NEWS\\\ News Roundup American Trucking Associations’
advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 0.4% in June aſter rising 0.4% in May. In June, the index equaled 113 (2015=100), down from 113.4 in May. ATA revised the May increase from the originally reported 0.7% to 0.4%.
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ATA’s seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.7% in May aſter rising 2.7% in April. In May, the index equaled 113.8 (2015=100), up from 113 in April. ATA revised the April increase from the originally reported 2.2% to 2.7%. Compared with May 2017, the SA index increased 7.8%, down from April’s 9.9% year-over- year increase. YTD, compared with the same five months last year, tonnage increased 8%, far outpacing the annual gain of 3.8% in 2017.
CN recently report that the Canadian the federal government’s support of infrastructure investments in Vancouver through the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) will help the long-term expansion of trade between Canada and Asia. NTCF will provide funding to infrastructure investments boosting capacity along the rail corridor across the Second Narrows railway bridge linking transportation networks to growing grain, potash, coal and forest products export terminals on Vancouver’s North Shore. Additional funding will also expand capacity on the railway line that serves as CN’s primary access to DP World’s Centerm and Global Container Terminals’ Vanterm, two expanding intermodal terminals on Vancouver’s South Shore. Centerm is moving forward with plans to increase capacity by two-thirds.
The American Trucking Associations praised Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR), along with Reps. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR), for introducing the Honest Operators Undertake Road Safety Act, or HOURS Act, that would provide common sense hours-of-service relief and flexibility for professional truck drivers while enhancing highway safety and supply chain efficiency. Since the December shiſt to mandatory use of electronic logging devices to track drivers’ hours of service, there have been some issues for the industry – not about ELD use, but about the flexibility of the underlying hours-of-service rules.
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited plans to invest more than a half- billion dollars on new high-capacity grain hopper cars as part of its commitment to the North American agricultural sector. CP grain shippers can expect to see more than 500 of these new cars in service before the end of 2018, enabling CP to transport more grain in each dedicated train.
As part of its Customer Centricity strategy, CMA CGM Group has announced the commercialization of a connected containers offer: TRAXENS by CMA CGM. “With nearly 19 million carried
containers in the in 2017,
the generalization of smart containers
fleet will allow to collect and analyze a lot of information necessary to improve the service offered to customers and will help them optimize their
supply chain,” said
Mathieu Friedberg, Senior Vice-President Commercial and Agency Network. As the first company to invested in TRAXENS
and thus participating in its development, CMA CGM has led various and numerous tests of this solution. The Group will to deploy the solution at a larger scale and to make it available to all CMA CGM customers. Essentially, TRAXENS by
CMA CGM is a connected box fixed on the container allowing to measure: containers’
Turkish Cargo, CSafe Global announce CSafe RAP
Turkish Cargo has approved CSafe RAP, which was recently launched for use in aircraſt with CSafe Global, a leading supplier of active and passive temperature controlled solutions for pharmaceutical products. he CSafe RAP is the latest
innovation in a full line of temperature control solutions, offering unmatched operational capabilities with the industry’s largest RAP payload capacity to ensure successful large-volume shipments of temperature- sensitive pharmaceuticals across the globe. “Turkish Cargo have long been experts when it comes
to transporting temperature- sensitive healthcare products globally,” said Brad Jennings, VP of Global Marketing and
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CMA CGM connects containers
position, anywhere whether is it at sea or on land; intensity of potential shocks; outside temperature variations – and soon humidity and temperature inside the container; and doors opening and closing. Thanks to its near-real-time
alert system, the Group’s clients can efficiently track their merchandise and thus be more reactive at each step of the transport. The management of the supply chain is eased through an online intuitive
mutual life-science customers with precision cold-chain services that have been validated to exceptionally high standards.” The new CSafe RAP delivers
on a quality promise, ensuring the temperature integrity and safe delivery of temperature- sensitive, life-enhancing products for healthcare
optimization, a complete
and user-friendly interface updated in real time. To enable the supply chain’s TRAXENS
by CMA CGM can come with
offer. In addition to the transferred data, a project team follows and supports the customers in analyzing their data. Businesses opting for TRAXENS by CMA CGM will thus be able to identify logistical difficulties and implement concrete solutions to optimize costs and security.
of the well-established CSafe RKN to remove the operational and environmental challenges encountered with global t emperatu re- control led shipments. By utilizing CSafe’s proprietary ThermoCor VIP insulation together with a compressor-driven cooling and radiant heating system, the CSafe RAP precisely maintains
Partner Management for CSafe Global. “CEIV accreditation further demonstrates their commitment to providing our
SMEs see tech driving trade growth
Small and medium-size businesses that have struggled for equal footing in the global economy are increasingly looking to cross-border trade for growth, seeing technology as way past obstacles in shipping and compliance, according to new research from Shipa Freight. Shipa Freight recently
conducted a global study of 800 SMEs from developed and emerging markets. Results show that smaller companies are remarkably upbeat about their ability to expand through trade. According to survey 89%
results, of exporting SMEs surveyed say that their export revenue will grow
over the next three years. Seventy-one percent say they are concentrating more on international markets than on their home markets. The Shipa Freight survey
included exporters and importers from the UK, US,
Germany, India, Italy, Indonesia China, and UAE.
Smaller companies account for an estimated 95% of
businesses and employ two- thirds of the world’s workers. Critics of globalization have argued that decades of efforts aimed at easing the flow of goods, capital and jobs across borders has come at the expense of SMEs and
disproportionately benefitted multi-nationals and other large businesses. “Smaller businesses used to
think they couldn’t compete in trade. Now many see it as their best path for growth,” says Toby Edwards, CEO of Shipa Freight, the online freight service. “SMEs are not naïve about the obstacles to unlocking new markets. They see online tools and other technology as a way to conduct transactions, get financing and gather market intelligence.” Three-quarters of SME
executives surveyed by Shipa Freight believe businesses that operate internationally
are more resilient. Nearly 80% say they are already using online platforms for
quotes and bookings. Roadblocks
SMEs identified numerous obstacles they face in international trade.
two percent say the costs of shipping abroad are too high, or that they don’t have an accurate picture of their costs. Forty percent say they find it difficult to understand documentation requirements. A significant minority say
their cargo has been held up in customs (39%) or lost in transit (27%).
companies worldwide. The CSafe RAP active container system leverages the proven performance and capabilities
SME businesses based in
emerging markets are finding export regulations particularly challenging: 67% identify export regulations as a difficult issue, compared with just 44% of SMEs based in mature European markets (1). Seventy-nine percent of exporters from India, China and Indonesia say they find it challenging to penetrate markets in Europe. SMEs that view the UK as one
of their top export markets are looking elsewhere because of Brexit. Seventy-three percent say Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has prompted them to prioritize trade with other European countries. Sixty percent of UK SMEs that export, and 52% of UK SMEs that import say that leaving the EU Single Market would be “disastrous” for them.
the user-defined payload temperature set point through payload transport, regardless of ambient conditions.
New tech boosts export prospects
Smaller companies clearly see technology as a way to close the gap with bigger competitors, cope with documentation requirements and get quick access to competitive shipping options. say that
Eighty-six tech is percent “leveling the
playing field” for SMEs to operate globally; 89% believe technology is transforming the logistics industry. “The logistics industry has
traditionally ignored SMEs and done far too little to help them find new markets and grow,” Edwards says.
“Technology is giving them
the ‘virtual’ scale that they’ve needed to lower
get real-time information and compete.”
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