Harriet Mills

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UMD's Choptank Transport scholarship awarded to local student

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jul 18, 2019 10:05:37 AM

University of Maryland Student, Zach Bee, Accepts 2019-20 Choptank Transport Scholarship

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Market Report Q2 2019

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jul 3, 2019 11:38:47 AM

 

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7 hidden LTL shipping costs

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jun 20, 2019 1:48:08 PM

The extra costs that occur on an LTL shipment’s bill of lading, called accessorial fees, are not really hidden costs. They are fees for added services that some loads require by the nature of the cargo. They are fees on top of the initial quote that LTL freight companies charge.

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Thoughts on last week's CVSA roadchecks

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jun 13, 2019 11:45:00 AM

I am constantly amazed at what we can accomplish in the face of adversity, and last week’s DOT roadcheck exercise was a perfect example. The yearly drill brought the nation’s transportation industry to a grinding slow down – for two reasons. 

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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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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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