Taneli Ruda, head of ONESOURCE Global Trade, said companies can exert little control over the macro conditions that impact trade, but they can use today’s low-growth trade environment as an opportunity to review and optimize their processes.
Despite a populist backlash championed by Donald Trump against the outcome of free trade deals, Sen. Johnson and other Republicans are cautioning against protectionism.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that tariff rates are generally more expensive than contract rates, but are usually more suitable for shippers with infrequent or small volume shipments.
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Shipment volumes in September 2016 slipped 0.4 percent from the previous month and 3.1 percent compared with the same 2015 period, the 19th straight month of year-over-year volume declines, according to the latest Cass Freight Index Report.
The Port of Montreal has plans for a new terminal in Contrecoeur, while DP World signed a lease in July to expand and operate the Rodney container terminal in Saint John, and new container terminals are proposed in Melford and Sydney.
Ocean carriers Maersk Line, MSC, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and OOCL adjusted freight rates on various trades.