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Ag shippers slam carriers for refusing some export loads

[caption caption="Soybean shippers say a critical shortage of containers at Asian load ports is putting pressure on carriers to reject some agricultural export loads. Photo credit: Matt Smith Photographer/Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Soybean exporters decried a “bombshell” decision by Hapag-Lloyd to suspend liftings of some agricultural shipments in order to rush empty containers back...

Halifax can now handle two mega-ships simultaneously

[caption caption="The expansion of PSA Halifax’s South End Container Terminal from 2,165 feet to 2,890 feet and its draft to 52.5 feet makes it the longest, deepest marine terminal berth in Eastern Canada. Photo credit: Joanne Dale/Shutterstock.com."][/caption]PSA International has completed an expansion of its container terminal in the Port of...

Competition sets European parcel market apart from US

[caption caption="Managing European small parcel shipments requires a nationalistic approach. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]US parcel shippers may envy their European counterparts due to the lack of holiday surcharges, but the trade-off is a lack of cross-border hassles that may occur in Europe.Anticipated higher e-commerce volumes during the 2020 holiday season are...

UP says intermodal rail fluid again; some IMCs not convinced

[caption caption="UP’s average intermodal train speed fell to 30.5 miles per hour in Weeks 27 through 39, the slowest for the July-September period since 2014. Photo credit: Hane Street/Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Union Pacific Railroad told investors on Thursday that delays seen on its intermodal network over the summer have ended and conditions are...

OOCL reports sharp rise in Q3 volume, revenue

[caption caption="The third quarter was a solid one for OOCL as both demand and rates remained at high levels on the major trades. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) Friday reported a 16.3 percent increase in third-quarter revenue to $1.9 billion on the back of strong volume growth across...

Maersk’s Damco move ups threat to digitally deficient NVOs, carriers

[caption caption="By integrating Damco"][/caption]The merger of Damco into Maersk, with the world’s largest ocean carrier folding Damco’s forwarding services into its own offerings, is poised to disrupt the shipping and logistics industries. By combining, Maersk plans to provide an “end-to-end logistics solution,” and if successful, is poised to gain enormous advantages over...

Sweeper vessels waiting for Sydney congestion to ease

[caption caption="Ongoing congestion has stranded about 50,000 TEU of empty containers at depots in Sydney. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Shippers could see some relief to ongoing congestion in Sydney over the next month that would allow carriers to deploy sweeper vessels to clear a massive backlog of empty boxes, according to liner...

New Savannah distribution centers to drive medical, e-commerce volumes

[caption caption="Medline Industries, Home Meridian, and MSI Tile will be opening new distribution centers within 35 miles of the port of Savannah, which will feed new cargo into the second-largest East Coast port. Photo credit: Dreamnikon/Shutterstock."][/caption]Three new importers will open up distribution centers totaling 2.7 million square feet near Savannah...

India’s cabotage policy change fails to lift direct carrier loadings

[caption caption="Compounded by COVID-19-linked disruptions and a sudden spurt in exports, Indian shippers are facing the dual headwinds of heightened carrier capacity shortages and high freight rate increases. Photo credit: Maersk (India)."][/caption]India’s cabotage liberalization — enacted in May 2018 with a broader government goal to encourage more direct carrier calls — was...

Chassis shortage in LA–LB likely to persist into 2021

[caption caption="The Southern California supply chain has been stretched to the breaking point by the relentless growth of imports from Asia since late June. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Intermodal equipment providers (IEPs) say while they are making an all-out effort to remedy chassis shortages in Southern California, the shortages will likely persist...

Market uncertainty clouds Asia–Europe contract talks

[caption caption="A highly unpredictable market and elevated rate levels is giving Asia-Europe shippers an annual contracting headache. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Shippers on the Asia-Europe trades are approaching their traditional annual contract season with a growing lack of clarity over expected demand as rising economic uncertainty linked to the COVID-19 pandemic muddies...

Parade taps two software startups to access small carrier capacity

[caption caption="Brokers have created integrations with TMS providers to access shipper loads, but Parade's moves signal a need to get native access to untapped capacity as well. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Parade, a software provider to US truckload freight brokers, has teamed up with two early stage technology companies catering to small...

TradeLens expands system integration partnership with Youredi

[caption caption="The variety of parties TradeLens is targeting as data providers and consumers means there is inherent complexity in connecting it to existing systems those companies use. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]TradeLens has expanded an existing partnership with systems integration specialist Youredi to provide options to help parties submit and consume data...

JOC Rankings: COVID-19 drags down US resin export growth

[caption caption="Total outbound shipments of resins from the United States grew 6.8 percent to 542,762 TEU through July, a far cry from the 34 percent growth rate seen in the same seven-month period in 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Growth in the booming US resin export trade slowed considerably in 2020 owing...

UP raises Seattle surcharge to $1,000 for small shippers

[caption caption="Union Pacific's intermodal volume, which will be officially released Oct. 22, will have grown approximately 6 percent year over year, while the industry overall grew only 1.2 percent, according to data from the Association of American Railroads and Intermodal Association of North America. Photo credit: Tyler Silvest/Flickr."][/caption]Union Pacific Railroad...

European inland hub boosts rail container trade from China

[caption caption="The China-Europe rail option continues to prove a popular alternative to expensive air freight and lengthy ocean shipping. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Europe’s inland hub of Duisport has grown its containerized rail trade with China in the first nine months of the year as shippers seeking alternatives to disrupted air and...

China’s rebounding economy gives volume relief to key European ports

[caption caption="Rotterdam’s container throughput in the third quarter was only slightly down on the volume handled during the same period in 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A resurgent Chinese economy provided Europe’s hub gateways with much-needed relief in the third quarter, as growth in backhaul volume lifted the performance of Rotterdam and...

JOC Uncharted: Episode 22

The latest episode of JOC Uncharted, available at 11 a.m. Eastern, features a discussion with Tony Sciarotta, executive director of the Reverse Logistics Association. As e-commerce grows, so too, do returns. Estimated to be as high as 40 percent depending on the category of goods, returns are a growing cost...

Forager unveils margin transparency on cross-border moves

[caption caption="Brokers are facing margin compression due to venture-backed competitors seeking to grow market share, but also because technology is reducing brokers' cost to serve. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Cross-border freight broker Forager on Wednesday said it will be transparent about its pricing and markup on all quotes it makes via its...

TMS provider augments growing investment in drayage technology

[caption caption="A new TMS for drayage companies is available in eight US port markets, including New York-New Jersey, Los Angeles-Long Beach, Savannah, Norfolk, and Houston. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A new technology provider to the port drayage industry on Tuesday released a transportation management system (TMS) designed primarily around automating non-revenue-generating operational...