14 Dec 2023

E-Commerce Takes Flight: Airfreight Industry Gear Up for Growth in 2024 and Beyond

Forget the runway, e-commerce is propelling the airfreight industry towards new heights. While overall supply chain growth flatlines in 2024, online shopping’s meteoric rise promises to be the wind beneath its wings. This isn’t just a temporary surge; it’s a fundamental shift in consumer behavior, fueled by a pandemic-born expectation of instant gratification. Next-day delivery? […]

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04 Dec 2023

Biden’s Supply Chain Plan: Missing the Demand Side of the Equation

President Biden’s White House Council on Supply Chain Resilience is a welcome step, but its focus solely on boosting supply misses a crucial element: demand flexibility. A comprehensive approach addressing both sides of the equation is essential for a truly resilient supply chain. The Myopia of Supply-Side Solutions: While Biden’s initiative acknowledges the pandemic’s impact, […]

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11 Nov 2023

Belgium to Increase Container Scanning Using AI to Combat Drug Smuggling

Belgian authorities are planning to increase container scanning using artificial intelligence (AI) at its ports, focusing on shipments from high-risk areas like Latin America to combat drug smuggling. Currently, only 5% of containers entering the country’s ports are scanned, according to Belgium’s customs chief, Kristian Vanderwaeren. The measure is part of a broader effort to […]

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03 Nov 2023

Air Cargo in the Evolving Logistics Landscape

  The logistics industry is undergoing significant changes, with trade flows shifting and the structure of e-commerce evolving. However, air cargo is still well-positioned to play a vital role. In the US market, Laredo on the US-Mexico border has surpassed the Port of Los Angeles as the biggest gateway for imports for the eighth consecutive […]

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15 Oct 2023

China’s Global Shipping Network: A Tool for Surveillance and Control

Beijing’s global maritime operations double as intelligence-gathering outposts. Introduction: Maritime trade, which accounts for ninety percent of global trade, plays a pivotal role in connecting markets worldwide. However, its vulnerability to disruptions, whether due to pandemics, port congestion, or shipping incidents, underscores the need for safeguarding this critical sector. Unlike traditional naval embargoes, modern warfare […]

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02 Oct 2023

  A voluntary partnership of leading maritime goods movement stakeholders, including the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Shanghai, some of the largest shipping lines in the world, with input from leading cargo owners, have developed a Green Shipping Corridor Implementation Plan Outline to accelerate emissions reductions on one of the world’s busiest container […]

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17 Jul 2023

US Forwarders Advised to Prepare for Potential UPS Strike Disruption

Freight forwarders in the United States have been warned to prepare for potential strike action at UPS and the looming insolvency of major trucking firm Yellow Freight. The situation has raised concerns over the impact it may have on supply chains and the flow of goods across the country. Brandon Fried, the executive director of […]

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14 Jul 2023

POLB Trade Slows Down and Midyear Container Shipping Report Released

Trade activity at the Port of Long Beach (POLB) experienced a cooling trend in June as retailers worked to clear their warehouses. Last month, dockworkers and terminal operators handled a total of 597,076 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), marking a significant 28.5% decline compared to the same period in the record-setting June of 2022. Notably, imports […]

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13 Jul 2023

BCMEA and ILWU Canada Reach Tentative Agreement, Operations to Resume Shortly

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) is delighted to announce that after productive negotiations, a tentative agreement for a new 4-year deal has been reached, acknowledging the valuable skills and contributions of B.C.’s waterfront workforce. While the agreement is still pending ratification by both Parties, specific details will not be disclosed at this time. […]

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