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April 27 2020 | The Journal of Commerce 3 Contents April 27 2020 • Vol 21 • Issue 9 Delivering Global Trade and Logistics Intelligence. Since 1827. The Journal of Commerce Special Reports 16 3PL Report: Improving Supply Chain Visibility Out of focus The coronavirus is blurring cargo visibility investment plans 24 Gulf Trade: Top Carriers and Ports Receding wave The US resin export boom is fading on COVID-19 pressures Swimming upstream US Gulf ports are looking to maintain cargo growth despite COVID-19 Departments 14 International Maritime Caught in the undertow High debt levels and low demand could sink smaller container lines 22 Government No (free) time to waste Ag shippers are urging federal intervention on a proposed detention and demurrage rule 32 Surface Transportation Off track North American intermodal volumes plunged to a near-decade low at the end of Q1 2020 Into reverse US spot truckload rates began April in a freefall 10 Cover Story Second-half sight Coronavirus-related volatility is galvanizing the potential for freight forecasting tools Columns 4 The new VC calculus By Eric Johnson 23 'Essential' identification By Adriene Bailey 46 Destination unknown By Peter Tirschwell Every Issue 6 Spotlight 42 By the Numbers 44 Colin Barrett's Q&A 45 Classified Ads

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