India tax reform prompts 3PLs to adapt, streamline supply chains

Above: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). Photo credit: JNPT. Barring growth anxiety caused by a speedy import-handling program for port-based supply chain intermediaries, the Indian third-party logistics (3PL) industry appears to have adapted well to the new, vastly regulated market environment brought on by an integrated, nationwide indirect tax regime that… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Amid tight US dray capacity, QuickLoad allows shipper to name price

QuickLoad has found a niche in Miami-area digital drayage by offering an app with a twist: the shipper, not an algorithm, names the price to haul the load. (Above: Port Miami.) Photo credit: MIAMI — Faced with shrinking motor carrier capacity for its 450 international importer and exporter customers, one… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

APM Terminals Pipavav adds Maersk, Cosco, ONE calls

  Above: The inaugural call APM Terminals Pipavav from the Far East service jointly operated by Cosco and Wan Hai. Photo credit: APM Terminals Pipavav. APM Terminals Pipavav has accelerated its efforts to attract more hinterland cargo, as the freight uptrend seen in the January-March quarter, following new service additions, appears to… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Brazil strike exposes inadequate rail network, shipper vulnerabilities

Estimates of the strike’s cost to shippers, from beef exporters to white goods importers, range from $ 5 billion to $ 15 billion. Photo credit: Rob Ward. The more than week-long, nationwide Brazilian truck strike and blockade in late May laid bare the country’s inability to shore up its containerized rail network, increasing… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

With cost cuts, container lines must create value to escape cycle

Like the US airline industry earlier, the global container shipping industry has reached a point where cost cutting and mergers will yield little if any additional value. This is the view of a longtime carrier executive, who argues creating value for customers will characterize the current era, with customer service… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Liability: How 1+1 equals 0

Q: We recently moved a load from Pennsylvania to Texas, a full truckload with pieces of machinery. It was also a cross-border move. The load got to the customs broker facility in Texas, and the customer decided not to inspect the cargo. The paperwork was processed, and the cargo was… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

Shippers to benefit from Amazon’s third-party delivery network, experts say

  Amazon’s new network could help reduce shipper costs, and even aid other transportation providers, as volumes outstrip capacity. But as one might sense, Amazon’s latest play also will affect resources in an already beyond-tight US trucking sector. (Above: An Amazon facility in Nevada, United States.) Photo credit: Amazon’s effort to… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Crude is awakening, and truckers have felt it

With fuel prices rising and freight demand soaring, shippers, from Brazil to China, are reminded of just how dependent they are on truck drivers and how much rockier it can get in terms of securing cross-border moves, much less getting an in-country haul. The reasons for delayed or stalled truck delivery vary, but they all point… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Rising fuel prices, volume set stage for more global truck strikes

Energy prices have risen, lowering the margins of a key supply chain performer, and that has implications for the container shipping industry. (Above: The scene in May 2018, when Brazil’s truckers went on strike, all but freezing road commerical transport in the country.) Photo credit: Rob Ward. With fuel prices rising… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

ELDs fuel efforts to change US trucking work rules

The number of hours truckers may drive is getting more attention from Congress, but do bills calling for reform, or the overturn of the electronic logging device mandate, stand a chance this year? Photo credit: The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, now in its seventh month, is driving renewed efforts… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy