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ILWU & PMA Speak About Contract Negotiations

Both the Loadstar and the Journal of Commerce (JOC) report the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) have broken media silence on their [...]

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Ports Get Congestion Relief But It May Be Only Momentary

U.S. ports are finally getting a period of time to recover from the unyielding demand and congestion that has plagued them since 2020. However, there are a few things that could make the relief [...]

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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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Are Gulf Coast Ports Good Alternative to Congested East & West Coast Ports for Importing from China?

Some shippers are looking at Gulf Coast ports like the Port of Houston as possible alternatives to the severely congested ports along the East and West Coasts. Port congestion like we're seeing [...]

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US Ag Exporters Urge President Biden Take Action Against Ocean Freight Carriers’ Practices

71 U.S. agricultural industry groups teamed up to write a letter to President Biden, informing him of the injury ocean freight carriers are doing to US agriculture, food, and forestry product [...]

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Top 10 Predictions and Trends of Shipping Industry in 2021

This is a guest post by Paul Zhang. The epidemic made the entirety of 2020 beyond all expectations. Global trade stirred by the "black swan" of the epidemic ushered in a great recession and fell [...]

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Will Transpacific Shipping Demand Be Strong Into 2021?

Transpacific shipping is strong right now. Despite predictions by experts earlier in the year that 2020 would see no international shipping peak season, we have had and are in a strong one. Will [...]