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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 [...]

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2020 Is Great Year for Ocean Carriers as Freight Rates Break Records

How about a positive headline for 2020? It's a great year for ocean freight carriers in the international shipping industry. Transpacific cargo volume continues to surge here in the peak season, [...]

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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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Scrubbers Could Harm People Through Food Chain Per IMO Report

What's worse, air pollution or pollution pumped into the ocean that could make the seafood you eat toxic? The transition to the new IMO 2020 regulation that requires a sulfur emissions cap of [...]

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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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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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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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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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You Won’t Believe How Pathetic This Ocean Freight Headline Is

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) made headlines this week for doing something all businesses should do — focusing on customers. Correction: HMM made headlines for saying it would focus on [...]

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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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