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Port of Mobile launches search for new CEO

[caption caption="The Port of Mobile is looking for a leader that can oversee the port's container, auto, bulk, and breakbulk operations. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The next head of the Port of Mobile will need to show the innovation and leadership skills to manage plans to double the port’s container handling capacity...

Spate of news out of Maersk reflects reinvention pressures

[caption caption="A recent spree of news from Maersk comes as the world's largest container line is looking to reinvent itself as an end-to-end logistics provider. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Maersk’s busy last week — making four product, investment, and customer acquisition announcements — resembles the vigor one would find in a startup,...

Survive and Thrive This Holiday Season: Grow Your LSP Through Digitization

Is it the most wonderful time of the year? With an influx of goods, distribution centers and stores should be prepared. LSPs are especially affected as they play a pivotal role in ensuring that orders are delivered on time and stores are well stocked for the peak season. With Blume...

Slowing growth darkens outlook for India's public ports

[caption caption="India’s 12 major port entities saw combined container throughput slide 5.5 percent year over year in November, to 763,000 TEU. Photo credit: DP World Chennai."][/caption]The cargo bleed at India’s major public ports in recent months has begun to accelerate, putting additional pressure on stakeholders who need to regain market...

Consumers keep wheels on US freight economy

[caption caption="Retail shipments are filling tractor-trailers as US manufacturing struggles to recover from a slowdown. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The freight economy is getting a visit of the faster-growing ghost of Christmas past — 2017 that is — with the US economic signals pulsing stronger in the final months of 2019, capping...

Allcargo deal poised to reshape India logistics play

[caption caption="Allcargo’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Gati Ltd. give it access to a pan-India network covering some 19,000 delivery points, a fleet of more than 5,000 trucks, and some 2,500 last-mile e-commerce delivery assets. Illustration credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Once a niche player in the freight forwarding world, Allcargo Logistics Ltd....

Sponsored: How do we cut global shipping emissions?

Sponsored: Sandra Karlsson, head of DGF GoGreen Europe for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses the significance of IMO 2020, the regulation's actual impact, consumer expectations, and exciting decarbonization options available to shippers.2019 Container Trade Europe, Hamburg, Germany ...

Baltimore port gets funding for double-stack rail access

[caption caption="Maryland state officials say they have the funds to move ahead with worth that will allow double-stacked trains to go in and out of the Port of Baltimore. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley."][/caption]After attempting for at least seven years to secure full funding for a project that would provide...

White to step down as executive director at Port of Baltimore

[caption caption="The Port of Baltimore has grown volume of cargo and the number of vehicles it handles during the 18-year tenure of James J. White, executive director of the Maryland Port Authority. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley."][/caption]The Maryland Port Authority is searching for a new executive director after James J....

Strong shippers tie transportation, procurement

[caption caption="Strong shippers understand the interconnection between service and price. Photo credit: Wikicommons."][/caption]Tension between a shipper’s transportation and procurement departments is a natural occurrence, but the most effective shippers know how to overcome that to work on a united front with an understanding of how service, pricing, and data are...

Maersk expands Indian tech startup accelerator program

[caption caption="Maersk has rolled out a third edition of its “OceanPro” accelerator, a digital interactive platform it unveiled in October 2018 to bring greater visibility through the supply chain. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Maersk is going all out to encourage more Indian technology startups to collaborate with its innovation in logistics solutions,...

Australian shippers cautious on carrier exemption review

[caption caption="The head of Australia’s competition watchdog says class exemptions for container shipping companies from competition laws are becoming “harder to justify.” Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Australian shippers are adopting a cautious approach to a review by the country’s competition watchdog on whether to continue the class exemption for container shipping companies...

Special report: No two days the same in breakbulk chartering

[caption caption="BBC's chartering desk interacts constantly as they fit together solutions for feeding ships with freight and moving cargo around the globe. Photo credit: BBC Chartering/Lilian Kalmus."][/caption](The following is part two of a six-part series examining vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector.)Fitting the pieces together “We book the cargo and then...

Infrastructure bank commits financing for new Montreal terminal

[caption caption="The Port of Montreal is expected to go ahead with construction of a fifth terminal, possibly beginning in 2020, after the Canada Infrastructure Bank committed financing Thursday. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The Canada Infrastructure Bank on Wednesday said it will help finance a new Montreal container terminal to the tune of...

Recouped interim low-sulfur surcharges bode well for carriers

[caption caption="Carriers and non-vessel-operating common carriers say low-sulfur fuel surcharges must be passed on to customers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Encouraged by the sticking of interim low-sulfur surcharges last week — as reflected by a bump in Asia-US spot rates — carriers and forwarders say they are holding firm on not accepting cargo for...

As ELD tightens, tech tries to squeeze truck hours

[caption caption="There is no shortage of ELD makers in the market as drivers grapple with a Dec. 16 mandate to switch from AOBRDs, so device makers face a challenge to differentiate themselves. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The increasing value placed on the permitted working hours of US truck drivers, driven largely through...

Special report: The art of breakbulk chartering

[caption caption=" "][/caption][caption caption="BBC's chartering desk fits together solutions for feeding ships with freight and moving cargo around the globe. Credit: BBC Chartering/Lilian Kalmus"][/caption](The following is part one of a six-part series examining vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector.)“There’s only a small group of people in the world with this expertise,”...

ODFL sees US LTL volumes ‘stabilizing’

[caption caption="ODFL’s LTL tons per day dropped 5.3 percent year over year in November, while shipments were down 5.7 percent. Photo credit: Old Dominion Freight Line."][/caption]Shipping trends “stabilized” in November at Old Dominion Freight Line, but tonnage and shipments continued a year-over-year decline, the less-than-truckload (LTL) motor carrier said Wednesday....

New Syracuse inland port serving NY-NJ yields early dividends

[caption caption="CSX Transportation hopes that its new inland port in Syracuse will provide shippers looking to move cargo between the Port of New York and New Jersey and Central New York State with an alternative to trucking their cargo. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]CSX Transportation is planning to fully launch its inland...

Air cargo slowdown enters peak season

[caption caption="It is getting harder to fill air cargo planes as volume continues its steady decline that started late last year. Phoro credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Global air cargo has already had a year to forget, with October marking its 12th consecutive month of declining year-over-year volume as the industry staggers into what...