How a container storage yard fits into our global shipping crunch

Oct 27, 2021
Some containers have been sitting in storage for years. Experts say the problem has more to do with moving them to the right places than increasing the number in circulation.
Sales manager Carlos Carrillo at ConGlobal Industries' container storage depot. After unloading, he said, "they terminate here before they go out back to China or wherever it may be.”
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Pay or delay: Importers caught in shipping backup face limited options

Oct 8, 2021
“There’s nothing I can do,” said India Hynes, CEO of appliance importer Vinotemp.
Stacks of shipping containers at the Port of Oakland in California. "Containers aren't unloaded at the port level, and the factories are hesitant to produce," laments India Hynes, CEO of Vinotemp.
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Can the shipping industry meet its climate goal for 2050?

Oct 6, 2021
New fuels, new policies would be needed soon to meet the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by that date.
A Belgian Coast Guard plane flies over a container ship on Sep. 30. A major international shipping industry group announced their aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 this week.
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What's behind the chip shortage?

Sep 17, 2021
Shortages happen when demand is greater than supply. When it comes to computer chips, there are problems on both sides of that equation.
The chip shortage has been made worse by shipping bottlenecks, worker shortages and supply chain issues.
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Import prices declined unexpectedly in August

Sep 15, 2021
These prices may be a bellwether of where domestic or worldwide inflation are headed, says Cornell economist Eswar Prasad.
A container vessel passes under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge in New York. Although import prices eased in August, they were up 9% year over year.
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Shipping cost index reaches 11-year high

Aug 25, 2021
The Baltic Dry Index tracks how much it costs to ship materials long distances.
A container ship is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in California. The Baltic Dry Index, which tracks the cost of shipping materials long distances, is at a high level amid congestion at Chinese ports.
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The world's largest container-shipping company wants to go green

Aug 24, 2021
Danish company Maersk said it has ordered eight vessels that run on green methanol, a carbon-neutral fuel.
In a step toward creating a carbon-neutral shipping fleet, Maersk will purchase eight vessels that run on green methanol.
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What freight rail tells us about the economy

Aug 4, 2021
Trains are delivering shipping containers brimming with the imported products consumers are demanding. Rail can tell us about U.S. exports, too.
The U.S. has seen an uptick in intermodal train traffic over the first half of the year — that's when products travel in containers from ship to truck or train.
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Biden looks to curb the big business powers behind shipping and rail

Jul 9, 2021
An executive order could spur government regulators to address patterns of consolidation and high pricing.
A fully loaded cargo ship heads out to sea from New York Harbor on August 22, 2016 in New York City.
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Despite e-commerce boom, a leading cardboard maker's profits fall

Jun 22, 2021
For DS Smith, higher demand from individual customers wasn't enough to offset a drop in corporate clients.
The drop in profit has to do with fewer corporate clients needing cardboard products during COVID-19.
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