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Tracing The Path to a Global Slowdown

By the end of 2020, the container transport system found itself at the center of a global slowdown — one which continues unabated in the first months of 2021. Looking back, the JOC traces the beginnings to the spring, when a surprising cargo surge, led by a fierce consumer appetite and demand for personal protective […]

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Ocean Carriers Scrutinized for Role in Mounting Port Congestion

The role of ocean carriers in contributing to the current, remarkable level of port congestion — and what they can do to mitigate it — has come under scrutiny, particularly at the two largest US cargo gateways of Los Angeles-Long Beach and New York-New Jersey. The World Shipping Council (WSC), whose members control approximately 90 […]

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US Gulf Coast ports get big-ship ready

Anticipating a post-pandemic return to growth, US Gulf Coast ports are pursuing major capacity expansions in 2021, positioning themselves to better handle vessels well above the 10,000 TEU size most common in services calling the region. Port Houston approved 2021 budget outlines $239 million in new capital spending. Top projects include a new deepwater container […]

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Premiums Lift Asia-US Container Rates to New Highs

Over the past month, extraordinary developments have been unfolding in eastbound trans-Pacific trade. During what should be a slack period, demand at Asian ports is so high that importers are paying thousands of dollars extra per forty-foot equivalent unit (FEU) to ensure space on a vessel departing Asian ports within the next few weeks. This […]

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Long Beach works to boost dual transactions

Only about 20% of all truck visits to Los Angeles and Long Beach marine terminals involve dual transactions, which is exacerbating congestion at the Southern California gateway. That’s spurring the Port of Long Beach to partner with its terminal operators on an initiative to ensure that at least half of all trucker visits to the […]

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LA-LB Chassis Providers Pilot New Stop/Start Site

Chassis providers are piloting a temporary stop/start yard for the return of bare chassis, as well as empty containers awaiting return to Asia, in an effort to mitigate mounting congestion problems at Southern California ports. The Pool of Pools — the entity established by intermodal equipment providers (IEPs) Direct ChassisLink, TRAC Intermodal, and Flexi-Van Leasing […]

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US Trucking Employment Gaining but Still Sagging

The number of US truck drivers operating is recovering, but a large year-over-year shortfall in the number of trucking employees continues to act as a constraint on available truck capacity. For-hire trucking added 7,700 jobs in November, bringing the number of trucking jobs added since April to 69,300, according to data not adjusted for seasonality […]

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No easy fixes for US rail in 2021

Intermodal shippers expecting easy fixes to rail reliability issues that plagued 2020 are apt to be disappointed next year. While intermodal executives are eager to sit with railroads and cargo owners in 2021 to discuss what can be done to solve the supply chain congestion, there are no easy solutions. And universally accepted ideas — […]

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