Half of Montreal port terminals to impose extended gate fee

In the midst of a volume uptrend, Montreal is the latest North American port to try extending its terminal gate hours to improve cargo fluidity in and out of the terminal, and to place a charge on containers to pay for it. (Above: The port of Montreal.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Two… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to retrofit 20 ships with scrubbers

Under the International Maritime Organization’s rule, starting in 2020, ships will only be allowed to emit 0.5 percent sulfur, down from the currently acceptable level of 3.5 percent. Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen. With a risk mitigation strategy designed to put Wallenius Wilhelmsen (WW) out ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) new… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

It’s time everyone considered the true cost of tariffs

The latest round of tit-for-tat tariffs between the United States and China is hitting the trans-Pacific trade, and although it’s too soon to determine the impact on container volume of this wave and past ones affecting a range of goods including steel, the true costs of tariffs is coming into focus. Much of… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

US shippers, businesses, consumers will soon feel true cost of tariffs

One impact of tariffs: if US tariffs remain in place, the price of home building materials, including appliances, would rise substantially – pushing housing construction and home purchase prices higher – and that would price some potential US home buyers out of the market. (Above: A house being constructed in… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Why container lines should fear the low sulfur rule

With each passing day, the realization grows that the sulfur cap on bunker fuel will have a profound effect on shipping. The rule, imposed by the International Maritime Organization, will reduce permissible sulfur emissions from vessels to 0.5 percent from 3.5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Container carriers, like other shipowners, almost certainly… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Container lines should fear the low sulfur rule

Unless ocean carriers radically change the paradigm on how they go to market, the Jan. 1, 2020 sulfur cap on bunker fuel will represent another cost that carriers fail to pass on to customers. How many other industries operate this way? (Above: Container ships at the Port of Oakland.) Photo… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

US retailer report warns of tighter eastbound trans-Pac capacity

The uptrend in US imports, in line with the US/global expansions, continued in June, but shippers remain cautious, and there are objective, geopolitical reasons why they are not celebrating. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. A report by US retailers tracking monthly record imports since June and through August sends a stark warning to… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Are US railroads missing out on intermodal volume?

In an era in which considerable, new, intermodal business is there, US railroads argue they need to balance the interests of investors and shippers. Shippers argue there hasn’t been a balance. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The demand is there for Class I railroads as US shippers are desperate to locate capacity to… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Former Amazon exec targets LTL data to speed-up XPO

Fresh from Amazon’s transportation shop, Kenny Wagers sees technology and integration within XPO as the keys to accelerating LTL growth. Photo credit: XPO Logistics. Shippers don’t just want capacity from US trucking companies, they want speed. But with tractor-trailers nearly bursting with freight, and truckers driving closer to the clock when… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

UP-CSX interchange changes send shippers scrambling

  Union Pacific sent a notice to shippers Friday that the UMAX interline service would cease in 197 lanes on Sept. 17, blaming CSX Transportation service changes. CSX said the service change was necessary to manage evolving needs, the first step in CEO Jim Foote’s vision to implement precision railroading into… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics