2021 Produce Shipping Season Faces Challenges

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 8, 2021 8:34:35 AM

Every produce shipping season is different, but 2021 has more than one extenuating circumstance that could make it one for the record books. Not only are we coming off of a volatile, high volume post-pandemic freight market, but we still are trying to recover after a week of bizarre winter weather in Texas and the deep South that devastated many winter crops.   

Melons, onions, lettuce, and broccoli were just some of the more than $600 million in damaged produce. According to Texas A&M Today, the estimated losses from weather-related storms are broken down by these categories:

  • Citrus crops, at least $230 million
  • Livestock, at least $228 million
  • Vegetable crops, at least $150 million
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Freight Rates on the Rise

Posted by Harriet Mills on Feb 18, 2021 1:19:10 PM

Speculation about how much shipping costs will increase this year vary, but industry experts agree that rate hikes are inevitable, and soon.

The last year has tested the industry to its limits. Expecting the unexpected has become the norm because of COVID-19. It has stretched us like too little butter over too much bread, creating far-reaching consequences. Now that the pandemic threat may be winding down in many places, we are presented with one more thing to make us grind our teeth at night—more cost to our bottom line.

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Tags: Shipper News, refrigerated freight services, Truck Rates, truckload freight shipping, 3PL News

2021 Chinese New Year & Supply Chain Risk in the Freight Market

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jan 28, 2021 2:15:00 PM

Picture the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday, but on STEROIDS. That is what it is like during the Chinese New Year (CNY) in the Eastern half of the world in January and February. It is the largest human migration in the world. For countries like China, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, the event is celebrated not only for a few days or even a week, but two weeks. 

The dates change from year to year depending on the calendar. This year, CNY is much later than it was in 2020, by 18 days. According to Wikipedia, the criteria used to establish the dates is as follows: “The first day of the Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. 

In 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Friday, February 12, which is the Year of the Ox. The celebration lasts until February 22, but preparations often begin as early as February 4.

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Freight Theft During the Pandemic-Troubled Holidays

Posted by Harriet Mills on Dec 9, 2020 1:42:43 PM

This is the time of year when everyone in the logistics industry should be on the lookout for heightened cargo-theft activity. Historically speaking, holidays have been prime time for thieves to hone their skills and get away with as much plunder as possible. This year, because of COVID-19, cases of cargo theft are increasing.

Why have cargo thefts increased?

Part of the reason is sheer volume. Freight volumes for durable goods have hit an all-time high in 2020, with significant fluctuations in the marketplace. Volumes and capacity have unexpectedly surged from one quarter to the next, echoing the increases in COVID-19 cases. Consumer behaviors such as overstocking on paper goods and online shopping have resulted in a hectic logistics industry with tight capacity and high rates. For truck robbers, this unexpected freight boom has created opportunity by putting tons of goods on the road, and at risk.

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Tags: truckload freight shipping, cargo theft, Freight theft, Truckstop criminals

Freight Claims & Insurance: What you Don’t Know can Hurt you

Posted by Choptank Transport on Oct 15, 2020 10:57:12 AM

You’ve got the best freight insurance in the world, right? Sure you do—until you have a claim, that isWhen compensation is needed, some policies can turn out to be about as much good as a screen door in a submarine. In other words, you're not covered.

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Tags: frozen freight shipping, truckload freight shipping, Freight claims

Peak Season Capacity Remedies

Posted by Harriet Mills on Oct 8, 2020 3:28:45 PM

Our Team of Logistics Pros Offer Shippers Valuable Insights 

U.S. Shipping Volumes

The leaves are falling and so may be your profits this peak season. It is a wild and wooly freight market this year and the supply chain has dealt shippers a tough hand. We are fighting a pandemic that has far-reaching economic and personal ramifications. Shipping volumes are 50 percent higher than either of the last two years. High rates and lack of capacity keep gnawing away at profits, just like the virus keeps rearing its ugly head around the country. Relying on historical trends has become pointless with a market that is as unpredictable as this year’s presidential race (or as President Trump’s next tweet). 2018 dealt us a bull market, 2019 was flat, and well, we all know the story this year.

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Tags: Truck Rates, Freight costs, truckload freight shipping, Shipping Truckload

Putting "He-Said, She-Said" to Rest

Posted by Harriet Mills on Aug 14, 2020 11:40:38 AM

Documentation: The Essential Safety Net in Cold Freight Shipping

 

 

Tracking & Real-Time Visibility


Less than a decade ago, a shipment of frozen fish would leave a dock in California and possibly go through several different states and several different temperature zones before arriving at its destination. It also may have had several deliveries along the way. The shipper knew it was frozen when it left its place of origin, and the receiver made a notation that it was frozen upon arrival at its destination. But what about the four hours it sat in an open truck while other cargo was being unloaded on a hot 102°F day in the Southwest? Before GPS tracking and real-time visibility, there was no way of knowing what happened in between points A, B, C, and D.

 

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Cold Freight Shipping: Preparation is Everything

Posted by Harriet Mills on Aug 6, 2020 8:25:44 AM

Packaging, Palletizing, Staging and Pre-cooling

It may sound simple, but shipping refrigerated cargo successfully starts with proper packaging, palletizing, and loading of the product. Many claims relating to spoiled or damaged temperature-controlled cargo begin with poorly executed pre-loading procedures. 

 

These topics and others will be the focus of our upcoming webinar, "Refrigerated Shipping: Myths versus Facts." In the meantime, read on to learn some of the most important things shippers can do to keep their perishable freight safe.  

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Proper Produce Pulping and Mixed Loads

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jul 30, 2020 9:09:53 AM

What’s the big deal about pulping?

Taking temperatures isn’t just something you should do for COVID-19. It is an essential part of shipping produce on refrigerated trucks. In the logistics industry the process is called pulping, and it is the act of taking the fruit’s or vegetable’s temperature during various stages of the shipment.

 

If God had written ten commandments for shipping produce, the first commandment would be, “Thou shalt not put a warm load of melons straight from the field into a pre-cooled truck and expect it to deliver on-temp.” Every cold chain shipper should know this.

 

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Choptank Weekly Market Brief July 14, 2020

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jul 14, 2020 12:45:02 PM

Weekly Market Brief 

63,200 individuals in the United States tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day just last Thursday. That is a record. Since the rise in infections are mostly in southern states such as Texas, Georgia, Arizona, and Florida, panic-buying is returning and capacity is tightening in these areas. Adding even more stress to the market is this week's arrival of the annual DOT road inspections

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