Blogs and News

Hamburg Sud space charter on Maersk vessels

By ussa-login on Monday, February 6, 2017 - News

As most of us within the industry are aware, Maersk recently acquired Hamburg Süd. What’s even bigger news is that Hamburg Süd has recently gotten even closer to Maersk with a new east-west slot charter agreement. Despite Maersk claiming that the agreement was “not related” to its acquisition of Hamburg Süd, the latter German carrier […]

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How contract management technology is transforming international freight shipping

By ussa-login on Monday, January 23, 2017 - Blog

Contract management technology is helping to transform ocean freight shipping and in turn, it makes ocean shipping more reliable and eliminates any misunderstandings along the way. To find out more, keep reading. Here is how contract management technology is benefiting ocean shipping: Quoting – Proper rate and contract management technology ensure freight rates are always […]

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Shipping surcharges should be history by 2020 – Here’s why

By ussa-login on Monday, January 16, 2017 - Blog

Shipping surcharges have had freight owners in a frenzy for a while as international ocean carriers, often seemingly arbitrarily, adjust their surcharges. Shipping rates change almost weekly and that causes confusion among freight owners. Keep reading to learn more. Many shippers have made their voices heard over the constant battle about surcharges. As more and […]

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Shipping container weight restrictions mean safety at sea

By ussa-login on Monday, January 9, 2017 - Blog

Making sure that each shipping container adheres to the correct weight restrictions ensures greater safety at sea – read on to learn more. Should a container weigh more than the accepted weight, it can cause serious injuries and fatalities on both the ship and at the cargo bay. International ocean shipping companies penalize cargo owners […]

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Oceans Alliance starting in April

By ussa-login on Monday, January 2, 2017 - News

The new Oceans Alliance that everyone within the industry has already been talking about for 12 months will be commencing in April of this year. The Ocean Alliance was born in Shanghai in April 2016 when shipping companies including CMA CGM, China Cosco Shipping, Evergreen Line, and OOCL signed a piece of paper that stated they would together offer more than […]

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Inside the Port of LA’s zero tolerance pollution plan for ocean shipping

By ussa-login on Monday, December 12, 2016 - Blog

The Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex is at the front end of making ocean shipping through their ports more environmentally friendly by eliminating fouling aspects. International ocean shipping has had a negative impact on the environment over the years, but the Port entities are endeavouring to turn that around. Pollution is a major concern at the […]

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Understanding ocean shipping rate surcharge volatility

By ussa-login on Monday, December 5, 2016 - Blog

Ocean shipping surcharges occur when additional shipping charges are added to a cargo load due to size, weight or special handling. As shipping charges and contracts are constantly changing, it becomes almost impossible to track these changes. In turn, freight forwarding companies find it increasingly difficult to create accurate shipping quotes or audit ocean freight […]

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Japanese 3 consolidation: NYK, MOL, and K-Line

By ussa-login on Monday, December 5, 2016 - News

It has recently been announced that three of Japan’s largest and best-known shipping groups, namely K-Line, MOL, and NYK, will be merging. The merger is set to take place in mid-2017, with the joint service offering being fully operational by the 1st of April 2018: a slow and steady collaboration about which all members of […]

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3 Japanese carriers form a joint venture for their freight business

By ussa-login on Monday, November 21, 2016 - Blog

Japan’s three shipping groups, K-Line, MOL, and NYK, have announced that they will be merging their shipping and overseas terminal operations. They plan to join forces on the 1 July 2017 and the commencement of the decision will take place from 1 April 2018. The three Japanese firms, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), […]

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The expected benefits of the Panama Canal Expansion

By ussa-login on Monday, November 14, 2016 - Blog

After nine years of construction costing approximately $5.4 billion, the expanded Panama Canal began its commercial operation in June this year. By reducing greenhouse gasses and allowing more vessels with greater capacities to have access through the canal, there will be far-reaching consequences for the Panama Canal Authority and the shipping industry as a whole. […]

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