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US ports not prepared for next cargo surge: experts

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Dec 19, 2022, 5:06 PM EST

While congestion at US ports and inland hubs has eased significantly amid declining import volumes, stakeholders need to act now to ready themselves for the next cargo surge, supply chain experts say.
Container shippingMarine terminalsNorth American portsSupply Chain

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

Bargain shoppers accelerate US retail inventory shift

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, and Cathy Morrow Roberson, JOC analyst | Dec 15, 2022, 3:41 PM EST

As inflation-battered consumers shop for bargains, US retail discounters are expanding their distribution networks.
Industrial real estate

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

Pilot project shows interoperability of eBL products

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 14, 2022, 3:14 PM EST

The test was meant to demonstrate that different electronic bills of lading products can be used by various parties involved in the movement of a container, alleviating a nagging concern in the nascent evolution of eBLs.
Container shippingLogistics technology

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

GSBN executive sees promise in post-TradeLens world

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 8, 2022, 10:05 AM EST

The head of the Global Shipping Business Network, long seen as a rival to the now-defunct TradeLens, said the demise of the Maersk-led technology platform could eventually boost use of blockchain-backed tools in shipping.
Logistics technology

FMC members seek anti-trust power over ocean carrier agreements

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Dec 7, 2022, 2:26 PM EST

Two of the five Federal Maritime Commissioners want to put agreements, particularly those among ocean carriers, on a tighter leash, by allowing the agency to issue the same injunctions as can courts.
Transport, trade and regulation

Major US freight brokers unveil appointment scheduling standards

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Dec 5, 2022, 10:47 AM EST

J.B. Hunt, Uber Freight, and Convoy are partnering to develop and drive broad industry adoption of a standard process for truckload appointment scheduling.
Logistics technologyTruckingTruck brokers

Turbo-charged logistics tech faces reckoning: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and JOC Analyst | Dec 2, 2022, 8:00 AM EST

The unprecedented infusion of cash into supply chain technology development over the past two years was akin to putting the sector on a diet of steroids, writes JOC analyst Lars Jensen.
Logistics technology

Software woes force Houston to delay start date of long-dwell import fee

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Nov 30, 2022, 3:27 PM EST

The Port of Houston, citing technology problems, is postponing the start date of a new fee that would penalize shippers who don’t retrieve import containers after the allowable free time.
Last mileNorth American ports

Heightened final-mile expectations drive investment into OneRail

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Nov 30, 2022, 10:41 AM EST

OneRail has channeled the need for shippers to access final-mile capacity and service level consistency into a large venture capital funding round.
Logistics technologyContainer lines

Maersk, IBM shutter TradeLens in surprise move

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Nov 29, 2022, 4:49 PM EST

TradeLens’ failure to gain traction after four years was due to several factors, not least of which was trying to convince ocean carriers and their customers to provide sensitive data to a technology platform partly owned by Maersk.
Logistics technology

Retailers bank on themselves to handle final mile

Cathy Morrow Roberson, JOC Analyst, and Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Nov 25, 2022, 9:00 AM EST

Retailers that have seen final-mile costs more than double during the pandemic are increasingly making investments in their last-leg delivery networks.
Logistics technologyContainer lines

Richard Lidinsky, ex-FMC chair and champion of shippers, dead at 76

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Nov 21, 2022, 10:52 AM EST

Richard Lidinsky, a former chairman for the US Federal Maritime Commission, leaves a legacy of agency reform whose work echoes through the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022.
Transport, trade and regulation

US wholesale trade data shows industrial economy still resilient: analyst

Jason Miller, associate professor of logistics, Michigan State University, and JOC analyst | Nov 17, 2022, 11:25 AM EST

To the extent freight market participants have greater exposure to key industrial markets than consumer markets, current data is not pointing towards sharp downturns in freight demand, at least not yet, writes JOC analyst Jason Miller.
Supply Chain

ERD delay variance hampers US exporters: study

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Nov 16, 2022, 4:06 PM EST

Data from visibility provider Portcast shows US exporters struggle to manage changes to early return dates as well as variances in ERD data formats from different terminals.
Logistics technologyPorts

Raft partners with PayCargo in forwarding payment efficiency move

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Nov 15, 2022, 1:39 PM EST

PayCargo has extended its reach into the forwarding industry via an integration with software vendor Raft that minimizes PayCargo’s need to directly connect with CargoWise.
Logistics technology