Container shipping’s stranger-than-fiction first half of 2021

The Supply Chain Journal

If the story of shipping’s first half were published as fiction, a critic might say: “Wildly inventive but highly implausible. There’s an unprecedented boom in shipping demand. Ships spill tens of millions of dollars’ worth of cargo into the ocean ( story here ).

US imports could stall as demand overwhelms trans-Pacific capacity

The Supply Chain Journal

And yet, containerized imports could pull back, at least temporarily, because the trans-Pacific shipping system has bounced against its max-capacity ceiling and can no longer bear the full load. In general, lead times to get containers onto ships in Asia are lengthening.

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Are you shipping me?!? $32,000 container move from China to LA

The Supply Chain Journal

The blows to the global supply chain never seem to end in 2021, resulting in delays that have sharply reduced the system’s effective capacity and put upward pressure on shipping rates that began reaching record highs months ago. Typhoon In-fa is causing shipping delays in China.

Peak Shipping Season: A Review of Trends from the 2018 Holiday Peak Season

GlobalTranz

We will turn over each stone and consider how innovative technology will shape the future of shipping and logistics. So, let us reflect on the peak shipping season trends we saw at the close of 2018 and how those trends will affect the industry now and throughout 2019. The Uberization of Trucking Continued Another defining factor in the peak shipping season goes back to the Uberization of trucking. Meanwhile, inventory levels rose 3.6

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Brace for impact: Data shows US import demand still rising

The Supply Chain Journal

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Customers Inventories Index, released Monday, dropped to 28.4 The Census Bureau’s retail inventory-to-sales ratio in February was down to 1.23, 18% below the March 2019 number and the second lowest ratio ever (after this January’s).

Importers lost their pricing power. How should they adapt?

The Supply Chain Journal

And there are still so many tailwinds: strong consumer demand buoyed by stimulus, very high accumulated savings, inventory restocking — and coming up next, the traditional peak season. Box ship arriving in congested Port of Oakland (Photo: Flickr/Darren Marshall).

This Week in Logistics News (April 23 – 29)

Logistics Viewpoints

Amazon announces new changes to inventory limits. USDA funding supports Port of Oakland pop-up container yard. It includes free shipping of online purchases, free grocery deliveries to the home for orders of at least $35, prescription discounts and other benefits.

FreightWaves Classics: Fix U.S. bridges! (Part 2)

The Supply Chain Journal

The storm caused it to temporarily lose its radar; the harbor pilot and its crew struggled to navigate the bay’s shipping channel through “fog, torrential rain and hurricane-force winds.”. John Lerro was the harbor pilot who had been steering the ship when the squall occurred.

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California Freight Heats Up, Spurred By Hanjin Collapse

DAT Solutions

Hanjin Shipping recently filed for bankruptcy , and a number of its ships pulled into port last week, after a lot of delays and uncertainty. Hanjin is the world’s seventh-largest commercial shipping company, and it’s struggling to find the money to unload its ships. Since two of the re-scheduled ships docked in the twin seaports of Los Angeles and Long Beach over the weekend of September 10-11, demand has surged for vans in the L.A.

Tender rejections moving atypically prior to holiday

The Supply Chain Journal

The congestion at our nation’s ports has spread from Los Angeles and Long Beach to Oakland, California. The California coastline is a parking lot of container ships , most of which are full to the brim with imports, awaiting berth.

Relative reefer capacity at loosest point since mid-September

The Supply Chain Journal

The congestion at our nation’s ports has spread from Los Angeles and Long Beach to Oakland, California. The California coastline is a parking lot of container ships , most of which are full to the brim with imports, awaiting berth.

How Tianjin's Aftermath is Affecting West Coast Ports

Elementum

While the labor strikes are over, fears of continued unrest are leading some shipping companies to avoid West Coast ports. percent increase in total volumes for the two Southern California ports combined—not the surge in profits expected from the peak shipping season. The Port of Oakland, on the other hand, posted an increase of 8.7 To get back on track, the Port of Oakland announced that they are hiring 400 more workers to ensure the speed and efficiency to customers.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update

Transplace

Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China as the situation normalizes. Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland have severe port congestion due to a lack of space for empty containers that are awaiting backhaul vessels to China and Asia. Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update.

Seasonality pushing rejections and rates higher ahead of the Fourth

The Supply Chain Journal

The west coast continues to provide seemingly non-stop container ships, while Houston, New Orleans, Miami and Savannah are seeing very strong throughput as well. The congestion at our nation’s ports has spread from Los Angeles and Long Beach to Oakland, California.

What to Do Now Before the Panama Canal Expands

CH Robinson Transportfolio

While the rates would be about 4% cheaper to go this route rather than through Oakland, it would also take 11 days longer. First, more inventory would be in transit at any given time. And second, to avoid running out of in-demand products, the shipper would have to stock more inventory as a buffer for unpredictable demand during those 11 days. For other products, the cost savings of shipping through the Panama Canal will likely outweigh the extra time in transit.

Gridlock at US Ports is Reshaping the Supply Chain

RFgen

ports to make up the current backlog of ships and container inventory, the standoff’s impact is expected to be more far-reaching than initially thought. West Coast supply chain participants, the recent congestion may impact West Coast shipping into the near future as well.

Gridlock at US Ports is Reshaping the Supply Chain

RFgen

ports to make up the current backlog of ships and container inventory, the standoff’s impact is expected to be more far-reaching than initially thought. West Coast supply chain participants, the recent congestion may impact West Coast shipping into the near future as well.

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. Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China.