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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    Cuba Embargo

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    Theme: Cuba Embargo
    Caricaturist: Deniz Olgac Ilhan

    The Evolution of Freight Transport

    Stack of Freight Containers at the Docks

    They hold just about everything we need from jeans to laptops. They are made of steel, aluminum, paper and glass. They protect and preserve. They are underground and aboveground and they journey around the world. They revolutionized civilization.

    Yes, I am talking about cargo containers

    In China, chairs, doors and light bulbs being manufactured by the millions. But how do these goods get to store around the corner from you? [Read more...]

    Oymyakon, Yakutiya

    Winter at Trikala Korinthias, Peloponnese, Greece

    Oymyakon is known as one of the candidates for the Northern Pole of Cold, the other being the town of Verkhoyansk. The ground there is permanently frozen.  Living in Oymyakon comes with some very interesting challenges. Eye glasses are known to freeze to faces, and batteries lose power very quickly.  Even if there was any phone reception, the phone batteries would not survive the cold. Also, vehicles have to remain running if they are not parked in a heated garage. [Read more...]

    Cuba; America’s and the World’s Newest Shipping Hub

    Large ship entering Havana Bay

    With the stroke of a pen, President Obama has effectively lifted the embargo placed on Cuba.  Gone are the sanctions that have been in place for nearly 55 years. What this has done is effectively opened up a new port and new trade partner for the entire world; most of them are likely to be based in the United States.

    In a move that was somewhat clairvoyant, as if Cuba knew that the sanctions and embargo would end one day very soon, the Cuban government with the assistance of Brazil, opened their new Mariel “Megaport” in January 2014.  The project is a $900 million dollar venture to show the world that Cuba is ready willing and able to become a regional hub for shipments. [Read more...]

    Survival Kit for Hostages

    Woman prisoner

    Every day we wake up to violence, kidnapping or hostage-taking. This has become a part of our daily life. It might sound scary, but I often think about what I would do if I were part of such a situation. Could I survive? What kind of act, or strategy so to speak, would work in a situation like that? I pieced together what I have so far. [Read more...]

    The Gray Chassis Pool and What it Means to You

    Shore crane loading containers in freight ship

    As we all know, LA and LB ports are experiencing a logistical nightmare which may weaken the competitiveness of the region’s economy. The congestion arises from a surge of cargo before the holidays, the ascending of massive container ships that filled the docks with cargo and the chassis shortage in the ports.

    While a dozen or more factors are adding to the congestion in one way or another, returning to normalcy at the terminals first requires a resolution of the chassis problem. So today, my focus will be on the shortage of trailers, or chassis that truckers use to haul cargo from the ports to expending warehouses. [Read more...]

    Happy Holidays From MTS Logistics!

    Dear Friends, Colleagues, Readers, Customers and Business partners,

    Happy Holidays!

    As we approach the end of 2014, we say farewell to another year and welcome 2015. I want to thank you, readers, customers, business partners, vendors, team members for your continued trust and support.

    Even though 2014 was a challenging year for the industry, as MTS we are making substantive progress toward achieving sustainable growth.

    I am truly glad to share with you some of our great moments and events we had in 2014 as MTS family. [Read more...]

    Could Augmented Reality Be the Next Big Thing in the Logistics Industry?

    Augmented Reality

    Driverless trucks and completely automated warehousing systems may seem like futuristic gimmicks, but some technological advances that don’t involve robots and flying cars could have a big impact on the shipping industry’s efficiency and reliability in the coming years.

    From personal computers to mobile devices, we know that technology can profoundly alter the way we communicate and interact with the world. New technologies impact almost every industry, and logistics is no exception. So, the next big wave of change in the logistics industry might just come in the form of ‘Augmented Reality’ technology.

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    Last Minute Christmas Shopping

    It’s the last weekend before Christmas and you’ve left the Christmas shopping till now. You are not alone! Whatever the reason for your lack of planning and your procrastination, you still have the chance to create your last minute gift list that matches your budget and have the last weekend to shop. Put your list together and get going!

    Dec 20th has been named the Super Saturday. This is the day when the sales hit all-time high for the whole year. Many stores open at as early as 6 am and offer deeper discounts on item that haven’t sold out since the Black Friday.

    Major chains like Macy’s, Target and Walmart will remain open until midnight and Toy’s R Us will extend their hours till 2am on the last weekend before Christmas. [Read more...]

    The Federal Maritime Commission

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    We in the shipper industry have heard of the FMC at one time or another.  The United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is an independent federal agency, based in Washington, D.C., responsible for the regulation of all oceans borne international transportation of the U.S. The Shippers who transport goods across the ocean are protected by the regulations of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).  As an independent agency of the federal government, the FMC ensures that all international ocean transport to conforms to standards. The commission benefits all levels of United States shipping, including exporters, importers, shippers and consumers, by providing a fair and reliable system of transport. According to its website the FMC’s mission statements is “To foster a fair, efficient and reliable international ocean transportation system and to protect the public from unfair and deceptive practices.” [Read more...]