Ascent Global Logistics Blog

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.

February 25, 2021

Proposed NMFC Changes Scheduled for April 10, 2021

Please be advised that the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) has released a Notice of Disposition outlining the proposed amendments considered at the public meeting on February 9, 2021. Dispositions resulting in amendments to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) will be published in a supplement to the NMFC unless reconsideration is granted.

February 19, 2021

On-Board Courier: Passenger Priority for Your Freight

When a client needs their cargo moved quickly from one destination to another, there are many factors to consider. How far does the freight need to travel? Does the client need constant visibility of the shipment?

February 4, 2021

Evolving Domestic Regulatory Changes Continue to Impact the Way Carriers Operate

2020 saw dramatic changes and recommendations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Regulations, as well as state-driven policies that have significantly impacted carriers and their drivers across the United States.

January 14, 2021

Navigating the Driver Shortage Crisis in 2021

With the dawn of another year, shippers face planning transportation strategies that will ensure coverage, all while trying to predict budgets in a stressed market. Consumer demand continues to rise, yet the number of truck drivers on the road is considerably less than in previous years.

December 8, 2020

Introducing PEAK View

With eCommerce becoming increasingly prevalent in recent years, many consumers have become accustomed to the feeling of instant gratification and the fast delivery of purchased goods. Whether you’re online shopping for shoes from a department store or a leaf blower from a home improvement store, once you receive confirmation your order has been fulfilled, you typically want to know exactly when your package will arrive on your doorstep.

November 6, 2020

Proposed NMFC Changes Scheduled for November 19, 2020

The Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) has released a Notice of Disposition outlining the proposed amendments considered at the public meeting on October 6, 2020. Dispositions resulting in amendments to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) will be published in a supplement to the NMFC unless reconsideration is granted.