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Heavy and Oversized Freight Blog

Expert tips on smarter shipping between the U.S. and Eastern Europe, including shipping of heavy goods.

The Hard Truth About Port Congestion

 

Port congestion on the West Coast is a nightmare right now, and the problem threatens to spread to other regions of the US. Port gridlock can cause long delays in supply chains, but that’s only the start of the trouble you might suffer when you can’t get containers in or out of a marine terminal. Congestion can also cost you a lot of money.  

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Why are ocean freight rates so high?

I.C.E. Transport | Jan 14, 2021 7:30:00 AM | Industry News, ocean shipping

 

If you’ve shipped a container lately, you know that ocean freight rates are soaring. A container that might have cost $3,000 to ship from East Asia to Europe a year ago could now cost as much as $10,000. And that’s assuming you actually can find a container and book space on a vessel.

What’s going on with shipping lines these days?

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Coronavirus: lessons for managing supply chain disruptions

I.C.E. Transport | Feb 27, 2020 7:30:00 AM | Industry News, ocean shipping

 

The coronavirus outbreak in China is first and foremost a massive human health crisis. But the epidemic has also caused big problems for supply chains and logistics networks.

Whether or not the coronavirus has impacted you, this disaster offers important lessons about how unexpected supply chain disruptions can undermine operations, and how to minimize that risk.

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What the new ultra-low sulfur fuel regulations mean for you

I.C.E. Transport | Oct 10, 2019 7:30:00 AM | Industry News, ocean shipping

 

January 1, 2020 marks not just the start of a new year, but also a price hike for many companies that ship international freight. That increase comes courtesy of new ultra-low sulfur fuel regulations from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

How can you make sure this stringent standard for cleaner fuel doesn’t take too big a bite from your budget?

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Ocean Shippers Must Stay Compliant with VGM Regulations

I.C.E. Transport | Oct 1, 2018 8:24:00 AM | Industry News, Regulations

 

In 2016, in order to improve safety in the supply chain, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) made amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention mandating all shippers to verify the gross mass of a packed export container prior to vessel loading.

Ocean shippers must provide this information in order to stay in compliance with VGM Regulations.  Here’s a quick review of shipper responsibilities.

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