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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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04 Mar 2021
A group of 24 senators wrote to the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in support of its investigation into accusations carriers have been denying export bookings, thereby injuring the US agricultural sector
08 Oct 2020
US retailers are stepping up their purchase orders and import projections for the rest of the year in order to avoid a repeat of the stock outages that occurred this summer.
08 Oct 2020
The number of freight marketplaces for international shippers and forwarders continues to expand with Canada-based Shipz now providing a platform for mid-market cargo owners and the forwarders that serve them.
08 Oct 2020
Cargo handling and delivery of import containers to truckers in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has been severely compromised by the three-month import surge from Asia that continues at a double-digit year-over-year clip.
08 Oct 2020
Less stringent lockdowns, for now, during COVID-19’s second wave mean stronger global trade, as renewables continue to be a bright spot for the multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) sector.
08 Oct 2020
While factors like large-scale sailing cancelations and the failure of shippers to return containers in a timely fashion have contributed to India’s equipment imbalance, a steady deceleration in imports is seen as the primary cause of the current problem.
07 Oct 2020
Logistics executives do not expect spot truckload rates to soar much higher, but they do not think they will drop either, forcing shippers to collaborate more.
07 Oct 2020
Although the growth in US imports decelerated slightly in September from August, the double-digit, year-over-year monthly increase indicates there is still strong momentum for the coming months.
07 Oct 2020
The FMC will look into whether ocean carriers are incorrectly holding truckers, third-party logistics, and freight forwarders responsible for penalties that should be paid by the shipper.
07 Oct 2020
As Toepfer’s Multipurpose Index shows signs of modest recovery, SAL’s purchase of Intermarine has the potential to leverage shipping synergies.
07 Oct 2020
The pandemic-induced slowdown in global trade earlier in the year played a role in the marginal improvement in port efficiency since ports had to handle fewer boxes overall, but avoiding landside constraints also helped.
07 Oct 2020
Carriers are riding high on a profitable wave of record rates, surprisingly strong demand, and lower fuel costs, but there is no consensus among analysts and ratings agencies on whether it will be sustainable.
07 Oct 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a discussion with Richard Fattal, chief commercial officer at Zencargo, and Grant Sernick, director of sales and marketing at 3rdwave, on how technology is changing shipment management.
06 Oct 2020
The purchase of Value Logistics gives Forward a bigger intermodal presence in the South-Central distribution hub as freight volumes of all types rise, said CEO Tom Schmitt.
06 Oct 2020
A widely-used drayage management solutions provider has added the truck parking marketplace SecurSpace to help drivers find parking and equipment storage options directly in their transportation management systems.
06 Oct 2020
DCLI is ending contracts with NVOCCs because it believes truckers are better partners in the merchant haulage business, but other chassis providers will not follow suit and plan to keep conducting business with everyone.
06 Oct 2020
The freight broker Transfix is providing small carriers with free standalone operational technology to align their capacity availability with needs from the company’s shipper customers.
06 Oct 2020
How the dueling Vancouver port projects proceed is critical to how the largest Canadian gateway meets the demand for roughly 2 million TEU in capacity within approximately 10 years.
06 Oct 2020
Some of CMA CGM’s regional subsidiaries are now fully operational following last week’s data breach,as the group’s worldwide agency network is being gradually reconnected.
05 Oct 2020
While carriers are deploying extra-loaders and reinstating blank sailings, space in the eastbound trans-Pacific is still lagging demand and equipment in Asia is tight, so US importers are paying premium rates to guarantee priority services.
05 Oct 2020
A substantial increase in heavy truck orders in September begs the question: Who will drive those trucks? Trucking employment is improving, but still down 4.7 percent year over year.
05 Oct 2020
SAL and ex-BBC Chartering CEO Svend Andersen take ownership stakes in Intermarine as Andersen returns to the MPV/HL market.
05 Oct 2020
The data breach that took CMA CGM offline on Sept. 28 continues to disrupt the carrier, which has suspended all access to its e-commerce network.
05 Oct 2020
Giving better volume forecasts to container lines and collaborating with truckload carriers can help shippers when capacity gets tight, but it’s higher rates that lock in the slot space on a vessel or guarantees a trailer load gets picked up when needed.
02 Oct 2020
Monday’s opening of the new Gerald Desmond bridge in Long Beach, part of a massive $4.5 billion capital expenditure program, will provide the immediate benefit of reducing truck turn times.
02 Oct 2020
A private equity group has plunged $500 million into Uber Freight, signaling that longer-term investors believe the business model of digital freight matching will gain traction in the years ahead.
02 Oct 2020
The car trade will soon be back to pre-COVID levels, according to Grimaldi’s CEO, as the company incorporates 17 green, high-tech newbuildings into its ranks and the European vehicle market adapts to green tech and decarbonization.
02 Oct 2020
India port stakeholders -- and carriers -- are expressing frustration over the 14-day quarantine for ships from China, which they say is causing disruption throughout the supply chain.
02 Oct 2020
As East Coast states commit to generating 29,000 MW of offshore electricity by 2035, ports and terminals scramble to position themselves for the coming project cargo boom.
02 Oct 2020
If container shipping rode the wave of China’s emergence, set in motion by the global consensus around trade represented by the creation of the WTO in 1995, the industry must now confront a potentially very different geopolitical future taking shape with almost daily developments chronicling a deterioration in US-China relations.
01 Oct 2020
The new rate differential tracked by DAT chief scientist Chris Caplice is rising at a faster pace, a sign that shippers will see a greater increase in truckload contract rates.
01 Oct 2020
The Port of Virginia’s year over year volume rose in September for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, with truck turn times still less than 40 minutes on average but elevated rail container dwelling.
01 Oct 2020
Three large container lines say most of their available capacity is in use as demand in the US rises, but shippers still fret about finding space on a ship.
01 Oct 2020
One of the world’s leading global forwarders will work with shippers of LCL cargo to reduce the transport emissions of their ocean freight to zero.
01 Oct 2020
The IMO is the second high profile maritime industry victim to fall prey to cyber hackers this week.
01 Oct 2020
Mounting congestion at marine terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach is adding to the woes of importers who have already been contending with shortages of equipment, warehouse workers and truck capacity.