December 2014 Blog Posts (8)

Port Congestion Expected to Continue Into 2015

For the most accurate information regarding the deliverability of freight in the maritime industry, companies look at the statistics offered by Drewry Shipping Consultants. This London-based group examines ocean freight shipping worldwide. Recently, they provided some insight regarding the congestion on the West Coast ports. While many experts can debate the causes for the congestion, Drewry Shipping Consultants offers some advice based on…


Added by Steven Lerner on December 30, 2014 at 5:27am — No Comments

How Restoring Relations with Cuba Impacts Shipping

For over 50 years, the US imposed a trade embargo, preventing the exchange of goods from the US to Cuba. In December 2014, with the Cold War long over, President Obama announced plans to recreate relations with Cuba, by re-establishing an embassy in Havana, and to ease the trade restrictions from the embargo. There are a few changes from this law that will impact the container shipping industry. The authorization from President Obama will…


Added by Steven Lerner on December 23, 2014 at 5:32am — No Comments

Heavy Lift Loading & Unloading for Project Supercargo

Heavy Lift Loading & Unloading for Project Supercargo:


The array of tailor-made solutions, core activities at AMIL are:


v  Break-Bulk Vessel Chartering

v  Project and Specialized Transportation

v  Project, Oversized, Odd – Dimensional Cargo

v  Packing & Distribution

v Tally & Supervision

v Survey and Surveyors

Project Cargo Movement

Cargo Handling

v …


Added by INSPECTION/SURVEY IN VIETNAM. on December 20, 2014 at 8:32am — No Comments

Could Vessels be Powered by Wind?

Energy prices will always impact the expenses relating to international shipping. While oil prices are low now, in the future, higher prices for oil in the future could drive up the rates for container shipping. In addition, there is some concern in the ocean freight industry that present energy options create harmful emissions that threaten the environment. Thus, shipping…


Added by Steven Lerner on December 18, 2014 at 5:20am — No Comments

How Cosco Expanded a Greek Port

The Greek Port of Piraeus, located outside of Athens, struggled for decades. By the time of the 2008 financial crisis, ocean freight shipping to the port was minimal. That same year, Chinese-owned Cosco decided to buy the port. They overpaid about five times the price to make the purchase. Their plan was to improve the trade situation at the port and revitalize their struggling…


Added by Steven Lerner on December 16, 2014 at 5:31am — No Comments

Will the Real Authentic Products Please Stand Up?

As numerous companies worked with their freight forwarders to ensure that their authentic products are shipped from overseas to the US in time for the holiday shopping season, it seems that other companies are trying to cheat the system. Every year, there are numerous knockoff products that make their way to the shelves of US retail stores during the holiday shopping season. US…


Added by Steven Lerner on December 12, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

Tariffs for Chinese Tires

You might have noticed, but there is a chance that your car tires were manufactured in China. Perhaps you may not even care, but the tire industry does. In 2013, US imports of tires earned $2.1 Billion, up from $968 million in 2011. Freight forwarders were certainly busy in 2013 with Chinese tire imports, as those tire companies received good …


Added by Steven Lerner on December 9, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

A 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

Horgos is a Chinese frontier town near the Kazakhstan border. During the Tang Dynasty, Horgos was a major transit area along the Silk Road. Centuries left, the town’s population diminished and it was closed during the Cold War. Years later, Horgos saw expansion via the building of a gas pipeline, then a highway and then a railroad. China recently re-founded Horgos as their main land port for their new Silk Road Economic Belt. For example, cargo that traveled…


Added by Steven Lerner on December 2, 2014 at 5:17am — No Comments

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