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US freight economy ‘rebalancing’: US Bank

[caption caption="US Bank foresees trucking recovering some speed lost in 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The US freight economy is “rebalancing” in early 2020 after taking a hit in the fourth quarter, according to Bobby Holland, US Bank vice president and director of freight data solutions. An increase in housing permits in...

The State of Intermodal

STRENGTHEN YOUR STRATEGY WITH INTERMODALAmid mounting disruptions to the transportation industry, now is the time for shippers to both diversify shipping strategies and lock in relationships with strategic intermodal carriers. Read this guide to learn about the mounting disruptions to consider when planning your transportation strategy and how to:Increase on-time delivery...

Lunar New Year calm sets path for less volatile trans-Pacific

[caption caption="Industry analysts project that going forward into the spring trade conditions in 2020 should resemble the years before the US-China trade war was launched in 2018. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Spot rates in the week leading up to the start of the Lunar New Year on Saturday were basically flat, and...

Container carriers gaining greater control of market

[caption caption="Container lines blanked 253 sailings in the east-west lanes in 2019 compared with just 145 skipped voyages in 2018. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Container shipping this year will continue to evolve away from its volatile past, with carriers taking more control of a market that, for most of the post-financial crisis...

Mexican port volumes in 2019 lowest in six years on slowing economy

[caption caption="Cargo volumes through the Port of Manzanillo, Mexico, fell by 3.8 percent in 2019, including a 7.2 percent decline in exports, according to Mexican government figures. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com "][/caption]Cargo volumes through Mexican ports fell in 2019 for the first time in six years as the country and some of...

Strong global growth offsets flagging trans-Pacific in 2019: OOCL

[caption caption="OOCL has reported a good first year under the ownership of Cosco Shipping. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]OOCL shrugged off the lagging trans-Pacific trade to post a solid operational result for 2019, its first full year as a Cosco Shipping subsidiary, with all the carrier’s other trades reporting increases in both...

VIDEO: Redrawing the NA logistics map (Sponsored)

Sponsored: Georgia Ports' Chief Operating Officer Ed McCarthy summarizes his JOC Inland Distribution Conference panel on the factors shifting cargo to the East Coast, the evolution of logistics hubs, and the greatest misconception about the port of Savannah.2019 JOC Inland Distribution Conference, Chicago...

CN taking more hands-on approach to create ‘Prince Rupert’ of the east

[caption caption="PSA Halifax, formerly known as Halterm and owned by Australia’s Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, sits on the deepest harbor on the East Coast of North America and can handle ships up to 16,000 TEU. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway (CN) aims to replicate in Eastern Canada...

Port of Mobile, ro-ro partners commit to new terminal

[caption caption="A new auto terminal at the Port of Mobile (above) will handle up to 150,000 units of rolling stock per year when completed in early 2021. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The Alabama State Port Authority and AutoMOBILE International Terminal (AIT) have signed a concession agreement for the $60 million roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro)...

Breakbulk & Project Cargo Returns to Nola

Port of New Orleans Commercial Director Janine Mansour joins JOC's Janet Nodar to announce the return of the Breakbulk and Project Cargo Conference to New Orleans 27-29 April 2020. ...

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"][/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 said in an advisory to customers the “severe port...

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...