Sea Freight

LA ports begin collaborating on supply chain efficiencies

Long Beach and Los Angeles start talks to improve cargo flows

Dunkirk dredging project gains EU funding

Brussels pledges $600,000 to technical design studies into improving access to world's biggest boxships and capesize carriers

Price is king, shipper debate concludes

Representatives say discussions between cargo owners and their supply-chain partners too often descend into exchanges about costs

Maersk orders seven ice-class container vessels

Line claims the 3,600 TEU ships will give Seago subsidiary ‘unprecedented economies of scale’

Two new shipper groups formed

Organisation representing cargo owners ‘evolves’ out of the Asian Shippers’ Council, while an alternative global association has also been launched

Asian lines add new Latin America service

‘West Latin Express’ launched despite current low rates on this market

PIL takes majority stake in Mariana Express Lines

MELL to be operated alongside PIL's Pacific Direct Line

Port delays ‘set to continue’

Terminal operators lack incentives to catch up with containership advances via game-changing productivity boosts, says Drewry

US questions alliance role in congestion

FMC Commissioner calls on carrier groupings to report promptly on operational steps to ease backlog at west-coast ports as shippers call for alliance KPIs

Freight rates down again

Asia-Europe box prices at their lowest level since June 2013, while transpacific rates also fall further

Port Klang to get $80m box investment

Project to smooth cargo flows between container terminals part of government’s Logistics and Trade Facilitation Masterplan

West-coast backlogs 'starting to clear'

California ports see better times ahead after February cargo plunge

Intra-Asia box prices fall

Cascading of containerships contributing to freight rate declines, says Bimco

Gothenburg says congestion is easing

APM Terminals says that utilisation levels and productivity are returning to normal after bad weather caused a backlog of cargo

Price-fixing NYK exec gets 15 months’ jail

Third executive in US to plead guilty to collusion on ro-ro rates

Advice & Insight

LA invites ILWU to the table

LA and Long Beach slow to recover as number of ships at anchor climbs to record high

Los Angeles unveils plans to speed up cargo flow

Containers of high-volume shippers to be fast-tracked

Port of New York and New Jersey sets new traffic record

The port handled 3,342,286 cargo containers last year, an increase of 5.4% on 2013

The mega-ship club - Part 2

Evergreen has joined the mega-ship club with an order for 11 x 20,000 teu units. How many more carriers will follow?

The mega-ship club - Part 1

Evergreen has joined the mega-ship club with an order for 11 x 20,000 teu units. How many more carriers will follow?

Freight People

DHL Global Forwarding names new Singapore MD

Stephen Ly was previously Philippines MD and headed customs brokerage in Asia Pacific and Africa

Geodis Wilson names new EMEA VP

Matthias Hansen has been interim regional VP for the last few months and now replaces Alain Chimene on a permanent basis

DGF appoints New Zealand country manager

Michael Dhu takes on new role for DHL Global Forwarding

Geodis India appoints new national sales manager

Martijn Tasma takes responsibility for sales and market development of group’s freight forwarding and logistics business in the country

Hansa Heavy Lift appoints new EMEA head

Addition of Maximilian Harmstorf marks end of HHL’s restructuring to a regional system

Have Your Say

The sales performance gap

Smaller freight forwarders will continue to be outgunned by their larger competitors until they learn how to think and act differently, claims Paul Kelly

Building for the future

Vital logistics infrastructure projects will only go ahead if local residents get a share of the benefits, argues Multimodal’s Rob Jervis

Fuel surcharges – a level playing field?

The price of jet fuel and crude are closely linked, and jet fuel costs have also dropped sharply, falling by 45% between Jul-14 and Jan-15. However, fuel surcharges have hardly moved, says Andy Cliff, managing director of Straightforward Consultancy Ltd

Can the cloud solve your freight forwarding challenges?

Gerry Daalhuisen, from transport software specialist Kewill, outlines some of the issues and potential benefits

Eight surprising customs rules

From exporting edible insects to baby formula, FedEx managing director of Global Trade Services, Harald Schoenfelder, reveals some little-known customs rules that could easily catch cargo shippers off guard