Cuba: Preparing for Trade

CH Robinson Transportfolio

A colleague and I traveled to Cuba in March as part of a trade delegation with Engage Cuba, a coalition of private businesses and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba. credit cards don’t work in Cuba, and there are no ATMs. Yet, while most Cubans I met seemed to want to have the barriers lifted, they also want to preserve the Cuba that exists today. Cuba remains a communist country.

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Will Cuba be the Next Major Transportation Hub?

PLS Logistics

For cargo shipping, focus is on the Cuban port, Container Terminal Mariel (TC Mariel) which opened in January 2014. The Obama Administration has made it easier for container services to add Cuba as a port of call since they’ve reopened embassies and ended a 54-year diplomatic standstill with the country. Cuba does have the potential to act as a transshipment hub for US cargo, in a similar way to how Freeport, Bahamas does now,” said Drewry. Shipping Ocean

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This Week in Logistics News (May 11-15, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Walmart To Test A Free, Three-Day Shipping Service That’s Half The Price Of Amazon Prime (TechCrunch). Shipping Line CMA CGM Signs Deal for Cuba Logistics Hub (WSJ – sub. Speaking of e-commerce and logistics, Walmart is reportedly launching a service similar to Amazon Prime, which will offer free, three-day shipping to members for $50 per year (half of the price of Amazon Prime). Song of the Week: “Ship To Wreck” by Florence + The Machine.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 9-13, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Bigger Container Ships Pose Bigger Risks (WSJ – sub. With more than 30 cargo ships anchored offshore, countless supply chains scrambling, and the prospect of a $2 billion per day hit on the U.S. The larger ships will further test the capacity of ports and canals and the skill of their captains and crews. Kinsey added that human error is a factor in most shipping accidents. With six feet of it on the ground, it’s hard not to talk about snow around here.

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Hurricane Harvey & Irma's Threat on the Product Economy

Elementum

Currently, Hurricane Irma is monitored north of Cuba, where mandatory evacuations were ordered, and is forecast to hit Florida. Petrochemical plants that make the products and the rail companies that ship them are still restoring service after Harvey. As we reel from Hurricane Harvey and are still struggling to survive Hurricane Irma, here is how companies have been effected so far.

This Week in Logistics News (September 7-11, 2015)

Talking Logistics

He had just arrived from Cuba, and having grown up on a farm, seeing those tall buildings rise from the ground was simply amazing. Toys R Us lowers free shipping limit for online orders. Today is September 11. I never forget. Here’s what I wrote back on this date in 2009, as I recalled the events of that tragic day eight years earlier: I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, near Red Hook and the docks.

Strategic moves among logistics providers

Supply Chain Movement

Eyefortransport is currently seeing major consolidation occurring in the shipping industry and expects to see further moves as logistics providers look to take advantage of e-commerce, cross-border trade and shifting global demand. Fourth release of 3PL Subway Map Europe. Manufacturers and retailers welcome the ongoing consolidation in the fragmented logistics industry.

This Week in Logistics News (January 26-30, 2015)

Talking Logistics

With almost 2 feet of snow on the ground, the Blizzard of 2015 hit us hard here in Boston, but I was prepared with my “Made in Cuba” snow shovels. Billion Ship Order (WSJ – sub. With more snow in the forecast for this weekend, I’m ordering a few more pairs for my neighbors right now. CubanLivingInNewEngland. In other news this week… DHL successfully tests Augmented Reality application in warehouse. Tesco Launches Social Network for Suppliers (The Telegraph).

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Download now: 3PL Subway Map Europe 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Eyefortransport is currently seeing major consolidation occurring in the shipping industry and expects to see further moves as logistics providers look to take advantage of e-commerce, cross-border trade and shifting global demand. Fourth release of 3PL Subway Map Europe. Manufacturers and retailers welcome the ongoing consolidation in the fragmented logistics industry.

Hurricane Irma Updates

Elementum

Tankers, container ships, and other vessels scheduled to arrive at Port Everglades will either be delayed or diverted. Cuba has initiated its hurricane preparedness plan, attending to communications and infrastructure maintenance ahead of any hurricane watch declarations. Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Turks & Caicos islands may see the storm hit on late on Friday, September 8 or early on Saturday, September 9.

Texas Refiners Work on Harvey Recovery as More Storms Loom

Material Handling & Logistics

began shipping gasoline and diesel in Houston-area pipelines, although its Beaumont, Texas, refinery was too flooded to turn back on. Irma is a concern because it appears to be heading over Cuba and then into the Gulf of Mexico and could impact oil production and refineries once again,” he said.

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Hurricane Irma: Updates and Impacts

Elementum

The storm caused a nationwide power outage in Cuba , as well as widespread flooding, killing at least 10. In the Caribbean, two Royal Navy ships have been tasked with delivering relief supplies. The French are set to deploy one military ship to its territories to be used as a “floating hospital,” carrying supplies and additional helicopters.

Logistics, Perpetually in Motion (Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2016)

Talking Logistics

Addressed customs initiatives in the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Cuba and Paraguay. First, Descartes is starting to focus on helping companies, especially small and mid-sized businesses, better integrate and automate their e-commerce, warehouse management and shipping processes. For related commentary, see guest commentary by Brian Hodgson from Descartes, The Agility of Integration: eCommerce, Warehouse Management and Shipping for SMBs ).