Mark Szakonyi

Executive Editor, JOC.com Mark Szakonyi, based in Washington, D.C., covers railroads, U.S. transportation and trade policy, sourcing and ocean shipping.

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The 18th Annual TPM Conference marks the start of formal negotiations between many beneficial cargo owners and container lines on annual trans-Pacific service contracts. Price, as always, will drive those negotiations. However, as recent news demonstrates, price is not everything.

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Port of Long Beach.
The 18th Annual TPM Conference marks the start of formal negotiations between many beneficial cargo owners and container lines on annual trans-Pacific service contracts. Price, as always, will drive...
Port of Prince Rupert
The delays at the Port of Prince Rupert, and to a lesser degree, Port Metro Vancover, raise a compelling question: can Canadian marine terminals and railroads handle the growing volumes efficiently,...
The delays at the Port of Prince Rupert, and to a lesser degree, Port of Vancover, raise a compelling question: can Canadian marine terminals and railroads handle the growing volumes efficiently,...
The writing was on the wall for the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement after language in a US House of Representatives bill was introduced that would force carriers to choose between membership in...
US shippers, truckers, and intermediaries finally have secured a federal hearing on their effort to make it easier for them to challenge port congestion-related fees that are not their fault. Even so...
After four years of behind-the-scenes work, US shippers, truckers, and intermediaries last month finally secured the federal regulatory hearing on their congestion-related fees for which they are not...
The need for better visibility to make smarter decisions, along with better coordinating of train switching and traffic flows on local roads, comes as North American port volume rises.
Using predictive analytics, the Port of Montreal this year will alert drayage drivers when it looks as if truck turn times will be long, and use data collected on terminal gate movements to lessen...
That bullish economic condition has affected the negotiating equation between shippers and carriers. 
Economic health is driving growth in cargo volumes.