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  • Indian terminals holding firm on SOLAS compliance

    The international shipping community feared widespread disruption when the container weight rule took effect July 1, 2016. Global container terminal operators active in India told JOC.com that shipper compliance with the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) verified gross mass requirement remains an integral part of their operational planning and supply...


  • Peak season space pressure looms as Europe orders rise

    APL containers stacked at the port of Shenzhen's Chiwan terminal. Credit: APL The container shipping market is preparing for a strong Asia-Europe peak season with cargo owners and carriers reporting rising orders from Europe and tightening space on vessels heading westward.Several gateway ports in Europe reported growing volume in the first...


  • Asia-Europe spot rates flat ahead of July 1 increases

    There was virtually no change in spot rates from China to North Europe and the Mediterranean with still a week to go before the next round of rate increases scheduled for July 1.The Shanghai-North Europe spot rate rose just $2 to $882 per TEU, while the China-Med rate was up...


  • Alameda Authority expects to meet debt duty despite slower cargo gain

    The Alameda Corridor is a path to the US Midwest and helps alleviate truck congestion in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Despite slower container growth than originally projected in Los Angeles-Long Beach, the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority’s revenue will cover debt obligations without the need for a large...


  • NY-NJ port authority, carriers to talk per-container fees

    The fee funds investments in infrastructure that are essential to the productivity of the largest port on the US East Coast. Officials at the Port of New York and New Jersey can discuss a contentious per-container charge with major container lines after a tied vote by the four US Federal Maritime...


  • Video: TVA Grows Memphis Supply Chain Workforce

    JOC.com recently interviewed Senior Development Consultant Aaron Stewart about the Tennessee Valley Authority's work creating economic development opportunities in Memphis. With $11 billion in exports, 4 foreign trade zones, and the busiest national cargo airport, Stewart said, the TVA is in an ideal position to expand opportunities for a working...


  • Video: Examining the Question of Stability for Container Shipping

    Will stability return to container shipping? In Q1 2017, JOC.com posed this question to Robbert Van Trooijen, Asia-Pacific CEO of Maersk Line, and he commented on the shift in dynamic from 2016, stability priorities from a customer perspective, and the expectations for stability at this point in the industry's evolution. ...


  • Video: With Carriers Focused on Supply-Demand, Opportunities for NVOs Open Up

    DB Schenker's Senior Vice President Trond Prestroenning spoke to JOC.com about the birth of the "5PL" and the long- and short-term impact of recent M&A activity as well as smaller strategic partnerships. Providing the NVO perspective, he discussed the opportunities opening up as carriers move into a pure carrier model...


  • Long-awaited US inventory drawdown spotted

    Lower US inventories would be a boon from coastal ports to heartland highways. Industry analysts say strong truck and steady intermodal traffic in May suggest US retailers are finally drawing down their inventories after two years of a higher-than-average inventory-to-sales ratio, a welcome sign for container lines to trucking companies but...


  • Video: Essence of Digital, Ecosystem of Partnership

    Maerskline.com recently passed the 250,000-user milestone, and the company is keenly focused on delivering a digital end-to-end trade global trade platform. In an interview with JOC.com, Chief Commercial Officer Vincent Clerc considers the possibilities for available data, development of better products, and collaborative essence of the digital stage. ...


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