Port congestion issues in early 2015 brought the often chaotic process surrounding detention and demurrage fees into sharp focus, but where where shippers saw pesky and sometimes unfair ad hoc charges, technology providers saw an opportunity.
APL, which CMA CGM acquired in June 2016, contributed positively to the French ocean carrier's first quarter financial results, according to CMA CGM Group CEO Rodolphe Saadé.
"ShipRush services help e-commerce small and medium businesses and omnichannel retailers execute parcel shipments for last-mile delivery to customers," Descartes said in a statement.
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The Gulf Coast port’s total tonnage spiked 11 percent year-over-year during the quarter, while containerized cargo volumes increased 18 percent.
However, export volumes during the month fell 5.3 percent from March 2016 as shipments to overseas markets experienced headwinds from the strong U.S. dollar.
American Shipper has launched a short survey to collect feedback on how the industry expects to be affected by the new ocean carrier alliances that launched at the beginning of the month.