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Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

The expectation is that two mega ships will arrive at the ports to pick up empties this week as the equipment is needed in China. Industrial and chemical sectors are maintaining at seasonally expected shipping volumes as of this time. The major lanes between Houston/LA (I-10 Corridor), Chicago/Ohio, NJ/Eastern PA, and Atlanta remains the same with ample capacity however lead times have shortened. Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China.

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Consider this: global sourcing, manufacturing, and sales are advancing rapidly, leaving technology providers in the tough position of playing catch up. Imagine you are at your desk in Houston and you need to determine whether a completed order left the warehouse in China. That’s why you need a global shipping strategy with a comprehensive global vendor management program. All freight in a vendor assembly program is sourced for a single company.

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Four Risk Mitigation Actions for Weathering a Stormy Market

TMC

The recent decision by Japan’s three largest container companies to merge their shipping operations is yet another symptom of the volatility that is roiling the freight business. K” Line, MOL, and NYK are the three Japanese ship lines that are consolidating. It’s one of many changes that are reshaping the struggling container trades, which are still feeling shock waves from the decision by South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Company to file for bankruptcy in August.

China Exports Rebound Even as Western Markets Face Lockdown

Logistics Bureau

The huge build-up of containers at China’s docks has created a major ocean freight imbalance, with a shortage of cargo in US and European ports and a shortfall in boxes needed by Western exporters to ship products to other parts of the world. To gain a better insight into the shipping imbalance and the extent of air freight disruption, we need first to look at the situation as it now exists in China and then refocus the telescope on markets in other parts of the world.

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New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS

TMC

When the expanded Panama Canal opened this June, a new set of routes became available for shippers and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs). These enterprises are no longer reliant on the Suez Canal route for shipping freight on Post-Panamax container vessels to the United States. As described in my previous blog post , the enlarged Panama Canal can handle container ships up to 13,000 TEUs in size. If high-value items are being shipped, it’s important to minimize inventory levels.

How Will Hurricane Harvey Affect Freight Rates?

DAT Solutions

Trucks can’t get in or out of Houston , which is a huge freight hub – it’s the number 1 source of loads for flatbeds, thanks to the oil and gas industry, and one of the top 5 or 6 markets for both van and reefer freight. There are at least six states that are typically served by distribution centers in Houston , and for now, they will have to be re-supplied from a different direction.

East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Of course, cost isn’t the only factor—overall shipping time, flexibility, and reliability matter, too. Houston and New Orleans-Gulfport. They serve regional markets and are unlikely to receive large volumes of cargo headed to the battleground region. Source: Boston Consulting Group. You might think that shippers along the East Coast will be the biggest beneficiaries of fierce competition between the East and West Coast ports.

East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Of course, cost isn’t the only factor—overall shipping time, flexibility, and reliability matter, too. Houston and New Orleans-Gulfport. They serve regional markets and are unlikely to receive large volumes of cargo headed to the battleground region. Source: Boston Consulting Group. East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion.Transportfolio. Editor’s note: This post originally ran in October 2015.

Perspectives on the Global Trade Environment: A Panel Discussion

NC State SCRC

The goal is to create redundant sources based on supplier-specific and country-of-origin, to ensure that each product category has redundancy as a form of insurance on the supply chain. In February 2016, Cheniere became the first company to ship LNG from a commercial facility in the contiguous United States. Since startup, more than 850 cumulative cargoes of LNG originating from Cheniere have been delivered to 32 countries and regions worldwide.