Crux Systems Insights

5 tips for avoiding demurrage fees

June 22, 2017 by Siri Casper |

Logistics

When you’re moving cargo around the world, fees charged by shipping lines, carriers and ports can all vary. But one thing is certain: they can add up quickly.

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The growing digital threat to freight forwarders

June 15, 2017 by Jennifer Colvin |

News

Newer technology companies are aiming to change the way that people manage and ship their cargo. Freight forwarders, and for that matter, freight and truck brokers, need to decide which side of the digital divide they’re going to land as a result.

In this month's issue of Shipping...

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Expansion projects: three ports to keep an eye on

June 9, 2017 by Jennifer Colvin |

Terminals

Ships are getting bigger, and terminals are expanding to keep pace. Here are three projects to keep an eye on.

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Reducing dwell times and demurrage fees

June 5, 2017 by Jennifer Colvin |

Terminals

To track down what’s happening with your cargo today, you probably go to multiple websites, log into separate systems, make phone calls, and then transcribe all of the details in a spreadsheet that’s emailed back and forth with your team. At best, this process is a time-consuming...

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Impacts of the Panama Canal expansion

June 2, 2017 by Eric Klein |

Shipping

One year ago the Panama Canal's expanded locks opened to accommodate container ships that can carry more than 13,000 TEU, nearly three times bigger than the 5,000 TEU ships that can pass through the original locks built more than 100 years ago. As a point of comparison, the largest...

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Why normalized data matters

May 8, 2017 by Eric Klein |

Logistics

We are monitoring import cargo for 68 terminals in the US and Canada today, and while 68 isn't a massive number of sites, it does represent a significant undertaking in cleaning up data that is incredibly inconsistent.

Before we launched our platform, if you were trying to find out...

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Container tracking 101

May 5, 2017 by Jennifer Colvin |

Logistics

Finding out the current status of your import container shouldn’t require you to go to multiple websites and other sources, send emails, or make phone calls. It should be drop-dead simple.

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End of the line

May 4, 2017 by Siri Casper |

Shipping

More than 18 million shipping containers are brought into the US every year. Our job is to track where they’re coming in and when they leave the terminal. However, when they reach the end of their useful life as shipping containers, we’ve also been tracking where a few of them end up.

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Typos can mean lost time and money

April 20, 2017 by Siri Casper |

Logistics, Trucking

With so many different parties involved in moving an import container through a terminal, it’s not surprising that information sometimes gets lost or mixed up along the way. It’s even more likely for mistakes to happen when data is being transcribed from websites or emails to...

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How we provide the most accurate container data available today

April 19, 2017 by Eric Klein |

Logistics

We get asked a lot about where we get our data. The short answer is: from a lot of places. And that's the secret...which isn't really a secret.

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