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Datamyne Blog

Covering trade & transport, with tips on using
import-export data to advantage

Category Archive: Transport

Finding Your Forwarder

Prepare a checklist to make sure you ask the right questions By Bill Armbruster Picking a freight forwarder that’s right for you can be one of the most crucial decisions you make as an exporter. That applies whether you are a beginner or a veteran looking to make a change. You may…

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Covering Your Assets

Category: Resources, Transport

Cargo insurance can be a life preserver for shippers By Bill Armbruster There’s a big hurricane, and you learn that some containers have been blown off a ship. Suddenly you have a sinking feeling. Your container was on that ship! You share your woes with another shipper, who asks whether you had cargo…

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No sail, no sale

Category: Transport

Booking blues, box shortages and soaring rates plague shippers By Bill Armbruster Remember the good old days – like this time last year — when container carriers were putting up “For Sale” signs all over the place? Well, these days shippers are more likely to see “Sold Out” signs. And if…

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Closely Watched Ship

Taicang Dragon inaugurates TCC’s no-frills transpacific service Norwegian carrier The Containership Company (TCC) launched its new port-to-port service with the first of the start-up’s five vessels arriving May 2 at the Port of Los Angeles laden with cargo from Taicang in China. Fireboats shot streams of water to herald the inaugural…

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Risky Business

Why exporting is outside many companies’ comfort zone By Bill Armbruster The results are in, and the risks have it. 37 people responded to the question in my last blog about the biggest obstacle to exporting. The results were: 4 Fear of the unknown 2 The credit crunch 5 Transportation bottlenecks 7 Red tape 12 Too…

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Unstop the Bottleneck

Port Authorities say freight infrastructure can’t handle doubling exports Members of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) testified yesterday at a U.S. Senate Finance subcommittee hearing that the most significant constraint faced by seaports for increasing U.S. exports is the capacity and efficiency of the nation’s freight transportation infrastructure….

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The Datamyne In the News

Category: Trade Data, Transport

The March cover story in American Shipper (subscription only) on “The Resilient NVO” features data and analysis from The Datamyne, including the top 100 non-vessel operating common carriers on Asia-to-U.S. and Europe-to-U.S. trade lanes based on TEU volumes, 2008-2009, as well as market share charts for the top…

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The Big Squeeze

Category: Transport

Coping with capacity shortages and rising rates By Bill Armbruster The Problems: • Shippers are facing severe shortages of vessel capacity. Even some who have booked shipments weeks in advance and who are regular customers have had their containers “rolled” at the piers because container carriers…

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