Ascent Global Logistics Blog

May 4, 2021

How Leveraging a TMS Helps Increase Visibility and Control Costs

Leveraging technology within supply chain management seems like a logical approach; however, many businesses still manage shipments manually, which can drastically reduce visibility due to the lag time of manual updates and responses from a customer service team.

April 30, 2021

International Freight Market Overview

At a Glance:

  • Consumers have purchased a record number of goods, especially in home and lifestyle categories.
  • Quarantine has drastically limited spend on services, events and vacations.
  • Government stimulus has provided U.S.
April 28, 2021

CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria Updates: Changes for Changing Times

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) developed the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This voluntary program called on members of the trade community to help Customs develop guidelines to strengthen supply chain security worldwide. 

April 22, 2021

CTPAT: We’re All in This Together

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)is a valuable program that helps U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other government entities battle terrorism, security breaches and cargo disruptions by working with trading partners worldwide.

April 13, 2021

Six Seasonal Shipping Facts You Should Know

The annual shipping season for seasonal products, such as flowers, plants and produce, typically begins in the early spring months and continues through summer. As there is much to understand about the ins and outs of seasonal shipping, our logistics experts have compiled a list of the top six things that shippers need to know.

April 7, 2021

CTPAT: A Joint Mission Toward Security

In November 2001, after the horrific attacks of 9/11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) challenged its trading partners to work with the government to design a new approach to supply chain security.

April 2, 2021

Egypt’s Suez Canal Reopening Is Not the End of the Crisis

The recent six-day blockade of Egypt’s Suez Canal came to an end when the Ever Given was freed on Monday, March 29, allowing waiting ships to traverse the waterway. Reports indicate the backlog of vessels moored at both ends of the canal surpassed 350, with more headed that way and each waiting for their turn to make the journey through the channel.

March 25, 2021

NMFC Changes Effective April 10, 2021

On March 11, 2021, the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) issued Supplement 1 to NMF 100-AU.  The National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) class code changes will go into effect on April 10, 2021.

March 11, 2021

Why Cargo Insurance is More Important than Ever

In the last four months, significant weather events coupled with stretched vessel capacity levels, causing unprecedented volumes, have triggered six separate notable incidents causing tremendous losses to shippers. These maritime calamities have caused approximately 3000 containers to be ‘lost at sea,’ with hundreds more toppled, inflicting damage to the freight within them and the vessels carrying them.

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