Among the topics highlighted this year at the CCJ Spring Symposium in Birmingham, Ala. held earlier this week were the potential upcoming effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( Obamacare ), driver pay and its impact on retention and the overall outlook of the economy and the trucking industry.
Here are a few of the highlights from the event:
Carriers favoring sign-on bonuses, performance-based driver pay1: National Transportation Institute director Gordon Klemp talked trends in driver pay in recent months and what kind of tactics carriers are using to lure drivers, such as sign-on bonuses and guaranteed pay. Click here to read the story.2
ATA s Costello bullish on trucking s long-term fortunes3: Though the economy s growth has been mostly choppy, good times awaiting were the overall themes of American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello s presentation. Costello said the U.S. economy has a lot of potential waiting to be unleashed, and the next few years should offer much economic growth. Also of note in Costello s address was that a looming driver shortage according to ATA could lead to a spike in driver pay. Click here to see the story.4
Affordable Care Act bringing sweeping healthcare changes for carriers5: Though mostly geared toward how the Affordable Care Act much of which will be implemented next year will impact fleets, there are a few points of interest for drivers and owner-operators and small fleets, including the cost impacts and overall implications of the law. Click here to read it.6
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by Bill McBride on 5/21/2013 12:39:00 PM
This is a minor indicator that I follow.
The American Trucking Associations advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 0.2% in April after rising 0.9% in March. (The 0.9% gain in March was unchanged from what ATA reported on April 23, 2013.) In April, the SA index equaled 123.2 (2000=100) versus 123.5 in March. The highest level on record was December 2011 at 124.3. Compared with April 2012, the SA index was up 4.3%, which is the largest year-over-year gain since January of this year (4.7%). Year-to-date, compared with the same period in 2012, the tonnage index is up 4%.
The slight drop in tonnage during April fit with trends from other industries that drive a significant amount of truck freight, such as manufacturing and housing, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said, noting that in April, compared with the previous month, factory output slipped 0.4% while housing starts plunged 16.5%.
After rising significantly late last year and in January of this year, truck tonnage has been bouncing around a narrow, but elevated band over the last three months. he said. It is also worth noting that the year-over-year comparisons are much better than expected just a few months ago and I m hearing good comments about freight so far in May.
Note from ATA:
Trucking serves as a barometer of the U.S. economy, representing 67% of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods. Trucks hauled 9.2 billion tons of freight in 2011. Motor carriers collected $603.9 billion, or 80.9% of total revenue earned by all transport modes. Click on graph for larger image.
Here is a long term graph that shows ATA’s For-Hire Truck Tonnage index.
The dashed line is the current level of the index.
The index is fairly noisy, but is up solidly year-over-year.
Marco Polo Line was founded with the intention to give independent freight forwarders (like Mercator Cargo) advantages that the bigger freight forwarders have traditionally enjoyed over the independent forwarders.
The first, and biggest impact that Mercator finds invaluable on a daily basis (both for our customers, and our operations in the office) is the personal contacts that we now have globally. Marco Polo Line holds annual conferences, where members can meet face-to-face and build working relationships. Mercator Cargo takes full advantage of these conferences, sending at least two members of the freight forwarding team. These personal contacts allow Mercator to arrange shipments seamlessly, using valuable local knowledge, and offer to-door shipments in almost any country in the world (thanks to our global partners).
The other advantage is that members are vetted , tried and tested (you cannot join MPL by just filling a form in). Membership is monitored, so if there are problems, these can be raised and eradicated. This means that our partner offices are trustworthy and reliable to handle your shipments, where ever they are in the world.
These are just a few examples of the benefits of choosing Mercator as your freight forwarder.
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17 May 2013, Malaba At least 400 clearing and forwarding agents based at one of the busiest border posts on the Kenya-Uganda border have signed up for the East Africa Customs Freight forwarding Practicing Certificate (EACFFPC); a top notch regional training program that is equipping participants with the relevant skills and knowledge to enable them meet the demands of increased trade in the region.
The programme which is run by the region s apex freight logistics governing body, Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA) in partnership with TradeMark East Africa ( TMEA1 ), is soon going to be a mandatory licensing requirement for all clearing and forwarding agents in the EAC by end of 2013.
Speaking at the launch of the border post class, Executive Director of FEAFFA John Mathenge said, All these initiatives are aimed at moving this region forward. TradeMark has committed over 1.5 Million dollars to this program, we are proud of their partnership and that of the national associations and revenue authorities that have given us support that has seen them commit their staff and time. We are excited at the opportunity that the Busia-Malaba border class will offer the industry in terms of professionalizing it to further ensure it operates efficiently and cost effectively.
Ms Elizabeth Opondo an official from Kenya Revenue Authority added that the training was important to Kenya Revenue authority. Speaking on behalf of the station manager, she said, As an authority we are committed to enhancing professionalism in cross boarder trade. As Kenya Revenue Authority it is our desire to engage professionally with the clearing fraternity that can articulate customs laws and regulations.
Echoing her sentiments, Mr Geoffrey Balamaga, the regional manager Uganda Revenue Authority added that the joint boarder training in Busia and Malaba was a remarkable milestone. Speaking on behalf of Mr Richard Kamajugo Commissioner Customs, he said that Uganda Revenue Authority was committed to removing Tariff and Non-Tariff trade barriers, simplifying and automating customs procedures. He added that, Uganda Revenue Authority has invested in various ICT applications aimed at enhancing coordination among various agencies in and across boarders.
The regional training programme was developed by FEAFFA in collaboration with the East Africa Revenue Authorities. With support from TMEA2 , the programme is being implemented regionally under the stewardship of the Curriculum Implementation Committee (CIC), a joint committee of the FEAFFA/National Freight Forwarders Associations and Revenue Authorities. The joint boarder classes have been launched with support among the various customs and freight logistics agencies in Kenya and Uganda. The launch also saw the awarding of certificates to accredited trainers who completed the Training of trainers (ToT) courses carried out to cater for the need to build capacity of facilitators for the EACFFPC program.
Ms Vicky Kamanguza, the EACFFPC Regional Training Coordinator explained that the purpose of the launch was to acknowledge the efforts by the EACFFPC and its stakeholders to put together not just one but eight classes that would cater to the 400 students. The eight classes comprise two from the Kenya-Malaba border, two on the Malaba-Uganda border and four in Busia, she said. So far we can confirm that in Uganda 119 students have fully registered to attend the class in Malaba and 90 will attend the class in Busia. In Kenya 75 students will go to class in Malaba while 106 attend the Busia class.
Busia is the busiest border crossing between Kenya and Uganda while the border town of Malaba that is situated approximately 5 kilometres to the north on the Uganda-Kenya border is the second busiest crossing point along their common border.
The two borders are flooded with heavy commercial traffic in both directions. Goods from Uganda such as cash crops like coffee, cotton and timber are destined daily for the Kenyan port of Mombasa for export and foodstuffs like fish, bananas, pineapples and mangoes, maize, beans, groundnuts, sorghum destined for the Kenyan market also come across. In the opposite direction, Uganda imports petroleum products, manufactured goods and household items like cooking oil, soap, clothing, electronics and automobiles.
A report carried by The East African newspaper recently indicated that trade within the East African Community is expected to receive a major boost after Kenya prioritized the construction of five special border posts in its budget. According to the report, a pilot post at Malaba on Kenya s border with Uganda has reduced cargo clearance from two days to just two hours.
TradeMark East Africa s ( TMEA3 ) Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Scott Allen who also attended the launch said, The EACFFPC is an initiative that TradeMark East Africa is committed to in our efforts to realize regional economic integration in the EAC by strengthening human resource and institutional capacity. He added, TradeMark East Africa undertakes a holistic approach towards the facilitation of trade by identifying choke points and creating solutions to address them. Some of these solutions include programs such as 7 One stop boarder posts (OSBP s) whose aim is to reduce transit costs incurred in cross-border movement by combining the activities of both country s border organizations and agencies at either a single common location; Single Window Portals that will improve the management and access of documents and information by making them available online; Transport observatories which are an effort to collect data and information in real time for ships at ports; and the reduction of Non Tariff Barriers (NTB s)
The new class at the borders follows on the heels of the successful graduation of 100 clearing and forwarding agents in Uganda.
The next regional intake for the EACFFPC programme is scheduled for June 2013 and the call for applications is underway. The announcement is expected to be published in the public media to ensure all clearing agents are aware of the looming deadline of December 2013 when the certificate will become a pre-condition for any clearing agent to receive an operational license for the year starting January 2014.
The freight logistics industry in East Africa has been largely characterised by poor business practices due to an inadequate skills pool and limited use of modern technologies. With more than 40% of the business costs accruing to transport and logistics, there is increasing appreciation of the importance of this sector in international trade. In this context, clearing and forwarding agents are recognised as a key player in international trade logistics. Attempts by both the public and private sectors to raise the professional standard within the industry with a view to improve business practices and promote compliance have gained momentum.
A regional training program, the East Africa Customs and Freight Forwarding Practising Certificate (EACFFPC), has been developed by FEAFFA in collaboration with the East African Revenue Authorities. With support from TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), the programme is being implemented regionally under the stewardship of the Curriculum Implementation Committee (CIC), a joint committee of the FEAFFA/national freight forwarders associations and Revenue Authorities. To date, close to 2000 clearing and forwarding agents have been trained. By the end of 2013, qualification under the programme is expected to become a precondition for licensing of Customs agents.
Through financial support from TMEA, FEAFFA and the Revenue Authorities are expanding the delivery capacity of the training facilities within the five EAC member states to hasten the attainment of the desired critical mass of 4500 trained agents in East Africa. TMEA s assistance has enabled FEAFFA to review the EACFFPC s framework, update its curriculum and training materials, and hire 6 training coordinators. Further support will be provided to FEAFFA national associations to train trainers, issue Certificates of Competence (for those exempted to undergo training) and carry out training activities for the next two years beginning 2012.
- Enable the trainees to discharge their roles competently as Customs Agents;
- Entrench professionalism in cargo clearing and forwarding;
- Provide a common standard for professional practice and accreditation within the cargo clearing and forwarding industry across East Africa;
- Enhance ethical conduct, good governance and integrity in the profession; and
- Facilitate trade.
About TRADEMARK EAST AFRICA
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is a not-for-profit organization funded by a range of development agencies to promote regional trade and economic integration in East Africa by working closely with East African Community (EAC) institutions, national governments, and private sector and civil society organizations.
TMEA seeks to support East African integration by unlocking economic potential through:
- A reduction in transport and related costs along the key corridors in East Africa;
- Supporting EAC institutions to develop a comprehensive framework for regional integration;
- Supporting partner states to substantially increase the implementation of a comprehensive framework for regional integration; and
- Engaging private sector and civil society to positively influence regional integration policies and practices for growth in trade.
TMEA is focused on ensuring gains from trade result in tangible gains for East Africans, in line with the EAC s Development Strategy. Increased trade contributes to increased economic growth and subsequently reduced poverty. Our focus is not just on big business, rather ensuring that trade results in as many pro- poor gains as possible, especially for women. TMEA has its headquarters in Nairobi with branches in Arusha, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Juba, Kampala and Kigali.
The Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA) is an apex body of Freight Forwarders Associations in the five countries of the East African Community formed in 2005. It is registered and domiciled in the United Republic of Tanzania in 2006 but its Secretariat is situated in Nairobi, Kenya.
Our main focus is professionalizing the industry, provision of information, and advocacy for an effective freight logistics industry in the East African region.
FEAFFA main activities
- Advise National Associations on matters relating to freight forwarding and related activities;
- Promote the image of the Freight Forwarding Industry through public relations;
- Establish and maintain contacts with respective government institutions related to the operations of members and assist, through research and formulation of policies beneficial to the freight forwarding fraternity.
- Spearhead training of members of the national associations, and professionalize the function of the Freight Forwarding Industry.
- Establish professional standards for the Freight Forwarding Industry. FEAFFA runs the EACFFPC certificate course jointly with the East African Revenue Authorities. This course is now a mandatory for all freight logistics service providers in the East African region.
- Evolve, maintain and police a code of conduct for the Freight Forwarding Industry in the Region, to sustain ethics and integrity among member associations and their members. FEAFFA has a code of conduct that guides all practitioners in the east African region.
- Build the capacity of freight forwarders in key emerging issues affecting the freight logistics industry at regional and global level.
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As one of the UK’s most dependable freight forwarding agents, International Forwarding Limited provide a one-stop shop for all your European and UK freight forwarding needs. Whether you require collection and delivery on regular basis or as a one off, we have the infrastructure to meet your specific requirements
Because we are a medium sized business, we are large enough to offer excellent services to both blue chip and large Organisations and Companies, and to smaller businesses and even individuals. What makes us a better choice than the very large forwarders is the fact that we provide the ultimate in personal service to each and every customer that we work with. Every account and customer has their own personal contact, so that you are able to build a personal relationship and get the information that you require as and when you need it. We do not believe in automated telephone systems and answering machines, as we believe that customers still want to speak to a human being, and one which knows your account personally!
Whatever your freight and shipping requirements are, International Forwarding will provide unrivalled levels of service, which will enable you to have complete confidence that your goods will arrive on time and in good condition.
International Forwarding Ltd is one of the very few carriers offering a daily service to and from Switzerland catering for both 24 and 48 hour deliveries and our on-line customs clearance service provides a seamless transport operation. Furthermore offer direct road trailer services to and from the whole of Europe, and we are able to offer air and sea shipping to just about anywhere in the world. We will be happy to provide you with prompt and competitive quotations for this and any of our other European services. We can also quote for sea and air shipments around the world and have dedicated staff who are fully experienced in all aspects of export and import documentation.
International Forwarding is a member of Palletways the number one and largest Pallet network in the UK, so we are also able to offer next day and economy pallet distribution, with online track and trace facilities. Stand trailers are available for larger customers if required.
Our freight forwarding services include…
- UK & European Freight Forwarding Services
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- Warehousing and Logistics including third party distribution services
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- Road, Sea & Air Freight
- A comprehensive European freight solution with a network of high quality European strategic partners
We also carry hazardous cargo. Our trucks travel everyday to and from France, the Benelux countries, Ireland and Italy and we offer both express and economy services and rates.
Gustafson Gluek PLLC, as Co-Lead Counsel, has reached settlements worth more than $105 million with ten defendant groups in the Freight Forwarder Antitrust Litigation. The case continues against a number of additional defendants.
In this litigation, Plaintiffs have asserted claims on behalf of a proposed direct purchaser class against a number of freight forwarders for allegedly conspiring, in violation of antitrust laws, to fix the prices for various charges and surcharges associated with providing freight forwarding services throughout the world, including on routes between the U.S. and China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.K. Freight Forwarding Services are services relating to the organization or transportation of items via air, ocean, rail, and road, both nationally and internationally, and related activities such as customs clearance, warehousing, and ground services. Providers of such freight forwarding services are sometimes referred to as third party logistics providers. This action is pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York before Judge John Gleeson.
The Road Haulage Association is backing an investigation into the price of oil
By Jamie White Head of Communications
Last year the RHA raised the issue with the Office of Fair Trading but was told there was insufficient evidence to support an investigation.
However, that decision has now changed and the European Competition Commission have announced a formal investigation is underway.
RHA2 Chief Executive, Geoff Dunning, said: Since the original fuel protests way back in 2000, we have been of the opinion that there should be far more transparency among the oil companies. Yet every time we raised the issue our concerns were dismissed out of hand.
Today s news that is tremendously encouraging; for the motorist in general, the haulage industry in particular and the UK economy as a whole.
At a time when the businesses are desperately trying to get back on their feet after several very difficult years, there finally appears to be a light at the end of the oil pricing tunnel.
Canadian holding company Clarke Inc. said its first-quarter profit fell from a year ago, but its trucking segment improved.
Net income fell to C$3.1 million from C$3.7 million a year ago, while revenue slipped to C$57.9 million from C$61.1 million.
Its freight transportation segment s earning before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization almost doubled to C$1.7 million on higher margin revenue, the turnaround of the refrigeration transportation business, lower operating costs and a decrease in accidents and claims, Clarke said.
Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Clarke, which operates in truckload and less-than-truckload sectors via its Clarke Transport and Clarke Road Transport units, also has a home-heating segment.
Posted on 14, May 2013
According to statistics from ICEX, Idescat, The World Trade Organization and the Export1 Climate survey from ACC1 ‘, over 45,000 Catalan companies were encouraged to export their products in 2012 and of these, approximately 14,000 are regular exporters today. This means that currently, exports represent a 28,1% of the Catalan GDP and it is estimated that this percentage will continue to increase in the coming years so entrepreneurs will increase their interest in sell and promote their products in other countries, especially in emerging markets such as Latin America, where the economic growth is evident.
During 2012 Catalan exports to Latin America increased a 21% being the main recipient countries Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico2, Peru and Colombia. It is also estimated that although most of the exports are from major Catalan companies, Latin America represents a great opportunity for small and medium businesses that intend to extend their export process and can take advantage of the catalan prestige that large enterprises have left in this area.
The main export sectors are chemicals and pharmaceuticals with 25.9%, automotive with 16.5%, agri-food with 11.6%, textile, metallurgical and machinery with a 6.4% each, and finally the electricity sector with 4.7% With the publication of this figures, the Catalan Government seeks to encourage other sector and entrepreneurs to increase their exports.
Tuscor Lloyds is a global freight forwarder and shipping agent specialising in the transportation of project cargoes. Our team of break bulk, out of gauge, abnormal load and multimodal specialists have the skills and resources to transport cargo to some of the worlds most remote destinations.
The amount of different people that have experienced troubles when exporting goods from one country to another is rather sizeable; this is because people are often uneducated in what they need to know to complete the transportation process successfully.
One of the most important factors when it comes to exporting cargo is ensuring that you have all the correct paperwork and documentation. If you find that you do not have the correct documents, then there is a possibility that your goods can be locked away until the relevant documents are produced. This can be a very stressful time for you as you can end up losing vital customers and trust that you have created within your business, so you are never put in this situation; here is the list of paperwork that is essential for sea freight shipment:
Bill of Landing (BoL)
A bill of landing is one of the most common forms of transportation documents that is used today. It is basically a document that outlines the terms of a contract between a shipping company or agent and the exporter (freight forwarder). To ensure everything goes ahead as agreed, the contract will simply state that the freight is to be moved from one specific point to another, for a specified agreed charge.
This paperwork is usually completed by the exporter, but it is important that you discuss this to ensure that the paperwork is produced correctly and on time. Also included in the BoL is the description of the goods being carried, this will include the quantity, the weight and the size.
This type of paperwork is essential whether you are transporting your goods by sea, road, or air.
This document is also usually organised by the exporter, this will ensure that your goods are released on time from shipment. This form will usually state that the cargo will be released automatically upon receipt of a correctly endorsed BoL or when the containers used have been paid for.
When one of these two options has been fulfilled, your cargo will be released automatically on the expected date.
The manifest is a document that lists the amount of cargo, passengers, and crew on the transport for the use of customs and other officials. This transport document will basically include all the information that is needed by authorities, such as a detailed summary of the BoL, destinations, ports, value of cargo, etc.
If there are any dangerous goods on board, then it is essential that a individual manifest is created for these items.
Other documents that will be needed for the sea freight shipment includes;
- Arrival notification
- Delivery orders
- Discharge lists
- Freight invoices
- Delivery invoices
This documentation is usually created at the discharge port when the ship arrives.
About the Author
John owns his own business and regularly exports products around the world. The global freight shipping services that are made available from http://www.thefreightpeople.com1 help him complete the process smoothly.