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Azimuth Lines Inc. - Total Logistics Solutions

Welcome to Azimuth Lines:  We are a FMC licensed OTI / Freight Forwarder based in New Jersey close to the port of New York on the eastern seaboard of the US.  If you are looking for high quality and personal service, you have come to the right place.  We handle commercial shipments for our clients, both by sea and air from the US to all parts of the world and back.  We also offer international moving, corporate and individual relocation services from the US to all parts of the world.  Our professional staff and global network of international agents are fully equipped to handle all your shipping needs.

Why choose us:  At Azimuth Lines, we are committed to make your shipping experience as smooth and efficient as possible.  We recognize that each of your needs are unique and strive to provide you with tailor made solutions to meet all of your logistical needs.  We have established contracts with major steamship lines and are able to offer you a choice of carrier options as well as competitive rates, weekly services and fast transit times.

Our Services
Freight Forwarding (both by Air & Sea)
Consolidation/De-consolidation (both by Air & Sea)
Custom Clearance for Imports as well as exports
Warehousing, Transportation & Distribution Services
Hazardous Chemical Transport
Oversize & Project Cargo Handling
Relocation Services - Corporate & Individual
Complete End to End supply chain solutions
FMC Registration # 023964NF

Shipping news!

Baltic Dry Index tumbles to new all time low of 467 points

by Azimuth Support Team on 01/06/16

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slumped to an all-time low on Tuesday 1/5/16, as worries over demand from top importer China and huge oversupply of vessels battered sentiment.

The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk cargoes including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertilizer, was down 5 points, or 1.06 percent, at 467 points, the lowest in records that date back to January 1985.
The dry bulk shipping downturn began in 2008, after the onset of the financial crisis, and has worsened significantly in recent months as the Chinese economy has slowed, meaning less appetite for iron ore, coal and other commodities.

First Ultra-Large Container ship visits Los Angeles

by Azimuth Support Team on 01/06/16

The largest container ship ever to visit North America arrived at the port of Los Angeles on Dec. 26th 2015, marking the U.S. debut of a new breed of ‘mega ships’ that have until now only been seen in Asia and Europe.  

The 398-meter, 18,000 TEU capacity MV CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin arrived at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 at the port of Los Angeles after sailing from China.

IMO Approves SOLAS Amendments for Container Weight Verification

by Azimuth Support Team on 12/22/15

   The International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved long-awaited changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention that will require container weight verification as a condition for loading packed export containers aboard ships.The approved changes will enter into force in July 2016. 

   Misdeclared container weights have been a long-standing problem for the transportation industry and governments as they present safety hazards for ships, their crews, other cargo on board, workers in the port facilities handling containers, and on roads.  

Freight Rates Fall 50 Percent on Key Asia-N. Europe Route

by Azimuth Support Team on 12/22/15

Container freight rates from ports in Asia to Northern Europe have fallen approximately 50.4 percent to $275 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday December 4th 2015.

   The drop came after spot freight rates on the world’s busiest route soared 88 percent the week before as shipping companies implemented GRI's effective Dec 1st.  

Vale to Sell 11 Giant Valemax Carriers

by Azimuth Support Team on 12/22/15

Brazil’s Vale SA said on Friday that it plans to sell its 11 remaining 380 to 400,000 Ton Deadweight Valemax iron ore carriers for about $110 million each and lease them back in transactions that could raise $1.1 billion.

  This is part of the cost cutting that has become an urgent matter for Vale as iron ore fell below $40 per ton for the first time since spot-market pricing was implemented for major customers in 2008.