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.
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.
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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.
Our client is a Leading International Freight Forwarder / Airfreight Consolidator; currently they have a position available for an experienced Financial Controller / Financial Accountant.
You will be responsible for the financial and monthly management of accounts budgets, forecasts, business plans, secretarial duties, insurance, fixed assets and operating equipment.
Your day to day duties will consist of (however this list is not restricted);
- Maintaining the financial records including general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventories and other accruals, payroll journal, and general journal using generally accepted accounting principles and practices;
- Preparing Company and its subsidiaries financial statements;
- Preparing and filing Companies and its subsidiaries annual tax returns (BAS/GST etc);
- Receiving and recording all requests for disbursements that have been approved by the authorized person(s) and documented by appropriate invoices and/or receipts;
- Assisting the Director and/or General Manager in preparing annual budgets
- Review and implement changes to financial reporting systems including budgeting to assist Managers in achieving their objectives
- To provide advice, with regard to contract management, financial and related issues.
- Ensure that the Company conforms with its statutory and legal obligations
- Provide leadership, promote effective team working and ensure staff motivation:
- Manage the work of the Assistant Accountant in charge of the Group Sales Reports, Accounts Receivable debt collection, fall offs, Weekly Debtors Reports and commission payments
- Manage the work of the Finance Officer in charge of payroll, AP, AR and Margin reports
- Set objectives for the staff and conduct performance appraisals.
- Identify training and development needs of staff and organising relevant training and coaching to meet these needs
The successful candidate should possess the following;
- Business and/or Accounting degree and CA or CPA qualification
- Extensive Cargowise Edi experience is a MUST
- Previous experience in Financial/Management Accounting
- Previous experience in managing/mentoring junior staff team members
- Excellent organisational skills to effectively manage multiple tasks
- Excellent time management skills are required to ensure that deadlines are met and enquiries from the business are actioned accordingly.
- Advance written and communication skills to prepare written responses and communications to the business and to document finance policies.
- Minimum of 3 5 years experience.
This position is offering a package of $110k + as a starting figure. This company prides itself on staff retention and the package will be renegotiated on a regular basis.
IDEALLY The applicant will have FREIGHT FORWARDING KNOWLEDGE
DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Transportation has recommended lifting a ban on trucking hazardous materials across the Ambassador Bridge that connects the U.S. and Canada, and the idea has prompted concerns on both sides of the border.
The agency is taking public input on the idea until May 27 and any changes likely could take a year before taking effect, The Detroit News reported.
Explosives, radioactive material, flammable liquids and corrosive material currently are banned from the bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ont. They’re also banned from the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. A ferry service currently operates on the Detroit River for trucks carrying hazardous materials.
The state’s review of the issue came after a request from the Detroit International Bridge Co., which owns the Ambassador Bridge. A public meeting was held on the request on March 22, and MDOT said 10 Canadian officials were among those on hand.
“There’s not enough detail or consultation that has to be in a report of this magnitude,” said Mario Sonego, chief engineer for Windsor.
Plans are in the works to build a new Canadian-financed bridge across the river at Detroit, and that bridge is expected to be open to trucks carrying hazardous material. Gregg Ward, who has owned the Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry since 1990, opposes ending the ban at the Ambassador Bridge.
“It goes counter to the reasoning about why we need a new bridge, which is redundancy,” he said. “We can’t rely on one bridge. Now, when something happens there are huge backups on the bridge.”
In a study released Dec. 27, MDOT supported the idea of transporting flammable gas/liquids, flammable solids and reactants, oxidants and peroxides, poisonous materials and infectious substances, corrosive materials and other dangerous products across the Ambassador Bridge.
“This issue has been out there for quite a while and it’s definitely not a done deal at this point,” said MDOT spokesman Jeff Cranson.
MDOT didn’t recommend lifting the ban on explosives and radioactive material on the bridge.
Hazardous materials are allowed across the Blue Water Bridge between Port Huron and Sarnia, Ont., and are restricted to designated lanes. Following MDOT’s review, there are no plans to consider allowing trucks hauling hazardous materials in the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
FIGURES for 2012 show that freight transport in France and longer journeys by car drivers have fallen, with the struggling world economy being blamed for the drop.
There was a 4.4% fall in the tonne/km measure of products transported in France, which covers road, rail and waterways. Although road haulage still makes up 83% of the overall transport sector.
Daily passenger transport is still rising, but at a slower pace than in the past, with the number of vehicles on the national road network, including autoroutes, falling slightly.
And the figures also show that the number of new car registrations in 2012 by the general public tumbled to 1.9 million, a figure last seen in 1997.
- ^ report on road transport (www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr)
- ^ Sharpest fall in French private sector output for four years (www.thisfrenchlife.com)
This summer many of us will be hitting the road and that means sharing the road with plenty of big rigs.
Though some see these huge vehicles as intimidating, some a welcome beacon in the darkness, what you might not realize is the huge contribution this industry makes to the American economy.
I recently read an interesting article on Air Cargo News1 about the advantages of using medium-sized freight forwarders, in preference to large, multi-national forwarders. It seems that the mergers and acquisitions that characterised freight forwarding in the 1990s, resulting in the creation of big global forwarders, did not lead to the expected synergies.
The demise of the small-medium freight forwarders was forecast, based on the assumption that big global shippers would prefer to deal with a single logistics partner throughout the world. This assumption, however, has not been borne out big global shippers continue to tender business on a regional or lane segment basis, probably because the big forwarders are unable to provide either flexibility or a globally consistent level of service.
Small-medium forwarders such as ICE, on other hand, are able to provide an efficient, reliable and personalised service. Networks of similar minded forwarders encompassing the globe are the key flexibility is possible due to both size and independence, as opposed to the big globals, for whom deviation from their listed services is diffcult, if not impossible, as a result of complex internal structures.
If you want engagement, care and independence from your freight forwarder, it looks like you can t go past a small-medium forwarder.
You can read the full article here: http://www.aircargonews.net/news/single-view/news/why-mega-forwarders-have-not-always-realised-their-potential.html2
We take pride in what differentiates us from our big global competitors we re locally owned, independent and provide a personalised service. Our size, and our global network, means that we can be flexible customising solutions to individual requirements. Decisions, and changes, can be made quickly, reacting to changing factors and markets.
Ronald SpahrICE Managing Director
- ^ Air Cargo News (www.aircargonews.net)
- ^ http://www.aircargonews.net/news/single-view/news/why-mega-forwarders-have-not-always-realised-their-potential.html (www.aircargonews.net)
- ^ air freight (www.icecargo.com.au)
- ^ ocean freight (www.icecargo.com.au)
- ^ customs and barrier clearance (www.icecargo.com.au)
- ^ fairs and exhibitions logistics (www.icecargo.com.au)
- ^ project management (www.icecargo.com.au)
- ^ logistics and supply chain management (www.icecargo.com.au)
Through diversity of growth, successful management, and the acquisition of other companies, this logistics trucking company specializing in transportation management had vastly outgrown their QuickBooks accounting software. The company s progress has been explosive, and they now fill both floors of the new facility that they moved into in 2010.
After fully assessing their situation, this organization realized that they needed to work with a partner who had the industry and product knowledge to provide a superior solution for their business needs. Based on a referral from their logistics partner, the company determined that The TM Group would provide the product, industry, and local market expertise they needed to fundamentally evolve their business operations based on current business and market demands. After the discovery phase was completed, The TM Group was confident that an efficient business process for this trucking firm could be architected utilizing the Microsoft Dynamics GP platform.
This logistics company was using a combination of software applications before switching to Microsoft Dynamics GP. Some of the many systems being used included QuickBooks for their financials and GPS Networking for their logistics management. They were eager to move to Microsoft Dynamics GP to replace their QuickBooks accounting system.
Dave Unruh from The TM Group worked closely with the company s CPA firm, Franklin Advisors, to ensure a smooth and seamless transition from an accounting standpoint for the company s finance team. Mr. Unruh made sure that both teams had the training and education needed to be comfortable working extensively within this product. Mr. Unruh stated, As a trusted advisor, we wanted to ensure the company had exactly what they needed to make this work and to leverage the technology they had already invested in.
This logistics company has received many benefits from the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics GP, including:
- An integrated company-wide solution with Microsoft Dynamics GP and its logistics solution GPS Networking
- Efficient and timelier financial reporting
- A stable product with the ability to grow as Load One grows
- Improved bank reconciliations with Nolan Business Solutions Advanced Bank Reconciliation*
- 1099 Management with GreenShades Payroll and HR Solutions**
After the implementation of the new accounting system, The TM Group s development team designed an integration of Microsoft Dynamics GP with a transportation management system (TMS) that provides transportation intelligence software to logistics firms. Using the TMS, customers are able to log into a portal to view shipments and invoices, and truckers can log in to ascertain their clients shipments and calculate their commissions. The TMS is a hosted solution and segregated from the logistics company s environment, so they wanted a local copy of the TMS data for reporting and billing, integrating it to Microsoft Dynamics GP financials. As Carmen Tuzzolino, development manager for The TM Group, explains, The project consisted of reverse engineering the TMS software to provide reporting and a bi-directional integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP. We also reverse engineered the system based on the XML and could successfully import the third-party software into the staging area for future integration and reporting.
The TM Group was successful in helping the logistics company gain better financial insights with Microsoft Dynamics GP, integrating GP with their logistics solutions, and expanding their reporting capabilities with TMS. For more information about Microsoft Dynamics ERP, GP, NAV, SL, and CRM solutions and how The TM Group can help your company, please visit our website at www.tmgroupinc.com or call 888.482.2864.
* About Nolan Business Solutions:Nolan Business Solutions1 is an international solution provider that has helped thousands of companies solve their business problems by implementing custom-developed software applications and leading mid-market business software solutions for over 20 years.
** About Greenshades Software:Greenshades Software 2is a leading provider of electronic filing solutions for all business types. In addition to its suite of products for annual and quarterly returns to local, state, and federal agencies, Greenshades offers W2 and 1099 outsourcing solutions complete with web portal for electronic distribution of year-end forms. Greenshades also has a full-featured Garnishments module for Microsoft Dynamics GP.
About The TM Group:
The TM Group, Inc., 3founded in 1984, is a nationally acclaimed Microsoft ERP and CRM Gold partner with core expertise in the Microsoft Dynamics business solutions offering, including Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL. The TM Group is also certified for the Information Worker, Portals and Collaboration, and Small Business Specialist competencies and offers advanced technical expertise in Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft .Net Development, and SQL Reporting Services. The recipient of more than 65 awards, The TM Group has been a Microsoft Dynamics President s Club member for over 21 years as well as a nine-year Inner Circle and Chairman s Club member and Partner of the Year. The TM Group provides a comprehensive range of technology consulting services, including software evaluation and selection, custom development, implementation, and support. The TM Group has corporate offices in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and a satellite office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and serves hundreds of clients throughout North America.
By Carmen Tuzzolino, Dave Unruh, Jennifer Swiderski, and Ken Jacobsen, The TM Group
KNOXVILLE Attorneys for trucking companies suing Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam s Pilot Flying J have added new companies and charges to their complaint.
Three additional trucking companies, Golden Carriers LLC, of Troy, Ala., Glazier Trucking, of Kiefer, Okla., and Blachowske Truck Line, of South Dakota, allege cheating.
Attorneys are before a Knoxville judge Monday morning to ask him to stop Haslam from contacting trucking companies in an effort to resolve disputed payments.
One of the new charges leveled against Pilot Flying J is racketeering. The complaint also alleges mail fraud, wire fraud and breach of contract.
The amended complaint describes Pilot Flying J as an enterprise with a scheme to defraud.
Attorneys for Pilot Flying J say the company has done nothing wrong. The two added companies bring the total number in the complaint up to five, with more expected to come forward.