Will Trump's Tariffs on Exports from Mexico Affect Truck Capacity in the U.S.?

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jun 4, 2019 4:32:38 PM

President Trump made the surprise announcement last week that beginning June 10, 2019, a 5% tariff will be implemented on all goods imported into the United States from Mexico. The tariff is imminent unless concrete efforts are made to curb the illegal immigration into the U.S. If talks do not begin immediately and steps are not taken to control the border crossings these tariffs can quickly escalate. Every month that passes without changes to Mexico’s immigration policies will result in an additional 5% tariff until it reaches a cap at 25% in October.  

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Robots on the Road?

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 31, 2019 12:14:05 PM

Reminder: the International CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) road checks begin June 4-6. Capacity may be tight during this time so book your loads early! 

 

Today is National Autonomous Vehicle Day, according to the Registrar at National Day Calendar’s website which declared it so in 2017. May 31 is now the day to observe and celebrate the development of autonomous vehicles, including cars, trucks and even drones.

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Shipper Reminders: Cargo Theft & CVSA Roadchecks

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 21, 2019 3:27:21 PM

We are approaching the end of May, which means Memorial Day weekend and what most of us think of as the unofficial beginning of summer. It is an exciting time with the anticipation of a long weekend and the warm months ahead.

It also signifies a time for shippers to be wary of two major events that affect our industry: a spike in cargo theft due to the long holiday weekend and a sudden, but noteworthy, capacity shortage brought on by the annual CVSA roadchecks.

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7 Most Common Cold LTL Shipping Mistakes

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 7, 2019 11:11:00 AM

... that could be costing you money ! 😐

 
 
Getting your freight out the door is a top priority but doing it hastily can sometimes cost you more in the long run. According to Choptank’s Cold LTL division, here are seven of the most common mistakes made when it comes to shipping reefer LTL freight.
 
1. Weight -  Shippers will sometimes tender their loads at net weight, but that is not correct. Failure to provide accurate information regarding the weights of your product can result in rate increases and delays due to overweight trucks. For accurate billing, invoicing and load planning, gross weight is required. What are the differences between net, tare and gross weight?
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Need Specialty Freight Services?

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 2, 2019 10:43:43 AM

Shippers who have truckload freight occasionally need LTL, intermodal or oversized freight services. These sporadic and out of the ordinary loads can be hard to cover if you work with a 3PL that specializes in only one or two mode offerings.

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Tags: Shipper News, Cold LTL

Choptank Transport Freight Market Report March/April

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 25, 2019 4:17:13 PM

The latest trends and shifts affecting the transportation/freight market.

According to economists and supply chain experts, this year’s freight market will be nothing like last year. The further we get into 2019, the more the forecasters are changing their predictions for economic growth, expecting less growth than originally stated.

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Choptank Transport utilizes new data-driven software featuring predictive analytics and smart freight-matching

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 16, 2019 3:04:41 PM

Providing next-level transparency and efficiency

In 2000, Choptank Transport arose from a need to ship produce and poultry in an ag-rich area known as the Delmarva Peninsula.  The company quickly found its niche in the food and refrigerated freight truckload market and later added a full array of specialty services that now include cold less-than-truckload (LTL), dry LTL, intermodal, port and drayage offerings. Choptank is on Transport Topics’ Top 50 3PLs list.

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Easy checklist for sourcing a top 3PL

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 28, 2019 3:59:26 PM

Do you get annoyed with your current transportation provider because when you call, they don't know where your shipment is? Are they consistently failing on delivery promises while slowly hiking up your prices?

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Shipping plants, shrubs, trees and flowers by truckload or LTL

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 20, 2019 10:06:41 AM

Today is the first day of spring and for some, that means it's the optimal time to start planting trees and planning your garden bed designs. For those nursery owners in the business of growing plants and shrubs, it is time to start shipping those seedlings and saplings to market. Here are a few words of wisdom for you....make sure your transportation service provider knows your business.

 

A seasoned logistics company, or 3PL, knows that freight is not just freight. There are as many variations in types of shipments as there are truck stops in the U.S. (there are approximately 10,000 according to Wikipedia)!

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Why 3PLs need live, not automated, after-hours teams

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 14, 2019 1:33:08 PM

The importance of 24/7 logistics' services 

If keeping your freight moving is of primary importance to you, read on.  

We have seen firsthand the power of automation and its impact on the trucking industry, but when things go wrong in the world of logistics, there are some things automation just can't handle ... at least not yet. 

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