Ocean Freight

By Patrick Burnson · December 1, 2014
Recent US West Coast port congestion issues have temporarily reversed the long-term modal shift from air to ocean as shippers seek alternative ways to make sure their goods hit the stores in time for the US holiday season, note analysts at Drewry Supply Chain Advisors in London.
By Patrick Burnson · October 9, 2014
The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles continue to cope with Peak Season congestion, but operations are still sluggish
By Patrick Burnson · October 8, 2014
U.S. shippers looking for container space for outbound commodities will soon face higher rate structures.
By John D. Schulz · October 1, 2014
Three years ago, Candace Holowicki, the company’s director of global transportation and logistics, joined its Global Services Organization and helped to level functional silos and bring together procurement, logistics, operations, and continuous improvement areas—a move that now saves millions annually.
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By Patrick Burnson · October 1, 2014
Maersk caused a stir last summer by raising its full-year profit forecast for 2014 due to higher freight volumes and lower costs. Industry analysts wonder, however, if many of the other Top 30 carriers will exercise the same discipline to achieve similar goals.
By Patrick Burnson · September 18, 2014
A recent hearing of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation suggests that the U.S. Merchant Marine industry may be poised for a major comeback.
By Patrick Burnson · August 27, 2014
More talking remains before the deal is done
By Peter Moore · August 1, 2014
In 2013 we saw multiple attempts by carriers to firm up ocean freight pricing in trans-Pacific lanes. In the meantime, trans-Suez lanes were regularly defeated by rapid additions to available ship capacity in other key lanes as prices started to look better.
By Patrick Burnson · July 18, 2014
The good news is that while there is no contract extension in place, both parties have pledged to keep cargo moving.
By Patrick Burnson · July 14, 2014
While many shippers are concerned about the progress (or lack thereof) in West Coast labor relationships, ocean carriers serving the trade have expressed optimism by announcing a proposed rate hike.
By Patrick Burnson · July 7, 2014
Terminal operations and normal cargo activity were minimally disturbed said spokesmen for both ports.
By Patrick Burnson · July 2, 2014
Shippers have been assured that negotiations for a new labor contract covering nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports will continue to move forward.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2014
Rollercoaster demand levels and uneven freight volumes in 2013 created havoc in one of the more complicated years on record. In 2014, shippers will need to manage with all the savvy and experience that they can muster to get the capacity they need at a rate that’s fair.
By Patrick Burnson · July 1, 2014
Analysts and observers of global ocean cargo movement see a number of emerging trends surfacing in the ocean carrier arena later this year.
By Patrick Burnson · June 23, 2014
At the same time, however, the FMC says future carrier collaborations should not be ruled out

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