Allyn Asia Engages in Team-Building Outside of the Office

Posted on October 15, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

         The Allyn Asia on-site team went to an exhibition for team building in August. The exhibition “World of Ghibli in China” is held at the Shanghai World Financial Center and was the first themed exhibition authorized by Japan’s studio Ghibli. The Ghibli is a film animation studio which is best known for its animated films such as “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” and “Castle in the Sky”.        The exhibition was comprised two parts: “The... Read More

Real-Time Tracking and It's Benefit to Your Supply Chain

Posted on September 14, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

With more shipping and delivery options available worldwide, the need to ensure customer satisfaction is utterly priceless (Mittal, 2016).  It is important to realize this as fact as opposed to conjecture; modern research shows that as time goes on, every consumer and business entity expects more out of a delivery service (Leetaru, 2017; Wheatley, 2018).Bearing this in mind, the question becomes how to offer value-added services to customers that present with some sort of measurable return, or at the least prevent some level of measurable loss due to unhappy customers. While there are a number of ways to do this,... Read More

Allyn's India Office

Posted on September 05, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Allyn International Services India Private Limited has set it’s first footprint in Bangalore, India in November 2016. Bangalore is located in Southern part of India, also known as the IT Hub of India where most of the big multinational companies are located. To name a few, there’s HP, IBM, Wipro, HCL, Infosys. Individuals from across the country come to work in Bangalore due to the abundant job opportunities.We started with just one person supporting Logistics for one of our power generation clients. Growth began with supporting additional segments of the industry from January 2018 onwards. Not only... Read More

Are You A Shipper of Choice?

Posted on August 31, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

If you want to be the shipper of choice, here are a few questions and suggestions that you should be considering:How is your Facility? Are drivers eager to come to your facility? As truck capacity continues to tighten and driver shortages continue to grow, shippers must work harder to entice the drivers to their facility.Facility details to ask yourself:If the driver is out of hours, do you have a place they can park? Is your facility equipped with a scale? Do you have enough loading equipment and bays to accommodate the amount of freight that you are... Read More

The Fate of NAFTA: Threats and Reality

Posted on August 29, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

On Monday August 27th, 2018 the Trump administration announced that it had reached a “preliminary agreement in principle” with Mexico. Hailed as the US- Mexico Trade Agreement, the preliminary deal promotes streamlining certification and verification of rules of origin requirements, particularly in the automotive sector.  Per the United States Trade representative the agreement “will provide greater incentives to source goods and materials in the United States and North America.” Interestingly, the agreement also requires that 40-45 percent of auto content be made by workers earning at least $16 an hour. On the day of the announcement... Read More

The Breakdown – Section 232 and Sections 301

Posted on August 28, 2018. Category: Trade Publications

Section 232: What is it?In 1962, Congress passed a piece of legislation called the Trade Expansion Act which was generally intended to do just that, expand trade.  It gave President Kennedy the authority to cut or eliminate tariffs on many goods. The purpose of this act, like all others, is to benefit the people and buried within it were clauses to do just that. Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to conduct comprehensive investigations to determine the effects of imports on the national security of the United States. What does it mean... Read More

Australia Takes Measures to Stop Stink Bugs

Posted on August 28, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Due to several detections within the last year, the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has introduced import measures to manage the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB).  These measures are seasonal and will cover ocean imports during the period that is deemed the high-risk season (Sept 1, 2018 until April 30, 2019). The type of goods and the country the shipment originates in are the determining factors in whether treatment of goods is needed.High Risk Goods:  Goods listed below require mandatory treatment. 36 Explosives 74 Copper 84 Machinery 44 Wood 75 Nickel 85 Electrical Machinery 45 Cork 76 Aluminum 86 Rainway Locos 57 Carpets 78 Lead 87 Vehicles 68 Stone,... Read More

Alberta gas prices to reach 4 year high in 2018 due to increase in carbon tax

Posted on August 27, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

            The carbon tax levy in Canada began in March 2007, when Alberta became North America’s first jurisdiction to legislate greenhouse gas reductions reports the Alberta Oil Magazine. The purpose of the putting a tax on carbon was to incentivize families and companies to lower their emissions to save costs (T8N Magazine-2017). However, since the introduction of the carbon tax, gas prices in Alberta Canada are reaching a 4 year high due to another increase.            As of January 1, 2018 Global News reports the... Read More

Successfully Qualify Organized Camps for Sales Tax Exemptions

Posted on August 24, 2018. Category: Tax Publications

In July 2018, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) reissued Publication 127, Organized Camps. The state of California defines “Organized Camps” as traditional camps that offer outdoor group living experiences such as camps operated by the YMCA and the Boy Scouts of America.Organized camps sell meals and other tangible personal property sold to campers, staff, and guests. Camps are required to hold seller’s permits and report tax to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.Generally, tax applies to sales of tangible personal property and meals served at camps. However, Sales and Use... Read More

Bottom Line Costs with Shipping to and from China

Posted on August 20, 2018. Category: Logistics PublicationsTrade Publications

“Made in China,” seeing this printed on a variety of goods brings up a variety of thoughts from about moving USA products overseas, varying quality of goods, reduced costs on electronics and clothing, etc.For decades, the USA has been intricately intertwined with the mega trading partner that is the People’s Republic of China.  Recent administration initiatives, along with lower shipping container demands, have brought lower costs and smaller profit margins.  Data gathered from a Freightos report shows that the China-U.S. ocean rates have been hitting noticeable lows from the start... Read More

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