Ocean Cargo

By Patrick Burnson · April 16, 2012
Zepol Corporation reported last week that U.S. import shipment volume for March, measured in TEUs, increased 11.9 percent from February
By Patrick Burnson · April 11, 2012
Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition met with Federal Maritime Commisssion Chair, Richard A. Lindinsky, last week to discuss confidential service contracts and their negative impact on U.S. exports
By Patrick Burnson · April 10, 2012
Container shipping lines in the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement are recommending a further round of incremental rate increases to dry and selected refrigerated commodities
By Patrick Burnson · March 31, 2012
In an ongoing effort to keep readers informed on the current state of ocean cargo shipping and contracting, we conducted a brief interview with one of the founders of Catapult International, a leading edge international shipping software and consulting firm.
By Patrick Burnson · March 26, 2012
Oversupply of container vessels operating on the Asia – Europe trade lane has pushed Maersk Line’s container freight rates to unsustainably low levels.
By Patrick Burnson · March 23, 2012
Flags of Convenience should be reigned in to provide more opportunity for U.S. mariners
By Patrick Burnson · March 22, 2012
Amid all the fanfare made yesterday with the arrival of MSC’s “mega” vessel at the Port of Oakland, industry experts remain doubtful that this signals a Transpacific trend
By Patrick Burnson · March 21, 2012
When one of the world’s largest cargo vessels enters San Francisco Bay today, shippers will witness a new era also being ushered in
By Patrick Burnson · March 20, 2012
The Port of Oakland welcomes the largest containership ever to call any seaport in North America today
By Patrick Burnson · March 16, 2012
In a response to shippers’ seeking sourcing alternatives, COSCO Container Lines Americas, Inc. has introduced a new service connecting Asia and the Gulf of Mexico via the Panama Canal
By Patrick Burnson · March 16, 2012
The Alternative Site Framework program expands upon the benefits already granted within the FTZ program in an efficient way.
By Patrick Burnson · March 14, 2012
Having played their hand on an earlier rate hike announcement, the 15 member carriers in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are recommending a further increase of $400 per 40-foot container (FEU) effective April 15, 2012
By Patrick Burnson · March 13, 2012
“Regional cooperation” was gaining traction as a marketing tool for U.S. seaports seeking to aggregate vessel calls in the past. But a recent development suggests that it may have been just so much happy talk.
By Patrick Burnson · March 12, 2012
Container freight rates in the westbound Asia-Europe corridor increased by 114 percent this week
By Patrick Burnson · March 6, 2012
Measuring performance of carriers, shippers and trading partners across the ocean supply chain is integral to improving and optimizing workflow, yet it remains a key challenge due to the lack of a common set of data

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