Domestic

U.S. DOT Launches $2.3M Grant Program to Battle Drug-Impaired Driving

On July 15, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) made the announcement that a $2.3 million grant program will be launched in an effort to lessen drug-impaired driving in the U.S. The courses provided by the program will train law enforcement, judges and prosecutors to detect and communicate signs of impairment caused by drugs, alcohol or both. NHTSA Deputy Administrator, Heidi R. King, stated that the knowledge provided by the program “will aid in the prosecution of impaired-driving offenders and make our roads safer for everyone.” To read more, click here.

International

PierPASS Rate Increase

In a June 28 press release, the West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) announced that the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will increase by 1.9 percent effective August 1, 2019. Next month’s increase will bring the TMF to $32.12 per TEU or $64.24 per FEU. All containers claimed prior to August 1, but moved after August 1 will be subject to the new rate and the new TMF will be due at the time of pickup from the terminal. To read more on our blog, click here.

Distribution

U.S. Retail Sales Increase in June

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, retail sales increased 0.4 percent from May and 3.3 percent year-over-year. The segments that saw month over month declines were gas stations, department stores and electronics stores. Different findings were produced by the National Retail Federation (NRF) based on the Commerce Department’s data. According to the NRF, retail sales excluding automobile dealers, restaurants and gas stations rose 0.6 percent in June, seasonally adjusted from May. The same findings stated that retail sales rose 2.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year. To read more, click here.

Statistic of the Week

50 Years

Did you know? It’s been 50 years since Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins brought back moon rock and moon dust samples. Believe it or not – they had to go through customs! To view NASA’s customs paperwork, click here.

Links of the Week

Port of New Orleans Reopens After Tropical Storm Barry

Louisiana’s Autonomous Commercial Motor Vehicle Rules to Go into Effect August 1

Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes May Not Return to Service Until 2020

DAT Trendlines: Week of July 8

Upcoming Events

Catch up with the Ascent Global Logistics team at the below upcoming events:  

2019 TRADE SYMPOSIUM
Chicago, IL – July 23-24, 2019

International Holiday Calendar

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