Relo NewsBits Archive

  • Realogy Announces Sale of Its Global Cartus Relocation Business to SIRVA (11/07/19)
    Realogy Holdings Corp. announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its global Cartus Relocation Business to SIRVA Worldwide, Inc. The sale is projected to be completed in the first half of 2020 and to be valued at $400 million with terms including Realogy to receive “$375 million in cash at closing, subject to certain adjustments, and a $25 million deferred payment.” (See Realogy full press release at:
  • Santa Fe Announces Divestment of Relocation Business (09/25/19)
    Santa Fe Group is reporting today on their website that it has “divested its subsidiary Santa Fe Group Limited, which holds the group’s relocation activities, to Santa Fe Intressenter AB, a company controlled by Lazarus Equity Partners with support from Proventus Capital Partners.” The subsidiary handles the location business activities for the group.  Other details of the agreement can be found at:
  • Brexit Aborted UK Exit Date Causes Dramatic Volume Drop (08/28/19)
    Lloyd’s Loading List reported earlier this month that “One of Europe’s leading full truckload (FTL) operators, Waberer’s International, posted a decline in both revenue and earnings in the second quarter of the year, largely due to lower volumes in the aftermath of the UK’s aborted 29 March Brexit date.” The operator reported turnover down 6.4% even though regional contract logistics is up 7%. While several industry issues were involved, the Brexit abort event caused a dramatic drop in demand for inbound services to the UK which is being termed as “Demand Shock”. The new Brexit date is 31 October. (For more see:
  • US FMCSA Proposes Changes to Hours-of-Service Rule (08/15/19)
    The US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced yesterday in a press release that it is proposing several changes to the hours-of-service rule. The intent is to allow more flexibility for drivers getting more rest and finding parking while maintaining appropriate regulation for driver and public safety. In 2018, FMCSA put out a public notice inviting comment regarding this rule and received more than 5,200 comments. The current proposal offers five key revisions involving the 30 minute break rule, the sleeper-berth exception, the adverse driving conditions exception and the short haul exception. (For more see News at:
  • AMSA Holds Moving Day on Capitol Hill 2019 (08/02/19)
    AMSA members from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C., September 4-6, 2019. They will be meeting with Members of Congress about the importance of the $85.7 billion moving and storage industry, and its contribution to the U.S. economy. AMSA maintains that member participation in advocacy efforts is crucial to educating leaders and policymakers on the impact that legislation has on the moving industry. Program highlights will include: briefings on the latest public policy issues, advocacy training and preparation, meetings with elected officials and legislative staff on Capitol Hill, AMSA board and committee meetings, as well as networking opportunities with industry colleagues and Members of Congress. (For more on event see:
  • Potential Wiper Attacks From Iran (06/27/19)
    Data Breach Today reported this week that “Iran is increasing its malicious cyber activity against the U.S, which could manifest in ‘wiper’ (malware) attacks that render computers unusable” (according to a top U.S. cybersecurity official). In 2012, Saudi Aramco (oil giant) experienced a vicious wiper attack that disabled tens of thousands of workstations. Shipping in the region also appears to be threatened as earlier in June, “the U.S. accused Iran of planting magnetic mines that damaged commercial Japanese and Norwegian shipping vessels sailing in the Persian Gulf.” Christopher Krebs of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommended that U.S. institutions increase their basic cybersecurity defenses. (For more, search “Iran wiper” at
  • AI Autonomous Trucks by Volvo and Nvidia (06/20/19)
    As Nvidia continues plans for technology in autonomous vehicles, they “announced on Tuesday that it will lend its Nvidia Drive platform to Volvo Trucks for use in the development of self-driving trucks”. The joint development plan uses Nvidia’s Drive AGX Pegasus platform for vehicle computing power, the Drive AV software for sensor data and planning paths, and the Drive Constellation simulation platform for testing. Lars Stenqvist, Volvo Group's CTO, explained that "With this partnership we will further increase our speed of development and strengthen our long-term capabilities and assets within automation, to the benefit of our customers in different segments and markets." (For more search ‘Volvo Nvidia’ at
  • ATA Committed to Support US Transportation Bill (06/14/19)
    The ATA is “committed to working with (US) lawmakers as they begin work on a transportation reauthorization bill”, stated American Trucking Associations (ATA) President, Chris Spear. This commitment involves assisting the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee to write legislation that looks as far out as 15 years to strengthen and grow the industry’s workforce, shape free and fair trade agreements, and describe ways the trucking industry can invest to address the US decaying infrastructure. Spear also explained that “the trucking industry invests approximately $10 billion annually in safety initiatives, including onboard technologies”, as well as “driver safety training, driver safety incentive pay and compliance with safety regulations”. (Read more at News section of:
  • Important to Know About When Relocating to India (05/29/19)
    Relocate Magazine reported this month that despite India’s nearly 3.3 million square kilometers of land mass, critical issues involving a lack of suitable accommodation and space (both personal and green) persist for many relocatees. Relocate further explains that “UK trade officials have India in its sights as an important partner post-Brexit, with impacts on discussions around immigration policy, salary thresholds and overseas investment advice.” Based on a recent interview with Rohit Kumar, managing director of IKAN Relocation, Relocate stated, “Mr. Kumar set out why India looks set to deliver on its reputation as a future global power, and what this means for HR, global mobility managers and relocation service providers.” (For more, search “Relocating to India” at:
  • Low Future Container Growth Expected at China Ports (05/24/19)
    The tensions caused by the current and probable ongoing US-China trade war is expected to cause low single digit growth in container throughput at China ports, according to Moody’s Investor Service, as reported today by Lloyd’s Loading List. The reduction is projected over the next 12 to 18 months as compared to rising rates of 4.7% and 8.3% in 2018 and 2017 respectively.  Moody’s VP/Analyst, Ralph Ng stated, “We expect US-China relations to remain contentious and trade negotiations to continue for some time even if the two countries reach a trade agreement, resulting in a difficult operating environment for China’s port sector”. (For more, search ‘trade tensions china’ at: 
  • Ultra-Large Container Ships at New York-New Jersey (05/17/19)
    The YM World (owned by Taiwan’s Yang Ming) made its first port call on the US east coast to the Global Container Terminal in Bayonne, NJ. It is an ultra-large container ship with a capacity of 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). Vessels of this size have been visiting New York-New Jersey since the raising of the Bayonne Bridge in 2017. But now this port “can currently handle up to nine vessels of similar size at one time”, said Nicholas Raspanti, a manager of cargo marketing for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (See more at Freightwaves; search ‘Big Ship’ at:
  • Europe Also Faces Truck Driver Shortage (04/29/19)
    European shippers now also join the US in sharing the major problem of the truck driver shortage, reports Lloyd’s Loading List.  Ivan Tintore, CEO and co-founder of digital forwarder, iContainers states, “The trucks and driver scarcity extends globally”, causing many of the same problems experienced in the US such as transportation congestion and delays. He continues to explain that “European shippers also face trucking challenges due to the shortage of drivers, rising wages and fuel costs, and insufficient capacity.” It was reported last year that the shortage of drivers was 150,000 with 85% involving the UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. (See more at:
  • BGRS Announces Acquisition by Relo Group, Inc. (04/25/19)
    BGRS announced today that they will be acquired by an affiliate of Relo Group (based in Tokyo, Japan) in conjunction with a “definitive agreement”. BGRS is a global talent mobility management firm that partners with “clients in the corporate and government sectors to craft and implement talent mobility strategies”. Relo Group, offering over 30 years of experience supporting Japanese companies in relocation services, “provides comprehensive fringe benefit programs”. Yasuji Shimizu, Director, Global Business Development (Relo Group) stated, “BGRS represents a significant expansion of Relo Group’s global mobility management capabilities”. He continued, “This complementary transaction to combine our capabilities increases our collective global footprint”. (See more at Latest News:
  • A Mixed Outlook for the Container Shipping Industry (04/10/19)
    It was reported last week by consultancy Drewry that according to their recently published quarterly, “Container Forecaster”, it is stating that “The container shipping industry is facing an exceptionally high level of uncertainty”. It explained that the issues involved are additional costs related to IMO 2020, the possibility of trade recession, and unknown commitment by ship owners for continued investment in building large vessels. While container port handling is forecasted for growth over the next five years in every region, “supply growth is expected to be below that of demand through 2023”.  (Search “foggy outlook” at:
  • Gdansk Port Takeover – Poland’s Largest Container Port (03/22/19)
    Currently the fastest growing container port on the continent, Gdansk Port is in the process of acquisition from foreign firm Macquarie by PSA International, Poland’s sovereign wealth fund PFR, and IMF Investors. The facility is located at “the crossroads of Baltic deep-sea trading routes”, and the only Baltic terminal with capabilities to handle Ultra Large Container Vessels (UCLVs). With an annual throughput capacity of 1.9 million TEU, the Gdansk port final sale will top over US $1.3 billion. (For more, search ‘Gdansk’ at
  • US Driver Turnover Reduced By Pay Increases (03/18/19)
    In a press release last week, Chief Economist for the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Bob Costello stated that, “The driver market continues to be tight, but not quite as much as the middle of 2018. The overall trend late last year was that turnover is slowing”. For large fleet carriers (over $30 million in revenue) the turnover rate for the fourth quarter of 2018 was 10 points lower (down to 78%) as compared to the same quarter in 2017. While Mr. Costello indicated that this trend could be due to several reasons, it is probably at least partially caused by increased pay to drivers. (Full press release at ATA News:
  • Budd Van Lines acquires Merchants Moving & Storage (03/06/19)
    In a press release distributed yesterday, Budd Van Lines announced that they acquired Wisconsin-based Merchants Moving & Storage, “marking the merger of two prominent corporate relocation specialists.” The partnership is intended to increase efficiencies and achieve greater capacity in a combined national effort. CEO of Budd Van Lines, David W Budd, Sr. pointed to the similarities between the companies and stated that, “Both are family-owned, employee-focused, independent van lines active in our communities. I’m confident this merger is going to be a great fit for the customers of both companies, as well as for everyone else involved.” (See full press release at:
  • UK Ports Hopeful on Planning for Brexit (02/28/19)
    Representatives of the British Ports Association (BPA) are observing some improved planning for Brexit, amid concerns of wider regional logistics. In the meanwhile, the UK Prime Minister is “offering UK Members of Parliament (MPs) the opportunity to vote next month to delay Brexit for a few months beyond 29 March if they fail to back her revised UK-EU withdrawal agreement”, reports Lloyd’s Loading List this week. Richard Ballantyne, BPA Chief Executive stated that, “In terms of attempts to avoid post-Brexit disruption, government officials have certainly listened to the ports industry. On the whole, they have made a laudable effort to put in place pragmatic processes that will help mitigate disruption in a ‘no-deal’ scenario”. (For more search “UK Ports Brexit” at:
  • US Failing Infrastructure as ATA Urges Congress on Highway Funding (02/20/19)
    ATA President and CEO, Chris Spear stated recently before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that, “We are no longer facing a future highway maintenance crisis – we’re living it – and everyday we fail to invest, we’re putting more lives at risk.” Mr. Spear also referenced serious events such as, “chunks of falling concrete struck cars traveling under bridges in California and Massachusetts,” while stressing to the committee the current critical need for real solutions and more revenue. Other statistics provided include: $74.5 billion in trucking cost annually due to congestion; the equivalent of 1.2 billion lost hours or 425,000 truck drivers sitting idle for an entire year. (For more see “ATA President Urges Congress” at:
  • UK Jobs Placement Fall with Brexit Jitters (02/08/19)
    David Sapsted reported from Relocate Global today that “record employment rates and continuing skills shortages saw permanent jobs placement fall in January for the first time in two-and-a-half years” or since the middle of 2016. The KPMG/ Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) report is sited as explaining that workers are staying put in their jobs because of nervousness due to the Brexit issue, and as a result also causing higher starting pay as well. The top three sectors with the largest demand for permanent staff were (in descending order) the accounting/financial sector, engineering and IT/computing. (For more search ‘Brexit Jitters’ at:
  • Financial Liability with Global Mobility Corruption (01/22/19)
    This month FIDI sites references from Transparency International explaining that, “Corruption and bribery is clearly a widespread issue, and it may affect global mobility departments more than you think.” As Transparency’s “Corruptions Perception Index 2018” provides a list of countries by order of corruptibility, research indicates perception of public sector corruption across dozens of countries to range widely from 6 to 76%. Additionally, their “Global Corruption Barometer” shows “only 8 of the 76 evaluated governments were doing well” in this regard. Among several recommendations, global mobility departments should endeavor to “Encourage understanding of bribery & corruption guidelines amongst expats before they leave (and) Conduct anti-corruption audits”. (For more search “corruption” at:
  • Global Container Terminal Industry Predicted as Profitable for 2019; Other Key Issues and Trends (01/10/19)
    Although many challenges are expected, projections are optimistic for a “very solid, profitable business” regarding the 2019 global container terminal industry, says Drewry in their Market Opinion. Demand growth rate is predicted to be soft and down a bit at 4%, but still “adding 30 million teu to the world total.” Other expectations are caution in capacity by investors (potentially including China due to possibly slowing economy), a halt in increasing maximum container ship size, and continued robust exploration of IT and technology (i.e., blockchain, smart ports, etc.) Other related issues include expanding supply chain and a profitable 2019 throughput of over 800 million teu. (See more at Latest Opinion:
  • Higher Rates Expected for 2019 Ocean Shipping (01/07/19)
    VP of Global Ocean Product, Sri Laxmana explained in recent news by Lloyd’s Loading List, that as we have fewer carriers these days, there is a tendency for them to control demand and pull back on capacity resulting in a tighter supply. He states that, “This results in rates that continue to remain high, on average. In 2019, overall capacity is projected to increase by less than 3%, but global trade is predicted to grow around 6%. So this tells us with some certainty that carriers intend to keep supply tight against demand.” Laxmana continues with, “As we get into the contracting period, expect to see higher rates than we saw in 2018.” (For more search ‘Ocean Shipping 2019’ at:
  • Trucking trends in the US – 2018 (12/13/18)
    The American Trucking Association (ATA) released this week its current annual report, “ATA American Trucking Trends 2018”, revealing industry findings including that trucking industry revenues reached over $700 billion. Other findings showed that, “Trucks moved 10.77 billion tons of freight; The industry moved 69.1% of all trade between the U.S. and Mexico, and 57.7% of Canada-U.S. trade; (and) Roughly 7.7 million people were employed in jobs related to trucking activity, including 3.5 million drivers;” (For more, search “$700 Billion” at:
  • Port of Philadelphia Upgraded for 14,000 TEU Shipping (11/28/18)
    JOC reported this week on the three-decade project at the Port of Philadelphia that will allow ships up to 14,000 TEU. With the recent approval of the final payment of $29.2 million, the project is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter next year. The dredging will bring the channel to a new depth of 45 feet with an additional six-foot tidal window.The project was originally planned over 30 years ago, but construction actually began in 2010. Other terminal upgrades include 1,500 feet of berth renovations, two cranes already delivered this past June, two additional cranes to arrive in March and one additional crane by the end of 2019. (For more see:
  • ONE Launches “ONE COLUMBA” 14,000 TEU Ship (11/20/18)
    Ocean Network Express (ONE) has unveiled and launched its fourth new 14,000 TEU container ship at the Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation. These 2018 newly built “eco-friendly” vessels are designed for optimal cargo-loading efficiency and a main engine dual system application with high and low output capabilities. Other technology in the navigation bridge, “has adopted the Integrated Navigation System (INS) which consolidates the functions of vessel systems to save operators workload effectively.” Three additional ships are planned for launch in 2019. (For more search “ONE COLUMBA” at:
  • Only 4,000 EU permits for 40,000 UK trucks (11/09/18)
    TheMover posted the following this week: “Only 4,000 EU permits for 40,000 UK trucks if no-deal Brexit; The UK government has issued guidance on how to apply for an ECMT (European Conference of Ministers of Transport) international road haulage permit system which truck operators will require to operate their vehicles in Europe in the event of a no-deal Brexit. With around 40,000 UK vehicles regularly crossing the Channel and only 4,000 annual and monthly permits available, demand is going to be high. Annual permits will only be allocated to Euro VI vehicles, with some monthly permits available for Euro V.” (For more see,
  • US Road Infrastructure Aging and Strained with Ever Worsening Traffic (10/31/18)
    The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) stated that, “Traffic added an estimated $74.5 billion in operational costs across the trucking industry in 2016” as reported by Fleet Owner this week. Rebecca Brewster, president of the ATRI said that, “Conditions are getting worse at the worst bottlenecks,” and indicating that the problem is compounded by aging infrastructure and the greatly increasing e-commerce sales (about a 2,100% increase since 2000). Brewster also suggests that the congestion reaches beyond the highways to also include issues of parking, ports and other infrastructure. ATA’s chief economist, Bob Costello offers that a major area contributing additional bottleneck problems is at the relatively small number of border entry points where 12 million trucks crossed in 2017. (For more details search “traffic getting worse” at
  • Rhine River at Record Low Levels (10/23/18)
    Drought in Germany for many months has brought the Rhine river to crisis conditions not seen since 1881. Last week the water level in Cologne dropped to 77 centimeters, breaking the city record of 81 cm back in 2003. The reports that, “The docks are eerily quiet at Cologne’s main port on the mighty River Rhine, with hundreds of containers piled up and awaiting their journey north on one of Europe’s busiest commercial arteries.” Water levels along the whole river are also extremely low, with levels below normal and worsening since July. The problem is not exclusive to the Rhine with similar crisis low levels on the Elbe near Hamburg. (For more search “Rhine record low” at
  • Press Release: Parsifal at 2018 Worldwide ERC® Global Workforce Symposium (10/11/18)
    Palm Bay, FL, -Parsifal Corporation, the leading industry Household Goods procurement and audit firm, will be exhibiting (booth #541) at the Worldwide ERC - Global Workforce Symposium 2018, next week October 17 – 19 in Seattle, at the Washington State Convention Center. Worldwide ERC expects a large response from the international mobility community of more than 1,800 participants including “industry builders and next generation thought leaders.” Parsifal will focus on its HST™ Home Sale Transaction Audit service, and the MMI™ or MoveMetric International procurement technology. “Our HST program confirms and justifies charges are traceable, contractual and reasonable,” explains Mark Olsen,Parsifal President and CEO. (See full press release across News page, at "Parsifal in the News"section)
  • Port of San Diego Hit by Ransomware Attack (09/28/18)
    Earlier this week, IT systems for the Port of San Diego (fourth largest of 11 California ports) was attacked by a crypto-locking ransomware. Data Breach Today reports that while the port IT systems have been impacted, the port remained open and most of the business operations at the port continued. While information experts are in process of responding to the attack, the Port of San Diego CEO Randa Coniglio stated that, "The port remains open, public safety operations are ongoing, and ships and boats continue to access the bay without impacts from the cybersecurity incident." In addition, the port is working and coordinating efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard, FBI and Homeland Security. (For more info, search “Port of San Diego” at:
  • Major Congestion at Two UK Container Ports (09/27/18)
    Serious congestion that began at Felixstowe in the UK has also spread to Southhampton, which has been partially caused by the port accepting more business diverted from the Suffolk port. The Loadstar reports today that it will be extremely unlikely that UK exporters will get containers shipped to Asia in the month of November. There is also suggestion that other ships coming to those ports will “cut and run” without loading due to the critical problem. (For more search “congestion Felixstowe” at:
  • Electric, Driverless Truck Unveiled by Volvo (09/14/18)
    “Volvo Trucks has unveiled a driverless, electric tractor unit that can pull lorries full of goods while being controlled via the cloud”, Engineering and Technology (E&T) reported yesterday. The vehicle is planned for use involving short distances, is totally electric, has no cab and is compatible with typical load carriers or trailers. Volvo Trucks explains, “Since we use autonomous vehicles with no exhaust emissions and low noise, their operation can take place at any time of day or night. The solution uses existing road infrastructure and load carriers, making it easier to recoup costs and allowing for integration with existing operations.” (For more search “Volvo trucks” at
  • Press Release: Parsifal Pilots New Technology: ReloSnap™ (09/06/18)
    Palm Bay, FL, (June 6, 2018) - Parsifal Corporation, the leading industry Household Goods Relocation procurement and audit firm, is seeing excellent results to date involving a recent pilot program for a new innovative technology called ReloSnap™. The challenge addressed involves invoice approval and verification delays that are a common problem in the household goods relocation industry where correcting billing issues after the fact can be complex, time-consuming and costly. As a result of problems that arise, supplier payments can be held up for weeks or longer. Over the past several months the ReloSnap™ pilot program has provided impressive results to date such as reduced audit time on nearly every shipment to under a week (many within a day or two);  (See full press release across News page, at "Parsifal in the News" section)
  • Technology and Training – Keys to Driver Safety (08/28/18)
    “The right technology and proper training and coaching methods further increase safety” states Fleet Owner in an informative article this week. While increasing safety and mitigating risk is a much desired goal, a major challenge is the ability to identify and clearly see driver risks. This process can be substantially enhanced with technologies such as lane departure warning systems, stability controls, speed monitoring and navigation. In addition, onboard sensors and in-cab video can report critical events like hard braking, time violations, forward collision, and other negative driving behaviors. This data combined with other driver background information can be used to provide a “predictive model” that can be used to further reduce future risk. (For more search “driver safety” at:
  • Asia-Med Trade in Trouble Due to Turkey Financial Crisis (08/22/18)
    While Mediterranean imports from Asia grew by 7% in the first quarter of 2018, the second quarter slowed to minimal growth as now high Asia-Med freight rates are not expected to be maintained resulting from the Turkey financial crisis. Lloyd’s Loading List reported this week that a Drewry analyst stated, “The Asia-Med trade will struggle to see much growth in the coming months with one of its biggest markets in Turkey under such stress. Carriers will need to adjust capacity accordingly to maintain the freight rate momentum.” Turkey accounts for about 30% of imports from Asia to the Eastern Mediterranean. Drewry indicated that if the problem could not be resolved in the short term, Turkey was likely headed for a “deep recession”, and “lines would need to manage capacity carefully as a result.” (For more, search “Turkey” at:
  • $2,000 Per FEU Barrier Broken Last Week (08/08/18)
    JOC reported last week on August 3rd that eastbound Pacific spot rates surpassed a barrier level of $2,000 per FEU to the West Coast, and over $3,000 to the East Coast. This 10.5 rate increase to the West Coast is related to strong US import numbers, and JOC relays that “Carrier executives expect this scenario to continue well into August-October.” Early peak season missed shipments are being cited as more indications for higher expected volumes. (For more search “Asia-US West Coast rates” at
  • Panama Canal Sees Its 4,000th Neopanamax Transit (07/31/18)
    This past week on Sunday, July 29th, “the Panama Canal registered the transit of its 4,000th Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Canal,” since its inauguration of the massive project over two years ago in June of 2016. The milestone event occurred with the passage of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Maria Energy, with the LNG growing segment representing about 10% of transits. 52% of Neopanamax ships transiting the canal are container vessels (the largest segment), followed by 27% involving LPG carriers. (For more see news/press releases at
  • Cosco Shipping Suffers Cyber Attack (07/26/18)
    As another example of the continuing threat to the maritime industry, China’s Cosco Shipping experienced a cyber attack on Tuesday morning. The attack initially impacted company US operations, and the problem subsequently spread across the Americas.The shipper informed customers that its network was hit affecting Cosco systems and some email communications and provided some alternative operational options via the company website. Splash247 provided a statement from Cosco explaining, “We have and will continue to assess developments and take corresponding measures to minimize the impact of current events on business.” (For more, search “Cosco cyber attack” at
  • Strong Second Half of 2018 Projected for Air Freight (07/20/18)
    Lloyd’s Loading List reported today that freight forwarders predict a strong second half of this year for air freight, pushing rates higher while tightening capacity. A quote was provided by Flexport, a US freight forwarder, stating that, “In response to last year’s shortages and higher-than-usual rates, shippers are looking for guaranteed space throughout the year for their products, and some are looking for their own planes. Forwarders are chartering more flights to guarantee space, and reserving planes for select shippers.” (Search “airfreight” at
  • Keys to Driver Recruitment and Retention (07/10/18)
    Three main factors of money, lifestyle and respect are identified by recruitment expert Pat Hightower (The Hightower Agency) as key in recruiting and maintaining drivers, reports FleetOwner on Monday this week. Hightower further explains other complications in this area and that companies are misguided in primarily focusing on recruitment incentives, with rare strategies for retention. While all three of these three factors are slowly improving in the industry, a larger increase in salary is the primary incentive for younger drivers. (See “No Secret to Driver Recruitment and Retention” 7/9 at :
  • Parsifal on Global Mobility Roundtable Hosted by RELO Direct® (06/29/18)
    RELO Direct hosted their Global Mobility Roundtable™ yesterday, Thursday, June 28, titled, “Movement in the Household Goods Industry”, held as a live forum and also available via webcast. Oliver Dubester, Director of Client Support Services at RELO Direct emceed the event with a panel of industry professionals including Cliff Cannon (CMO, Parsifal Corporation), Kara Cyr (Manager-Intl HR/Global Mobility Strategy, Yazaki), and Gregg Imlach (CEO, Imlach Group). The panel presented issues and answered questions related to current major industry concerns such as, driver shortages, Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), seasonal fluctuations, price increases and tax law changes. A link to a recording of the event will be available soon. (see:
  • New Rubber-Tired Crane Technology Revealed in Rotterdam (06/22/18)
    Port Technology reported the recent unveiling of a new rubber-tired gantry crane dubbed as the “Freerider”, developed by Kuenz, one of the leading innovators in crane construction. Kuenz CEO, David Moosbrugger stated that the Freerider was designed to be the “easiest crane operating system in the world”, with features such as the ‘Spider’ hoist system, to provide more efficient and faster handling of containers. The patented design also includes a robust single girder with an aerodynamic main girder supported by A-shaped posts, four traveling gears, a steering gear and rubber tires allowing different travel directions and higher speed. (Search: ‘Kuenz Freerider’ at
  • Parsifal Exhibiting at SHRM 2018 Chicago (06/14/18)
    NEWS Release:  Parsifal Corporation will be exhibiting at the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference & Exhibition at McCormick Place, Chicago on June 17 through the 20th. Parsifal will be presenting a full range of new and existing relocation support services, such as its mainstay auditing program, and their innovative RPTs (relocation procurement technologies.) Major emphasis will be given to the Parsifal technology known as MRW™ or MyReloWorks, showing the most current updated Mobile web version, (See full press release across page at, "Parsifal in the News")
  • 2018 Roadcheck Next Week June 5 – 7 (05/31/18)
    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Roadcheck will occur next week from June 5th through the 7th in North America. According to CDLLife News, it will focus this year on Hours of Service regulation compliance, and experts predict resulting shipping delays. In addition inspectors are planning to place drivers without an ELD device out of service. Roadcheck in 2017 involved over 62,000 inspections over three days and resulted in almost 5% of drivers and over 19% of trucks taken out of service. The inspection will also check on potential alcohol and/or drug impairment, as well as inspecting the full range of truck operating systems. (For more detail search “2018 CVSA” at CDLLife News:
  • UK Expat Pay Falls as Japan Becomes Most Expensive (05/30/18)
    Last week, Relocate Global reported that as expat pay and benefits in the UK fell this year, Japan rose to the most expensive expat global destination. The ECA International is referenced to explain that now the UK is the number two most expensive followed by India and China. Further calculations show that the average expat middle manager package in the UK has fallen about 10.4% to a current level of $344,508. This figure includes, however, $148,166 in taxes and $124,288 for benefits with a net salary of $72,104. (See more details in news at:
  • SIRVA to be Acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners (05/23/18)
    SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving distributed Press Release today: CHICAGO,-- SIRVA, Inc., a leading global relocation and moving service provider, today announced that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago with significant experience investing in and growing industrial and technology services companies…….. " This is an exciting time for SIRVA, and MDP is the ideal partner to help us accelerate our growth strategy," said Tom Oberdorf, Chief Executive Officer at SIRVA. "MDP has a long, successful track record of supporting companies like SIRVA……” (For full release at MDP see:
  • Driver Pay Increases As Industry Trend (05/14/18)
    Companies in the industry are now implementing pay raises as well as other incentives and awards as a strategy to both attract new drivers and also retain drivers in an aging pool of workers. Last week, FleetOwner describes other incentives being discussed as weekly minimum pay, total compensation packages, pay-per-mile bonuses, stock grants, tenure, sign-on bonuses, etc. Companies site a stronger economy, the stress of regulatory changes and the exiting of drivers from the industry as some of the key factors involved. (For full article see, ‘Driver Pay’ at:
  • Corporate Relocation Projections Are Optimistic for 2018 (04/30/18)
    According to an annual Corporate Relocation Survey released last week by Atlas Van Lines, 2018 is projected to be another optimistic year (similar to last year) with relocation volumes and budgets expected to hold steady or increase. However, this optimism applies more to large and mid-size firms rather than small companies. The survey involved 435 corporate relocation professionals with 93% working in HR or relocation/mobility departments. The survey shows that “half of organizations expect the legislation (U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) to increase relocation costs”, and that about a third of companies have plans to make more use of lump sums. (See media room for full article at
  • Parsifal Shortlisted for 2018 Relocate Awards (04/25/18)
    Parsifal Corporation has been placed on the shortlist for the Relocate Awards 2018, in the category of Best Technology Innovation- Corporate Support. Relocate Global has been presenting these awards since 2007 and were the first to “recognize excellence, celebrate the contribution of relocation to business, and reward best practice”. Award presentations will be given at Global Mobility’s prestigious Gala Awards Ceremony Dinner on May 10th at The UnderGlobe, Shakespear’s Globe Theatre, London. (See more at:
  • AMSA Reports 5.4% Decline in 2017 Shipments (04/20/18)
    According to first 2018 quarterly issue of Industry Trends, published by the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), 2017 shipment totals are down by 5.4%, similar to the 2016, 5.2% decline, and continuing an ongoing year-over-year down trend since 2013. While the Corporate Account sector was close to the average at -5.6% (vs. -6.7% in 2016), the GSA sector was dramatically down at -24.4% (level in 2016). The report also presents a “Top housing markets” chart which displays the top ten markets with San Jose, Ca at the top of the list, at $110,040 Median Household Income, $1,128,300 Median Home Value, and 8.9% Growth Forecast. Other chart data includes Top Shipment Channels for 2017, Shipment Bookings, and Average Miles over the past ten years. (See full AMSA "Industry Trends" report at:
  • Panama Canal Exceeds Expected Neopanamax Volume at 3000 (04/11/18)
    The Panama Canal announced that it surpassed its projected traffic volume early last month as the Neopanamax containership MSC Caterina (Panamanian flagged) completed a northbound transit. This was the canal’s 3000th transit by a Neopanamax vessel. The “milestone, achieved in less than two years of operation, serves as a proud reminder of the confidence that our customers and the broader maritime industry have placed in our route,” said Jorge Luis Quijano, Canal Administrator. 53% of the 3000 transits involved vessels from the container segment. (For more, see press releases at
  • Why Continued Decline in Container Freight Rates? (03/29/18)
    American Shipper reported yesterday that as opinions vary about the reasons for the decline in container freight rates in both the spot and contract market, it is probably due to two primary reasons. These would be overcapacity that has been common over the past few years, as well as, the normal seasonal rise and fall in demand over the same period. However, a concern is pointed out that, “the container shipping market is behaving normally compared with the last few years, but the last few years have been plagued by overcapacity, so ‘normal’ isn’t necessarily a good thing when it comes to rates.” (See more at: "Container Rate Decline",
  • Mark Olsen Presents at OMNI Annual Conference (03/22/18)
    NEWS Release: OMNI (Overseas Moving Network International) held its annual conference this week at the Four Seasons Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida from the 19th through the 22nd. OMNI invited Parsifal CEO, Mark Olsen, to an informative interview session as a pioneer and market leader in relocation technology and audits. Interviewer Nigel Saunders (NussRelocations) provided Mr. Olsen with a wide range of questions to learn more about Parsifal, its services and most current technologies to explore how OMNI members can operate to facilitate their processes more efficiently. (See full press release across page at, "Parsifal in the News")
  • Parsifal Relocates Offices in Fairfield Maine (03/15/18)
    NEWS Release:  Parsifal Corporation has moved their Waterville, ME offices to a new larger location in Fairfield, ME. The stand-alone building is located in a newly developing but quiet and beautifully wooded industrial park, with convenient and close access to interstate 95. Built in 2002, Parsifal purchased this relatively new commercial building early in 2018, providing a total of 14,037 sq. ft. of usable working space, on a large lot of 3.14 acres. (see photo above, and full press release across page at, "Parsifal in the News")
  • Cliff Cannon Pens Article for Mobility March Issue (03/05/18)
    Mobility™ Magazine of Worldwide ERC, released its electronic March issue today which included a feature article titled, “Domestic Household Goods: The Past, the Present, and the Obvious”, authored by Cliff Cannon, Chief Marketing Officer at Parsifal Corporation. The article begins with explaining how major contract changes in the industry started with the end of the 400N tariff in 2007. Cannon continues by exploring how this change has impacted HHGs contracts, as well as, current and future challenges for players in the relocation industry. The full article can be found at (, and also downloaded from the Resource Center on the Parsifal News page.
  • Favorable Carrier Outlook in 2018 (02/14/18)
    A “Pro-Carrier Environment” for 2018 was a major focus of a recent webinar posted by FTR Transportation Intelligence and presented by Jonathan Starks, COO, FTR, and Avery Vise, VP, of Trucking Research. According to the presenters some of the key factors contributing to this favorable trucking outlook were a continuing tight capacity with strong demand, impact of ELDs, lowest unemployment since 2000, a strong growth in the manufacturing sector, and housing starts at a ten year high. (See more detail at:
  • Rotterdam Plans to be World’s Smartest Port (01/31/18)
    The Port of Rotterdam and IBM jointly announced today their partnering in a major, multi-year project using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in the cloud to enable the port with a “Smart” operational environment. Paul Smits, Port CFO said that, “Here in Rotterdam, we are taking action to become the smartest port in the world.” The Port of Rotterdam is already the largest port (42-kilometre site) in Europe, handling more than 461 million tons of cargo and over 140,000 ships annually. The technology will now provide “a new wave of safer and more efficient traffic management at the port” as it serves as a host to connected ships, providing real-time data and communications, analyzed via the IBM IoT platform. (For more search IBM at:
  • New Construction at Port Canaveral to Meet Rapid Growth (01/26/18)
    American Shipper reported today that the Canaveral Port Authority approved the construction of a new, multi-purpose cargo berth that will begin in March of this year and scheduled to be completed by mid-year 2019. The $17.9 million contract includes a berth with a 2,000-pounds-per square-foot capacity together with the bulkhead and 900-foot seawall, relieving platform and dredging. Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray, said that, “This new multi-purpose berth will enhance our ability to manage cargo opportunities being driven by the rapid economic growth in Central Florida.” (More at:
  • Electric Truck Prototypes by Thor in 2018 (01/22/18)
    Thor Trucks, a truck manufacturer and technology lab in Los Angeles, is developing a prototype, long-haul electric truck this year. HDT Truckinginfo reports that co-founder and CEO, Giordano Sordini is focused on solutions that are “reasonable and profitable now.” Sordini explains that electric trucks can solve many problems like, compliance issues, vehicle maintenance and even fluctuating fuel prices. He states that, “You go from a vehicle with 2,000 moving parts to fewer than 20, ….. And if you get enough of these trucks on the road, you’ll eventually see fuel prices stabilize.” The first truck model, named ET-One, is being designed for a daily range up to 300 miles. (More -search “Thor” at
  • FMCSA Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) Rule Phases In (01/05/18)
    Last month on December 18, Phase 2 (Phased-In Compliance Phase) of the FMCSA Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) mandate arrived beginning a two year period. During this phase carriers and drivers subject to the rule are now required to use either AOBRDs (Automatic On Board Recording Devices) or self-certified and registered ELDs. After this period, Phase 3 (Full Compliance Phase) occurs on 12/16/19 which then requires use of only self-certified ELDs that are register with FMCSA. NRI has recently reported that, “Analysts say that the new regulation may lead to as much as a 10% decrease in driver productivity and will necessitate 100,000 drivers to fill the void across all lines of trucking.” Ref. at:; More at FMCSA:; See FMCSA ELD Brochure at Parsifal Resource Center on News Page.
  • Increase of 2.1% on 400N Tariff Rate for 2018 (12/29/17)
    Parsifal confirms today that the 400N tariff will have a rate increase of 2.1 percent effective next week on January 1, 2018, based on currently stated US Government indices. Government figures are occasionally updated and therefore may be subject to change.  Although the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) decision (May 2007) froze AMSA’s involvement in the tariff, Item 40 of the 400 series tariff references a methodology to calculate continued General Price Increases annually based on the government CPI and CEU Indices. Increases in the past few years were: 1.6% for 2017, 1.4% for 2016 and 2.8% for 2015. (For more info see: Parsifal NewsPage, “Resource Center”)
  • Congress Passes Tax Legislation Impacting Moving Deductions (12/27/17)
    Last week congress passed final tax legislation with the expectation of a presidential signature early in January 2018. The legislation involves a repeal of the deduction for certain moving expenses, including costs for moving household goods, SIT or storage in transit and expenses for final move travel. As transferees will now be paying taxes for corporate reimbursement on these items, corporations will be faced with the prospect of additional gross-up costs. Deductibility is maintained for state, local income, property and sales taxes but only for a combined total maximum of $10,000. This has the potential for discouraging transferees to relocate to high tax locations. (See Worldwide ERC; search ‘tax legislation' at:
  • Driver Turnover Annualized Rate of 95% in Q3 (12/13/17)
    The American Trucking Association (ATA) reported last week that, “the turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose five percentage points in the third quarter to an annualized rate of 95%.” Competition for experienced and qualified drivers is being described as fierce and there are fears that the driver shortage will reach an “all-time high this year”. ATA data from October describes the shortage surpassing 50,000 by end of 2017 and as high as 174,000 by 2024. (See:
  • Senate Tax Version Passed – Impact on Mobility Industry Remains (12/04/17)
    The Senate version of current tax reform legislation passed late Friday, 12/1/17 with one Republican vote and all Democrat votes opposing the bill. The Worldwide ERC reports that, “the (Senate) bill, like the House bill, repeals the moving expense deduction and the exclusion for employer-paid moving expenses, effective January 1, 2018” and that, “there were no changes to most provisions important to the mobility industry.” The revised final bill agreement along with the House bill, allows the property tax deduction up to $10,000, and the home mortgage interest deduction is maintained, although the House version imposes a limit at a $500,000 mortgage debt. (See more at:
  • Record Tonnage Transits Panama Canal (11/29/17)
    Last month the Panama Canal closed its 2017 fiscal year on October 17. With the close of the year, the ACP announced that, “the waterway welcomed a record 403.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) of cargo in FY17, the largest amount of annual tonnage ever transited in its 103-year history.” As would be expected, this 22.2% increase over (FY16) is explained to be a result of the Expanded Canal’s increased capacity. The canal saw its 1000th transit of Neopanamax vessels in March of this year, while serving 29 major liner services, including 15 that are Neopanamax lines. The (largest) container segment accounted for 35.3% of tonnage through the canal. (See more at:
  • Mills and Palmer to be Agents for Atlas in 2018 (11/14/17)
    Industry sources have recently indicated that Mills Van Lines (currently with Allied Van Lines) will become a new agent for Atlas Van Lines as of January 1, 2018. Additionally, Palmer Moving and Storage (currently with North American Van Lines) is also expected to join as an agent for Atlas Van Lines sometime early next year as well.
  • Congress Proposes Corporations to Pay Taxes on HHGs Expenses (11/10/17)
    Corporations may soon be paying taxes on all household goods relocation expenses. The House plan which was released last week on November 2, was followed yesterday, November 9, with the Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Plan. Both plans propose repealing the moving expense deduction becoming effective on January 1, 2018. This action would include the exclusion for these expenses paid by an employer. In a Worldwide ERC press release today they state, “the additional (corporate) gross-up could reach as much as $2 billion per year for American businesses, as well as an additional $150 million per year for the federal government.”(See ERC press releases at:
  • Parsifal Interview Broadcast on WWB with kathy ireland® (11/03/17)
    Parsifal Corporation has announced the television broadcast of an exclusive interview with Kathy Ireland on the weekly business television program - "Worldwide Business with kathy ireland", this Sunday, November 5, 2017. It can be viewed on Fox Business Network as part of their sponsored programming lineup, as well as Bloomberg International. Company executives, Mark Olsen, CEO and Cliff Cannon, Chief Marketing Officer will discuss their specialized technology solutions for relocation procurement and auditing. “Our technology is designed to catch savings in two areas,” says Mark Olsen. “The first area is procurement; the secondary is through auditing (and) combined they present a very powerful combination…” (See Video Preview at top of News Page; also Press Release at “Parsifal in the News”)
  • Rebuilding From Disasters Will Add to Freight Demand (10/27/17)
    The American Trucking Association (ATA) reported this past week that the advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 0.9%. It continues, however, compared to one year ago, September 2016, that the SA index surged 7.4%. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said that, “Tonnage gave back some of the solid gain in August, but remains at very high levels despite the weather-related issues during the month,” and “Going forward, rebuilding from those hurricanes and other natural disasters like the wildfires in California will add to freight demand.” Trucking represents 70.6% of all tonnage carried by all domestic transportation modes, and serves as a barometer of the US economy. (For more see ATA at:
  • 400N Tariff Rate Increase Projected at 2.1% for 2018 (10/19/17)
    Based on US Government figures recently released, Parsifal projects that the 400N tariff will have a rate increase of 2.1 percent effective January 1, 2018. Government figures are occasionally updated and therefore may be subject to change. Although the Surface Transportation Board’s (“STB”) decision (May 2007) froze AMSA’s involvement in the tariff, Item 40 of the 400 series tariff references a methodology to calculate continued General Price Increases annually based on the government CPI and CEU Indices. Increases in the past few years were: 1.6% for 2017, 1.4% for 2016 and 2.8% for 2015. (For more info see: Parsifal News Page, “Resource Center”)
  • Cyber Threat in the Maritime Industry (09/29/17)
    In the wake of the Maersk cyberattack this past June in Europe, costing the company as much as USD 300 million, this week World Maritime News interviewed Julian Clark of Hill Dickinson in Liverpool, UK to discuss the future of cyber threat in the traditional maritime industry. Clark explains that if a “sophisticated” company like Maersk can be so dramatically impacted, then virtually everyone in the industry is at substantial risk. This exposure comes to the industry as it has evolved towards digitalization and connectivity even as the vast majority (91%) of vessel security officers claim they are short on knowledge to deal with the immerging problem. The threat puts all areas of the industry at risk including navigation of ships and cargo loading operations and services at ports and terminals, resulting in potential large damaging affects pervasive throughout the global industry. (For more: search “cyber threat” at
  • The Aging Traditional US Truck Driver Population (09/20/17)
    Trucking executives at the McLeod Software 2017 User Conference were considering the need to adjust the demographics of the current traditional and aging driver pool, reported FleetOwner today. Discussions included a shift to younger and less experienced drivers for the future, including more women and ethnic minorities. Current trends versus driver availability may present a shortage of 239,000 drivers by 2022, suggests Randy Seals at McLeod. According to the ATA, 38.75% of the current 3.5 million US truck drivers are minorities and 6% are women, with the average age about 49 (compared to the average age of all US workers at 42). (For more-search, “aging trucker demographics” at:
  • Florida Ports Making Efforts to Reopen (09/12/17)
    As the truck and gate operations remain closed at Port of Miami (POMTOC) and South Florida container terminals (SFCT), the port authority states that after approval by the US Coast Guard, the Seaboard Marine container terminal will open today (Tuesday, 9/12), reports the World Maritime News. Marine traffic is expected to remain closed until 4 PM or later pending navigational channel inspections by NOAA. Ports remain closed at Everglades, Miami, Palm Beach, Panama City, Jacksonville, Canaveral, Tampa, Port Manatee and all Key West ports. (For more: search Florida ports at:
  • Probable 7% Sideline of US Trucking Due to Harvey (08/31/17)
    Fleet Owner reported this week (research firm FTR) that, 7% of the US trucking industry may be “sidelined” by Hurricane Harvey. It is noted that while the trucking operations in the (Texas and South Central) region will certainly experience the greatest hit, Harvey will additionally impact the US national capacity as a whole. As the brunt of this affect is expected over the next two weeks, the worst can be nearly 10% in this first week, estimating down to 2% national disruption (25% regionally) after one month. Already in double digit numbers, spot pricing is expected to jump over the coming weeks, especially in the highly impacted region. (For more, see ‘7% Sideline’ at:
  • Historic Monthly Volume at Port of Long Beach (08/23/17)
    The Port of Long Beach has reported that their container cargo volume was record breaking for this past month of July reaching a total volume of 720,312 TEUs. Cargo traffic has increased for five consecutive months and up 6.4% YTD over last year. July imports are 16.3% higher, while exports are down 11.7%. Harbor Commission President, Lou Anne Bynum stated that, “Given the unprecedented change in the industry, we are pleased to see shippers choosing Long Beach.” Long Beach is the second busiest port in the US and one of the world’s premier seaports as a gateway for trans-Pacific trade. (More at News page of POLB:
  • Ship-Tug Collision on the Amazon (08/11/17)
    A barge tug on the Amazon River near the town of Obidos in Para, Brazil had a head-on collision with a containership operated by Mercolsul Line (part of Maersk Group) last week. The devastating event occurred on August 2, resulting in nine people missing (feared dead) as the tug sank while pushing nine barges in the river around 4 AM in the morning. Some of the barges also sank in the collision with the 2,478 TEU, 210-meter vessel known as Mercosul Santos. (See more at
  • Port Congestion Eases at Rotterdam and Antwerp (07/31/17)
    Over the past few months, major congestion has negatively affected barge and other intermodal services at the key container ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp in Europe. Now Lloyd’s Loading List has reported this past Friday that Contargo (European intermodal operator) states that the port delays are currently at two days down from previous six days, resulting from various terminal and authority measures at these ports, including congestion surcharges. The current congestion reduction has been described as unstable and can potentially return to longer waiting times. (For reference, search Barge Congestion at:
  • AMSA Reports 5.2% Decline in 2016 Shipments (07/19/17)
    According to first 2017 issue of Industry Trends, published by the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), 2016 shipment totals are down by 5.2%, continuing an ongoing year-over-year trending decline since 2013. While the Corporate Account sector presents the greatest decline at -6.7%, the GSA sector is alone in showing no decline. The report also displays a matrix comparing shipment types by region for shipment weights, indicating the heaviest average weight at 8,193 lbs. in the Central region. Data is also provided on inbound/outbound market information, timing of moves, existing and new home sales, as well as a spotlight section on COD shipments. (See full AMSA "Industry Trends" report at: it_issue1_2017/index.php)
  • Maersk Recovering From Cyber Attack (07/06/17)
    In the wake of the major cyber attack on 27 June in Europe, Lloyd’s Loading List reported yesterday that Maersk is now claiming that their operations are nearly normal and work continues towards a full recovery. Their major IT systems are operational and the online booking portal known as is now online for activities such as booking and printing of bills of lading. Maersk said that, “the work towards bringing container track and trace functionality, all booking systems, and other customer facing applications back online is progressing well.” (See more on news tab at:
  • 11,000 TEU CAPE SOUNIO Deployed by ZIM (06/27/17)
    Now the largest vessel in its line, ZIM announced this week that it deployed CAPE SOUNIO on its Asia-South America East Coast service, “in order to respond to the growing market needs”. Embarking on its maiden voyage from Pusan, S. Korea on May 4th, the vessel was built in the Philippines (HHI shipyard) and delivered to ZIM in April 2017. CAPE SOUNIO is 330 meters long, 48 meters wide, and a nominal containers capacity of 11,037 TEUs. The growing need refers to increased trade between S. Korea, China and SE Asia, via Singapore and the hub in Port Kelang, to major SAEC ports. (More at:
  • Supreme Court Refuses ELD Appeal (06/22/17)
    Earlier this month on June 12th, the Supreme Court refused an appeal hearing against the electronic logging mandate (ELD). The appeal was proposed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). The ELD rule has a compliance date of December 18 of this year, which now comes after years of legal battles and contention over driver privacy issues. There are projections that this event can cause trucking rates to increase by as much as 20%. (See more by searching supreme court-ELD at:
  • Proposal for Modified Tolls Structure at Panama Canal (06/13/17)
    The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) published a proposal on June 2nd for modifications to its current tolls structure. The publication begins a 30-day formal consultation period which allows for feedback from the industry. Administrator Jorge L. Quijano and executives met with customers in recent months. Mr. Quijano explained that, “These meetings with customers in Asia, Europe and North America have been extremely valuable in providing us with a deeper understanding of the industry today, the challenges faced by individual market segments, and the projected demand for the Neopanamax locks.” (See ACP official Press Release at:; full proposal at:
  • Are Remote Smart Ships on Future Horizons? (05/31/17)
    World Maritime News recently interviewed Innovation, Marine at Rolls-Royce VP, Oskar Levander to discuss and consider developing technology that envisions a near future with “smart steel giants” navigating the high seas via satellite remote control from land-based centers. Levander predicts, “a remotely operated vessel in local waters as the first stage and in operation by 2020”. He also suggests an impressive schedule stating that, “By 2025 we hope to have a remotely operated vessel at open sea and five years after that we expect unmanned ocean going vessels to be a common sight on the ocean.” World Maritime News asks, “What are the benefits for owners when compared to the current type of ships?” (See “Smart Ships”- (Photos at
  • Federal ESC System Mandate Begins August 1st (05/12/17)
    On August 1, 2017 a federal mandate begins the requirement for all new trucks to be equipped with an electronic stability control (ESC) system. While the rule (developed by the NHTSA) does not require existing equipment be upgraded with ESC, Fleet Owner reports today that, “an estimated 35% to 40% of new trucks being produced today include the system.” ESC is expected to reduce rollover and jackknife occurrences, with studies also indicating a dramatic reduction in rear-end crashes by about 70%. (More at:
  • Yang Ming to Announce Investors by June 2017 (05/02/17)
    Today, Yang Ming released a News Bulletin/ Customer Advisory clarifying recent information out in the industry about their upcoming resumption of stock trading on May 4. As this occurs on Thursday this week, they state in the advisory that their shares are expected to “trade at a value exceeding twice its value before the suspension”. Yang Ming also explained that they would announce the names of most recent investors for the “2nd stage of its recapitalization by June 2017”, as well as further details. (See:
  • Yang Ming to Restart Stock Trading May 4th (04/28/17)
    Early this month, Yang Ming released a customer advisory explaining that “the historic bankruptcy of a former alliance partner left as fallout numerous collateral issues which Yang Ming had to address” but also stated that the company “is not in default of any vendor obligations, large or small.” However, Yang Ming took a serious step and suspended its stock trading (Taiwanese exchange) on April 20 until May 4th. Now JOC has reported this past Wednesday that Yang Ming is set to announce new investors on the May 4th restart of its stock trading. (References:;
  • Major Congestion at Port of Shanghai (04/25/17)
    As shipping rates are anticipated to rise in the month of May, Lloyd’s Loading List reported today that the Port of Shanghai is experiencing major congestion. The problem is attributed to the rush in loading as much cargo as possible before the increase in freight rates, along with other delays exacerbated by inclement weather or fog, as well as vessel schedule changes. Reports estimate waiting times from 18 to 60 hours, with some vessels delayed as much as 10 days. (See more at News:
  • ATA Before Congress on Infrastructure Investment (04/12/17)
    Corporate membership executives from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) explained before the US Congress last week about the current state of problems and deterioration in the national infrastructure, its negative impact on the transportation industry and the need for new future investment. Chris Spear, ATA President and CEO stated that, “Our industry currently loses nearly $50 billion annually to congestion – that is unacceptable.” Further discussion about investment focus brought a variety of issues to the forefront including, major freight bottlenecks and congestion, insufficient truck parking and increasing driver stress and frustration. (More at:
  • 1000th Neopanamax Ship Passes Through the Expanded Panama Canal (03/31/17)
    Earlier this month on March 19th, the MSC Anzu became the historic 1000th Neopanamax vessel to transit the new Expanded Panama Canal since its inauguration only nine months ago in June 2016. Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano, has hailed this event as a “considerable milestone” in the continued success of the Expanded Canal, while the average number of Neopanamax vessels transiting the new waterway is now at 5.9 per day as of March this year. The ACP explains that with the advantage of the new canal’s economies of scale, “many major liner services have already redirected service to the waterway.” (See press release at:
  • Graebel Van Lines Closes Business Across US (03/22/17)
    While there has been some recent indications floating in the industry, the Washington Business Journal reported an update today that Graebel Van lines is closing its business across the US. As most of the 33 branches are closing, the WBJ sites a source inside Graebel who states that two offices remain open (Sterling and Seattle) for an undetermined time frame. While there were reports of substantial increase in revenue for 2016 as of August of that year, Graebel also made separate announcements last year stating it would close its warehouse in Wausau, WI, as well as lay off 50 employees at that same branch office. In addition, Suddath launched a press release last Friday, announcing that it would acquire three Graebel locations (Florida, Oregon and California). (See:
  • American Red Ball Acquired by Interstate (03/15/17)
    Last week, InterstateGroup Holdings, Inc., parent company of Interstate Van Lines, Inc., announced its acquisition of American Red Ball World Wide Movers, which is one of the oldest US carriers with a 98 year company history. Interstate is one of the largest independent moving companies in the country as well. There is much expectation for enhanced business growth with this joining of companies, as John (J.D.) Morrissette, president, Interstate Van Lines explains that, “We’re excited about the synergies between the two organizations and the opportunity to leverage best practices, technology, and talent.” (See more at:
  • North Europe–Asia Spot Freight Rates Surge 45% (03/09/17)
    Drewry reported today surging spot container freight rates from North Europe to Asia. Carriers are charging higher rates due to ships that are currently full. As a result, rates have reached a four-year peak with an increase of 45% this week alone. Drewry describes this capacity shortage as an ‘unusual’ situation (normal loads less than 70%) for this Europe/Asia route, and traces the problem back to cancelled sailings after the Chinese New Year in January earlier this year. (See more at:
  • Newbuild Contracts for Containerships Hit Historic Bottom (02/27/17)
    Lloyd’s Loading List reported that Drewry published its Container Insight Weekly report today, explaining that 2016 saw a record-breaking “all-time low” in orders for containerships, leaving the shipbuilding industry in crisis. Drewry stated that, “Nobody is ordering vessels, of any type, and pretty soon yards across the world will find themselves with little to keep them occupied.” Drewry notes that the large ship-making hubs of South Korea, China and Japan will experience the biggest impact, while carriers will have a major opportunity to balance the supply and demand by spreading out delivery of current orders over the next year or two. (See News at:
  • Moving Trend to Mountain and Pacific West for Retirees (02/24/17)
    The 40th Annual National Movers Study provided by United Van Lines is reporting that retirees are continuing to move to the Mountain and Pacific West over the past year. In general, the top four inbound states were (in order) South Dakota, Vermont, Oregon, and Idaho. At the other end, the top four outbound states were New Jersey, Illinois, New York, and Connecticut as the northeast continues to lead the nation in a moving deficit. While the main reasons for moving are attributed to a new job, company transfer, retirement and proximity to family, the report explains that there are now more retirees relocating than ever before, contributing to the western trend. (See newsroom at
  • Secretary Chao Greets ATA Infrastructure Task Force in DC (02/10/17)
    Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary met this week in the nation’s capital with eleven CEO-level trucking industry executives comprising the American Trucking Associations’ Infrastructure Task Force. The group was formed immediately after the November election with very positive expectations for a future spending package to improve US highway and bridge infrastructure as a major focus in the new Trump administration. ATA President and CEO, Chris Spear stated that, “The members of this task force represent an industry that moves 70% of the nation’s freight, moving 54% of our GDP and pays half of all highway taxes.” (See more at:
  • New Trend of Hacking Attacks on Ports (01/31/17)
    As the National Data Protection Conference was held last week in Dublin, experts discussed how there is a growing trend in the data hacking of global shipping ports. Experts explained that one reason is attributed to drug traffickers modifying information, falsely reporting that certain shipments needing inspections have already been checked by customs. Andrew Harbison of Grant Thornton stated that, “Operators of essential services will be subject to (a) new EU Network Information and Security directive due to come into force next year (2018).” The European Commission on Digital Single Market announced that Ireland would host a data summit on June 15th and 16th. (See more at:
  • Parsifal Winner in 2017 Innovation & Excellence Awards (01/23/17)
    Last week, Parsifal Corporation became a prestigious winner in the Innovation & Excellence Awards, specifically receiving the “Excellence in software development solutions winner – US 2017”. Corporate LiveWire is the sponsor of these awards. CLW invited over 100,000 professionals working across the various corporate industries, the general public and their subscriber base to provide nominations based on achievements and strengths. The CLW research team also selected individuals who have excelled within their sector. All winners are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by CLW experienced in-house professionals, ensuring that only the most deserving walk away with one of these esteemed accolades. (More at
  • Largest Mega-Ship to Transit Panama Canal in 2016 (01/18/17)
    As we move into 2017 and look back briefly to last month, the Panama Canal came to the end of an inaugural year by seeing the largest vessel to transit the canal in 2016 involving a 10,500 TEU mega-containership. This occurred just eleven days before the New Year on December 20th. The Neopanamax vessel was the Valparaiso Express of Hapag-Lloyd’s Europe - South America West Coast service which transited the new Expanded Canal. The new massive locks (70 ft. wider, 18 ft. deeper) are able to accommodate mega-ships up to 14,000 TEUs. (See more at:
  • Shippers Optimistic with Trump Pick of Chao (12/28/16)
    After the recent US election, President Elect Donald Trump nominated Elaine Chao as his Secretary of Transportation on November 29th. Shippers are now more optimistic that Chao’s pro-business approach and a history of minimizing regulation could bode well for the shipping industry. As an example, JOC reported this week that, “Under more conservative leadership, some elements of the regulatory tsunami prepared to hit motor carriers (per the Obama administration) could be avoided, according to industry analysts”. Future regulations planned for driver safety can have the effect of shrinking capacity and increasing rates. (See “Trump’s DOT Chief Pick” at:
  • Driver Turnover Drops in 2016 (12/15/16)
    The American Trucking Association (ATA) reported last week that the third quarter in 2016 has seen a third decline in driver turnover rates for truckload fleets for the year. However, “despite the falling turnover rate, carriers continue to report difficulty finding well-qualified drivers,” said ATA Chief Economist, Bob Costello. This decline represents the lowest point since Q2, 2011 and a drop this year alone by two points down to 81%. There are expectations for increased difficulties in the availability of drivers as the economy improves as well. (More at:
  • New Alliance Between Major Shipper Groups (11/18/16)
    Lloyd’s Loading List reported yesterday that two major shipper groups, European Shippers’ Council and Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) united in a combined effort to meet the current challenges in the global container shipping industry. This results from growing concerns about the ongoing increase use of the huge (18,000 TEU) mega-ships together with more alliances between shipping lines. Lloyd’s states that, “Shippers fear that the contraction of the shipping market into a very small number of tightly knit alliances, and the use of much larger vessels will reduce their choice of carrier and the quality of the services delivered”. Earlier in the week, GSF released a paper that provided substantial recommendations regarding the regulation and oversight of new shipping alliances. (see:
  • Merger of Three Largest Japanese Ocean Carriers (10/31/16)
    In a continued trend of major changes in the container shipping industry due to global over-supply and business decline, there is now an announcement of a major merger between the three largest Japanese container carriers. The shipping companies are Nippon Yusen K.K., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. The Wall Street Journal reports that the action, “would save them a combined total of ?110 billion, or $1.05 billion, annually through synergies”. The most recent other, major industry event was the filing of bankruptcy protection by the Hanjin Shipping Company out of South Korea this past summer (See Relo NewsBits 9/09/16). More at: (
  • Higher Contract Rates Expected in 2017 (10/24/16)
    As reported today by Lloyd’s List: Drewry says shippers can expect contract rates to increase in 2017 on the back of a third-quarter spot rate rally. The resurgence in Asia-Europe spot rates over the third quarter points to higher contract rates in 2017, according to analysts. London-based Drewry says that the recent rate rally where the spot market has finally emerged from its ‘dark recesses’ will improve carriers’ chances of securing higher contract rates next year and forewarns shippers to begin budgeting for this expected increase. (Continued at
  • US East Coast Ports Close (10/07/16)
    As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the east coast of Florida, Parsifal Corporation has closed its US headquarters office in Palm Bay, FL for Thursday and Friday this week. Operations continue at other offices in ME, IN and CO. Splash24/7 reports: Millions of people in four states on the US east coast were being strongly advised on Wednesday to evacuate and move inland in anticipation of the possible arrival of Hurricane Matthew, which has already made landfall on Haiti and eastern Cuba. (Florida’s) governor and the governors of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina had all declared states of emergency. Several ports in Florida were forced to close to incoming vessels – including the Port of Palm Beach, Port of Miami, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral. And US Coast Guard officials were warning vessels berthed at Florida ports to plan on leaving before Matthew arrives. (More at:
  • Hanjin Receives Extended Protection in US Court (09/09/16)
    Federal Judge John Sherwood directed today in US District Bankruptcy Court to extend the temporary protection order for the Hanjin shipping vessels. It was estimated at about a dozen ships waiting in, or bound for U.S. waters and ports. The protection order allows Hanjin-operated ships to enter US ports without concern of arrest from creditors, preventing terminals and others from breaking contracts with the carrier due to Hanjin bankruptcy proceedings. The judge said discussions would continue next week regarding this (complex and difficult) situation, to work towards an agreement on a process to allow negotiation between terminals and BCOs, in order for BCOs to obtain cargo and pay for unloading and other costs along with Hanjin’s approval. (More at:
  • New MSC Weekly Container Service Links Nine Ports in Three Regions (08/29/16)
    Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is launching a new ‘Cheetah Service’ (a weekly rotation container service) on September 7, linking the origin port of Jebel Ali (UAE) with four East African ports, the Middle East, Pakistan and India. The four ports in E. Africa are Salalah (Oman), Mombasa (Kenya), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Mogadishu and Kismayo (Somalia); with Mundra and Nhava Sheva in India and Karachi old port in Pakistan. The service will begin with the MSC Positano sailing on the 7th followed by deployment of five 2,200 teu boxships each week. (See map and more info at:
  • Panama Canal Celebrates 102nd Anniversary with New Milestone (08/18/16)
    Monday, August 15th this week marked the 102nd Anniversary of successful canal service together with its 100th vessel transit through the new expanded canal just the day before on Sunday. Since the very recent Inauguration of the Expanded Canal on June 26, the Neopanamax vessel Hanjin Xiamen became the 100th vessel to transit the canal. While the canal handled an annual tonnage of 228 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) in 1999, and a record-breaking volume of 340.8 million PC/UMS last year (50% growth), the expectation is to increase this tonnage to approximately 524 million PC/UMS annually over the next five years. (See press release at:
  • Spotlight on Trucking at Port of Charleston SC (08/08/16)
    Port of Charleston, SC, is ranked as one of the most rapidly growing seaports over the last five years and currently the 8th largest in the U.S. According to the S. Carolina Port Authority (SCPA), trucks average quick “turn times” (in and out of port). 2015 volume increased by 10% with the port handling 1.12 M containers (80% of port freight is containerized), as well as 9% and 8% increases in 2013 and 2014 respectively. FleetOwner reports that the port takes security seriously with substantial patrol units, entrances/exits with several security checkpoints including detection devices across a host of trucking security lanes. (See news at:
  • Brexit with Living/Working in the UK and EU (07/27/16)
    While the ramifications of Brexit will continue for a long time to come, global mobility professionals are currently left to project how citizens and workers across the region will be impacted. Starting the process of U.K. disengagement is expected to be delayed for months and potentially until the end of 2016. About 3 million EU nationals live in Britain (6.6% of UK workforce) and 1.3 million Brits are living in the EU. Writer Avrom Goldberg explains that, “until the U.K.’s disengagement has been negotiated, EU citizens already residing in the U.K. prior to the referendum will not lose the right to live and work in the U.K.” The same is true for U.K. citizens living in the EU. (More at:
  • Probable Deployment of 18,000 TEU Ships in US Trades by Ocean Alliance (07/21/16)
    According to a Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) filing, the Ocean Alliance (a vessel sharing agreement involving CMA CGM of France, China's COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line of Taiwan and Japan's OOCL) is considering a major deployment in April of 2017 of up to 175 container vessels in U.S. trades. The vessels will range from 4,200 TEUs up to 18,000 TEUs, while the FMC filing (last week) also includes the option to adjust operations up to 220 vessels, sizing as large as 21,000 TEUs. The CMA CGA Benjamin Franklin (a 18,000 TEU Ship) made multiple test voyages to U.S. West Coast ports late 2015/early 2016. (More at:
  • EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Launched By European Commission (07/13/16)
    The European Commission (Executive Body of the EU) adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield yesterday in Brussels, which protects individuals in the EU and their personal data that is transferred to the U.S., additionally clarifying legal issues for businesses involved in transferring data across the Atlantic. A commission VP, Andrus Ansip, stated that, "We have approved the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield ….. It will protect the personal data of our people and provide clarity for businesses. ……. - we now have a robust framework ensuring these transfers take place in the best and safest conditions". The Privacy Shield replaces the Safe Harbor data agreement invalidated last October. (See press release at:
  • Industry Moving Forward as SOLAS Amendment Begins Friday (06/29/16)
    The industry makes final plans with approval by U.S. maritime regulators as SOLAS container weight requirement is scheduled to go live this week on Friday, July 1st. JOC reported this week, that last Friday these regulators, “gave the go-ahead to allow a group of six East and Gulf coast ports and 19 ocean carriers to hash out a common strategy to use existing weighing processes used to satisfy federal regulations to meet the new international rule”. The industry momentum builds as the JOC continues to explain, that the NY-NJ Port Authority also agreed to a similar plan and the G6 Alliance stated it would receive container weights from terminal scales. (More at:
  • Inaugural Opening at Expanded Panama Canal (06/28/16)
    The long awaited inaugural transit of the Expanded Panama Canal occurred earlier this week Sunday morning, June 26 as planned and executed by the Neopanamax vessel COSCO Shipping Panama. Canal Administrator/CEO, Jorge Quijano was joined by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela at the momentous event and stated that, “Today, we make history and improve global connectivity. We thank our customers for their support and appreciate the 170 reservations we have received thus far to transit the Expanded Canal." The Expansion project which formally began in 2007 involving nearly 40,000 workers, doubles the canal capacity adding a new traffic lane with a 3rd set of locks (70’ wider and 18’ deeper than original Canal) accommodating the current huge Neopanamax vessels. (See Press Release at:
  • Brexit Vote Brings Warnings of Job Cuts and Corporate Relocation (06/24/16)
    There have been many responses from the corporate world today in the wake of the UK vote to leave the European Union. Toyota, Ford, Airbus, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley (both US banks) released statements or made indications warning of potential serious, negative impact for jobs and investments in the UK. The Guardian reports that, “Jamie Dimon, chief executive of US bank JP Morgan, warned that between 1,000 to 4,000 UK jobs at the bank could move overseas.” Analysts expressed concern especially for the City of London where more than 360,000 employees are currently working in the financial services industry. (More at:
  • Successful Training Transit of New Locks at Panama Canal (06/10/16)
    As part of a planned series of training transits across the new Expanded Canal leading up to the June 26 Inauguration, the MN Baroque carrier successfully crossed the Agua Clara Locks yesterday. This Neopanamax vessel, chartered by the Panama Canal, can transport approximately three times the number of containers than that of a current Panamax vessel. After the inauguration, the Canal Press Release explains that, “the Expanded Canal will double the waterway's cargo capacity, enhancing the Canal's efficiency, reliability and customer service.” (See Press Release at:
  • Transport Strikes Nationwide in France (05/19/16)
    As the French government continues plans for national deregulation of the labor market, transport workers are protesting by beginning rolling strikes this week. As a result, France will face shutdown of ports, railways and airports across the nation in the weeks ahead. Dockers of the country’s largest labor union, CGT voted for a 72-hour strike in most ports. Rails have been affected in many regions with only half of normal services in the hard hit Sud Ouest and Nord lines of the TGV Atlantique. Strikes are planned to continue through July. (See more at:
  • U.S. Coast Guard Approves Two Methods for SOLAS (05/05/16)
    With only 62 days before the new IMO SOLAS rule goes into effect on July 1, the U.S. Coast Guard announced its approval last week for two alternative methods of certifying container weights. The USCG provided a letter to the International Maritime Organization, emphasizing the opinion that there are multiple ways to comply with the new SOLAS regulation, offering two examples where: (1) the terminal weighs the container and verifies the VGM, and (2) the shipper and carrier mutually coordinate efforts to verify the weight. (See more at:
  • Port of Lisbon Shuts as Dockworkers Strike (04/22/16)
    Operations shut down on Wednesday this week as dockworkers for the Port of Lisbon launched their impending strike, according to notices that have been delivered by the union since last November. The Portuguese Dockers Union (SETC) state that the strike, which affects operations at all port terminals, could last to May 5. This union action is a result of a three-year dispute involving a new collective bargaining agreement. (See
  • Record Container Traffic at West Coast Ports - Q1 2016 (04/15/16)
    Container TEU traffic in the first quarter of the year showed record volumes, along with strong growth at the major East Coast ports as well. Volumes have been level at Gulf Coast seaports. The port of Los Angeles has had historic volume in Q1 of 2016 with 11.3% increase over same period of last year, followed closely by Long Beach on a list of top performing ports. The mega-ships, CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin and the Maersk Edmonton (18,000 and 15,000 TEUs respectively) both first came to call at LA in December, and are now scheduled to return again next week. (More at:
  • Discount at the Suez Canal (03/31/16)
    As traffic through the canal declined by 30% in 2015, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has now in 2016 offered a reduction in transit tolls. The discount has been available since March 7th to selected ships (based on routes involved) and runs through June 5th, with renewal available at the discretion of the SCA. With ongoing low fuel prices, container lines have been choosing routes going around the Cape of Good Hope as an alternative to the canal. In addition, the Panama Canal expansion will soon begin to present new global transit competition. (See more at:
  • Brussels Airport Resumes Cargo Flights (03/23/16)
    In the wake of yesterday’s terrorist bombings and continued suspended passenger services for today and tomorrow, cargo operations resumed Wednesday morning. Lloyd’s Loading List reported that the airport opened for full cargo flights at apron 9 of the Brucargo area. The airport explained that the Brucargo zone landside became accessible late on Tuesday and there were only some empty repositioning flights yesterday from international carriers. Sources also released that some Brussels bound cargo flights as well as additional outbound scheduled flights were re-routed to other airports. (See more at:
  • SOLAS Guidelines Drafted by India (03/10/16)
    With worries in the industry that SOLAS may lead to additional overwhelming paperwork, greater costs, as well as congestion at the port/terminal, the Directorate General of Shipping of India has provided a draft of guidelines which counter these concerns. JOC reports that the guidelines (called Draft I) explain that the shippers will provide the VGM or Verified Gross Mass via Method 1 or 2 to the terminal operator which will then have the discretion (non-mandatory) to re-verify VGM at its own cost. The tolerance level of variation on weight will be determined by the rules existing in the Indian Legal Metrology Act, 2009. (More at:
  • Trial Phase Begins For Panama Canal Expansion (03/02/16)
    The GUPC (consortium for the expansion project) is now stating that they are nearing completion, claiming achievement of almost all requirements, “such as timing for opening and closing the gates, time to fill locks, seal capacities and others”. They will now proceed with more than 2,000 trials in the waterway over the next two months followed by actual navigation tests in May with a vessel leased by the ACP (Panama Canal Authority). The ACP then expects to open commercial operations in the second half of 2016, increasing the transit volume of cargo by an impressive factor of 2.6. (More at:
  • Freight Rates Impacted by Oil Prices (02/25/16)
    Over the past two years, oil prices are down by more than 60% due to both declining global economy and other oil production fundamentals. Experts expect oil pricing to reverse but are not clear on the timing. The price decline has been attributed to the fundamental of increased supply due to recovering Iraqi oil industry, and more recent lifted sanctions against Iran. There is a fundamental relationship between diesel and oil pricing, which causes diesel pricing to lag behind changes in oil prices. It is expected that as oil eventually hits bottom and rebounds, the diesel pricing will increase even more rapidly, impacting cost of fuel per mile, as well as rates respectively. (More at:
  • The SOLAS Weight Requirement Legalizes in Five Months (02/17/16)
    The Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) amended January of last year by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with a new requirement, soon becomes legally effective on July 1, 2016. The regulatory change holds the shipper responsible for the weight verification of any container packed onto a ship for export. The amendments provide two methods that shippers and operators may use to comply with the global requirement. The World Shipping Council provides full details at
  • Trucking Weaker in 2015 But Ends Strong (01/20/16)
    The ATA released news yesterday that the US trucking tonnage for 2015 increased by 2.6% compared to 2014. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said, “Tonnage ended 2015 on a strong note, but it was not strong for the year as a whole,” and that even with some monthly small gains, stated that “there was a clear deceleration in truck tonnage.” Trucking represents 68.8% of tonnage of all modes of US freight transportation, hauling just under of 10 billion tons in 2014. (More at:
  • Rising River Forces Ships to Pass on Calls at New Orleans (01/08/16)
    The Port of New Orleans is experiencing high water with levels 5 to 10 feet higher this time of year, and the Mississippi expected to crest at 17 feet at New Orleans next Tuesday. As a result, several container ships are omitting port of calls there because of resulting reduced clearance under bridges. Ships involved include the Hapaq-Lloyd and the 2M Alliance of the Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. respectively. (More at
  • Panama Canal Expansion 96% Complete (12/28/15)
    Just before the holidays, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced 96% completion of the canal expansion project. Reinforcements of the locks are planned to be finished by mid-January with subsequent testing. Chartered vessel transit trial tests are scheduled for April, followed by the inauguration and opening expected to be some time in the second quarter. The commercial opening date will be selected soon after the inauguration. See an exciting recent video on the immense project at
  • Panama Canal Waiting Back to Normal (12/23/15)
    The (ACP) Panama Canal Authority announced earlier this month that, “the current wait times experienced by transiting ships have returned to normal operating levels.” Ships awaiting transit has decreased by 67% from recent peaks, and wait times are down 80% from October highs. Along with improved weather conditions, this improvement is due to special efforts and measures taken by the ACP, modification of its booking system, certain postponed projects and additional operational personnel. (More info at:
  • Mega-Ships to Push Automation at US Ports (12/14/15)
    Port planner Larry Nye predicted last week at the JOC Port Performance Conference, that mega-ships coming to call at US ports in future coming years will overwhelm port operations (for vessel, yard and gate) with cargo surges that can only be addressed with port automation development. Nye continued to explain that this will become a major issue even as the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin (nearly 18,000 TEU capacity) arrives in LA port on Dec. 26th. (Details at:
  • Highway Bill Passed in Congress (12/04/15)
    Only one day before the deadline, both the House and Senate approved the five-year compromise, $305 billion highway bill yesterday. If signed by President Obama as expected, the new “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act will substantially support funding infrastructure improvements for the country’s highways, bridges and rails. The Act dedicates first-time funding of about $11 B for freight transportation, with an additional $4.5 B offered through competitive grants for major projects across all surface modes and sea ports throughout the nation. (More info at:
  • Chennai City Flooded Impacting Shipments (11/18/15)
    Torrential rains continued for days this week in the southern Indian city of Chennai resulting in more than 70 deaths. The city has essentially been shut down while 80,000 people have also been affected in the adjacent region of northern Sri Lanka. Writer Relocations stated yesterday that, “(the flooding) has impacted the movement of shipments from and into Chennai city from other locations into India. Also, the operations at the sea port and the airport has been impacted.” (More at:
  • Volumes at US West Coast Ports Decline (11/12/15)
    The Port of Los Angeles had a shipping volume decline of 3.3% in October (358,602 total containers imported) compared to 2014. Ports at Long Beach and Oakland also saw substantial declines in October, as well as up to 14% decreases looking back to August 2015. While October is normally a very busy month approaching the holiday season, this year ranked it as the second-slowest month over the past five years at the L.A. port. Reported by the Wall Street Journal. (See:
  • Market Declines and Maersk Cuts 4,000 (11/06/15)
    In a major reversal of corporate direction, The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the Maersk Line decided to end its fleet expansion and cut 4,000 of 23,000 land-based staff. This decision along with canceling or delaying new vessel orders comes after years of facing the downturn in the container-shipping industry. These recent Maersk plans include cancelling their orders for six Triple-E class vessels (massive container ships, over 18,000 TEU), and delaying the purchase of eight smaller vessels. (More at
  • U.S. Domestic Transfer Volumes Trending Up (10/30/15)
    Companies experienced a 4% increase in transfer volume for current employees and 7% increase for new hires, according to Worldwide ERC? in its recently released 2015 Transfer Volume and Cost Survey. Participating companies projected relocating an average of 280 current employees and 98 new hires in the U.S. for 2015. Other survey results include: relocations in the U.S. are 80% interstate vs. intrastate moves; 2014 average cost for a home-owning transferee decreased by 5% to an average of $85,673 and renters cost increased by 9% to $27,327. (More at:
  • More Warnings Due to Slowdown (10/26/15)
    Continued warnings arise indicating ongoing slowdown of China’s manufacturing will impact other supplier chain players worldwide. Jeffries and Fitch Ratings report investor long-term risks of throughput decline at ports in China. The top eight Chinese container ports showed a combined volume decrease of .4 % in September (12.56 million teu) over last year. Warnings point out that this slowdown will contribute to a worsening container shipping overcapacity and pushing container lease rates lower. (More at:
  • Panama Canal expansion leaks but opens in April (10/16/15)
    Despite concerns projecting delays because of leaks in the canal construction, Jorge Quijano (Panama Canal administrator) explained last week that the expanded canal is still expected to be open next April for operations. The expansion project will be able to accommodate 14,000 teu container vessels, but will initially begin to handle smaller ships and allow time for pilots to adapt to the new conditions. The first shipment going through the canal will be destined for Japan. (More at:
  • China Ports Impacted by Slowing Export Demand (10/09/15)
    While some of China’s top container ports continue to show annual increased volume typical in recent years, others are experiencing little growth and even declines this year. IHS Marine is reporting this week that slowing export demand is resulting in minimal growth and declines for some of its top 20 ports that handled 120 million teu YTD through August. Examples of decreased port throughput can be found in Shanghai (down 3%), the port of Chongqing (down 15%), while the August massive explosion at the port of Tianjin, not surprisingly effected a 28% decline in the region. (More at:
  • Record High for US Imports Forecasted (09/30/15)
    According to JOC, economic factors such as strength in consumer spending, housing and automobiles are resulting in their increased 2015 forecast for US imports volume to 6.6% (previously 6.3%). This translates to an all-time high of U.S. containerized imports surpassing 20 million 20-foot-equivalent units. Mario Moreno at JOC additionally forecasts a reduced decline to 2.4% in the short term with another rise of 7% in 2017 to 21.65 million TEUs. (More at:
  • Carrier Costs Fall and Profits Rise with Decreasing Revenue (09/22/15)
    Oil prices have fallen at a faster rate than shipping companies’ freight rates resulting in a rise in corporate profits for the first half of 2015. Drewry reports 16 of the top 20 largest container carriers saw 11% drop in costs compared to previous year, while revenues sank 7% in an ongoing quarterly trend due to slow growth. The maritime industry analyst additionally noted that carriers benefit from larger and more efficient ships, which also cause negative destabilizing effects on rates. (More at:
  • Chinese National Holiday Delays for Oct 1 (09/11/15)
    Cargo from China reports that shipment delays are very probable and expected in China due to the upcoming Chinese National Day holiday on October 1 and extending for a week through October 7th. Even though there are many various holidays in China, this holiday along with the Chinese New Year in February are the two main concerns for shipping delays. It is recommended to avoid these two holiday periods or plan accordingly for long delays in the schedule. (More at:
  • Tianjin Port Blast Caused by Shortcuts, Weak Governance (09/02/15)
    The New York Times revealed this week that the Tianjin port deadly blast last month focused on a company, Rui Hai Int'l Logistics involved in the storage and export of the most dangerous chemicals made in China. The explosions occurred at its warehouses (storing 3,000 tons of hazardous chemicals, 700 tons of deadly sodium cyanide) resulting in 150 deaths, injuring over 700 and leaving major fears of toxic fallout. A Beijing university political scientist explained reasons for the disaster ranging, “from the lack of regulation for handling hazardous chemicals to the collusion of business and corrupt officials.” (more at:
  • Massive Tianjin Port Explosions (08/28/15)
    Massive explosions occurred at a container storage station at the Port of Tianjin (Binhai New Area) on Wednesday, August 12th. While the first explosion registered as a 2.3 magnitude earthquake, equivalent to 3 tonnes of TNT, the second larger explosion was estimated at 21 tonnes. 139 deaths resulted and 34 others remain missing. A huge crater was formed at the blast site, with estimated 18,000 containers and over eight thousand new cars damaged or destroyed. The 10th busiest global container port handled 14.05 million TEU in 2014. (More at:
  • Port of Nhava Sheva Terminal Gates Closed (08/10/15)
    The terminal gates at (GTI) Gateway Terminal India, Port of Nhava Sheva remain closed since last week on August 4th because of ongoing labor issues now resulting with the RTG Crane operators strike. The action has severely impacted the port with congestion, as export loaded containers will be delayed at GTI terminal and vessels with import containers will be bypassing this port of call until the strike is ended. The port, located on the west coast of India near Mumbai, handles nearly half of the country’s maritime shipping. (More at
  • Gala Inaugural Ceremony for Suez Canal Expansion on August 6 (08/05/15)
    The original 10 year construction of the Suez Canal occurred over 150 years ago. Now the recent $8 billion expansion project was completed in only one year (one third of original plan) as directed by Egyptian President, Abdel el-Sissi. The expansion enlarges the width and depth of the original waterway, while adding another parallel canal about 22 miles long. Officials are claiming the renovation will nearly double the traffic from 50 to 97 ships daily, and decrease canal travel time to 11 from 18 hours. (More at
  • Optimistic ATA annual report through 2026 (07/28/15)
    Despite continued challenges in the economy and industry regulation, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) released a positive annual report titled, “U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2026,” projecting a 28.6% increase in annual freight tonnage, and a 74.5% gain in freight revenues to $152 trillion in 2026. While share of hauling tonnage decreases slightly, trucking will be the dominant mode of freight transportation, and rail share drops as well by about 2% down to 12.3%. Intermodal freight will be the second fastest growing mode following pipeline volume. (See more at:
  • Parsifal Welcomes Over 700 Visitors at SHRM 2015 (07/16/15)
    Parsifal welcomed over 700 visitors at its exhibition booth during the recent SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas at the end of June. The final registration count was a record-breaking 15,617. Including speakers, volunteers, press, and exhibitors, there were 21,475 people at the Las Vegas Convention Center during this year’s conference. SHRM also hosted 1,216 international delegates, representing 85 countries. (More about SHRM at:
  • Cambodian cargo ship sinks off Phuket (07/14/15)
    Last week, a Cambodian cargo ship struck rocks off of Koh Hei (Coral Island), only five km from Phuket, and sunk. All ten crewman abandoned ship in a lifeboat and were subsequently airlifted to safety by the Thai Navy. As officials have surveyed the area, it has been found that five containers are still in good condition as of this past weekend. Mr Thanet, Director of Marine and Coastal Resource Centre 5, stated that, “Some of the containers from the ship are floating, while others have sunk.” (More at:
  • Panama Canal Expansion Makes Important Step (07/06/15)
    At the end of June, the Canal Expansion Program, now estimated for completion and operational by 1 April 2016, took an important step forward with commencing to fill the Cocoli’s locks on the Pacific side. The locks on the Atlantic side were filled earlier in June. The total Expansion Program was at 89.8 percent completion as of the end of May. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) predicts that the volume of cargo transiting the canal will double its 2005 tonnage by 2025, growing by an average of 3% per year. (More at:
  • Northwest Seaport Alliance Agreement Submitted to FMC (06/09/15)
    In a major step to complete the process to unify management of the Seattle and Tacoma ports, both commissions agreed on Friday to submit a final agreement to the Federal Maritime Commission for approval. While the ports will remain separate organizations, the plan includes the formation of a port development authority or PDA to manage mostly the container, breakbulk and auto terminals. Recent analysis shows port operations providing over 48,000 jobs and $4.3 billion in economic revenues in 2013. (See Press Release at
  • Survey Indicates Corporate Relocation Volume Rising (06/06/15)
    This spring, Atlas Van Lines reported that 49 % of corporations claimed increases in relocation volumes in 2014 and about half anticipate a continued increase in 2015. These numbers are based on their recent 48th Annual Corporate Relocation Survey. Atlas also explains that about 50% of companies indicate a budget increase in 2014, as well as a projected increase in 2015. Other survey results show that firms relocated 50-99 employees on average and greatest relocation growth occurred with international corporations. (More info on survey at:
  • Brazil Port Fees to Rise 31.7% (05/19/15)
    President of port authority Codesp, Angelino Caputo de Oliveira has stated that, “Our tariffs have not been changed for more than 10 years and in some categories [electricity charges] for 19”, and has been pursuing an increase since last April. Now Antaq, the Brazilian national authority for ports and waterborne traffic has granted permission to raise rates at the port of Santos which will rise 31.7% after a decade long rate freeze. Port profit fell by almost 85% in 2014 compared to 2013. (More info at
  • 2014 Revenue Tops $700 Billion for Trucking Industry (05/12/15)
    In its annual publication, “American Trucking Trends”, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported 2014 revenue at $700.4 billion, the first time historically to break through $700 billion in annual revenue. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello identified lower fuel prices together with increased freight and tight capacity as major contributors. While the driver shortage continues, trucks moved 9.96 billion tons in 2013 and the industry employed more than 7 million people, which included 3.4 million drivers. (More at:
  • $5 Billion for Mexican Ports (04/21/15)
    The general coordinator of Mexico’s ports and merchant marine feet, Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa states that, “For years, Mexico has been a crossroads for trade. But we are still below our true potential.” Now President Nieto is supporting 25 new port projects with government funding of $5 billion involving the Mexican network of 117 ports. Ruiz de Teresa describes a new logistics approach as a “two-port system’, consolidating the network into two groups: Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast; yet coordinated as one “articulated port system”. (More at:
  • 30 Year Panama Canal Deal (04/14/15)
    “The world’s third largest box carrier, French group CMA CGM has signed an agreement with the Port Authority of Jamaica granting the CMA CGM Group the concession of Kingston Container Terminal for 30 years”, reports the Longshore & Shipping News. The port (since 1975) is strategically located off main trade lanes offering facilities with minimal deviations for the Panama Canal. With 2,400 meters of wharf and an 80 hectare surface area, the terminal has plans to increase capacity up to 3.6 million TEU containers annually. (see:
  • Port of Long Beach launches “Vessels at a Glance” (04/03/15)
    POLB released its new online program, known as “Vessels at a Glance”, which provides daily updated information on vessels at berth and anchor both at POLB, and at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA). Inspired by the recent months of port congestion, it shows the number of vessels as well as arrival, departure and length of stay information. Officials claim this can be used to indicate trends over the last six months. (More details at:
  • China-Europe Rail Services Growing Shipper Interest (03/27/15)
    The new China-Europe rail services has created a transit route that is substantially more cost effective than air freight and faster than ocean transit. In addition, rail transit time may be double that of air but about 20% of the cost. On the other hand, rail is roughly three times the cost of sea but at half the transit time. As this rail services trend continues, multimodal air-rail services is also becoming a future supply chain option. (See more at:
  • Cartus Opens in São Paulo, Brazil (03/13/15)
    Cartus opened a new service center in Sao Paulo, Brazil last month on February 24th making it their 19th global service center.  In 2014 alone, Cartus managed over 1,300 assignee transfers both into and out of Brazil on behalf of global relocation clients. Additionally, 2015 marks the 60th anniversary for Cartus. (See Press Room at
  • Even More Ships Anchored at Port (03/02/15)
    LA port executive director, Gene Seroka stated last week that, "Just based on the mathematics, it will be about three months before we return to a sense of normalcy." The number of anchored container ships (at LA port) actually rose to 31 while another dozen ships were reported to be soon arriving near the port. Regardless of the recent labor agreement, some are estimating up to six months to work off the existing backlog with continued extreme delays during the interim. (More at:
  • Agreement Reached For West Coast Ports (02/23/15)
    Over the weekend, a tentative agreement was reached between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the ILWU workers union resulting in a new five-year tentative contract. While full operations are now expected to begin, there is much doubt in the industry about how and when the massive backlog of cargo will be handled. NBC News conjectures that, “the mass of containers on ships waiting to dock at the ports of LA and Long beach, if put in a line, would stretch 579 miles.” (More at:
  • West Coast Seaports Crippled (02/18/15)
    Now hitting national news, Associated Press has reported that U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez arrived in San Francisco on Tuesday and continued meetings today. Political and economic tensions are rising for an agreement to end total cargo congestion at 29 ports and impacting an annual $1 trillion in trade. While there are indicators for progress, both the union and maritime association have declined to comment. Secretary Perez, having no legal authority, is pushing hard for an immediate agreement to avoid “further damage to our economy”. (More at:
  • Strike or Slow Down at West Coast Ports (02/09/15)
    Either slow down or strike at these key US ports does not bode well for anyone. Forbes is speculating a possible Ronald Reagan type maneuver as occurred with the air traffic controllers in the 80’s. Two industry titans, the employee’s union and the employer’s association, are clashing. While 40% of US trade moves through these ports, a 10 day shut-down is estimated for a potential US economic loss of $2.1 Billion per day and $37 Billion impact over two years. (Search at:
  • Turnover for Drivers Rises to 97% (02/03/15)
    The ‘American Truck Associations’ reported last week that the annual rate for turnover of drivers for large truckload carriers increased by 1%, to 97% in Q3 of 2014. This enhances widespread industry worries, claims a ‘Supply Chain Digest’ editorial, that this current trend nearing 100% may soon rival the crisis levels occurring back in 2005 and 2006. A growing economy would trigger higher freight demand and increased need for trucks and drivers, putting even more pressure on shipping costs. (More at: htpp://
  • Storm Closes Port of New York and New Jersey (01/26/15)
    As a huge winter storm bares down on the northeast coast, the Port Of New York and New Jersey closed all its marine terminals by mid-afternoon today, anticipating a historic storm event. Forecasts are including gale force winds with snow accumulations regionally from one to three feet, and over two feet at the port area with even higher drifts. All terminals will remain closed on Tuesday, 1/27, and further decisions about Wednesday will be made by 12 noon tomorrow. (See
  • Container Shipping Profitability Improving in 2015 (01/13/15)
    There are expectations for the continued decline of industry unit costs at a faster pace than average freight rates resulting in increased profits for 2015, projects the shipping consultancy Drewry.  This optimistic news for more carriers comes with the forecast of a global fleet growth of 7.2% in 2015 as well. While costly issues of port congestion persist, Neil Dekker (Drewry) explains that, “Carriers are winning the battle between rates and costs.” Search more at (
  • Global Mobility via Latin America (01/05/15)
    Global and Talent Mobility was the topic of discussion among global mobility leaders at the recent Latin America Summit held in Sao Paulo. The panel substantially focused on Brazil, finding that there was much agreement on the “familiar challenges of shortages in engineering and the problem of bringing talent from Venezuela, Bolivia and Australia”. Fiona Murchie explains more in her article posted in Relocate Global, found at: ( -5656-latin-americas-take-on-global-mobility).
  • CSCL Not Concerned About Overcapacity (12/22/14)
    In the wake of the launch of the super vessel CSCL Globe (19,100 TEU) this past month, JOC is reporting that China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) has “shrugged off demand forecasts predicting 3 to 5 percent market growth in the next few years, that will not be enough to fill the capacity flooding into service”. Statements by CSCL executives express a lack of concern about overcapacity in an environment of a weak global economy. Continued comments reflect a strategy that is much more focused on increasing market share of the already existing, huge market “pie”, as explained by CSCL Deputy General Manager, Sui Jun. (More at: cscl-giant-ship-enters-asia-Europe 20141222.html)
  • Continued Increase in Domestic Transfer Activity (12/15/14)
    The 2014 U.S. Transfer Volume & Cost Survey is projecting a continued positive trend with a 7% increase in domestic transfer activity this year. This expectation follows another substantial increase of nearly 10% in 2013. In recent years since the housing crash of 2007, this activity has been negatively affected by the resulting deterrent described as the ‘reluctance to relocate’. The survey anticipates increased volume of employee moves at 379 in 2014, up from 355 in 2013. (More at: Resources/Research/Pages/reports-and-surveys.aspx)
  • US West Coast Ports Seek Productivity for Panama Canal 2015 Expansion (12/12/14)
    As 2015 plans for expansion of the Panama Canal draw near, US West Coast ports are engaging major improvements to maintain their competitiveness against East Coast ports. While the major West Coasts ports (i.e., Seattle-Tacoma, Oakland and Los Angeles-Long Beach) currently maintain deep, 50-foot harbors, JOC reports that ports on the East and Gulf Coasts are in the process of deepening their harbors for the traffic of expected mega-ships. In response, the West Coast competitors are pursuing major operation developments to increase container moves up to 30 per hour or more with costly improvements such as yard, gate and on-dock automations, as well as dual hoist cranes. (More at: west-coast-ports)
  • Malaysia - Ships Collide at Port Klang (10/30/14)
    Two container ships collided and broke into flames yesterday at Port Klang near Kuala Lumpur, reports JOC. More details provided by MalayMail Online.  The New Strait Times explained that the ships involved were the San Felipe, 9,000 TEU (Hamburg Sud) and the Al Riffa, 13,500 TEU (United Arab Shipping). A Malaysian newspaper, The Star, reported that there were no injuries and an official stated that an investigation is underway.
  • China Europe Rail Link (09/22/14)
    JOC reported that DHL is now using rail between China and Europe.    This will cost one sixth of air transportation and arrive in 10 to 21 days.
  • Ebola (09/16/14)
    AGS is reporting that "throughout August affected countries have experienced expatriates leaving - with negative impacts felt by local economies - and foreign diplomats and businesspeople abroad not returning."      AGS also reported that all their branches in Africa remain operational though those in Ebola regions have implemented strict hygiene control measures.
  • China Vat (09/05/14)
    JOC is reporting that forwarders are finding China's VAT System 'clear as mud' and very labor intensive.    A director of international freight forwarding stated that the latest updated China policy released in July indicated that freight forwarding businesses could enjoy tax exemption.    However, the jury is still out on that.
  • Suez Canal (09/04/14)
    Revenue for the Suez Canal topped 500 million (US) in August setting a new record.    JOC reports this is due, in part, to a surge in container volume.    The Canal is Egypt's largest source of foreign exchange ($5 billion plus).   It is vital that Egypt continues to maintain the security of the Canal.
  • Ebola (09/02/14)
    Hapag-Lloyd is charging shippers with an Ebola inspection fee on shipments to and from West Africa.   This is expected to cause lengthy delays.   Fees of $250 per 20 foot container and $350 per 40 foot container have been announced per JOC.   The inspection is expected to include confirmation that the crew is in good health.
  • China - Ningbo Port (08/22/14)
    China - JOC is reporting that a trucker strike has brought the world's sixth largest container port to a standstill.
  • US - Bob-Tail Bandits (08/07/14)
    JOC reports that a trio known as the "bob-tail bandits" pleaded guilty to stealing cargo from Maryland to Texas.    They did this the old-fashioned way: they drove tractors from truck stop to truck stop looking for unattached, unattended trailers.   When one was found they simply hooked up and drove away.
  • North American Truck and Rail Capacity (07/25/14)
    JOC is reporting that both rail and truck capacity in North America (not just HHG related) continues to face constricted capacity and rising costs.    According to JOC, the FTR Shippers Condition Index for May (unchanged from April) identified a utilization rate of between 98 and 99 percent.    Said differently, capacity is very, very tight.
  • UAE and Ramadan (07/07/14)
    Shipping to Muslim countries may be impacted by reduced hours during the month of Ramadan.    AGS reported that within the UAE, Customs, port authorities, airlines and shipping lines are all working at reduced hours through the month.   Ramadan started the evening of June 28th and ends a month later.
  • Drought impacting US/Mex Trucking (06/03/14)
    JOC is reporting that the usual excess of northbound vs. southbound trucking (Mexico/California) is being exacerbated this year due to the drought in California.   Mexican agricultural goods are now replacing produce normally shipped from CA.   Trucking companies are trying to find solutions for what some say are four truckloads coming north for every truckload of freight going south.  
  • China Logistics (05/30/14)
    JOC is reporting that huge savings in logistics can be realized in China where providers today are not able to offer nationwide coverage and thousands of low margin players, with low market penetration, are driving up costs.  
  • Thailand (05/23/14)
    AGS is reporting that Thailand has declared martial law but it has not impacted their operations yet.
  • Possible US West Coast Surcharge (05/06/14)
    Carriers are preparing to levy congestion surcharges if work stoppages occur during the US West Coast longshore contract negotiations this summer according to JOC.  
  • Supply Chain Troubles (05/02/14)
    JOC is reporting that supply chain troubles with cargo theft resulted in over $22 billion in losses in 2013.   In the US, 41 percent of cargo thefts involve a parked truck.   Hot spots in the US, accounting for 65% of all US losses, are TX, CA, FL, IL and GA.   Globally, 'unrest' in Asia (primarily Cambodia, India, Thailand and Bangladesh) cost at least $100 billion.   Europe remained the highest-loss region globally.    JOC also reported that "Countries that BSI rated as “high” or “severe” for cargo theft continued to see large numbers of thefts and “significant” losses in 2013, including Italy, Mexico, Russia and South Africa, which saw many violent cargo theft incidents".
  • Mexico Arizona Border Crossing (04/23/14)
    JOC is reporting that some Mexican cross border truckers may form a blockade at the Arizona Border to protest a disproportionately high number of inspections, fines and trucks put out of service by the US.
  • Hong Kong (04/07/14)
    The 633 foot German Container ship, Hansa Constitution ran aground in Hong Kong Sunday.    The containers appeared to have stayed on board but damage to the ship is unknown at this time.
  • Lufthansa Strike (04/01/14)
    Lufthansa has reportedly cancelled over 3000 flights for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday due to a planned pilot strike.    This will impact both passengers and cargo.
  • Port Metro Vancouver (03/28/14)
    JOC is reporting that striking truck drivers reached an agreement with Port Metro Vancouver, the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of British Columbia to end the 28-day strike that has wreaked havoc at Canada’s busiest port.   It will take some time, however, to clear the backlog of containers.
  • Port Metro Vancouver (03/17/14)
    The truckers strike continues today after almost three weeks.   Delivery of cargo is down to a trickle and the customer will ultimately end up paying delay charges.
  • Port Vancouver, Canada (03/14/14)
    JOC is reporting that Canadian National Railway obtained an injunction today against striking union and non-union truck groups that will prevent their drivers from blocking access to the railroad’s intermodal terminal serving Port Metro Vancouver.
  • U. S. Trucking (03/03/14)
    JOC is reporting that US spot market truckload rates remain unseasonably high due to high demand and several months of severe weather throughout the US.
  • Philippines Port (02/27/14)
    Manila - AGS is reporting that due to a trucking strike in the Philippines, containers are unable to be released from the port.   Demurrage costs may be applied until the strike is over.
  • Beijing Customs (02/25/14)
    AGS is advising that changes have been made following the Chinese New Year (1/31) by Beijing Customs with implications for air shipments.  One example is that the inventory must now match the contents of a shipment meaning that if a box contains both pillows and clothes that both must be stated on the packing list.  Other requirements have been implemented as well.
  • New York Port (02/24/14)
    The unusually severe weather this winter has played havoc with the Ports of NY/NJ and attempts to clear the backlog have not succeeded.   The truck queue outside the largest terminal extended 2.5 miles just a few days ago reported JOC.   Some port drayage companies are imposing surcharges due to the back log. 
  • Australia Weather (01/28/14)
    JOC is reporting that some ports in Northeast Australia will close due to a cyclone expected to make landfall shortly.
  • U. S. Weather (01/28/14)
    Some southern US ports closed due to unusual freezing conditions today including Houston, New Orleans, Charleston and Mobile.
  • California Regulations (01/21/14)
    The Association for Owner-Operators (OOIDA) filed lawsuit in CA against new regulations that require older trucks meet standards that didn't exist previously.   This seriously impacts out-of-state truckers and is believed to be unconstitutional at least for interstate commerce.   Unofficial estimates indicate that perhaps 30 percent or less of trucks are compliant.   
  • Cartus (01/21/14)
    Cartus appointed Mike Brannan to lead Global Supply Chain Management.
  • Chile - Port Strikes (01/17/14)
    There are more than a dozen ongoing port strikes across Chile reports JOC and at least one steamship line reported that it has not been able to dock in San Antonio for more than two weeks.
  • Piracy in 2013 (01/16/14)
    Piracy issues were lower in 2013 due to diminishing Somalia pirate attacks.
  • China VAT (12/11/13)
    There is hope that the confusion surrounding China VAT application on logistics, implemented August 1st, will be clarified soon JOC reports.  
  • Clark and Reid (11/25/13)
    Clark and Reid announced today that they were acquired by Wheaton Van Lines, the fourth largest van line group in the United States.
  • Floods in Saudi Arabia? (11/22/13)
    Extremely rare torrential rains have caused flooding in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.   A number of deaths have now been reported.   Central and Southern Iraq are also reporting flooding as well.
  • Philippines (11/08/13)
    A super-typhoon made landfall in the Philippines today.   Described by JOC as 'probably the most powerful storm to ever make landfall', it is creating transportation chaos along with a threatening humanitarian disaster.   The storm is expected to continue on to Vietnam and Laos.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Surcharge (10/30/13)
    JOC is reporting that Delmas announced an emergency port surcharge for shipments moving through the port.    Other major carriers are expected to follow as congestion delays intensify.   Additionally, dockworkers have called off their strike and returned to work this morning.    Emergency Port Surcharges appear to range from $150 to $250 per 20 foot container and congestion is expected to start to clear up in about a week.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Port India (10/25/13)
    Container shipping disruptions have been reported at the largest container port in India, Port of Jawaharlal Nehru.    Port authorities are appealing to local labor groups and dockworkers to end illegal strikes/work stoppages and restore normal operations JOC reports.
  • Suspected Somali Pirate Boss Arrested (10/15/13)
    Belgium police, posing as filmmakers, lured a suspected Somali pirate chief to Belgium where he was arrested after asking him to appear as a star in a documentary about his exploits.    According to JOC, Mohamed Hassan (aka Big Mouth) reportedly has been the boss of a successful and ruthless gang pocketing millions of dollars in ransom payments.  
  • Egypt Suez Canal (10/14/13)
    JOC is reporting that Egypt has increased security along the Suez Canal after receiving threats that jihadists were planning attacks along the important waterway.
  • US Government Shut Down (10/03/13)
    AMSA reported that the government shutdown should not affect transportation at the GSA because the Employee Relocation Resource Center is "industrially funded" according to Kim Chancellor, Traffic Management Specialist COTR.
  • Philippines Customs (09/26/13)
    Moving agents in the Philippines are reporting problems with customs clearance.    The government is reportedly targeting the customs department in a corruption investigation.   This has brought to a crawl the already slow customs clearance process and is impacting all ports of entry.   The recent floods have added additional difficulties to this already complicated situation.
  • China VAT (09/20/13)
    The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is reportedly considering a range of options to obtain clarity on how China is implementing a new VAT on international transportation.    According to JOC, the FMC is concerned with the tax and is seeking clarity on the VAT's application and scope.
  • Colorado Flooding Update (09/18/13)
    While the flooding which began September 11th in Colorado has been receding, a lot of damaged infrastructure needs repair.    Rail operations in Denver continued to be affected by washouts and U. S. Highways 24, 34, 35, 287 and State Highway 52 are among some still closed according to JOC.
  • Colorado Flooding (09/13/13)
    Major flooding that started on September 11th in Colorado has disrupted transportation in major population areas including Boulder, Longmont and many mountain communities.    Road repair may reportedly take months to complete.   Shipments loading or unloading in the affected areas have been suspended.
  • Egypt (08/14/13)
    Chaos in Egypt continues and curfews are now in place.    Commerce has been dramatically impacted.
  • Mike Sewell (07/23/13)
    Mike (aka Skip) Sewell died today after a long illness.    Skip managed the Parsifal Florida offices for many years and left Florida to be near family as the illness progressed.    'Load the wagon Skip' is, and will be, sorely missed.  Our condolences to his family and the Florida staff he worked so closely with.
  • Egypt (07/02/13)
    AGS has advised that due to protests in Egypt there are gas and fuel shortages across the country.   In addition, the road between Cairo and Alexandra is reportedly unsafe and containers will not be transported on this route at this time.  
  • MOL Comfort Aft Sinks (06/27/13)
    JOC is reporting that the aft section of the MOL Comfort container ship, which split in half, sank today in the Indian Ocean in water over 2 miles deep.   1700 containers went down with the aft section though some are reportedly still floating.  Meanwhile, the fore part, which holds the majority of the cargo, is "stably" being towed to the Persian Gulf.
  • A. Arnold Relocation (06/25/13)
    A. Arnold World Class Relocation, Louisville, KY, sold to a group headed by Greg Hoover the current President and CEO.
  • MOL Comfort (06/25/13)
    The container ship MOL Comfort split in half in rough waters.   Both halves are still floating and 26 crew members rescued.   The ship was heading from Singapore to Jeddah.   Both halves of the ship are being monitored and reportedly slowly sinking.   See pictures here:
  • Suddath Global Logistics (06/10/13)
     Suddath Global Logistics acquired PenserSG, a third party logistics supplier.
  • Clark and Reid International (06/06/13)
    Clark and Reid made a strategic decision to focus on domestic business and sold their international business unit.     Word on the street is that New World Van Lines is the purchaser. 
  • Washington State I-5 Bridge Collapses (06/04/13)
    The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed after being struck by an oversized load late Thursday.   The bridge is about 60 miles north of Seattle and 40 miles south of the Canadian border and handles about 8000 commercial trucks daily.   This will disrupt transportation between the US and Canada which will now have to be rerouted to smaller roads to by-pass the failed bridge.
  • Piracy drops in 2012 (05/07/13)
    JOC is reporting that the cost of Somali piracy to the global economy dropped in 2012 compared with 2011.    Attempted attacks were down by 70 percent, actual hijackings by 50 percent and overall cost to the global economy was down by 13 percent.
  • Mississippi River (04/23/13)
    Four months ago the Mississippi River was 4.5 feet below the river gauge.   Today JOC is reporting that in St. Louis the level is expected to be just shy of 40 feet above the gauge.   That is a 45 foot swing in less than a few months and it is impacting river traffic.   In addition, 11 barges broke away in the flooding and sank over the weekend.  
  • Move Metric Domestic (04/22/13)
    Parsifal Corporation became the sole owner of MMD Technology on Friday after purchasing the Pasha Group's interest in the system.
  • Hong Kong (04/05/13)
    JOC is reporting that demonstrations and strikes by portworkers are now entering the second week at the Port of Hong Kong.   Vessle queues are lengthening and container traffic is being diverted away from the world's third-busiest container port.
  • U. S. Sequestration (03/20/13)
    U. S. Customs is planning a manpower reduction (in overtime and via furloughs)starting April 21st, 2013, according to some reports.   There are fears that this will create a slow down in processing containers especially for west coast ports.
  • Container Ship Capsizes (03/19/13)
    A container ship, the Guangyangxingang, reportedly sank off the east coast of China killing at least 11 Monday night.  One person was rescued by helicopter, 2 are still missing.
  • Sequestration and US Ports (03/11/13)
    There are concerns on how sequestration will impact the Ports of LA and Long Beach.  Since the government did not come to agreement on how to bring the federal budget under control, cuts will be across the board.   If US Customs decides to deal with these cuts by limiting overtime, the expected impact to the ports will be in 3 areas; scanning containers, intensive exams and vessel boarding.   Hopefully, US Customs can find areas of waste to cut instead of impacting how containers are processed.
  • OOCL Container Ship Stuck (03/05/13)
    JOC reported that OOCL Belgium (a 738 foot container ship) is stuck in ice in eastern Canada on its way from Montreal to England.   The Canadian Coast Guard is assisting.
  • Indian Ports (02/22/13)
    Containers stand idle at Nehru Port and many other government owned ports in India due to a nationwide strike.
  • Suez Canal (01/29/13)
    The continuing unrest in Egypt is a concern to canal traffic.   However, while a state of emergency has been declared in several Suez Canal cities, traffic continues to move through the canal at this time.
  • US - Mississippi River Update (01/22/13)
    The Army Corp of Engineers has been working hard dredging the shallowest parts of the River and so far has successfully kept the Mississippi River open to barge traffic during the worst drought since the 1930's.   Work is expected to continue through January.
  • US - Mississippi River (01/03/13)
    The mighty Mississippi is closing in on historic lows.    Barge transportation on the river may be halted in just a few more days if the water level sinks much lower.
  • US 400N Increase (12/20/12)
    According to our information, the 400N increase on 1/1/13 should be 1.6 percent.    Please let us know if other figures are applied so we can review.
  • US - East Coast Port Strike Looming (12/18/12)
    At 12:01 AM on December 30th, the International Longshoremen's Association contract expires for major US East and Gulf Coast Ports.    Negotiations have been going on since late March to settle.
  • Mega-ship Marco Polo (12/13/12)
    JOC reported that mega-ship CMA CGM Marco Polo made its first call to the port of Hamburg today.     It has a capacity of 16,020 20-foot equivalent units and is almost 1300 feet long and 176 feet wide.
  • France Inspections (12/07/12)
    AGS is reporting that container inspections in France are expected to increase now that custom clearing procedures are electronic, allowing officials more time to actually inspect.
  • India Service Tax (12/06/12)
    Forwarders are reporting that the Union Budget passed by the Government of India is revising the service tax rate up to 12.36%.   
  • Suddath Global Logistics (12/06/12)
    JOC reports that Jacksonville, FL based Suddath Global Logistics acquired Los Angeles based Cali America Logistics specializing in import and export, freight forwarding, transportation and warehousing, distribution and fulfillment servies.    
  • North Sea Collision (12/05/12)
    A Ro-RO vessel (Baltic Ace) collided with a container ship (Corvus J) and is believed to have sunk in the North Sea.    The Corvus J does not appear to be in danger of sinking.  Several deaths have been reported.
  • Nevada Intrastate (11/30/12)
    In July 2012 (Docket No. 12-04014) the Nevada Transportation Authority approved a request by Ace World Wide for a minimum shipping weight of 12,500 pounds for intra Nevada moves.  
  • U.S LA-Long Beach Strike (11/30/12)
    Port News - 10 of 14 container terminals in LA-Long Beach are shut down due to the clerical workers strike.   Shipments are starting to divert to other ports.
  • Missouri Changes Regulations (11/29/12)
    Missouri changed their HHG regulations.   It now appears that carriers no longer have to file rates with the state but must still post a tariff and charge no more and no less than what is listed.   Discounting may be allowed for 'volume based moves' where the carrier can show the reduced prices are justified due to multiple moves.
  • China VAT (11/28/12)
    Atlas is reporting that a VAT of approximately 6 percent will be assessed on shipments into and out of Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuchan and Chongqing ports.  Depending on how the supplier agreed to bill the customer for VAT, it may, or may not, appear as a separate line item on the customer's invoice.  However, when it can be billed as a line item, it should only apply to work performed within the country assessing the tax.
  • Argentina - strike (11/28/12)
    According to JOC, Argentina has been hit with a 24 hour strike affecting ports, airports, trains and road transportation.
  • 60 foot trailer? (11/12/12)
    Walmart Canada is rolling out a 60' supercube trailer adding more than 30 percent capacity to the current 53' trailer.     Is this in the future for moving within North America?
  • NY-NJ Port Information (11/06/12)
    In an effort to assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, JOC is reporting that the NY-NJ container terminals are open today (Election Day) even though it is usually a longshoremen's holiday.
  • NY-NJ Port Information (11/05/12)
    JOC is reporting that two more NY-NJ Terminals are to reopen today after a long interruption caused by Hurricane Sandy.   PNCT and Global were expected to open their gates at 7 AM for truckers.
  • US Ports (11/01/12)
    Northeast and mid-Atlantic US Ports reopened Wednesday morning (with the exception of the NY - NJ Port which remained closed) following the passage of hurricane Sandy.
  • U.S. Hurricane Sandy (10/29/12)
    Ports in the US Northeast are shutting down as Sandy moves up the coast.   In addition, northeast interruptions in international and domestic loading/unloading should be expected until the storm passes.
  • Portugal (10/22/12)
    Strikes in Portugal over the government's austerity program is impacting container handling in Lisbon.    Delays and demurrage charges are likely to occur.
  • Panama Canal Expansion (10/03/12)
    The Panama Canal expansion project is about 45 percent complete. quotes Maj Gen. Michael J. Walsh as saying that 'Post-Panamax vessels today make up 16 percent of the world's container fleet, but account for 45 percent of the fleet's capacity'.   The goal of the canal project is to double capacity and allow larger ships to transit. The New Panamax should be able to handle Post-Panamax vessels increasing cargo capacity up to 13,000 TEU's versus about 5000 currently.
  • China Customs (10/01/12)
    AGS is reporting that 100 percent of shipments inbound to China now undergo X-ray and 20 percent are physically inspected.   PBO's are strictly forbidden and the inventory list must match the goods exactly.   This means that weight reconstructs will be quite accurate.
  • US Port Strike Negotiations (09/21/12)
    Negotiations between the US Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) have progressed significantly and the parties have agreed to extend the contract discussion till late December avoiding a potential strike in the next two weeks.
  • US Port Strike Looms (09/15/12)
    The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) will resume labor negotiations at the request of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service during the week of September 17th, 2012.   If the ILA orders a strike, major US port congestion is expected and congestion fees will be assessed.   These fees are expected to be as follows:   USD 800 per 20', USD 1000 per 40', USD 1125 per 40' HC, USD 1266 per 45' HC.
  • Mumbai Ship Fire (09/10/12)
    Indian Maritime Agencies are reporting that a 'K' Line container ship is on fire off the port of Mumbai.
  • Costa Rica Port Congestion (09/10/12)
    JOC is reporting that Hapag-Lloyd suspended calls at Puerto Caldera due to extreme port congestion.
  • China Ports (09/07/12)
    According to Drewry Shipping Consultants, China ports now handle 30 percent of the world's global container throughput.
  • China Africa Trade (07/30/12)
    JOC is reporting that Sino-African trade is booming reportedly increasing more than 22 percent year-over-year.
  • Container Ship on Fire (07/20/12)
    JOC is reporting that the post-Panamax MSC Flaminia (Container ship) is ablaze in the North Atlantic and now adrift after the crew abandoned ship.
  • Brazil Customs Slowdown (07/20/12)
    The slowdown by Brazilian custom officers continues to intensify as commerce is delayed at Santos and other ports.   Labor negotiations are continuing.
  • Swiss Alps (07/06/12)
    After close to a month, the Gotthard tunnel has re-opened.  A landslide forced the closure of the main north-south route for freight trains and trucks through the Alps.
  • Iranian Threats (07/06/12)
    Iran is threatening to disrupt traffic in the strait of Hormuz by blocking oil tankers that are headed to countries no longer buying its crude.     The 'strait' has a choke point of 21 nautical miles where reportedly 20 percent of the world's oil passes.   If they make good on their threat oil prices can be expected to rise sharply.
  • Brazil's Ports (06/28/12)
    JOC is reporting that custom officers in Brazil are on strike which is slowing clearance and generally disrupting ports.
  • Hapag-Lloyd (06/21/12)
    Hapag-Lloyd is suspending trans-Atlantic New York / Hamburg service due to current market conditions.    According to JOC, the carrier stated they would recommence service once conditions improve.
  • Idle Container Fleet Dropping (06/18/12)
    BIMCO is reporting that the idle container fleet has dropped by close to 47% in the last three months even while freight rates continue their rise.
  • Global Recession Again? (06/18/12)
    Container volume handled by ports in northern Europe have been slowing and may indicate that the continent is moving into a deeper recession than anticipated.   In addition, there are concerns that the US economy is now following Europe's lead into recession if it has not already started.
  • U. S. Diesel (06/01/12)
    Diesel in the US has finally dipped below $4.00/gallon down to almost $3.88.  
  • EU Attacks Pirate Base (05/18/12)
    JOC stated on May 15th that the EU attacked a pirate home base on the Somali mainland leaving at least 5 pirate fast attack vessels inoperable.
  • US HHG Peak Season (05/07/12)
    The 2012 U. S. peak season looks like it may be more intense than the 2011 peak season.  According to Relo Roundtable, 2012 confirmed new order registrations are already exceeding 2011 tonnage levels across the country (comparing same time periods for both years).
  • U. S. Trucking (05/03/12)
    JOC is reporting that the top 50 U. S. carriers (all commodities) increased revenue by 11.6 percent to $95.6 billion in 2011 breaking their pre-recession records.  
  • California (05/03/12)
    Keep an eye on California which is proposing more regulation of HHG's in bill AB 2118.   If enacted, this bill will impact HHG movers, brokers, websites and even the transferee.
  • Trans-Pacific Rates (04/20/12)
    JOC is reporting that Trans-Pacific spot rates jumped close to 20 percent this week showing the continued strength in that market.  NVOCC's are now paying around 67% more than they did last December.
  • UPS (04/06/12)
    UPS agreed to acquire TNT Express, Europes second largest package delivery company, creating the world's largest logistics group according to JOC.
  • PODS (04/06/12)
    ReloRoundtable is reporting that PODS filed for bankruptcy protection on March 19th, 2012, as part of a bankruptcy protection plan filed by Arcapita Bank, a Bahraini investment firm in the US.
  • Solar Storm and GPS (03/12/12)
    A massive solar flare has been released on the sun's surface sending a quickly expanding cloud of electronic particles towards earth.   Trucking firms that dispatch via GPS or cell phone technology may have interruptions as the planet experiences the worst solar storm in years. 
  • VAT for Shanghai, China (03/12/12)
    According to AGS, a 6 percent VAT now applies to all removal services to and from Shanghai.
  • Wheaton Acquires Bekins (02/28/12)
    Wheaton Van Lines will complete the acquisition of Bekins Van Lines in mid March after months of rumors.   Wheaton will now be the fourth largest U. S. HHG Carrier.  
  • China Cargo Airport (02/28/12)
    According to JOC, China is planning to build the world's largest cargo airport near Beijing by 2017 at a cost of $4.8 billion (US).
  • Port of NY/NJ (02/27/12)
    The Port of NY / NJ set an all-time record in 2011 for cargo volume surpassing the previous record in 2007.
  • The New Panama Canal and US Port Battles (02/24/12)
    US East Coast Ports are quickly preparing to capture business from US West Coast Ports as the new Panama Canal channel comes to completion in the next few years.   According to Stateline, the new channel will accomodate ships carrying double the cargo.   At the moment, Norfolk, VA, is the only East Coast Port that can handle fully laden vessels coming through the new canal.   In preparation, NY/NJ is preparing to raise a bridge and other eastern ports are working hard to make sure they can handle this new business. 
  • Port of Antwerp (02/03/12)
    A nationwide strike brought Europe's third largest container port to a standstill earlier this week as unions protested deficit cutting programs by the government.
  • U. S. Trucking Index (01/27/12)
    The American Trucking Association is reporting that 2011 for-hire truck tonnage increased 5.9 percent year over year.   The biggest one year freight gain since 1998.
  • U.S Domestic Traffic (01/18/12)
    The United Van Lines study discussed in RELO Roundtable shows the following states are 'inbound' states for HHG traffic in 2011: Oregon, Nevada, Florida, North Carolina and DC.    The following states are considered 'outbound' states: North Dakota, Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine.   The remaining states are considered 'balanced'.
  • Pirate attack thwarted (01/13/12)
    Somali pirates hijacked a Norwegian-flag ship off the coast of Nigeria.  The crew quickly retreated to a 'safe' room allowing Indian miliary forces to free the 20 sailors on board earlier this week.
  • Missouri Intrastate Regs (01/10/12)
    Missouri is considering legislation that will change (and hopefully simplify) the current requirements of carriers handling Intrastate HHG business.     More can be found at the blog site.
  • Nigeria (01/09/12)
    Nationwide strikes in Nigeria today are expected to cause shipping interruptions nationwide.    Reports indicate the port has closed.
  • Rotterdam Port (01/08/12)
    Port operations at Rotterdam, one of the world's busiest ports, were interupted last Thursday due to severe storms.   A very unusual winter for northern Europe has produced storms typically experienced in the spring and autumn.
  • Shanghai Port (01/03/12)
    Shanghai was named the world's busiest port for the second year in a row.     Singapore lost this designation in 2010 when Shanghai roared ahead.
  • Tanzania Flooding (12/23/11)
    Flooding has caused deaths and the collapse of bridges in Dar es Salaam.   Delays and damage to containers discharged at the port are expected.
  • The Suddath Companies (12/23/11)
    Suddath announced their acquisition of City Moving Systems in Kent, Washington.   This strategic expansion gives Suddath coverage in all quadrants coast to coast.   Suddath acquired Minneapolis based Barrett Moving and Storage earlier this year. 
  • Bekins Acquired (12/22/11)
    Wheaton World Wide acquired Bekins Van Lines in an announcement made December 13th, 2011.    According to industry sources, this makes Wheaton the 6th largest van line in the United States.
  • Shanghai VAT (12/21/11)
    AGS is reporting that the Shanghai municipality is planning to apply a VAT between 6 and 7% to shipments effective January 1, 2012. 
  • Sirva News (12/21/11)
    Sirva announced in November that they acquired Peninsula Properties Hong Kong, a real estate company providing a full range of destination services in and around Hong Kong.
  • UPS Logistics (12/12/11)
    UPS purchased a major Italian Logistics firm, its first acquisition in several years.
  • Occupy West Coast (12/12/11)
    The Occupy movement threatened to shut down all the West Coast ports today but disruptions were primarily limited to the Port of Oakland.
  • Prudential (12/07/11)
    Brookfield Residential Property Services announced the acquisition of Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services establishing Brookfield as the second largest relocation services provider and the third largest real estate franchise business.
  • Pacific Spot Freight Rates (12/01/11)
    JOC is reporting that spot freight rates for shipping 40 foot containers across the Pacific have dropped to the lowest level in almost two years indicating weak demand along with a capacity glut.
  • Occupy Movement (11/28/11)
    According to JOC, the Occupy Movement is attempting to shut down all U. S. West Coast Port activity on December 12th.   The ILW Union announced it will not participate in the event which would directly impact their daily work.
  • Tsunami Debris (11/14/11)
    Portworld is reporting that a 25 million ton marine debris field created by the Japanese tsunami last March is floating across the Pacific and should reach the Hawaiian Islands this winter and the west coast of North America in 2013.   This field can create navigational, along with environmental, hazards and an advisory was issued by MARAD requesting voluntary reporting by carriers of significant debris fields.
  • Thai Floods (11/09/11)
    The worst monsoon floods in Thailand in 50 years have reportedly killed over 400 people and are interrupting production at over 14,000 factories.   Global supply chains of large automobile and computer makers have been impacted and the freight and logistics sectors are in chaos.   Some container shipping companies have stepped in to help the people suffering in the flood zones by transporting needed supplies.  Our heartfelt sympathies to the Thai people.
  • US Train Strike Looming (11/07/11)
    The US is trying to intervene in a potential nationwide rail strike.  The US Federal Rail Board has made some recommendations on contract terms between the parties.   If an agreement is not made by December 6th, labor action is possible.
  • Occupy Oakland (11/04/11)
    The ILW Union is back to work as cargo operations returned to normal Thursday following a night of disruptions caused by the Occupy Oakland group.     
  • BNSF (11/03/11)
    According to JOC, BNSF expects to finally return to pre-recession volume sometime in 2013.  
  • Vision Relocation (10/25/11)
    The Secor Group (founded in 1890 as the Security Storage Company according to their website) acquired Vision Relocation.
  • Free Trade Agreements (10/19/11)
    The US Congress passed Free Trade Pacts with Panama, Columbia and South Korea.     Terms are expected to be implented in the early part of 2012 according to JOC.
  • Container Ship Charter Rates (10/07/11)
    JOC is reporting that container ship charter rates are falling due to sluggish growth and overcapacity.   Expect steamship owners to decrease capacity if this situation does not improve shortly.
  • Diesel (10/05/11)
    JOC is reporting that diesel prices in the US fell to their lowest level in 30 months.
  • Sante Fe - Interdean (09/29/11)
    The Sante Fe Group announced it completed its acquisition of Interdean, a leading relocation service company in Europe.
  • Pirate Attack Foiled (09/28/11)
    JOC reported that the Indian Navy captured pirates attacking two vessels in the Gulf of Aden Sunday.    Since India started patrolling in 2008, they have successfully thwarted 39 attacks.   Ships are beginning to travel in convoys to protect themselves from pirates.
  • Housing Starts (09/20/11)
    Housing starts fell 5 percent in August to less than half of what economists say is needed for a healthy market.
  • UPS (09/16/11)
    Despite the shaky economy, JOC advised that UPS is gearing up for one of their strongest holiday peak seasons.
  • APL Surcharge (09/14/11)
    APL is applying a peak-season surcharge starting 10/15 on cargo from India to the US and Canada via the Suez and all cargo discharged at Pacific coast ports or Vancouver of $400 per 40 foot container.
  • US Exports (09/13/11)
    JOC reported that a July export surge of American motor vehicles, industrial equipment and aircraft, pushed US Exports to an all-time high helping to decrease the trade deficit. 
  • Prudential Suit (09/08/11)
    According to an Appeals Court, Prudential is immune from liability, under qualified privilege, in a suit brought by a carrier against Prudential for sharing concerns with their client about the alleged over-billing practices of the carrier.
  • US - Truck Drivers (09/06/11)
    JOC is reporting that the availability of truck drivers may end up being the largest issue facing domestic shippers (HHG's and all others) in the coming year.
  • Libya (09/04/11)
    Portworld is reporting that the EU ended sanctions on 6 Libyan ports.
  • Container Shipping (08/30/11)
    JOC stated that research analyst Alphaliner is reporting that container shipping is heading towards a prolonged slump that could last longer than the 2009 downturn.   However, this time it would be caused by overcapacity and weak demand growth in Europe and the US.
  • China (08/29/11)
    There may be a heavy backlog of shipments at Chinese ports when the country celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival in September and the National Holiday in October.   Forwarders can plan appropriately to avoid these delays.
  • Hurricane Alert (08/23/11)
    Please be advised that Hurricane Irene is expected to pass by our Florida offices later this week as it heads towards the US Carolinas.    Service interuptions are possible.
  • China / US shipping (08/19/11)
    JOC is reporting that the cost to ship a container from China to the west coast of the United States jumped over 20 percent as long delayed peak season surcharges were implemented.
  • US Diesel Prices (08/17/11)
    Diesel prices hit their lowest level in 24 weeks as negative economic news continues to be reported.  A barrel of crude is now below $90.
  • Panama Canal (08/16/11)
    The Panama Canal is expecting completion of its $5.2 billion expansion project in 2014 which adds a new lane of traffic via the construction of a new set of locks which will double capacity and allow longer and wider ships.
  • Container Ship Capacity (08/03/11)
    Active container ship capacity is up 10 percent over the past year running ahead of cargo demand according to JOC.
  • Shanghai (08/01/11)
    According to AGS, Shanghai customs is not permitting personal effects to transit via Shanghai and be forwarded to another Chinese city.   
  • Bolliger International (08/01/11)
    Secor Group, a Washington, D.C. based company, has acquired a majority ownership in Bolliger International of Stamford, CT.
  • Writer Relocasia (07/26/11)
    Parsifal Corporation just learned that Writer purchased a majority stake in Relocasia.   The new firm will be called Writer Relocasia and is to be headed by Matt Burden as CEO.
  • Puerto Rico (07/18/11)
    According to the JOC, Sea Star Line is suspending its weekly service connecting Philadelphia, Jacksonville and San Juan, Puerto Rico due to lack of business.   This involved two ships with RoRo service.
  • Trans-Pacific Rates Fall (07/14/11)
    According to the Journal of Commerce, spot container freight rates from Asia to the US plunged 6.7 percent in the last week.  The rate erosion is blamed on excess vessel capacity.
  • Pirate Attacks Increase (07/14/11)
    The JOC reports that pirate attacks on shipping vessels is up 36% in the first half of this year versus the same time last year.    However, the number of actual successes has fallen.   Somali pirates are reportedly responsible for 60% of all attacks.     
  • Madagascar (07/11/11)
    According to AGS, Madagascar port strikes are disrupting imports and exports to the island.   Port workers are protesting alleged illegal exports of rosewood and are calling for an investigation.
  • Libya Ports (07/10/11)
    The EU is reinforcing sanctions against Libya by blocking 6 key Ports in an effort to continue putting pressure on the regime and cut off their ability to export oil and import needed goods.
  • Mobile Harbors? (07/05/11)
    According to Portworld, South Korean researchers have showcased a harbor that goes out to the vessel.   It is intended to unload giant container ships in open waters relieving congestion at the docks.
  • Spain (06/20/11)
    A container ship ('Deneb') capsized during loading operations in Algeciras, Spain.   A salvage crew has arrived.
  • Chinese Inflation (06/16/11)
    China is desperately fighting inflation which hit 5.5% in May over the previous May.   Inflation in China, the world's factory, will put pressure on the prices of goods globally. 
  • U. S. updates (06/10/11)
    Transport Topics reports; fuel prices declined again this week, intermodal traffic rose 7.5% over this time last year and new trailer orders surged 71 percent in April.
  • Dollar Decline Expected (05/23/11)
    The Financial Times reported that the World Bank expects the US dollar to lose its solitary dominance over the next 10 to 15 years as the euro and renminbi erode the US dollar dominance.
  • Industry volume expected to rise (05/09/11)
    USA Today reports that 'as the moving van travels so goes the economy' and they are saying that corporate relocations are looking up this year.     In addition, 30 percent of companies say they will relocate workers in 2011, the highest percentage since 2005 according to a survey by Atlas Van Lines.
  • Russian Fuel shortages (05/04/11)
    Recent reports show Russia is the world's largest producer of oil (b/day) with Saudi Arabia second and the US third.   Nonetheless, Russia has been experiencing shortages of fuel after the goverment capped the retail price pushing Russian companies to export more to obtain higher prices.  Critical shortages are reported across the country (including St. Petersburg) and all road and ocean going deliveries may be affected.
  • Australia (05/02/11)
    Taipei Times reported that dockworkers at Australia's three major ports had a 24 hour walkout this weekend crippling about one-quarter of the nations's freight.   More strike actions are possible.
  • U.S. Port Traffic (04/25/11)
    From Portworld;  Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans ports are reporting increases in container volume with a 25% increase in New Orleans alone (year over year).
  • China (04/25/11)
    From FT; striking truckers have besieged Shanghai ports over increases in fuel costs.  The communist government increased the price of fuel only twice this year and has been consistently pushing up interest rates in an attempt to bring down inflation.  China has implemented a media blackout on this situation.   However, there are fears that the strikes will spread to other ports.
  • Texas Speed Limit (04/21/11)
    Texas approved increasing some highway speed limits to 85 miles per hour during the daytime.
  • U. S. Interstate Weight Limit (04/21/11)
    Federal truck legislation has been introduced to allow states to increase the interstate weight limit for trucks from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds if the trailer has six axles.   It is unknown if the bill will pass at this time. 
  • Diesel (04/13/11)
    The DOE expects diesel prices to remain above $4.00 for the 2011 summer.
  • Floating Container Port (04/10/11)
    From Portworld - Plans have been unveiled to create a floating container-port off the northern coast of the United Kingdom at 1/3 the cost of a conventional port.
  • Hawaii container service (04/05/11)
    Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced the final design specifications for their second ship, which will be a combination Container and Roll-On/Roll-Off Car Truck Carrier (“ConRo”).
  • U.S. Bridge Issues (04/01/11)
    The State of PA earned the honor of having the largest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the nation.  Roughly 26.5% of PA bridges are deficient.   Oklahoma landed second place with a 22% score.
  • Japan Ports (04/01/11)
    PortWorld News reports that container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd has resumed calls at the Japanese ports of Tokyo Bay and Yokohama this week.
  • Port News (again) (03/25/11)
    From Portworld; Japan advises radiation levels very safe at Tokyo and Yokohama ports and is urging shipping firms to continue services.    The Libyan port has not been damaged by the unrest (yet) and India is bracing for port strikes. 
  • Port News (03/20/11)
    From Portworld News;   Activity in Bahrain ports has slowed due to unrest in the country.   At least six Japanese seaports handling international trade have sustained major damage from last week's earthquake.  According to industry officials, many of the ports are set to be out of operation for months, disrupting global supply chains and causing billions of dollars in daily losses.
  • China (03/14/11)
    China regained the title of 'world's top manufacturing country by output' nudging by the U. S. which has held the title for over 100 years.   China lost that title to Britain around 1850 and Britain lost that title to the United States around 1895. 
  • Russia (03/11/11)
    Over 100 vessels are reportedly stranded in ice at Russian ports.  Spokeman for the St. Petersburg port indicated this is the worst winter since 2003.
  • Japan (03/11/11)
    Portworld is advising that all Japanese ports have been closed after experiencing a Tsunami caused by an 8.9 magnitude quake, the 5th largest in recorded history.   Shipping activity may come to a stop due to the size of the disruptions.
  • Maersk (03/03/11)
    Maersk Line, operator of the world's largest container ship fleet, ordered 10 new ships at a cost of close to $2 billion.    The new 'Triple-E' ships will have a capacity of 18,000 20 foot containers dwarfing the previous E-class vessels of 15,500.  It is reported that these larger more efficient ships will be able to reduce shipping costs by up to 26 percent per container.
  • Libya (03/02/11)
    From AGS - many nationals and expats are fleeing oil-rich Libya as the revolt there continues to grow.  
  • French Ports (03/02/11)
    Business has returned to normal at French ports following weeks of strikes.
  • Pirate update (again) (02/16/11)
    Pirates have hijacked 10 ocean vessels so far this year in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea compared to only 3 at this time last year.   At this rate, last years record of 49 hijackings may easily be broken.  
  • Hawaii RoRo (02/15/11)
    Pasha announced today that it signed a $144 million contract with VT Halter Marine in MS to build a RoRo ship to enter the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane.  RoRo (roll on, roll off) vessels allow cars and trucks to be driven on/off the ship versus securing vehicles in containers and shipping via container ship.    Pasha launched their first RoRo vessel in 2005 with great success.
  • Panama Canal Competition? (02/14/11)
    China is reportedly in talks with Colombia to build an alternative to the Panama Canal by creating a 220 km rail link between Colombia's Atlantic Port(s) with its Pacific Ocean Port(s).   This would make it easier for China to export goods through the Americas and import raw materials such as coal.
  • Ivory Coast (02/11/11)
    From AGS - shipping lines have suspended bookings to and from the Ivory Coast effective February 10, 2011, due to the implementation of EU Council Regulations implemented as a result of the ongoing situation in that country.
  • Pirates (02/10/11)
    Pirates from Somalia continue to dog the shipping industry.   An oil tanker was taken by pirates 350 nautical miles south-east of Oman on February 9th.   All steamships, including container ships, are at risk.  It was reported late last year that more than 20 steamships were being held for ransom.
  • Global shipping price volatility (02/07/11)
    From FT - There have been huge swings in demand for moving products globally as economic uncertainty is encouraging customers to hold less stock and place orders at the last minute.    This will impact the shipping prices of HHG containers as the global demand for shipping space rises and falls.  Contracted HHG rates should be compared to the market rate to ensure best pricing is obtained.  
  • Diesel Prices (02/07/11)
    Diesel continued its climb last week making it the 10th consecutive week of increases.    Current diesel prices are hovering around $3.50 gallon.
  • French Ports (02/04/11)
    From AGS - French ports continue to experience strikes and disruptions are expected at Le Havre and Marseilles.
  • FedEx goes intermodal (02/03/11)
    Word on the street is that FedEx will be using Rail Intermodal for long haul shipments shifting from trucks.    UPS has been using Rail Intermodal for years.
  • Suez Canal Control (02/01/11)
    Fears are mounting that radical Islam may take control of Egypt if Mubarak steps down.   Egypt, home to the Suez Canal, allows water traffic between Asia and Europe without having to navigate around Africa. 
  • Curfew in Egypt (02/01/11)
    From AGS - A mandatory nationwide curfew has been imposed restricting people from leaving their homes.  Internet connections have been suspended impacting all business activities including Skype and email.  Normal relocation operations such as packing, removals, forwarding and shipment clearance have been disrupted.   
  • Suez update (02/01/11)
    The Suez Canal has remained operational so far and is currently in the control of the military.   It is reported that 50 percent of the Canal's traffic is comprised of container ships operating between Europe and Asia.
  • Egypt (01/31/11)
    Social unrest continues in Egypt as demonstrators demand the removal of Hosni Mubarak.    Concerns raised that a religious oligarchy might take over if Mubarak leaves office.
  • France (01/31/11)
    From AGS - Strikes at French Ports expected to continue this week.   If a ship is delayed or a stop over is cancelled due to the strikes, connection fees, demurrage and port storage charges beyond the usual free detention and port storage period will be chargeable to the shipper.
  • Steel Prices (01/28/11)
    The cost of new steel containers will be heading up because steel prices are expected to soar by up to 66 percent this year.   
  • More VAT Increases (01/28/11)
    Vat increases were implemented in Switzerland, Latvia and Portugal this month (to name a few countries) as governments seek ways to increase revenues to offset budget shortfalls.
  • Pirates (01/27/11)
    Pirates continue to be a threat to international shipping.  South Korean forces just freed a hijacked chemical freighter in the Indian Ocean capturing 5 pirates, killing 8 and rescuing all 21 crew members.    
  • Global Warming Benefit? (01/27/11)
    A new sea lane may be created via the Arctic which is expected to be ice free part of each year starting 2035.   The time and cost of voyages between Europe and Asia will be slashed dramatically.   Shipping time from Rotterdam to Yokohama will be 40 percent shorter.  
  • New York Ports (01/25/11)
    Financial Times reported that the head of the Waterfront Commission claimed New York Ports would be more competitive if they didn't have the additional costs from associated corrupt activity.
  • French Ports (01/24/11)
    From AGS - Dockers and port agents continue to strike in the main French ports.  Expectations are that the strike will continue to Tuesday with possible escalation.    Some shipping lines are rerouting to avoid berthing in French ports causing delays and additional charges.
  • Budd Van Lines (01/24/11)
     Budd Van Lines is introducing a new approach to domestic crating as well as packing mirrors, glass tops, pictures, etc.   The Eco-Pak and Eco-Crate are green solutions because they are reusable and are expected to dramtically reduce client costs.
  • Oxy wins Abu Dhabi contract (01/22/11)
    Oxy was awarded the lead contract to develop the troubled Shah gas project by Abu Dhabi. 
  • GSK settlement (01/22/11)
    GSK is settling product liability lawsuits in the US for a record-breaking $3.5 billion.
  • China is the world's new bank? (01/21/11)
    According to the Financial Times, China's lending to developing countries has exceeded that of the World Bank over the past two years.    This is a dramatic indication of Beijing's economic power and drive to secure global natural resources.
  • Tunisia (01/18/11)
    Tunisia President is swept from power.   Civil unrest continues
  • JPMorgan Chase (01/18/11)
    JPMorgan Chase reported earnings of $17.4 billion for the year, up 48% over 2009 (FT).
  • Crude Oil (01/18/11)
    Oil supply disruptions (such as the pipeline outages in Alaska) along with strong investor inflows is keeping upward pressure on oil prices.
  • Reefers vs. Containers (01/16/11)
    The international refrigerated ship fleet (ships with refrigerated below deck holds) is expected to shrink by up to 50 percent over the next decade as refrigerated containers start to handle more and more food products.    Maersk's north-south service is planning to have plugs for 1700 refrigerated containers on their ships.   This, along with rising oil prices, will continue upward pressure on container shipping prices.
  • Tunisia (01/14/11)
    From AGS - political and social protests in Tunisia have led to a breakdown in communication with the local AGS Agent.   A night time curfew is in place and the army has been deployed in the capital.    A general strike is planned for today.
  • Crude Oil Prices (01/14/11)
    The price for crude oil is flirting with $100/barrel.    The high over the past two years was just under $150/barrel and the low during the recession was slightly under $40/barrel.    This will continue to put upward price pressure on domestic and international shipping.
  • US 400N Tariff Increase (01/12/11)
    Domestic US Shipments still operating under the old 400N tariff will see a CPI adjustment to current rates of 2.2% effective 1/1/11.
  • Class Action Settlement (01/10/11)
    A Class Action Settlement has been reached with a number of carriers involving the Fuel Surcharge for domestic US shipments.     To be part of this settlement class you must have purchased HHGD's service from 3/19/03 - 12/31/07 under Tariff 400N or contracts referencing or incorporating Item 16 of Tariff 400N.   Settlement estimates after attorney fees, etc., are expected to be less than $5 per shipment.   For more information on this settlement please visit the following site:
  • UK VAT Increases (01/06/11)
    The UK raised their VAT from 17.5% to 20.0% on January 4, 2011 to help bridge a spending deficit despite fears that the increase will slow down the recovery.
  • Chinese New Year (01/05/11)
    Shipments arriving during or shortly after the national holiday may be delayed due to the Chinese New Year holidays.   Many offices are closed from 2 February, 2011 to 8 February, 2011.
  • Acadia V3 (01/05/11)
    Acadia V3 is rolling out and will continue to deploy throughout 2011.   International forwarders will soon be able to view pending shipments allowing targeted rate adjustments for existing lanes.   In addition, in late 2011, forwarders will be able to bill directly in the Acadia system for faster and more accurate invoice processing.