The Top 5 Stories in Freight, Transportation, & Logistics
Here’s this week’s Weekly Freight Report:
- Improve efficiency and solve capacity problems.
- Prevent supply chain hacks in 2022.
- Is bureaucracy getting in the way of safety?
- Get your cargo faster by using one of these ports.
- US Customs & Border Protection leave Port of Brownsville.
1. Improve efficiency and solve capacity problems.
As 2022 begins, shippers need help managing their New Year’s resolutions to move freight across North America as efficiently as possible. Improving freight management health and dropping unwanted costs are at the top of everyone’s resolution list. Ever-tightening capacity may continue to snare shippers that haven’t planned accordingly, especially those involved in cross-border trade across the North American markets. For North American shippers, their New Year’s resolution should be to straighten out their capacity demands. Find out how here.
2. Prevent supply chain hacks in 2022.
Hackers and Ransomware attacks will continue to target the supply chain in 2022… could your company be in their crosshairs? 2021 provided some learning opportunities for companies to improve their cybersecurity. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are; you are still a target which can cost you millions, and being digitally savvy can open up opportunities for hackers. These attacks do not have to cost you, and there are ways to prevent breaches. To find more about cybersecurity for the supply chain in 2022, click here.
3. Is bureaucracy getting in the way of safety?
Multiple agencies and organizations claim the FMCSA is falling behind on maintaining federal safety regulations for the trucking industry in comments filed with the US DOT. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) believes the FMCSA has outdated and conflicting regulations and a slow regulatory guidance review process. With smaller carriers amassing a whopping $1.8 billion cost due to the ELD mandates, these organizations hope to influence and improve the system. To see the DOT’s draft of changes and the goals, click here.
4. Get your cargo faster by using one of these ports.
There are 5 alternative container ports you could consider to avoid the congested docks in Los Angels, Long Beach, New York, New Jersey, and many other major ports. These niche ports might be a little off the beaten path, but if it means you get your goods… driving a few extra miles could be worth it. The 5 ports listed in this article employ unique tactics like using smaller vessels to ensure cargo owners and freight forwarders get their shipments in a timely manner. Check out the list here to see if one of these niche ports can handle your shipment needs.
5. US Customs & Border Protection leave Port of Brownsville.
The Port of Brownsville will not have manned US Customers and Border Protection (CBP) agents on site after the CBP did not renew their lease with the port. After 40 years of having an office for personnel and operations at the Port of Brownsville, the CBP will be relocating to the Brownsville-South Padre Island Airport. With more than 80% of the ports business being with Mexico, could the move cause delays in import inspections? To see the new process for working with the CBP, click here.
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