Global & Regional News

  • MSC Containership Loses 13 Containers Overboard Off South Africa

    Aug 15, 2018 — The South African Maritime Safety Authority has issued an urgent warning to vessels east of South Africa to be on the lookout for cargo containers that reportedly fell from a containership off the coast of Durban a week ago.
  • Shippers call on air cargo to take action over truck driver shortage

    Aug 14, 2018 — Shippers have called on the air cargo industry to take action to mitigate the truck driver shortage or face increasingly unreliable supply chains. Writing in a column for Tiaca’s weekly e-newsletter, European Shippers’ Council chairman and Tiaca board member Denis Choumert said that the air cargo industry would not be able to escape the consequences of the driver shortage.
  • Port Klang defers rate hike six months till March 2019

    Aug 14, 2018 — Port users at Malaysia's Port Klang’s will get a six-month reprieve as the government deferred the planned 15% tariff hike from September 1 this year to March 1, 2019.
  • HMM stays bullish as it sinks deeper into the red, and vows it can cut costs

    Aug 14, 2018 — HMM recorded a net loss of $215m in the second quarter, taking the South Korean ocean carrier’s deficit to a massive $371m at the half-year stage. Like many of its peers, the carrier was hit hard by the rising cost of fuel and was unable to recover sufficient bunker surcharges to mitigate the impact of a 27% hike in bunker prices.
  • Yang Ming the latest carrier to see its bottom line sink into the depths

    Aug 13, 2018 — Taiwanese ocean carrier Yang Ming has become the latest container line to report a heavy loss in the second quarter of the year, posting a net deficit of $129m. It means that all three members of THE Alliance vessel-sharing agreement have now posted negative results for the period.
  • Trucking’s Tight Capacity Squeezes U.S. Businesses

    Aug 13, 2018 — More companies are pointing to rising freight costs as a drag on earnings and growth, as trucking companies raise rates at a historic pace and one says finding trucks is getting ‘ugly’. “Nobody has a crystal ball, but if I had to place a bet I would say this is structural, not cyclical” change, said Lee Clair, managing partner at Transportation and Logistics Advisors LLC, a supply-chain-strategy consulting firm.
  • Port of Felixstowe fiasco - what went wrong?

    Aug 13, 2018 — The latest statement published on the port’s website said the performance of the new TOS “continues to stabilise” and that productivity was at 80% of the level it had before going live with nGen.
  • Major fire in Port of Antwerp triggers disaster plan

    Aug 13, 2018 — A major fire in the port of Antwerp has been brought under control, the port authority said, but could go on burning for the rest of the week.
  • Big spike in containership lay-ups mid-peak season a worry for owners

    Aug 9, 2018 — Alphaliner’s bellwether containership idle tonnage data has recorded a big spike in vessels being consigned to lay-up, shifting the supply-demand balance back in favour of the charterer. The consultant said the capacity of the idle tonnage fleet had risen to 341,000 teu by the end of July, representing 1.6% of the total global cellular fleet.
  • U.S. Rails increasingly in sweet spot as trucking capacity crisis hits peak season

    Aug 9, 2018 — Railroads are capitalizing on the acute shortage of drivers in the trucking industry as capacity constraints limit truckers’ ability to compete on some long-haul deferred bulk freight. “Railroads look like big winners in the short term,” the recent State of Logistics report concluded, noting that this year is following a trend of rising carloads that began in 2017.
  • Freight forwarders slam Port of Felixstowe on no compensation

    Aug 9, 2018 — Responding to a statement by the owners of the Port of Felixstowe that its recently introduced new terminal operating system (TOS) is now “stable”, BIFA director general Robert Keen said: “Our members still face significant problems at the port with shipping lines cancelling calls; or operating a cut-and-run policy, where the ship leaves before all containers that are booked are loaded, or discharged. Those members are also experiencing knock-on effects at other UK ports where vessels are being diverted, causing additional cost and disruption.”
  • DP World Acquires European Logistics Firm Unifeeder for 660 Million Euros

    Aug 9, 2018 — On Tuesday, Dubai-based DP World announced plan to acquire 100% of Unifeeder, the largest container feeder and growing shortsea network operator in Europe, for 660 million euros. DP World said the acquisition from Nordic Capital Fund VIII and certain minority shareholders will help enhance its presence in the global supply chain and broaden its product offering to its customers, namely shipping lines and cargo owners, helping reduce inefficiencies and improve the competitiveness of global trade.
  • Port of Newcastle Wants to Diversify, Eyes Container Terminal

    Aug 6, 2018 — A container terminal has been planned for Australian Port of Newcastle, the world’s largest coal export port, which is now ready to diversify.
  • Damaged Car Carrier Makassar Highway Reaches Port in Sweden

    Aug 3, 2018 — The damaged car carrier Makassar Highway has been moored in Oskarshamn on Thursday after salvors completed its emergency tow from open waters of the Baltic Sea. The 139-meter car carrier ran aground last Monday, July 23, off Loftahammar, Sweden.
  • Despite Early Activity, Atlantic Hurricane Season May End in a Fizzle

    Aug 3, 2018 — The Atlantic hurricane season may have gotten off to an early start this year, but it’ll probably end with a whimper — at least when it comes to the total number of storms. Twelve named storms are likely to form in 2018, fewer than last year’s 17 and below the 1981-2010 average, according to a forecast Thursday from Colorado State University.
  • FedEx announces new route connecting Hanoi to FedEx APAC hub in Guangzhou, China

    Aug 2, 2018 — FedEx Express is enhancing its services into and out of the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, with the introduction of a new flight connecting the city to the FedEx APAC Hub in Guangzhou, China. This new route will significantly improve transit times for all inbound flights to Hanoi, and enable next-business-day delivery within Asia for the first time.
  • Why the Trucking Shortage Is Costing You

    Aug 2, 2018 — A shortage of truck drivers that has been simmering in the United States for years has reached a full boil, causing anxiety from small factories to the Federal Reserve.
  • Santos three-day stevedore strike to delay cargo

    Aug 1, 2018 — Strike misery at Brazil’s Port of Santos is likely to return Wednesday, as stevedores launch a 72-hour strike aimed at persuading container terminal managers to pay for a back-dated pay increase and to increase the number of freelance dock workers, as opposed to using their own terminal staff.
  • Trucking the USA: Nuisance, thy name is ELD

    Aug 1, 2018 — With today marking four months since full enforcement of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, a number of truck drivers still say there are problems with ELDs in use and the federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules that are their foundation.
  • China now accepts electronic documents for customs clearance

    Aug 1, 2018 — As of 1 August 2018, Customs Authorities in China will accept electronic documents (eDocs) at the point of Customs declaration, and will not longer require paper documents as a strict prerequisite for clearance.
  • Ghana’s ports to serve landlocked countries

    Aug 1, 2018 — The government has announced plans to implement the “First Port Duty Rule” in Ghana’s ports by the end of the year to tackle increasing smuggling arising from diverted transit goods supposedly meant for landlocked countries.
  • Uber Suspends Self-Driving Truck Effort to Focus on Autonomous Cars

    Jul 31, 2018 — Uber announced July 30 that it was, for now, parking its effort to develop commercially viable self-driving trucks in order to focus on bringing autonomous cars to its service.
  • APL Antwerp Loses Eight Containers Overboard at Port of Virginia

    Jul 31, 2018 — The U.S. Coast Guard warned mariners of loose cargo containers in the water at the Port of Virginia after a reported eight containers fell overboard from a ship on Sunday afternoon.
  • US, Australia Agree to Boost Number of Marines Down Under to 2,500

    Jul 30, 2018 — After years of a slow buildup, the Marine Corps will soon begin sending 2,500 leathernecks to Australia annually. Marine Rotational Force-Darwin will increase in size by about 1,000 troops "as soon as practicable," according to a State Department news release.
  • China invests in 42 overseas ports under Belt and Road project

    Jul 30, 2018 — Chinese companies have participated in the construction and operation of a total of 42 ports in 34 countries under its Belt and Road initiative launched five years ago, according to China’s Ministry of Transport. These ports include Piraeus Port in Greece, Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka and Gwadar Port in Pakistan and China has also signed 38 bilateral and regional maritime agreements covering 47 countries along the Belt and Road trade routes.
  • What's Next on the Road to Self-Driving Trucks?

    Jul 30, 2018 — There's little doubt that automation is coming in the trucking industry — heck, it's already here in many fomats. But how will the next levels of automation be deployed? What will the legal and regulatory framework around that look like?
  • Shippers, forwarders and hauliers now planning for 'no deal' as Brexit looms

    Jul 30, 2018 — Shippers are pushing forwarders for more certainty on post-Brexit customs – some now actively working with a presumption of a hard Brexit. Meanwhile, the UK Road Haulage Association (RHA) has slammed MPs claiming “no deal is better than a bad deal”, suggesting some foods we take for granted could become “luxuries”.
  • DHL the first global forwarder to establish a footprint in Ethiopia

    Jul 27, 2018 — DHL Global Forwarding (DGF) claims to have become the first multinational forwarder to establish a presence in Ethiopia, following a joint venture agreement with Ethiopian Airlines.
  • Overcapacity, Not Trade Wars, to Blame for Falling Demand on Asia-US East Coast

    Jul 25, 2018 — Oversupply of shipping capacity rather than trade wars caused the recent rationalisation in transpacific and Asia-US east coast container services, with US tariffs on Chinese goods largely hitting non-containerised goods, so far.
  • New IMB report shows persistent piracy risk in Gulf of Guinea

    Jul 24, 2018 — The second quarterly report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows that all 2018 crew kidnappings have so far occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents.
  • U.S. House OKs Bill to Delay TWIC Deployment at High-Risk Facilities

    Jul 20, 2018 — The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation calling for a delay in deploying thousands of biometric readers for transportation security cards at the nation’s high-risk ports and commercial facilities. A companion bill in the U.S. Senate (S. 3094) has been referred out of committee but has yet to go to the floor for a vote.
  • South China, Southeast Asia waters lead global shipping losses, says Allianz review

    Jul 20, 2018 — The waters of South China and Southeast Asia have become the accident hotspot for global shipping, with 30 vessels, making up almost a third of the 94 losses worldwide coming from the region in 2017.
  • US - China trade war fallout sees 6.7% container capacity cut on transpacific

    Jul 19, 2018 — The Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance have joined the 2M alliance in cancelling strings on the transpacific. According to analyst Alphaliner the cuts equate to 6.7% of capacity deployed on the trade, or 21,300 teu per week.
  • FMCSA Outlines New Data Model to Be Tested in September

    Jul 18, 2018 — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials have withdrawn a slate of proposed “enhancements” to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program’s Safety Management System to make way for a small-scale test in September of a new statistical data model intended to better identify high-risk carriers.
  • Spot Truckload Rates Continue to Soar Amid Record Demand

    Jul 18, 2018 — Capacity shortfalls combined with increased demand for truckload shipments are continuing to boost spot rates to record levels, according to DAT Solutions, which also said in what is an atypical trend, spot rates now are exceeding long-term contract rates.
  • Shippers rushing to beat tariffs? Port of Oakland reports record imports

    Jul 18, 2018 — To witness the buildup to a brewing trade war between the U.S. and China, look no farther than the Port Oakland, where shipping traffic has been heating up along with the rhetoric over President Trump’s tariffs. The port reported that import volume reached a record high last month, possibly due to shippers rushing to beat import tariffs that kicked in this month.
  • Several U.S. Carriers Fine-Tune Compensation in Face of Driver Shortage

    Jul 17, 2018 — The second quarter brought a number of increases in driver compensation as the driver shortage continued to impact carriers’ ability to transport loads.
  • Multiple ship groundings and collisions send Suez Canal into chaos

    Jul 17, 2018 — Egypt’s Suez Canal, one of the busiest waterways in the world, is experiencing traffic mayhem after a series of ships grounded or collided in its waters in the space of two days. The canal is currently struggling to bring operations back to normal, with local media reporting that five vessels were involved in the accident, which eventually led to a standstill on Sunday.
  • Maersk Line diverting two services to Liverpool from delay-hit Felixstowe

    Jul 16, 2018 — Maersk Line is diverting one of its transatlantic services with MSC and its COEX service to the Port of Liverpool for 12 weeks from Felixstowe which has been hit by delays over the last month since installing a new IT system.
  • Fumigation of used mattresses - Import regulations into Canada

    Jul 13, 2018 — CBSA is sending this notification about the import of second hand/used mattresses, that has previously not been consistently enforced at port: "As per D9-1-7, the regulations and guidelines state that used/second hand mattresses are prohibited from importation by the relevant legislation EXCEPT in circumstances where the mattress is being imported under tariff items 9805.00.00, 9806.00.00, 9807.00.00, 9808.00.00, 9809.00.00 or 9810.00.00." Although mattresses may fall under the above prescribed exemptions, they are still required to be cleaned and fumigated prior to importation and must be accompanied by a certificate of fumigation.
  • U.S. Warehouse Supply at Its Tightest in Two Decades

    Jul 13, 2018 — For U.S. retailers, manufacturers, importers and exporters, warehouse space is at its tightest since 2000, when the first dot-com boom was driving strong consumer spending and imports from China were beginning to surge.
  • Tariffs not enough to derail U.S. trucking economy

    Jul 13, 2018 — While there is a lot of noise surrounding tariffs and potential trade wars, FreightWaves’ Chief Economist Ibrahiim Bayaan isn’t as concerned as some that the noise will result in action that could derail the economy.
  • Strike at Portuguese ports to cause delays

    Jul 13, 2018 — AGS Lisbon would like to inform you that the Portuguese Union of Dockers and Logistics (SEAL) filed a general strike notice for the period from 9 to 28 July 2018.
  • Strike to cause delays at Nigerian ports

    Jul 13, 2018 — AGS Nigeria would like to inform you that considerable delays are to be expected due to strike action and traffic congestion in Apapa and the Tincan port axis, in Lagos, Nigeria. The National Association of Truck Owners (NATO) are embarking on strike action in protest of the exorbitant fees paid to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Navy before ships can access the ports.
  • Tentative agreement for six-year NY port contract

    Jul 12, 2018 — The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) have announced a tentative agreement on a six-year local contract for the Port of New York and New Jersey.
  • U.S. Driver Shortage: Reservists may get license transfers from military to civilian world

    Jul 11, 2018 — The Transportation Department is launching a pilot program that allows reservists and veterans to transfer their military training into the civilian world. The new program highlights a lapse in licensure service members have been struggling with for quite some time: why can someone drive a truck in the military, but need to retrain to do the same thing once that person is out.
  • China, Panama to begin talks on free-trade deal in June 2018

    Jul 10, 2018 — Panama and China will begin negotiations in June 2018 to sign a free-trade deal, the two countries’ trade ministers said on Thursday, consolidating a relationship that has strengthened after the Central American nation ditched ties with Taiwan.
  • OOIDA request for a small business ELD exemption gets thumbs down by U.S. FMCSA

    Jul 9, 2018 — A request for an exemption from the ELD rule for small carriers--by definition just about the entire Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association membership--has been denied by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • Pledge to sell Long Beach terminal clears the way for COSCO takeover of OOIL

    Jul 9, 2018 — COSCO has appeased US security concerns over its acquisition of OOIL and its container arm OOCL by agreeing to concede ownership of the OOCL-operated Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) to a US trust pending its sale to a third party.
  • Kerry Logistics signs deal to build new Black Sea deepsea container port

    Jul 5, 2018 — Hong Kong-based 3PL Kerry Logistics has signed a deal to build a third box port in the Black Sea country of Georgia. The development will turn competition in Georgia’s port sector into a three-way race between Anaklia, the APM Terminals facility in Poti and the ICTSI-controlled container terminal at Batumi.
  • Delays continue at the Port of Felixstowe, Maersk omitting calls

    Jul 5, 2018 — Delays are continuing at one of the UK's main ports – Felixstowe – three weeks after a new terminal operating system was installed.
  • First deepsea box terminal at Haiphong opens and eyes a mainline call

    Jul 5, 2018 — The first deepsea container terminal in north Vietnam has opened for business. Capable of handling 14,000 teu vessels, the Haiphong International Container Terminal (HICT) could see the port serving the booming industrial region receiving mainline calls for the first time. Around 130km from Hanoi, the port of Haiphong has seen average annual growth of 14.6% since 2012 – 2017 throughput was 4.45m teu.
  • Forwarders will get 'no compensation' for cargo delays at Felixstowe

    Jul 2, 2018 — UK forwarders hit by delays in receiving containers though the port of Felixstowe have been warned that they cannot expect any compensation.
  • Thorco Lineage Refloated But Remains Adrift in French Polynesia

    Jun 29, 2018 — The general cargo ship Thorco Lineage has been towed off of the atoll in French Polynesia where it ran hard aground last Saturday, but as of Thursday, the ship was once again adrift after the tow line parted.
  • The Expanded Panama Canal Just Turned Two: Here Are Some Facts, Figures and Highlights the First Few Years of Operation

    Jun 28, 2018 — The Panama Canal on Tuesday marked the two-year anniversary of the inauguration of Expanded Panama Canal, the largest enhancement project in the waterway’s 103-year history. To date, the Canal has transited 3,745 Neopanamax vessels, exceeding the performance exceptions of Expanded Canal’s Neopanamax Locks.
  • Israel Asks Cyprus to Consider Shipping Route for Gaza, Official Says

    Jun 27, 2018 — Israel has asked Cyprus to examine the possibility of establishing a shipping point on the island for sending goods to the Gaza Strip, a Cypriot government spokesman said on Tuesday.
  • ‘PierPass 2.0’ pushed back to fourth quarter

    Jun 27, 2018 — Container terminal operators in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach now expect their revised PierPass OffPeak program will go into effect in the fourth quarter instead of August as originally planned.
  • Local forwarders must diversify as trade boom attracts global 3PLs to Vietnam

    Jun 26, 2018 — A surging Vietnamese economy has created space for local forwarders to expand across South-east Asia, but it is also attracting international 3PLs, creating fierce competition.
  • Melbourne set to benefit as box carriers increase vessel capacity on ex-Asia routes

    Jun 25, 2018 — The size of container vessels calling at the port of Melbourne looks set to dramatically increase after Cosco, OOCL and ANL revealed plans to upscale their joint Asia-Australia service. The existing string comprises five 5,500-6,000 teu vessels, but Melbourne port’s regulatory authority has given clearance for OOCL and Cosco to berth vessels in the 8,000-8,900 teu range.
  • Fewer flight delays for freighters, but 'meltdown' may be approaching

    Jun 25, 2018 — Frustrated by delayed flights? As the saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet. But, on a brighter note, charters and freighter flights may fare better than bellies.
  • Pirates’ Strategies and Countermeasures in the South China Sea

    Jun 19, 2018 — The South China Sea averages about 150 piracy incidents per year but can see spikes of activity that push it up to 550. Almost 30 percent of worldwide maritime traffic travels through the area. This includes all of the European goods to China, and almost all of the oil from the Persian Gulf to South East Asia.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Receives International Recognition for Hurricane Response

    Jun 19, 2018 — As the 2018 hurricane season opens, the international maritime community recognized the Coast Guard for its efforts last year to restore safe marine navigation in waterways hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • Tariffs present different global supply chain situations for shippers

    Jun 18, 2018 — For nearly 18 months, or even longer, there have been steady gains in United States-bound imports from China, with much of it due to the pending, now actual, tariffs, which have been by viewed by many at protectionist measures.
  • Port Kembla Reopens After Bulker Blaze

    Jun 18, 2018 — A fire in the hold of a bulker ship on Monday briefly closed Australia’s Port Kembla, the second-largest coal export port in New South Wales state, stopping shipping for eight hours.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • Dubai’s DP World Confirms 10 Injured when Ship Hits Cranes at Jebel Ali Port

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • Santa Fe Group Further Invests in China with full Acquisition of Sino Santa Fe

    Mar 24, 2017 — The Santa Fe Group has acquired 100% ownership of Sino Santa Fe or Santa Fe China.
  • IMO Cautions Against Extending EU-ETS to Shipping

    Jan 9, 2017 — Including shipping in the EU?s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping on a global basis, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said in a letter to senior European officials.
  • IAM Submits Comments to USTRANSCOM on Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program

    Nov 10, 2015 — IAM yesterday submitted comments on the U.S. Transportation Command’s recent Federal Register Notice about the Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program. IAM believes the proposed pilot is ill-conceived and poorly timed.
  • IAM attends GSA pre-solicitation meeting

    Aug 6, 2015 — IAM attended the GSA pre-solicitation meeting yesterday in Washington D.C. IAM’s Senior Vice-President, Chuck White, and Programs Director, Brian Limperopulos, discussed international trends and issues affecting the industry with both GSA officials and transportation service providers from the industry.
  • IAPH: A Smart Conference in a Smart Port City

    Jun 15, 2015 — The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) convened at its 29th World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2015, under the theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”, was successfully concluded, attracting more than 900 delegates, accompanying persons, guest speakers and exhibitors from across the world.
  • Scott AFB Visit Summary and 2015 Peak Season Shipment Refusals

    Apr 2, 2015 — On Mar. 31, IAM President Terry Head and Senior Vice President Chuck White met with the new Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Personal Property Director, Lt. Col. Michael Erhardt; the outgoing Personal Property Director, Capt. Aaron Stanley; and other key SDDC staffers. The key discussion item was obviously SDDC’s recent decision not to allow shipment refusals during the 2015 Peak Season.
  • International Association of Movers Names Charles L. White Senior Vice President

    Feb 2, 2015 — The International Association of Movers (IAM) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” L. White has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President.
  • IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Online Directory Launch

    Dec 10, 2014 — The new and improved ILN Online Directory has launched. Now anyone can easily search for ILN member companies geographically or by name keywords, allowing IAM members, ILN members and the general public to find companies they can potentially partner with on logistics projects.
  • Early Closure of JPPSO-Northeast: 10-Aug-2018 (11:00-1630 EST)