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Along the supply chain, the freight forwarder is the link between multiple parties and integrator of data, Samuel Shapiro & Co.’s Director of Supply Chain Angela Czajkowski noted at the 2018 JOC Logistics Technology Conference. In this interview, Czajkowski discussed the steps freight forwarders need to take to remain relevant...

Port automation fears spur ILWU Canada union strike

[caption caption="DP Worlds’ operations at the Centerm and Fraser Surrey Docks terminals in Vancouver and the Port of Prince Rupert, 500 miles to the north, will apparently not be targeted when the picketing commences at the beginning of the first shift Monday .Photo Credit: Shutterstock"][/caption]Opposition to automation, an issue of...

Looming low-sulfur rule gives breakbulk shipping jitters

[caption caption="The shipping sector will face a raft of challenges ahead of the January 1 IMO 2020 deadline. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]BREMEN, Germany – The path to IMO 2020 compliance is filled with uncertainty, speakers at the Breakbulk Europe 2019 conference said this week. Sufficient stocks of low-sulfur fuel may not...

US resin exporters worry over tariff effect on slot space

[caption caption="Houston handles 42% of US resin exports. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HOUSTON — Resin production along the Gulf Coast has reached record levels, but the specter of Chinese tariffs of up to 25 percent on various plastics products will significantly reduce the potential for exports to the largest market for those...

Shippers urged to revise contracts if free time is without chassis

[caption caption="Shippers have little recourse but to pay demurrage expenses when there are chassis shortages. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HOUSTON — Shippers of containers moving on rails who exceed free time on the terminal because there are no chassis available for final delivery of their freight need to negotiate different terms into their...

Eyeing trade pressures, Maersk focusing on profitability

[caption caption="Maersk said it will refrain from ordering capacity until 2020 at the earliest and will instead focus on more fully utilizing its existing capacity of more than 4 million TEU. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Warning of rising US-China trade pressures, Maersk said it is focused on increasing profitability even further than...

Buenos Aires port consolidation sparks competition questions

[caption caption="Bidding is expected to launch in October for a $1.9 billion, 50-year concession to redevelop the Puerto Nuevo area of Buenos Aires. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The release of a tender for a 50-year concession to redevelop the Puerto Nuevo area of Buenos Aires — including consolidating three terminals into one...

Memphis chassis woes now part of rail demurrage probe

[caption caption="Chassis shortages have caused shippers in Memphis to deal with rail demurrage penalties. A white paper on solutions has been entered into the record of a Surface Transportation Board probe into demurrage. Photo credit: Ari Ashe"][/caption]A white paper developed by a coalition of beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) and truckers...

Newark land seizure opens port warehousing potential

[caption caption="Newark hopes that the seizure of about 45 land tracts next to the Port of New York and New Jersey, including abandoned and badly maintained parcels, can help jump-start an effort to build needed warehouses in their place. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley."][/caption]As the Port of New York and...

C.H. Robinson expands in Europe with Dema acquisition

[caption caption="Mid-single-digit volume growth is boosting C.H. Robinson’s trucking business in Europe. Photo credit: Shuttlestock.com."][/caption]C.H. Robinson Worldwide is building on volume growth in its European truckload business by acquiring Dema Service S.p.A., an Italian road transport operator, the company said Thursday. The acquisition, the terms of which were not made...

S&P: Global economic growth ‘slower, but healthier’ in 2019

[caption caption="S&P Senior Economist Boris Glass tells the Breakbulk Europe conference he expects global GDP to grow at an average rate of 3.6 percent from 2020 through 2022. Photo credit: Janet Nodar."][/caption]BREMEN -- Is the global economy back on track after a late-year market scare and ongoing trade spats, or...

Carriers double down on container sensors

[caption caption="Traxens is one of a number of container or shipment level sensor makers, but it has the advantage of direct investment from two of the world's top shipping lines. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. "][/caption]Container tracking sensor maker Traxens will have 100,000 boxes fitted with its devices by the end of 2020,...

US truck tonnage spike belies softer reality

[caption caption="The shifting of freight from the first quarter to April, plus a late date for Easter, helped send the ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index higher than expected. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]After months of dismal surface freight demand, for-hire truck tonnage surged in April, climbing 7.4 percent from March and rising...

VCs taking long odds on big logistics wins

[caption caption="The venture capital model sees investors take the risk, but it does have competitive impacts on existing software and services providers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]There’s a simplistic formula in the venture capital (VC) world that sounds crazy to those outside of it: one, maybe two, investments out of 10 will...

US chemicals exports in 2019 hinge on Chinese tariffs

[caption caption="US containerized chemical exports grew 4.4 percent to 1.5 million TEU in 2018, with China accounting for 14.2 percent of the total, according to PIERS. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]After a 4.4 percent increase in the volume of US containerized chemical exports in 2018, the sector’s health this year will be...

US regulators set sights on rail demurrage

[caption caption="The Surface Transportation Board heard from bulk and merchandise shippers, the Federal Maritime Commission, and Class I railroads about demurrage policies and whether they are reasonable. Photo Credit: Ari Ashe."][/caption]On Wednesday, the US Surface Transportation Board (STB) grilled railroad executives about demurrage and accessorial policies, a hot-button issue with...

8VC bringing logistics expertise to industry wary of venture approach

[caption caption="8VC was an early investor in freight startups Flexport, project44, and KeepTruckin, and has enlisted veterans of Walmart and UPS as advisors. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A select group of venture capital (VC) firms are responding to skepticism in the logistics industry of the value technology startups provide by tapping logistics...

More Antwerp port terminals expand hours to handle growth

[caption caption="The decision to extend gate hours at two of the port of Antwerp's five terminals is aimed at reducing the pressure on the terminals from increasingly larger vessels. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]CORRECTION: A previous version of this story mistated the 2018 annual and Q1 2019 throughput of Antwerp, citing cargo...

Grupo Mexico’s FEC fuels Mexico-Florida all-water services

[caption caption="The ports of Miami (pictured) and Tampa see opportunity, not competition, in all-water services from Mexico. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HOUSTON — Grupo México’s 2017 purchase of Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) is opening up opportunities for Florida ports to win new business that once flowed through Mexican ports and crossed the...

Trans-Pacific carriers begin blanking sailings

[caption caption="Eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates from Asia to the West Coast have slipped 14.6 percent to $1,442 per FEU in the last two weeks. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Trans-Pacific container carriers are beginning to skip sailings for June as they prepare for decelerated growth of US imports from Asia due to tariffs...