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Global Forwarding

How LCL Shipping Creates Better Worldwide Supply Chains

There’s no doubt that globalization has resulted in more complex and expansive supply chains. But at the same time, today’s customers also want to get their orders faster, so businesses must be more responsive. Staying ahead, then, often seems to mean balancing those two dueling demands. And among different global shipping options like air, ocean full container load (FCL), and ocean less than container load (LCL), working out the logistics can feel like a tall order.

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Ocean Shipping Trends: What to Expect in 2019

What a difference a year can make! This has been an interesting year for the ocean shipping industry. Ocean carriers were mostly profitable at the end of 2017, but that trend eroded quickly in the first half of 2018. And, with fewer carriers now in business—a result of past consolidations—carriers are finally focusing first on profitability instead of on ensuring vessels are full. This smart focus continued to improve the carrier’s financials towards the latter end of 2018. Will this trend continue into 2019 and beyond? Or, yet again, is this just a temporary recovery, as the trend has been since 2008?

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