The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that tariff rates are generally more expensive than contract rates, but are usually more suitable for shippers with infrequent or small volume shipments.
A coalition of 25 business groups has asked the Federal Maritime Commission to address fees imposed when shippers can't pick-up and return cargo, containers and chassis for reasons beyond their control.
A merger of Yang Ming, which is 33 percent owned by the government, with a private company such as Evergreen Line, would be difficult to achieve, contends Chen Ou-po, a member of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
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A new Visibility Benchmark Study from American Shipper also found that third-party logistics companies have a major problem delineating their cost to provide visibility to shippers.
Historically low ocean freight rates have caused carriers to implement cost-cutting measures that have reduced reliability, meaning shippers need to be more flexible in how they procure capacity.
The U.S. government has signed off on a plan by Crowley Maritime to transfer perishable cargo from Central America to the Miami International Airport for onward delivery to customers in Europe.