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The Journal of Commerce is the industry’s source for maritime news and analysis about ocean container shipping, logistics, supply chains, global shipping ports, shipping technology solutions and end-to-end connectivity. Coverage tracks the movement of containerized cargo — from origin to destination — handled by marine terminals in the US and abroad, depots, container ports, container lines, drayage, consignees and shippers, forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and off-dock warehousing providers, as well as pricing, capacity, volume and reliability on the trans-Pacific, Asia-Europe, North America-Caribbean, Central and South American and intra-Asia trades.

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Maersk temporarily pauses Red Sea routings after new attacks

Sun, 12/31/2023 - 10:00
The carrier’s decision to suspend Red Sea sailings for at least 48 hours following two attacks this weekend shows that even as naval forces ramp up patrols in the region, safety is far from guaranteed.

Fresh surcharges pile up for Asia-Europe shippers amid Red Sea attacks

Fri, 12/29/2023 - 13:37
Most of the surcharges and GRI hikes will take effect from Jan. 1, with at least one ocean carrier hinting of further increases to come later in January.

California regulator gives temporary reprieve on zero-emission drayage enforcement

Fri, 12/29/2023 - 13:07
CARB is waiting for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to rule whether the clean fleets regulation the state adopted last April needs a waiver from the Clean Air Act before it goes into effect.

Container shipping digs in for new phase of Red Sea security risk

Fri, 12/29/2023 - 11:14
The varied approach taken by carriers– whether or not to divert ships around southern Africa -- speaks to a new phase of uncertainty for the traditional Suez route.

Red Sea crisis amplifies existing strain between carriers, shippers: analyst

Fri, 12/29/2023 - 09:27
Almost four years after COVID-19, a new crisis is once again shining a light on the traditional contentious relationship between container carriers and their customers when it comes to pricing dynamics, writes Lars Jensen.

Forwarder market share, margins shrank in 2023 as rates normalized

Fri, 12/29/2023 - 08:31
Going into 2024, 3PLs will need to determine which ancillary offerings they’ll invest in to weather a supply-demand imbalance that will likely last for the next year or two.

Forwarder market share, margins shrank in 2023 as market normalized

Fri, 12/29/2023 - 08:31
Going into 2024, 3PLs will need to determine which ancillary offerings they’ll invest in to weather a supply-demand imbalance that will likely last for the next year or two.

A decade on, logistics industry still awaits proof that VC is a welcomed partner

Thu, 12/28/2023 - 13:05
None of the most prominent venture-backed names in logistics has had a successful exit yet, but perhaps patience is still required before the industry can say for sure if venture capital is a worthy funding route for company founders.

Maersk signs pact to develop methanol bunkering at Japan's Yokohama port

Thu, 12/28/2023 - 12:44
With around 130 methanol-enabled dual-fuel container ships on the water or on order, carriers have been scrambling to secure supplies of the green fuel.

Major FMC rulemakings, cases to provide industry clarity in 2024

Thu, 12/28/2023 - 08:27
The Federal Maritime Commission’s final rule on detention and demurrage will be a watershed moment in the industry next year, but it won’t be the only one.

Red Sea-linked sailing disruptions threaten Indian port flow gains

Thu, 12/28/2023 - 08:11
As the impact of longer routings percolates through the supply chain, local industry sources expect a wave of void calls and/or alterations in Indian port rotations across various trade routes.

Shippers face delays as carriers skip South America calls due to Panama Canal woes

Wed, 12/27/2023 - 09:04
Ocean Network Express and Hapag-Lloyd confirmed they are skipping calls, especially at Cartagena in Colombia and Manzanillo in Panama, although omissions are being made at other ports.

MSC ship becomes latest targeted in Red Sea attack

Tue, 12/26/2023 - 16:30
The US Central Command said a US Navy destroyer and fighter jets on Tuesday shot down 12 attack drones, three anti-ship ballistic missiles and two cruise missiles launched by the Houthis from Yemen.

Freight transport’s ‘new normal’ marked by slower growth

Tue, 12/26/2023 - 15:07
Lower consumer demand for imports and domestic goods reshaped international and US freight markets in 2023.

TFI gets even bigger role in heavy-haul trucking with $1.1 billion Daseke purchase

Tue, 12/26/2023 - 14:56
The biggest trucking acquisition of 2023 gives Canada’s TFI an additional $1.8 billion in annual revenue and nearly 20 operating subsidiaries hauling oversized, heavy freight.

Eastbound trans-Pac schedule reliability gains in November after peak season rush

Tue, 12/26/2023 - 13:33
The performance gains on the world’s busiest trade lane in November came as US imports from Asia during the month plunged 12% from October, the traditional end of peak shipping season.

Hong Kong eyes status as green bunkering hub to retain, lure container volumes

Tue, 12/26/2023 - 09:04
The push to become a go-to stop for alternative fuels comes as Hong Kong is set to see container throughput fall to around 14 million TEUs in 2023, a 27-year low, amid waning transshipment volumes.

Naval force gives Maersk confidence to resume Suez Canal transits

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 14:47
Maersk decision to resume sailings through the Red Sea reveals confidence on the part of the carrier with they have been told by naval coalition forces about their capabilities and willingness to act in defense of shipping.

Maersk, CMA CGM to divert almost 200 ships away from Suez

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 14:47
Most of Maersk’s reroutings are on Asia-Europe services, with some 84 vessels across eight different service strings being affected.

Geopolitical conflicts could signal end to global reach of ocean carriers: analyst

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 11:05
With increasing instability around the world, we might be approaching the point where a carrier’s reach is no longer truly global as liners are forced to make commercial and political decisions that will shape the scope of their operations, writes analyst Lars Jensen.


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