More than just white beaches Nestled in the lovely clear blue waters of the Greater Antilles archipelago in Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is perhaps better known for its white sandy beaches and world class golf courses. But here’s a little known economic fact: According to the World Bank, the Dominican Republic has actually enjoyed one of the strongest growth rates in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 25 years.
Recently, our iContainers team at the Barcelona office had the privilege of visiting one of the largest container depots at the Port of Barcelona. It was an eye-opening experience for all of us and were all left extremely impressed at the amount of work that goes into something seemingly as straightforward as moving containers, not to the mention level of efficiency needed! In this blog post, we’ve consolidated some of the most interesting and mind-blowing facts regarding shipping containers that we’ve learned.
How to properly prepare an LCL shipment When we send an ocean freight LCL (Less than Container Load) shipment, the merchandise needs to be carefully prepared. It is crucial to keep in mind the differences when you prepare an LCL shipment from a FCL (Full Container Load) shipment. More specifically, since LCL shipments require container sharing, you should take extra caution. The most frequent cause for damages to LCL cargo is insufficient packaging.
US to Netherlands shipping times If you’re planning an ocean freight shipment to the Netherlands, one of the – if not the – key issues is the shipping time. The Netherlands is home to Europe’s largest and busiest port – the port of Rotterdam. That said, it’s no wonder that most of the US shipments to the Netherlands arrive here or the port of Amsterdam. Depending on the departure port in the US, a shipment could take anywhere from eight to 53 days.
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. The collapse of Hanjin Hanjin’s collapse marks the biggest bankruptcy to ever hit the container shipping market.
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.
THE Alliance: Who? And then there were five. In April 2017, THE Alliance formed one of the three major shipping alliances setting sail following a musical chair reshuffle. Short for Transport High-Efficiency Alliance, it consists of Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd (with UASC), Japan’s MOL, K Line and NYK Line, and Taiwan’s Yang Ming Line. The ocean freight grouping was left one short following the collapse of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping. The alliance is set to last five years and includes a 240-vessel strong fleet.
Just a little over six months ago, we witnessed one of 2016’s biggest shipping stories: the inauguration of the Panama Canal expansion. This was, perhaps, also one the most significant moments in ocean freight history. The expansion created a new traffic lane for larger and deeper ships. It allowed for the tripling in size of vessels that are able to access the waterway of the waterway’s capacity. In this post, we take a look at the canal’s history and its achievements since its historic expansion.
April 2017 saw great changes, operations wise, in the ocean freight industry. In 2016, we saw a trend of mergers and acquisitions like never before. Following these, the world’s largest carriers will consolidate into three main groupings: THE Alliance, Ocean Alliance, and the 2M+H. In this post, we’ll delve into the figures behind the Ocean Alliance and its members. Come next April, members of the Ocean Alliance will set sail together on a new route network and port rotation.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year It’s the time of the year to revisit the world’s oldest debate. It’s been argued, time and time again, that every year on Christmas Eve, a jolly old man donning a thick white beard descends the chimneys of households around the world. All through Christmas Eve and the wee hours of December 25th, this jolly fellow, commonly known as ‘Santa’, busies himself with delivering presents and joy.