Ocean Cargo

By Jeff Berman · December 10, 2013
Boosted by some promising signs in the United States economy, the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates is calling for a positive end to 2013 in terms of annual import growth at U.S.-based retail container ports.
By Patrick Burnson · November 16, 2013
Houston is the tenth-largest port in the world by volume, and is playing an increasingly important role in America’s rebirth as a producer of energy-related exports
By Jeff Berman · November 12, 2013
Even with the government shutdown and a downwardly revised annual forecast, activity at United States-based retail container ports continued on a growth path and expected to continue that way through the end of the year, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Patrick Burnson · October 14, 2013
As the Caribbean Basin gains more attention as a logistical hub, Florida’s ports will become key business partners.
By Patrick Burnson · October 7, 2013
Both major Southern California ocean cargo gateways are now searching for new executive directors.
By LM Staff · September 24, 2013
Although Brazil, Russia, India and China are suffering from overheated economies, the BRIC region is still generating attractive cargo growth, said Drewry Maritime Research analysts.
By Patrick Burnson · August 30, 2013
The CargoWise project will enable CMA CGM Logistics to operate its entire business off a single global database which combines global coverage with the integration of CRM and finance functions, as well as the opportunity to shift resources away from non-core functions such as data center management
By Patrick Burnson · August 29, 2013
Ocean cargo carriers comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement Westbound section contend that there is an “urgent need” to begin rate restoration efforts in anticipation of fourth quarter cargo growth.
By Patrick Burnson · August 16, 2013
Matson, Inc. had another solid quarter, driven by continuing strength in its Hawaii trade, modest volume gains in its other trade lanes and a better result in Logistics. And while most “mega” carriers lost money this year, this specialized one found a way to make some.
By Jeff Berman · July 10, 2013
Barring a sudden shift in economic activity, United States-bound import activity is expected to remain along its current trend lines of slow growth, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker North America report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · July 8, 2013
With the first half of 2013 officially in the books, the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report from Hackett Associates and the Bremen Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics states that minimal-to-slow growth is likely to remain intact for the foreseeable future.
By Patrick Burnson · July 2, 2013
Ocean cargo carriers comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have announced a guideline peak season surcharge (PSS) of $400 per 40-foot container from Asia to all U.S. destinations, effective August 1.
By Jeff Berman · May 30, 2013
While ocean carriers leveraging slow steaming in an effort to reduce fuel costs is not entirely new, a recent report from London-based maritime consultancy Drewry Maritime Research suggests there is more to come, especially in a few key trade lanes.
By Patrick Burnson · May 29, 2013
Ocean cargo carriers comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) announced their intention to raise rates this summer.
By Patrick Burnson · May 28, 2013
The Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners announced the appointment of maritime shipping industry veteran Chris Lytle as the new Executive Director. While this fills a leadership void at one key West Coast ocean cargo gateway, it leaves another at the Port of Long Beach.

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