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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Slow Down for Chinese Factories

China’s economic slowdown has had a significant and far-reaching impact on the global supply chain. The competitive advantages that elevated Chinese industries are systematically deteriorating, at different rates, resulting in decreased demand for Chinese goods. Supply chains relying heavily on China’s products are scrambling to find alternative production sources and suppliers. In response to this […]

Fork in the Rail

Unions & Workers: A Fork in the Rail

Rail unions are struggling to pass the National Tentative Agreement, suggested back in September as two have now rejected the offer due to lack of sick time and vacation days. In the event of a rail strike, the US economy could lose $2 billion per day in revenue, prompting shippers, carriers and holiday retailers to […]

Ocean and Air Cargo Diversification

Recent news that ocean carriers like MSC, CMA CGM and Maersk are looking at opening, merging with, or acquiring an air cargo arm for their ocean freight business raises questions about the benefits of diversifying service offerings. As rates fall and the ocean logistics industry slows down, with exports from China coming to US shores […]

Working on the Railroad? Strikes Pending.

As the thirty-day cooling-off period ends on Friday, September 16th, only two unions remain holdouts to an agreement. Unfortunately, those two unions, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the International Association of Sheet Metal Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers, represent more than 90,000 members and encompass the whole of the US rail system as we […]

Peak Season Prime

Priming the Pump for Peak Season

Peak season has been merely a fond memory throughout the pandemic as the breakneck pace of cargo and e-commerce took on the disruption in the supply chain and grew into a monolith of commerce. The period during late summer when retailers begin shipping cargo for the holiday shopping season, the peak itself is returning to […]


Deglobalization on the Rise

When Shanghai and other parts of China went on multiple lockdowns in attempts to curb the spread of Covid-19 it repeatedly brought the global supply chain to its knees. Earlier in June, lockdown orders were finally rescinded, but now, with the advent of the new Omicron BA.5 sub-variant, China is bracing for additional rounds of […]