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The Consequences of Inaccurate Ocean Freight Container Weight Declaration

By ussa-login on Monday, May 29, 2017 - Blog

Before the late 1950s, the captain of a ship was confident that he knew what cargo was on his ship. He could easily watch the cargo being hauled over the gunwale and into the hold. The introduction of the container changed all that. Being loaded and then sealed miles from the port, the only evidence […]

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Lessons We Can Learn from The Loss of The Hanjin Shipping Line

By ussa-login on Monday, May 15, 2017 - Blog

Ocean shipping companies around the world were shocked at the sudden collapse of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping [HJSC] last year. Witnessing the world’s seventh largest container line go bankrupt; with a cargo worth US$14 billion stranded in ports and at sea; was a wake-up call for all freight companies. Repercussions Mergers will be on the […]

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Inside Guide to Demurrage and Detention Charges

By ussa-login on Monday, May 1, 2017 - Blog

 In the international ocean shipping industry, delays happen. This results in a multitude of extra charges – including demurrage and detention. Demurrage is commonly referred to as port storage – loaded containers staying in the port – before vessel arrival or after vessel discharge beyond the time allowed or agreed upon’. In other words, port […]

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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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