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Estimates Range From Days To Weeks To Re-Open Suez Canal

Estimates Range From Days To Weeks To Re-Open Suez Canal

Global supply chains already struggling under the weight of port congestion, exponential rate increases and equipment shortages suffered another shock early this week when on Tuesday the 20,000 TEU Ultra-Large Container Vessel (ULCV) Ever Given blocked a single-lane...

Trucking Capacity Update

Trucking Capacity Update

The interconnected nature of supply chains—hence the term including the word ‘chain’ overtly implying linkage—means that breaking one link has consequences for the integrity of the entire chain. Beginning with the problems created by container backlogs, shortages and...

Oceanic Challenges Part 2: The Transpacific

Oceanic Challenges Part 2: The Transpacific

Transpacific conditions are worsening for carriers, shippers, and longshoremen. Last week, we cautioned our customers about the challenges on the transatlantic trade but neglected to include the midweek surprise of a three-day strike in Hamburg by port workers at HHLA...

Oceanic Challenges Part 1: The Transatlantic

Oceanic Challenges Part 1: The Transatlantic

Transatlantic and transpacific routes are seeing unique and significant challenges. TOC is focused on working with our customers and carriers to provide the best possible service. Whether coming to North America from Europe on the North Atlantic or from Asia on the...

Don’t Let Transpacific News Crowd Out Equal Transatlantic Challenges

Don’t Let Transpacific News Crowd Out Equal Transatlantic Challenges

We have written multiple times about the ongoing problems with the eastbound transpacific but want to be sure shippers are aware that equal congestion, rate and capacity issues exist on the transatlantic. U.S. exporters are unable to get containers, because carriers...

Changes In Administrations Bring Changes In Agency, Trade Priorities

Changes In Administrations Bring Changes In Agency, Trade Priorities

With changes in administrations come changes in priorities. The incoming Biden/Harris administration will take office and have a number of trade issues on their hands to deal with from day one. The trade issues and relationships that are priority focus items within...

Global Congestion Concerns

Global Congestion Concerns

The challenges of space, congestion and handling for shippers moving goods globally are real and multifaceted. Our goal is remaining engaged with our customers and ensuring they’re in possession of the most current information to make informed decisions for their...

Worldwide Container Shortages

Worldwide Container Shortages

Global container shortages plague shippers worldwide as cargo surges into the U.S. from Asia. While we at TOC have been able to mitigate these issues and provide equipment in recent weeks, the problems aren’t short-term hiccups. Despite our strong carrier...

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