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China, COVID, and Civil Unrest
Under China’s zero-Covid policy, strict lockdowns are being blamed for an apartment fire that killed ten people when emergency services were delayed due to restrictions. The pushback has led to civil unrest in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Wuhan, and Chengdu, further complicating the cargo situation that’s facing delays from Covid outbreaks impacting labor and transportation.   ...
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Last week we discussed the possibility of a rail strike hitting as we move into the holiday season, and intelligent shippers are talking to their logistics partners to determine what can be done to mitigate disruptions if a work stoppage occurs. Besides transportation solutions, customers need to be aware of warehousing and distribution options they...
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China on Lockdown
Once again, the supply chain is watching China and the zero-COVID policy that slowed transportation to a crawl earlier this year. Currently, only Ningbo is experiencing severe disruption, but as more cases in Shanghai come back positive and more areas in the city are locked down, the delays will likely compound and hit hard. It’s...
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Empty Container Conundrum
It doesn’t seem so long ago that we lamented the equipment imbalance that plagued shippers who needed to find containers for their cargo. Currently, we’re watching ports and carriers trying to deal with the excessive number of containers that have been abandoned on their docks. In Chittagong last month, containers had to be destroyed to...
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Capacity
Transpacific ocean freight spot rates are taking a nosedive, and traditionally, when this happens, carriers implement a strategy utilizing blank sailings. Blank sailings are when a carrier decides to skip certain scheduled ports or whole routes. This could be for any of a number of reasons such as demand for capacity or congestion. For example,...
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Unions Authorized: Railroad Strike on the Line
After a thirty-day cooling-off period between the railroad unions, the current labor contract will expire at 12:01 AM ET on Friday, September 16th. Though it’s a good sign that ten of twelve unions have already reached a tentative agreement, the two largest – the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the International Association of...
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Technology Success
There are several factors that set forwarders apart from their competitors, and the most rapidly evolving factor is the technology we use each day. An investment in technology is critical for providing consistent service to our customers by increasing efficiency, value, transparency and visibility. By bolstering the infrastructure that supports our staff and empowers them...
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ACIR
The USDA announced its new database “Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements” (ACIR) a search engine for finding and retrieving import regulations for agricultural commodities. Replacing the FAVIR (Fruit and Vegetable Import Requirements) database and the manuals, Cut Flowers and Greenery Manual, Seeds Not for Planting Manual, and Miscellaneous Processed Products Manual, ACIR will be the complete...
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Peak Season
The usual fluctuations in the logistics market are typically cyclical throughout the year, especially in years with minimal fluctuations and no elections. In those standard years, peak season is a clearly defined section of the year when massive quantities of cargo depart from manufacturers and warehouses to journey toward the retailers gearing up for the...
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Chassis Shortage Summer
A number of different factors came together to create a shortage of chassis this summer, including trade issues that were implemented as retaliation against China as far back as early 2020. Alongside the pandemic, record levels of imports and shortages of warehouse space kept chassis at local warehouses under the containers as they were used...
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