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Shipping practices: May customer give vendor's carrier routing directions?

Sat, 16 Dec 2017

Shipping practices: May customer give vendor's carrier routing directions?

Q: I receive inbound product on a F.O.B. origin, freight prepaid basis (shipper pays the freight and selects the carrier). The carriers that some shippers use either arrive late or not at all, which sometimes creates stock-outs. The carriers come into my facility which is private property. Can I advise (not...

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Brazil customs strike causing truck border delays

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

Brazil customs strike causing truck border delays

Importers in the Mercosur neighboring countries are now lobbying their governments to exert pressure on Brasilia to try harder to resolve this bitter, long-running dispute. Photo credit: WikiCommons. With Brazil’s customs office strike nearing its eighth week, long but “just about manageable” delays have occurred at its leading ports, but crippling...

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Trans-Pac spot rates rise on pre-Chinese New Year rush

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

Trans-Pac spot rates rise on pre-Chinese New Year rush

Despite this week's rate rise, there is concern in the trade that imports next year will not be as strong as they were this year. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Spot rates in the eastbound Pacific rose 9 percent this week, experiencing a pre-Chinese New Year bump before factories in Asia close for...

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Strawbridge to succeed CEO LaRue at Corpus Christi Port

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

Strawbridge to succeed CEO LaRue at Corpus Christi Port

Under LaRue, the Corpus Christi port was transformed into one that focuses on shippers of energy-related bulk, breakbulk and project cargoes. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Sean Strawbridge will become CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, on Jan. 1, succeeding John LaRue, who refocused the port into a specialist handler of...

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US ports building up cyberattack defenses

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

US ports building up cyberattack defenses

Cybersecurity is a top concern among transportation executives after years of neglect. Photo credit: Shutterstock. US port authorities, their awareness of the risk of cyberattacks dramatically heightened by the June attack on the Maersk Group, are grappling with how to secure their terminal IT systems while at the same time meeting...

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No break seen in US transport pricing pressure

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

No break seen in US transport pricing pressure

There is strength in spot market and contract truckload pricing, as well as intermodal rates. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Ten days from Christmas, the peak US shipping season shows little sign of peaking. Freight volumes are putting upward pressure on truck and intermodal pricing in what could be the strongest year-end shipping...

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Foote to be CSX acting CEO during Harrison leave

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

Foote to be CSX acting CEO during Harrison leave

Harrison, 73, is the architect of the precision scheduled railroad framework he implemented at Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, and at CSX. Photo credit: WikiCommons. E. Hunter Harrison, CEO of CSX Transportation, is taking a medical leave of absence as the US Class I railroad continues a massive overhaul of its operations...

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Houston packagers ready for resin boom

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

Houston packagers ready for resin boom

A key sector executive said packagers have been “very responsive” to the anticipated first wave of new resin production — “probably too responsive.” Photo credit: Shutterstock. HOUSTON — Packagers and warehousers of synthetic resins say their Houston facilities are prepared for a long-anticipated export surge that they say cannot arrive soon...

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JNPT seeks to rein-in direct port delivery charges

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

JNPT seeks to rein-in direct port delivery charges

Direct port delivery is seen as a linchpin in New Delhi's ongoing efforts to lower logistics costs for domestic shippers and further improve India's ease-of-doing-business competitiveness. Photo credit: Shutterstock. Customs authorities at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) are seeking government intervention to rein-in extra charges by shipping lines and terminal operators...

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Carriers launch Vietnam services for booming intra-Asia trade

Fri, 15 Dec 2017

Carriers launch Vietnam services for booming intra-Asia trade

MCC Transport has launched new service offerings to cover Vietnam-China trade. Photo caption: MCC. Vietnam’s solid trade with its Asian partners will see the January launch of new shipping services, part of the expanding intra-Asia container trade that is being driven by strong economic growth in the region. The intra-Asia trade is...

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