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FMC order for MSC to justify congestion fee marks first under OSRA-22

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Feb 6, 2023, 2:47 PM EST

The Federal Maritime Commission has exercised its first use of new legal authority under OSRA-22 requiring an ocean carrier to justify the reason behind levying a congestion surcharge against a shipper.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shipping

US retailers’ global sourcing strategy will take time to develop: analysts

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Feb 3, 2023, 3:32 PM EST

As the size of China’s workforce declines and production challenges increase, US retailers are shifting to global sourcing strategies, with each sector looking for the business model that meets its particular requirements.
Transport, trade and regulationMaritimeContainer shippingInternational portsTrans-Pacific

End of 2M Alliance will set dominoes in motion across ocean shipping: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and JOC Analyst | Feb 3, 2023, 9:56 AM EST

The announced dissolution of the 2M Alliance raises the question of what additional large-scale dominoes might be toppling over in the next few years in the container shipping sector, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
Transport, trade and regulationMaritimeContainer shippingContainer lines

FMC drops bid to use OSRA-22 for emergency data sharing

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 30, 2023, 2:59 PM EST

A Federal Maritime Commission member’s attempt to force marine terminals and ocean carriers to share more data under OSRA-22 has ended with the normalization of the ocean freight market.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingPorts

NY-NJ marine terminals offering up more data to improve truck flow

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 27, 2023, 1:29 PM EST

Last year’s container surge prompted a harder look at information sharing for container availability and port operations, which New York-New Jersey marine terminals are responding to with new data.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingNorth American ports

Truckers urge single appointment system across Southern California port complex

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 26, 2023, 4:35 PM EST

As federal and state laws aim to make per diem charges more transparent, California trucking groups say a unified appointment system across the Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex would go a long way toward that goal.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingNorth American ports

Electronic bill of lading ‘green shoots’ emerge in wake of pandemic

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 24, 2023, 4:47 PM EST

Pandemic-driven acceleration in the usage of its digital shipping document product is a sign that blockchain does work in niche applications in global logistics, according to CargoX.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingLogistics technologySupply Chain

Lack of data leaves shippers reliant on 3PLs to reduce Scope 3 emissions

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 20, 2023, 8:00 AM EST

Pressure on shippers to take a more active role in bringing down so-called Scope 3 emissions covering the activities of a company’s third-party vendors — including transportation — has increased in recent years.
ForwardingTransport, trade and regulationContainer shippingLogistics technologyContainer lines

Market fallout from OSRA-22 to become clearer in 2023

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 18, 2023, 2:36 PM EST

Whether OSRA-22 — and increased FMC scrutiny — will produce tangible changes in how carriers and terminals calculate and convey detention and demurrage charges is still yet to be seen, as inaccurate invoices continue to plague shippers.
Transport, trade and regulationMaritimeContainer shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

USDA urges FMC to hone OSRA-22 export rules for ag shippers

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 11, 2023, 2:23 PM EST

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act’s export provisions need further clarification to explain instances when US ag exports don’t get on a ship, the US Department of Agriculture said.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingContainer lines

FMC nixes claim that proposed per diem rule adds to port congestion, pollution

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 6, 2023, 4:57 PM EST

The Federal Maritime Commission turned away a petition from ocean carriers and marine terminals claiming that limiting liability on per diem billing would translate into worsening port congestion and pollution.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingContainer linesNorth American ports

Modest predictions for freight transportation as the winds of 2023 begin to blow

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, and Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Jan 5, 2023, 12:09 PM EST

Some factors, such as the sharper attention both multinationals and smaller mom-and-pop sellers are paying to their supply chains, seem to be charting a new trajectory and are poised to help shape the freight sector this year.
Transport, trade and regulationLongshore laborContainer shippingSurfaceTruckingContainer linesNorth American portsTrans-PacificSupply Chain

Hapag-Lloyd hit with FMC rail demurrage complaint

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 29, 2022, 2:29 PM EST

The filing is just the latest in a barrage of complaints made against various container lines with the FMC in recent months, a flurry accelerated by major reform of US shipping law that went into effect in June.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingRailContainer linesNorth-American railDrayageIntermodal providers

EU ETS will come at steep cost for industry: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO, Vespucci Maritime; analyst, the Journal of Commerce | Dec 27, 2022, 9:20 AM EST

Although the precise cost of inclusion of container shipping in the EU’s Emissions Trading System is not fully known, it will likely exceed $10 billion annually, according to Journal of Commerce analyst Lars Jensen.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer lines

Stakeholders say US cargo flow would be undermined by proposed FMC billing rule

Peter Tirschwell | Dec 23, 2022, 8:35 AM EST

At the core of the concerns expressed by carriers and terminal operators are what they say are the limits the FMC’s proposed rule on detention and demurrage would place on their ability to bill truckers and consignees.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

Congress directs USDOT to prepare national maritime plan

JOC Staff | Dec 19, 2022, 3:34 PM EST

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 requires the US Department of Transportation to make recommendations for how Congress can invest in and increase the resilience of the US marine transportation system.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingNorth American ports

Global carbon pricing needed; shippers willing to pay: research reports

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Dec 15, 2022, 2:17 PM EST

Shipping’s transition to zero-carbon energy sources will be costly, but shippers are showing a growing willingness to pay to decarbonize their ocean transport supply chains.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingContainer linesAsia-EuropeTrans-Pacific

FMC checking carrier compliance with OSRA-22 anti-retaliation clause

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 15, 2022, 1:43 PM EST

The anti-retaliation provision was included in US shipping reform because some shippers have been hesitant to lodge complaints against carriers for fear of being blacklisted.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer lines

Industry urges FMC to streamline free-time billing in OSRA-linked rulemaking

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 14, 2022, 9:57 AM EST

The US Federal Maritime Commission is poring over feedback about detention and demurrage billing practices from more than 100 industry stakeholders as the agency seeks to implement a key provision of OSRA-22.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingMarine terminalsContainer lines

Decarbonization tops IMO’s London MEPC79 agenda

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Dec 12, 2022, 12:30 PM EST

MEPC79 delegates will also be considering a basket of measures that can integrate both technical and carbon pricing elements as the maritime industry transitions to more renewable fuels.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingContainer lines