Current news, information and trends in the ocean freight industry covering freight lines, carriers, logistics and classification.

Is China right about “virtual” ocean carrier cartels?

Posted 06/17 · 05:37 PM · LM Editorial
China's Ministry of Commerce – citing anti-trust concerns – noted that the P3 Netword would control 47% of the Asia-to-Europe container shipping market, and failed to demonstrate that it would bring more benefit than harm to shippers’ interest.

Port of Oakland’s Maritime Chief Shares His Vision: Part I

Posted 06/05 · 08:07 AM · SCMR Editorial
Port of Oakland Director of Maritime John C. Driscoll has now been at his post for nearly a year. In this exclusive two-part interview, he shares some of the lessons he’s learned so far, and relates his vision for the future.

U.S. ocean container scans “deeply flawed”

Posted 06/04 · 04:15 PM · LM Editorial
Our trading partners have long maintained that expanding screening with available technology would slow the flow of commerce and drive up costs to consumers without bringing significant security benefits

Water Resources Development Act legislation heads to President’s desk to be signed into law

Posted 05/27 · 08:50 AM · LM Editorial
The United States Senate last week signed off on H.R. 3080 The Water Resources Act of 2014 by a 91-7 margin last week. The bill will now head to the White House to be signed into law by President Obama, which is widely expected by industry stakeholders.

Transpacific shippers may expect early “peak season”

Posted 05/18 · 05:27 PM · LM Editorial
Transpacific container lines continue to experience a surge in eastbound bookings that began in January and is expected to continue into the second half of 2014

Strong Asia-U.S. Cargo Demand, Tight Vessel Space Suggest Early Peak Season

Posted 05/18 · 05:23 PM · SCMR Editorial
Ocean cargo carriers recommend May rate increase and June peak season surcharge to cover contingencies

Possible West Coast Port Disruption Cause of Concern For Supply Chain Managers

Posted 05/14 · 08:00 AM · SCMR Editorial
Ahead of negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which began this week in San Francisco, a letter to ILWU President Robert McEllrath and PMA Chairman and CEO James McKenna pleaded the case for the sides to come to an agreement ahead of the June 30 contract deadline for West Coast dockworkers.
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Supply chain stakeholders call on ILWU and PMA to reach a deal

Posted 05/13 · 09:17 AM · LM Editorial
Ahead of negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which began this week in San Francisco, a letter to ILWU President Robert McEllrath and PMA Chairman and CEO James McKenna pleaded the case for the sides to come to an agreement ahead of the June 30 contract deadline for West Coast dockworkers.

Time to look at Intra-Americas trade again

Posted 05/13 · 08:54 AM · LM Editorial
Analysts say that the Caribbean Basin Partnership Act – which was broadened more than a decade ago – may eventually be replaced by a “Free Trade Area of the Americas” act.

With Relaunch of SeaLand, Intra-Americas Trade Will Gain New Focus

Posted 05/13 · 08:51 AM · SCMR Editorial
With so much attention now being placed on trade agreements with the EU and in the transpacific, shippers may wish to take a fresh look at what one leading ocean cargo carrier is doing within the parameters of the existing North America Free Trade Agreement
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