Liability rests with shipper if driver can’t inspect

Q: We’re a third-party logistics provider (broker). One of our shipper customers has stated that it is the carrier’s responsibility to make sure the truck is properly loaded (to be in compliance with weight and bridge laws). However, the driver is not allowed on his dock to supervise the loading or… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Factory closure fears fuel Matson Chinese import spike

Matson faces growing competition in its core markets of Hawaii and US territories in the western Pacific Ocean. Photo credit: Shutterstock Uncertainty over the scale of Chinese factories closures spurred US importers to tap Matson’s expedited services, fueling a nearly 12 percent rise in Chinese imports in the third quarter amid… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

VIDEO: Interesting ride ahead, K+N’s Montrone says

As carriers look to enhance the ROI of alliance investments, we’ll begin to see real service differentiation, which will enable more tailored solutions, said TPM Asia 2017 Panelist Paolo Montrone. Kuehne + Nagel’s senior vice president of global trades also discussed the balance of digitalization opportunities and the human learning… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

VIDEO: Navigating tech solutions for individualized needs

Eric Williams, Kuehne + Nagel’s global head of international supply chain, spoke to TPM Asia 2017 audiences about helping carriers navigate current technology to find the best solution to their individual needs. In a subsequent interview he examined the hurdles of legacy systems, potential developments in order management systems and… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Maersk to expand financing to shippers’ suppliers

Maersk Line is taking a pioneering new approach to trade finance. Photo credit: Shutterstock Maersk Line plans to expand a new program providing trade financing to customers by also providing credit to customers’ suppliers as well. The container line said it is close to sealing four loan agreements that are the first… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Danone links with JD to grow west China business

JD and Danone are building a warehouse in Chengdu to increase the French company’s distributionin the region. Photo credit: JD Danone Waters China, a subsidiary of Danone Group, is tapping into the distribution network of China’s largest retailer and e-commerce giant as the French company expands its coverage of Southwest… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Local partner sought to kickstart Chabahar port development

Government officials sign a memorandum of understanding for the Chabahar port as Indian Prime Minister Nardendra Modi, second from right, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani look on. Photo credit: Indian Ministry of Shipping Indian authorities handling the upgrade of the Chabahar port in Iran plan to team up with a local… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Carriers to get lower Chinese tariffs after antitrust verdict

The port of Tianjin was the 10th largest in the world in 2016. Photo credit: Shutterstock Container lines calling Chinese ports are set to save CNY3.5 billion ($ 528 million) after the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) found port service providers guilty of antitrust violations, including limiting tugboat and transshipment competition. The… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Q&A: ELDs and the future of truck capacity

Between the electronic logging device mandate and development of autonomous trucks, a brave new world for trucking lies just off the exit. Photo credit: Shutterstock The following are prepared responses to questions posed to panelists participating on the “Future of Freight” panel organized by the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Plummeting US paper scrap exports to China set to freefall

US wastepaper exports must find other markets as China works to improve its environment. Photo credit: Shutterstock Falling US scrap paper exports to China are set to plummet further in the coming months following the 30 percent decline in September as more importers slash orders because of fears they can’t guarantee… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics