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Manufacturers are Dodging Tariffs with Transshipping

As tariffs on Chinese imports pile up, manufacturers are finding new ways to prove the adage “constraints breed creativity.” A time-tested strategy consists of shifting manufacturing operations to change a product’s country of origin. Shipping products that lack a “Made …

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For Customer Loyalty Think Smarter, Not Cheaper

Lately, it seems the shipping industry is staring down an all too familiar problem: the race to the bottom. This means annual RFPs and frequent carrier switching, costing shippers money as they spend time finding and onboarding new carriers. But …

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Is Market Concentration Leading to an Oligopoly?

The container shipping industry has long had a healthy market environment with a wide selection of carriers to choose from. But in just the last few years, the industry has seen a sharp increase in consolidation. Some experts warn that …

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This Peak Season Will Be a Wild Ride. Here’s How to Prepare

Peak season is always a hectic time for shippers, carriers, and logistics professionals. While its arrival (from about mid-August through mid-October) is fairly predictable, it’s a season characterized by abrupt changes in the shipping landscape. However, even by peak season …

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25% Tariffs Are Here. Now What?

Since the White House imposed its first round of tariffs against China in February 2018, each new escalation of the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies has been greeted with disbelief. Yet this month, with the tariff rate

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An Unexpectedly Sunny Spring for Shippers

After a winter marked by tight capacity and high rates across the U.S. freight market, spring is bringing a respite for shippers across several areas. While no one factor is entirely responsible for this shift, one clear cause that supply

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Italy Joins China’s Belt and Road, to America’s Chagrin

In March, Italy became the first G7 country to formally join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The deal, confirmed during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping laid the groundwork for a preliminary $2.8 billion in Chinese investments in

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Mexico Border Congestion Has Supply Chains in a Chokehold

In the famous nursery rhyme, “for want of a nail, the kingdom was lost.” At the US-Mexico border, a similar story is playing out: for want of a mere 750 customs officers, supply chains are in crisis, in industries …

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Robots vs Longshoremen: The Battle for Port Automation

It’s easy to paint stories about port automation as black-and-white, heroes-and-villains struggles, although which side is the hero and which is the villain is largely in the eye of the beholder. Depending on your perspective, you might side with labor

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Soaring Trade Deficit Points to Slowing Global Economy

In 2018, the United States’ trade deficit in goods climbed to an historic high of $891.3 billion, up from $807.5 billion in 2017. During this time, the merchandise deficits with China, Mexico, and the EU all hit record highs, …

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