Peter Tirschwell

Peter Tirschwell, IHS Maritime & Trade senior content officer, is a prominent thought-leader in maritime transportation with more than 20 years as journalist and business leader at The Journal of Commerce.

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Carriers have little track record of self-policing themselves in pursuit of overall industry gains. Can carriers  change their operational stance? And can a different industry emerge?

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The arrival of Uber into the trucking market this year seems well-timed and possibly transformative.
The trucking capacity crunch is revealing the extent to which available capacity is out of reach for many shippers who need it.
Ocean carriers’ vision to end the practice of providing chassis to customers in the US market has not succeeded. 
The willingness of container carriers to sell capacity to resellers who openly distribute rates to the market is fueling rate volatility.
The willingness of container carriers to sell capacity to resellers who openly distribute rates to the market is fueling rate volatility.
“Carriers have to be willing to concede that there is interplay between the long-term contract, and spot rate customers, and that rate actions taken in the spot market can negatively impact contract...
“Carriers have to be willing to concede that there is interplay between the long-term contract, and spot rate customers, and that rate actions taken in the spot market can negatively impact contract...
The US system is challenged when it comes to chassis and, by extension, the need to provide a sustainable working environment for truckers.  
In the wake of the collapse of discussions to create a New York-New Jersey chassis pool, there has been a shrugging of shoulders among some in the industry.
Only their ability of container carriers to invest will lead to meaningful progress that will deliver benefits to the wider market.