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The new ocean carrier alliances are taking effect on April 1. There is a mounting opinion that U.S. ports won’t be able to handle the overnight changes at marine terminals once Sunday arrives. Congestion is widely expected. Industry experts foresee a number of scenarios that marine terminals will face due to the new alliances, some of which include ships calling on different days of the week than have been programmed, people dealing with different organizations for the first time, or a sudden uptick in volume. These possible scenarios will interrupt the daily routines of these marine terminals which could cause congestion issues once April 1 arrives. “What we’re going to see in April is unprecedented,” David Arsenault, former CEO of Hyundai Merchant Marine said. Arsenault further commented saying “We’ve seen alliances get reshuffled in the past, but never have we seen all of those alliances kick off with a shotgun start at one time.” Mr. Arsenault isn’t the only one with this prediction. Tan Hua Joo, an executive consultant with Alphaliner said “On the trans-Pacific, there will be significant disruption come April when the new services are introduced.” New electronic data interchange connections, relationships, routines, and processes are what new carrier alliances bring and it will be up to BCO’s and ports to make this transition period as painless as possible. Click here for further reading.

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