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Maersk revives no-show fees for bookings

[caption caption="Maersk currently has 3,000 customers a week using its digital booking engine, accounting for approximately 100,000 TEU per quarter. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Maersk on Tuesday said it will attempt to revive a reciprocal penalty to remedy the thorny issue of shippers no-showing their container bookings and carriers overbooking and rolling...

Tariff ‘whipsaw’ rattles US LTL freight networks

[caption caption="Higher inventories are forcing US trucking companies to reexamine distribution networks. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The impact of higher US tariffs is being felt at US truck terminals far from seaports, as a buildup in inventories in advance of higher tariffs on Chinese goods stresses the resources...

ILWU Canada approves contract; employer vote remains

[caption caption="ILWU Canada membership voted 77.18 percent in favor of the new contract, which now must be ratified by the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA). Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU Canada) membership at the weekend voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new waterfront contract, which...

Cosco raises concerns over low-sulfur supply

[caption caption="No matter what measures are taken by container carriers to prepare for the advent of the low-sulfur shipping regime, a surge in costs is inevitable, says Cosco. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Meeting demand for fuel compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO's) sulfur fuel cap that will go into effect Jan....

Auto-strads offer cheaper automation for terminals

[caption caption="APM Terminals in Los Angeles is seeking to reduce its labor costs with unmanned auto-strads. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]An auto-strad operation, such as the one APM Terminals intends to develop in Los Angeles, requires one-third of the upfront cost of a fully automated facility, but delivers less than half of...

Reefer shippers willing to pay for improved service

[caption caption="Cold storage capacity is tight at nearly every major container port across the US, and the high cost of development is a primary reason. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The one constant in the global refrigerated (reefer) cargo market is a unified call from beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) for improved, consistent service...

Spot rates, volume declines leave trans-Pac carriers one option

[caption caption="Beneficial cargo owners and carriers anticipate imports from Asia this year will be down sharply from the 15.5 percent increase in the fourth quarter of 2018; carriers appear determined to prop up spot rates through strict capacity management. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]With trans-Pacific eastbound spot rates falling for a third...

Ex-WWL executive tapped as next AAPA chief

[caption caption="AAPA represents 130 member ports in the US, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Veteran maritime executive Christopher J. Connor has been chosen as the next president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the top US port lobby.Connor, former global CEO of Wallenius...

US truckload carriers see market shift, higher rates ahead

[caption caption="A surprising 20 percent of truckload carriers surveyed said they expect contract rates to rise 5 percent in the next six months, even though only 5 percent said they have won such an increase in the last month. Photo: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Some truckload carriers apparently haven’t received the message the freight...

Supply chain software aimed at cutting retail waste

[caption caption="Administrative inefficiencies and physical waste hamper supply chains around the world, but it"][/caption]Supply chain software has the potential to help retailers reduce waste, both physical and intangible, speakers at a symposium held by the Worldwide Supply Chain Federation in New York said Wednesday.Technology vendors covering a wide spectrum of...

Montreal awaits operator input on new terminal

[caption caption="The port of Montreal has handled 716,681 loaded and unloaded TEU in the first five months of 2019, up 6.8 percent over the same period last year, according to port data. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The Port of Montreal’s two terminal operators have six weeks to decide whether to work together...

Sponsored: CargoSphere's Barni on rates space innovation

Sponsored: CargoSphere Managing Director Neil Barni discusses his company's approach to bringing digital innovation to the area of rate analysis within the shipping industry.  TPM19, Long Beach, California...

US economy nears crossroads as shipping costs, volumes drop

[caption caption="A sharp decline in shipper spending and freight volumes causes some to sound the recession alarm, but others still see slower growth, not steep decline, amid tariff threats. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The US economic scene is replete with mixed signals, but fewer and fewer of them are favorable to shippers...

LA terminal automation proceeds after permit vote

[caption caption="Port automation is so controversial that the LA harbor commission was still split 3-2 after impassioned arguments on both sides of the APM Terminals Pier 400 debate. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The Los Angeles Harbor Commission Thursday approved a construction permit required by APM Terminals to automate less than 25 percent...

Sponsored: Trust broken, AGL's Slangerup says; shipping relies on relationships

Sponsored: Jon Slangerup, chairman and CEO of American Global Logistics (AGL), on carriers moving into the forwarding space and the impact that encroaching is having on relationships within an industry that relies on trust. Slangerup gives his thoughts on going beyond competitive pricing as well as the realities creating barriers...

Canal competition for US East Coast cargo heats up

[caption caption="The Panama Canal Authority is offering reduced rates to transit the waterway as competition from the Suez begins to pick up. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The escalating US-China trade war and the high cost of fuel are expected to play significant roles in determining which canals are used by carriers on...

New inspection facility to speed Vancouver cargo

[caption caption="Vancouver handled 3.4 million laden and empty TEU last year, up 4.4 percent over 2017, according to port statistics. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on Monday opened the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility near the Port of Vancouver, which should reduce processing times while improving cargo velocity in...

Disconnects hamper drayage digitalization

[caption caption="Drayage providers — both asset-based and not — are keenly aware of the need to drive more digital options for shippers, but brokers also are wary of sacrificing hard-fought relationships in favor of marketplaces. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The drayage industry is inching toward a scenario where more transactions will be digital, but...

Concor-Cogoport pact advances India's supply chain digitization

[caption caption="Digitization is part of Concor’s integrator strategy — one aimed at transforming itself from a niche rail transporter to a one-stop shipper shop. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A strategic alliance between Indian containerized rail leader Container Corporation of India (Concor) and domestic digital freight marketplace Cogoport can be a supply chain...

Maersk trials biofuel in drive to decarbonize

[caption caption="Maersk believes biofuel is part of the solution on the road to decarbonizing the container shipping industry. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Global clothing retailer H&M Group has completed a carbon neutral trial shipment with a Maersk Line vessel powered by biofuel, the second such trial this year as carriers search for...