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Sri Laxmana — Vice President, Global Ocean Product, C.H. Robinson

Sri has been with C.H. Robinson since 2000 and has served multitude of roles during his career. He has worked in Customs Brokerage, Ocean/Air Imports, Ocean/Air Exports, Business Development and Trade Management for a variety of trade-lanes. Sri is currently the vice president of global ocean product at C.H. Robinson. Sri is responsible for the global strategy, volumes and revenue for ocean transportation. Sri holds an engineering and business degrees and is based in Eden Prairie, MN.

Global Shipping Trends: What to Expect in 2017

Global Shipping Trends: What to expect in 2017. Transportfolio by C.H. Robinson


The global transportation industry was dealt a year full of surprises in 2016, and with that came challenges. For most ocean carriers, the first three quarters were extremely challenging financially. While these financial pressures have been ongoing since 2009 due to several factors, overcapacity was certainly one of the most prevalent. Ocean carriers continue to see their average operating margin dip below zero as rates fell to their lowest levels since 2009. All of this mounted to the Hanjin bankruptcy, one of the largest container shipping bankruptcies in history. This action will continue to accelerate the carrier acquisition activities in 2017.
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3 Major Japanese Container Shipping Lines to Consolidate

3 Major Japanese Container Shipping Lines to Consolidate | Transportfolio


As we predicted in early 2016, consolidation within ocean shipping is something that will affect the industry in 2017 and beyond.

The latest consolidation effort involves Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), three of Japan’s largest container ship lines. They have agreed to establish a new joint venture company by approximately July 2017. And by April 2018, business is expected to commence pending regulatory approvals.
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Countdown to Black Friday: From across Oceans to Store Shelves

Countdown to Black Friday: From across Oceans to Store Shelves.Transportfolio


Black Friday: a shopping bonanza for bargain-hungry consumers and a day of record-breaking sales for retailers. It’s also the ultimate test of preparedness for supply chain professionals. Planning for the holiday surge starts months in advance—a step that’s even more critical when your freight needs to cross oceans. » Read More

East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion

East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion.Transportfolio

Editor’s note: This post originally ran in October 2015. Since the Panama Canal is scheduled to open this Sunday, June 26, we wanted to share it with you again.

Port ImageYou might think that shippers along the East Coast will be the biggest beneficiaries of fierce competition between the East and West Coast ports. In fact, the battleground on which ports compete for customers will likely expand and move several hundred miles west, toward Chicago and Memphis. It will take in other metropolitan areas like Detroit and Columbus, and encompass a newly contested region that accounts for more than 15% of the U.S. GDP. » Read More

SOLAS and Container Weight: What Shippers Need to Know

SOLAS and Container Weight FAQs: What Shippers Need to Know | Transportfolio


If you ship products globally, you probably know changes were made to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention in 2016. SOLAS, while not new, got an update when it comes to ocean shipping weight requirements.

What is SOLAS?

What is SOLAS? | Transportfolio

SOLAS is not a government led initiative, it is a rule from the International Maritime Organization (IMO)—a global authority for the safety, security, and environmental performance of international shipping—and was first introduced in 1974.
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