West Coast leads latest surge in US container imports

The start of 2024 is bringing with it significant growth in volumes at top U.S. ports.

January witnessed a 9.2% year-over-year increase in inbound containers. This rise represents the latest reading in four consecutive months of growth, a beacon of positive momentum after a challenging period dominated by the post-pandemic downturn.

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DHL supply chain deploys Cobot to optimize picking process

DHL Supply Chain is adding collaborative mobile robots to its host of robotic solutions. Known as “Carter,” the cobot offers the contract logistics provider a flexible warehouse material handling solution to enhance its picking process.

Partnering with Robust.AI to develop and deploy a fleet of warehouse robots, Carter is the first solution to be piloted at a DHL Supply Chain warehouse, with initial deployment planned for later this year.

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FMC releases final rule on detention and demurrage

The Federal Maritime Commission released a new rule on detention and demurrage billing practices as part of its compliance with the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022.

Detention and demurrage billing practices were major problems for shippers during the pandemic. Ocean carriers collected about $6.9 billion in detention and demurrage costs from 2020 to 2022, according to the FMC’s final rule shared on Feb. 23.

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