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Logistics News

Maersk Line Revives Sealand Name

Maersk Line recently announced the the formation of a regional containerized shipping company that will service the intra-Americas region. The name of the new affiliate will be called Sealand. According to a Maersk Line press release, the new affiliate will operate similar to the company’s other regional carriers including; intra-Asia carrier MCC Transport and intra-Europe […]

Posted on 9 January 2014 | 12:38 am

Global Airfreight Volumes Up Slightly

I have been so focused on the international ocean market lately that it has been quite sometime since I posted anything airfreight related.  I recently read a press release from that showed a modest increase in global airfreight volumes. Data release by IATA showed a 1.2 percent increase in global airfreight volumes in June […]

Posted on 31 July 2013 | 7:08 am

2013 Peak Season Fast Approaching

  It’s that time of year again; the Peak Season shipping season is nearly here.  The topic of PSS during my contract negotiations this past April was an interesting one in that many of my carriers were willing to add a no PSS clause into our contracts.  Prior year’s contract negotiations were much more difficult […]

Posted on 24 July 2013 | 4:39 am

China Value Added Tax (VAT) Cai Shui No. 37

  I received numerous notifications from my logistics providers today in regards to the Chinese Government’s Circular No. 37 (Cai Shui [2013] No. 37) on “Tax Policy Regarding Nationwide Implementation of VAT Pilot Program on Transportation and Modern Services Sectors”.  This new tax policy has been issued jointly by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and […]

Posted on 24 July 2013 | 3:39 am

APL, ANL, Hanjin Shipping to Launch Joint Intra-Asia Service

APL, ANL and Hanjin Shipping recently joined forces to offer a new weekly service covering Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The new service, with an expected launch date of September 1, 2013, will be called the New Zealand – Asia Express (NAX) service and will operate via a vessel sharing agreement between the three companies.  […]

Posted on 17 July 2013 | 3:20 am

Retailers Unite to Form Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative

An alliance of 17 North American retailers has been formed to improve factory safety conditions for workers in Bangladesh. The new initiative aimed at increasing factory and worker safety calls for 100 percent inspections of all member factories within the first year, common safety standards to be developed within the next three months; inspections results […]

Posted on 10 July 2013 | 9:10 pm

Media release: TOC CSC EUROPE

Media release: TOC CSC EUROPE   Big box shippers gather to assess global outlook for oceanfreight and landside container logistics at 38th TOC Europe Conference & Exhibition    America Chung Nam, Heineken, Heinz, IKEA, Shop Direct and Stanley Black & Decker among leading cargo owners confirmed to take part at TOC Container Supply Chain Europe […]

Posted on 26 April 2013 | 2:20 am

How well do you know your Incoterms?

I remember early on in my supply chain career going on sales calls with one of our company’s more seasoned sales executives. During one of our calls we met with the logistics manager at a very large OEM company in Southern California. In the meeting my colleague was discussing the OEM company’s air imports and […]

Posted on 22 April 2013 | 4:06 am

“2013 Outlook – New Supply Chain Strategies for The Asia Era” – Mark Millar

As a result of recent and rapid developments in worldwide commerce, we have seen supply chains evolve into complex international networks, which can no longer adequately be described using the linear concept of a ‘chain’. The depth and breadth of complexity, connectivity and inter-dependencies involved in today’s international commerce has resulted in the emergence of […]

Posted on 22 January 2013 | 2:03 am

Walmart Plans to Source More USA Made Goods

A recent article from, applauds Walmart for their recent announcement that the retailing giant plans to source an additional $50 billion in US made products over the next ten years.   Scott Paul, AAM’s President, responded by saying: “If Walmart’s ‘Made in America’ announcement is real, it’s a game changer. No company drives retailing trends […]

Posted on 22 January 2013 | 1:35 am

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