Ken Schrader Racing will field a fulltime entry in 2014 in the Automobile Racing Club of America series and owner Ken Schrader has hired Martinsville (Va.) Speedway president Clay Campbell to drive two races for the team.
Schrader will drive the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts car in 10 races, while Matt Tifft, of Hinckley, Ohio, will be behind the wheel of the No. 52 for eight events.
Campbell will drive the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts car in the Feb. 15 series season opener at Daytona International Speedway and the May 3 event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
Campbell, a 25-year veteran of NASCAR s Late Model series, raced at Daytona and Talladega in 2013. Since 2011, Campbell also has competed whenever possible in NASCAR s K&N Pro Series East.
Growing up in this sport like I have, obviously, I ve known Ken Schrader and followed his career for a long time and have tremendous respect for him, Campbell said. To now drive for him in the Federated Auto Parts No. 52 is really a highlight of my life.
“Ken loves racing and has a passion for it just like I do. He knows both sides of this business by being a driver as well as a track owner. I m the same way, just the exact opposite.”
December 17, 2013 7:15 pm
AUTHORITIES on Tuesday filed a pile of charges against the owner and driver of the ill-fated Don Mariano Transit Corp. after it was involved in a tragic accident in Skyway that killed 18 people.
Louie Maralit, head of traffic management security department of the Skyway O&M Corp. said charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, multiple physical injuries and damage to properties were filed against the owner of the bus company and the driver
He said the charges were filed by the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) before the Para aque Prosecutor s Office on Tuesday afternoon after it completed gathering testimonies.
Maralit said the damage to Skyway s properties estimated to P 75,000.
Calatcat remains inside the intensive care unit (ICU) of Para aque Doctors Hospital, along with bus passenger Rolando Valleros and seven more injured passengers who were confined in regular rooms.
Another passenger, identified as Lolita Rances, is also in the ICU of South Superhighway Medical Center.
Meanwhile a relative of the bus conductor appealed to the public not to pre-judge him saying that he might be just over-fatigued because of the long work hours.
According to Rosine Padios, who claimed to be the live-in partner of the bus conductor, who was among the fatalities, fatigue could be the cause of the accident.
She said the conductor and driver had been working long hours even up to 3 a.m. while they are supposed to go off duty for 12 midnight.
Unidentified bus drivers of Don Mariano Transit Corp. told a radio interview that they work up to 19 hours a day to reach their daily boundary of P12,500, so they can have enough money to bring home to their families.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO
The announcement of the removal of terminal handling and other charges by the President at the Budget speech 2014 has raised concerns and mixed feelings among the shipping community and the trade associations, both here and abroad. This move is apparently proposed to counter anti-competitive practices in the shipping trade.
We have seen several press releases by trade associations, both for and against this move. It is however very unfortunate that some accuse all freight and logistics providers, branding them as unscrupulous due to the misgivings of a few. As in any industry, there are the bad eggs. This situation has been exploited by a few operators both in the liner shipping and the freight/logistics industry and not the whole industry in general.
The Sri Lanka Logistics and Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA) has been in the industry for over 30 years, contributing to almost 60% of the logistics industry in Sri Lanka through its membership of leading forwarding companies, and we wish to state that none of the SLFFA members are involved in such unethical practices as we are bound by a Code of Conduct and the Standard Trading Conditions, which disapproves such unethical practices.
Freight forwarders special role
Freight forwarders play a special role when it comes to less than container loads (LCL) traded by both small or large scale traders, importers, manufacturers and exporters who import finished goods or raw material for consumption or manufacturing, as shipping lines do not accept LCL cargo but they only deal with full container loads.
Freight forwarders fill in this vacuum but are compelled to collect cargo adequate to fill a container to ensure that they cover the cost but at most occasions owing to the pressure of the need to have the consolidation service set sail as scheduled, freight forwarders ship the containers even in the event they cannot fill the container which may result at an eventual loss.
Freight forwarders also play a key role when the traders require specialised and value added services where cargo is to be moved to/from an inland/remote location, using inter-modal transportation, which could be a combination of sea and air, or sea and road, or sea and rail transportation. In addition they also provide custom brokerage, transport, warehousing services, PO management, EDI updating as well as many other logistic related services as a one stop shop. They have to retain resources to carry out these functions and coordinating the operations not to mention the high risks involved in securing the goods of high value where insurance is required at high premiums.
In the case of LCL (Less than a Container Load) the local forwarder does a lot of work that is not seen and recognised. LCL cargo arrives in consolidated containers, mixed with other LCL cargo, that are destined to Colombo or sometimes to other destinations.
The freight forwarder is involved in the whole process from origin to arrival at the destination port and ensures its prompt de stuffing and release of cargo. It also involves timely filing of manifest and other services related to notification to customers, etc., where there is a need to deploy resources.
The freight forwarder also incurs cost as terminal handling charges levied by the lines, de-stuffing of the container as well as repositioning of the empty container. For these services the freight forwarder charges a deconsolidation charge which is also termed as LCL THC and an amount of US$ 12.50/cbm has been a standard charge that has been recovered since the time the lines discontinued offering LCL services many years ago.
While this recovery could cover all costs the freight forwarders incur in providing LCL service, they also run the risk of a loss in case of under-utilised containers are shipped to keep to customer s requirements and service commitments, which have no bearing to the end user.
There is a definite cost to provide LCL services and hence if there is no clarity as to how these destination land based charges, not related to the shipping of goods from a foreign port to a destination port can be recovered, there won t be any interest for the local freight forwarders to handle such consolidated LCL containers, and this will directly affect both the small/large scale traders/manufacturers who depend on importing of loose cargo or less than container loads.
In the same manner, the exporters who ship under FOB terms too (where the buyer pays the freight) will get affected since no collection can be made by the consolidator to recover their consolidation cost.
Favourable freight terms
In the case of FCLs, the reason why an exporter choose a freight forwarder to handle their freight at port of origin could be the favourable freight terms they are offered by the freight forwarder as against that of a shipping line, or for additional/value added services offered by the freight forwarder, including credit.
As in the case of LCL, here again the freight forwarder is involved in the whole process from origin to destination, coordinating with the corresponding freight forwarder at load port, follow up for documents, prepare accurately and report manifests to relevant points at Customs and SLPA within specified time line to avoid penalties. This service is provided for a fee of US$ 30 per shipment (Delivery Order Fee), which is levied to the consignee, irrespective of the size of the shipment.
If this collection is not recoverable the freight forwarder will lose their interest in handling CIF FCL containers, and the traders will have to deal directly with the shipping lines, and as a result, the trader will lose the personalised service they enjoyed through the freight forwarder.
There is no doubt we need to safeguard exports, exporters and the import traders. The logistics/freight industry too will progress only if the traders do well.
Better option to counter overcharging
SLFFA feels there is a better option to counter the overcharging issue in the trade. The Director General of Merchant Shipping (DMS) is the licensing authority for both shipping agents and freight forwarders. He could introduce guidelines on the local charges that are allowed, after holding discussions with the relevant industry stake holders and justifying the same. He needs to be empowered and armed with more staff to police the industry, and to take appropriate action against the culprits who goes beyond his guidelines.
SLFFA in fact had a few discussions with the DMS on these lines, and was in the process of preparing a paper for study by the DMS, when the Government announced the removal of terminal handling and other charges. SLFFA now awaits more clarity on the said Budget statement and a discussion to address its concerns with the Ministry of Finance.
(The writer is Chairman of the Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association.)
Congress in 2002 mandated a safety checklist as part of the NAFTA cross-border trucking program with Mexico.
In an annual review of the cross-border trucking program with Mexico, the DOT s Office of the Inspector General says improvements are needed in the plan for inspecting buses but that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration otherwise generally complies with the safety criteria established by Congress despite a decreasing number of truck inspectors and some software glitches.
FMCSA has taken steps to improve passenger carrier safety at the border but has not taken sufficient actions to fully address our prior recommendations for improving its capacity to inspect buses, the report says, referring to FMCSA s 2009 agreement to revise its bus safety plan to include the frequency of required bus inspections and identify actions to eliminate obstacles to achieving inspection coverage, and to work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the General Services Administration to assess the safety and efficiency of the bus inspection space.
FMCSA updated its bus safety plan in December 2011, but the plan does not adequately address bus inspection frequency or identify actions to eliminate inspection obstacles, the review says. Likewise, FMCSA has not negotiated interagency agreements with CBP to establish standard bus inspection protocols or completed facility and staffing assessments needed to fully address inspection safety and efficiency issues.
According to Bureau of Transportation Statistics, more than 421,000 buses carrying more than 5.6 million passengers entered the U.S. from Mexico during fiscal years 2011 and 2012.
As to the truck safety review provisions mandated by Congress in 2002, the report notes that FMCSA s inspection staffing at the border has decreased slightly, but the agency said it is training new applicants and reviewing its staffing requirements.
Additionally, a software disruption in FMCSA s routing software or Gateway has prevented states from uploading Mexican driver conviction reports into CDLIS. FMCSA implemented alternative procedures during the disruption that allows inspectors to access information on Mexican commercial drivers, but states transmittal of Mexican driver conviction information to CDLIS has been delayed.
The resulting backlog of convictions could potentially delay enforcement action against some Mexican drivers, posing a potential adverse impact on safety, the report states.
FMCSA subsequently provided the inspector general with documentation that the backlog had been eliminated.
Related: Impressions from Mexico trucking2
While citing FMCSA s actions as noteworthy, the audit calls for additional focus.
Robust border inspection processes and practices are important for ensuring FMCSA s continued compliance with cross-border trucking provisions and the safety of vehicles entering the U.S from Mexico, the report concludes.
Charlesbank Capital Partners and its portfolio company United Road Services have acquired the auto transport division of Waggoners Trucking. No financial terms were disclosed. Headquartered in Billings, MT, and Irving, TX, Waggoners is a provider of vehicle transport and logistics services in North America.
BOSTON, MA (Marketwired Dec 16, 2013) Charlesbank Capital Partners today announced the purchase of the Auto Transport Division of Waggoners Trucking, in partnership with portfolio company United Road Services and its coinvestors, which include Transportation Resource Partners and members of the management team. Waggoners was the fourth-largest provider of vehicle transport and logistics services in North America, behind United Road, which will now hold the number two position. The transaction was funded with support from United Road s existing lenders and by a new investment from Charlesbank, Transportation Resource Partners and management coinvestors.Waggoners, headquartered in Billings, MT, and Irving, TX, was founded in 1951 by Wayne Waggoner, who built the company with his son, David. The Auto Transport Division, established in 1987, focuses on the transportation of new cars, and its customers include most major global auto manufacturers. Waggoners offers United Road a complementary customer base and the opportunity for significant operating synergies, including leveraging United Road s technology platform and call center to help fill empty backhaul miles with remarketed volumes.The combination will nearly double United Road s business and significantly improve the density of its nationally integrated network, increasing its capacity to serve the growing demands of new and existing customers. We have had an exciting first year with United Road in our portfolio and are thrilled to close on this compelling acquisition, said Jon Biotti, a Managing Director at Charlesbank. We continue to be impressed by CEO Kathleen McCann s innovative and talented team and are confident that they will maximize the potential of this platform and make United Road an even more attractive investment for our limited partners. We are excited and grateful to be adding so many talented Waggoners car hauling professionals to the United Road family, said McCann. This expansion will enhance our ability to support our customers vehicle logistics needs, while creating significant opportunity for our people and investors. The alignment of our two businesses could not be better, and together, United Road will move closer to its aspirational goal as the employer and supplier of choice in the finished vehicle logistics industry. ABOUT CHARLESBANK CAPITAL PARTNERS, LLCBased in Boston and New York, Charlesbank Capital Partners is a middle-market private equity investment firm managing more than $2 billion of capital. Charlesbank focuses on management-led buyouts and growth capital financings, typically investing $50 to $150 million per transaction in companies with enterprise values of $100 million to $750 million. The firm seeks to partner with strong management teams to build companies with sustainable competitive advantages and excellent prospects for growth. For more information, please visit www.charlesbank.com.ABOUT UNITED ROAD SERVICES, INC.Founded in 1998, United Road Services, Inc. is the premier finished vehicle logistics company in North America. Each year, United Road manages the transport of over 2.5 million vehicles for 10,000 unique customers. Headquartered in Romulus, Michigan, the company operates an integrated national network, has over 1,700 employees and over 1,500 company-owned and dedicated independent vehicle carriers. Customers include all major global vehicle manufacturers, remarketers, financial institutions, auctions, dealers, rental companies and on-line sales organizations. Its patented, industry-leading OVISS logistics system provides paperless processes, real-time order visibility for customers, and advanced load-building and routing capabilities for its operators. For more information, please visit www.unitedroad.com.
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There are a lot of companies that take advantage of air freight forwarding in order to streamline the processes of each organization. Air freight forwarding is a method of pick and pack transportation of goods that will help to get the goods to the consumer is a faster and more efficient way. This is the step in the packing and shipping process where the goods are unpacked, sorted through, redistributed to the appropriate freight, and then repacked on the designated air freight so that they can be sent to the desired destination. When working with an air freight forwarding company, your customers and your business will benefit greatly. Some of the greatest benefits to working with an amazing air freight forwarding service include the fact that packages will make it to the appropriate destination faster and more easily, the packages will have a lower risk of damage, the cost of delivery and shipping will be decreased, and the company will be able to streamline its shipping and packing operations in order to grow. These are just a few of the greatest benefits to working with air freight UK.
If you are a company that is considering various ways to ship ecommerce order fulfillment, then you are definitely going to want to consider the help of global air freight forwarders1 based in the UK. This will help to make customers happy in the long run. When a customer orders a package from your company, the customer is going to be counting down the seconds until the package is delivered. That is just the way that it works. Every process that takes a little longer than it should, and every bump in the road with make that customer wait a little longer. This is why it is important to provide customers with the absolute best shipping and order fulfillment processes possible. The faster the package gets to the customer, then the happier the customer is going to be with your company s services. The positive feedback2 that the customer gives your company will help to grow your organization quickly. You will be amazed at how fast positive feedback travels. Furthermore, the packages will be transported in a more secure manner, and the cost is lower than other options.
If you are running a business, then you are going to want to work with air freight forwarders to help to provide your customers with the best possible solution and service.
Dubai, U.A.E, 16th December, 2013: Concerted national and industrial development across Qatar, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, has brightened prospects of the country’s logistics and transportation market. Even though the market is still nascent, there are strong opportunities for integrated logistics service providers that can offer global-quality end-to-end logistics solutions.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.transportation.frost.com1), Strategic Analysis of Qatar’s Transportation and Logistics Market2, finds that the market earned revenues of $7.54 billion in 2012, and is expected to grow to $11.93 billion by 2016. The study covers the segments of transportation, warehousing freight forwarding, and value-added logistics services (VALS).
In preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar has expedited the execution of its national and infrastructure development plans. These development initiatives will require efficient movement of raw material and manpower, creating the need for innovative and reliable logistics services, both on a domestic and global scale.
“Being a largely import-dependent economy, the most important logistics service and therefore, the biggest logistics cost component will be international freight forwarding,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Program Manager Srinath Manda. “The oil and gas sector contributed to 40.6 per cent of the freight forwarding segment, followed by the retail trade and hospitality, and construction service sectors.”
While domestic transportation and warehousing services are also vital to all industries, the small size of the nation limits domestic distribution costs. Moreover, the low domestic manufacturing activity for many industries constricts the opportunities for domestic logistics services. This situation is expected to change in due course, as the Government’s economic expansion initiatives and manufacturing clusters will reduce the country’s dependence on the oil and gas industry.
Meanwhile, third party logistics providers looking to harness the growing potential of the market will do well to acknowledge the hurdles posed by the inefficiency of the logistics infrastructure in the country, as it will have a bearing on their cost and time efficiency.
These challenges will also be resolved in the immediate future, as some of the goals set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030 include the construction of a new airport and sea port, improvement of road infrastructure, and a flagship Doha Rail project for people and freight movement. Furthermore, the country is addressing the lack of skilled logistics specialists by hiring expat personnel at all levels.
“In an effort to diversify Qatar’s economy, the Government is exploring ways to make optimal use of its existing resources and manufacturing capabilities,” noted Manda. “Initiatives such as the Qatar Automotive Gateway, and the certification of Qatalum for automotive-grade aluminum point toward Qatar’s ambitions to become a key automotive manufacturing cluster, which translates to significant opportunities for the logistics market.”
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Peter Quantrill, BIFA Director General, said, Now that the Autumn Statement has been delivered, it is possible to consider how its contents may affect our members and their customers.
BIFA welcomes the news that export finance capacity available to support exporters has been doubled to GBP50 billion. The Chancellor, George Osborne, acknowledged the importance of selling British manufactured products in foreign markets, accepting the weakened state of many export markets. More exports means more business for BIFA members.
Those members also appreciate the news that that next year s planned increase in fuel duty has been cancelled.
We can also only applaud the support given to infrastructure investment in new roads and railways vital to the UK supply chain as outlined in the Autumn Statement. This support comes just after the announcement by HM Treasury at the launch of the 4th National Infrastructure Plan that the planned toll charges on the A14 upgrade in Cambridgeshire are to be scrapped, with the upgrade being paid for from general taxes. Both of these announcements can only be good news for our Members.
The demise of the toll idea, which was revealed in 2012 and would have been levied to pay for the GBP1.5bn widening scheme, came as Whitehall announced an extra GBP66billion would be injected into major turnkey projects such as transport, energy and telecommunications to stimulate the national economy.
Freight forwarders are persons or entities who focus on global import and export activities. It s significant to realize they merely act as a third party, essentially being a bridge between their clients and cargo carriers. A Singapore freight forwarder basically functions the exact same manner, helping their clients facilitate logistics to ensure everything goes smoothly such as student shipping from UK to Singapore1.
With a Singapore freight forwarder, clients are ensured that their products will arrive at the intended destination rapidly and safely. The services they provide takes advantage of the relationship they have established among respected logistics provider, be it air freight, railway freight, trucking, and sea freight at the same time. They can help customers negotiate with shipping companies to be able to get the finest balance between cargo cost and dependability.
Where the goods will arrive a Singapore freight forwarder provides consultation services in relation to all documentation and customs regulations within the specific country. It is to them to help keep their clients updated with the movement of their goods and always tell them of all of the matters affecting their cargo. In addition, there are some instances when they are able to supply transport services as well.
Regular activities of a Singapore freight forwarder also contain communication with their customers, and this also includes keeping a close watch on the international warehouses also. Besides making sure that shipments arrive safely and on time in the destination country, they also must mastermind the shipment for delivery to the final recipient, generally the place of business of a consignee. A typical Singapore freight forwarder will take into account factors which affect shipping costs, including shipping origin/destination, nature of cargo, and any special conditions a client may have. Besides the service they provide, the freight forwarder also performs warehousing and risk assessment and management services for their customers.
The service of Singapore freight forwarders also include preparing and processing important documents related to international transport.
Selecting a reliable Singapore cargo forwarder is crucial in ensuring that your international cargo arrives safely and on time at their destination. You are going to need their help to ensure that everything will be facilitated and arranged properly, especially when it comes to paperwork and adhering to international laws, because international cargo may be burdensome task.