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Sri Laxmana — Director of Ocean Services

Sri has been with C.H. Robinson for more than 15 years 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 variety of trade-lanes. Sri is currently the Director of the Ocean Services for the Global Forwarding division of C.H. Robinson. Sri is responsible for the global strategy, volumes and revenue for the ocean transportation. Sri holds an engineering and business degrees and is based in Eden Prairie, MN.

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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How Mega Ships Impact Ocean Freight Logistics

How Mega Ships Impact Ocean Freight Logistics | Transportfolio


We all know that when we go to the store to purchase an item, we often look for a good bargain. After all, when we save a few dollars here and there, it starts to add up. With this in mind, let’s apply the same thinking upstream. Putting production and labor costs overseas aside, transportation becomes the prime target to help drive down costs. As a result, ocean vessels have gotten larger. It’s pretty simple—the more containers you can fit on a vessel, the lower the operational costs are, which can be passed on to consumers for better bargains on the shelf.
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6 Things to Consider as You Plan Your 2016 Budget

2016 Budgeting

The start of a new year means budget planning is likely back on your agenda. You probably have questions about what the 2016-2017 ocean contract season will bring. Let’s look at six key topics to watch in the coming year that could impact your budget planning now. » Read More

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

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

Explosion in Tianjin

Marine Cargo

There were two massive explosions within the port premise of Tianjin, China yesterday. Early information suggests this was due to hazardous materials resulting in fatalities and multiple injuries.

As a result of this, the Port of Tianjin, which is the tenth largest port in the world, has suffered damages. At this time it seems specific terminals within the port complex operations have been temporarily impacted. We anticipate there will be delays given the overall damages sustained around the area which will impede the movements of containers both in and out of the terminals.

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