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    Guest post by Gemma Davies On Tuesday the 28th of March, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May signed article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, triggering the UK’s formal exit from the European Union after Britain’s landmark vote to leave the EU. The get out clause, penned in 2009 to give member states the opportunity to […]

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    Guest Post by Dakota Murphey NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: While Universal Cargo’s blog usually focuses on international shipping for businesses or news in the international shipping industry, we thought our readers and site visitors may find a blog on shipping individual packages abroad useful. This well-written guest post by Dakota Murphey focuses on individuals in the EU […]

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    On Sunday (July 9th, 2017), Cosco Shipping Holdings Co., Ltd. (Cosco); Shanghai International Port Group Co., Ltd (SIPG); and Orient Overseas International Limited (OOIL) announced jointly that Cosco and SIPG have made an offer to acquire OOIL. If it wasn’t clear enough that OOIL is accepting the offer by the fact the company jointly made […]

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    The Port of Virginia just had a very good fiscal year. In a press release from Port of Virginia Spokesman Joseph D. Harris, the port reported: The Port of Virginia® handled 231,675 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in June, a new record for the month and a 7 percent increase when compared with the same month last year. […]

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    It’s hard to believe it, but a year has already passed since the unveiling of the expanded Panama Canal. Plagued with delays and increases in costs, it once seemed the expansion project would never be complete. Now that some time has passed with the operation of the expanded canal, international shipping experts are starting to analyze whether […]

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    A draft of the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) update has been released by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. You have between now and September 18th to submit written comments on it. An updated CAAP was promised back in June when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia […]

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    Imagine you’re a port security guard, walking up and down rows of stacked shipping containers when you hear cries for help. You investigate. Getting closer to the sounds, unsure exactly what you’ll find, you start to get nervous. The source of the cries is hard to establish, and soon you realize the cries for help […]

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    They say eating too many potato chips could eventually kill you; however, just opening these potato chip cans could cost you your life. A man was arrested after allegedly importing king cobras–yes the deadly snakes–from Hong Kong to the U.S. Apparently, the man and his accomplice thought the perfect shipping container for the international shipping […]

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    It’s actually happening. The International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) is extending its contract before the current one expires. This might be one of the most exciting news items we’ve ever shared on the Universal Cargo blog. It isn’t actually official yet, but Alexander Whiteman reported in The Loadstar that the rank and file vote […]

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    It was only a matter of time. Well, there still is some time, really. But not much. The first automated containership is scheduled to set sail in 2018. Check out this video from Kongsberg Gruppen, laying out the details of a ship that will be not only autonomous but also fully electronic with zero emissions: […]

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    Maersk is the biggest name in international shipping. It is the largest ocean carrier by capacity and sets industry trends with the moves it makes. Another advantage Maersk has over its competition is diversification, which put the company in a better position to handle years of overcapacity and low freight rates that resulted in billions […]

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    I read something very disturbing this week. According to a brief from Supply Chain Dive, most cargo imported to the U.S. travels uninsured. In fact, according the brief, 9 out of 10 shipping containers that arrive in the U.S. travel uninsured. 9 out of 10? Really? Failing to insure cargo is a huge risk for […]

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    The U.S. hasn’t seen a hurricane as powerful as Hurricane Harvey hit in a decade. It came right through the Gulf of Mexico, making landfall as a category 4 hurricane, destroying homes, claiming lives, and slamming shipping and supply chains in and near the Gulf Coast. Of course, the most important thing is people. And […]

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    A container ship crossing the Pacific Ocean sounds like nothing new. Importers and exporters know that carriers have ships sailing goods between Asia and America every day. However, a ship Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) is preparing to send “could disrupt the global shipping industry” according to a Bloomberg Technology article. The headline of that […]

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    The biggest news to hit U.S. Shippers and international shipping last week was also the biggest hurricane to hit the U.S. in a decade. We shared how Hurricane Harvey hurt the supply chain last week. Among the hurricane’s many impacts were port closures. I our blog a week ago, Universal Cargo Account Manager Jessica Langdon shared […]

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    We haven’t even gotten over Hurricane Harvey, and already another deadly hurricane is headed for U.S. landfall. Hurricane Irma is a category 5 storm that is likely to make landfall in Florida over the weekend. While Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. in over a decade, Hurricane Irma is the most powerful […]

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    The worst is over with Hurricane Irma; however, Florida and Georgia took pretty big hits. Millions are without power. Homes and businesses were damaged. Worse, ABC reported the death toll in the U.S. from the hurricane is up to 12. Among business offices to close was Universal Cargo’s Atlanta office. But many of our Atlanta […]

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  • 09/14/17--06:00: The Rates of Wrath
  • War isn’t something that’s spoken of lightly, but when you’re in the shipping business you have to constantly look ahead and plan for any possibility. With North Korea recently stirring up tensions with nuclear missiles testing, it’s very possible that this could become a situation in which commodity shippers need to prepare for an increase […]

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    It’s no secret that pollution in China is bad. If you ever visit the country, you’ll probably notice some people walking around wearing surgical masks because of the haze from China’s industrialization that you can actually see in the air. Not only can you see that pollution haze from the ground, you can see it […]