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January 12, 2022

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Outlook for supply chain disruption in 2022 Early this year, any expectations of easing supply chain congestion and containerized freight rates are too optimistic as the pandemic continues to exert its influence over the sector. Carriers and their customers began their 2021-22 service contract negotiations several months earlier than usual, seeking stability and predictability in an eastbound trans-Pacific trade roiled by supply chain disruptions. With import volumes in the trans-Pacific proj

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December 22, 2021

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Supply chain disruption risk in 2022 The fundamental structural market vulnerabilities that had led to so much disruption this year remain in place, according to Drewry head of supply chain advisers Philip Damas. On top of this, however, shippers faced four other key risks in the year ahead. Key among these is the chance of another dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and US west coast port employers when the two parties renegotiate their labor agreement. Despite eff

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December 08, 2021

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Measures against supply chain crisis and issues in LA/LB ports The US President said terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would eliminate fees when truck drivers come into the port to collect containers if they do so at night or on weekends when roads are less congested. However, FMC commissioner Carl Bentzel said the temporary amendment to the PierPass program would not do much to promote 24/7 operations. CMA CGM plans to offer incentives to importers to remove contai

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November 24, 2021

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Outlook for freight rate, supply chain crisis, and US demand for goods Freight rates may be beginning to come off the boil on some trade lanes, but there are warnings that any relief will be relative and that a return to sustainable rates is still some time off. According to Sea-Intelligence chief executive Alan Murphy, to get back to the rate levels seen between 1998-2014 would require a 69% fall from where they are now. Container lines and their largest import customers are beginning trans-P

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November 10, 2021

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Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach charge for lingering containers Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles impose financial penalties on ocean carriers for import containers that dwell too long at marine terminals. They began charging $100-a-day from 1 November for containers that remain nine days or more on a marine terminal if they are scheduled to move by truck and six days or more if moving by rail.But the ports will not begin assessing the penalties until at least 15 November. The ports mak

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October 27, 2021

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Recovery from supply chain disruption requires effective and coordinated actions by port stakeholders. The White House’s intervention to resolve port bottlenecks in Southern California faces steep challenges that will require coordinated action from terminals, truckers, and distribution centers effectively acting as an integrated system. Terminal operators in Los Angeles–Long Beach said 24/7 gate hours were not feasible until retailers and truckers made better use of the each weekday that was

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October 12, 2021

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Changing trend of increasing container spot rates Early October, a dramatic decline in eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates was seen as a temporary relief for US importers caused by production cutbacks in China and a continuous influx of new capacity of chartered ships. Some containerized freight indices show signs that the period of rapid freight rate gains may end. For example, the Shanghai Shipping Exchange figures showed little change in freight rates a week ago, with the Shanghai Containeri

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September 29, 2021

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Regulators’ close watch on supply chain crisis and rate freezes implemented by shipping lines European, US, and Chinese regulatory authorities attended the virtual meeting to address the global supply chain crisis. In a joint statement following the meeting, they focused on sectoral developments since the start of the pandemic, including an analysis of supply and demand and identification of bottlenecks in the ocean-linked supply chain and the cause of service disruptions. They also looked at a

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September 15, 2021

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Green shipping Groups sees methanol bet as a step in the right direction Green Shipping advocates have praised Maersk’s decision to opt for methanol-fueled ships, saying that the fuel has significant advantages over its rivals. On the other hand, classification societies have warned it will be hard for Maersk and other methanol adopters to source enough renewable supply, which is key to making the fuel carbon-neutral. To get enough renewable methanol to run its eight new container ships, Maers

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September 02, 2021

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Supply chain disruption is expected to continue The sheer level of the demand pushed the container supply chain to its limit. Carriers were unable to address an equipment shortage, ports became clogged and terminal inefficiencies were laid bare. Coronavirus-related restrictions on staffing, meanwhile, did little to ease the logistical logjam that had unfurled globally. And the congestion chaos is still far from being resolved nearly 12 months on. Container lines are struggling to inject a huge

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July 29, 2021

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EU Proposes tax on all shipping emissions and to limit polluting fuels The European Commission has unveiled its plan to tax almost 70% of emissions from voyages to the European Economic Area. It also wants ships to burn less greenhouse gas-intensive fuels, some bunkers to be taxed for the first time, and ports to provide more LNG and onshore power supply. Maersk supports the phased-in approach of the EU emissions trading system. However, other shipping groups repeated their warning that extend

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July 15, 2021

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High Container Freight Rate Contract containerized freight rates have witnessed an “astronomical” hike in the first six months of this year and are expected to remain elevated for at least the medium term. Strong demand in the US and Europe continued to be the main driver of rates performance. Port congestion and equipment shortage remain contributing factors. Carriers’ efforts to increase their fleets would not bear fruit until 2023-2024. The high freight rates of the main lines pushed up the

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