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Inland Distribution Conference 2018: News and analysis

Tue, 23 Oct 2018

Inland Distribution Conference 2018: News and analysis

  The latest news from the JOC Inland Distribution Conference in Oak Brook, Illinois. Check back with this document frequently for the latest news and insights from key logistics, shipping, and trade decision makers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. JOC INLAND DISTRIBUTION CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 2018:      **   10:25 a.m. CDT update: View from the Top: A discussion...

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US truck driver solo offer of $80k underscores persistent scarcity

Tue, 23 Oct 2018

US truck driver solo offer of $80k underscores persistent scarcity

  Trucking companies aren’t just competing against other trucking companies for new employees, however, they are competing against construction firms, the oil and gas drilling industries, as well as warehouses, and fulfillment centers, that are hunting for workers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Transport America has joined the legion of trucking companies raising driver...

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US West Coast gets creative to handle mega-ship pressure

Tue, 23 Oct 2018

US West Coast gets creative to handle mega-ship pressure

With container exchanges of as much as 10,000 per vessel call, as is the case with mega-ships, the landlord West Coast ports have assumed the role of facilitators, bringing together ocean carriers, terminal operators, equipment providers, truckers and railroads to implement improved cargo-handling processes. (Above: The Port of Los Angeles.)...

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Mexico truck rules, port congestion boost KCS volume

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

Mexico truck rules, port congestion boost KCS volume

KCS also said it has seen “early positive trends during the peak season” as a result of the trucking regulations, Brian Hancock, executive vice president said in a third quarter conference call on Friday. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Tight trucking capacity after the Mexico government introduced new regulations on truckers, along with...

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Toepfer Transport Multipurpose Index rises in October

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

Toepfer Transport Multipurpose Index rises in October

Factors pushing up the rate included a rising oil price, slightly shrinking capacity in the MPV/HL sector (especially toward the high-end sector), and uncertainty across the global fleet regarding IMO 2020. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Toepfer Transport’s multipurpose index, perhaps the only MPV/HL freight rate index available to gauge the project/heavy-lift (HL) market,...

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Brokers and forwarder should weigh in on FMCSA rulemaking

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

Brokers and forwarder should weigh in on FMCSA rulemaking

At the end of September, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) posted an "advance notice of proposed rulemaking" (ANPR) regarding the financial responsibility of freight forwarders and brokers. With the new rules it eventually proposes, the FMCSA's will seek to implement stricter financial responsibility requirements. Such requirements may include the...

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Low-sulfur fuel to dominate ocean container contracting

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

Low-sulfur fuel to dominate ocean container contracting

There is no current forecast that doesn’t anticipate a substantial increase in fuel costs for those ships that must use low-sulfur fuel as of the implementation date of the International Maritime Organization-imposed rule. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. For beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) beginning the process of negotiating annual ocean carrier contracts, the...

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Chennai port growth dampened by Maersk shift to Ennore

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

Chennai port growth dampened by Maersk shift to Ennore

  Above: the Maersk Line's Leonidio at Adani Ennore Container Terminal, India. Photo credit: Maersk India. Port of Chennai logged impressive growth in September, but a new/revised intra-Asia routing unveiled by Maersk Line to call at Ennore, instead of Chennai, could jeopardize the public port's growth efforts and increase competition among terminals on India’s...

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US shippers urged to pressure Congress on tariff relief

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

US shippers urged to pressure Congress on tariff relief

The Trump administration itself is split on the effectiveness of the tariffs, and, unlike Congress, the president “cares less about data,” so businesses should go directly to Congress with their concerns, the trade executive said. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. PALM SPRING, California — US companies must tell Congress how damaging the Trump...

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Breakbulk industry raises funds for medical cause

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

Breakbulk industry raises funds for medical cause

The breakbulk and project cargo transport and logistics community raised approximately $60,000 earlier this month in Houston for the Maritime Emergency Workers Medical Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping maritime families with their finances during medical crises. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The breakbulk and project cargo transport and logistics community raised...

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