More RFP'S or RFQ’s In Freight Transportation

More RFP’S or RFQ’s In Freight Transportation

Lately are hearing  this word more and more, some call it Request of Proposals (RFP) and some refer to it as Request of Quotes ( RFQ ). This time around…

More RFP’S or RFQ’s In Freight Transportation
Are You Importing Legally?

Are You Importing Legally?

The product you are buying might not be as simple to import as you think. Before you order your product, be certain that the product you are importing is allowed…

Are You Importing Legally?
The Government Shutdown

The Government Shutdown

The United States federal government entered a shutdown from October 1 through 16, 2013, and curtailed most routine operations after Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014. During the shutdown,…

The Government Shutdown
Cargo Theft

Cargo Theft

It’s not a topic you hear about every day, you may not have heard about cargo theft headlining the news. Crime of such nature had become more organized and more…

Cargo Theft
Abandoned Cargo

Abandoned Cargo

Freight that has not been accepted or claimed by the consignee or is undeliverable due to error or omission on the part of the shipper, consignee, or owner or for…

Abandoned Cargo
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    Agreement Reached at West Coast Ports; what is next?

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    After a long 9 months of work slowdown, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and West Coast Port employers have finally reached to a tentative 5 year agreement. Because of the labor standoff, the West Coast ports productivity reached as low as its half capacity.  This caused serious delays since November.  It also caused an enormous backlog of cargo vessels that were anchored out of West Coast ports and waiting to be discharge. A total of 29 West Coast ports handle about $1 trillion of global trade annually, and these ports are responsible around 43.5 percent of the United States’ trade volume.  It is very crucial over all to the country’s economy. [Read more...]

    Cargo Insurance

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    Caricaturist: Idil Ar

    Cargo Insurance

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    Caricaturist: Deniz Ilhan

    The Year of Goat

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    We are at that special time of the year again: the Chinese Lunar Year Holiday. Many would agree that at this time we have more pressure with the congestion at the US west coast ports. Many shipments shipped in early January are still sitting at docks of west coast ports. Nothing went as planned for the industry. I have heard of the reached agreement on a new five-year contract between ILWU and PMA which are subject to ratification by both parties, and that is really great news. [Read more...]

    Chinese New Year

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    Caricaturist: Deniz Ilhan

    Evolution of container ships

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    Nowadays we hear more and more about mega ships that are bigger than 3-4 football fields combined and it seems the sky is the limit for ship builders. The biggest container ship ever built is now MSC Oscar with the capacity of more than 19,000 shipping containers. To put this into perspective, the size is about 4 football fields which can carry 39,000 cars or 900 million cans of dog food! This is truly a game changer and the rate of capacity increase of container ships seems to be doubling every 10 years. This is another challenge for terminals and canals since their capacity to handle these monster ships cannot catch up in the long term. In the USA alone, no port has the capacity to handle MSC Oscar at the moment so this ship will only be servicing Europe ports for now. [Read more...]

    Shipping Industry Mergers

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    Caricaturist: Deniz Ilhan

    Shipping Industry Mergers

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    Caricaturist: Idil Ar

    Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports reach Crisis Stage

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    Many are calling it the rock bottom while others are calling it crisis in the making.  If you are reading this, that means you are aware of the impending crisis West Coast Ports are heading into. We are in a sinking ship and hoping and praying that somehow we will make it to the other side. How long and how brutal the next few weeks and months will be remains to be seen. [Read more...]

    Trucking Shortage

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    Caricaturist: Deniz Ilhan