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20 Sep 2019
CMA CGM backs off from proposed $50 administrative fee for detention and demurrage documentation processing after swift customer pushback.
07 Jun 2019
Global Port Tracker forecasts slight increases in US imports this peak season, but not the 10-15 percent year-over-year decline predicted by Sea-Intelligence and Drewry.
07 Jun 2019
The world’s largest container carrier is expecting continued growth in India despite a broad-based economic slowdown caused by declining consumer spending growth, geopolitical trade tensions, and financial volatility.
07 Jun 2019
Visibility solutions must provide ROI to shippers, but to truly drive the value of such technologies, the benefits need to be dispersed to 3PLs and carriers as well.
07 Jun 2019
The latest US sanctions on Venezuela, and political instability, are pushing up container shipping costs to the South American nation.
07 Jun 2019
With a second failed attempt to find a partner to operate its interests at the Iranian port of Chabahar, India may be forced to offer better terms to entice companies worried about US sanctions.
07 Jun 2019
Shippers and providers are watching Mexico’s new customs head to see if he can improve the fluidity of imports even as supply chains handle ever more cargo.
07 Jun 2019
China’s increasingly hardline stance against accepting recyclable waste from US exporters has created a volatile market for the paper and forest products industry in recent years.
06 Jun 2019
May turn times at LBCT and TraPac demonstrate that the only two fully automated terminals in North America are also the most truck-friendly.
06 Jun 2019
Tariffs come and go, and carriers consolidate, but most markets for packaged and fresh food are pretty stable.
06 Jun 2019
A top Hapag-Lloyd executive says Canada’s largest ports will face a serious capacity shortage as cargo volumes rise in the coming years unless the industry moves to create a digital portal that will help optimize existing capacity.
06 Jun 2019
Schneider and Landstar this week offered a tepid assessment of the truckload market in 2019 as spot rates continue to be down double digits from last year, while contract rates have turned negative, too. But there are positive signs in the data.
06 Jun 2019
The IL-96 500T will substitute for An-124 deliveries, hobbled by the Crimean annexation.
06 Jun 2019
Choosing the right path through a dizzying array of digital offerings is proving tricky for logistics providers, and taking a wrong turn could be costly.
06 Jun 2019
Executive Q&A with Stephen Spoljaric, Global Manager of Logistics, Bechtel Corporation
06 Jun 2019
Less-than-truckload volumes continue to decline, but revenue and pricing remain stable, says Old Dominion Freight Line president and CEO Greg C. Gantt.
05 Jun 2019
The tentative contract agreement between ILWU Canada and BCMEA could open the door for future automation of terminals in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
05 Jun 2019
Shippers, ocean carriers, and freight forwarders say cargo owners are already rushing shipments to get ahead of potential tariffs on $300 billion of US imports from China.
05 Jun 2019
Estes Express is one of several US less-than-truckload carriers expanding its non-LTL business as shippers look for more services from carrier partners.
05 Jun 2019
Despite predictions of a 3.9 percent increase in Canada’s container trade in 2019, there are multiple factors that could reduce the figure, including the US-China trade war.
05 Jun 2019
Merging FedEx’s Ground and Express networks would allow the company to cut costs while creating billions in shareholder value, SJ Consulting Group president Satish Jindel writes in JOC.com's The Industry Speaks series.
05 Jun 2019
CargoX’s “smart” bill of lading allows for the digital transfer of shipping documentation, but CBO Vjeran Ortynski says government acceptance of digital originals will be the “real disruptor.”
04 Jun 2019
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is calling for the expansion of the NAFTA free-trade zone throughout the Americas, as well as improvements in labor productivity at home.
04 Jun 2019
Union Pacific Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway announced a series of changes to cross-country service, which will require a crosstown drayage in Chicago for a number of international loads heading to and from ports.
04 Jun 2019
Peak-season imports could be as much as 15 percent lower than last year's peak season, but BCOs should not expect spot rates to decline significantly because carriers will manage capacity through blank sailings.
04 Jun 2019
Shippers in Canada say the first half of 2019 has brought several challenges, from tariffs to port constraints.
04 Jun 2019
In an effort to maintain terminal fluidity amid growing cargo volumes, the Port of Charleston’s largest container terminal will open gates to truckers one hour earlier and close them 30 minutes earlier than usual during the week.
04 Jun 2019
Hapag-Lloyd will place tracking devices on 100,000 reefer containers to increase visibility.
04 Jun 2019
US shippers facing a new 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods are expected to rush goods north before a June 10 deadline. That could create more costly congestion.
04 Jun 2019
The Itasca, Illinois-based forwarder is up for sale, and says it is eyeing a private equity partner to fuel its own acquisitions to drive growth in e-commerce and forwarding services.
04 Jun 2019
CMA CGM is placing a bigger focus on breakbulk and project cargo shipments to and from India.
03 Jun 2019
The Canadian government will contribute C$47.5 million to a project that will add rail lines and cranes and will upgrade an entranceway at the Port of Halifax so cargo can move faster.
03 Jun 2019
Container lines have been waiting five years for the Chinese government to resolve a problem involving an air draft restriction at a key bridge in Hong Kong, and the delay is now costing the port business.
03 Jun 2019
The outlook for air cargo is turning negative as carriers face headwinds in the form of trade upheaval and falling demand.
03 Jun 2019
With uncertainty surrounding US-Mexico relations, including threats of border shutdowns, tariffs and a Congressional showdown the US-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA-NAFTA 2), shippers are expressing more interest in all-water options to bypass any congestion on the border.
03 Jun 2019
After years of undercutting each other on rates to gain market share and the resulting waves of consolidation, large container carriers seem to have come to a realization that they will sink or swim together.