BCOs face steep price tag for LA-LB clear air rules

Toyota is testing a fuel cell truck that emits only water vapor on drayage runs around the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex. Beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) are on the hook for some of the $ 4 billion that terminal operators at Los Angeles and Long Beach will have to invest in zero-emission… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Asia-Europe rail shippers Czech out Prague for savings

Asia-Europe rail services have been expanding to keep up with growing demand. Asia-Europe rail shippers needing to reach Austria, Romania, and Hungary can save up to five hours of transit time and 1,300 to 1,500 euro per container by offloading cargo in Prague, Czech Republic, rather than Germany. More than 75 percent… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Authorities approve JNPT truck toll hike

The vast majority of cargo at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust enters and leaves the port by truck. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) received final approval from port regulators to levy toll charges for truck cargo gated in and out of terminals at India’s busiest container gateway following months of stakeholder consultations. The… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

BCO, carriers conflict on what’s market reality

Shippers and carriers can’t agree whether the sun is setting or rising on overcapacity and accompanying rate volatility. A global beneficial cargo owner (BCO) said the spot market price per FEU on the all-water trans-Pacific trade was now well below his annual contracted rate despite healthy peak season volume, and he… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

NAFTA renegotiation progress elusive

US demands that US-made components make up more than half of all parts used in auto production threatens to derail NAFTA talks. RANCHO MIRAGE, California — The fourth round of talks on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement are careening toward an inclusive end this week, with US demands… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

CMA CGM owns up to Kingston terminal troubles

The Kingston Container Terminal is a key Caribbean transshipment hub. French liner giant CMA CGM sits on both sides of the fence at the Kingston Freeport Container Terminal (KFTL) transshipment hub in Jamaica, where it has controlled the concession for the port facility since July 2016, and at the same time,… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Alphaliner: Container shipping dragging feet in tech adoption

Doubts about the container shipping industry’s willingness to embrace new technology persist. New venture capital investments continue to flow into startups looking to transform the container shipping and logistics industries even though the industry has yet to wholeheartedly embrace the innovations. To date, the sector has proven slow to adopt the new… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

The human element in supply chain visibility

Businesses today have more resources and technology than ever to manage their logistics processes. So why did a recent Business Continuity Institute report state that two-thirds of them lack end-to-end visibility into their supply chains? Juggling logistics providers, inaccurate data, and outdated processes are all prime culprits behind poor visibility. As… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

HMM: Low-sulfur fuel rule to be as transformative as mega-ships

Leaders of the container shipping industry from the Netherlands to South Korea are growing increasingly vocal about the looming International Maritime Organization regulation. SHENZHEN — The low-sulfur fuel rule taking effect in 2020 is likely to usher in “a paradigm change” driven by new maritime technologies, with an industry impact akin to… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

US truckload spot market continues to heat up

Broad economic growth and hurricane recovery efforts are fueling robust growth in trucking demand and rates. The truckload spot market that burned hot through the summer continued to heat up in September, with demand for truckload capacity jumping 15 percent from August and 80 percent from September 2016. The national average spot… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics