Global Trade

The latest news and insight revolving around global trade, logistics services, evolving customs and regulations, supply chain security, and the technology necessary to speed freight through the global supply chain.


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Cargo Insurance: Risk “multiples” on the rise
The World Economic Forum’s “Global Risks Report 2016” finds that supply chain vulnerability is on the rise this year. Furthermore, there’s...
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Canada: Taking the Mystery out of Crossborder Trade
As many U.S. shippers are well aware, Canada is the top export destination for U.S. manufacturers,...

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By Michael Levans · February 1, 2016
Over the past month, most of us have been feeling the pinch of negative global macroeconomic trends first hand as we watched U.S. markets wildly fluctuate on a daily basis, taking a chunk out of our investments and making us feel uneasy about our long-term financial planning.
By Patrick Burnson · January 29, 2016
Logistics managers seeking yet one more forecast as the year gets underway, may wish to check in with Rodger Howell, PwC’s Strategy& Principal, specializing in strategy and operations. He sees a few key areas that should be central to corporate efforts during 2016.
By Jeff Berman · January 28, 2016
Global logistics services provider and freight forwarder C.H. Robinson said this week it has opened up a certified cargo screening facility (CCSF) for air cargo in Carson, California, which it set will screen air cargo directly, instead of relying on third party facilities. This is the company’s second CCSF. It opened its first one in Chicago in April 2012.
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By LM Staff · January 25, 2016
Join our panel of panel of energy, logistics, trade, and transportation analysts for an exclusive look at where rates are headed and the issues driving those rate increases over the coming year.
By Patrick Burnson · January 19, 2016
Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle will share his vision for 2016 and beyond at the annual “State of the Port of Oakland” luncheon sponsored by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and Women in Logistics this Thursday.
By Jeff Berman · January 19, 2016
Despite the myriad challenges stemming from the West Coast port labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union earlier this year, full-year 2015 volumes for the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) were solid.
By Jeff Berman · January 8, 2016
The most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates expects retail import volumes to tail off during the first quarter of 2016, with the holiday shipping season complete.
By Patrick Burnson · January 1, 2016
New developments in global trade (TTP, T-TIP, ACE) will play a significant role in 2016, making an impact on a wide spectrum of U.S. shippers. Analysts contend that those who are properly prepared can make substantial gains this year—while those who lag behind may run into unanticipated grief.
By Patrick Burnson · December 9, 2015
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that air cargo volumes rose just 0.5% in October compared to a year ago.
By Jeff Berman · December 9, 2015
The theme for the 2015 holiday season in terms of holiday season import cargo volumes could well be “holding steady,” according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Patrick Burnson · December 4, 2015
U.S. multinationals engaged in Pacific Rim commerce also appear to have a high threshold for risk, notes recent research done by Resilinc, a cloud provider of supply chain resilience and risk management intelligence and analytics
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By Ben Camiel · November 18, 2015
Companies are increasingly turning to Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) to reduce duties and lower costs. In fact, 57% of companies reported a decrease in import fees and experienced more optimal total landed costs per unit since using FTZs.
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By mmckeon · October 6, 2015
From failing to appreciate the complexity of the customs clearance process to not realizing that Canada recognizes both French and English as its official languages, U.S. businesses frequently misjudge the complexity of shipping to the Canadian market. This often results in mistakes - mistakes that can come with hefty penalties and border clearance delays, and that can result in lingering negative perceptions among Canadian consumers.
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By mmckeon · July 8, 2015
U.S. businesses face the daunting reality that more than $70 billion in online sales could be returned annually. Learning how to develop an effective returns management policy is the focus of a new white paper from Purolator International.
By Patrick Burnson · September 1, 2013
Market research confirms that the freight forwarding industry is stabilizing, with the market leaders staying on top through mergers, acquisitions, and sticking to core competences.

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From the July 2016 Issue
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