solely focused on US transportation and the other focusing on US and European contract logistics.
02 Dec 2020
The agreement, lasting until 2025, cements Canadian Pacific’s contract with Hapag-Lloyd, its biggest container line customer and the largest carrier serving Canada, and rewards the railroad’s strategy to build a foothold in eastern Canada.
02 Dec 2020
Port of Los Angeles executive director says greater trucker participation in the two-week-old Return Signal platform will help to mitigate the congestion problems caused by truckers’ difficulty in returning empty containers to the marine terminals.
02 Dec 2020
US shippers’ acute need for truck capacity is driving activity in the dedicated contract carriage market, including Penske Logistics’ acquisition of Black Horse Carriers.
02 Dec 2020
Freight broker Transfix will integrate predictive visibility data from project44 to augment its existing app-based GPS location data as part of a long-term agreement with the multimodal visibility provider.
02 Dec 2020
Carriers are preparing to heap more charges on customers, despite their struggle to provide reliable service as sustained demand and chronic equipment shortages disrupt the supply chain.
02 Dec 2020
Escalating box rates and tight capacity in the container carrier market are pushing service providers to bring in ships from the multi-purpose sector.
02 Dec 2020
After a 12-month “cooling off” period since leaving his COO position at Maersk in November 2019, Soren Toft this week becomes the first non-Aponte family member to take on the CEO role at Mediterranean Shipping Co.
01 Dec 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a discussion with Ross Thompson, chief strategy officer for Abu Dhabi Ports. Thompson discusses how there are signs that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to shippers adjusting sourcing patterns, with changes to cargo flows that could threaten some transshipment hubs.
01 Dec 2020
If ship ordering restraint were to be extended pending clarity on zero-carbon ships, the capacity shortage that manifested itself in 2020, and resulting upward pressure on rates, could continue beyond 2021.
01 Dec 2020
The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex has experienced the greatest amount of congestion, owing to record imports from Asia that began over the summer when initial COVID-19-related lockdowns were eased.
01 Dec 2020
A&R Logistics opened a resin packaging plant in Georgia last week more than a month ahead of schedule, and along with its new South Carolina facility will contribute a combined 100,000 TEU of new volume at the ports of Charleston and Savannah annually.
01 Dec 2020
Flock Freight, which uses software to aggregate less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments into multi-stop truckloads, has received more than $100 million to expand its alternative to the hub-and-spoke model.