India-Afghanistan corridor opens via Chabahar

[caption caption="The first shipment from Afghanistan to India via port Chabahar in Iran — 440 tons of talc and 130 tons of mung beans — arrived at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) aboard the cargo ship Yaran. Photo credit: Afghanistan Consulate in Mumbai."][/caption]India has received its first shipment from Afghanistan...
 
[caption caption="Air cargo volumes through North American hubs rose 6.9 percent year over year in 2018, compared with global growth of 3.5 percent, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Rocketing e-commerce growth is pushing major US air cargo hubs to their limits, and it’s going to...
 

Changing package, freight mix rattles FedEx Express

[caption caption="FedEx increased total revenue 3 percent to $17 billion in its third fiscal quarter, which ended Feb. 28. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A rapidly changing e-commerce market and slower macroeconomic growth buffeted FedEx in its last fiscal quarter, pulling down revenue at FedEx Express and squeezing profits at FedEx Ground. Less-than-truckload...
 

Mexico shippers protect against rising theft

[caption caption="The number of cargo robberies in Mexico increased 17 percent in 2018, following a 49 percent increase the previous year, according to Sensitech. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]MEXICO CITY — With the rate of cargo robberies rising by double digits, albeit at a slower clip than last year, Mexican cargo owners are...
 
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[caption caption="The European Commission has until April 2020 to decide whether to repeal, extend, or modify the liner block exemption regulation. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]ROTTERDAM — The European Commission has raised the possibility of amending and extending the liner consortia block exemption regulation (BER) rather than allowing it to expire in...
 

APM readies NY-NJ appointment system

[caption caption="The Port of New York and New Jersey handled 5.01 million loaded TEU in 2018, a 6.5 percent year-over-year increase. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]APM Terminals in the Port of New York and New Jersey says it is planning to launch its new appointment system — the port’s second — in...
 

BlackBerry sensor aimed at asset-based LSPs

[caption caption="BlackBerry's Radar H2 asset tracking product is designed to help logistics providers improve utilization of trailers, containers, and chassis, among other things. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The number of asset-based tracking options available to logistics service providers (LSPs) continues to grow as the hardware becomes more durable, battery life improves, and...
 

US port ‘champion’ Cernak dies at 63

[caption caption="Steven M. Cernak served as CEO of the ports of Galveston and Everglades, helping the latter to become the second-largest port in Florida. Photo credit: Port Everglades."][/caption]Steven M. Cernak, who led key dredging and port development projects as CEO at the ports of Galveston and Everglades and helped make...
 

Flood of empty container returns delays LA-LB recovery

[caption caption="“The empty returns are a major problem. I believe the biggest problem at the ports right now is those empties,” Ed DeNike, president of SSA Containers, tells JOC.com. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Despite declining post-Lunar New Year import volumes and canceled vessel sailings, Los Angeles-Long Beach is experiencing only incremental improvements...
 

Australian dockworkers to strike at DP World terminals

[caption caption="DP World Australia is the country's largest terminal operator, handling roughly 3 million TEU annually. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Australian shippers are raising concerns over a planned industrial action by dockworkers employed by DP World slated to begin Friday at the four largest container ports in the country, saying the impact...
 

Declining volumes undercut US truckload rates

[caption caption="Covenant Transportation Group lowered its earnings guidance for the first quarter, telling investors the trucking market isn't as good as the company anticipated in 2019. Photo credit: Covenant Transport"][/caption]Shippers are tendering less freight to truckload carriers than a year ago in early 2019, prompting industry analysts to wonder whether...
 

Historic Omaha floods wrack supply chains

[caption caption="As of Monday, the Nebraska DOT had determined 11 flood-damaged bridges would need to be replaced, and more than 200 miles of roadway repaired, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Record-breaking floods sweeping the Midwest are disrupting the flow of domestic and international freight, swamping rail lines and...
 

Data standards an accelerator for tech adoption

[caption caption="Kontainers CTO Charles Lee told JOC.com that with an “ontology” that shippers, carriers, and 3PLs could agree on, technology providers will be forced to \"solve the same problems over and over again.” Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The feasibility and usefulness of data standards development in container shipping is generally presented as...
 
[caption caption="The European Commission is expected to make a final ruling on whether to renew the liner shipping consortia block exemption regulation by mid-year. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Lobbying from both sides of the liner shipping consortia block exemption regulation (BER) argument is picking up as the European Commission prepares to issue...
 
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US private intermodal outperforming rail-owned units

[caption caption="Domestic container loadings grew 4.9 percent in 2018, according to data from the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) ETSO system. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]In recent months, the pace of growth in intermodal domestic container loadings has been slowing. But the top-line figure has masked a significant divergence in the...
 

MSC wants full control to turn around Gioia Tauro

[caption caption="Medcenter Container Terminal in the Italian port of Gioia Tauro has an annual capacity of 4.2 million TEU, but the port has struggled to arrest declining volume following the departure of Maersk Line in 2017. Photo credit: MCT."][/caption]Mediterranean Shipping Co. aims to take full control of the southern Italian...
 

UP’s ingate embargo underscores Chicago woes

[caption caption="Union Pacific is running short on well cars in Chicago to carry double-stack containers, so trucks are prohibited from bringing in boxes through Sunday. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]Union Pacific Railroad is prohibiting trucks from bringing containers into three Chicago-area terminals until Sunday because of a lack of well cars, sending...
 

A broker has no rights to this shipment

Q: We are a freight broker and facilitated a load for a Canadian customer to go to the border in North Dakota more than 180 days ago.The customer paid a deposit, and the carrier we booked picked up the load. While the shipment was in transit, the customer was nowhere...
 

ILA president seeks third term

[caption caption="Harold Daggett"][/caption] Harold Daggett, who last year led the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) in negotiating a new labor contract that bans fully automated terminals on the East and Gulf coasts, is seeking a third term as the union’s president.Daggett, 72, who was first elected in July 2011, will seek reelection...
 

Falling US imports spell more trans-Pacific blankings

[caption caption="US imports from Asia fell just under 1 percent year over year to 2.73 million TEU in January-February, according to PIERS, a JOC.com sister product within IHS Markit."][/caption]US importers and exporters should anticipate increased blank sailings in the coming weeks as carriers respond to declining imports from Asia and...
 

Montreal attracts another trans-Atlantic service

[caption caption="Container cargo volume at the port of Montreal surged 9.2 percent year over year in 2018. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The port of Montreal has attracted its third trans-Atlantic service in a year, further fueling high-single digit volume growth aided by a new trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.Cosco...
 

Carriers tout value in containerized breakbulk

[caption caption="Carriers assess breakbulk or project cargo based on the vessels in rotation, space available, length and width of the cargo piece, terminals to be called, and other parameters. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Containerization has been seducing traditional breakbulk cargo for years. It’s easy to understand why. Strict schedules, predictable routes and...
 

Maersk bullish on India trade growth

[caption caption="Container trade to and from India grew 6 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of 2018, with exports up 3 percent and imports up 9 percent, according to a recent Maersk Line report. Photo credit: Maersk Group (India)."][/caption]Large-scale infrastructure upgrades, digitization, and various pro-trade reform efforts are...
 
[caption caption="With freelance dockworkers striking over looming job losses, terminal productivity is down as much as 20 percent in the port of Santos, Brazil's largest container gateway. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Entering a second week of strike pressure, Santos container terminals are holding the line against casual dock workers at the largest...
 

Nervous shippers eye YRC-Teamsters contract talks

[caption caption="YRC Freight and its regional subsidiaries handled a combined 20.5 million shipments in 2018. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The clock is running out on the contract YRC Worldwide and its four trucking subsidiaries have with the Teamsters union. Company and union officials have until March 31, when the current five-year pact...
 

Video: Impact of Brexit on logistics

Senior Europe Editor Greg Knowler gave his thoughts in early March 2019 on the impact the United Kingdom's European Union exit will potentially have on logistics, in particular the post-Brexit reality of customs inspections for all goods crossing the English Channel. ...
 
[caption caption="Served by 12 marine terminals, all three ocean carrier alliances, and 1,400 trucking companies, the LA-Long Beach port complex cries out for a “single aggregation point” to accumulate and dispense data on cargo status. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The Port of Long Beach is determining whether to follow the lead of...
 

China backing to fuel Trieste competition with Piraeus

[caption caption="The port of Trieste recorded a container throughput of 1.4 million TEU in 2018, a year-over-year increase of 8 percent. Photo credit: The port of Trieste."][/caption]Italy is moving closer to striking an agreement with China that would improve the containerized rail reach of Trieste, heating up competition for Central...