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China, COVID, and Civil Unrest
Under China’s zero-Covid policy, strict lockdowns are being blamed for an apartment fire that killed ten people when emergency services were delayed due to restrictions. The pushback has led to civil unrest in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan, and Chengdu, further complicating the cargo situation that’s facing delays from Covid outbreaks impacting labor and transportation.   ...
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Thankful for the Season
One thing you learn after being in business through the last few years, you’re only as strong as the people you can lean on. After a difficult pandemic, a rollercoaster of cargo disruption, and a shared season of losing people we loved, Zarach is reminded that we’re all in this together. The team we’ve built...
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Last week we discussed the possibility of a rail strike hitting as we move into the holiday season, and intelligent shippers are talking to their logistics partners to determine what can be done to mitigate disruptions if a work stoppage occurs. Besides transportation solutions, customers need to be aware of warehousing and distribution options they...
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Rail Strike and the Path Ahead
Warnings of a possible rail strike starting December 4th ramped up again as the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) voted against the National Tentative Agreement. This contract came together in September after the initial cooling-off period passed, and the Presidential Advisory Board (PEB) stepped in to expedite progress on a resolution. Reiterating our earlier warnings...
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Trucking Boom
The massive increase in US manufacturing has hit the trucking sector hard, causing both capacity issues and delays as an already precarious industry tries to keep up with renewed interest from heavy machinery and parts. Unpredictable fuel rates, record low levels of the Mississippi River, and an omnipresent shortage of drivers put pressure on carriers...
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Contract Negotiations
Based on the current stories that come up regarding the labor negotiations for both rail and ocean port workers, there might be a lesson buried in the situation that bears acknowledging. In all fairness, the pandemic was exceedingly difficult to navigate for everyone and nobody could have seen it coming.    To wit, a tidal...
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China on Lockdown
Once again, the supply chain is watching China and the zero-COVID policy that slowed transportation to a crawl earlier this year. Currently, only Ningbo is experiencing severe disruption, but as more cases in Shanghai come back positive and more areas in the city are locked down, the delays will likely compound and hit hard. It’s...
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Empty Container Conundrum
It doesn’t seem so long ago that we lamented the equipment imbalance that plagued shippers who needed to find containers for their cargo. Currently, we’re watching ports and carriers trying to deal with the excessive number of containers that have been abandoned on their docks. In Chittagong last month, containers had to be destroyed to...
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Capacity
Transpacific ocean freight spot rates are taking a nosedive, and traditionally, when this happens, carriers implement a strategy utilizing blank sailings. Blank sailings are when a carrier decides to skip certain scheduled ports or whole routes. This could be for any of a number of reasons such as demand for capacity or congestion. For example,...
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Golden Week Blank Sailing
After talking breathlessly about the possibility of a rail strike and how the world held steady under the threat thereof, the news on the logistics front dried up for a brief moment as trickles of thoughts about peak season, trans-Pacific rates, and equipment imbalances moved in separate news cyclones instead of offering a full picture...
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