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Watch: The Global Impact of COVID-19 on Shipping Patterns

Raul Alfonso, chief commercial officer with Port Tampa Bay, discusses how the pandemic and surge in consumer buying have motivated international shippers to seek alternative gateways, in order to avoid congestion at major port complexes. COVID -19 and its resulting impact on the economy have caused a massive change in the lives and purchasing habits… Continue reading Watch: The Global Impact of COVID-19 on Shipping Patterns

Container Shipping Rates May Take Two Years to Fall to Normal

Ocean freight rates, which have pummeled retailers and manufacturers throughout 2021, may take more than two years to return to normal levels if past market cycles are any guide. That’s the conclusion of an analysis from Sea-Intelligence, a Copenhagen-based maritime data and advisory company. During the past five downturns in the composite China Containerized Freight… Continue reading Container Shipping Rates May Take Two Years to Fall to Normal

Why Are American Logistics Struggling In Late 2021? [Podcast]

In this episode… There’s been a lot of talk in the media about America’s broken supply chain. Rising costs, shipping delays, lack of port capacity, internal haulage issues, and more have dogged importers throughout the pandemic and are providing a bleak outlook this Christmas for many companies. But why are US logistics under so much strain? What’s… Continue reading Why Are American Logistics Struggling In Late 2021? [Podcast]

Ships Queues Worsen Port Delays From Singapore to Piraeus

The world’s largest shipping hubs are suffering elevated levels of congestion as containers pile up at seaports from Singapore to Greece’s Piraeus. Near Singapore on Monday, the backlog was 22% above normal with 53 container ships anchored off the financial and cargo-transit hub, the highest count since Bloomberg News started tracking the data in April.… Continue reading Ships Queues Worsen Port Delays From Singapore to Piraeus

Under Armour Focuses on Logistics Woes as Vietnam Factories Return

With its factories in Vietnam finally coming back online, Under Armour is finding that logistics troubles are once again front of mind. In a Nutshell: As of this week, “nearly all” factories Under Armour does business with, including those in Vietnam—a country that manufactures approximately one-third of the brand’s footwear and apparel product—are open, chief…… Continue reading Under Armour Focuses on Logistics Woes as Vietnam Factories Return

Tracking the shift to 24/7 supply chains

The time has come to overhaul how U.S. supply chains operate, according to port executives. An import surge throughout the pandemic laid bare the structural issues that have plagued businesses transporting products into and across the U.S. for years. But in few places have the issues been clearer than in Southern California, where the ports… Continue reading Tracking the shift to 24/7 supply chains

No Major U.S. Port Has Grown Like Savannah Over Last Two Decades

In 2003, the Port of Savannah ranked No. 26 among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings, with $21.56 billion in two-way trade recorded that year. Today, it ranks No. 10, a port that has seen growth like no other in the top 20 in that time. The value of the Port of Savannah’s trade… Continue reading No Major U.S. Port Has Grown Like Savannah Over Last Two Decades

Shipping Port Backlog to Continue 'At Least' Through Mid-2022

The congestion outside of America’s ports has led to $24 billion in goods floating outside of California’s Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, according to CNN. Allen J. Schaben | Getty Images As the goods sit on the water, costs are rising for average Americans, shipments are delayed, and there are fewer purchasing options on… Continue reading Shipping Port Backlog to Continue 'At Least' Through Mid-2022

Air cargo delays 'likely' at Hong Kong terminal amid COVID-19 outbreak

Dive Brief: Transit times at a Hong Kong International Airport cargo terminal “are likely to extend by an average of 2 to 3 days” due to quarantine rules stemming from a positive COVID-19 case, Flexport said last week. Workforce capacity at Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, known as HACTL, will be reduced by around 25%… Continue reading Air cargo delays 'likely' at Hong Kong terminal amid COVID-19 outbreak

Global Port Gridlock Threatens Economies Everywhere

Global ports are growing more gridlocked as the pandemic era’s supply shocks intensify, threatening to spoil the holiday shopping season, erode corporate profits and drive up consumer prices. Bloomberg’s Port Congestion Tracker shows a typhoon in Asia spawned another wild week for shipping in a year with multiple challenges — a vessel wedged in the… Continue reading Global Port Gridlock Threatens Economies Everywhere