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

Top 30 Ocean Carriers Special Report: Sailing into the black?

Posted 10/01 · 05:04 PM · LM Editorial
Renewed market discipline has helped the world’s leading ocean carriers to restore rates while delivering on enhanced service. Could this be the “turnaround year” on the high seas?

Ocean cargo shippers may be hit harder on rates

Posted 09/26 · 08:25 AM · LM Editorial
Transpacific shippers will be facing a new wave of price hikes next year, as carriers collectively agree on a future rate structure

U.S. ocean cargo vessel imports were down 3 percent in August

Posted 09/21 · 12:04 PM · LM Editorial
Zepol Corporation, a leading trade intelligence company, reports that U.S. import shipment volume for August, measured in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), is down from July by 3 percent and 0.3 percent from August of 2011

Exports mark the spot for inland port growth, says Jones Lang LaSalle

Posted 09/19 · 11:55 AM · LM Editorial
A new white paper from global real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) explains how an increase in U.S. exports is driving the need for more U.S.-based strategic inland ports.

Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach volumes are mixed in August

Posted 09/18 · 06:28 AM · LM Editorial
With Peak Season, or at least the semblance of it underway, August volumes at the nation’s two largest ports—the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB)—were mixed in August.

Port strike could stagger U.S. exporters

Posted 09/13 · 10:11 AM · LM Editorial
The long term implications of a strike at U.S. ports – no matter how short-lived – can be severe

U.S. Ag shippers voice concern over possible port closures

Posted 09/13 · 09:35 AM · LM Editorial
As the International Longshoreman's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance prepare to resume negotiations, The Agriculture Transportation Coalition is telling its members that the disruptive impact is already being felt in locations far from the coastal seaports

AAPA says U.S. ports have more work to do on security

Posted 09/11 · 01:15 PM · LM Editorial
Prior to 9/11, security was not a top concern for most U.S. ports, said Bethann Rooney, member of the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Security Committee, chairperson of the AAPA Port Security Caucus, and security manager at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Port Tracker report is optimistic about future gains despite possible port strike

Posted 09/11 · 09:58 AM · LM Editorial
The report is calling for September import cargo volume at U.S.-based retail container ports to increase 8.5 percent annually, which is up from a previous estimate of 7.3 percent.

Labor impasse between ILA and USMX remains at a standstill

Posted 09/05 · 12:12 PM · LM Editorial
While there are no new major developments in the ongoing stalemate in labor negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance, that has not slowed down the public exchanges between the two parties as shippers Peak Season plans for moving cargo in and out of East and Gulf Coast ports hang in the balance.
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