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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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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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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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Things Getting Bitter Between Maersk & MSC in Their 2M Alliance

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world's second largest ocean freight carrier by capacity for the moment, put out a press release on Monday concerning its executive leadership: MSC [...]

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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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Could Cargo Ships Get a Speed Limit?

One of the biggest issues of our time is global warming. The ocean freight sector of the international shipping industry, in particular, faces an incredible challenge of reducing its greenhouse [...]

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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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Maersk & IBM’s BlockChain Collaboration Stalls

Big news hit in January when it was announced Maersk and IBM were forming a joint venture. The giants in international shipping and information technology, respectively, were introducing a [...]

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