17 Feb / 2017

The remains of Hanjin

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Just a mere six months ago, Hanjin Shipping sailed the seas as South Korea’s largest ocean freight carrier and the world’s 7th biggest shipping container line. As you read this, a Korean court has declared the once-mighty carrier bankrupt.

In this post, we take an extensive look at how the shipping industry has feasted on Hanjin and what’s left of its carcass. 

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5 things to know when loading a container

Thinking about sending an ocean freight shipment? You must already know how complicated a process it is. Customs clearance, paperwork, and preparing your packing list are important parts of the process. But many shippers fail to note the importance of the proper loading of a container. This is especially crucial. You may have filled out the paperwork fine and packed your goods impeccably. But if there’s a problem with your container, those other efforts can pretty much go out the window. Shippers are responsible for packing or loading a container.

In this post, we’ll outline the five most important things to know when loading a container.

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Antwerp Port’s outstanding 2016 growth

For an inland location, Antwerp Port continues to record outstanding growth. The Belgian port recorded an above-average market growth in 2016. This feat proves ever more impressive considering that the miserable market figures for the ocean freight industry in recent years have, more often than not, threatened to stay.

Overall in 2016, the port of Antwerp handled a total freight volume of over 214 million tons. This represents a 2.7% increase from 2015 – one of the port’s many improvements. Container volume also grew 4.1% to over 10 million TEUs for the first time in the port’s history. And to top it all off, the number of seagoing ships calling at Antwerp Port in 2016 recorded a 0.4% increase from 2015 to 14,473 vessels.

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