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Logistics buyers balancing automation with human autonomy

[caption caption="Automation works best when it is least disruptive to the systems on which logistics professionals currently rely, Jenna Brown, co-founder and CEO of London-based technology provider Shipamax, told the JOC Emerging Tech Summit. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The notion that logistics practitioners want a pure self-service model for procuring and managing...

Freighter slot restrictions drag down Schiphol’s annual volume

[caption caption="Ongoing freighter slot constraints saw movements of all-cargo aircraft at Amsterdam Schiphol in 2019 declining 11.2 percent year over year. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Ongoing restrictions of full freighter slots at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport dragged down annual air cargo demand at the European gateway in 2019, with volume declining across all...

DP World seeks stake in Russia’s Fesco

[caption caption="DP World said it would invest $350 million in the Vladivostok seaport (pictured). Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]DP World is deepening its containerized rail presence in Europe, acquiring an ownership interest this week in a Swiss operator of inland container depots and seeking Russian approval to take a stake in Fesco,...

Carriers skipping congested Le Havre amid French longshore strike

[caption caption="A dockworkers strike has severely disrupted operations at France's busiest container port of Le Havre. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Carriers are continuing to skip calls at the French container ports of Le Havre and Marseille-Fos this week amid a dockworkers strike in support of ongoing union action against government pension reforms.Hapag-Lloyd...

BluJay, project44 team up in latest TMS-visibility partnership

[caption caption="As visibility solutions become more widely used, shippers have told JOC.com that they prefer to have visibility data integrated directly into their transportation management software. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The transportation management system (TMS) software provider BluJay Solutions and visibility provider project44 have formed an integration, the companies said Thursday, in...

Indian terminal pricing regulations challenge carrier freight contracts

[caption caption="Customs officials at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust have set Feb. 5 as the deadline for enforcement of a new procedure allowing shippers to settle terminal handling charges on direct port delivery shipments directly with terminal operators. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]As Indian officials increasingly target potential transparency gaps in logistics...

Federal preemption precedent narrows path for AB5 victory

[caption caption="Two court cases in California seek to determine if licensed motor carriers can contract with owner-operator drivers, or whether the LMCs must hire the drivers as employees. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Supporters of a new worker classification law in California that would make it harder for trucking companies to contract with...

Nine former Zeamarine ships added to UHL’s fleet list

[caption caption="UHL’s Tasmanic Winter passing the Elbphilharmonie building on the Elbe in Hamburg, Germany. Photo credit: UHL."][/caption]Multipurpose/heavy-lift (MPV/HL) carrier United Heavy Lift has added nine Zeamarine ships to its published fleet list, according to a report by German shipping publication Hansa International Maritime Journal.The new UHL 900 “Eco Lifters” are...

Top container makers warn on profits as trade slump bites

[caption caption="The US-China trade war will put a dent in the 2019 earnings reports of the world’s two biggest container manufacturers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Slowing trade growth and fallout from the United States-China trade war have claimed further casualties after the world's two biggest container makers — China International Marine Containers (CIMC)...

US East Coast port growth dragged to three-year low in 2019

[caption caption="The top 10 US East Coast ports saw their combined throughput growth slow from 5.1 percent in the first 11 months of 2018 to just 2.5 percent through November 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Slowing global economic growth and the United States-China trade war dragged container cargo growth at US East...

US manufacturing upturn may boost spring freight volumes, truck rates

[caption caption="IHS Markit’s purchasing managers index shows US manufacturing activity growing, although at a modest rate. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The US manufacturing sector, according to many reports, is in bad shape. But signs of a recovery, albeit a weak one, are beginning to add up, and that could mean a stronger-than-expected...

US trucking market stabilizing, but jitters remain

[caption caption="The trucking panel at the NITL conference discussed how to remain a shipper of choice regardless of whether rates are increasing or decreasing and why some shippers revert to bad habits. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/JOC.com."][/caption]SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The freight market ended 2019 on a high note for carriers...

APL Logistics aiming to bridge data quality gap

[caption caption="Visibility data aggregators have attempted to build multimodal standalone platforms that improve the experience for shippers, but APL Logistics is taking a more direct approach to data quality. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Phoenix-based third-party logistics provider (3PL) APL Logistics (APLL) Wednesday unveiled a proprietary cargo visibility product for shippers intended to...

Cosco’s $1 billion profit forecast for 2019 includes LBCT sale

[caption caption="China's largest carrier is heading for a profit windfall in 2019, with a little help from a terminal sale. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Cosco Shipping Holdings has forecast 2019 net profit of almost $1 billion, although the figure includes a significant one-off gain from the October sale of the Long Beach...

NJ classification bills crimping independent truckers signed into law

[caption caption="Truckers in the Port of New York and New Jersey worry that Governor Phil Murphy's focus on tightening classification rules could hurt the owner-operator drayage drivers in the port. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley."][/caption]A half-dozen bills that could make it more difficult for owner-operator truckers and other independent contractors...

Container line-shipper relationships fail to evolve

[caption caption="The number of major east-west carriers is half of what it was four years ago. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]On March 5, 2001, then-CEO of Neptune Orient Lines Flemming Jacobs took to the stage at the first TPM conference with a direct message for shippers: The time had come for the...

North American intermodal fortunes tied to coastal import share?

[caption caption="Over the past 9 years, approximately 0.64 to 0.72 TEU moved on rail for every import TEU received at a North American port. Photo credit: Jonelle DeFelice/Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A migration of cargo import routings into North America from west to east has been under way for over a decade. This is...

Australian shippers face strike action, surging port charges

[caption caption="Maritime union leaders said workers would be embarking on a new campaign of industrial action after DP World Australia canceled some vacation leave and banned workers, including at the Port of Brisbane (above), from meeting union representatives on company property. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Shippers using DP World’s four Australian terminals...

Early rise in low-sulfur fuel price triggers Maersk increase

[caption caption="The steep rise in the price of low-sulfur fuel has caused Maersk to raise its surcharges. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Shippers using Maersk Line will see their bunker adjustment factor (BAF) rise $50 to $200 per FEU from March 1 after the jump in the price of low-sulfur fuel in the...

Drewry expects 6 percent average MPV/HL rate growth in 2020

[caption caption="The AAL Newcastle delivers six RTGs (rubber-tire gantry cranes), each 25 m x 14 m x 26 m, from Taicang Port, China, to the South Florida Container Terminal at Port Miami. Photo credit: AAL."][/caption]Average time charter rates for the multipurpose and heavy-lift (MPV/HL) fleet will rise 6 percent in...