Commentary

Some clarification is offered on the state of tit-for-tat tariffs and ways to make trade fairer without a global recession.
An emerging technology — electric-powered, self-driving trucks — can address the issues of driver shortages, increased trucking costs, and government regulations, creating new opportunities for truck fleet operators and logistics companies. 
In the aftermath of the horrific Maersk Honam fire that killed five crew members, one carrier is hoping others follow in addressing the problem of the accurate declaration and proper stowing of goods, to improve ship safety once and for all.
For US importers, 2018 has brought a rollercoaster of regulations — and that wild ride shows no signs of slowing down.   
The US Trade Representative has announced the process companies may use to seek exclusion from the 25 percent tariff imposed on goods originating in China, which became effective the same day.
The bill of lading protects a shipper as well as a carrier. A company should insist on one every time a commercial carrier picks up its products for movement to a customer.
If there ever was a year in the globalization era for US shippers and forwarders/supply chain managers to schedule their surface transport well in advance, it is this year. In 2018, shippers should not expect surge freight capacity. 
“As charter rates go down and fuel goes up, Panama Canal offers a shortcut,” Administrator Jorge Quijano tells JOC.com 
If there wasn’t an urgency to unfreeze the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations and secure an agreement, the prospect of major damage to a sector and a recession in a key, developed economy certainly creates it.
A longtime carrier executive — a Maritime Hall of Fame inductee — argues the first visible change area in container shipping’s new era will be one customers will like.
Concerning shippers’ request for a cost-based pricing structure from ocean carriers, and an end to the current market-based pricing system, it may end up being placed in the category of, “Be careful what you wish for.”
A two-part movement of machinery pieces, without damage inspection, leaves shippers out to dry.
The demand-driven global expansion continues, which is good news on many levels. But the expansion also is driving up energy prices, to the detriment of truck transport, and that has implications for global trade.
At this stage, people should take President Donald Trump’s warnings about imposing a 25 percent tariff on automobiles imported to the United States seriously. Further, if you think the tariff will help US vehicle manufacturers, workers, and the economy, you haven’t paid close enough attention.