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Spot rate declines continue in eastbound Pacific

[caption caption="US imports from Asia have been unable to build momentum of late, which is reflected in general rate increases (GRIs) that take effect one week, but deteriorate rapidly in subsequent weeks. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Spot rates from Asia to the United States declined for the third consecutive week, sending a...

Shipping emissions data quality not an excuse for inaction

[caption caption="Shippers need to scale up their involvement in carbon footprint reducing initiatives, and the tools to measure and reduce CO2 levels are available. Photo credit: Shutterstock"][/caption]HAMBURG, Germany — Shippers should not use doubts over data quality as an excuse to postpone taking action to reduce the carbon footprint of...

Government response to union pushback to shape future port automation

[caption caption="The share of US workers with union memberships has fallen from 20 percent in 1985 to 10.5 percent in 2018, according to US Department of Labor statistics. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]United States and Canadian governments, from the federal to the local levels, are beginning to wrestle with how to respond...

Low-single-digit growth forecast for ocean, intermodal sectors

[caption caption="Despite flat to low-single-digit growth in volumes, freight rates are unlikely to fall too far as ocean and surface transportation providers look to manage capacity. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Industry analysts who addressed the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA’s) annual conference this week in Long Beach predicted flat to low-single-digit...

No ‘one size fits all’ for smart container use

[caption caption="Mediterranean Shipping Co. has committed to deploying 50,000 smart containers by 2020, using devices manufactured by Traxens. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HAMBURG — Forecasts for an uptick in the use of sensor-enabled ocean containers by shipping lines over the next few years varies widely depending on views of how integral the resultant...

Best supply chains look inward: speakers

[caption caption="Rosser, McKean, Burke, and Mike Regan (left to right) discuss how shippers of choice are as strong internally as they are externally. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/JOC.com."][/caption]Being a shipper of choice is often as much of an internal discussion as anything else, and the best are well-integrated companies without impenetrable...

Indian freight groups press government on surcharges

[caption caption="The bulk of India"][/caption]Freight industry groups in India are renewing calls for the government to provide greater transparency into ocean carrier surcharges and shipment procedures after what they say was a fruitless end to previous efforts to regulate or streamline controversial supply chain issues.The latest intervention with the Ministry...

Shippers find value going digital on LTL

[caption caption="Pitt Ohio is one of a small group of less-than-truckload companies working with shippers to convert bills of lading into digital documents rather than pen and paper. Photo credit: Pitt Ohio."][/caption]Many less-than-truckload (LTL) shippers use paper bills of lading rather than tablets and smartphones, but companies with digital solutions...

Mongla port targets Chittagong apparel exports

[caption caption="Mongla handled 57,732 TEU of containers and 11.31 million metric tons of bulk cargo in the 2018-19 fiscal year, up from 42,989 TEU and 9.7 million mt in the previous year. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Bangladesh's second seaport, Mongla, began garment exports Thursday as part of a test case to determine...

Shea, Lytle honored at Connie ceremonies

[caption caption="The West Coast Connie Awards recognized Bill Shea for more than 30 years in the intermodal industry and Chris Lytle’s 53-year maritime career, most recently at the Port of Oakland (above). Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Bill Shea, president and CEO of Direct ChassisLink, on Tuesday received the West Coast Connie Award...

No easy fix for chassis conundrum: speakers

[caption caption="Chassis issues continue to be a flashpoint for disagreement among supply chain participants. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Issues involving chassis interoperability, shortages, and dislocation continue to hamper productivity at US ports and inland rail ramps, and there is no single solution on the horizon that will make those problems go away,...

FedEx Freight profit up 10 percent; LTL shipments ‘settle’

[caption caption="LTL volumes have slipped at FedEx Freight, but remain higher than in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]With $7.6 billion in revenue in its last fiscal year, FedEx Freight is by far the largest United States trucking company and less-than-truckload (LTL) operator, but it has competition.“There are other...

Port automation threatens US West Coast labor peace

[caption caption="The months-long dispute between APM Terminals and Los Angeles dockworkers at the Pier 400 facility revealed deeply entrenched and diametrically opposed views over automation. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The months-long dispute between APM Terminals and Los Angeles dockworkers revealed deeply entrenched and diametrically opposed views over automation, boding poorly for labor...

No-deal Brexit fears spur search for short-sea options

[caption caption="A no-deal Brexit is expected to cause chaos at UK border entry points, particularly on the busy Calais-Dover corridor. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HAMBURG, Germany — Shippers are intensifying their search for alternative routes in and out of the United Kingdom as the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline looms over cross-Channel trade.Intermodal...

Lineage Logistics adds cold-storage space in Europe

[caption caption="Lineage has expanded its cold storage capacity through acquisition in the US, Asia, and Europe this year. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]United States-based cold-storage specialist Lineage Logistics is adding two European facilities to its international temperature-controlled logistics network, one in Venlo, Netherlands, and the other in Rijkevorsel, Belgium. The facilities were...

Container lines: Mandatory slow-steaming would hurt more than help

[caption caption="Reducing vessel speeds minimizes the amount of fuel burned in transit, thereby limiting GHG emissions on a per-voyage basis by up to 30 percent, according to one nonprofit. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HAMBURG, Germany — The head of the group representing major global container lines on Wednesday downplayed the potential for...

E-commerce pushes ODFL to expand LTL terminal network

[caption caption="Shipment volumes at ODFL were down 4 percent overall in August, but the carrier says it needs additional LTL capacity in many US markets. Photo credit: Old Dominion Freight Line."][/caption]Old Dominion Freight Line is betting on continued economic growth by expanding its own terminal network. The less-than-truckload (LTL) trucking...

Trucking execs temper IMO 2020 diesel concerns

[caption caption="Derek Leathers (far left) said at this CSCMP panel that the drug clearinghouse, hair follicle testing, and AOBRD transition to ELDs will have a bigger impact on shippers using trucking in 2020 than the IMO's low-sulfur diesel rule. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/JOC.com."][/caption]Trucking executives say they aren’t expecting a large...

Truckers bemoan AB 5 effect on California drayage

[caption caption="The ultimate outcome from AB 5 could play out in other states where government agencies have been targeting the independent contractor model in occupations such as drayage. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Trucking representatives this week warned that newly-passed legislation in California that places tighter restrictions on the ability of motor carriers...

Confidence in low-sulfur supply, shipper acceptance builds

[caption caption="The IMO low-sulfur mandate will cost the container shipping industry $10 billion to $15.7 billion more annually, according to various estimates. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]HAMBURG, Germany — Container lines and analysts are signaling higher confidence in there being enough low-sulfur bunker fuel supply to meet the global mandate and willingness...