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Brazil: Country Updates with Luis Marques

October Update Brazil's Petrobras sees fuel demand that could affect future logistics prices Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras said October 18th, it has received "atypical demand" for fuel supplies in November that surpasses its production capacity. The company has been operating its refineries with a capacity factor of 90% in...

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5 Paths to Better Supply Chain Visibility

By putting data into the hands of the companies, business partners, and customers that want it, supply chain visibility helps all stakeholders track products from the point of manufacture to the final destination—and all points in between. This “Holy Grail” of global supply chain management has been talked about for...

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5 Ocean Shipping Trends to Watch in 2021

Container shortages, capacity constraints, higher shipping costs, and ongoing impacts of the global pandemic all placed new challenges in front of ocean shippers last year. Those roadblocks have yet to be removed in 2021, although some early signs of relief are beginning to surface. The problem is that the shortage—among...

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IMO 2020 Ocean Shipping Update

Coming into 2020, the world’s ocean shippers were bracing themselves for what would be a fundamental change to the way their ships operate on the high seas. That’s because beginning January 1, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), would limit the amount of sulfur in fuel oil to  0.50% m/m (mass...

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Ocean Outlook: Chinese Manufacturing Revs Back Up

Peter Nordstrom joined DB Schenker as the Regional Head of Ocean Product across the Americas in early-2020. At the time, COVID-19 was largely relegated to China and had yet to begin wreaking havoc on nearly every country around the world. Responsible for developing and implementing ocean freight strategies—including preferred carrier...

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Top 15 Ports in the Americas 2019

There were winners and losers as the busiest cargo ports across North America and South America competed in 2018 to accommodate big ships — and even bigger trade policy changes There was a time when the Americas (or North America and South America combined) was a major geographic inconvenience for...

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Ocean Outlook: Key Trends to Watch in 2019

With IMO 2020 looming, shippers should be keeping a close eye on how carriers, shippers, and refiners are responding to the new 0.5% global sulphur cap. With the International Maritime Organization’s new 0.5% mass by mass (m/m) global sulphur cap on fuel content (down from a current 3.5%) on track...

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