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Are Ocean Freight Carriers Profiteering from Global Crisis?

A couple weeks ago, we posted a blog about how ocean freight carriers, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, went from being projected to lose as much as $23 billion in 2020 to looking like [...]

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2020 Outlook for Ocean Shipping

This is a guest post by Sandy Burkhart. Have you already started planning your shipping activities for the year that's just started? Then you might want to consider learning all about the [...]

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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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China Halves Tariffs & Coronavirus Epidemic Disrupts Shipping

This post could be thought of as an update to both last week's post about how the coronavirus is affecting international trade with China and our three part series going through the Phase One [...]

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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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