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Low Sulfur Surcharge Controversy

We promised to blog on this, so here it is... the controversy surrounding low sulfur surcharges. Big news events affecting the international shipping industry, specifically the Phase One Trade [...]

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Things Getting Bitter Between Maersk & MSC in Their 2M Alliance

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world's second largest ocean freight carrier by capacity for the moment, put out a press release on Monday concerning its executive leadership: MSC [...]

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The Controversy Over Arctic Shipping

The outlook on shipping through the Arctic is changing. And I'm not just talking about the changes in climate making shipping through the North Pole possible. Ocean freight carriers are coming [...]

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Shippers Can Take Advantage of Falling Freight Rates This “Peak Season”

Normally, freight rates increase this time of year during international shipping's peak season when shippers are importing more goods than usual to stock up for the big holiday shopping season. [...]

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Freight Rates Down Despite Trade War Up

The trade war between the U.S. and China drags on without an end in sight. However, things are not all bad news for U.S. importers. Shippers who import from China got good news last week as Trump [...]

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Will IMO 2020 Have a Grace Period on Implementation?

In only 5 months, starting on January 1st, 2020, cargo ships have to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) new 0.5% sulfur cap on fuel known as IMO 2020. [...]

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SeaIntelligence Says End of Shipping Alliances Would Skyrocket Freight Rates

What would happen if ocean freight carrier alliances were brought to an end?

Many shippers would cheer as they're currently seeking to make such an outcome a reality. But would it [...]