China-Europe rail, cold chain gain new visibility via tech

Shippers now have a pay-per-use solution to track and monitor their containers across the China-Europe rail route. Credit: Arviem New supply chain visibility solutions this week were unveiled in two areas — China-Europe rail and the cold chain — where there has been a gaping hole in the ability of shippers to monitor… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Shuttered Chinese factories have little room to clean up act

China’s anti-pollution drive is continuing. China’s low cost manufacturers are fiercely competitive and exist on wafer thin profit margins with little room to invest in more environmentally friendly production practices, placing them directly in the path of Beijing’s increasingly vigorous anti-pollution inspectors.Manufacturers have had several years to comply with the environmental… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Shining light on supply chain visibility gaps

The modern supply chain is complex, global, multi-modal, and full of visibility gaps. These gaps cost companies money, time, and reputation, as they are forced to operate with limited knowledge. In response to these challenges, managers have begun incorporating digital solutions that provide real-time visibility into a supply chain’s hidden… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Trade deficits with China widen despite higher import demand

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, Western governments and companies agreed to give Beijing low-tariff access to their markets in exchange for the promise of one day opening up China for its own companies. Since then, politicians in Europe and the United States have been consistently… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

ELDs top stack of challenges for FMCSA nominee

A host of issues critical to shippers, brokers, and truckers, including the rollout of the electronic logging mandate and how truck safety rules will be enforced, await Robert P. Martinez, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Most importantly, the next FMCSA administrator will have… Journal of Commerce | Regulation & Policy

GLP storms into Europe with $2.8 billion acquisition

One of Europe’s largest logistics property develpers, Gazeley, will be acquired by expansion-minded GLP. Credit: Gazeley GLP will take its first step into Europe with the acquisition of logistics platform Gazeley for $ 2.8 billion as the logistics developer continues to aggressively expand its global property portfolio while itself awaiting shareholder approval… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Thailand targets infrastructure, manufacturing upgrades

CHON BURI, Thailand Chon Buri — Although wild elephants still roam some nearby rain forests, the sweeping landscape of Thailand’s massive Hutchison Laem Chabang Terminal is dominated by state-of-the-art, rail-mounted gantries managed from a Hutchison port control tower on computer screens by well-trained technocrats.  Welcome to Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor, where… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

China approves US-focused SF Express-UPS joint venture

The packages SF Express staff load for the United States are set to expand under a new joint venture with UPS. Credit: SF Express China’s Ministry of Commerce has approved the planned joint venture (JV) of courier giants UPS and SF Express that will initially focus on delivery services from China… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Importers warned closed Chinese factories may never reopen

Factories across China are preparing to shut down to celebrate the country’s national holidays that begin on Oct. 1, but it may only bring a brief respite to the thousands of factories facing closure under Beijing’s anti-pollution drive.The widespread closure of polluting factories is being seen by those in the… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics

Importers warned closed Chinese factories may never reopen

Factories across China are preparing to shut down to celebrate the country’s national holidays that begin on Oct. 1, but it may only bring a brief respite to the thousands of factories facing closure under Beijing’s anti-pollution drive.The widespread closure of polluting factories is being seen by those in the… Journal of Commerce | International Logistics