Sea Freight

FMC clears west coast ports agreement

US Pacific terminal operators, shipping lines and cargo owners given go-ahead to hold joint discussions to resolve port congestion

NYK vows to focus more on logistics business

New president says Japanese giant will become 'integrated logistics company' rather than operator of boxships

Lines cautious over return to Iran

European carriers may hold back due to reputational risk fears, says analyst

Congestion worsening at Rotterdam, barge operators claim

As Contargo implements surcharge today, intermodal player says April waiting times are longer than in March

Large vessels threaten liner operator flexibility

Mixed picture on choice of ship sizes for blanked sailings

West-coast port disruption has ‘profound’ impact on US trade

Stronger dollar set to weaken exports and strengthen imports in 2015, widening trade deficit and slowing economic growth, Nomura predicts

Asia-north Europe rates slump to new low

Spot market at lowest level for nearly six years as ocean carriers fail with latest price push

Lidinsky steps up pressure on box line alliances

FMC plans to consult counterparts in Europe and China on global carrier partnerships in second tripartite summit of maritime competition regulators

Asia-Europe box rates drop 13% in a week

Spot price heads towards $500 per teu after halving since the start of the year

Portland problems continue as Hapag-Lloyd drops port

ICTSI blames union for line’s decision, demanding end to ‘three-year campaign of work stoppages, slowdowns, and safety gimmicks’

Lines set to benefit from transpacific surge

Import cargo to major US ports forecast to rise 8% this month as west coast backlogs ease

Russian economic woes hit Global Ports Investments

Decline of rouble diminishes terminal operator’s container volumes and profitability

Oakland clears vessel backlog

Port says no ships awaiting berths for first time since January

ILWU caucus recommends new contract for US west coast port workers

Rank and file union members to vote on deal; result is due on May 22

Rotterdam congestion ‘not due to new MV2 terminal’, insists APMT

Maasvlakte 2 facility in normal ramp-up of operations, company claims

Advice & Insight

Large vessels threaten liner operator flexibility

Mixed picture on choice of ship sizes for blanked sailings

Fuelling the rate drop?

Plummeting Asia to Europe spot rates are not the fault of lower BAFs

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

Freight People

Schiphol appoints new cargo director

Jonas van Stekelenburg to take over from Enno Osinga from August

DGF names new country manager for Papua New Guinea

David Cels rejoins DHL Global Forwarding following seven years as a regional operations director

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

Have Your Say

Cross-Channel pricing review: Quarter 1

The UK-mainland Europe haulage market has seen some significant volatility in prices, says Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

Boosting growth through logistics connectivity

CLECAT and FIATA director generals discuss the perils of inefficient logistics which can raise the costs of trading and reduce the potential for global integration

The value of quality is often underestimated

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s risk management director, says container buyers need to consider whether the product meets not just the statutory requirements, but all details of the specification

Ten tips for reducing your haulage spend

Often unsuspecting shippers have requirements they don’t realise add costs to carriers, says Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

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

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