Domestic Freight Management

Driver Shortage Remains A Top Concern In The Trucking Industry In October 2018

In the latest report from the American Transportation Research Institute, the driver shortage remains one of the top concerns in the trucking industry. The driver shortage has continued to be one of the top three issues in 12 of the last 14 years. See more here.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Dips In September 2018

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased from August 2018 to September 2018 by 0.8 percent. At the same time, truck tonnage for Q3 2018 increased by 0.1 percent over Q2 2018 and 5.2 percent year-over-year. See more here.

International Freight Forwarding

Canadian Seaports Continue To Experience Dwell Time Delays

According to a recent report, dwell times are increasing in the Canadian seaports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert and Halifax, which are causing delays in timely cargo movement. The following are expected dwell times (waiting time for loading shipments onto railroad cars):

  • Port of Vancouver: 10-15 days
  • Port of Prince Rupert: 5-10 days
  • Port of Halifax: 7 days

For more information, please contact us or reach out to your Ascent Global Logistics representative directly.

Getting Your Money Back Is Common “Cents,” Right?

A review of your shipping patterns might reveal an opportunity to recapture duty paid on imported cargo that is subsequently re-exported.  If your company imports, pays duty on those imports and then exports those same products, don’t leave money on the table. See more here.

Ports Suggest Importers Stay On Top Of New Tariff Changes To Avoid Fees

According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, importers should continue to monitor the latest tariff changes so they can continue their normal import activities. With CBP’s newest requirements, importers who have insufficient bonds could cause cargo to be held at the port, denied entry or incur additional fees. See more here.

Retail Consolidation

Walmart Continues To Improve Its Customer Experience Ahead Of The 2018 Holiday Season

Walmart has continued to create an improved customer experience through initiatives such as the Walmart app, free two-day shipping for its ecommerce store and an expanded assortment of products. With an improved and expanded line of products, Walmart continues to increase its demand for efficient suppliers. See more here.

Sam’s Club Now App Key Component Of Sam’s Club’s Innovation Strategy

Sam’s Club is expected to begin rolling out a mobile-first shopping experience solution for its consumers. Experts expect that this new mobile app experience could increase the need for suppliers to improve their supply chain efficiency. See more here.

Statistic of the Week


The number of cars, trucks and tractors handled by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) in the fiscal year of 2018, according to the Georgia Ports Authority website. Click here to access more stats.

Links of the Week

Southern California Ports Deal With “Chassis Dislocation”

Aircraft Manufacturing Supply Chains Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Protect From Freeze: What LTL Shippers Should Know

Global Wine Production Expected To Grow 12 Percent In 2018

Upcoming Events

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

Denver, CO – November 8-11, 2018

PMLA Private Label Show
Chicago, IL – November 11-13, 2018

Memphis, TN – November 15, 2018

International Holiday Calendar

international holiday calendar

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