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2 Major Factors to Affect Freight Rates in 2020

Freight rates in the international shipping industry are always volatile, especially for small to medium shippers who play the spot market for their import and export pricing. There are many [...]

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How Is IMO 2020 Launch Going?

IMO 2020 went into effect on January 1st, requiring sea vessels, including container ships, to abide by a 0.5% sulfur cap on fuel or use scrubbers (systems that clean fuel in engines) in order to [...]

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How Does the Chinese Spring Festival Holiday Affect the International Logistics Industry?

This is a guest post by David Fan. Background Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the grandest festival in China with a statutory 7-day long holiday. [...]

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2 Big Effects of Drone Attack on International Shipping

In case you missed the big news this weekend, a drone attack hit two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on Saturday (September 14th, 2019). Here's a brief summary from an Aljazeera news [...]

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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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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 [...]

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Carriers Expect To Recoup IMO 2020 Fuel Costs Through Shipper Contracts

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 [...]

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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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Invasive Species on Your Shipping Containers – Action Needed?

Something about international shipping has countries worried. And they're considering legislating it, which makes shipping industry professionals nervous.

What's the issue? Invasive [...]

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What’s Happening with Freight Rates Right Now

Don't look now, but peak season is upon us. Yes, those big volume shipping months when importers are bringing in products to line store shelves for the back to school and holiday seasons are [...]

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