Logistics Publications

New mega container Triple E ships and what that could mean for you!

Posted on October 30, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

Maersk has begun receiving the first of 20 ordered new Mega ships (Triple E) capable of carrying 19,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit). Maersk has just completed the maiden voyage of one of these vessels on July 28th, calling the port of Tanjung Pelepas. There has been a lot of debate about what this will mean on the Trans Pacific lanes and about the weak outlook in the Asia-Europe trade.It is estimated that the total ship orders that are due for delivery this year will add 10 - 11% to the global container fleet. With this additional capacity, and only an estimated demand...

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Port Challenges in West Africa

Posted on September 10, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

At first glance, the many ocean ports dotting the Western and Central African coastline may suggest a robust economy and well developed transportation network. As many shippers to this region know, quantity does not mean quality in this case. Selecting the best gateway to import your goods into Africa could mean the difference between an on-time delivery and upwards of a 6 month delay.The ports in Africa are mainly owned by each country and as such, are dependent on current socio-economic conditions. Many countries have privatized port operations; however, regional or state instability still negatively impacts port...

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The Importance of Logistics Data

Posted on September 02, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

Logistics data is a very important source of information used for evaluating all major Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). It may also play significant role in assessing the commercial aspects of the logistics. A significant competitive advantage can be gained by maintaining a consistent data set as it will show, over time, targeted areas for cost reduction as well as identify savings opportunities.Logistics data should be used for analyzing logistics costs, mode benchmarking, landed cost analyses and simple breakdown of mode, carrier, etc. by region.  The examination of this data first requires a look at historical data.  The...

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New Taxes in Hungary & France Impact Transportation Costs

Posted on July 02, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

On 01 July 2013, Hungary implemented a road tax, a mandatory toll payment for all vehicles with a maximum total permissible weight over 3.5 tons. The payment is determined by the type of road (highway, motorway, etc.), category of motor vehicle (determined by number of axles) and the vehicle’s environmental classification or emission. This new electronic toll collection system is named “HU-GO” and refers to the 6,513 km Hungarian road network covering all routes suitable for freight transport – thus, the toll is unavoidable.  A simple estimate of the road tax can be used as follows:Highway:    ...

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Hours of Service: Comply or Else….

Posted on July 02, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

July 1st 2013 is the date when truck drivers and carriers must comply with new hours-of-service rules.    The final rule requires that if more than 8 consecutive hours on-duty have passed since the last off-duty or sleeper-berth period (of at least 30 minutes),  a driver must take another off-duty or sleeper berth break (of at least 30 minutes) before driving again.  It is important to note there are few exceptions to address certain hazardous materials, and emergency situations.  And also important is for shippers and consignees to know that time spent waiting to be loaded or unloaded is counted...

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What Are Logistics KPIs Good For?

Posted on June 18, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

Are there tangible benefits of having Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for logistics?Definitely! The primary purpose of a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is to provide a metric of how well a process is working.  Using KPIs, you should be able to get a picture of your current situation; i.e., you should get a snapshot of the company’s current performance and be able to analyze performance evolution by finding trends. The most crucial way to really benefit from your metrics is to define your KPI needs and manage the set-up of your own KPI structure.  ...

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How to act and prevent the situation when full set original Bill of Lading have been lost for an ocean shipment

Posted on June 06, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

“Oh my gosh, the originals ocean Bill of Lading are lost for a critical shipment for our final customer. The container is blocked at the port and the storage fees are accumulating every day as well as the dissatisfaction of our customer! Help us!”Such an unpleasant situation can happen to you when working as 4PL or 3PL logistics provider and below, we examine actions to reduce client costs and enable rightful owner to take over cargo as soon as possible. A Bill of Lading is crucial document used in ocean transportation, defined as follows: “A...

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Ask Your Logistics Experts… What documents do I need to export cargo from the United States?

Posted on June 04, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

Q: What documents do I need to export cargo from the United States?A: All exports from the United States require the support of some kind of documentation. The three factors in determining what documentation is needed are: the type of goods being exported, the destination, and the mode of transportation by which the goods are shipped. Certain documents are required for all exports, regardless of what is being shipped and where it is going. In addition, there are some documents specifically required, depending on the cargo or its destination.  Export documentation required for all shipments, regardless of cargo...

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Basics in Managing your LTL Freight Spending

Posted on March 19, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

As less than truck load (LTL) volumes stabilize, LTL carriers continue to look at areas to increase margins.  One of these areas is ensuring shippers pay for the services they receive.   Below are four essential elements you can use to improve control over your LTL transport spending:•    A bill of lading.  A complete and correct bill of lading to be more precise.  To ensure your carrier can give you the agreed discount at the best possible rate, make sure that not only are the origin and destination listed on the bill of...

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Import / export documentation – AISF supports you to deal with it!

Posted on March 13, 2013. Category: Logistics Publications

In doing international business, import & export documentation plays a very important role.Above all in case of imports, the efficiency of the Customs Clearance procedure and/or the bank remittance for letter of credit depends on the documents requested (they may vary from a country to another), the correctness of the information put in the documents, the availability of the right documents.Any delay in filing or non availability of the documents can slow down the Customs Clearance process and generate extra costs but also can make loose business. Same thing for the documents needed for the bank remittance...

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