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Dangerous Goods

Posted on May 06, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Are you shipping dangerous goods and labeling your cargo correctly? Incorrect labeling and packaging can be deadly. March 10th marked the fourth container ship fire in four months. These fires have destroyed ships and cargo in addition to costing companies millions of dollars. This is a very serious situation - lives have been lostGerman container line, Hapag-Lloyd AG states, it gets “around 3,000 undeclared or mis-declared bookings a year.” Officials have discussed if stricter penalties will help, but Hapag is among those who do not believe that it would make a difference. Unfortunately, people... Read More

Say Goodbye to your EX (Works) - Proposed changes in Incoterms 2020

Posted on May 02, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

Since 1919 the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has been committed to the facilitation of international trade. With the different practices and legal interpretations between traders across the globe, it was vital to establish a set of guidelines; thus, the first set of incoterms came to be in 1936. Since the inception of these terms, the ICC has been committed to updating these incoterms every 10 years to ensure relevance and compliance.With over a quarter of 2019 gone, the trade world is preparing for a decade of new incoterms. On January 1st, 2020, the trade terms we have grown accustomed to over the past 10... Read More

How Collision Avoidance Systems are Improving the Transportation Industry

Posted on May 01, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

On February 4 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2019-20. This list identifies the biggest safety improvements that can be made across all modes of transportation, including highway, pipeline and hazardous materials. According to the NTSB, instillation of collision avoidance technologies should be a standard practice among automobile and truck manufactures.Sentential Transportation started incorporating Collision warning systems into its trucks in 2004 and by 2018 had the safety feature in 88% of their fleet. Todd Potter, Vice President of safety for Sentinel, said “Technology is good, Technology works. However, there are things... Read More

2019 Toxic Substance and Chemical Act (TSCA) Changes

Posted on April 30, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

The Toxic Substance and Chemical Control Act of 1976 addresses the “production, importation, use, and disposal of specific chemicals including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos, radon and lead-based paint.”  In 2016, the Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to the act that would add formaldehyde emissions in wood and wood products to the list of products requiring TSCA compliance measures. On December 12th, 2016 the EPA issued a list of Harmonized tariff codes that would be subject to the new changes. In summary, it was agreed any product entering the... Read More

U.S. and China Tariff Hikes are Yikes

Posted on April 16, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

After months of speculation and debates, the negotiations between two powerhouse countries, the U.S. and China, seem to be heading towards a deal. The road to a deal has not been an easy one for either economies.  At the beginning of 2018, the Trump administration initiated the tariff battle by placing $250 billion on Chinese imports. China fired back with a $110 billion on the U.S. thus beginning the trade war.While there has been some positive progress, there are still numerous uncertainties.Before Thursday’s meeting, President Trump stated, “And I would think [within] the next four... Read More

Keep On Truckin'... Please

Posted on April 09, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Everything we produce or consume is transported somewhere, and everything will at some point travel by truck.  The issue however, according to Kevin Burch, president of Dayton Trucking, is that shipping tonnage is up, while the number of truck drivers is down. William Cassidy, senior editor of stated,“This year, the availability of drivers, rather than trucks, will determine how tight truck capacity gets in the U.S.  Truck manufacturers are expected to churn out hundreds of thousands of Class 8 tractors ordered last year, but where are the men and women who will drive those... Read More

What Can Go Wrong in Logistics?

Posted on April 05, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In the ever-evolving business world, supply chain management is one of the biggest contributors to a company’s success.  Due to the diverse and fast-growing market, logistics can certainly be a challenge. A successful supply chain has different characteristics and mandatory steps (such as documentation, customs information, etc) to ensure cargo can move.  These steps work like the gears in a clock – all need to work together or a shipment may have unforeseen delays.Some events that regularly cause setbacks are:Failing to comply with certifications and requirements for imports Transport companies having low flexibility on... Read More

Transportation and the Growth of Invasive Species

Posted on April 02, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Nowadays, everyone has heard of greenhouse gas emissions caused by transport. The world is aware of their impact on ecology and governments try their best to limit production of these emissions. Instead, not many people are aware of another, quite curious problem mainly caused by maritime cargo transportation specifically by vessels’ ballast water.The term “ballast” can refer to any heavy material installed on a vehicle to improve its stability. In ships, it is utilized to provide the desired draft, and hence improve the maneuverability. When a vessel is empty or carries a light cargo, the required... Read More

U.S. China Trade Talks Makes Progress

Posted on April 01, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

New progress on trade and economic issues had made in the eighth round of high-level economic and trade consultations, headed by United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the US side, on March 28 in Beijing.The two sides discussed "relevant texts of agreement" during the two-day talks, co-chaired by Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The meeting was a prelude to the ninth round of high-level talks scheduled next week in Washington that Vice-Premier Liu is set to attend.China and the US have been expediting their economic and trade consultations,... Read More

The Time is Ticking, How Do Other Countries View the Brexit Vote?

Posted on March 25, 2019. Category: Trade Publications

Bigstock-retro-alarm-eu-clock-represent-260661010 (1) The tensions of the Brexit deal are starting to escalate, and the ripples can be seen throughout the world. The Brexit final vote is reaching its ultimatum on March 29th. If no deal is struck, Britain will have full control of its borders and new trade deals will need to be negotiated. Britain will also be traded with as a non- EU country, leading to non-preferential treatment within Europe and the long process of developing the necessary infrastructure to support the new trading conditions.While many countries in the the EU are trying to give the Brexit vote extra time,... Read More

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