CHARLESTON, W.Va. Truck drivers from across West Virginia will be starting their engines this weekend in the Capitol City.
The event was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center. As part of it, the competitors take three tests: a written test, a pre-trip safety inspection test and then a field test behind the wheel.
West Virginia Trucking Association President Jan Vineyard said she likes watching the drivers improve.
This is what they do everyday, and they want to be safe, professional drivers and I m thrilled every year to get to know them better and see just how involved they are in doing what s right and being the best they can be, said Vineyard.
The drivers will compete in nine classes that include everything from smaller box trucks to those with sleeper cabs.
The winners advance to the American Trucking Associations National Truck Driving Championship, also called the Super Bowl of Safety, in August in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Vineyard said the trucking industry is vital to West Virginia and this event is vital to the industry s drivers.
Trucking is so important to West Virginia. Almost everything that you have comes by truck. This is good for the drivers, the trucking image and it s just very important overall, said Vineyard.
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The Road Freight Forwarding industry is expected to face more-favourable trading conditions over the next five years. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated its report on the Road Freight Forwarding industry in Australia.
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Freight forwarders purchase transport services in bulk, which they then onsell in smaller quantities to major markets. The distinguishing feature of their activities is consolidation, a process where they combine loads from multiple clients to use transport space as efficiently as possible. The industry’s competitive advantage of consolidation services has diminished in the five years through 2012-13 due to changes in the logistics market. As Australia’s freight task has grown, the logistics sector has increased in sophistication. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Caroline Finch, third-party logistics services have increased rapidly and the rise of vertically integrated logistics companies has eclipsed growth in the industry. Revenue for the Road Freight Forwarding1 industry is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 2.1% over the five years through 2012-13 to be worth $2.2 billion. A 0.5% increase in industry revenue is forecast for 2012-13.
The decline in revenue in the five years through 2012-13 partly reflects the lower levels of the global oil price. Transport costs are the bulk of the industry’s purchases expense. Oil prices increased rapidly in the years to 2007-08 and industry revenue was inflated as operators passed on the increasing cost of transport to their clients. This stabilised profit. Revenue declines in 2009-10 and 2010-11 reflect the drop and subsequent rises in the price of transport, due to the less volatile behaviour of global oil prices.
The Road Freight Forwarding2 industry has a medium level of concentration, with larger players earning a disproportionate share of revenue relative to their share of industry employment. The industry s four largest players are DHL Global Forwarding (Australia) Pty Limited, TNT Australia Pty Ltd, Schenker Australia Pty Limited and Toll Holdings Limited.
Australia’s total freight task is expected to double by 2020, which will support future revenue growth, says Finch. Across major markets, demand is expected to vary . A trend for moving manufacturing offshore to low-cost producer countries has boosted Australia’s imports. Export and manufacturing markets are expected to decline commensurately. Australia’s imports are dominated by semi-finished inputs in production. Consumer goods are generally transported by road freight, increasing the market for road freight forwarders. Oil price increases in the coming years are expected to put pressure on industry profit and increase road freight rates, which are likely to spur revenue growth.
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Forwarders do not actually move the goods themselves. Instead, they are mainly engaged in organising transport services and consolidating goods for transport. Consolidating loads allows road freight forwarders to achieve and pass on rates that their customers would be unable to achieve alone.
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Lisa Kelly is not a woman who likes to stay put. Calling me from the road in Alaska, the “Ice Road Truckers1” and “IRT: Deadliest Roads” star apologized for the crappy connection. “I just don’t like to stay put,” she admitted. “Always like to stay moving; that’s me.”
Fans of the show (which returns for season seven Sun. June 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET on the History Channel) might have noticed that Kelly wasn’t on deck last season (though she was on board for two seasons of “Deadliest Roads”). As for why she took time off, she insists if wasn’t any big deal, really. “I was just taking a break, trying to get grounded again.” Not that she was on vacation. During her “time off,” she kept on trucking, as usual.
I had to wonder, why bother? Since Kelly was still slogging loads down dangerous roads, why not just invite a camera crew along (and, in theory, snap up whatever additional pay History Channel might bring)? “It’s a lot different,” Kelly said of riding with cameras versus riding without. “When you’re filming, you have someone in the front with you the whole time. It’s tough being watched for three months non-stop. I enjoy being on the show, but that means half of the year you’re being filmed.”
So, a violation of privacy? Yes, but that’s not the real problem. “It slows you down a lot,” she explained. “You have to wait for them to set up, wait for them to film. You’re getting a lot of attention the whole time. I just wanted to be married, be with my pets, my husband, the normal stuff for a while.”
Still, a camera crew has got to be a friendlier presence for Kelly than some of her fellow truckers. A relative “newbie” despite having years of experience under her belt, Kelly is one of very few women in her industry. Still, her status doesn’t exactly win her kudos, and even when she matches (or beats) the big boys at the job, she’s still the subject of catty criticism over the CB radio as her fellow truckers call her unprintable names.
Her long-running battle to win the respect of legendary trucker Hugh Rowland ended in a blow-out battle on “Deadliest Roads,” and this season the two will be competing for dueling companies. Hugh’s stubbornness is sadly more the norm than an exception within the trucking community. “Some like that I’m trucking, some don’t,” she says. “But you have to live your life, and you’ve got to be able to fight back. That’s the only way. If you fight back, that’s the only way for the insults to become banter.”
Still, nasty comments sting, even when they’re just from strangers on the Internet. “Nothing in my life is private anymore. I will always take constructive criticism, but people never really back it up with anything and they don’t realize you’re a person, not a character on TV. It’s really hard to be taking stuff like that. People ask, how much do you make? And I say, well, how much do you make? That’s not a polite question.”
As for what her husband thinks of the people ripping into his wife, Kelly admits, “He doesn’t really hear about it. I try to protect him from it a little bit. But he says to me, who are these people? No one to you. Just let it roll. And I do.”
Thus, Kelly stays focused on the road, at least when she’s not at home with her husband and menagerie (“I have seven animals; three horses, a cat and a dog”) or traveling (“I’ve done a lot on my bucket list,” she says, noting she’s been to four of the seven wonders of the world). Even though ice road trucking is inherently dangerous, Kelly is determined to stick with it.
She enjoys the “challenge of the job, because I like to learn and I’m always learning doing this,” and though she may not adore being filmed (though admits some of the show employees have become “lifelong friends”), she does see an up side. “I’ve had women coming up to me telling me that seeing me on television has helped them. Those stories, when you hear of how you’ve helped someone, are great to hear. When I get any feedback at all, it’s the best.”
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Australian air security rules are set to change from July 2014 as the Australian Government seeks to develop a more secure end-to-end supply chain for Australian air cargo networks. According to the government, these changes may create future business opportunities for Australian exporters, as well as new regulatory obligations.
Australian forwarders, however, are concerned that the proposed changes will increase the costs of Australian exports, potentially making Australia a less competitive trade country. The Australian Federation of International Forwarders1 (AFIF) believe that the proposed scheme will have a detrimental effect on a range of businesses, including freight forwarders, air cargo security and businesses seeking to export cargo by air.
Read more about the views of Australian freight forwarders: http://www.aircargonews.net/news/single-view/news/aussie-forwarders-attack-security-proposal.html2
Read the Government s information: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport/security/cargo/securing_supply_chain.aspx3
- ^ Australian Federation of International Forwarders (www.afif.asn.au)
- ^ http://www.aircargonews.net/news/single-view/news/aussie-forwarders-attack-security-proposal.html (www.aircargonews.net)
- ^ http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport/security/cargo/securing_supply_chain.aspx (www.infrastructure.gov.au)
“International Forwarding Limited differentiates itself from standard logistics operators with an integrated range of high quality logistics services backed up by outstanding levels of customer service“
Does this problem sound familiar?
You call your logistics provider to place an order, make an enquiry or resolve an issue, only to be met with a complicated automated phone system with dozens of options. It takes you what seems to be an eternity to speak to the relevant person concerned.
In a fast paced commercial world where response times are critical, do you really have time for this?
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At IFL you are literally one telephone call away from speaking to the right person. As a mid-sized logistics operator, we pride ourselves in providing our customers with that all important ‘personal touch’. Our logistics team will be happy to talk to you what ever the query. To add further benefit, our team is supported with back office systems to ensure that you are quickly serviced with the information that you need.
We also offer third party logistics solutions including two dedicated warehouses with pick and pack services and inventory management. We also provide access to online booking and track and trace systems. We offer highly competitive rates with services which are backed by a professional and modern infrastructure.
Transport Intelligence s Cathy Roberson has done a brief round up of the major forwarders first quarter results and discovered a stagnant ocean freight market and depressed air freight. However, the Americas is starting to look brighter, especially for Panalpina and K+N.
Thailand had benefited immensely from international economic policies that have liberalized the market for comparative economic advantage. Strategic location, hospitable climate, closeness to vast Asian market and cheap labor are some of the factors that have turned Thailand into global manufacturing destination. From garments, to electronics goods of market leading brands are now manufactured in Thailand. Almost all the leading brands now have a manufacturing unit in the country. Thailand today enjoys a major share in global trade and one of the major trade forms of the nation is export-import. No doubt that freight forwarding has emerged as a growing industry in the nation. Below we have compiled a list of top five freight forwarders in the country.
- World Mega Logistics Co. Ltd.: They are an international freight carrier involved in sea and air transferring from Thailand to several international destinations, namely China, West coast of America, East coast of America, Europe, Mediterranean, Japan, Korea, Middle East, Southeast and South Asia, and Australia. Their service range also encompasses inland transportation, ISO Tank Container operation, custom brokerage etc. They have over 30 years of experience in cargo handling. World Mega Logistics locally is a part of popular Siam Sept Group, which since 1977 is involved in transporting goods at different international locations. The carrier has obtained Gold Class License from the Thailand Custom department.
- Alliance Shipping Services Company Ltd.: Another renowned freight forwarder is Alliance Shipping Services Co. Ltd. They have specialized in offering shipping solutions to countries like China, West coast of America and Southeast Asia. Their services are offered 24*7 by a team of experienced cargo handlers. They offer services including cargo handling and transportation, custom clearance etc.
- GGS Lines: Another freight forwarder of repute in GGS Lines. They offer their services to countries like China, Japan, Korea, Europe and South and Southeast Asia. They are a part of GGS Lines Group of Companies that was established in 2002 by a team of professional custom brokers. They have specialized in offering services on international cargo transfer, customs brokerage and inland transportation. They offer both sea and airfreight transfers as well as door-to-door delivery services.
- KPS International Transport Company Ltd.: This is a recognized market leader in offering complete freight forwarding solutions to clients. Their diverse range of service incorporates warehousing, freight forwarding, distribution, supply chain consultation service etc. They have earned reputation of being trusted logistic partner with their international standard logistic solutions. KPS International mainly focuses on Southeast Asian market to offer their freight forwarding services.
- Good Deal Port Co. Ltd.: The market for international freight carrier in Thailand is a growing one and as a result, many new carrier lines have come up in the recent time. One such name is Good Deal Port Company Ltd. It was established in 2011 by a team of industry professionals who together have over nine years of experience at various aspects of freight forwarding. The carrier offers both international and inland cargo transport solutions.
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