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Mexico’s Progreso plans new container, auto facilities

[caption caption="The Mexican Port of Progreso, a popular cruise liner destination, will undergo an expansion of its freight capacity, with an enhancement of the existing container terminal and the construction of a new one. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Mexican authorities plan to build a new container terminal and auto handling facility at...

Trans-Pac spot rate drop underscores modest peak forecast

[caption caption="Carriers have positioned themselves for a soft August-October peak season by blanking a record 31 sailings in the eastbound trans-Pacific in the second quarter. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A drop in eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates, putting them down 29 percent from last year; and signs of weakening consumer confidence after record...

Midwest, NE truck lanes buck falling US rates

[caption caption="Trucking rates have climbed in August out of Chicago and nearby Joliet (above), a silver lining in the 2019 freight downturn. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Despite the talk of apocalyptic conditions in US trucking this year, there are markets where shipping activity is picking up in August.In the Midwest and Northeast,...

Using IoT & Visibility to Safeguard Product Integrity in Transit

You have tightly controlled quality assurance processes at your suppliers, packagers and plants. But once your product has left those safe havens, how do you maintain product integrity? You must ensure safety and compliance from end to end, including while the product is in transit.Hear real practical examples and lessons...

Sponsored: Gulf terminal operators eye breakbulk trends

Stevedore and terminal operator Gulf Stream Marine Vice President Tony Jaworski and Business Development Manager Brett Holliday discuss expectations for steel trade, wind energy, and consolidation.2019 JOC Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference, New Orleans ...

2019 JOC Directory of Trucking Companies

[caption caption="The 2019 JOC Directory of Trucking Companies is a one-stop source of information for North American shippers and third-party logistics providers on nearly 180 select trucking companies in the United States and Canada. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The 2019 JOC Directory of Trucking Companies is a one-stop source of information for North...

Major container lines to study alternative fuels

[caption caption="The World Shipping Council wants to channel ideas and possibilities for a zero-carbon alternative shipping fuel through a new IMO research group. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The World Shipping Council (WSC) is setting up an international research board under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that will direct and fund research and...

Fr. Meyer's Sohn: Forwarders fuel modern supply chain, not carriers

[caption caption="Digitalization is driving fundamental change in the supply chain, and the complexity is difficult for carriers and shippers to manage. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Forwarders will play a pivotal role in supply chains of the future, with the threat to their middleman role coming from a failure to adapt to a...

Weathering the Trade Policy Storm: Trade Content Is Key

Supply chains are running at full steam, despite many obstacles; rising transportation costs, sourcing shifts, retaliatory tariffs, demanding customers and other challenges will affect all industries - and often not for the better. This eBook discusses the stormy, highly unpredictable environment of global trade and the measures you can take...

LA-LB terminals expect smooth peak season flow

[caption caption="Average truck turn times at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex jumped 7.8 percent to 83 minutes in July, according to data from the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA). Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach say a drop in productivity last month was...

Decarbonization pressures driving changes in container shipping

[caption caption="There were 356 all-electric or hybrid vessels either in operation or under construction as of July 1, 2019, compared with 318 liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ships. Photo credit: Sue Abt/Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The container shipping sector has finally begun to acknowledge its impact on the environment, but questions still remain on how...

Will the US-China tariff tit-for-tat ever end?

Much has been said recently in the general press about the latest round of tariffs and what did or did not prompt President Trump to decide that Aug. 1 was the right time to impose an additional 10 percent duty on the goods from China on the final version of...

Private JNPT terminals resist incentives for Chabahar calls

[caption caption="India Ports Global Pvt. Ltd. (IPGPL) terminals at Chabahar, located 790 miles from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (pictured), handled just 225 TEU in its first three months of operations this year. Photo credit: PSA India."][/caption]Indian port leaders are facing pushback from private terminal operators at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust...

US truckload rates remain depressed this summer

[caption caption="The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index was flat in July and is expected to go negative in August for the first time since March 2017. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Although United States trucking companies were hopeful that a strong June was signaling an end to what’s been called a freight recession, the...

New Maersk booking reliability product making inroads

[caption caption="Shippers are booking an average of 8,000 FEU each week on the largest global container carrier's Maersk Spot platform. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A Maersk Line product launched in June that penalizes shippers that fail to deliver cargo as booked online and rebates them if the carrier doesn’t keep up its...

Mallory Alexander building project cargo unit

[caption caption="Michael Confessore, forwarder Mallory Alexander’s new director of project and breakbulk services, says there’s still plenty of value for project forwarders to provide despite the growing trend of shippers taking more freight-related tasks in-house. Photo credit: Mallory Alexander."][/caption]Long-time project cargo forwarding veteran Michael Confessore has joined Memphis-based Mallory Alexander...

Maersk boosts profits, warns of tariffs slowing trade

[caption caption="Maersk has reported gains in revenue, rates, and utilization as its march to greater profitability continues. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Maersk Line’s focus on profitability ahead of gaining volume and market share has shown through in its second quarter results. The Copenhagen-based ocean carrier increased average rates, improved its operating margins,...

Sponsored: Prince Rupert looks ahead to next million TEUs

Sponsored: Shaun Stevenson was promoted to president and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert in late 2018. In this interview, Stevenson discusses the capacity challenges of early growth, hitting the 1 million TEU milestone, and plans for 2019 expansion.TPM19, Long Beach, California...

Containers, cranes removed from US tariff list

[caption caption="A ZPMC crane in Jacksonville, Florida. ZPMC is only one of two manufacturers of ship-to-shore cranes and both suppliers build the equipment in China. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/JOC.com."][/caption]The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has removed ship-to-shore cranes and shipping containers from a list of $300 billion in goods subject...

Proposed HOS reforms would give US truckers relief

[caption caption="The FMCSA proposed rule would increase flexibility on a number of issues that often now cause drivers to push the safety limits when stopping might be a better option. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/JOC.com."][/caption]The top United States truck regulatory agency is proposing a series of reforms to hours-of-service regulations designed...