E-commerce gives ship to shore new meaning

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Americans shop. And Jacob Horsely of Cushman & Wakefield believes now that consumers are comfortable ordering on sites from Amazon to Zappos, they won’t go back to brick-and-mortar shopping.

Horsely, the senior director of industrial brokerage services in Cushman & Wakefield’s Jacksonville, Florida, office, said e-commerce grew from roughly 13% to 14% of U.S. retail sales to 18% to 19% in just the past six months. 

“That’s just a huge spike,”...


FMC grants temporary tariff publication relief to CMA CGM


The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted on Tuesday to grant the temporary relief from certain service contract and tariff filing requirements requested by French ocean container carrier CMA CGM.

The carrier sought relief from commission regulations earlier this month as part of its efforts to respond to a crippling cyberattack on its computer system in late September.

The commissioners granted the request for exemption from relevant service contract filing requirements and relevant...


TradeLens: Η ψηφιακή πλατφόρμα που «ελκύει» γίγαντες των containerships

Οι CMA CGM και MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company ανακοίνωσαν την Πέμπτη 15 Οκτωβρίου την ένταξή τους στο TradeLens, με σκοπό την καλύτερη, αποτελεσματικότερη, πιο έγκυρη και ενοποιημένη επίβλεψη των διαδικασιών logistics για τις μεταφορές εμπορευματοκιβωτίων τους σε όλο τον κόσμο.

Το TradeLens αποτελεί πλατφόρμα που δημιουργήθηκε συνεργατικά από τις IBM και A.P. Moller-Maersk.

Η ενίσχυση της εν λόγω πλατφόρμας έρχεται μετά την ολοένα αυξανόμενη χρήση ψηφιακών λύσεων από τους πελάτες των...


Ports of Seattle, Tacoma ride retail replenishment wave

Like other ports around the country, the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) is seeing an influx of imports as retailers restock inventories depleted during the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the holiday season.

The NWSA reported Tuesday it had its best month of 2020 in September and the highest total monthly containerized volume since October 2019.

Full imports, while still down 6.8% year-over-year, reached the highest monthly volume since September 2019, the NWSA said, adding that compared to...


World Shipping Council stays in step with Shipping Act

World Shipping Council

The World Shipping Council (WSC) has filed an agreement with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to ensure that its continued container shipping advocacy work complies with the 1984 Shipping Act.

WSC submitted the six-page agreement to the agency on Oct. 1. Without objection from the commission, it will become effective Nov. 15.

Since its formation in 2000, the Washington-based WSC has interfaced with governments and advocated positions in regard to laws, policies, rules and regulations of...


Canadian Pacific seeks opportunities in its land holdings

A photograph of a train with tall mountains in the background.

Over the next several years, Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) expects to grow even more partnerships with customers across multiple sectors to develop projects on the hundreds of acres of CP-owned land, executives said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call Tuesday.

CP has over 1,000 acres that it’s seeking to develop with customers, including an additional 100 acres near the transload facility that CP is developing with Maersk by the Port of Vancouver. The railway has also been developing...


Container return date upheaval by the numbers

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U.S. agriculture and forest product exporters are counting the ways and dollars it costs them when ocean carriers without warning change the dates for container arrivals at marine terminals.

The Washington-based Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) and supply chain technology firm TradeLanes recently reached out to hundreds of American shippers to survey the operational and financial impacts of earliest return date (ERD) fluctuations on their businesses.

The AgTC and TradeLanes have...


Box-brief: talking about a container revolution

Pictured: “Catène de Containers”, a sculpture made from international shipping containers by artist Vincent Ganivet. Photo: DDZPhoto from Pixabay.

Leading lawyers in Australia have been briefed at an Australian Academy of Law event about the advent of the container revolution.

Documentary film-maker and maritime expert Martin Orchard gave an overview of the history of container shipping and container logistics. Starting with Malcolm McLean’s innovative experiment with the Ideal-X in 1956, Mr...


Container slots sell out, risking holiday ‘shipageddon’

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“The ships are 100% full. The containers are 100% full. You can’t get a container built. You can’t pick up a ship from the spot market. The whole container-shipping cycle is at absolutely full pulse,” exclaimed Jeremy Nixon, CEO of Ocean Network Express (ONE), the world’s fifth-largest container line.

October’s ocean container market as “unbelievable,” said Nixon during an International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) virtual event last week. “We are sold out,” he revealed.

“Our job now is to keep the...


Lombardi becomes Institute of International Container Lessors president

ocean containers

The Washington-based Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) has appointed Dennis Lombardi to president, effective Jan. 1.

Lombardi will take over from Steven Blust, who will be retiring as president but will stay on at the IICL as a senior adviser.

Prior to this appointment, Lombardi operated his own consulting firm, Lusoco Consulting, and worked with Global Logistics Development Partners as an associate advising on maritime logistics.

Dennis Lombardi, IICL president (Photo: Courtesy)