Economic trends, Shipping Logistics, Transportation

The Ongoing Red Sea Attacks

The Red Sea is one of the most significant waterways in international trade. It connects to the Suez Canal, one of the most crucial artificial passages for shipping.

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Shipping Logistics, Supply Chain, Transportation

Cargo Surge In U.S. Ports

Different situations internationally are causing many to expect a cargo surge in U.S. ports in the coming weeks.

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grain exports, Shipping Logistics, Transportation

Shipping In The Mississippi River

Shipping in the Mississippi River is vital to the U.S. economy, bringing in over $405 billion annually.

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Economic trends, Shipping Logistics, Transportation

Tankers Facing A New War

A current conflict between Venezuela and Guyana may result in tankers facing a new war soon.

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grain exports, Shipping Logistics, Transportation

Suez Canal Gaining U.S. Exports

While agricultural exporters tend to use the Panama Canal to reach Asia, delays force many to switch to the Suez Canal.

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Shipping Logistics, Supply Chain, Transportation

Shipping Oversized Cargo Internationally

Compared to the shipment of regular-sized goods, shipping oversized cargo internationally has been known to be more difficult. Not only are the safety measures different, but the overall transportation logistics differ.

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Importing, Shipping Logistics, Transportation

How to Import Construction Materials

While importing may seem attractive, there are many precautions that the shipper must take beforehand. This article will be a brief introduction to bringing construction cargo to the U.S.

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Supply Chain, Transportation, West Coast Protests

ILWU and PMA Reach Deal as Disruptions Calm

Disruptions in numerous West Coast ports across the U.S. may soon subside with a deal reached between both parties. ILWU workers and the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association) have negotiated a new contract for the past 13 months.

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Freight Forwarding, Import and Export Experts, Supply Chain, Transportation

Union Worker Action Close West Coast Ports

Several ports across the West Coast closed abruptly due to union workers walking off the job. The Port of Oakland experienced a closure on both the TraPac and its largest, the SSA terminal. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach similarly had terminal shutdowns due to insufficient labor. Negotiations between the PMA and the ILWU have reached a boiling point. To show their frustrations over insufficient wage talks, ILWU workers have gone on strike, affecting port operations.

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Freight Forwarding, Supply Chain, Transportation

NVOCC vs. Freight Forwarders

While NVOCCs and freight forwarders both have their benefits, the answer depends on the shipment being made by the shipper. The most significant distinction is that NVOCCs are only for maritime shipping, while forwarders move cargo differently. If a business moves goods by the ocean, NVOCCs can provide personalized services and help shippers avoid the intermediary fee. This is because they are independent carriers instead of agents. Forwarders benefit from allowing different ways to transport goods. Businesses with international supply chains can take advantage of having their entire freight journey handled. Forwarders also have extra services not provided by NVOCCs, such as warehousing and customs clearance.

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