ELDs not yet denting US truck detention

A survey of more than 600 US owner-operators and small carriers shows little change in detention practices at shipper docks, despite electronic logging and market pressures. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. If US shippers are trying to help speed truck drivers through their gates, owner-operators haven’t noticed yet. More than 77 percent of… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Lacking oversight, ship fire risk looms

Serious container ship fires are now happening once every 60 days on average, according to the TT Club, a freight insurance and risk-management specialist. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. No one should be surprised when a container ship catches fire, no matter how new or big the vessel might be. It is no exaggeration… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

No silver bullet for Rotterdam port’s barge woes

The huge gantries at Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam are designed to handle the world’s mega-ships. Photo credit: APM Terminals When a mega-ship calls at a port, it creates a whirlwind of feeder, barge, road and rail activity needed to shift the huge exchange of containers moving on and off… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Asia-Russia rail shippers gain shorter transits

  Low freight train speed has been a longstanding, major problem in Russia, something that has hindered transport of Asia cargo through Russia and also Kazakhstan. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. China shippers transporting cargo to the European Union via Russia will be able to have their cargo delivered substantially faster on many routes,… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

E-commerce drives double-digit warehouse rent hikes in top markets

The demand for “last mile/last touch” warehouses at major seaport cities and inland hubs has developers looking to costly infill locations close to consumers. (Above: An Amazon fulfillment center in the United States.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Rapid growth in e-commerce is stressing the supply of US warehouse space in major population… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Vehicle shippers need plan for myriad of risks

For original equipment manufacturers of vehicles, even minor dings and dents multiplied by thousands of units can result in big-dollar losses. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Manufacturers and shippers of autos and other vehicles have some of the most detailed contingency plans in the transportation industry for adjusting to weather events, port congestion,… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

US Gulf ports poised for Latin America trade rebound

The Gulf ports’ geography and railroad links provide a natural flow of Latin American trade to and from destinations as far north as Vancouver and Toronto. Above: Port Houston. Photo credit: Port Houston. US Gulf ports have plenty going for them. Laden container growth of 3.7 percent over the last 10… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

India hopes tender changes jump-start interest in Chabahar project

The reconsideration comes after none of the three shortlisted applicants responded with a final proposal for the Chabahar project. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. India is making a renewed attempt to induce prequalified bidders participing in the long-stalled process to select a private partner for the operation and management of marine facilities at the… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

US Gulf ports analysts see substantial volume growth, absent trade war

Houston and other Gulf ports expect to benefit from an increase in exports of synthetic resin pellets from plants that producers are building in Texas and Louisiana. (Above: Cranes at Port Houston.) Photo credit: Port Houston. HOUSTON — US Gulf ports this year are forecast to post containerized volume growth of… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Third wave for Gulf?

US Gulf ports have plenty going for them. Laden container growth of 3.7 percent over the last 10 years on a compound annual basis outpaced that of East Coast ports, at 2.5 percent, and West Coast ports, at 0.1 percent — and the resin boom hasn’t even begun. Exports of plastic… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy