Ascent Global Logistics Blog

August 26, 2020

Cargo Insurance: Don’t Leave Origin Without It

A trucker picked up a full container of hats valued at $60,000 at the rail yard in the late afternoon, en route to the importer’s facility for a 9:00 AM appointment the following day.

August 19, 2020

How All-Risk Cargo Coverage Protects Your Shipments

A shipment of cornmeal was arranged on an ocean vessel from the Philippines to the United States. The cornmeal was susceptible to a certain pest, and the insurance provider advised the importer to require the shipper to bag and fumigate the cornmeal in a specific way.

August 13, 2020

General Average: How Ancient Law Still Applies Today

In March 2008, the ocean vessel MSC Sabrina ran aground in the St. Lawrence River near Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. The vessel had more than 1,500 containers worth approximately $100 million in cargo.

August 6, 2020

How Cargo Insurance Safeguards Your International Shipments

While a shipment of printers was awaiting a connecting flight in an air carrier’s warehouse, a fire broke out from lightning striking electrical power plugs. The warehouse and its contents, including this shipment, were severely damaged. 

July 21, 2020
Shipping Pallets

NMFC Changes Effective August 15, 2020

On July 16, 2020, the Commodity Classification Standards Board (CCSB) issued Supplement 2 to NMF 100-AT. The National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) class code changes will go into effect on August 15, 2020.

June 25, 2020

USMCA and Its Impact on Cross-Border Trade

For many years, the trilateral trade bloc in North America has worked together to minimize the tariff and non-tariff barriers of trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico. The United States enacted a special trade program with Canada in 1988, called the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).

June 22, 2020

How Logistics SOPs Help Automate Your Supply Chain

Do you have documented standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place to guide your logistics decisions? How does your team, or 3PL, make routing and mode decisions? Without logistics SOPs in place, you could be creating additional work for your team and adding unnecessary costs to your bottom line.

June 19, 2020

4 Summer Shipping Best Practices

With the first day of summer around the corner, the upcoming warmer weather calls for different supply chain measures to be taken for many businesses. Due to higher temperatures, many types of freight, such as food and beverages, need to be transported via a reefer, also known as a temperature-controlled trailer.

June 17, 2020
Blue cabbed truck with trailer driving down highway in the mountains

Truckload Shipping 101

Shipping via full truckload is one of the most common shipping methods when arranging the transportation of a large volume of freight. Truckload shipping is an excellent solution if the shipper has enough freight to fill at least half of the full trailer capacity, which commonly translates to more than seven standard pallets.