Archive for ocean shipping

Changes to International Fuel Surcharges Coming in 2020

Fuel surcharges have been a topic of conversation and negotiation for carriers and shippers alike for many years. Fuel is a huge percentage of a carrier’s overall cost for operating their business, and carriers have historically utilized various fuel surcharges, from “emergency” to “interim,” in order to pass along volatility of these costs to their […]

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Taking the “Ouch” Out of Transportation Costs

Global supply chains tie the planet together, providing goods to consumers, jobs to workers, and dividends to shareholders. A single item can touch multiple continents before landing in the hands of the consumer. And this global trip isn’t just for sightseeing – leading companies find that a diversified sourcing base and far-flung manufacturing can help […]

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5 Things to Know Before Negotiating Ocean Shipping Contracts This Year

The 2018-19 contract season for ocean shipping is here, and it’s time to think about the best way to approach negotiations. Of course, you want to control costs, consider options, and mitigate risks, but it will also be important to keep these five factors in mind as you talk to ocean service providers about the year […]

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How to Plan for Common Disruptors in Ocean Freight

Peak season for ocean freight shipping is underway. Which means that, as it does every year at this time, space is about to get very tight. That can make it difficult to meet your delivery times unless you take proactive steps now to minimize the risk in your supply chain. Here’s an easy way to […]

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Editor’s Pick: 4 Factors to Help Negotiate Better Ocean Shipping Contracts This Year

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Pick” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics. In this post, Sri Laxmana, Director of Ocean Services at C.H. Robinson, shares four factors logistics executives should keep top of […]

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