Even as Shanghai reopens after two months of COVID-19 lockdowns, container lines continue to blank sailings at the world’s busiest port and at Ningbo, presenting challenges for North-American importers ahead of an expected earlier peak season.

Trans-Pacific carriers may be adding capacity over the next 12 weeks, as tracked by Sea-Intelligence Maritime Analysis, but they’re also continuing to blank …


 

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and Hapag-Lloyd on Wednesday agreed to a settlement in which the container line will pay a civil penalty of $2 million to address alleged violations related to their detention and demurrage practices.

The settlement is the latest development in a saga that dates back to mid-2021, at the height of COVID-induced disruption, when a …


 

Montreal

• Yard utilization remains high
• Rail dwell time remains at average 3 days

Halifax

• All terminals are operating normally
• Rail dwell time decreased from 1 to 3 days

Prince Rupert

• Vessel berth wait time remains between 7 to 11 days
• Yard utilization increased from 107 to 113%
• Rail dwell time remains at …


 

Container volumes at China’s ports increased slightly during January-April, despite the impact from widespread Covid restrictions, including another lockdown in Tianjin.

According to China’s ministry of transport, port volumes increased 1.7% year on year during the period, to 91M TEUs, with 23.6M handled in April alone.

The Covid-related disruption is continuing at ports across the country, however. In the …


 

The air cargo market is beset by “a great deal of uncertainty and volatility”, with two distinct trends emerging in recent months.

Air imports to Europe, especially from the Asia Pacific region, have been depressed as a result of Covid lockdowns and the knock-on effects on trade from some major Chinese cities, notably Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Concurrently, export …


 

Container volumes at eight of China’s top ports surged 25 percent to 16.8 million TEU in April from 13.4 million TEU in March as China’s manufacturers and consumers shrugged off the impact of COVID-19-related lockdowns across the country, according to Chinese government figures released this week.

The Transport Ministry figures show only Shanghai saw a month-on-month decline in April, …


 

Coastwide contract talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and West Coast waterfront employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have been suspended until June 1, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told JOC.com Monday.

Individual committee meetings between the two sides on matters such as worker safety are continuing, the source said.

Multiple sources …


 

Backlogs of ships waiting outside major ports across the world is perhaps the most visible sign of the on-going global container shipping crisis and issues in the supply chain. But new research suggests that increasing transit times may help provide a clearer picture of these issues.

This is according to a new joint research paper by Windward and Sea-Intelligence, …