The state of Texas is poised to allow higher weight limits in the vicinity of the Port of Houston. Governor Greg Abbott has signed SB1524, which will raise the maximum weight, with permit, to 93,000 pounds for six-axle trucks, or 100,000 pounds for seven-axle trucks within a 30-mile radius of Texas ports. Effective on January […]

Please be advised that a GRI has been announced by ocean carriers on all dry and reefer cargo: Effective Date: Jun 16, 2017 (Cargo receipt date at origin) FROM: ASIA & INDIA SUB-CONTINENT TO: ALL U.S.A. & CANADA Ports of Discharge and inland points via said ports USD 560 per 20′ (all types) USD 700 […]

Brazilian customs workers are in the midst of a two-day strike, causing a backlog of uncleared containers at the ports, according to the Journal of Commerce (JOC). Sindifisco, the trade union representing customs employees, has ordered its workers to avoid signing off on cargo for two working days. Exceptions have been made for dangerous cargo, […]

New vessel rotations implemented in April as part of a shakeup in global shipping alliances are causing shippers and port stakeholders to brace for delays at West Coast ports, the Journal of Commerce (JOC) reports. The reorganization, in effect on April 1, significantly altered the makeup of the ocean carrier alliances, reducing the number of […]

Amid efforts by Brazilian president Michel Temer to freeze public spending and pass pension & labor reforms, the Central Workers’ Union (abbreviated CUT in Portuguese) of Brazil has called for a general strike on Friday, April 28. The strike may potentially impact manufacturing, air travel, public transportation and other public sector industries. Brazil has not […]

UWL celebrates their 10 year anniversary
April 27, 2017

Press Release   CLEVELAND, OH (April 27, 2017) – The evolution of World Shipping, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, OH, reached another milestone as their ocean NVOCC, forwarding and airfreight subsidiary, UWL, Inc. celebrated its 10-year anniversary in the first quarter of 2017. Responding to the global market shift in the shipping industry, World Shipping created […]

Congestion at the Yangshan deepwater port in Shanghai is causing significant delays, and will likely affect shipping times in the month ahead for Asia-Europe and Trans-Pacific sailings. The average delay per vessel of 53 hours is a 41 percent increase compared with the first week of April, according to an analysis from CargoSmart. Dense fog, […]

The Indian Government has made changes to the import Service Tax, effective January 22, 2017. Inbound prepaid ocean freight and related freight charges are now subject to a tax of 4.5 percent. Many carriers are in the process of phasing in this tax, which previously exempted prepaid shipments. UWL will follow this matter closely and […]

Maersk to Acquire Hamburg Süd
December 1, 2016

Ocean carrier Maersk has agreed to acquire rival Hamburg Süd, increasing its capacity from 3.15 million TEUs to 3.76 million TEUs. The deal is expected to unfold throughout 2017, subject to regulatory processes. The sale price has yet to be disclosed, but is expected to be a cash deal, with the purchase agreement to become […]

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