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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Investments in new projects are slowing, and Neil Davidson, senior analyst in Drewry’s ports and terminals practice, warned that a sudden rebound in demand could be a problem.
The decision to lower the global cap on the amount of sulfur in marine fuel from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent in 2020 could cause shipping costs to rise drastically.
Container handling capacity will be drastically expanded at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, and the terminal’s marginal berths will be deepened to 45 feet.