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.
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?
Succeeding in global shipping can be difficult; you need to navigate transportation options, customs compliance, and ever-changing industry practices. In order to help you remain compliant, keep costs down, ensure efficiency, and stay on top of new trends and technologies, we’ve created this guide to help you conquer all of your global shipping challenges. Here’s what you need to do to be successful in the market.
In a typical year, shipping by air and ocean follows a fairly predictable pattern of peak and slow times. However, this year is different as companies try to get ahead of new tariff implementations in the Transpacific Eastbound (China to U.S.) lane. Many shippers in this lane have ramped up their shipping early, while others are choosing to pay higher spot market rates in their preferred shipping times or waiting to see what will happen next. » Read More
What’s Happening in the Transatlantic’s Ocean Shipping Lane | Transportfolio
Certain trends in capacity, rates, and tariff activity have conspired to create an especially dynamic holiday season for ocean shipping in the Transatlantic lane. It’s never too late to understand the forces at work that have created the current market, or to explore ideas that can help insulate your business in periods of market volatility—or anytime.