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If you think east coast versus west coast is all about rappers, think again. In Part 2 of this episode The Loadstar examines cargo shifts in the US this year from a global perspective, and from a port operator’s viewpoint. Host Mike King speaks to Peter Sand, chief analyst at Xeneta, and Stephen Edwards, CEO and executive director of Virginia Port Authority.

Part 1 of this episode also asks if the slowdown in e-commerce is overstated and examines the limited achievements and many failings of IATA’s hosting of its World Cargo Symposium in London. We also preview COP 27 and ask where next for the EC’s liner consortia competition rule exemptions.


Mirja Nissen, director, eCommerce Solutions, International Bonded Couriers

Stephen A Edwards, CEO and executive director, Virginia Port Authority

Alex Lennane, publisher, The Loadstar

Peter Sand, chief analyst, Xeneta

Nick Savvides, news editor, The Loadstar

Olivier Casanova, deputy CFO, CMA CGM Group and former CEO of CMA CGM Air Cargo

Vassilios Demetriades, shipping deputy minister to the president, Republic of Cyprus


Episode in more detail

Part 1 – news update

IATA’s London fail (2.25)

CMA CGM’s air reveal (6.50)

Air freight rates (10.58)

E-commerce now and in future (12.13)

‘Parcelisation’ (21.55)

EU liner regulation update (22.39)

COP27 preview (26.18)


Part 2 – US cargo wars: east coast vs west coast (27.44)

Virginia Port Authority CEO on cargo wins and investments (30.15)

Xeneta numbers on west coast cargo transition eastwards (33.47)

Congestion bites (36.17)

Hinterland bottlenecks (45.49)

Fixing US infrastructure (49.47)

Demand outlook (54.41)

Transatlantic trade bonus (56.54)

Long-term cargo wins? (58.40)


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Credits: Created, produced and hosted by Mike King

Mike can be contacted at [email protected]


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