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Understanding Ocean Shipping Carrier Alliances

By ussa-login on Monday, September 19, 2016 - Blog

International ocean shipping is required by major businesses on a frequent and predictable basis. The exploding demand pre-2008 and a need to utilize vessels that burned fuel more efficiently when oil prices were skyrocketing, prompted ocean carriers to build bigger, more cost-effective ships to handle larger loads. Today vessel owners are building larger which has […]

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What Are the New SOLAS VGM Ocean Freight Rules?

By ussa-login on Friday, September 16, 2016 - Blog

Amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) require every packed export container to have a verified weight before being loaded. The impact has been significant to Shippers all over the world. However, the shipment processes from the U.S.A. were evaluated and specific allowances were applied because the U.S. had already incorporated weight […]

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SOLAS Guidelines and Regulations Effective 1 July, 2016

By ussa-login on Saturday, December 19, 2015 - Blog

Verified Gross Mass Industry FAQs The amendments to this regulation have substantial impact on operational practices between the parties in the international supply chain involved in the movement of containers by sea. While the convention relates to the safety of ships at sea, it should be recognized that shore based activities relating to the presentation of cargo are […]

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New Shipping Container Rule Riles Exporters

By ussa-login on Thursday, December 17, 2015 - Blog

Shippers say they will struggle to comply with a new requirement to weigh containers before they’re loaded on ships, a step carriers say will reduce accidents. A new rule will require shippers to vouch for the weight of their containers. Underestimating container weights has been blamed for some recent maritime disasters, including the MSC Napoli, […]

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USSA Position Paper

By ussa-login on Monday, April 8, 2013 - Blog

Low Sulfur Charge One way that the Ocean Carrier segment of the shipping industry tries to keep customers happy with low rates while maintaining their own profitability involves finding new ways to enhance their revenues without asking their customers for a rate increase.  They can sometimes accomplish this by applying surcharges to the base ocean […]

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U.S. Shippers Association Moves Global Logistics Control Technology into the Cloud with GT Nexus

By ussa-login on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Blog

Platform Centralizes Freight Spend Management and Visibility for Industry Trade Group Oakland, CA and Needville, TX – October 24, 2012 – GT Nexus today announced that the U.S. Shippers Association (USSA) has successfully rolled-out its cloud supply chain platform to centralize and automate global logistics management for member companies. GT Nexus replaces disconnected, manual processes and systems with […]

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