25 Jan 2024

Red Sea Disruption: Rerouted Ships, Tighter Markets, but No Global Chaos

The Red Sea disruption to container shipping remains uncertain in terms of duration, according to Drewry Maritime Research. The anticipation is that carriers might not resume Suez Canal transits until the elimination of the risk of attack, a process expected to take months rather than weeks. Despite this, Drewry’s analysis suggests that the impact on […]

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20 Dec 2023

Canals in Chaos: Suez Attacks and Panama Drought Threaten Global Trade

  Double Trouble: Global supply chains are bracing for a potential “milder version” of the pandemic’s crisis due to disruptions at both the Suez and Panama Canals. Attacks by Houthi militants in the Red Sea have forced shipping companies to reroute vessels, adding 7-10 days to voyages and potentially doubling ocean freight prices. Meanwhile, drought-induced […]

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01 Nov 2023

Trucking Industry Loses $94.6 Billion to Congestion in 2021

Truckers lost $94.6 billion to congestion in 2021, up from $74.5 billion in 2016, according to a new report by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). The report found that congestion costs the trucking industry in a number of ways, including: Increased driver compensation Higher fuel costs Increased repair and maintenance costs Supply chain disruptions […]

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16 Jun 2023

Rebounding US Warehouse Demand Could Benefit from Resolution of West Coast Port Dispute

A potential strike that could have had adverse effects on the demand for industrial warehouses in North America’s thriving commercial property sector seems to have been avoided with a tentative agreement between union dockworkers and West Coast port operators. Late Wednesday, the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced that they […]

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14 Jun 2023

Impact of Panama Canal Load Restrictions and US Stevedore Strikes on the Global Shipping Sector

As the bustling summer season kicks off, labor disputes have disrupted the flow of shipping in the United States. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have staged protests, resulting in congestion and delays at U.S. West Coast ports, as reported by CNBC. The average wait times for container vessels attempting to enter Los […]

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05 Jun 2023

Retailers and Manufacturers Call on White House to Intervene in Labor Dispute at West Coast Ports

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, June 5 (Reuters) – Major retailers and manufacturers are urging the White House to step in and mediate the labor negotiations at West Coast ports, expressing concerns about potential disruptions to shipping during crucial holiday shopping seasons. This call comes after the closure of the largest terminal at the Port of Long Beach […]

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31 May 2023

Airfreight Rates Suffer from Decreased Demand and Increased Belly Capacity

The month of May brought further challenges for airfreight rates as a combination of weak demand and a steady influx of returning belly capacity continued to impact the industry. Experts anticipate that this pressure on rates will persist throughout the year. Bruce Chan, director and senior research analyst at investment bank Stifel, expressed concerns about […]

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24 Jan 2023

U.S. Rail intermodal faces challenging 2023

  A list of challenges including weaker demand, a competitive truck market and a shift in U.S. port activity away from the West Coast to East and Gulf ports that utilize shorter inland hauls, point to a challenging 2023 for rail intermodal, predicts FTR Transportation Intelligence. During a webinar, Todd Tranausky, FTR vice president for […]

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15 Jan 2023

Cargo Flow at LA-LB, NY-NY Terminals Near Normal

  APM Terminals (APMT) said the two largest container gateways in the U.S., Los Angeles-Long Beach and New York-New Jersey, are returning to pre-pandemic efficiency levels while noting it will take some time for ports along the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast to achieve more normal cargo flow. Leo Huisman, APMT’s managing director for the […]

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