The latest news and insight on the current state of U.S. Ports, including infrastructure investment, new services, labor issues, and global trade volumes.

December retail sales mostly show growth

Posted 01/18 · 10:08 AM · LM Editorial
Various economic headwinds are standing in the way of true retail sales growth, even though the numbers show modest gains.

Northern Europe container volume declines are expected in 2016, notes Hackett and ISL report

Posted 01/04 · 10:29 AM · LM Editorial
An ongoing lackluster economic outlook remains intact for Northern Europe, according to the most recent edition of the “Global Port Tracker: North Europe Trade Outlook” by maritime consultancy Hackett Associates and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.

Be Generous to Those at Sea in 2016

Posted 12/24 · 10:47 AM · SCMR Editorial
Ocean cargo shipping is the backbone of the global supply chain, yet few of us give much thought to the hardship and sacrifice seafarers must endure most of the year.

New Year’s Resolution: Support Seafarer Centers

Posted 12/24 · 10:06 AM · LM Editorial
"Seafarers spend months away from their home and loved ones, often working in very dangerous conditions. It is a profession that is taken for granted by consumers all over the world, but one that is critical for our economy.”

Final surge at U.S. ports before St. Lawrence Seaway season closes

Posted 12/22 · 09:57 AM · LM Editorial
The number of vessels currently in the Great Lakes-Seaway system exceeds the five-year average as ships delivered much-needed supplies making a final push to export grain before the St. Lawrence Seaway closes in January.

Outbound ocean cargo rates for transpacific shippers may spike soon

Posted 12/17 · 10:35 AM · LM Editorial
Declining Asian consumer and industrial demand, made worse by a strong dollar, has cut into U.S. export volumes and eroded U.S-Asia freight rates to the point where some dry cargoes are moving at levels which make them less attractive to carriers than repositioning empty containers.

New Era of Mega Vessel Calls Will Begin on U.S. West Coast

Posted 12/16 · 11:14 AM · SCMR Editorial
Even an expanded Panama Canal cannot accommodate the massive new ships.

Gulf Coast Logistics Company Shifts into High Gear with Digital Communications

Posted 12/14 · 03:54 PM · LM Editorial
With the growth in export and import container business through the Port of New Orleans and an increase in drivers that travel outside New Orleans, The Kearney knew it had to expand radio communications to improve efficiency and customer service.

Largest cargo vessel to visit North America comes to West Coast ports

Posted 12/14 · 03:36 PM · LM Editorial
As this year ends, the era of the mega vessel may be finally be ushered in as the largest container ship ever destined for North America calls West Coast ports.

Air cargo gains in spot market pricing arena

Posted 12/08 · 04:20 PM · LM Editorial
The dramatic decline to ocean freight spot market rates has served to widen the pricing differential to air rates to record levels, say Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.

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