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Nov - 2022 -
25 November
American Shipper Archives

FreightWaves Flashback: E-shipping blues

1999: eBay ushers in e-commerce’s most dramatic distribution channel disruption in decades.

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Oct - 2022 -
28 October
American Shipper Archives

FreightWaves Classics: The 1976 crisis on the Mississippi River

A massive eight-day backup of barge traffic at Locks and Dam 26 on the Mississippi River in 1976 resulted in shipping losses estimated as high as $500,000 a day.

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Aug - 2021 -
16 August
American Shipper Archives

FreightWaves Flashback: Bombproof air cargo containers

1996: The FAA says it’s ready to start testing new designs of air cargo containers built to withstand terrorist bombs, but the industry worries the new containers could add weight, be expensive and reduce available cargo space.

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09 August
American Shipper Archives

FreightWaves Flashback: Bills of lading in a bar code

1992: 2-D bar codes provide an almost infinite variety of codes, which could prove especially useful in international shipping.

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02 August
American Shipper Archives

FreightWaves Flashback: Almost eight years in the Great Bitter Lake

The “trapped” crews found many ways to pass the time, including holding their own Bitter Lake Olympiad, in celebration of the Tokyo Olympics of 1968.

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Jul - 2021 -
26 July
American Shipper Archives

FreightWaves Flashback: World ports reach 201 million TEUs

2000: World container port throughput increased 7.8% last year to about 201 million TEUs — the first time volume exceeded 200 million TEUs.

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19 July
American Shipper Archives

FreightWaves Flashback: Castro and Nixon have 1 thing in common

1974: They may be the last hurdles in the way of renewed trade between the
United States and Cuba. An embargo failed to work and indirect business
has begun.

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Jun - 2021 -
28 June
American Shipper Archives

FreightWaves Flashback: Whose flag is the most convenient?

1986: Liberia fights to remain a leading flag of convenience as competition increases.

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07 June
American Shipper Archives

FreightWaves Flashback: Ford reduces in-transit damage by 70%

1991: In-transit damage used to be a major problem for Ford, but the automobile manufacturer has amped up its hauling standards.

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