Changing carrier, logistics provider dynamic to benefit customers

Change, and technological change, is occurring in logistics, but the analysis that argues ocean carriers are trying to put logistics providers out of business is a stretch. The much more likely scenario is more diverse — and one that will ultimately benefit the customer. (Above: the Port of Oakland.) Photo… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Insurance sensor policy simplifies shipper damage claims

Insurer Munich Reinsurance Co. says it has for the last year tested the policy – known as Quality Shortfall Coverage – using a service provided by eProvenance, a cargo monitoring company, that created the sensor system along with an algorithm that calculates the impact of temperature and other changes in… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Top Canadian cargo airports attract new services, focus on speed

Air cargo is changing — no longer is tonnage the sole, ultimate metric. Air cargo companies and the airports that serve them must be entrepreneurial-minded to meet the needs of transit-time, cost-sensitive shippers with their high-value cargo. So far, three key Canadian hubs are meeting the bill. (Above: air cargo… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Clean air rules on LA-LB port warehousing, rail yards loom

BCOs fear imposing indirect source pollution restrictions on warehouses and distribution centers on top of LA-LB clean-air restrictions will raise the cost of shipping through the Southern California gateway. (Above: the port of Los Angeles.) Photo credit: Beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) in Southern California who already contend with clean-air requirements at… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

The time is now to address container ship, cargo fire hazard

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 to say that literally every container ship is a catastrophe waiting to happen, given how little carriers know about cargo loaded onto their ships, the frequency… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Russia eyes new truck program to cut shipper costs, boost local carriers

Russia hopes to jump-start its truck transport sector – and save shippers considerable time and money – with a new program of incentives and subsidizes to support Russia-owned/operated vehicle transport of cargo to European Union destinations. (Above: A truck travels on a road in Russia.) Photo credit: Russian shippers transporting… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Here’s how Los Angeles can achieve cleaner air quickly

Residents of metro Los Angeles woke up this week to what unfortunately has become all too regular news. Once again, the air we breathe was rated by the American Lung Association as the dirtiest and most ozone-polluted in the country. This news was not lost on those of us who… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

European shippers say terminal automation gains lost on inland moves

The stronger European economy with its rising container volumes and net-generation technology has exposed a weakness in the continent’s supply chain — and it’s one that will likely require the input of all stakeholders to eliminate. (Above: The Port of Antwerp.) Photo credit: Automated container terminals can help European hubs… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

LA-LB officials say zero-emissions cargo equipment viable by 2030

It is an ambitious goal, but port officials, environmental experts, and other stakeholders at a summit offered substantial evidence that the commercially-feasible, zero-emissions, cargo-handling system will arrive sooner than many expect. (Above: the Port of Los Angeles.) Photo credit: Port officials and equipment manufacturers gave beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) a… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

FMC investigating canceled door deliveries

  Ocean carriers have been restricting door deliveries and implementing surcharges on door deliveries, in which they are responsible for the end-to-end transportation, because of the rising costs on inland transportation. (Above: Trucks pick up containers at a US port.) Photo credit: The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is investigating claims from beneficial… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy