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Can Ports Keep Up With the Changing Needs of Container Lines?

Can Ports Keep Up With the Changing Needs of Container Lines?

Those idle cranes in the Port of Oakland's Outer Harbor stand as mute testimony to the changes that are roiling container ports and terminals today.[more]


A Port With Too Much Container Space? Welcome to the Bizarro World

A Port With Too Much Container Space? Welcome to the Bizarro World

In the Superman comics, the Bizarro World is a planet where normal people and events become strangely inverted. Which, in the world of global trade and supply chain, appears to be happening with increasing regularity.[more]


Will Mexico's Growing Ports Pose a Threat to U.S. Gateways?

Will Mexico's Growing Ports Pose a Threat to U.S. Gateways?

Mexico is competing with the U.S. for manufacturing work coming back to the western hemisphere from China and other parts of Asia. Will it pose the same challenge for U.S. ports?[more]


Has Container Shipping Become a Commodity?

Has Container Shipping Become a Commodity?

There was a time when ocean carriers fashioned themselves as providers of premium, door-to-door transportation. Not anymore.[more]


Container Shipping Today: Mega-Ships and Mega-Problems

Container Shipping Today: Mega-Ships and Mega-Problems

If we're to believe the big container lines, ever-larger ships are the remedy for their financial woes. Why, then, are so many of them still losing money?[more]


Waking Up From the West Coast Port Nightmare: Where Do We Go From Here?

Waking Up From the West Coast Port Nightmare: Where Do We Go From Here?

Assuming that the rank and file of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) ratifies the new five-year contract negotiated with terminal operators, West Coast ports can finally focus on getting container-handling operations back to normal. So is everyone happy?[more]


Never Mind a Possible Strike. Heres the Real Problem at West Coast Ports

Never Mind a Possible Strike. Here's the Real Problem at West Coast Ports

Importers and exporters were holding their collective breath last week, praying that negotiations for a new West Coast longshore labor contract wouldn't result in a temporary shutdown of the ports. But service providers were just as concerned about what happens if they stay open.[more]


The Teamsters Are Still Targeting Independent Truckers

The Teamsters Are Still Targeting Independent Truckers

The U.S. Supreme Court last month drove two more nails into the coffin of port efforts to impose local rules on drayage operators, in violation of interstate commerce law. The court ruled unanimously that the Port of Los Angeles could not require drayage companies to display placards on their...[more]


Memo to Megaports: These Guys Want Your Business

The reshoring of manufactured goods from Asia to North America is bound to take some import business away from U.S. ports. But there are other developing threats to the continued dominance of gateways like Los Angeles-Long Beach - specifically, a couple of upstarts to the north and south.It's not a...[more]