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.
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.
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.
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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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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The latest trends and shifts affecting the transportation/freight market
After coming down off the bull market of 2018 when unparalleled economic growth resulted in record-high rates and short capacity, January may have been a disappointment for some. Lower than last year's record success, the manufacturing sector is experiencing a steady 3% growth rate, year-over-year at present. That might sound disheartening, but keep in mind, this is the traditional “slow" time of the freight year and it is still growth. If you’re worried about our economy, take notice of other countries, like Europe, who are seeing a much more drastic decline in economic prosperity with Brexit looming and tariffs of their own to worry about. The truth is, the whole global economy is slowing down.
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There are roughly 800,000 federal employees being affected by largest and longest government shutdown in history. How, then, are the 360 U.S. ports feeling the effects when there are so many government agencies involved in port activities? Surprisingly there are conflicting reports about the issue.
If there was ever an industry that was the poster child for, “the only thing constant is change,” it’s the logistics industry. In the last two decades, the world of freight management and 3PLs has undergone a transformation that no one could have imagined 20 years ago. What the future holds in the next decade will be both exciting and transformative.