Shippers fear huge surge in costs if IMO rules box ships must slow down

While shippers have been warned that low-sulphur regulations to be enforced globally in 2020 will see bunker costs added to their freight bill, they could also face a huge upswing in freight rates if new proposals to cut vessel speeds, due to be discussed at the International Maritime Organization (IMO),...

US ports criticize Trump’s planned steel, aluminum tariffs

US port officials say President Donald Trump’s planned steel and aluminum tariffs threaten two of their top breakbulk commodities and could hurt exports by inviting other countries to retaliate against US products. “My greatest fear all along has been that an action like this could lead to retaliation that could...

Severe Weather Plays Havoc with U.K. Transport

Severe weather hit UK supply chains last week, with several ports closing or suspending services because of snow and high winds. On March 1, Maersk announced that Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Felixstowe, Grangemouth and Tilbury ports were closed, and services into London Gateway suspended. A spokesperson for Felixstowe said both its...

Trump Will Approve Aluminum, Steel Tariffs Next Week

President plans to impose 25% duties on steel imports and 10% on aluminum, for a period not yet determined WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said he would impose steep global tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, intensifying his campaign to pursue a newly aggressive “America First” trade policy. Mr. Trump announced the...

Shippers warned ELD mandate will crimp supply chains

The electronic logging device mandate is closing in on supply chains. The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is barreling toward the trucking industry, and unless shippers prepare for it, they are likely to feel as much pain as their trucking partners, speakers warned executives at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference...

Santos customs strike escalates, spreads nationwide

Receita Federal (customs) officers in the port of Santos are escalating their slowdowns and strikes that began last week as volumes surge ahead of the Christmas holiday. The escalation at Santos comes as the the customs union, Sindifisco, says that 7,000 members nationwide will also join with their colleagues in...

Heavy-haul companies in EU seek common trucking regs

Trucking companies have renewed their campaign to harmonize the hodgepodge of regulations for highway transport of oversize and overweight loads that raise costs for project shipments across the 28-nation European Union. Transporters of outsized cargoes now must obtain permits to cross borders and even to move from region to region...

Port Houston chassis tight post-Harvey

The abrupt shutdown of supply chains ahead of Hurricane Harvey left many chassis out of position. Motor carriers and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) say intermodal chassis supply remains tight as supply chains rush to catch up from Hurricane Harvey’s disruption. Although most chassis in the Houston area escaped damage, widespread...

US Southeast shippers grapple with post-Irma rail delays

Hurricane Irma has passed and intermodal rail service to areas north of Central Florida has largely been restored, but intermodal shippers can still expect delays of up to three days for railed cargo moving through the Southeast. Not only are some routes into Central and South Florida still not online,...

Hurricane Irma: Airports, Seaports and Rail Mostly Returned to Normalcy

Airports, seaports and rail operations in Florida mostly returned to normalcy Wednesday following a devastating strike by Hurricane Irma earlier this week. Flights have resumed at most Florida airports, but the prospect of delays and cancellations remained Wednesday as airlines rebooted their schedules there. As of 3 p.m. ET, more than 1,000...