The latest news and features revolving around evolving customs regulations, global trade, and the services that help global shippers expedite freight through the global supply chain

Seaports: U.S. ocean cargo gateways must be upgraded

Posted 07/17 · 04:38 PM · LM Editorial
The American Association of Port Authorities recently commended the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its chairman, Cong. John Mica (R-Fla.), for rolling out a comprehensive, multi-year transportation reauthoriztion proposal that is focused on improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure and, for the first time, includes a maritime title.

Total Cost of Inaction

Posted 07/17 · 04:22 PM · SCMR Editorial
A recent trip with the family to our favorite Chinese restaurant yielded this timely “fortune cookie message” on the same theme – Many a False Step is Made by Standing Still.

Panjiva data shows slight decline in U.S.-bound shipments

Posted 07/15 · 10:02 AM · LM Editorial
Coming off of April and May which saw 7 and 8 percent gains, respectively, in the number of waterborne shipments heading to the U.S., June saw a 1 percent decline from May to June at 1,030,363, according to Panjiva. On an annual basis, June shipments were down 4 percent compared to June 2010’s 1,076,015 shipments.

Supply Chain: Vietnam comes to terms with new outsourcing trends

Posted 07/15 · 09:47 AM · SCMR Editorial
While ocean logistics in Vietnam has been improving significantly, companies that import large volumes using air freight face more challenges.

Procurement: High tech finds Vietnam attractive

Posted 07/14 · 03:27 PM · SCMR Editorial
While some multinationals are reluctant to relocate production to Vietnam, management’s active involvement and constant drive for quality improvement is the key to successful offshore sourcing there.

Global Links: Vietnam may be a viable sourcing alternative to China

Posted 07/13 · 01:36 PM · SCMR Editorial
Rising labor costs in China have forced apparel retailers to consider relocating at least some of their production to countries with a lower wage structure, and Vietnam has proved to be one of the top choices

Ocean Cargo: Moody’s downgrades container shipping forecast

Posted 07/12 · 06:13 PM · LM Editorial
The container shipping industry is not the only segment of ocean carriage under severe pressure, said Moody's Investors Service

Global Logistics: California remains in lead of high-value export growth trend

Posted 07/12 · 04:14 PM · LM Editorial
Amid gathering fears that America's economic recovery may be sputtering, California exporters posted their 19th consecutive month of healthy year-over gains in May.

Port Tracker report calls for flat summer growth followed by upturn in the fall

Posted 07/12 · 11:30 AM · LM Editorial
Import cargo volumes at major United States-based container ports are expected to remain at the same levels they were at a year ago this summer, with subsequent increases in the fall, according to the monthly Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

2010 was a solid year for supply chain management software

Posted 07/12 · 10:47 AM · SCMR Editorial
The industry posted a 10 percent increase over 2009 and about $4.6 billion in revenue for SCM applications, not counting procurement.

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