Growing your business to the global market is the single most important step you can ever make as a business owner or manager. I mean, globalization enables you to tap [...]
In container shipping, ILWU, ILWU contract, ILWU Negotiations, ILWU Strike, International Shipping, port congestion, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Portland, shippers, shippingPosted
Despite the fact their Master Contract permits port automation by terminal operators, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) is fighting hard against APM Terminals' plan to automate [...]
In China, container shipping, freight forwarders, freight rates, importers, importing, international business, International Shipping, maritime shipping, ocean freight, shippers, shipping, shipping companiesPosted
This is a guest post by Emily Marchant.
Because of the international shipping industry's volatility and the surge of shipments that happened in July of 2018 and lasted until the end [...]
In bill of lading, business, customs clearance, import, importers, importing, Imports, International Shipping, shippers, shippingPosted
There's a new import certification requirement of which U.S. shippers of goods containing composite wood need to be especially aware. It is actually worth it for all importers to be aware, as [...]
In carbon emission, carriers, container shipping, exporters, freight rates, fuel, fuel prices, Global Business, importers, international business, International Shipping, ocean freight, ocean freight rates, ocean shippingPosted
We're finally seeing news on how carriers will pass higher fuel costs, which are on the way, to shippers.
It seems that all the news around the International Maritime Organization's [...]
In carriers, China, container carriers, container shipping, Container Shipping & Transport, containers, freight rates, Global Business, international business, International Shipping, international shipping newsPosted
Two weeks ago, when this blog last checked in on freight rates, they were falling. Massively. This week, transpacific freight rates rise significantly with a wave of General Rate Increases (GRI), [...]
In business, carriers, container shipping, Container Shipping & Transport, Customer Service, international business, International Shipping, ocean freight, ocean freight rates, ocean shipping, ocean shipping linesPosted
Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) made headlines this week for doing something all businesses should do — focusing on customers. Correction: HMM made headlines for saying it would focus on [...]
In business, cargo, container shipping, exporters, exports, import, importers, importing, Imports, International Shipping, shippers, shipping, Truck Driver Shortage, truckers, truckers strike, truckingPosted
Shippers need to be extra careful about the trucking companies they hire to transport their shipping containers to and from the ports. If not, shippers could find themselves liable in legal [...]
In cargo, carriers, container ports, container shipping, Container Shipping & Transport, export, fuel, fuel prices, Global Business, Global Economy, importing, international business, International ShippingPosted
It's coming: the cleaner fuel mandate. The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) o.5% sulfur cap hits in 2020. Carriers know their fuel costs are about to jump. Shippers know they'll in [...]
In carriers, China, container, container shipping, Container Shipping & Transport, containers, freight rates, Global Business, International ShippingPosted
International shipping spot rates are, not surprisingly, falling at the moment. But they have been falling massively.
Freight rate pricing tends to fall after the Chinese New Year as [...]
In container ports, export, ILA, ILWU, ILWU contract, ILWU Negotiations, import, International Shipping, ocean freight, ocean shipping, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, portsPosted
There's tension building with the dockworkers at West Coast ports.
Shippers have been feeling good about stability at the ports because of the contract extension and new contract the [...]
In China Shipping Companies, Freight Forwarder, International Shipping, International Shipping Company, ocean freight, ocean shipping, shipping companiesPosted
Are you unhappy with your current freight forwarder? It might be time to change your freight partner. To be sure you are changing a freight forwarder at the right time, look for these telltale [...]
We've noticed an uptick recently in international shipping scams by fraudulent individuals or companies impersonating freight forwarders.
We here at Universal Cargo hate to see [...]
This is a Guest Post by Grant Polachek.
Note from the editor: While this article is not directly about international shipping, as is our normal fare, it could be very useful for [...]