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Transpacific Freight Rates East, West Coast Spread Is Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Ocean freight rates have fallen, for which U.S. importers can rejoice. Readers of Universal Cargo's blog certainly don't need a recap of how freight rates skyrocketed during the pandemic, thanks [...]

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2M Alliance Coming to an End as Maersk and MSC Finally Split

Like a bad hairstyle fad, the 2M Alliance is coming to an end. But that end won't be abrupt. The process is not as simple as combing hair along a part, sending this section of hair that way and [...]

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Ocean Imports Drop, Trucking Jobs Plummet, Air Freight Peak Season Disappears

Imports for the end of the year were already expected to decline, but at the end of last week the expected decline for October basically doubled. November and December's expected decline [...]

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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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Shippers Beg Biden to Help Make ILWU Contract Negotiations Go Smoothly

As the expiration of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) quickly approaches, shippers are getting more and more anxious about the potential of contentious negotiations throwing [...]

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Biden Administration Introduces FLOW to Improve Supply Chain – Exciting as a Visit from Aunt Flo

On Tuesday (March 15th, 2022), the Biden Administration put out a "fact sheet" in announcing a freight data exchange program with the intention of improving the still badly congested supply [...]