Asia-Memphis Express Expands With Improved Service From South China

5/24/16 9:00 AM

An innovative combination of ocean service and inland transportation that cuts transit times by up to 10 days, the Asia-Memphis Express has set the bar of excellence for LCL service from Asia to the Southeast for several years.

Now, we are proud to announce that we have expanded this cost-efficient service to provide customers with greater access from South China and Guangdong Province with weekly departures from the Port of Yantian.

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Topics: International, Service, Importing, Asia-Memphis Express

2015 Exports from United States to Mexico Nearly Double Since 2005

3/22/16 1:45 PM

According to the United States Census Bureau, the US exported approximately $236.4 billion worth of goods and services to Mexico in 2015. That's nearly twice the amount of 2005 when exports to Mexico totalled around $120 billion.

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Topics: International, Infographic, Mexico

Imports Through East Coast Ports Hit 7.9 million TEU in 2015

3/14/16 7:51 AM

According to the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), imports through East Coast ports in the United States reached 7.9 million TEU of loaded containers in 2015—an astounding 12.6% increase from 2014.

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Topics: International, PortSide, Supply Chain, Infographic

3 Key Takeaways from TPM 2016

3/9/16 7:00 AM

Leaders and cargo movers from across the international shipping industry were out in full force this year for the Journal of Commerce's 16th TPM (Trans-Pacific Maritime) Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA. In the thick of it all was Charlie McGee, Averitt's vice president of international solutions.

After four days of making the rounds and sitting through discussions to size up the industry's concerns and outlook for 2016, McGee delivers his three major takeaways from TPM:

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Topics: International, PortSide, Industry News, Importing, exporting

International Market Update: Ocean Rate Roller Coaster and Merger mania

1/12/16 8:17 AM

Ups and Downs of Ocean Rates


During the peak of the West Coast ILWU/PMA labor dispute that was reached in February of 2015, backlogs and congestion reached from both shores of North America all the way back to the containers stacked up in Asia awaiting a slot on a vessel that had been long delayed by the gridlock on the West Coast and the sheer volume that was diverted and moving via East and Gulf Coast ports, container rates had skyrocketed to a level never seen before.  Many desperate shippers were willing to pay almost any price to get their cargo moving.

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Topics: International, PortSide, Importing, exporting

Learn to strengthen your import and export transportation model with A free supply chain white paper

11/30/15 7:30 AM

When it comes to the volatile world of international supply chains, shippers have to be able to make the right decisions at the right times. And in recent years, American importers and exporters have come to learn that is often better to operate with a proactive (rather than reactive) approach to inland transportation that begins or ends with a port. 

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Topics: International, PortSide, Shipping Tips, Supply Chain

Overcome The Local Global Complexity Of Supply Chains

9/13/15 12:24 PM

More than ever, shippers and supply chains exist in a state of what I like to call “local global complexity.” Rapidly changing economies, customer culture and technology continually force us to re-evaluate supply chain practices.

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Topics: International, PortSide, Supply Chain

Five Must-Know Tips For Shipping LTL To Mexico

5/26/15 8:00 AM

When it comes to U.S. export value, only a handful of other countries can compete against Mexico. In fact, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the country ranked second overall in 2013 with a total export value of $226.2 billion. As you can imagine, there is ample opportunity for American businesses to become involved in international trade and cross-border shipping. Securing customers across the border is only the first step though. 

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Topics: International

PMA and ILWU Reach West Coast Port Agreement

2/23/15 11:00 AM

Just as the media seemed poised to run headlines decrying the complete shutdown of operations at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced this past Friday evening that a tentative agreement had been reached.

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Topics: International, Industry News

Planned Temporary Operational Suspension Dates

2/13/15 11:39 AM

For the second time in less than a week, the PMA imposed a partial shutdown of operations at all 29 West Coast ports on Thursday (2/12). The organization also announced that the loading and unloading of vessels will also be suspended over the weekend (2/14-15) and through Monday (2/16).

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Topics: International, PortSide, Industry News