Strike at Port of Felixstowe Set to Upend Supply Chains

Labor dispute in coastal town to shutter harbor for eight days Container terminal is nation’s busiest, vital for Asia trade Brendan MurrayAugust 21, 2022 at 1:00 AM EDTUpdated onAugust 22, 2022 at 3:53 AM EDT Site of the last attempted invasion of England, the coastal town of Felixstowe is about to absorb another shock from […]

BNSF, UP metering inland containers from LA-LB

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Jul 25, 2022 3:36PM EDT BNSF and UP are metering the inland flow of ocean containers even though their combined intermodal volume is down 5.4 percent over the last six weeks compared with a year ago. Photo credit: Ian Dewar Photography/ BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad are metering how many […]

German dockers begin two-day strike adding to congestion woes

Dockers walked out of German ports at six o’clock this morning at the start of a 48-hour strike that will paralyse the import and export trade of Europe’s largest economy. Last minute talks between the employers, the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) and the trade union ver.di, representing 12,000 port workers, were suspended […]

There’s still over $40B in cargo on container ships waiting offshore

4% of waiting ships off East and Gulf coasts, just 36% off West Coast Greg MillerFollow on TwitterFriday, July 8, 2022 3 minutes read Anchorages continue to fill with waiting container ships off East and Gulf Coast ports, where vessel queues have now far outgrown those off the West Coast. Along all three coasts combined, the […]

California ports piling up again: Too many containers sitting too long

Import containers being shipped by rail are moving out too slowly Greg MillerFollow on TwitterSunday, July 3, 2022 4 minutes read Listen to this article0:00 / 6:081XBeyondWords At the height of last year’s “will Christmas be canceled?” supply chain freak-out, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — with the Biden administration’s backing — proposed […]

US importers urge White House to steer west coast labour talks to conclusion

By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 09/06/2022 Worried about possible failure of the current contract negotiations between labour and employer groups on the US west coast, several importer organisations have joined hands to ask the White House to intervene in the talks to ensure a constructive outcome before the deadline of 1 July. The International Longshoremen and Warehouse […]

California harbor truckers warn of 2023 drayage shortage

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | May 26, 2022 4:50PM EDT Harbor truckers are warning of almost a 30 percent drop in truck capacity in California’s container ports come Jan. 1, 2023, when a state mandate allowing only 2010 or newer model-year trucks at their marine terminals takes effect. Matt Schrap, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association, […]

As Shanghai reopens, intermodal operators will be in ‘unchartered waters’

By Mike Wackett 24/05/2022 As Shanghai prepares to fully reopen next week, the attention of supply chain stakeholders turns to the potential manufacturing and congestion aftershocks from the two-month Covid lockdown. Shipping lines have been regularly updating customers on the status of empty-container depots and the availability of line haulage, but have little visibility of how intermodal […]

Growing shortage of diesel prompts fears of rationing and haulage job losses

By Ian Putzger in Toronto 18/05/2022 The growing shortage of diesel at a time of rising demand is setting off alarms – soaring costs and the spectre of fuel rationing is raising concerns among US truckers over their livelihoods. According to some analysts, the diesel market in the US is facing its worst crisis since the oil […]

Carriers ramp up blank sailings as China lockdowns persist

By Mike Wackett 10/05/2022 Ocean carrier alliances are preparing to blank more than a third of their sailings from Asia over the coming weeks in response to a reduction in export freight, according to the latest report from Project44. The blanking strategies by the alliances to mitigate the impact of the Covid lockdowns in China will further […]