East Coast Ports Optimizing Workflow

Ports have turned their full attention towards making the supply chain process as smooth as possible for customers and cargo owners. East Coast ports have been experiencing higher volumes as shippers attempt to avoid port congestion in the West Coast ports. The increased activity has resulted in growth at some ports while others are experiencing […]

Ocean Shipping Reform Act Passed House of Representatives

For the first time since 1998, the regulations governing U.S. container trades have received an overhaul. With an overwhelming approval of 369-42, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) of 2022, which President Biden is expected to sign soon. TA President and CEO, Chris Spear, said that the Federal Maritime […]

Cargo Moving Thanks to Threat of Fees

According to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, threats of penalty fees are just as effective as the fees themselves. The container dwell fee announced by the White House late in October 2021 declared that ports would be implementing a fee of $100 per each day extra at berth. A fee that was, […]

Diesel Market Causing Confusion

The diesel market split into two directions last week, adding to the confusion and uncertainty that buyers have been facing. Inventories of ultra low sulfur diesel (USLD), which had already been at record-breaking lows, managed to decrease even further in price. USLD had been rising faster than the price of crude oil and gasoline on […]

The Newest Way to Measure Supply Pressure

There is a new way to measure supply chain issues that are partially to blame for consumer price inflation: The Global Supply Chain Pressure Index (GSCPI). Researchers at the New York Federal Reserve invented this new calculation system using over 25 indicators, including, though not limited to, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) and Harpex index. […]

2021 Freight Recap & 2022 Projections

TLC’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Joe Hassenfratz, sits down with the host of The View from Jamestown Podcast, Ben Sawicki, to discuss the state of frieght over the past year and to discuss predictions for 2022.

Promises Plateau for Port Congestion

The highly contested port fee plan, backed by the Biden administration with the intention of motivating container movement, is starting to lose its grandiose. Since the announcement, long-dwelling containers at ports were down by 50%, though the implementation date for the fee itself has been pushed back more than five times already. “My money says […]

Shortages Not in Short Supply

From coal to computer chips, the world is facing mass shortages in every industry. The main culprit: an energy crisis faced overseas. As the demand for Chinese products grows, China faces challenges set by recent energy-saving regulations due impart to their consumption of fossil fuels to power factories. Bottlenecks in US ports are adding to […]

Supply Chain Getting Worse

Supply chain experts are describing what they call a “perfect storm” when it comes to the current state of supply chains everywhere: truck driver shortages, computer chip shortages, and raw material shortages in almost all industries; combined with a continuous increase in consumer demand, the only thing there seems to be no lack of are […]

Proposals to Update Shipping Act

Congressmen John Garamendi and Dusty Johnson introduced legislation on August 11th, 2021, in the House of Representatives that would reform the Shipping Act. Shippers and U.S. exporters, specifically, called for the legislation to be reviewed and updated to help protect them from fees and to help ensure capacity. Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Daniel Maffei, a […]