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US 25 percent China imports tariff scrambles supply chains, strains warehouses

Already chaotic and upended, the Trump administration’s proposed Jan. 1 25 percent tariff on imports from China is causing importers to scramble for ocean, truck, and rail capacity – with the next ramification being the warehouse variable: will there be any space after the front-loading? (Above: The Port of Los...

GPA targets 8 million-TEU capacity by 2028

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Griff Lynch delivers the State of the Port address Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Savannah, Georgia, United States. Photo credit: GPA/Stephen B. Morton. The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) said the last 12 months have been strong for beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) moving containers through Savannah,...

US carriers using trucker feedback to size up shippers

“People need to be aware data [are] more available to us than ever before in real time about what’s happening at their facilities across America,” Derek Leathers, president and CEO of truckload carrier Werner Enterprises, said at the Transform 2018 Technology Executive Summit in Chicago. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. CHICAGO — Shippers...

New labor classification law at NY-NJ prompts trucker concern

The Teamsters union, which pushed for the rule change, believes a large proportion of the port’s trucker owner-operators could be found to be employees under the new rule. Truckers say the impact could range from merely creating an “administrative headache," to prompting some to leave the port, and perhaps the...

China-Europe rail on track for long term despite headwinds

The China-Europe rail services have been growing rapidly, particularly during the last two years, as shippers seek a price/time middle ground to that offered by costly-in-comparison and faster air cargo services to cheaper but slower ocean routing. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. HAMBURG — In spite of bottlenecks lengthening transits, changing Chinese subsidies,...

Rapid tech ‘transformation’ tests shippers, carriers

Speakers at project44’s Transform 2018 Technology Executive Summit here last week said it’s no longer a question of whether to adopt technologies that automate supply chains but how. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. CHICAGO — Mounting costs, exacting, time-sensitive customers, and a deluge of data are accelerating the development of transportation technology, pushing...

Chassis remain on US tariff list, port cranes removed

One business model difference bwtween the two pieces of equipment: US businesses are not being harmed on cranes but are on chassis. (Above: Chassis stacked in the United States.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Marine terminals were spared a multimillion-dollar tariff that could have placed a crimp into projects to expand US ports,...

FMC seeks definitions to resolve detention-demurrage issue

Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca Dye (above) said her investigation into detention and demurrage will chiefly focus on developing uniform definitions and identifying the responsibilities of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators to make containers accessible during free time. Photo credit: Ari Ashe. In her first comments since a draft report on...

SSA Containers' DeNike wins West Coast Connie Award

Fifty-two-year shipping industry veteran Ed DeNike received the West Coast Containerization & Intermodal Institute Connie Award Tuesday in Long Beach, California. Photo credit: JOC staff. Ed DeNike, president of SSA Containers and a 52-year veteran of the terminal operating industry, received the 2018 West Coast Connie Award that is presented each...

Challenges delay ILWU president election result announcement

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union declined comment, and there has been no public announcement on the details of the challenges, but the union’s constitution is clear on the multistep process that will unfold over the next two months. Employers do not anticipate any impact on cargo handling at West...

PSA’s JNPT terminal winning business on productivity

Amid prolonged weak demand and surplus container-ship capacity, efficiency has become the paramount concern regarding ocean carriers’ terminal choices. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Ocean carriers offering regular calls at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) — India’s busiest container harbor — are slowly but steadily building up their interest in PSA International’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT),...

Shippers in worst-case-scenario mode before pivotal Brexit talks

Brexit negotiations between Brussels and London have reached a decisive stage with significant progress required in the coming weeks to ensure a deal is struck ahead of the UK’s departure on March 29, 2019. (Above: Dover port, United Kingdom.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The fate of a sizeable chunk of Europe’s supply...

Zeaborn won’t confirm, deny Hansa Heavy Lift purchase talks

  “I cannot confirm or deny,” the report, said Holger Romer, head of communications at Bremen-based Zeaborn, which is also involved in ship management. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Zeaborn Group, the fast-growing German break-bulk/heavy lift/project cargo shipping company, has declined to confirm European news reports that it is in negotiations to acquire Hamburg-based...

Maersk restructuring latest phase in evolution toward integrator

The changes at Damco and Maersk extend to customers, operations, and pricing. Photo credit: Maersk. HAMBURG — Maersk is splitting its freight forwarding and supply chain services subsidiary Damco into two entities; folding two regional carriers into another, SeaLand; and decentralizing regional decision-making. The announcement, made Wednesday, is the latest phase in...

US port, rail service normalizing post hurricane, but I-95 delays persist

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the biggest disruption is for truckers traveling Interstate 95 through the Carolinas. Flooding has shut down most of I-95 in North Carolina, except for a nine-mile stretch. (Above: Wilmington, North Carolina.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Ports in South Carolina and Virginia are getting back to normal,...

UP's precision railroading effort raises shipper concern

  Precision railroading’s supporters argue that by running longer trains and eliminating waste, shippers will receive a higher level of service. Critics argue it prioritizes shareholders over service. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Union Pacific Railroad will begin a two-year process to implement precision railroading to address poor service to shippers this year, but it’s...

India private ports besting public in transshipment volume

  “Major ports along the east coast of India must have a combined strategic initiative to promote transshipment at their facilities,” McKinsey & Co. stated. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. India’s cabotage reform law — which opened coastal, container transportation to foreign-flag ocean carriers — was a step essentially intended to discourage transshipment via foreign hub ports by effectively...

US ports embrace ‘smart equipment’ to cut cost, boost efficiency

“The technologies are here. They’re being used, so get on it now,” Mike Saxton, chief commercial officer at Orange EV, told the Intermodal Association of North America Expo Monday in Long Beach. (Above: Containers stacked at the Port of Los Angeles.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The use of smart equipment, including autonomous...

Contract US truck rate growth to slow, but still climb, in 2019

US carriers are ordering trucks at record high numbers, but those trucks won’t be built, let alone hit the road, until next year. Drivers will still be hard to hire. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. After rising by double digits in 2018, US contract truckload rates could rise a more modest 5 percent...

Eastbound trans-Pacific volume strength fades early

The focus now turns to how dramatic the post-peak season decline will be, and if it will take place earlier than normal after shippers front-loaded their supply chains to avoid US tariffs. (Above: The Port of Los Angeles.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. US retailers’ mad rush this peak season to beat $200...