Baltimore trains dockworkers to keep up with demand

Earlier this month, 240 new longshoremen and women learned to handle 30 new models of farm and construction equipment, built...

Outpacing market in trans-Pac gains, OOCL warns of tariff impact

"The strong cargo volume seen in most east-west trade lanes, especially on trans-Pacific routes, is encouraging, not least because it is a trend that has now been sustained for over a year," said outgoing chairman CC Tung. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. LONDON — Amid double-digit growth in trans-Pacific volume and sustained strength...

Black, Caspian ports try to lure Asian shippers

Asia-to-Southern Europe shippers now have quicker cargo transport options than the traditional Shanghai-to-St. Petersburg route, in Russia’s Novorossiysk port and Ukraine’s Chornomorsk and Odessa ports. In addition, as the latter ports expand and deploy economies of scale, their rates may drop below the traditional route as well. (Above: The Port...

Peak season of discontent

This isn’t working. Higher-than-usual fuel prices and tit-for-tat tariffs have exacerbated the chaos on the eastbound trans-Pacific this peak season, but the real blame falls at the feet of the container shipping industry. Capacity is so scarce on the eastbound trans-Pacific that US importers from Asia, both large and small, have to pay...

Asia-US ocean importers forced to turn to air services

  Air cargo freight rates between China and the United States have been rising since July, according to US-based logistics provider C.H. Robinson. (Above: Air cargo being serviced at Los Angeles International Airport, California, United States.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Overbooking of container carriers’ trans-Pacific eastbound services this peak season is forcing shippers...

Construction slows trucks to Yangshan amid trans-Pacific peak

Construction work on the Donghai Bridge connecting Shanghai’s Yangshan Port (above) to the mainland is limiting truck access to the world’s busiest container port at the height of peak shipping season. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Construction work on the Donghai Bridge connecting Shanghai’s Yangshan Port to the mainland is limiting truck access...

Return of freighter fleet eases trans-Pacific air cargo pressure

The decision by Nippon Cargo Airlines to resume flights between Tokyo and Chicago on Friday, Sept. 28, will add urgently needed capacity to the space-constrained trans-Pacific routes just ahead of the peak season. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Air cargo shippers struggling with tight space constraints on Asia-US routes this peak season were...

Asia-Europe rail subsidies come with hidden costs to network

China-Europe rail services and volume on the overland route have increased at a large rate since 2011. (Above: A freight train travels across China.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Without the billions of dollars invested by the Chinese government on the China-Europe rail network and the subsidizing of containerized shipments, there’s no way...

SM Line CEO: No plan or path to merger with HMM

 SM Line CEO Kim Chil Bong said there are no plans to merge the carrier...

Container lines signal more capacity restraint in 2019

Shippers can expect greater capacity management from container shipping lines going into 2019 as the carriers...