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Freight Costs

A Call for Transportation Management Upgrades

Gerald Hoppe As Vice President and Product Owner Gerald is responsible for SAP’s solution package offerings for Logistics, R&D and Manufacturing Lines of Businesses. He holds a Degree in Computer Science & Business Administration from University of Mannheim.

Reduce the Headaches: The Need for an Upgraded Transportation Management System In 2009, the United States alone shipped more than 2.2 billion pounds of goods such as coal, crude materials like wood, sand and gravel, and primary manufactured goods (United States Census Bureau). Undoubtedly, this required complex logistical planning for companies shipping their goods and left many transportation managers with headaches. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there is an uptick in interest to invest in upgraded transportation management systems that help companies manage shipping both domestically and internationally. In fact, a recent survey by EyeForTransport showed transportation management systems to be the top category for future IT investments at 53%—ahead of CRM, WMS and other software applications. But what are the reasons that more advanced transportation management systems are piquing the interest of companies around the world? Commercial transportation faces unprecedented complexity. For shippers and logistics service providers (LSPs), ever-increasing customer demands for efficiency require more transportation accuracy, speed, and flexibility than ever before. So to help keep customers happy around the world by ensuring that the correct goods are shipped and received on time, transportation managers are leveraging systems that enable an end-to-end order management process


U.S. Cargo Preference Billing

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Transportation released a report stating that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is required to reimburse the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for “excess” ocean freight costs that food assistance programs incur in order to comply with cargo preference statutes. There is a dispute between MARAD and USDA regarding how to calculate the amount owed. USDA recently billed MARAD $379 million in excess freight charges


Submarines As Ore Carriers?

Russia'sNorilsk Nickel - a big metal producer -- has finished a feasibility study of a project to use nuclear submarines for ore shipments, which once started will cost $80 million, Norilsk's chairman said. "The feasibility study has been prepared and now the board of directors has to approve spending of up to $80 million for its implementation," Yuri Kotlyar said. "But even then the decommissioning of the submarines should be sanctioned by the state."


SeaBridge Freight - New Cargo Service

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SeaBridge Freight, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL announced that it will launch its “marine highway” short sea transportation service on December 1, 2008. SeaBridge Freight will initiate its bluewater container-on-barge operation between the Port of Brownsville, TX and Port Manatee, FL. The Company’s 600 TEU capacity barge (approximately 300 truckloads) will link the large and growing Texas/Mexico and Southeastern U.S. markets.


NOL Group: $254m 1Q Loss

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High fuel costs, low freight rates conspire to create tough 1Q NOL Group, the Singapore-based container shipping and logistics company, reported a first quarter 2012 net loss of 254 million compared to a net loss of $10 million in the same period last year.  NOL said high fuel costs and low freight rates in container shipping affected first quarter 2012 performance.   NOL said that in the first quarter of 2012 it achieved about $100 million of cost savings under its ongoing


Which way will container freight rates go? Carriers at crossroads, says Drewry

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New Drewry special report examines drivers of container freight rates, provides five year forecasts of major east-west trades and offers suggestions for carriers and shippers on how to smooth pricing volatility. London, UK, 14th March 2011 – Container freight rates go up and then they go down - that’s just the way things are. This almost pathological acceptance that things cannot and will not change is a symptom of a deficiency within container shipping’s DNA that prevents


Improving Freight Rates May Help Shippers Cope With Fuel Costs

The shipping industry is in a better position to cope with soaring fuel prices because of growth in trade as Asia recovers economic crisis, analysts said. The price of bunker fuel, which typically makes up about five percent of a shippers' total operating costs, has over the past six months doubled to $140 per ton. The spoils from improved conditions have not been evenly shared within the industry, with tanker owners the worst hit


UK FTA Sulphur Directive Marine Fuel Survey

UK's Freight Transport Association (FTA) conducts survey on whether Sulphur Directive could cause modal shift from sea to road freight. The FTA is asking short sea users for feedback on how the directive could affect them. A five-minute FTA survey has been set up which will gauge the impact the directive will have across the industry. The survey is confidential and only asks for estimates based on respondents' understanding.


Shipping Lines Estimate Costs to Rise

Bloomberg reported that Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. and 11 of the largest shipping companies plying the Pacific Ocean said costs of moving cargo to the U.S. in 2006 will rise 7 percent on higher fuel prices, which may spur them to raise freight rates. The cost of transporting containers by trucks and railways will increase as much as 25 percent, the 12-line Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, whose members ship about 70 percent of trans-Pacific trade, said in a statement today.


Improving Rates May Help Shippers Cope With Fuel Costs

Shipowners are now better placed to cope with soaring fuel prices because of growth in trade as Asia recovers from economic crisis, industry sources and analysts said. The price of bunker fuel, which typically makes up about five percent of a shipper's total operating costs, has - over the past six months - doubled to $140 per ton. The spoils from improved conditions have not been evenly shared within the industry, with tanker owners hit the worst.


Port of Tauranga Signs Freight Deal with Kotahi

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New Zealand's Port of Tauranga on Thursday said it had signed a 10-year agreement with domestic freight logistics company Kotahi to facilitate more large freight visits to the country's largest port. Under the agreement, Kotahi will provide export cargo containers to the Port of Tauranga and


Potential West Coast Ports Strike Consequences: Survey

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National Retail System (NRS) one of the leading 3PL logistics providers in North America has released the results of its survey on how a West Coast ports strike could impact logistics in the USA. With a strike looming as the holiday season gets nearer


Freight Rate Trends: Upcoming Free Supply Chain Webinar

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Drewry Maritime Research says it is hosting a free webinar for supply chain professionals to explain recent trends in ocean & air freight rates and provide an outlook for the future. The webinar presentation will examine and explain:


Ocean Freight Contract Management Post-P3

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The recent decision by Chinese antitrust authorities to block approval of the P3 Ocean Carrier Alliance has increased the demand for Ocean Contract Management. In response, Freightgate is offering free demonstration of its award winning Rate & Tender Management Tariff-Trek! Solution.


Hamburg Süd is “Best Green Service Provider – Shipping Line”

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At the 28th Annual Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) sponsored by “Cargonews Asia” Hamburg Süd received the award as “Best Green Service Provider – Shipping Line” for the third year in a row.


Container Shippers Battle Falling Rates

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As freight rates keep declining, cost reductions are the top priority for box carriers. Drewry’s 2Q14 Container Forecaster highlights that there is a widening gap between the positive financials of the few carriers really focused on cutting costs and the rest of the top 20 lines


Cost-Cutting Container Carriers Forge Ahead: Analysis

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As freight rates keep declining, cost reductions are the top priority for box carriers, according to Drewry's 2Q14 'Container Forecaster', highlighting that there is a widening gap between the positive financials of the few carriers really focused on cutting costs and the rest of the top 20 lines


Capesize Bulker Over-supply in Asia Trade: Rate Slide Forecast

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Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as too many ships chase too few cargoes from Australia and Brazil, brokers said. There are around 32 capesize ships in ballast and currently available for charter


Australian Government Urged to Safeguard Nation's Maritime Skills

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The Australian Shipowners Association (ASA) informs it has urged the Abbott Government to be careful in its consideration of the Productivity Commission Report into Tasmanian shipping and freight, as there are still concerns about any recommendation to deregulate access to coastal shipping services


Ravi Capoor, Jt. Commerce Secretary Meets FFFAI

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  Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) convened conference and a meeting at FFFAI – Mumbai office of its members with Mr. Ravi Capoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce to brief members on International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC)


More Slow Boats to China Following P3 Flop: Analysis

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With Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM now in damage limitation mode following their failure to get P3 agreed in China, what else can they do to cut costs? Drewry Maritime Research considers the question in their latest 'Container Insight Weekly' – excerpts as follows:


Shipping Industry Not Quite as Upbeat About Future: Analyst

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Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three-month period to May 2014, due to concerns that overtonnaging could hit freight rates, but nevertheless remain at their second-highest level for the past six years with shipmanagers in particular remaining upbeat


GAC to support Total E&P’s drilling project in S. Africa

  Leading gas & oil company, Total E&P, has appointed GAC South Africa to provide shipping and logistics support for its drilling project off the coast of South Africa, which started in June this year. Total E&P is one of the first companies to drill for oil & gas in the


Dover Sets Freight Vehicles Export Record

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A record number of freight vehicles departed on services through the Port of Dover yesterday, reaching numbers not seen since before the recession. The port said 5,337 freight vehicles departed for Calais and Dunkirk from Europe’s busiest ferry port, beating the previous record of 5


Baltic Exchange Appoint Guy Campbell Chairman

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Guy Campbell of the China Navigation Company has been appointed by the Baltic Exchange Board of Directors as Chairman for a two year term of office. He replaces Quentin Soanes who served as Chairman from 2012. Welcoming the appointment, Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Jeremy Penn said:






 
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