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Holiday Notice - India

Last Updated: Aug 13 2018
Offices in India will be closed on August 15, 2018, for the country’s National Holiday. During this time, airlines, shipping lines and customs offices will be completely closed.

Holiday Notice – Korea

Last Updated: Aug 10 2018
Offices in Korea will be closed on August 15, 2018, for the country’s Independence Day. During this time, airlines, shipping lines and customs offices will be completely closed.

Important Update on China Tariffs

Last Updated: Aug 9 2018
On August 7, 2018 The United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the final list of products on List 2 that will be subject to a 25% additional tariff for goods imported from China...

Strike Notice - Brazil (Santos)

Last Updated: Aug 9 2018
Our partners in Brazil informed us that Brazilian customs staff has indeed called a strike as previously rumored...

Strike Notice - India

Last Updated: Aug 9 2018
ur partners in India have informed us that a strike will be called for tomorrow (Friday, August 10th) that is expected to bring the operations in Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Nhava Sheva as well as the airport in Mumbai to a standstill...

CBP Announces User Fee Increases Effective October 1, 2018

Last Updated: Aug 6 2018
Pursuant to the General Notice (83 FRN 37509) published August 1, 2018, various changes to user fees within the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 will take effect on October 1, 2018.

Asia to US Rate Development

Last Updated: Aug 2 2018
Please find below updates to the following items: Peak Season Surcharge 08/01/18 (# 64-65), General Rate Increase Filed 08/01/18 (# 139-01), General Rate Increase Filed 09/01/18 (# 141)...

Basics Of Importing and Basics Of Exporting

Last Updated: Jul 24 2018
V. Alexander & Co., Inc. is excited to announce the scheduling of our combined “Basics of Import and Basics of Exporting” seminars, and we would like to formally invite you to attend! When: Thursday and Friday, August 30 & 31, 2018...

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Trucking Challenges

January 30, 2018   |   Logistics

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As of December 18, 2017, the biggest regulatory change for the trucking industry took effect by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA implemented the electronic logging device mandate (ELD) which requires truckers to install electronic devices that track their hours-of-service (HOS) vs. utilizing paper logs. There are still a number of truckers that have not installed ELD’s or encountered unexpected difficulty training drivers to use them. These truckers have until April 1, 2018 to install ELD’s or they will lose their authority to haul freight.

In addition to this regulation, the trucking industry is facing weather issues across North America and an increase in demand due to the spike in the economy. All of this coming on the heels of the new regulation which is causing capacity issues, rising cost, and shorter free time. We expect capacity to be an issue for at least the first quarter and will re-examine after April 1st when carriers must have ELD’s installed.

We are currently seeing on average truckers are booked out 7 to 14 days. In some markets, truckers are booked out an entire month. Issues that are being faced due to the ELD requirements:

  • Additional ‘Pre-Pull’ or layover fees
  • Reduced driver workforce
  • Chassis and equipment shortages
  • Increased operational costs

We recommend as much lead time be included in your supply chain as possible. Even though loads are accepted by trucking companies, this in no way guarantees driver availability for your loads.

Please feel free to reach out to your V. Alexander team if you have any additional questions or concerns.

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