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Ocean Shippers Turning to e-Invoicing

INTTRA release study findings that show 81% of surveyed ocean shippers look to cut costs through e-Invoicing in 2013. The findings were based on a global study of high-volume shippers and freight forwarders that included 4 of the top 5 global logistics providers. Four years of economic volatility have intensified pressure on carriers and shippers to seek new ways to reduce costs and have seen no relief on pressure to increase service levels. One cost reduction method that has demonstrated results across government and commercial sectors is electronic invoicing (e-Invoicing). Once referred to simply as a “best practice,” e-Invoicing is emerging as a critical cost reduction tool for companies in or those impacted by the struggling ocean shipping industry. The 2012 global study found that: 81% of respondents want to receive invoices electronically in 2013. 77% rate “managing disputes” as their greatest invoicing challenge, with reducing the “time and cost to process invoices” as a close second at 68%. The top 10 country e-Invoicing launch preferences for shippers include the United Kingdom, China, the Netherlands, United States, Germany, Singapore, Australia, France, Hong Kong and Italy. "Invoicing, dispute resolution and payment processes are highly fragmented across the industry and represent a significant area of cost and inefficiency,” said Otto Schacht


WSS Middle East Wins World Cargo Alliance Award

Ben Jones, maritime logistics operations manager - Saudi Arabia; Russell Dinwoodie, GM Kuwait; Unni Krishnan, seafreight manager Bahrain; Avanish Bhat, sales manager Qatar, Flemming Andersen, area logistics manager – MEA; Alex Lewis, GM KSA; Gresham Vadivelu, ML sales manager Dubai; Rohit Diwan, logistics manager India; Raja Ilyas, liner manager Pakistan; Frank Olsen, GM Iraq & Jordan and Ricardo D’Roza, airfreight manager Dubai (Photo: WSS)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has won the prestigious title of ‘Best Partner 2011 - Middle East,’ which was presented by the World Cargo Alliance (WCA) at their annual conference in Bangkok earlier this month. “We are honored to have taken this title, and I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the maritime logistics team in the Middle East for their splendid work throughout 2011,” said Flemming Andersen, Area Logistics Manager Middle East at WSS


Maersk, Alibaba Team up to offer Online Booking

File Image: A maersk vessel alongside working cargo (Maersk)

Maersk, the world's largest container shipping line, has teamed up with Alibaba to allow customers to reserve space on its vessels through the Chinese company, illustrating growing cooperation between e-commerce and logistics firms.   Maersk, a unit of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, began offering the service to Chinese shippers on Alibaba's OneTouch booking website on Dec. 22, a spokeswoman for the shipping line said on Wednesday.  


Descartes Acquires Oceanwide Logistics

Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, has acquired the logistics business of privately-held Oceanwide Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Oceanwide's logistics business is focused on a web-based, hosted SaaS model suited for customs brokers and freight forwarders who choose to outsource rather than procure or manage traditional enterprise applications behind their own firewalls.


U.S. Freight Forwarder Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

A Kirkland, Wash.-based freight forwarder involved in the military's program for shipping household goods of military and civilian Department of Defense (DOD) personnel between the U.S. and foreign countries pleaded guilty to criminal offenses related to its participation in that program, the Department of Justice announced today. Criminal charges were filed today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., against Air Van Lines International Inc. (AVLC). Under the terms of a


SBS Worldwide Enhances Services

Global full service freight forwarder, SBS Worldwide launched a key ocean freight consolidation service through the US West Coast gateway for its customers in the north of the UK through its Manchester office, the first of a series of planned enhancements this year. Chairman, Steve Walker is certain that as the economic chill hardens, exporters and importers in one of the most important commercial, industrial and retail regions of the UK will welcome his company’s improved services


Shantanu Bhadkamkar Takes Over As Chairman Of IFCBA

Shantanu Bhadkamkar

  Shantanu Bhadkamkar, Immediate Past Chairman of Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations In India (FFFAI) was unanimously elected as Chairman of International Federation of Customs Brokers Association (IFCBA) at the Board of Directors Meeting of IFCBA held in Seoul, Korea recently. Bhadkamkar is the Managing Director (Group CEO) of ATC Group,a leading Customs Broker & International Freight Forwarder in India


Customs Set to Begin Third Phase of C-TPAT

U.S. Customs Service Commissioner Robert C. Bonner today announced that Customs will begin taking applications as of August 26, 2002, from brokers, freight forwarders, and non-vessel operating common carriers for membership in the Customs-Trade Partnership program. The program, dubbed C-TPAT, is an initiative between business and government to protect global commerce from terrorism. Unveiled this past April, the program initially sought membership from the importing and global transportation


Amazon Expands Logistics Reach in China

Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages.   Its plans in China, outlined in filings there, include handling cargo and customs for goods headed to ports in Japan, Europe and the United States.   Some analysts say the move could help position Amazon to offer shipping services to other companies


DGX Boosts Middle East Service Offering

Dependable Global Express, Inc. (DGX), a global ocean freight forwarder, announces the appointment of Lily Sagherian as its Business Development Manager for DGX's new Middle East Trade Lane service. Ms. Sagherian is fluent in four languages including Arabic and Armenian, and has been in the freight forwarding industry 25 years. In her last position, she was a Trade Lane negotiator and sales person where she managed three trade lanes.


IBM, Maersk in Blockchain Tie-up for Shipping Industry

File photo: A.P. Moller - Maersk

IBM and Danish transport company Maersk said they were working together to digitize, manage, and track shipping transactions using blockchain technology.   The technology, which powers the digital currency bitcoin, enables data sharing across a network of individual computers


ECSA Takes Stand in GHG Emissions of Shipping

Photo: ECSA

 European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) regrets that European port and cargo interests have come out in favour of the European Parliament’s position to conditionally include shipping in the EU Emission Trading Scheme as of 2023 if the International Maritime


Boxship Firms Sign up with Alibaba

File Image: A CMA CGM boxship condusting cargo operations alongside (CREDIT: Marad)

Two container shipping lines, France's CMA CGM and Israel's Zim, have signed up with Alibaba to allow customers to book space on their vessels through the Chinese e-commerce giant, in a bid to boost sales as the sector battles a severe downturn.  


Industry to Prevent Shipping of Counterfeit Goods

Brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry have joined forces in signing an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods. Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders


E-business in Forwarding - Threats and Opportunities

Image: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 In this white paper, Drewry consultants investigate the drivers behind the accelerating use of new e-business models and online platforms in international shipping transactions and assess the implications for freight forwarders, ocean carriers and those investing in the technology and


Adani Ports Organize Trade Meet in Rajkot

Shahzad Athar, GM, APSEZ - Container Marketing, addressing the audience, Photo APSEZ

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and operator’s, container terminal, Mundra, recently organized a trade meet at Rajkot with the intent of showcasing the capabilities of Mundra Port and recent developments thereat, to their stakeholders.


Foundation of New Krishnapatnam Port Terminal Laid

Hon’ble Minister Santosh Gangwar (Center) with Chinta Sasidhar – Managing Director and Anil Yendluri -  Director and CEO - Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited while laying the foundation stone for the TT terminal at the port.

Santosh Gangwar - Minister of State for Finance, GoI laid the foundation stone of a project intended to offer convenience to transporters CHAs and FFs of the country’s largest all-weather; deep water port on the east-coast of India – Krishnapatnam Port.


Barcelona Port Encourages Partnering for Development

The Port of Barcelona is pursuing an active policy to increase the competitive edge of its customers, fostering the development of efficient and operational services that respond to their needs for international shipping and logistics services


FMC Collects $338,000 In Penalty Payments

Photo: FMC

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $338,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with one vessel-operating common carrier and six ocean transportation intermediaries (both


One Hanjin Ship Cleared to Dock at U.S. Port

Port of Long Beach

A Hanjin Shipping Co container vessel idled off the coast of Mexico after the company's bankruptcy has received permission to dock and unload cargo at the Port of Long Beach, industry and union officials said Friday. Authorization for the Hanjin Greece to enter the port came after bankruptcy


More Hanjin Ships Seized, Box Rates Surge & Shippers Fret

About 10 Hanjin vessels effectively seized at China ports; Court says plans to start rehabilitations proceedings soon. Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd vessels have been seized at Chinese ports in the wake of the South Korean firm's collapse, further roiling the industry as freight rates jump and


NYK Selects INTTRA eVGM Service

eVGM INTTRA

INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, and NYK Line, informed that NYK has joined the rapidly growing INTTRA eVGM network for facilitating compliance with new container weight requirements adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which went into effect on July 1


Panama Canal Extension May Be Bad for Some Shippers

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The newly inaugurated Panama Canal may not be as beneficial as it seems for container ship carriers, says Xeneta, a benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight.   Although the new sets of locks and deeper


CargoSmart Partners with Ningbo E-port for SOLAS VGM

Image: CargoSmart Limited

 The Port of Ningbo has integrated CargoSmart’s software for shippers and forwarders to meet new container weight requirements with its electronic platform for exchanging data between logistics providers, as well as between logistics providers and government agencies, the port said.


Netherlands Opts for ‘Flexible’ Container Weighing

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

As of July 1, shippers and freight forwarders are required to verify the weight of a container before the container is loaded onto a ship.   The Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment recently published the Dutch interpretation of the international regulations.






 
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