The new president immediately put the world on notice that his administration will combat unfair trade practices, which many interpret as a return to protectionism.
Just 10 percent of longshoremen requested by terminal operator employers came to work on Friday, bringing vessel operations to a near standstill at the Northern California port, according to port spokesman Mike Zampa.
Chaos in the ocean shipping industry has led to a winter of shippers’ discontent as freight transportation managers scramble to determine how carriers will meet their transportation requirements after several carrier mergers and acquisitions took place.
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Fellow Japanese ocean carrier “K” Line exited the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement Aug. 19, while MOL, the other major ocean carrier based out of Japan, left the group in 2008.
The transportation and logistics industry has experienced a notable year between Hanjin’s bankruptcy, the new verified gross mass regulation and the expanded Panama Canal.
The third-party logistics provider subsidiary of German railway company Deutsche Bahn will combine its air and ocean freight division with its land transport division, as well as create a new division called Commercial DB Schenker and Contract Logistics.