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

Top 30 U.S. Ports: Economies of scale in play

Posted 05/01 · 04:00 PM · LM Editorial
While ranking ports on size and container throughput is both valid and traditional, analysts contend that domestic ocean cargo gateways might also be compared by volume and value of trade as well as value-added services.

SoCal ocean cargo gateways take the Green initiative

Posted 04/23 · 03:55 PM · LM Editorial
Los Angeles and Long Beach comprise the largest marine port complex in North America as well as the No. 1-emitting facility in the Southland.

Keeping watch on the Suez

Posted 03/27 · 05:24 PM · LM Editorial
As shippers continue to track the deteriorating political situation in Egypt, analysts are assessing the possible impact on Suez Canal services.

Zepol reports February imports hit highest level in four years

Posted 03/19 · 12:37 PM · SCMR Editorial
Data recently released by Zepol, a trade intelligence firm, indicated the United States-bound containerized vessel imports were mixed for the month of February, with imports down sequentially and up annually.
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Ocean Shippers Must Come to Terms with Carrier Efficiency “Myths”

Posted 03/05 · 01:49 PM · SCMR Editorial
Given all the mysterious and metrical nuances of ocean cargo shipping, supply chain managers are increasingly challenged on how to monitor and measure this essential mode of global transport.

Pacific Rim Report: Transpacific chief shoots from the hip

Posted 03/01 · 05:00 AM · LM Editorial
Brian Conrad, executive administrator for the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), is not only regarded as a “thought leader” in the ocean shipping arena, but also as a man of uncommon candor. For the past several years now, he has weathered the storm brought on by shippers’ associations challenging pricing and operations in the world’s most active—and vital—trade lane linking North America and Asia.

UPS significantly adds to LCL lane density in 2012

Posted 02/12 · 12:04 PM · LM Editorial
Company officials said this expansion was made to address market trends related to increased manufacturing and consumer demand in many regions, with these lanes originating in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South Africa. With this expansion, UPS has more than 1,700 direct LCL lanes serving 116 countries.
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Supply Chain Managers Tracking Rate Picture in the Transpacific

Posted 02/05 · 12:00 PM · SCMR Editorial
The battle lines between shippers and carriers comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are shaping up early as both sides make plans for future contracting.

Transpacific rates will be matter of contention

Posted 02/04 · 11:31 AM · LM Editorial
The battle lines between shippers and carriers comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are shaping up early as both sides make plans for future contracting.

ILA, USMX reach tentative labor contract agreement

Posted 02/04 · 11:27 AM · LM Editorial
Following months of acrimonious negotiations, the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), an alliance of container carriers, direct employers, and port associations serving United States-based East and Gulf Coasts, and the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), the largest union of maritime workers in North America, have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract.
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