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Record Imports & No More Overcapacity – Are We Really Seeing a “New Normal” in International Shipping?

As the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hit record volumes of imports for March and freight rates reached a new peak, experts are telling us that the days of overcapacity, and the lower [...]

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Big Roundup of Coronavirus Pandemic’s Effect on Ocean Freight Shipping

You won't find a more complete roundup of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting international shipping, specifically the ocean freight sector, right now than this blog post here. This [...]

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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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How can smart containers help shipping companies?

This is a guest post by David Fan. According to reports: Danish shipping major A.P. Moller – Maersk has decided to join its counterparts CMA CGM and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) as [...]

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Could Cargo Ships Get a Speed Limit?

One of the biggest issues of our time is global warming. The ocean freight sector of the international shipping industry, in particular, faces an incredible challenge of reducing its greenhouse [...]

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Freight Rates Increase with Carrier GRIs After Slump

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), [...]

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DOJ Antitrust Probe of Ocean Freight Carriers Is Over

A couple years ago in San Francisco, the world's major ocean freight carriers were holding a biannual Box Club meeting when the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) burst in on them with a raiding [...]

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