Happy Independence Day from Ascent Global Logistics!
Please note that holiday hours will be in effect on July 4, 2019. Please check with your local Ascent location for hours of operation. Additionally, scheduled carrier closings could cause freight delays due to the holiday. Please contact your local Ascent representative with questions regarding holiday shipments.
United States Transportation Secretary Announces $495M in Airport Infrastructure Grants
On June 24, Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Transportation Secretary, made the announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will be providing $495 million in airport infrastructure grants to 327 airports across the country. It is expected that more than $57.1 million of said funding will be used for improvements at eight Texas airports. Learn more here.
Illinois State Police Launch “Trooper in a Truck”
Illinois State Police and the Illinois Trucking Association have teamed up to create the “Trooper in a Truck” program, which places an Illinois State Trooper in a big rig to patrol highways. The trailer cab’s higher vantage point allows troopers to spot and pull over drivers who are not following the rules of the road. Learn more here.
Mexico Becomes First Party to Approve the USMCA
On June 19, the Mexican Senate voted to ratify the United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA). Should the deal be approved by the U.S. and Canada, it would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Mexico Senator Verónica Martínez García stated that “the USMCA is synonymous with opportunity in the short and long term.” Learn more here.
S301 List 3 Tariff Exclusion Requests
According to a notice issued last week by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), requests for S301 List 3 exclusions may be submitted between June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019 through the USTR website. The request forum will be available for use on June 30. For more information, visit our blog.
Government of Canada Invests in Port of Belledune Transportation Infrastructure
On June 24, the Government of Canada announced that it will invest $17 million to increase capacity at the Port of Belledune and assist in transporting Canadian goods to international markets. The project will improve the port’s ability to move cargo to terminals and vessels. Read more here.
Walmart Begins to Test Autonomous Vehicles for “Middle Mile” Deliveries
Walmart has started exploring the option of using autonomous vehicles for “middle mile” deliveries between the retailer’s warehouses and in-store pickup kiosks. Walmart is using Ford vans to test the service in conjunction with Gatik AI, the startup responsible for the technology. While Walmart CEO Greg Foran stated that the vehicles are a “no brainer,” the U.S. is still several years away from authorizing autonomous vehicles to drive on the highway. Read more here.
Americans Expected to Spend $6.7B Celebrating Independence Day 2019
According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics, Americans will spend almost $6.7 billion in celebration of Independence Day. It is predicted that 86 percent of Americans will partake in Independence Day celebrations this year. Learn more here.
Statistic of the Week
The amount spent by businesses on transportation and logistics services in the U.S. in 2018, 11.4 percent higher than the amount spent in 2017. View more stats here.
Links of the Week
Catch up with the Ascent Global Logistics team at the below upcoming events:
2019 ACCE ANNUAL CONVENTION
Long Beach, CA – July 14-17, 2019
2019 TRADE SYMPOSIUM
Chicago, IL – July 23-24, 2019
International Holiday Calendar