James Caradonna

MCL Multi Container Line

General Manager-Pricing and Procurement

I’ve been learning for nearly 25 years in this industry, and every day I learn something new. Each day is a gift, and an opportunity to make a difference and to adapt to challenges this unique and evolving market throws our way, no matter big or small.

BA Boston College 1997

Specialties: Pricing & trade-management, trade analysis, analytics-based pricing and solutions, strategic development & planning, marketing & sales, project management, team-building, personnel management/motivator, budgeting, key account management and problem-solving / solutions engineering.

Sessions With James Caradonna

Monday, 27 February

  • 03:00pm - 03:45pm (PST) / 27/feb/2023 11:00 pm - 27/feb/2023 11:45 pm

    TPM Academy: Techniques for Procuring Maritime Transportation Services

    When it comes to negotiating ocean freight rates with carriers and non-vessel-operating common carriers, there’s no doubt that the last three years have been the most tumultuous in the history of containerized transportation. In an age where beneficial cargo owners need to balance volumes between carrier contracts, negotiated rate agreements with NVOs and/or the spot market, including shippers associations, shippers need every tool at their disposal to negotiate equitable deals. This hands-on session will be led by industry veteran James Caradonna, who has direct experience negotiating agreements from the the carrier and BCO perspective. Through an approach that is rich with best practices and proven techniques, attendees will learn how to structure comprehensive terms that are aligned with service agreement requirements covered in the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022. 
  • 03:50pm - 04:35pm (PST) / 27/feb/2023 11:50 pm - 28/feb/2023 12:35 am

    TPM Academy: Best Practices for Auditing Ocean Freight Invoices

    Negotiating a detailed ocean transportation agreement with a carrier is one thing; getting billed what was agreed to can be an entirely different story. In an industry where it’s accepted practice to list multiple charges on a single invoice, beneficial cargo owners need to be sure the freight invoices they receive from carriers and 3PLs are 100 percent consistent with the underlying contract or quote. A natural continuation of the class on negotiating ocean contracts, this topic provides importers and exporters with insights on how to audit freight invoices at the line level. With an emphasis on upfront collaboration between shippers, carriers, forwarders, and customs brokers that helps to reduce billing issues in the first place, participants will gain valuable knowledge on how to audit freight invoices quickly and accurately.