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Natural Disasters Brewing

Bestway on Preparing for Natural Disasters in the Supply Chain

In logistics, natural disasters can severely disrupt supply chain operations. From hurricanes and floods to droughts, the consequences for shipments, cargo, and schedules can be detrimental. It’s evident that proactive planning and strategic responses to these challenges are crucial.  Key Steps to Ensure Preparedness: How Bestway Logistics Stands Out During Disruptions: Natural disasters, though unpredictable, […]

Canadian Port Strike UPDATE

UPDATE 7/20/23 10:00 AM After a rollercoaster of striking and agreeing again, the Canadian ILWU is back on the job. Briefly resuming the strike yesterday ended rapidly as both sides raced back to the negotiating table after the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) ordered the union back to work and stressed the need for compromise. […]

Canadian West Coast Port Strikes & You

The ongoing Canadian west coast port strike, currently in its 10th day, is becoming increasingly critical. As ocean carriers scramble to adapt, modifications to their operations are already under way. At Bestway Logistics, we stand by our commitment to ensure the smooth transit of our customers’ goods. As the situation unfolds, we’re keeping a close […]

Refreshing Stability: New Labor Contract Ushers Normalcy at West Coast Ports

It’s time to sigh with relief and look forward with anticipation as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced a new six-year labor contract on June 14, 2023. This noteworthy development tells us that stability and optimism for the West Coast ports and the entire supply chain fraternity […]

Navigating Drought-Induced Panama Canal Restrictions with Slow Steaming

Severe drought conditions in the Panama Canal are having a significant impact on global supply chains, as the Panama Canal Authority  implements draft restrictions limiting the amount of cargo the world’s largest ships can carry.  From February through April, rainfall in the Panama Canal declined by 50% compared to recent averages, SeaTrade-Maritime reports.  Water levels […]

Post-Pandemic Shipping: The Value of Forwarder Support

Now that the disruption in ocean shipping caused by the pandemic has started to settle, we’re seeing that service improvements are happening in many sectors. With fewer delays, less congestion, and a reduction in imports, the flow of cargo traffic can move easier than it did over the last two years. As reliability, scheduling, and […]

Port Labor: Crucial or Minor Inconvenience

Light was shed earlier this month on the contradicting perspectives that continue to cause uncertainty with labor negotiations between the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). Whether the situation is “crucial” or “a minor inconvenience” , as quoted by the respective groups, is yet to be determined.  The contradicting perspectives […]

Detention and Demurrage: Updates

Detention and demurrage charges are back in the news as carriers stop charging for days when the terminal is closed. Under the threat of the FMC investigation leading to questions of antitrust, carriers are giving in and accepting that customers shouldn’t be responsible for not returning containers on days when containers couldn’t be returned through […]

ILWU: West Coast Labor Talks

The talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to renew their labor contract began in May last year. Disputes over some issues led to a stalemate that required the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to step in, but both parties have now reached a tentative agreement. The […]

FMC Fee Recovery: Don’t Break the Bank

The showdown between ocean carriers and the FMC continues this month as the agency takes a closer look at MSC, the largest container line in the world. After the pandemic disruption, the FMC has initiated several investigations into carriers for excessive fees, incorrectly applied fines, and reports that carriers refused returned equipment due to space […]

Blanked Sailings

Blanked Sailings and Resiliency: The Bestway

The best case scenario of an uptick in demand due after the Lunar New Year is fast dissolving as analysts turn expectations to a slower recovery while inflation and falling consumer demand continue to throw the brakes on the economy. While carriers planned for annual blanked sailings during the two-week Spring Festival, there are dozens […]

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year: In Springs the Rabbit

Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival, is one of the most important holidays in many cultures, including Chinese and Vietnamese. It’s a time of celebration, feasting, and giving gifts to family members near and far. In 2023, Lunar New Year begins on January 21st, entering the Year of the Rabbit. Annually, Lunar New Year […]