Taneli Ruda, head of ONESOURCE Global Trade, said companies can exert little control over the macro conditions that impact trade, but they can use today’s low-growth trade environment as an opportunity to review and optimize their processes.
Despite a populist backlash championed by Donald Trump against the outcome of free trade deals, Sen. Johnson and other Republicans are cautioning against protectionism.
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.
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Carriers may seek to "turn the table" on shippers who drove hard bargains, but an upturn in rates may be short-lived.
The Federal Maritime Commission said Friday it concluded its review of the proposed OCEAN Alliance, allowing the new ocean carrier alliance to take effect Monday, although it is not expected to commence operations until around April 2017.
Various media reports have speculated the sale of South Korean liner carrier Hanjin Shipping, viewing COSCO and Maersk Line as possible buyers.