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Cargo Piles Up as California Ports Jostle Over How to Resolve Delays

Nike Inc. doesn’t have enough sneakers to sell for the holidays. Costco Wholesale Corp. is reimposing limits on paper towel purchases. Prices for artificial Christmas trees have jumped 25% this season. Despite mounting shipping delays and cargo backlogs, the busiest U.S. port complex shuts its gates for hours on most…

Sep 27, 2021

Container ships now piling up at anchorages off China’s ports

There are over 60 container ships full of import cargo stuck offshore of Los Angeles and Long Beach, but there are more than double that — 154 as of Friday — waiting to load export cargo off Shanghai and Ningbo in China, according to eeSea, a company that analyzes carrier…

Sep 27, 2021

Containers Piling Up At U.S. Rail Yards Add to Port Strains

To understand why more than 100 container ships are waiting to enter U.S. ports from Southern California to Savannah, Georgia, it helps to keep tabs on the congestion that’s building at another key junction of freight transportation: rail yards. The so-called dwell time for containers at 11 major railroad depots…

Sep 27, 2021

usa to italy shipping
FMC chairman urges ocean carriers to improve their public relations

Shippers should not expect a return to the rock-bottom freight rates of former years, with additional containership capacity offering only a partial solution to the strained supply chains that are stretched to the limit, FMC chairman Daniel Maffei says in the weekly Lloyd’s List weekly podcast. OCEAN carriers serving the…

Sep 27, 2021

Thailand to Start Shipping Line to Boost Status as Logistics Hub

Sep 24, 2021
Trade-reliant Thailand plans to launch a national shipping company next year to bolster its trade capabilities, reduce transport costs and become a bigger player in global logistics as the Malacca bypass opens. “With Covid, we’re facing container shortages, so a lot of our goods can’t be shipped and some products will perish. Losses are incalculable,” Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said in an interview. “The shipping line can increase security and support the country’s ambition to become a logistics hub.”
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Toymakers worry congestion will lead to holiday inventory troubles

Sep 24, 2021
Dive Brief: Rising port congestion has toymakers worried their products won't make it onto shelves by the holiday season, Ed Desmond, vice president of The Toy Association said during a virtual press conference with the Port of Los Angeles. "If people go out to those major retailers, they will see the toy shelves are pretty well-stocked. We don't know how long that will last," Desmond said. "One issue we do fear is that you may not see the same breadth of selection heading into the fall shopping season."
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