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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Electronics manufacturer Samsung said in court filings that "cargo owners are being held hostage," while Maher Terminals said it "is not required to extend free credit to Hanjin, and should not be forced to."
The Federal Maritime Commission said Friday it concluded its review of the proposed OCEAN Alliance, allowing the new ocean carrier alliance to take effect Monday, although it is not expected to commence operations until around April 2017.
Patrik Berglund, chief executive officer of Oslo-based ocean freight rate intelligence platform Xeneta, said Hanjin Shipping’s insolvency has “turned the market on its head,” but the real question is “how long will this last?”