What is Leadership?

Posted on January 02, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Leadership at its core is leading others towards a common goal; this requires the leaders team to either follow through by pulling them by their shirt collar or through an eager march. The response of those being led is typically a direct reflection of their leaders. To be a “leader” isn’t the challenge; the challenge is to be an effective leader that would make others want to follow you. To become an effective leader means to do several things such as: 1) “Fill their tank before you take from it”- As a leader... Read More

How the Government Shutdown Impacts Freight

Posted on January 02, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

The ongoing partial government shutdown will impact some import and export operations. Below is a list of items that could affect importers and exporters:  Customs and Border Protection is open for business and shipments are being released Funding for the EPA has lapsed so any import that requires EPA release might be delayed Other PGAs seem to be funded and won’t be impacted Quotas should not be affected While ports are mostly staffed, national import specialists are furloughed Any updates or repairs with ACE may be delayed CBP website will not be actively managed BIS operations will... Read More

The Importance of Paying Attention to Export Control

Posted on December 11, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

In March of 2018 Konstantin Chekhovskoi was arrested at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on his way home to Russia and sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. In his checked baggage were more than $100,000 in ammunition, parts, and accessories designed for assault rifles. Mr. Chekhovskoi had not received the appropriate clearance and export licenses to take these items out of the United States.Konstantin may have had some intentions of questionable legality for his exported products, but plenty of law-abiding citizens can find themselves facing similar penalties if they are not aware of the export regulations of the... Read More


Posted on December 10, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

The "British exit from the European Union" is the ongoing withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) following a referendum that was held on June 23, 2016. The vote was close with 52% of the population voting to leave and 48% voting to stay. In order for the UK to leave the EU, the UK had to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which gives the two sides two years to agree the terms of the split. This process has been started by UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May on May 29, 2017, meaning that the UK is scheduled to... Read More

Golden Week and the Impact on Customs

Posted on December 06, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

National Day or so called Golden Week started on 1st October and officially ended on the 7th. Golden week has been celebrated in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau since 2000. It is one of two such weeks of celebration each year where the country virtually close and business comes to a standstill. China announced this long holiday to encourage domestic tourism and allow families to make long distance family visits, more than 480 million Chinese will travel between the holiday.What's the impact?Chinese customs will not accept import clearance during the holidays. Therefore, import shipments cannot be... Read More

Black Friday in Korea

Posted on December 05, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, a U.S. holiday, retailers and store brands across the U.S. will offer bargain deals and large discounts. Some of these deals reach as high as 90 percent, on numerous product categories. Many Black Friday deals can also be found on U.S.-based e-commerce websites and online store brands.This means that even those living outside the U.S. can take full advantage of the flagship American sales period to purchase electronics, home appliances, clothing, toys and other goods at bargain prices that are hard to ignore.Last year, Koreans directly purchased... Read More

Wildfires Disrupt the U.S. Supply Chains

Posted on November 29, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

In recent years, wildfires that often occur on the west coast have been burning longer, hotter, and with increasing regularity as in years’ past with the Mendocino Complex fire breaking all previous records, which has resulted in increased damage to the supply chain (Wildfire tends in, 2018).  While wildfires are not new, the increased amount of damage that they are causing is resulting in massive delays and expenses in the supply chain (McKevitt, 2017).  Much of this results from several headquarters for companies that do tremendous shipping, such as Amazon, are located on the west coast (Cosgrove, 2018).While wildfires... Read More

The Five Top Issues Facing the Trucking Industry

Posted on November 28, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Currently, the American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates the current driver shortage at 63,000 positions. Suggestions to address this issue are to offer a higher pay scale than the current median income of $42,000 and to entice non-college bound individuals into the trucking market.  Currently 48 states allow 18-year-olds to engage in trucking. The ATA’s push for 400 hours of training would be a good first step in addressing the driver shortage.Increasing productivity is the second point of discussion. Trucking is booming but a shortage of technicians/mechanics to fix them and keep them running is also a major concern. ... Read More

China's Biggest Seaports

Posted on November 09, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

China is home to 8 of the busiest ports in the world and if you include Hong Kong and Taiwan, that number rises to 10. Below are the busiest seaports in China’s east coast from Shenzhen in the south and Dailan in the north.Port of Shanghai. Includes: Yangshan Deep Water Port & Waigaoqiao Shipping Terminals. In 2010, Port of Shanghai overtook Port of Singapore to become the world's busiest container port, with a new world record of 40 million TEU’s (twenty-foot equivalent) handled in 2017. It is located close to many factories from neighboring provinces Zhejiang... Read More

UPS Freight Suspending LTL Operations

Posted on November 05, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

UPS Freight will suspend all LTL services beginning November 7, 2018.  A November 9 vote, by the Teamsters union will determine whether or not UPS Freight goes on strike.A rejection of the latest reiteration of the collective bargaining agreement would lead to a strike starting on November 12th.  Approval of the agreement would lead to an immediate return to normal operations.By suspending pickups, UPS will ensure that if there is a strike, there is no freight left in the pipeline.If you have any questions about this situation, or if you would like any additional info on please call... Read More

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