28 Feb 2023

China’s loss is Southeast Asia’s gain as supply chains shift away to cheaper climes

Southeast Asian governments have been beckoning foreign firms with cheaper labor, tax breaks and improved logistics as China’s Covid woes rumble on But analysts say the likes of Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia will long struggle to match China’s deep, integrated supply chain network Global manufacturers have spread their bets to Southeast Asia – with […]

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21 Feb 2023

A Bleak Evaluation of the US Trucking and Shipping Market

  According to Uber Freight’s first-quarter update on global freight markets, trucking operators are expected to face unfavorable market conditions in the first half of 2023. The truckload supply has exceeded demand, which is attributed to decreased imports and lower consumer spending. The market weakness is likely to continue due to a broad-based volume recession, […]

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20 Feb 2023

Resumption of US West Coast Ports Labor Negotiations After Nine-Month Delay

  Negotiations between West Coast dockworkers and marine terminal employers have resumed following a nine-month stalemate due to a jurisdictional dispute over Terminal 5 in Seattle. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have agreed to set the matter aside and focus on negotiating a new contract, as the […]

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17 Feb 2023

Freight Rates: Price Drop

Asia Trade Lane Price Drop The contrast between the import rates from Asia in 2022 and those in 2023 is quite striking. Just half a year ago, it was not unusual for ocean rates to be in the five-figure range. However, presently, the shipping industry has become fiercely competitive with rates dropping even below the […]

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