Air cargo shippers brace for continued high-flying rates

Booking early and avoiding urgent shipments is the best way for shippers to avoid delays and sky-high air freight rates this year. Photo credit: Air France-KLM. Finding air freight space is likely to be an area of continuing frustration for shippers in 2018, with strong volume placing available capacity under pressure,… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Convoy Logistics relishes its ‘tough jobs’ cargo niche

Convoy says no boilerplate checklist can cover every aspect of planning and pricing a project move. Photo credit: Convoy Logistics Providers. Project forwarder Dona Asciak has no interest in handling a large volume of general cargoes that generate a steady stream of predictable revenue. “Anyone can move a five-by-five-by-five box if… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

China’s largest retailer extends global cold chain reach

China’s cold chain efficiency is improving as online demand for fresh produce soars. Photo credit: JD.com. The logistics division of China’s largest retailer JD.com has partnered with Air China Cargo to extend its cold chain network deeper into key global markets to satisfy the mainland’s soaring appetite for fresh food.JD Logistics… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Waterfront Commission sues NJ to halt effort to dissolve agency

The ILA and NYSA accuse the agency of overstepping its authority to combat crime on the docks. Photo credit: Shutterstock. The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor on Tuesday filed suit to stop the New Jersey governor from enforcing a law enacted Monday that would terminate a 65-year-old agreement giving the… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Ruling improves prospects for BNSF’s LA-LB railyard

BNSF’s proposed $ 500 million Southern California International Gateway, with a capacity of 1.3 million container moves per year, is to be located four miles from Los Angeles-Long Beach. Photo credit: BNSF. A California appellate court ruling removed several key environmental concerns preventing BNSF Railway from constructing a near-dock railyard that would… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

BCOs seek US regulatory action on demurrage, detention

Truckers typically are required to pay demurrage, even if it is in dispute, before they can take a container out of the terminal. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Shippers and intermediaries urged US maritime regulators to make it easier to challenge congestion-related fees that container lines and marine terminals impose for delays that… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Carriers, terminals: FMC late-fee policy would yield chaos

The petition stems from a series of port delays in recent years due to labor disputes, high volume, weather, and other problems. That caused spikes in demurrage and detention bills for BCOs, intermediaries. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Container lines and terminals denied using demurrage and detention as profit centers and warned that… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

BCOs seek regulatory action on demurrage, detention

Truckers typically are required to pay demurrage, even if it’s in dispute, before they can take a container out of the terminal. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Shippers and intermediaries urged US maritime regulators to make it easier to challenge congestion-related fees that container lines and marine terminals impose for delays that shippers… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Kuehne + Nagel joins Temasek in search for logistics startups

A new joint venture between Kuehne + Nagel and Temasek will accelerate the transformation of the logistics industry. Photo credit: Kuehne + Nagel. Swiss logistics giant Kuehne + Nagel and Singapore’s state-owned investment arm Temasek have agreed to establish a joint venture (JV) to find and invest in start-up companies developing… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Tech start-up aims to help forwarders digitize

According to a tech executive, complex rate contracts, massive spreadsheets, emails and PDFs bring frustration to industry players and destroy business efficiency. Photo credit: Shutterstock. A new start-up solutions provider believes it has found a way to automate and decode complex ocean freight contracts that remain a nightmare for freight forwarders… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics