Season’s Greetings From Vilden Associates!

After an exceptional 2016, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to you for your goodwill and interest in Vilden Associates! Wishing a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you and your family! Signed The Vilden … Continue reading

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CBSA Opens Bonding for Non-Canadian Freight Forwarders

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced that Canada will now allow non-Canadian freight forwarders to apply for a bonded carrier code, thereby opening intermodal, inbond and consolidated shipments to be filed as house bills by companies not domiciled … Continue reading

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Improve Your Process Efficiency With The New e-CLEAR 10 Customs Filing System

Vilden is excited to announce the release of e-CLEAR 10 Customs Filing Solution next month! The new e-CLEAR will be available beginning October 3rd for all customers. Already a one-stop portal for filing advanced manifest information to many countries across … Continue reading

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Canadian eManifest Update: NVOCC Filing Details Will Be Mandatory Following November

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced that changes to the filing requirements for cargo passing through and destined for Canada will come into mandatory effect on November 7, 2016.  For purposes of CBSA, freight forwarder is defined as:  … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Spots Rates Dip Despite Capacity Cuts

Trans-Pacific spot rates slipped again this week as weak demand and overcapacity keep them under downward pressure. The rate for shipping a 40-foot-equivalent unit from Shanghai to the U.S. West Coast was $1,225, down 4 percent from last week and … Continue reading

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Trans-Atlantic Spots Rates Hit 5 Year Lows

A normally stable trans-Atlantic route has seen spot rates deteriorate to 5 year lows, leaving shippers wondering whether there will see prices rise again before next year. Spot rates on exports from New York to Rotterdam fell to $422 for … Continue reading

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E.U. Container Status Message (CSM) Filing Requirement – Are You Ready For The September 1st Implementation?

For maritime carriers with a European service, a new Container Status Message (CSM) filing requirement is being implemented next month. From September 1, 2016, maritime carriers calling at E.U. ports will be required to file CSMs to the the European … Continue reading

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Canadian eManifest Update: NVOCC Filing Details Will Be Mandatory Following November

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced that changes to the filing requirements for cargo passing through and destined for Canada will come into mandatory effect on November 7, 2016.  For purposes of CBSA, freight forwarder is defined as:  … Continue reading

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Technology and Partnerships Keeping Smaller Truckers Competitive

In a trucking landscape that often seems tilted toward large players, smaller companies need to be innovative to survive and thrive. Increasingly, that means turning to new technology and partnerships to offer shipper customers services that make smaller carriers more … Continue reading

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Port of LA-LB Truck Turn-Times Improve Through Trucker-Terminal Cooperation

The average truck visit time at the 13 container terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach in May plunged to 78 minutes from 85 minutes in April, proving that cooperation between truckers and terminal operators can produce results, the Harbor Trucking Association … Continue reading

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SOLAS VGM Begins Next Week: Are You Prepared?

There is substantial confusion in the industry regarding the implementation of SOLAS weight verification regulation since it is an international requirement and not regulated, overseen or otherwise guided by a single governing body. Each of the 160 SOLAS signatory countries … Continue reading

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SOLAS VGM: Are You Ready For July?

There is substantial confusion in the industry regarding the implementation of SOLAS weight verification regulation since it is an international requirement and not regulated, overseen or otherwise guided by a single governing body. Each of the 160 SOLAS signatory countries … Continue reading

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Many Truckers Delaying Switch to Electronic Logging Required by HOS Mandate

A recent survey of more than 1,000 trucking operators by Truckstop.com has revealed that the vast majority do not have the electronic logging devices (ELDs) or any type of on-board computer that will be required by the Hours of Service … Continue reading

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LA-LB Drayage Truck Turn Times Still Improving In 2016

Truck turn times in Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex have unexpectedly showed dramatic improvement in March, due to the seasonal drop in cargo volume that followed the Chinese New Year in Asia, but also because terminal operators in the largest … Continue reading

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SOLAS Update: Ocean Carrier Group Outlines VGM Best Practices

The SOLAS amendment requires that shippers certify the verified gross mass (VGM) of loaded cargo containers to carriers prior to them arriving at container terminals, and is due to come into force July 1, 2016. The VGM requirement has been … Continue reading

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Drayage Operators Believe Container Lines Retain Too Much Control Over Chassis

Drayage operators say container lines’ continuing influence over chassis lowers efficiency at ports and is an obstacle to the creation of truck appointment systems at marine terminals. “The ocean carriers are out of the chassis business, but they’re still in … Continue reading

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Harbor Trucking Companies Taking Brunt of Supply Chain Cost Increases

Whether it’s the growing presence of mega-ships at U.S. ports, the proliferation of mandatory appointment systems at marine terminals or the transfer of carrier-owned chassis to equipment leasing firms, harbor trucking companies are paying a price for decisions made by … Continue reading

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ILWU, PMA May Move Forward With Contract Extension

For the first time since the grueling contract negotiations of 2014-15, the presidents of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) said they are willing to raise with their memberships the possibility of extending … Continue reading

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SOLAS Container Weight Guidelines Not Mandatory According to U.S. Coast Guard

At the TPM Conference hosted by the Journal of Commerce (JOC) in Long Beach, California,  U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Thomas clarified that while the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) container weight verification rules will be mandatory, the … Continue reading

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Global Container Traffic Growth Limp In 2015

Global container port traffic grew by just 1.1 percent in 2015, the second-lowest annual increase ever recorded. The snail’s pace growth last year was only surpassed by the record low in 2009 when container volume declined by 8.4 percent in … Continue reading

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Shake Up in Chinese Maritime With Major Merger and Potential Partnerships

An major shake up is anticipated for Chinese shipping with the announcement of a merger between two of the mainland’s largest carriers. China Cosco Shipping Corporation (CCSC) was officially launched in Shanghai this week, a merger of China Cosco and … Continue reading

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Port of Charleston, SC First in U.S. To Suggest SOLAS Weighing As A Service

As the industry prepares for the controversial new verified weight rules that go into effect this July, the Port of Charleston is the first U.S. port to say it is willing to provide in-terminal weighing services for containers if it … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Rates Hold Steady Ahead of Chinese New Year

Spot freight rates on the Asia-U.S. trades held their ground this week, rising slightly and ensuring most of the sharp gains made on the Jan. 1 rate increase were retained through the end of January. The Shanghai-U.S. East Coast spot … Continue reading

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Industry Braces For Mysterious New Container Weight Regulations

As the implementation date approaches, an unsettled cargo transport industry continues to search for more details on the upcoming container weight regulations being enforced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Amendments made to the International Convention for the Safety of … Continue reading

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Port of NY-NJ Test New Terminal Wait Time Measurement Applications

Port truckers at the Port of New York and New Jersey will soon test ways to measure their wait times both inside and outside container terminal gates, providing visibility that could be the basis of an hourly surcharge to drayage … Continue reading

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FMCSA Will Not Reinstate Hours of Service Rule Anytime Soon

The U.S. truck driver hours-of-service rules suspended by Congress won’t be put back in place any time soon, and not without consultation with trucking “stakeholders,” a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) official told trucking and logistics executives. “We are … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Rates Down After New Year

According to the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index, the spot rate for shipping a 40-foot container (FEU) from Shanghai to the East Coast last week was $2,542, down 1 percent from $2,555 the previous week. The spot rate to the West … Continue reading

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Mega-Ship Visit to Port of Los Angeles a Success, More Needs to Be Done for Regular Port Calls

Over the Christmas-New Years holidays, APM Terminals in Los Angeles  broke new ground in the handling of the new generation of mega-ships with capacities of 18,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUS). The Port of Los Angeles welcomed the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin over the new year, … Continue reading

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Global Container Ship Fleet Eclipses 20 Million TEUs

With a record number of 214 new container ships delivered in 2015, the world fleet’s capacity grew by 1.72 million to surpass 19 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs). The industry placed orders for 255 more vessels in 2015, with an … Continue reading

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A Special Holiday Message From Vilden Associates

All of us at Vilden wish you a happy holiday season! We offer our most sincere thank you for your loyalty and goodwill over the past year. May you have a prosperous 2016 and beyond.  Signed,  The Vilden Team

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Turn Times Inside LA-LB Terminals Best Since Early 2014

Truckers calling in Los Angeles-Long Beach are experiencing the lowest in-terminal service times since longshore labor issues in the fall of 2014 created the worst port congestion in more than a decade, according to PierPass. The organization which represents the … Continue reading

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US Regulators Prepare New Trucking Regulations For December, Finalize Driver Coercion Rule

December will bring a number of new US regulations for the trucking industry, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) begins to release details on its rulings this month. Last week, the Office of Management and Budget published its … Continue reading

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Asia-Europe Carriers Push Ahead With Hefty December GRIs

Asia-Europe carriers are planning a new round of hefty general rate increases (GRIs) in December, despite a downward trend that sees these increases losing steam after a week or so. According to analysts, spot rates from Shanghai to North Europe … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Continue To Be Plagued By Overcapacity

Trans-Pacific spot rates fell to uncomfortably low levels this week, suggesting that container lines in the Pacific continue to be plagued by overcapacity. The benchmark of spot rates from Hong Kong to Los Angeles fell to $1,009 per 40-foot equivalent … Continue reading

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Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) Announce Bay Plan (BAPLIE) Electronic Filing Requirements

After having been in an ‘informed compliance’ status for several years, CBSA announced that effective November 6, 2015, CBSA requires that Bay Plans (BAPLIEs/Stow Plans) for all vessels arriving Canadian ports be submitted electronically. Monetary penalties are anticipated to go … Continue reading

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ILWU Office Clerks And Employers Hope to Begin Contract Talks Early

In a bid to avoid the tumultuous and dragged out negotiations of 2010, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) office clerical workers in Los Angeles-Long Beach are expected to begin negotiations with employers in April – less than three … Continue reading

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Carriers, Shippers Teaming Up In Preparation For New Container Weighing Regulations

A group consisting of carriers, U.S. shippers and logistics providers are coming together in preparation for new global regulations requiring the weighing of containers before they are allowed to be loaded onto a ship. The new rules are slated to … Continue reading

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TSA West-bound Lines Finalize Plans for GRI Beginning in October

The carrier members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have announced future general rate increases (GRIs) next month. Beginning on October 1st, member carriers in the TSA’s westbound section will be seeking to establish new rates. They will target all … Continue reading

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Transportation Industry Groups Seek FMC in Push Back Against Demurrage, Detention

A coalition of truckers, cargo interests, and trade organizations is preparing to ask the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission to restrict charges for late pickup or delivery of containers. Spearheaded by the American Trucking Association (ATA), the coalition’s argument is that … Continue reading

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U.S. Customs Regulatory Update: ACE Vessel Export Manifest

A Federal Register general notice posted on August 20th by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced plans to conduct the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Export Manifest for Vessel Cargo Test, a National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning ACE export … Continue reading

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PierPass Fee to Increase at POLA-LB

Effective on August 1st, the traffic mitigation fee charged for container movements at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase to $69.17 per 20-foot-equivalent unit (TEU) from the current $66.50 per-TEU fee. The rate per 40-foot container … Continue reading

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US Trucking Employment Hits Pre-Recession Peak

Trucking employment surged for a second straight month in June, with U.S. truckload and less-than-truckload carriers hiring approximately 7,400 workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That pushed for-hire carriers tracked by the BLS past their pre-recession employment … Continue reading

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ILWU Ratifies 5-Year Labor Agreement With the PMA, Concluding Port Negotiations

Labor negotiations which began in May 14, 2014 between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) ended successfully this week, as the ILWU membership voted to ratify a 5-year agreement with the PMA. Following … Continue reading

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Asia-Europe Carriers Push Ahead With June GRIs

Asia-Europe carriers are planning a new round of hefty general rate increases (GRIs) in June, despite a downward trend that sees the increases losing steam after a week. According to analysts, spot rates from Shanghai to North Europe lost $214 … Continue reading

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ATA Calls for Graduated Licensing to Combat Driver Shortage

With driver shortages being a repetitive issue in the U.S. trucking industry, The American Trucking Association (ATA) is floating a graduated licensing program as an idea on how the federal government can make reforms to try and mitigate the labor … Continue reading

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Truck Drivers Continue Strike in POLA-LB, Cargo Uninterrupted

Picketing at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach (POLA-LB) continued today, as organized groups of harbor truckers move ahead with their campaign to gain union status. Justice for Port Truck Drivers, a group affiliated with the Teamsters, accuses … Continue reading

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ILWU Delegates Vote to Advance Tentative Labor Agreement

Labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) took a major step forward today as ILWU delegates voted in favor of recommending the tentative five-year agreement with waterfront employers to rank-and-file members. … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Rise After 12 Month Low

Trans-Pacific spot rates rose this week from a 12-month low, suggesting that container lines won acceptance of some of the $600 general rate increase (GRI) imposed this week. Benchmark of spot rates from Hong Kong to Los Angeles climbed to … Continue reading

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Job Openings in US Cargo Transport Sky Rocket

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of job openings in the U.S. transportation and warehousing industries increased by 23 percent year-over-year in January. While jobs are more readily available, these businesses lost more … Continue reading

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Trucking Operations Reaching Full Employment

As the U.S. heads toward what some economists consider “full employment”, trucking companies tracked by the Labor Department hired an additional 2,600 workers in February, pushing the monthly Trucking Employment Index from the Journal of Commerce up to 99.9. That … Continue reading

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U.S. Customs Regulatory Update for Carriers: ACE Export Manifest

May 1, 2015 is an important date for carriers filing electronic ocean manifests. It is the date that CBP has set for anyone filing electronic manifests to use the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as the approved filing mechanism. To further … Continue reading

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Senate Ends Attempt to Repeal Jones Act

Sen. John McCain’s amendment to repeal a key provision of the Jones Act failed to make it into a Senate-passed bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The amendment ran into stiff opposition from the U.S.-flag maritime industry. … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Carriers February GRI Next Week, Announce Future Rate Increases

Carrier members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have announced future general rate increases (GRIs) slated for March and April, following the GRI that will be imposed beginning next Monday. In early January, the TSA members announced plans to collect … Continue reading

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Members of Congress Push Back Against Attempt to Repeal Jones Act

A bi-partisan group of U.S. House members are pushing back and criticizing a recently submitted amendment that would do away with the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. In summary, the Jones Act requires that domestic … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Carriers Announce February GRI, East Coast Remains Strong

Carrier members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have announced another planned general rate increase (GRI) slated for early February. Spot rates on the Asia-U.S. West Coast trades rose just $159 per 40-foot container last week, despite a $600 general … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Down Again Ahead of January GRI

Transpacific spot rates slipped at the end of December , losing a significant portion of the gains from the GRI imposed by carrier members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) in mid-December. Hong Kong to Los Angeles benchmark spot rate … Continue reading

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Federal Mediation Underway in ILWU-PMA Labor Dispute

After 8 tense months of negotiations, there has finally been an encouraging development in the labor dispute at the West Coast ports. With hundreds of trade groups and associations writing letters to the White House asking for the federal government … Continue reading

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Thank You & Happy 2015

  THANK YOU As we approach the end of 2014, we would like to personally thank you for doing business with Vilden Associates. We truly value our relationship with you and are proud to be your services provider. All of … Continue reading

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U.S. Customs Regulatory Update: ISF Enforcement

The following notice was circulated today by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding “late” Importer Security Filings (ISFs).  CBP has been phasing in penalty notices and allowing late filing of ISF 10 and 5 when no bond is required.  … Continue reading

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Transpacific Spot Rates Remain Steady Ahead of Mid-December GRI

The benchmark spot rates from Asia to North America have continued to remain relatively the same, showing stability in the trans-Pacific trade lane ahead of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement’s (TSA) mid-November general rate increase (GRI). The spot rate from Asia … Continue reading

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U.S. Customs Regulatory Update: ACE Export Manifest

The modernization of U.S. Customs and Border Protection document filing is continuing with the soon to be announced pilot program for the EDI of export manifests. This is a major step towards the multimodal, single window vision that CBP and … Continue reading

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Transpacific Spot Rate Down Before November GRI, Rates Drop Across All Major Lanes

Transpacific spot rates slipped slightly this week ahead of the November 15th general rate increase (GRI), losing all the gains from the GRI imposed by Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) carrier members in October. Hong Kong to Los Angeles benchmark spot … Continue reading

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U.S. Import Growth Expected to Ease As Tensions Rise in West Coast Ports

Analysts have projected that U.S. import growth is expected to ease this month after healthy highs in September and October. While the reduced import volume can help with the congestion issues plaguing the West Coast ports, not much relief is … Continue reading

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Rates Remain Steady Ahead of Mid-November GRI

The benchmark spot rates from Asia to North America have continued to remain relatively the same, showing stability in the trans-Pacific trade lane ahead of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement’s (TSA) mid-November general rate increase (GRI). The spot rate from Asia … Continue reading

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Spreadsheet Abuse: A Risky Business

Spreadsheets can be a powerful tool for businesses, yet many professionals are unaware of the risks that come with abusing its functions. Since it is inexpensive and flexible, spreadsheets can be pushed beyond their useful capability and can develop from … Continue reading

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Spot Rates Stabilize Before Mid-October GRI

Benchmark spot rates from Hong Kong to Los Angeles remained relatively the same for the third straight report, showing stability in the trans-Pacific trade lane ahead of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement’s (TSA) mid-October generate rate increase (GRI). The spot rate … Continue reading

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Transpacific Carriers Unveil New Pricing Plan for 2015-2016

With Transpacific Stability Agreement (TSA) general rate increases (GRIs) implemented over 2014 largely failed to hold ground. Members of the 15-member carrier group are collaborating on a pricing plan that will establish minimum rate levels in hopes of creating a … Continue reading

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Cargo Spot Rates Drop Across All Major Trade Lanes

Earlier this week, spot rates dropped across all major trade lanes, despite stable U.S. trade due to a healthy peak season and the carrier’s September 1st general rate increase (GRI). Asia to northern Europe saw rates drop by 6.6 percent … Continue reading

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U.S. Imports and Exports Slow, Increasing Trade Imbalance

This summer has seen a reduction in global demand of U.S. containerized exports, particularly with the U.S. number one trading partner, China. Both containerized imports and exports were down in August, with analysts suggesting that a growing trade imbalance may … Continue reading

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ILWU-PMA Reach Agreement on Healthcare Benefits

Negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) took a surprising turn earlier this week as the two sides came to an agreement on healthcare benefits, long believed to be one of the … Continue reading

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With Global Competition Tightening, Legislation is Introduced to Strengthen U.S. Port Infrastructure

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (POLA-LB) have long been the main entry way for imported goods coming through the Pacific for many years. With 40 percent of all imported goods coming through the POLA-LB, Southern California has … Continue reading

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Ports of NY-NJ Release Updated Importer Security Filing (ISF) Enforcement Stategy

U.S. Customs in conjunction with the Ports of NY-NJ released an update regarding the enforcement of the Importer Security Filing regulation that went into affect July 2013. Specifically, the update addresses how liquidated damages can be assessed with failure to … Continue reading

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August Could Set Record for Container Imports

As July container import numbers show major year-over-year gains, it is anticipated that container imports may break an all-time record in August. July’s total containerized imports were 1.7 million TEUs, 5.8 percent higher than June’s total and nearly 5 percent … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Rates to Rise With Sept. 1st GRI

On Monday, members of Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) in the eastbound Pacific will implement another general rate increase (GRI) of $600per FEU, effective September 1st. Members of the TSA announced a rate restoration program in January, aimed at bringing rates … Continue reading

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After Solid First Half, Truck Rates Expected to Continue Rise Through 2014

With a tightened truckload capacity, weather related disruptions, and driver pay increases, truck rates across the U.S. are expected to continue to rise after strong growth in the first half of 2014. With this growth continuing into the third quarter, … Continue reading

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FMC to Host Public Forums in California and Maryland to Address U.S. Port Congestion

Next month in San Pedro California, Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero will be hosting a forum titled, “U.S. Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders, and Exploring Possible Solutions.” The Sept. 15 West Coast forum will focus  on … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Benchmark Rates Reach A Peak as Latest GRI Takes Affect

After the latest general rate increase (GRI) imposed by members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) on August 1st, along with peaking east-bound volumes, have pushed the transpacific benchmark rates from Asia to the U.S. to their highest levels so … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Trade Volumes Steadily Rising Year Over Year

Both West Coast and East Coast container volumes are steadily up compared to last year, signifying solid growth over the last year for both imports and exports. Containerized imports moving through West Coast ports in June were up 10 percent … Continue reading

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ILWU & PMA Negotiations Stretch to Final Hours

Contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) continue into the final hours. Though the prospect of reaching an agreement by today’s 5p.m. expiration date seems very remote. However, given the lack … Continue reading

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US Customs Issues Guidlines in Case of West Coast Port Disruptions

Less than a week remains until the current contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) expires. Earlier this month a coalition of trade groups representing manufacturers, retailers and transportation providers urged both … Continue reading

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Rising Industrial Volume Brings Demand For More Truckers

Many signs point to a nearly recovered U.S. freight economy as the numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts positive trends for 2014. Increased industrial demand combined with tightened truckload capacity has sent spot market truck rates rising. Intermodal … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Rates Slump Before Peak-Season Surcharge

The benchmark rate for shipping from Hong Kong to Los Angeles took another dive this week, falling another $50 to $1,750 per FEU. The spot rate is now $100 below where it stood before the mid-May general rate increase by members … Continue reading

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P3 Partnership Approved by E.U. Regulators

Following the March vote of approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the European Commission announced this week that it hasn’t found any anti-competitive issues with the proposed P3 Network, giving the vessel-sharing agreement involving the three largest global … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Rates To Rise With Mid-May GRI

he benchmark rate for shipping from Hong Kong to Los Angeles was flat last week, but the analyst anticipates a short-term boost around the general rate increases planned for mid-May. The Hong Kong-to-Los Angeles rate remained flat in the week … Continue reading

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CBSA Announces Delay in eMANIFEST Implementation

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) announced that the changes required for house bill filings via eManifest will be postponed from the anticipated implementation date of  July 1, 2014. While there is no concrete date, … Continue reading

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CBSA eManifest Becomes Mandatory July 1, 2014

The long awaited e-Manifest requirements will move forward with a mandatory filing date of July 2014. What is e-Manifest? This is the third phase of the Canadian Border Services Agency’s (CBSA’s) initiative to modernize and improve the security of the … Continue reading

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Asia-U.S. Rates Jump This Week as GRI Takes Effect

This week, spot container freight rates from Shanghai to U.S. ports saw some of the upcoming general rate increases (GRI) implemented, as both East and West Coast lanes saw increases of more than $100 per FEU. The rate from Shanghai to … Continue reading

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Port of Vancouver Strike Enters Third Week

The delivery of local imported cargo at Port Metro Vancouver is being interrupted as the standoff between striking truckers and the Canadian government showed no signs of ending this week. With the strike in its third week and truck traffic … Continue reading

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President Obama Calls for Boost in Transportation Spending

President Obama called for $302 billion in transportation spending over the next four years, paid for in part with proceeds from tax reform, while discussing his budget in St. Paul, Minnesota last week. The president announced proposals for new federal … Continue reading

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Japan’s AFR (JP24): Implementation Begins for Japan’s 24 Hour Rule

Japan’s 24 Hour Rule has finally arrived, with full implementation kicking off earlier this week. Nearly a year ago, Customs Tariff Law had been passed establishing the Advance Filing Rules (AFRs) for imports to be implemented by Japanese Customs. The … Continue reading

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President Obama to Issue New Fuel Standards for Trucks in March 2016

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016. He says that the triple benefit of reduced dependence on foreign oil, lowered consumer expenses and limits on green-house gases is … Continue reading

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Truckload and Intermodal Rates Rising

Reflecting higher spot market rates, growing freight demand and declining capacity, truckload line-haul rates jumped 2.9 percent in January, the biggest year-over-year increase since February 2013. Spot market rates year-over-year were up 13 percent in January. Intermodal rates rose 1.7 … Continue reading

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Vilden Opens New Satellite Office

Vilden Associates, Inc. announces the opening of a new satellite office in Shelton, Connecticut. Ann Moreau, who had been working in our Signal Hill Headquarters as an independent contractor/consultant for several months, will now be a full time employee and … Continue reading

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Liner Reliability Sinks, Study Cites Cost Cutting

Container ship reliability has been on a down turn for over a year, and is slated to only get worse according to researchers at Drewry. Liner service reliability has worsened in every quarter of 2013. With the fourth-quarter decline, the … Continue reading

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Eastbound Trans-Pacific Rate Remains Flat, Hike Coming Soon

Benchmark rate for shipping from Hong Kong to Los Angeles remained at $2,086 per 40-foot container for a fourth straight week in the week of Feb. 5. While the rate is down 17.7 percent year-over-year, it is 10.6 percent ($200) … Continue reading

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Japan’s AFR (JP24): Sign Up Today to Test System with Japan Customs – Deadline February 7th

On March 30, 2012, a bill to amend part of the Customs Tariff Law had been passed, establishing the Advance Filing Rules (AFRs) for imports to be implemented by Japanese Customs. The amendment requires carriers and NVOCCs to electronically submit … Continue reading

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Eastbound Trans-Pacific Rate Rises Slightly Following Quiet Few Weeks

After three weeks of no change, the Drewry benchmark rate for shipping from Hong Kong to Los Angeles rose this week. The rate climbed 10.6 percent or $200 per 40-foot container in the week of Jan. 15, reaching $2,086 per … Continue reading

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Shippers Anticipate More Rate Fluctuations in 2014

Much like 2013, analysts predict 2014 as a year of modest growth in demand and excess capacity. This is anticipated to lead to repetitive and short lived rate increases during peaks in demand. While growth in demand remains sluggish, container … Continue reading

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Japan’s Advanced Filing Rules (AFR – JP24) Sign Up For Special Year End Discount

On March 30, 2012, a bill to amend part of the Customs Tariff Law had been passed, establishing the Advance Filing Rules (AFRs) for imports to be implemented by Japanese Customs. The amendment requires carriers and NVOCCs to electronically submit … Continue reading

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Trucking Associations Continue Fight Against Hours of Service Rule

The battle over the new Hours of Service (HOS) regulation continues in the capitol this week. Yesterday, representatives from the trucking industry, including the American Trucking Association (ATA), called on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to address the problems … Continue reading

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Diesel Price Forecast Predicts $3.73 Average in 2014

The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) new Short-Term Energy Outlook expects diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.97 per gallon in 2012, are projected to average $3.91 per gallon in 2013 and $3.73 per gallon in 2014. The monthly … Continue reading

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CBSA eManifest Compliance Date Extended to July 2014

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has developed the eManifest Portal primarily to modernize and improve the  cross-border commercial process, helping trade partners  comply with eManifest requirements and to ease their transition from paper reporting to pre-arrival electronic data transmission. … Continue reading

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Japan’s Advanced Filing Rules (AFR – JP24) Full Enforcement Next March

As many of you are well aware, on March 30, 2012, a bill to amend part of the Customs Tariff Law had been passed, establishing the Advance Filing Rules (AFRs) for imports to be implemented by Japanese Customs. The amendment … Continue reading

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CBSA eManifest Compliance Beginning Next Year

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has developed the eManifest Portal primarily to modernize and improve the  cross-border commercial process, helping trade partners  comply with eManifest requirements and to ease their transition from paper reporting to pre-arrival electronic data transmission. … Continue reading

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Containerized Export Volume From Europe to North America Growing

The volume of containerized exports from Europe to North America reached 323,700 TEUs in July, up 1.8 percent from the 317,000 TEUs in July of 2012. Volume was also up 5.2 percent compared from the month prior. European exports totaled … Continue reading

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Japanese Overall Containerized Cargo Trade Expected to Rise

According to market analysts, Japanese containerized cargo exports is anticipated to rise 3.0 percent in fiscal 2013 (begun April 1st), to 5.176 million TEUs. The anticipated growth in loaded container cargo exports from the nine major Japanese ports follows a … Continue reading

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U.S. Diesel Prices Down Slightly After Summer Peaks

Average U.S. diesel prices dipped this week after they peaked in the weeks prior at levels last seen in early April. The national average price is $3.974, down 0.2 percent or 0.7 cents from last week. Prices are up 1.4 percent … Continue reading

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Drayage Operational Costs Up With Ocean Carriers’ Exit From Chassis Supply

In 2009, Maersk surprised the U.S. transportation industry when it  announced that it would no longer directly provide chassis to truckers, forwarders and cargo interests due to the increasing maintenance costs and liabilities associated with the service. Since the initial … Continue reading

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Japan’s Advanced Filing Rules (AFR – JP24) Full Enforcement Next March

As many of you are well aware, on March 30, 2012, a bill to amend part of the Customs Tariff Law had been passed, establishing the Advance Filing Rules (AFRs) for imports to be implemented by Japanese Customs. The amendment … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Rates Fall Again

Average container spot rates fell again this week for the eastbound trans-Pacific trade routes, eliminating the $200 per FEU gain attributed to the last general rate increase (GRI) in the first week of August. The trans-Pacific spot rates fell $100 … Continue reading

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European Exports Grow Along With Shipper Confidence

A survey of international shippers and freight forwarders last week shows a  growth in confidence in the European market, as data from the summer displays sustained growth in European exports for the majority of the trade lanes from May to … Continue reading

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Truckload Capacity at One Year High

After hitting a historic lows the previous two quarters , truckload capacity has reached a one year high in this second quarter of 2013 on freight demand increases. While the rise in demand has been welcomed news this year, capacity … Continue reading

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U.S. Diesel Fuel Prices Continue Month Long Rise

Average U.S. diesel prices rose another 1.2 cents this week, continuing month long increases so far in July. After 4 consecutive weeks of increases, diesel prices are up 10 cents in all regions of the United States. The national average … Continue reading

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ISF 10+2 Full Enforcement Underway at Ports of LA and LB

Last week the LACBFFA sent out a copy of LA. Public Bulletin13-026 that explains the holds that CBP will place on cargo that is not in compliance with the ISF filings.  This includes explanations of the new manifest hold codes … Continue reading

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CBP Announces Enforcement of Liquidated Damages for 10+2 Non-Compliance

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the agency will begin issuing liquidated damages against importers and ocean carriers filing the Importer Security Filing (ISF) for non-compliance. These penalties will be enforced starting on July 9th (including … Continue reading

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Carriers GRI’s Losing Battle Against Sluggish Rates

Trans-Pacific carriers got some relief this week from falling rates through a general rate increase (GRI) that was implemented on Tuesday. The Hong Kong-Los Angeles Container Rate Benchmark rose $250, 63 percent of the proposed $400 GRI. This followed a … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Join Drayage Operators in Seeking HOS Rule Delay

With the July 1st implementation of the Hours-of-Service (HOS) rule for commercial vehicle drivers six weeks away, drayage companies are increasingly worried about how these new regulations will affect their intermodal operations. The HOS rule requires an 11-hour daily driving … Continue reading

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Strong First Quarter for Japan: Surging Imports and Exports

Strong numbers in March continued a 5 month streak of year-over-year import growth in Japan. Japanese imports were valued at $68 billion dollars last month, a 5.6 percent increase over the $64.4 billion traded in March 2012. However, this year-over-year … Continue reading

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Federal Sequester and CBP Budget Cuts

With the federal sequestration anticipated to cut nearly a billion dollars from its budget, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is taking preemptive actions in order to maintain solvency. With the sequestration order signed, CBP has begun looking into different ways … Continue reading

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Message From U.S. Customs: Sequestration

March 2nd, 2013 Dear Trade and Travel Industry Colleagues: As a result of the budget sequestration which went into effect on March 1, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is writing to provide you with information on how these … Continue reading

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LA-LB Office Clerical Unit Approve Contract

Last Wednesday the office clerical units of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILW) at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles finally approved the tentative contract with their employers. With the agreement in place, labor negotiations finally reached … Continue reading

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LA-LB Office Clerical Unit Reject Last Year’s Contract

On Wednesday the office clerical units of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILW) at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, voted down the tentative contract negotiated last year. This latest rejection has set the stage for another … Continue reading

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ILA, USMX Agree to 6-Year Contract

After several mediations, the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) reached a tentative agreement last Friday night. Although it is still in the ratification process, with ongoing local union negotiations, operations at the ports will … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Hear ATA vs. POLA Clean-Trucks Program

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) challenge to the concession requirements within the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) clean-trucks program. The clean-trucks program was implemented five years ago, with the intention of curbing truck … Continue reading

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ILA Walk Out of Contract Talks

Negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX), which represents shipping companies and terminal operators, opened and ended abruptly last Wednesday morning as the ILA walked out after objecting to … Continue reading

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U.S. Diesel Continues Price Drop

U.S. diesel prices fell again last week, continuing a trend that began in early December. The average cost per gallon is now at $3.911, compared to $3.828 a year ago. Prices fell everywhere except for the Central Atlantic, Gulf Coast … Continue reading

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Freight Rates to Remain Down

Despite efforts by ocean carrier’s to cut down on capacity in east-west trade routes, freight rates are expected to remain steady due to lower than expected cargo volumes. Average head-haul freight rates have declined from $2,700 to $2,400 in little … Continue reading

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East & Gulf Coast Vessel Ports Strike Avoided, 30 Day Extension

The impending East and Gulf coasts ports strike was avoided this morning as shippers and longshoremen decided to extend talks for 30 days. With the issue over royalty payments on containers now settled, negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement between … Continue reading

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ILA, USMX Continue Talks, Break Tuesday

Under federal moderation, representatives of the International Longshoremen Alliance (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX), which represents steamship lines and terminals that employ ILA union members, continued negotiations towards a contract resolution this week. In late September, the ILA … Continue reading

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CBP Procedures for Vessel & Cargo Entry Processing In Event of Potential Trade Disruption East & Gulf Coast Vessel Ports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in cooperation with trade stakeholders, is establishing procedures for events that cause major delays and diversions of vessel cargo arriving and departing the U.S. CBP will continue to demonstrate its commitment to the restoration … Continue reading

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Ports of LA-LB Strikes Settled, Agreement in Place

Cargo handling resumed in the Ports of Long Beach (POLB) and Los Angeles (POLA) on Wednesday morning, after an agreement was made Tuesday night. Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, announced that a settlement has been reached between the Office Clerical … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Pickets to Spread at Ports of Long Beach & Los Angeles

A resolution to the labor disputes between the Office Clerical Unit (OCU) and their employers will not happen today. Clerical workers at the Port of Long Beach (POLB) and the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) continue to strike for a … Continue reading

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Post Sandy Update: Potential 14 Billion In Revenue For Motor Carriers From Reconstruction Efforts

After a tumultuous couple weeks, trucking companies in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast began reopening terminals closed during Hurricane Sandy early last week. However, logistic bottlenecks, fuel/power shortages, and challenges accessing customers have continued to hamper normal operations. With losses in … Continue reading

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ATA Predicts Driver Shortages

Analysts at the American Trucking Association (ATA) released a study this week confirming that the trucking industry is facing a driver shortage, and it is likely to grow over the next decade. The study reports that increased government regulations, specifically … Continue reading

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Asia-U.S. Carriers Plan December Rate Hike

In an effort to prematurely prevent rate erosion during the weak trade season, carriers belonging to  the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) announced a proposed general rate increase of $1,500 per FEU on standard and high-cube refrigerated container shipments from Asia … Continue reading

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Post Sandy Update: Trucking Slowly Rolling in Northeast

After a tumultuous couple days, trucking companies in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast began reopening terminals closed during Hurricane Sandy, although the hardest-hit areas remained limited or closed as of today. Logistic bottlenecks, fuel shortages, and challenges accessing customers will hamper … Continue reading

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CBP Proposes Elimination of Paper In-Bond

On 4/22/2012, CBP published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making outlining changes in the in-bond process. Today, CBP continues to accept paper in-bond forms (CBP form 7512). The proposed changes would require all in-bond filers to electronically submit their in-bond … Continue reading

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ATA Predicts Confusing Months Ahead for Trucking

This past Tuesday, economic analysts at the American Trucking Association (ATA) told fleet executives that the economic trajectory for the trucking industry is going to be very uncertain for the remaining months of 2012. The analysts believe freight volumes will … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Remain Steady

Trans-Pacific spot rates paid by NVOCCs have remained relatively unchanged for the fourth consecutive week according to analysts. The spot index of Hong-Kong to Los Angeles remained at $2,711 per 40-ft container (FEU), which is where it has averaged since … Continue reading

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ILA, USMX Continue Contract Resolution

Yesterday, representatives of the International Longshoremen Alliance (ILA) and the U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX), which represents steamship lines and terminals that employ ILA union members, resumed negotiations towards a contract resolution. The week prior, the ILA and USMX agreed to … Continue reading

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Growth in Exports and Near Sourcing Could Create 5 Million U.S. Jobs

Although hardly talked about, the U.S. has been gradually shifting efforts towards the expansion of U.S. trade exports and the increase of home production in an effort to revive the economy and bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Analysts … Continue reading

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Truck Tonnage Slowed in August

Although truck tonnage is up 3.2 percent from where it was a year ago in August, tonnage dropped 0.9 percent compared to June and July of this year, according to the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) assessment for the second quarter … Continue reading

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CBP Automated Commercial System Decommission Imminent

In a recent CSMS (Cargo Systems Messaging Service) from U.S. Customs, it was announced that 9% of ocean carriers have not begun program changes, testing and transition scheduling for the Automated Commercial Environment, known as ACE. Effective September 29, 2012 … Continue reading

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Analysts Forecast Strong Import Volume For End of 2012

Despite the looming possibility of East Coast port closures, U.S. containerized imports are expected to rise 8.5 percent this month and remain high through the end of the year. September is forecasted to bring 1.49 million TEUs, which is over … Continue reading

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Truckload Rate Increases Minimal in August

For the month of August, truckload rates remained flat in comparison to the month prior. Rates fell from 8.2 percent in February to 2.1 percent in July of this year, and truckload pricing increased 1 percent year over year (August). … Continue reading

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Asia-Europe Spot Rates Drop Again

For the fifth consecutive week, average Asia-Europe spot rates fell, this week falling 12 percent ($350 per loaded FEU). Rates have been dropping dramatically in the second half of the year, due to low European demand caused by the recession … Continue reading

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U.S. Diesel Prices Possibly Reached Peak

After 10 consecutive weeks of increases, the average price of diesel in the U.S. stayed nearly flat last week. The average cost per gallon is at $4.132, 27 cents higher than the same period a year ago. Prices slipped in … Continue reading

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The Rising Demand for Natural Gas Trucks

Following strong demand from Asia, the global market for natural gas-powered trucks is expected to rise 14 percent from now until 2019. Currently, Asia- Pacific nations make up nearly 75 percent of the global natural gas vehicle sales. This demand … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Expected to Rise in October

Members of the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (WTSA) accounced earlier this week the recommendation of a general rate increase of $160 per TEU and $200 per FEU on October 1st for all dry commodities to and from all origins and … Continue reading

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Surcharges Eminent If East Coast Ports Close

Following last week’s decision by the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) to grant authority to its president to recommend a union strike, several shipping lines have announced potential congestion surcharges if East or Gulf Coast ports are closed in response to … Continue reading

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Potential Longshoremen Strike Could Threaten East Coast Ports

As the maritime industry prepares for its busiest time of year, a threat of a strike looms over the East Coast ports. Earlier this week, the members of Local 1804-1 (New Jersey) of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) granted authority … Continue reading

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LA-Long Beach Clerical Workers Resume Talks with Employers

Shipping lines and terminal operators in the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports received good news this past Wednesday when the Office Clerical Unit (OCU) of ILWU Local 63 agreed to resume contract negotiations. With no contract since June 2010, office workers … Continue reading

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World Container Ship Fleet Hits 16 Million TEUs

The world container ship fleet has crossed 16 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) after the addition of an estimated 802,000TEUs worth of new container ships in the first half of this year. These new container ships represent 5 percent of … Continue reading

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The 9 Percent – Are You Ready for ACE?

  In a recent CSMS (Cargo Systems Messaging Service) from U.S. Customs, it was announced that 9% of ocean carriers have not begun program changes, testing and transition scheduling for the Automated Commercial Environment, known as ACE. Effective September 29, … Continue reading

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CBP Steamship Export Manifest Document

CBP has instituted a pilot project for export manifest submission using their DIS (document imaging system) earlier this year.  This pilot has been very successful in automating the delivery of manifest to CBP as well as saving exporting carriers a … Continue reading

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U.S. Diesel Continues Upward trend

The average U.S. price for diesel rose 6.3 cents last week, continuing a trend that began 6 weeks ago. The average cost per gallon is up to $4.089, with prices up 26.9 cents from a year ago. The price rose … Continue reading

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U.S. Global Trade Expected to Grow 4.7 Percent Annually

Led by U.S.-based companies’ exports to emerging foreign markets, U.S. global trade is expected to rise 4.7 percent annually over the course of the next 15 years according to analysts. During the next 5 years, U.S. exports are expected to … Continue reading

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Truck Tonnage Down 0.7 Percent in May

Although May saw a 4.1 percent increase in tonnage growth from the year before, for-hire truck tonnage was down 0.7 percent between May and April. This is the second month in a row that saw tonnage drop, wish tonnage slipping … Continue reading

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U.S. Diesel at Lowest Price Since February 2011

U.S. diesel prices fell by 5.1 cents in the week ending June 25th, hitting the lowest points since February 2011. The national average sat at $3.678 per gallon, 21 cents cheaper than they were a year ago and 10.5 cents … Continue reading

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World Container Ship Fleet Hits 16 Million TEUs

The world container ship fleet has crossed 16 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) after the addition of an estimated 802,000TEUs worth of new container ships in the first half of this year. These new container ships represent 5 percent of … Continue reading

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U.S. Global Trade Expected to Grow 4.7 Percent Annually

Led by U.S.-based companies’ exports to emerging foreign markets, U.S. global trade is expected to rise 4.7 percent annually over the course of the next 15 years according to analysts. During the next 5 years, U.S. exports are expected to … Continue reading

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Ready for ACE?

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection  published a notice to the trade announcing that effective September 29, 2012 AMS will be retired and ACE will become the only acceptable CBP approved EDI. The road to realization of … Continue reading

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Comment Period on CSA Changes Extended

Due to the reaction to the proposed changes to the Compliance, Accountability, Safety program (CSA) from the American Trucking Association along with shipper & broker groups, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the comment period by 60 days, to July … Continue reading

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Transportation Industries Gain Most Jobs in May Job Report

According to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the transportation industries added the most jobs for the month of May. Out of the 69,000 jobs added to non-farm payrolls, the transportation industries represented 36,000. Out … Continue reading

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Used Truck Pricing on the Rise

After low new truck production levels in 2009, truckers are feeling the pinch with national used truck pricing rising around 16 percent in April compared to last year. Year over year, the national average price for used trucks is above … Continue reading

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Clean-Air Program for Ships Picked Up By LA Port

On May 10th, the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) became the first port in the U.S. to implement the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) to help reduce harmful vessel emissions.  POLA is hoping the ESI program will help reduce the levels … Continue reading

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Trucking Executives Warn Shippers About Rising Costs

Last Tuesday at the National Industrial Transportation League’s Freight Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., trucking executives from around the nation gave a stern warning about rising operation costs and how it can impact shipper’s budgets. Carrier executives warned that shippers … Continue reading

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TSA Proposing $600 Peak Season Surcharge

Expecting a strong peak season, eastbound Pacific shipping lines are proposing a peak season surcharge of $600 per 40-foot units (FEU).  The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement announced the proposed surcharge to take effect June 10th with no expiration date given.  Also, … Continue reading

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Diesel Prices Fall Below $4 a Gallon

National Diesel prices fell below the $4 mark, slipping 4.8 cents in the week ending May 21st. The national average fell to $3.956, after dropping for five straight weeks. Year over year, the national average is 4.1 cents lower than it … Continue reading

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Asia-Europe Carriers Rates Have Peaked

After freight rates in the Asia-to-Europe container trade increased fourfold from December 2011 to now, it seems that the Asia-Europe carrier rates have finally reached their peak.  Between December of last year and late April, spot pricing went from $490 … Continue reading

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Truck Tonnage Continues Slow Rise through March

Truck freight continued its steady growth through March according to the American Trucking Association’s Truck Tonnage Index.  The report shows that truck tonnage slightly rose by .2 percent from February.  Year-over year, the adjusted tonnage rose 2.7 percent in March, … Continue reading

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Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Proposes Modernization of NVO Rules

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Richard Lidinsky Jr. outlined a proposal to overhaul FMC regulations covering NVOs at the annual meeting of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America.  He said the FMC would begin discussing the modernization … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Hold Ground

Trans-Pacific spot rates eased last week after the nearly 20 percent spike the week prior, following the rate hikes by the shipping lines members of the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (WTSA). The Container Rate Benchmark slid by 2.8 percent, settling … Continue reading

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Diesel at Highest Price Since Summer 2008

National averages for diesel fuel hit there highest pricing point since August 2008 in the week ending April 9th.  The average price is $4.148 per gallon, up 7 cents from where they were a year ago. Prices rose in all regions … Continue reading

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Boston Port Gets First Truck Under Clean-Truck Program

After being successfully implemented in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Clean-Truck Program has been picking up steam in ports across the nation.  Boston saw its first clean truck purchased this month, funded by the Massachusetts Port … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Rise 20 Percent

Trans-Pacific spot rates rose 19.9 percent in the last week, indicating that the carriers’ April 15th rate increase is holding.  NVOCCs reported paying $2,405 per 40-foot equivalent (FEU) this week, up from $2,005 last week, and 68 percent higher than … Continue reading

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House Bill Proposes Cutting Excise Tax, Increases to Diesel Tax

A bill introduced by Congress this week is proposing the cutting of the excise tax on heavy trucks and replacing it with increases to the diesel fuel tax.  The proposed legislation would repeal the 12 percent excise tax and replace … Continue reading

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West Coast Container Volume Declines 4 Percent

Container volumes at U.S. West Coast ports were down 4 percent coming out of February compared to the same month last year.  While exports stayed strong, increasing by 6 percent year-over-year, imports were hit especially hard and were down 11 … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Carriers Plan Second Round of Hikes for Westbound Rates

Trans-Pacific ship lines in the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (WTSA) have announced a second round of rate hikes for 2012.  The WTSA will recommend increases of $50 per 40-foot-equivalent units from Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland and $100 per … Continue reading

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Few Truckers Will Add Capacity

As freight demand increases this year, truckload carriers are considering adding capacity.  A quarter of carriers surveyed expected to increase their capacity by 6 to 10 percent this coming year.  Higher rates are making some carriers confident about adding capacity … Continue reading

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Diesel Prices See Dip After 10 Week Hike

National averages for diesel fuel fell by half a cent, marking a decrease for the first time since January 16th. Prices fell in all regions except the East Coast, where prices remained at an average of $4.190 a gallon.  The … Continue reading

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Ready for ACE?

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will publish the notice to the trade announcing that effective September 29, 2012 AMS will be retired and ACE will become the only acceptable CBP approved EDI. The road to … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Ease

Spot rates on the trans-Pacific trade slid slightly week-over-week, following a rate increase of $300 per 40-foot equivalent unit (FEU) two weeks ago implemented by Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) carriers on March 15th. The container rate benchmark for moves between Hong Kong to Los Angeles were down … Continue reading

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Shippers Enter Trucker Hours-of-Service Lawsuit

Shipping association NASSTRAC has joined the legal battle over truck driver hours-of-service rules, siding against consumer advocate Public Citizen, which filed a lawsuit seeking daily driving limits reduced to 10 hours.  NASSATRAC agrues that the difference between the current 11-hour … Continue reading

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Truck Tonnage Index Rises

Trucking activity rose 0.5 percent in February from January, showing freight volumes are rising after a post-holiday slump.  The American Trucking Association’s (ATA’s) tonnage index also showed a 5.5 percent year-over year increase for February, showing signs of recovery to … Continue reading

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Canada Border Services Agency’s Bay Plan Initiative

In April of 2004, CBSA implemented the first phase of the Advance Commercial Information (ACI) Program.  At this time, it became a requirement for marine carriers to electronically transmit marine cargo data to CBSA 24 hours prior to loading cargo … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Spot Rates Stabilize

Spot rates on the trans-Pacific trade remained stable week-over-week after a 13.6 percent increase last week following a rate increase of $300 per 40-foot equivalent unit (FEU) implemented by Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) carriers on March 15th. The container rate benchmark for moves between Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Los Angeles and Long Beach Imports Decline

Container volume declined in February for both the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach (POLA, POLB) with the expected slow down in imports.  Although February is the slowest month for trans-Pacific trade, volume was down even more than expected due to … Continue reading

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As Freight Demand Increases, So Will Truck Pricing

Freight analysts are predicting upward pressure on trucking pricing for North American shippers, as capacity remains at lower levels and demand begins to pick up in 2012. Truck utilization will remain strong and rates are expected to go up due to a forecasted … Continue reading

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Diesel at Highest Price Since August 2008

Last week, the national price of diesel increased to an average of $4.142 per gallon, the highest price since the last week of August 2008.  The average cost per gallon increased by 1.9 cents as oil prices rose to more than $107 per barrel.  The … Continue reading

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Truck Volume and Pricing Forecast 2012

The Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) shows truck freight outperforming the U.S. economy this year, with 3.9 percent growth expected.  The TCI slipped in January to 6.1, which is still a positive reading. Readings over zero indicates an “adequate” trucking environment, … Continue reading

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Truckload Capacity Drops 1.1 Percent

Freight Capacity dipped 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, down 1.1 percent year over year as freight supply and demand found a balance at the end of 2011. Combined tractor count was down only 1.4 percent over the … Continue reading

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Asia-Europe Spot Rates Rise 114 Percent

The Asian-European freight index exploded 114 percent over the last week of February.  The rate to ship a 40-foot-equivalent (FEU) from Shanghai to Rotterdam rose from $1,276 to $2,732 according to the World Container Index (WCI).  All the major carriers … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Carriers to Increase Westbound Rates

Trans-Pacific ship lines in the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (WTSA) have announced rate hikes for 2012.  The WTSA will recommend increases of $50 per 40-foot-equivalent units from Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland and $100 per FEU for all cargo … Continue reading

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European Imports Expected to Rise After Fourth Quarter Drop

Containerized imports to North European ports are expected to rise just below 3 percent in this first quarter of 2012, after dropping nearly 7 percent in the quarter prior in 2011.  The European recession is having an impact on container … Continue reading

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Long Beach Clean Trucks Program Achieves Goal

On January 1st the last 300 pre-2007 trucks left the Port of Long Beach (POLB) for the last time, marking the final step of its ambitious Clean Trucks Program implemented in late 2008. With a few exceptions, all 11,000 trucks … Continue reading

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DOT Freight Index Rose 0.1 Percent Last November

Freight Index for the transportation industry rose 0.1 percent from October to November last year. The increase left the DOT’s Index at 109.5, slightly below the peak of 109.6 in September but still higher than any of the months since … Continue reading

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Truckload Rates Up 8.6 Percent

  Truckload Rates were up 8.6 percent year-over-year to end 2011 with a rise of 0.7 percent in December from the previous month. The Cass Index rose to 109.2 last month, up from 108.4 in November as the holiday season … Continue reading

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ACE on the Horizon

In early summer 2011, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began advanced testing of the ocean and rail cargo manifest systems in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). This testing is being done to ensure carriers and other filers currently utilizing the … Continue reading

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AMS Celebrates 25 Years

Last month marked the 25th anniversary since the introduction of the Automated Manifest System (AMS). This accomplishment can only be attributed to the combined efforts of U.S. Customs, the shipping industry, and Customs Electronic Systems Action Council (CESAC). CESAC was formed in 1989 … Continue reading

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Trans-Pacific Carriers Plan New Years Rate Hike

In an attempt to stem the plummeting rates in east-west trade lanes, a discussion group of 15 major carriers operating in Asia is planning to implement interim rate hikes on January 1st of 2012. The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) group says … Continue reading

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LA Port Plans to Uphold Some Concession Requirements

The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) plans to enforce a recent ruling by the 9th Circuit Court to uphold some of the concession requirements found within the clean-truck plan. These concession requirements relate to provisions covering motor carrier financial responsibility, … Continue reading

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Trucking Conditions Index improved in September

Tighter capacity, raised rates, and lowered fuel costs have helped improve profit margins for trucking companies in September. The Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) went up 3.1 points in last month to 9.2, Readings above 10 indicate freight volume, rates and … Continue reading

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U.S. Customs Announces Changes to AMS Filing

In early summer 2011, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began advanced testing of the ocean and rail cargo manifest systems in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). This testing is being done to ensure carriers and other filers currently utilizing the … Continue reading

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Vilden Associates, Inc. Receives 2011 Best of Signal Hill Award

To our customers, business partners, collegues, and friends: The award above would never have been possible without your loyalty and efforts over the years. We sincerly appreciate the support and look forward to continuing to provide you excellent service and value. Again, thank you for … Continue reading

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POLA Employee-Driver Mandate Struck Down

A federal court of appeals on Monday struck down the employee-driver mandate in the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) clean-truck program. The verdict was a huge victory for the American Trucking Association (ATA), which has been appealing and fighting the … Continue reading

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Freight Index Up in August

Cass Freight Index for U.S. shipments grew 4.4 percent in August compared to the same month a year ago. The August gain was significantly smaller than the 11 percent increase in July, and was the smallest growth in 18 months. … Continue reading

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Positive Forecast for Ship Lines in 2012

In a report released this week, industry analysts say that although container shipping will have to deal with excess capacity through 2011, 2012 should bring better balance between vessel supply and demand. Vessel over supply and concerns about the European … Continue reading

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Freight Index Up in August

The Cass Freight Index (CFI) has shown a year over year growth of 4.4 percent in August for U.S. shipments. This is the smallest gain in a year and a half, and shows the sluggish growth of the U.S. economy … Continue reading

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U.S. Container Imports Up 4 Percent

U.S container imports grew just 4 percent in the second quarter of 2011, after a 9 percent rise in the first quarter of 2011. Overall, the first half of the year saw imports rise 6.3 percent to 8.36 million 20-foot … Continue reading

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Container Ship Capacity Grows 10 Percent

Global container ship capacity is up 10 percent since August of last year.  A dreary summer trade season, coupled with weak cargo demand has cut demand for vessel space and put added pressure on operators to keep freight rates at … Continue reading

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US Container Imports Up 9 Percent in April

Containerized imports at U.S ports in April are expected to grow 9% from a year ago, which would mark 15 consecutive months of year-over-year improvement in U.S container imports. The first half of 2011 is forecasted to grow 8% from … Continue reading

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Hapag-Lloyd Joins Other Major Carriers Who Have Ceased to Provide Chassis to Truckers

Add Hapaq-Lloyd to the list of major ocean carriers who have stopped providing chassis to harbor truckers. At the end of 2010, many larger carriers operating in the US had begun to phase out providing chassis on the East coast, with … Continue reading

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FMCSA’s proposed Hours of Service Ruling Brings Questions from the Transportation Community

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposed amendment for Hours of Service (HOS) has brought up some questions from the different facets of the transportation industry. The changes, which took effect in October 2010, require that truck drivers take … Continue reading

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Our focus is to deliver technology solutions that support advanced business processes and provide competitive advantages in today’s demanding environment. We partner with our clients to find ways to help them streamline business processes and deploy world class technology solutions … Continue reading

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