CLIFF NOTES: Week of September 4, 2019

Weather Alert: Hurricane Dorian

Please note that Hurricane Dorian’s landfall is impacting port, rail and over-the-road operations across the Southeastern United States. The storm is projected to travel along the coast throughout the week. Additional closings and delays are possible. For the latest updates on ports, trucking and railways in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, visit our blog.

FMCSA Proposes Commercial Vehicle Registration Fee Reductions in 2020 and 2021

In the issue of the Federal Register published on August 27, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) announced its proposal for a new rule that would reduce commercial motor vehicle registration fees in 2020 and 2021. The proposed changes would lower the annual fees for motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, leasing companies and private motor carriers of property. The 2020 fees would decrease by 12.82 percent as compared to rates in 2018, while the 2021 fees would see a 4.19 percent decrease as compared to 2018. The rates are based upon the amount of trucks a carrier has in its fleet and would adjust accordingly. To read more, click here.

Compliance Circular: Electronic Vessel Manifest Confidentiality

Who can see your information? This month’s Ascent Compliance Circular focuses on the ins and outs of electronic vessel manifest confidentiality. With varying regulations governing the disclosure (Freedom of Information Act) or confidentiality (Department of Homeland Security) of certain records, it can sometimes be challenging to know who can have access to what information in the international world of trade. Importers and exporters, along with their brokers, forwarders and ocean carriers, must follow certain guidelines as to what information must be disclosed and what must be kept confidential in the commercial environment. To read the September Compliance Circular, click here.

Statistic of the Week

58.3 Percent

The amount of the total weight of freight shipped in 2017 that traveled less than 50 miles to its destination. To view more statistics, click here.

Links of the Week

Modification to S301 Tariffs: 10 Percent to 15 Percent Increase

FMCSA to Hold Second Listening Session for HOS Proposal on September 17

Global Cabbage Market Expected to Surpass 88 Million Tons by 2025

Upcoming Events

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

NATIONAL FIREWORKS ASSOCIATION EXPO
Branson, MO – September 8-13, 2019

2019 NAFA ANNUAL CONVENTION
Montreal, QC – September 11-13, 2019

International Holiday Calendar

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