News

  • Outsourcing and the International Forwarder

    Apr 19, 2019 — This is the third in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • New Container Line Association to Tackle Digital Standardization in Shipping

    Apr 17, 2019 — Some of the world’s top container shipping line are banding together to form an association seeking to drive new digital technology standards to boost efficiency for shipping lines and customers. The Digital Container Shipping Association was officially launched in Amsterdam on April 10 after gaining regulatory approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission last month.
  • Piracy in Asia declines to 13-year low in first quarter: ReCAAP

    Apr 17, 2019 — Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia have dropped to a 13-year low in the first quarter of this year, according to latest figures released by the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC).
  • 20-row Evergreen boxship set to make landmark Panama Canal transit

    Apr 17, 2019 — The Panama Canal is set to receive its first 20-row across boxship transit. The 14,424 teu Triton, which Evergreen has on charter, will head through the waterway on May 15, marking another milestone in the evolution of the enlarged canal.
  • Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

    Apr 12, 2019 — This is the second in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • Kerry Logistics to develop dry port in Laos’s Vientiane Logistics Park

    Apr 8, 2019 — Kerry Logistics’ KLN Singapore subsidiary is to develop a dry port in Laos’s Vientiane Logistics Park with Sitthi Logistics. The move is part of Kerry’s push into the Asean region and its intention to develop an integrated Greater Mekon Region covering Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
  • The Risks of a Monopoly Managing the DOD Personal Property Program

    Apr 5, 2019 — This is the first in a series of op-eds that IAM is running to shed additional light on problems associated with privatizing the household goods program to a single source contractor.
  • Shipping Data Shows Weakness in Global Economy

    Apr 3, 2019 — The volume of U.S. ocean cargo imports arranged by Deutsche Post’s DHL Group, United Parcel Service Inc, FedEx Corp and other freight forwarders fell sharply in February, sending a warning on global trade, a key barometer for the world economy.
  • Shippers angry at 'no news' on availability of Yantian Express cargo

    Apr 2, 2019 — Shippers are facing further confusion over the fate of cargo aboard the fire-stricken Yantian Express after an update revealed “no change”. In a statement, Hapag-LLoyd noted that discharged containers were awaiting transhipment, while those still on board would not be moved until results from technical inspections had been received.
  • Early results point to steep declines in February airport throughput

    Apr 2, 2019 — Early analysis indicates year-over-year drops in air cargo volumes in Europe and Asia, while American airports are close to flat with February 2018 traffic. Almost all airports worldwide posted year-over-year declines in volume for February and declines or very modest growth overall for 2019.
  • USTRANSCOM Commander Meets with Moving Industry Reps to Improve PCS Move Quality – An Industry Perspective

    Mar 29, 2019 — USTRANSCOM Public Affairs published a press release highlighting GEN Lyons’ meeting with CEOs from various moving companies who support DoD household goods movement, and a separate meeting with moving industry trade associations. The press release is not an accurate account of the events of those meetings. Industry attendees believe the tone of the press release implied industry’s support to the general’s decision to award a contract to a single provider. To be clear, most of DoD’s current household goods service providers do not support this initiative.
  • Is There a Truck Driver Shortage or Not? ATA Says Research Paper Made ‘Critical Errors’

    Mar 29, 2019 — The chief economist for American Trucking Associations has criticized a research paper written by a university professor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics official that questioned the severity of the truck driver shortage decried by many in the industry.
  • Industry rallied for demurrage investigation final phase

    Mar 29, 2019 — U.S. Federal Maritime Commission officials told attendees of the American Association of Port Authorities’ Spring Conference in Washington, D.C., Wednesday that the third and final phase of the agency’s investigation to bring commercial clarity to the system of accessing detention and demurrage is underway.
  • Vietnam approves plans for cargo expansion at SGN

    Mar 22, 2019 — The new cargo and MRO buildings will ultimately have capacity for five million tonnes of cargo, according to local news VN Express. Further details regarding the cargo terminal’s designs are yet to be determined.
  • Business of Shipping: China’s Claims in South China Sea Could Impact Commercial Shipping

    Mar 22, 2019 — China’s contention that it has sovereignty over a large swath of the South China Sea violates the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (which China has signed) and other rules of international law and practice, said Dr. Mark Meirowitz this week at a seminar lecture.
  • Madagascar: Reminder of container loading rules

    Mar 15, 2019 — AGS Madagascar wishes to remind its colleagues and partners of the rules for loading containers, especially relating to the loading of motor vehicles. In most cases, cars and motorcycles are loaded into the bottom of containers, behind the household goods, which means that dockers must first remove all personal effects in order to access the vehicles for SGS to conduct its inspection. Not only does this additional handling represent a waste of valuable time, but the HHGs and the vehicle are likely to be reinserted incorrectly. In order to avoid this situation in future, we’d like to urge you to enforce the rules when loading motor vehicles into containers. Please ensure that cars and motorcycles are systematically loaded on the door side of the container.
  • Try These Ideas Before Privatizing Military Moves

    Mar 13, 2019 — Privatization might look good on paper, but there are many holes. A single move manager would oversee all contracts with individual moving companies. But with that simplicity come larger concerns over a lack of contractor accountability and the dangers of multiple layers of subcontracting.
  • Air cargo demand at three year low in January

    Mar 11, 2019 — Figures from IATA show that January saw airfreight traffic declined by 1.8% year on year in freight tonne km terms, which the airline association said was the worst performance in the last three years, the association said. To make matters worse, capacity was up by 4% resulting in freight load factors declining by 2.7 percentage points to 45.1%.
  • Helsinki Bridge suffers another mishap

    Mar 7, 2019 — A boxship operated by Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) hit severe weather yesterday morning in the Atlantic resulting in a number of container stacks at the aft of the ship collapsing.
  • Amazon poised to enter global logistics market

    Mar 6, 2019 — One strategy to keep shipping costs low is moving more of the company's shipping in-house instead of relying on third parties such as UPS, FedEx, or USPS. Rather than simply looking to shrink its shipping cost, experts say that Amazon is adding another business to its roster: shipping and delivery.
  • UK truckers set for temporary EU permit-free access in a no deal Brexit

    Mar 6, 2019 — UK hauliers may be able to maintain operations in the European Union (EU) without permits for certain services over a nine month period in the event of a no deal Brexit. A provisional agreement between the European Parliament and Member States to allow UK hauliers to work without European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits still needs to be formally confirmed.
  • Fast-developing South-east Asian road network is giving air a run for its money

    Mar 6, 2019 — Singapore-based YCH Group has entered South-east Asia’s burgeoning cross-border road freight market with the launch of its China-ASEAN Regular Shuttle Service. YCH claims the service can challenge air freight on transit times, with 45ft container trucks plying the 4,500km route from Chongqing to Singapore.
  • Algeria: Delays expected during presidential campaign

    Mar 5, 2019 — Delays are to be expected in the following weeks due to the upcoming presidential elections in the country, scheduled for 18 April 2019. President Bouteflika’s announcement that he will seek a fifth term in the elections has provoked strong reactions from the opposition. Several protests have already taken place to contest his candidature and more protests are scheduled over the coming days and weeks. Demonstrations are likely to disturb the progress of operations and will lead to significant delays and additional charges (demurrages, storage, etc.).
  • Global airport congestion increases in 2019, pushes carriers to consider new locations

    Mar 5, 2019 — The International Air Transport Association released its 2019 worldwide airport slot report showing increased congestion levels at major airports, which may push cargo providers to seek other airport options.
  • Asia-Europe carriers must 'think outside the box' to counter impact of new tonnage

    Mar 4, 2019 — High capacity and low demand will leave ocean carriers on Asia-North Europe routes in a tight spot, with analysts suggesting even mild growth would seem a major victory.
  • Cheap Prices Will Be the Latest Casualty of the Trucker Shortage

    Mar 4, 2019 — America simply doesn’t have enough truck drivers to deliver everything it needs to ship. That has trucking companies scrambling to find ways to keep costs down.
  • Maersk and ZIM boxships collide at Busan Port

    Mar 4, 2019 — Containerships Safmarine Nokwanda and Tianjin collided at South Korea’s Busan Container Terminal on Saturday, leading to damage on both ships. Tianjin suffered major damage and a number of containers from the ship were crushed and fell off the ship following the collision.
  • Forwarders rally response to congested US air hubs

    Mar 4, 2019 — Shippers willing to pay a premium price for air freight to ensure speed and reliability in major US markets are often shortchanged on both, as shipments are regularly delayed on and around traffic-snarled, truck-congested airports.
  • FAST Act HHG Working Group Report of Recommendations

    Feb 27, 2019 — This report provides information on the 19 recommendations developed by the Working Group formed at the request of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Pub. Law No. 114-9 to: *Condense publication ESA 03005 (“Ready to Move?”) of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) into a format that can be more easily used by consumers; *Use state-of-the-art education techniques and technologies, including optimizing the use of the internet as an educational tool; and *Reduce and simplify the paperwork required of motor carriers and shippers in interstate transportation.
  • Air freight operators get together to step up contingency plans for no-deal Brexit

    Feb 26, 2019 — In support of the saying that freight is like water and will always find a way to flow, today a partnership of Leipzig-Halle and Liverpool airports, together with Wynne Aviation Services, Jota Aviation, Airport Park Leipzig-Halle, Volga-Dnepr Group and handler Portground announced a Brexit contingency plan.