Logistics Publications

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,...

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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...

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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...

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Revamp of FMCSA Regulations

Posted on August 15, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), have announced a small-scale test to acquire data to identify high risk carriers within the Department of Transportation. This data will contribute better information for their Safety Management System (SMS).The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have structured a committee to analyze the current safety information contained on this SMS. They have come out with a list of "enhancements" that were overturned by the agency. Some of these enhancements include: Raising the maximum miles traveled for trucks to accurately track high use carriers. Out of service violations would be classified as an &ldquo...

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Industry Regulations Creates Challenges for Truck Drivers

Posted on August 07, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

As high demand for transporting goods increases, truck drivers are increasingly hard to come by throughout the United States. Currently, it is estimated that the US trucking industry is short about 50,000 drivers. In a recent survey conducted by American Transportation Research Institute, driver shortage ranked first among industry concerns. As the economy strengthens, more freight is available for drivers to haul. With low unemployment rate throughout the industry, median salaries for drivers is up to about $53,000 annually. Recent regulatory changes have made potential drivers harder to come by. The first regulation limits a driver to working 70 hours in 8 days;...

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The Last Mile Challenge: Overcoming the Greatest Obstacle in Logistics

Posted on August 03, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

The last-mile is a term used in logistics that generally means the transit from the final hub to the delivery destination of products (What is last, 2018a).  While this is in many cases the shortest part of a trip, the costs of this trip often runs between 28-29% of the entire transportation costs associated with the movement of goods (Lopez, 2017; The last mile, 2017).  This high cost is known as the “last-mile problem” (Overcoming last mile, 2016, para. 2). While it has become more prevalent in recent years, this challenge is nothing new, and it appears unlikely to completely...

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Peace in Korea brings expectation to expanded logistics opportunities by Railway

Posted on July 30, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

Thinking back the historical meeting held in April between North and South Korea has been attracting huge attention over the world. This discussion has risen anticipation of peace in the East Asian region but, also of positive effects on economic growth. Logistics is considered as one of the business getting the biggest benefits from it.During this summit, reconstruction plan of Trans-Korean Railway was back on the table, which has been pending for many years due to sustained conflict among Korea peninsula and the allies. The project has concept of connecting both Korea and even to China and Europe. On...

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A Truck Driver Shortage in the U.S.

Posted on July 23, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

America’s economy relies on the trucking industry, with approximately 71% of all freight tonnage moved via truck. In total, more than 10 billion tons of freight are moved by truck each year in America. Clearly, the trucking industry and the economy are inextricably linked, so any disruptions to the trucking market have a direct influence on the U.S. GDP (gross domestic product.) An increasing shortage of truck drivers is a continuing problem in the industry which  Currently there is a shortage of approximately 52,000 truck drivers in the industry today. By 2025, this deficit is expected to quadruple to 200,000. And...

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Education, Outreach Programs Seen as Front Lines for Attracting Next Generation of Truck Technicians

Posted on June 08, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

We often hear about the truck driver shortages and about job availability for truck drivers, but we don’t put much thought toward what happens when the truck breaks down and what accuracy and expertise it takes to fix and repair a truck in the first place. We don’t hear much about the Truck Technicians who repair and inspect trucks in order to reduce delays due to faulty engines and other truck related break downs.There is much more education involved toward become a Truck Technician than we might think. Not that long ago it was enough...

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IMO Pushing To Reduce Emissions for Vessels Globally

Posted on June 04, 2018. Category: Logistics Publications

There is a growing effort in the maritime industry to reduce emissions that are produced by cargo vessels. This will put pressure on the price and supply of diesel fuel globally. In the next few years the maritime industry is positioning itself to switch to diesel from what is known as bunker fuel. This crude fuel has been used for years because it is relatively cheap compared to other more refined fuels. The vessels are effectively burning the leftovers from the crude oil once the gasoline, diesel, etc.… have been refined from it.In 2016 the United Nations’ International...

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