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The First Lessons Learned: ELD

Posted on May 22, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

     Two months have passed since the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate has been strictly enforced, and changes have been noticed not only in the lives of shippers, carriers, and enforcers but in market trends as well. While it is still early in the process; there are valuable things that can be learned and applied in the future, to improve situations as the kinks are worked out of the enforcement system.Shippers:     The trucking capacity decrease has resulted in higher rates, causing many companies to stockpile inventories in response to fears of trying to meet... Read More

Are Your Charges Dutiable?

Posted on May 11, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

     All importers are required to pay a percentage duty on the value of their imported merchandise, so determining the accurate value is a vital step in the entry process. When most goods come into the United States, an ad valorem (or percentage based) duty is assigned based on the total value of that good. As with any charge, an importer doesn’t want to pay more than what is required. Just like income taxes, there are both additions and subtractions that may be placed on imported goods to adjust the value.     Let&rsquo... Read More

Brazil Strikes Affect Imports

Posted on May 09, 2018. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

Brazilian federal tax auditors will be on strike from May 8, to May 10 and from May 15, to May 17, as they dispute salary bonuses.Customs will be affected at Brazilian ports and airports, which will lead to delays.One way to mitigate delays is to make sure that all documentation (invoices, bills of lading, etc.) are filled out correctly.If you have freight headed to Brazil, or if you would like more information about the customs process please contact us at allyncustoms@allynintl.com.About Allyn InternationalAllyn International is dedicated to providing high quality, customer centric services and solutions for... Read More

Boosting Rail Infrastructure – One State at a Time

Posted on May 08, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

     When you think of U.S. freight transportation what modes come to mind? Trucking? Air? We tend to forget about the not so distant cousin – rail. There is one company that certainly has not forgotten – Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific Railroad has been investing millions back into state rail infrastructures in the 23 western states they operate in. Their 2018 goal is to invest over $3 billion back into the company. The investment will focus on safety, efficiency in operations and customer service initiatives.     From 2011 to 2014 the Union Pacific Railroad oversaw an expansion, investing $400 million... Read More

Recordkeeping In A Digital Age

Posted on April 27, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

          Records are an invaluable source of information and are normally regarded as a liquid asset of any organization. Good recordkeeping is equally vital in regards to the maintenance of integrity, transparency, and accountability as “evidence of a transaction,” and also in enhancing organizational operational efficiency, equity, and effectiveness.          The unique characteristics of electronic data, compared to paper, present unprecedented new challenges for records and information management. For example, the sheer volume of electronic communications today, such as email, makes it virtually impossible for individual employees to manage the... Read More

The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Automation within Supply Chain Management

Posted on April 12, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Supply Chain Management is now embarking on the George Jetson era; within that cartoon, it embodied robots and flying computerized cars. Pioneer companies such as Tesla debuting and developing autonomous trucks that can complete 500 miles in one charge with the ability to carry up to 80,000 lbs of cargo. Although a driver is still required to be behind the wheel of the autonomous trucks technological pioneers, such as Tesla, may minimize the number of drivers required within supply chain management.The future of automation is here especially with more companies willing to invest in technology and automation. McCrea (2018) found, “According... Read More

Drayage Capacity Issues

Posted on April 04, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

The term drayage refers to the transport of goods over shorter distances. An example would be a truck shipment picking up at a seaport, border crossing, or inland terminal and delivering to a location within the same area. And even though the drayage covers very little mileage, it is responsible for a disproportionate amount of transport cost and delays.Drayage rates are currently up as much as 30% over last year, and there are many current issues causing U.S. ports to struggle with drayage. Drayage is affected by any current capacity issue being faced by the trucking industry, some examples... Read More

The Loss of Ocean Containers at Sea

Posted on April 02, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Over the years there has been much speculation about how many sea containers are lost at sea each year. The numbers have ranged from 500 to 10,000 but, no one could give an accurate count. In 2011, the World Shipping Council (WSC) began gathering information from shipping companies and have published their results. Just how many containers are lost each year?  You may have seen reports in the news. For example, in 2011 when the vessel MV Rena lost approximately 900 containers when it ran aground and sank off the coast of New Zealand. Or in 2013, when the vessel MOL Comfort sank in... Read More

Virginia Property Tax Changes in 2018

Posted on March 12, 2018. Category: Tax Publications

The Commonwealth of Virginia has approved several legislative changes relating to property taxes set for a July 1, 2018, effective date. The highlights are listed below and pertain to:Bedford County reassessment Computer equipment used in data centers Single member LLC exemption Merchants’ capital Agricultural productsBedford CountyLocated in the Piedmont region of the Commonwealth of Virginia and seated perfectly at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bedford County is home to abundant natural beauty and historical sites.As a property owner in Bedford County, you should know with legislation effective July 1, 2018, Bedford County is authorized to complete a... Read More

Duties on Steel and Aluminum

Posted on March 09, 2018. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

President Trump signed two Presidential Proclamations yesterday – one on steel imports and one on aluminum imports.  The President is imposing an additional 25% duty on steel, and an additional 10% duty on aluminum, imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico beginning on March 23, 2018.The breakdown is as follows:Steel Dutiesthe 25% additional duty will apply to “steel articles” imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico as of March 23, 2018; “steel articles” are defined by reference to Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6-digit subheading, as follows:  “7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions... Read More

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