More RFP'S or RFQ’s In Freight Transportation

More RFP’S or RFQ’s In Freight Transportation

Lately are hearing  this word more and more, some call it Request of Proposals (RFP) and some refer to it as Request of Quotes ( RFQ ). This time around…

More RFP’S or RFQ’s In Freight Transportation
Are You Importing Legally?

Are You Importing Legally?

The product you are buying might not be as simple to import as you think. Before you order your product, be certain that the product you are importing is allowed…

Are You Importing Legally?
The Government Shutdown

The Government Shutdown

The United States federal government entered a shutdown from October 1 through 16, 2013, and curtailed most routine operations after Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014. During the shutdown,…

The Government Shutdown
Cargo Theft

Cargo Theft

It’s not a topic you hear about every day, you may not have heard about cargo theft headlining the news. Crime of such nature had become more organized and more…

Cargo Theft
Abandoned Cargo

Abandoned Cargo

Freight that has not been accepted or claimed by the consignee or is undeliverable due to error or omission on the part of the shipper, consignee, or owner or for…

Abandoned Cargo
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    Secure Cargo Loading

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    Caricaturist: Deniz Ilhan

    How to Lower Your Freight Cost

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    Don’t get excited, there is no discount coupon or promotion code at the end of this article, but I am offering some suggestions to importers to save on freight. ‎ [Read more...]

    2015 – A crazy year just started!!

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    2015 started as a crazy year which affected all of us, from freight forwarders that arrange imports from China, to grain exporters in Illinois, to customs brokers in La to warehouses in US Gulf. The West Coast Ports’ slow down peaked the last 3 months (and finally reached an agreement), which not only locked US West Coast Ports but also the exports from Gulf, imports in East Coast, and others nationwide. We heard freight rates of $5000/40′ from Asia to US East Coast.  We saw roll overs of 3 weeks in Port of Houston/Port of New Orleans. We saw 30+ ships waiting out-side of Long Beach. It had such a chain reaction that it affected the trucking and container availability in major cities like Chicago, Houston, New York, it even pushed Norfolk Port to shut down its rail connections just because of the excess flow of containers. [Read more...]

    Somali Pirate’s Treasure

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    Caricaturist: Deniz Ilhan

    Women in Logistics

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    Despite the fact that there has been an incredible rise of women in the business world, the logistic and maritime sectors still remain a male dominant sector. One to two percent of the workforce in the world maritime and logistics sectors is women, among the 125 million people working in this industry. In the more developed countries, this percentage is higher. The reason for such low statistics around the world is mainly because of the cultural resistance for women working outside of home.  It’s also the general belief that women are not physically capable for maritime industry. [Read more...]

    West Coast’s 5-Yr Tentative Agreement

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    Caricaturist: Idil Ar

    Agreement Reached at West Coast Ports; what is next?

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    After a long 9 months of work slowdown, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and West Coast Port employers have finally reached to a tentative 5 year agreement. Because of the labor standoff, the West Coast ports productivity reached as low as its half capacity.  This caused serious delays since November.  It also caused an enormous backlog of cargo vessels that were anchored out of West Coast ports and waiting to be discharge. A total of 29 West Coast ports handle about $1 trillion of global trade annually, and these ports are responsible around 43.5 percent of the United States’ trade volume.  It is very crucial over all to the country’s economy. [Read more...]

    Cargo Insurance

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    Caricaturist: Idil Ar

    Cargo Insurance

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    Caricaturist: Deniz Ilhan

    The Year of Goat

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    We are at that special time of the year again: the Chinese Lunar Year Holiday. Many would agree that at this time we have more pressure with the congestion at the US west coast ports. Many shipments shipped in early January are still sitting at docks of west coast ports. Nothing went as planned for the industry. I have heard of the reached agreement on a new five-year contract between ILWU and PMA which are subject to ratification by both parties, and that is really great news. [Read more...]