Mark Szakonyi

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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Worsening port congestion is forcing western governments to realize that strong infrastructure is crucial to global trade and that migration rules need to be eased in order to fill supply chain jobs.

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The top US port leaders are asking the Biden administration to encourage, and even incentivize, importers and their transportation providers to use extended gates — and possibly tap national defense...
US importers are taking bolder action to guarantee capacity in ways that would have been unimaginable in years past, from chartering ships, embracing transloading, and paying more to secure...
Australian dockworkers are threatening to unleash a wave of strikes and work bans a Patrick Terminals, even as the ports struggle to keep facilities staffed amid COVID-19 infections.
Chassis providers warn that only the easing of import volumes, and the resulting reversal of rising dwell times, will relieve tightness in equipment supply as production capacity is maxed out.
Importers’ failure to return chassis equipment in a timely manner is tying up equipment, causing disruption that has spurred the top US rail regulator to ask whether the railroads have gone too far...
As part of the National Shipper Advisory Committee, the likes of Wal-Mart, Amazon, and DuPont will give guidance to the Federal Maritime Commission as the federal agency steps up its monitoring of...
Despite a 35 percent rise in laden volumes this year, the Port of Virginia has kept cargo flowing due to its investments in data sharing, truck appointment systems, and automation.
The full opening of Ningbo’s Meidong marine terminal is reassuring the shipping industry that the disruption will have a smaller impact than the closing of Yantian International Container Terminals...
Maersk’s order of up to twelve 16,000-TEU methanol-powered ships raises the question of how other container lines will follow, as some carriers are betting on LNG to meet tightening emission...
The seeking of legal resolutions to conflicts between shippers and container line shippers and carriers over service contracts brings a new set of challenges to both sides, writes analyst Lars Jensen...