How Dock Strikes Have Affected the Economy Historically and Today

- By Rojda Akdag, Managing Director, MTS Logistics Labor stoppage, which is also known as a strike, is the problem aroused by the tension between a labor force and management. Tension usually starts with the conflicting view points of each party, labor wanting the maximum for the service that they provide while management is willing to pay the minimum for the same service. … [Read more...]

A Crazy Roller Coaster Ride…Importers and Exporters May See Doubled Freight Rates by 2015

-By Can Fidan, MTS Logistics As we all know, the current situation in the shipping world is that there is a large lack of demand against the current overall supply of container space. Today, the current fleet capacity is around 15.5 million TEUs. Since 2005, the total capacity has roughly doubled - literally. Because of the imbalance of supply/demand, carriers are losing … [Read more...]

Culture Clash: 30 Ways to Avoid Offending the Next Person You Meet

- By Lauga Oskarsdottir, MTS Logistics Working in a global industry means communicating daily with individuals across borders, oceans and continents. It also includes traveling far distances to establish and further develop business relationships. We live in a culturally diverse world, where one of the keys to international business success is knowledge of the impact … [Read more...]

New Uses for Shipping Containers in a Postmodern World

- By Lauga Oskarsdottir, MTS Logistics There are over seventeen million shipping containers in the world. Have you ever wondered where they go when their time is up? There are several amazing ways one can utilize these steel structures at the end of their voyaging life. The abundance and relative cheapness (some sell for as little as $900) of containers during the last … [Read more...]

Times are a’Changing…Brazil’s Future Looks Bright

- By Luiz Gustavo Cruz, Contributing Writer, MTS Logistics The great days of the shipping industry in Brazil were gone a long time ago. Big shipping lines went bankrupt, Brazilian-flagged ships were sold, arrested, abandoned or scrapped, and shipyards had little to no service and were forced to close or stay afloat with minor repairs and dry-docking jobs. The Brazilian … [Read more...]