2016 was a busy year in the world of shipping. The SOLAS VGM (Safety of Life at Sea Verified Gross Mass) mandate along with the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy were two of the most notable events. As we reflect on 2016, below is a list our top ten global logistics blog posts from this year.
The Panama Canal vs. The Suez Canal - This blog post made a repeat appearance on our annual top 10 list. Read about the history, various expansion projects, individual market share and the future of the two major shipping canals.
G20 Summit: Expect Supply Chain Disruptions - In an effort to improve the air quality in advance of the G20 summit, the Chinese government ordered some factories near Hangzhou to close.
Incoterms Explained: Free Carrier (FCA) - This is another post which made our top performing list once again in 2016. Incoterms are standardized terms used to outline the exact delivery arrangements between a buyer and seller. Did you know the FCA term applies to all transportation modes while other Incoterms apply only to maritime transportation?
Comprehensive List of SOLAS VGM Updates and Carrier Notices - The SOLAS VGM mandate officially took effect on July 1, 2016. The implementation of this new global rule varied by country, port and carrier. Check out our archive of updates explaining the global rule.
New Destination Control Statement (DCS) Requirements: How to Maintain Export Compliance - Effective last month, all ITAR or BIS controlled exports are now required to list a revised DCS (Destination Control Statement) on the commercial invoice.
FDA Import Alert: Eyewear Products - Are you aware that additional documentation will be required if importing eyewear products? Otherwise, the cargo could be detained at the port of entry.
Ocean Carrier Alliances [Quick Guide] - While the ocean carrier alliances are set to change in April 2017, here is a quick summary of the current ocean carrier alliances.
Ex-Works: Incoterms Explained - Did you know the Ex-Works term places the maximum obligation on the buyer and minimum obligations on the seller?
Truck vs. Train Transportation - Find out the top five factors to consider when comparing truck vs train transportation options.
Update: U.S.-China Cargo Requirements due to the Zika Virus - At the height of the Zika Virus outbreak, the Chinese government placed mandates on cargo originating in the United States. These mandates have since been lifted for U.S. export cargo.
Read more of our global logistics blog posts here.
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