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Container congestion ripples to US interior

[caption caption="The surge of imports into the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach causing congestion in December is now spreading to the inland US. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Cargo owners are facing weeks-long delays and demurrage bills into the thousands of dollars as international containers stockpile at Union Pacific Railroad’s (UP) Marion...

New Vancouver fee promises faster cargo clearance

[caption caption="The Vancouver container inspection facility is located on an 11.4-acre site about three miles from the Deltaport container terminal. (Above: Vancouver port.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) shipping through the Port of Vancouver will soon have to pay a C$25- per-TEU fee ($18.84-per-TEU) for Canadian Customs inspections a...

East Coast ports rev up Midwest cargo efforts

[caption caption="Ports are looking for ways to improve efficiency in an uncertain market. (Above: The Port of Savannah.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A slew of marine terminal upgrades along the US and Canadian east coast will further fuel competition between the ports in 2019 as the ports of New York-New Jersey, Savannah,...

First 2019 Asia-Europe spot rate hike fails

[caption caption="The chief issue for carriers in the first half of this year is how to deploy the large amount of capacity that is being delivered. (Above: Rotterdam port.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The first attempt of 2019 to raise spot rates on the Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean trades has...

Better Mexico intermodal key to attract smaller shippers

[caption caption="The intermodal sector in Mexico, with 10 to 15 percent of the cargo transported in Mexico, is far smaller than the trucking sector, which handles about 85 percent of cargo. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]With truck capacity tightening, Mexican intermodal rail operators can attract reluctant small and medium-sized shippers to the...

Investor Oaktree makes project cargo pivot to Watco

[caption caption="Industrial Terminals, on the Houston Ship Channel, is a privately held, dedicated project and heavy-lift terminal now owned by Watco Companies and partner Oaktree Capital Management. Watco also owns adjacent Greens Port. Photo credit: Zeamarine."][/caption]Despite a long, ultimately failed relationship with Hansa Heavy Lift that ended in ship arrests...

Infographic: New US chassis model emerges

[caption caption="Click to enlarge"][/caption]  Related Stories:LA-LB HTA-Milestone joint chassis pool cut truck turn timesTariffs expose US shippers to higher chassis, container costsRepairman shortage exacerbates US chassist scarcityJOC Chassis Explainer: Shipping industry seeks solutions...

First-Ever Colombo International Logistics Conference, August 1 and 2, 2019

[caption caption="Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka."][/caption]First-ever Colombo International Logistics Conference, August 1 and 2,  2019Hidden gem of a logistics center and a megapolis in the Indian OceanA conference to understand South Asia’s logistics market beyond 2020Lonely Planet's No. 1 destination for travel 2019CIMC Events 5th Major International ConferenceSri Lanka is...

US contract truckload rate forecasts slip

[caption caption="By the time the owner of Swift Transportation and Knight Transportation releases their earnings report Jan. 29, the state of the trucking market in the first quarter should be more clear. Photo credit: Knight-Swift Transportation."][/caption] Truckload spot rates may be slipping, but Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, the largest US truckload operator, appears...

LA-LB port set for another month of congestion

[caption caption="Container dwell times increased to 3.51 days in November, the latest month for which data is available, from 3.26 days in October and 2.89 days in September, according to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. (Above: Trucks at the Port of Los Angeles.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]US importers shipping through Los...

Mixed shipper reaction to forwarder consolidation

[caption caption="The consolidation moves among large forwarders have drawn a mixed response from both smaller forwarders and their digital counterparts, while eliciting shrugs from shippers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Seeing the limits of digitalization without more volume scale, forwarders are building war chests for acquisitions, spurring a range of shrugs, competitive fears,...

MPV/HL outlook dims on slowing demand growth

[caption caption="The MPV/HL fleet changed little in size or tonnage during 2018, although a muted trend toward replacing older, smaller tonnage with larger, higher-lift-capacity tonnage continued, according to Drewry Maritime Research. Photo credit: Thorco Projects."][/caption]A stagnant fleet stubbornly suffering from overcapacity and slowing but still-positive sector demand were the themes...

Longer US shutdown equates to more cargo pain points

[caption caption="The US Customs and Border Protection headquarters shows little activity, due to the partial government shutdown. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]While the partial US government shutdown isn’t disrupting the clearance of cargo, customs brokers are increasingly worried that smaller pinches, ranging from the proper coding of commodities to errors in paperwork,...

Shippers regaining US truckload contract leverage

[caption caption="Spot US truckload rates that surged last year have flattened out in early 2019, after rising mildly and spottily during and just after the holidays. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Shippers' prospects in US truckload contract talks look better this month than they did even a few months ago, thanks to flat...

Equipment exchange will propel Mexican intermodal

[caption caption="AMTI said the proposed agreement will be similar to the framework outlined in the Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement (UIIA) in the United States. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The creation of the country’s first uniform equipment interchange agreement will make it easier for Mexican truckers and equipment providers to...

More equipment just part of US chassis solution

 [caption caption="There are ports on the US East Coast without enough chassis to handle the concentrated bursts of cargo on post-Panamax vessels in peak season. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Even with more and new US chassis entering the market to meet demand, it’s becoming clear to shippers and truckers that it’s going...

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US intermodal’s last battle? Equipment types

[caption caption="Railroads supported trailers as a gateway to full domestic containerization, and as long as UPS relied on trailers, there was sufficient network density for trailers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Like a great battle of lore, the intermodal industry probably is in the final chapters of the conflict between trailers and containers. The...

Schneider taps broker software to lure trucks

 [caption caption="The adoption of the systems places in stark relief the need for brokers to differentiate, both through providing quality loads to carriers and also by giving shippers better visibility to their in-transit loads. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Schneider National, one of the largest freight brokers in North America, is turning to...

Forwarders prep for hard Brexit after deal rejection

[caption caption="\"We will get you politicians out of this Brexit mess,\" British International Freight Association (BIFA) director general Robert Keen says as the UK heads for a no-deal exit from the EU. Photo credit: BIFA."][/caption]The rejection by UK’s parliament of a deal on the terms covering the United Kingdom’s exit...