Harvey adds a tailwind to US truck price hikes

As Hurricane Harvey recedes, truck rates will only rise, not just in Texas but nationwide, thanks to the Gulf Coast storm. The question is, by how much? Perhaps in the high single digits, an industry pricing expert said.  “It will be somewhere in the 8 to 10 percent range, but...

Mumbai Supply Chains Still Tangled after Worst Rain for a Decade

Flood waters in Mumbai are reportedly receding, but delays plague the airport and sea terminals as another global supply chain hub succumbs to incremental weather. Reporting its heaviest rainfall in more than a decade, India’s second-largest city joins Hong Kong and Houston, both hit by severe storms in the last...

Port Houston to reopen for business, beginning with truck operations

Port Houston will reopen its terminals for business on Sept. 1, Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria announced at an evening press conference Aug. 31. The Barbours Cut Terminal, Bayport Container Terminal and Turning Basin Terminal will be open for truck operations from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1. “Although...

Tropical Storm Harvey’s impact on supply chain operations

It goes without saying that that tragic events and circumstances related to Tropical Storm Harvey are unprecedented in many ways, based on the extent of current damage and, sadly, a number of lost lives, as well as various forecasts and experts expecting things to worsen before they get better. And...

Impact of Harvey flooding ripples through logistics networks

Logistics impacts from flooding in Houston and other parts of southeast Texas continue to spread as shippers and transportation providers cope with a regional interruption in port, truck, rail, and air freight shipment.   Port Houston said its terminals, which shut at mid-day last Friday in advance of Hurricane Harvey, will...

Freight Companies Scramble to Reroute Goods in Wake of Harvey

Trucking fleets, railroads and shipping lines are rerouting cargo and setting up alternate supply lines as Tropical Storm Harvey promises to disrupt freight traffic across southeast Texas for days. Seaports in Houston and Corpus Christi have been closed to most ships since before Harvey made landfall Friday, and rising waters...

Demurrage Fees are Doubled at Chittagong Port to Ease Congestion

The penalty for leaving containers in yards past free time at Bangladesh’s Chittagong Port has been doubled to US$12 per TEU per day and $24 per FEU, in a bid to ease congestion. Previously, the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) allowed importers to store containers free of charge for four days...

Workers at Jakarta Port End Strike Early, Citing National Interests

Workers at one of Indonesia’s busiest ports ended their strike on Monday, sooner than planned, out of consideration for “national interests”, the chairman of the labour union said. More than 600 workers at PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) had been on strike since Thursday to demand bonus payments, disrupting...

Trucker frustration with delays at NY-NJ’s APM Terminal mounts

Trucker frustration is building after hundreds of drivers waited in line — some for six hours or more — at APM Terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey, as the facility still recovering from a cyber attack on its parent company, Maersk Group, got hit with higher than usual...

Boxes pile up at Santos as dredging woes deepen

Pilots in Brazil’s leading port of Santos reduced the official maximum draft from 13.2 meters (43.3 feet) to 12.3 meters, causing draft restrictions that have led to hundreds of containers being rolled. The average losses per container ship are $1.6 million based on an average freight rate of $2,300 per...