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Trending Transportation Updates: August 2019

There were many new and exciting updates in the shipping industry last month. Check out some of the top stories and transportation updates in August!

China & U.S. trade war: President Trump raises tariffs

On August 23, President Trump responded to Beijing’s retaliation with raising tariffs for China. Now, taxes on $250 billion of imports will rise from 25 percent to 30 percent starting October 1. Also, effective September 1, the duties for $300 billion in Chinese imports will increase to 15 percent instead of 10 percent.  To read more about the tariffs, click here.

Truckers respond to the new HOS regulations

After the latest tweak in the hours-of-service rules, truckers are suggesting changes for more flexibility. Currently, truck drivers have a ten-hour period for rest with a suggested eight hours of rest and two hours of non-driving time. Also, they have a mandatory 30-minute break. In particular, many drivers wanted to split the 30-minute break into two smaller intervals, and be more flexible with the way they use their time off. To read more, click here.

Truck tonnage to increase by 25.6 percent by 2030

The new report by the American Trucking Association stated truck tonnage to increase by 25.6 percent over the next decade. Responsively, the revenue is expected to go 54 percent up and reach $1.6 trillion. Chris Spear, ATA President, spoke up on the importance of adjusting to market growth: “Freight Forecast clearly lays out why meeting challenges like infrastructure and workforce development are so critical to our industry’s success”. To read more, click here.

Truck wait times at border are increasing

Truck wait times at the United States – Mexico border are beginning to increase. Industry professionals say the longer wait times are a result of slow border inspection routines and truck drivers waiting to load and unload freight at docks and intermodal facilities. To read more about the border congestion, click here.

Trending Transportation Updates: July 2019

There were many new and exciting updates in the shipping industry last month. Check out some of the top stories and transportation updates in July!

FMCSA Offers a New Rule on CDL Home State Requirement 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration introduces a new rule that will allow truck drivers to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) outside of their state of residence. The new proposal was created to reverse the current requirement to register in their birthplace state. This way, FMCSA tries to simplify the application procedure for drivers entering the market. Read more here

New ATA Report: Driver Shortage is Going to Increase Over the Next Decade

A new report by the American Trucking Association shed light on the current state of truck driver workforce market and highlighted forecasts of shortage growth over the next ten years. The study indicates the industry will need 1.1 million truck drivers hired throughout the next decade, which equals 25 percent of new hires. Read more here.  

eBay to Present New ‘Managed Delivery’ Service by 2020

The retail giant eBay announced its plan to launch a new delivery system for high-volume shippers. The main concept suggests that large sellers will be able to store, pack and deliver their products within the network of specifically located facilities and vendors. Managed Delivery is estimated to be live in 2020 and reduce delivery times all over the country. Read more here

Tensions sharpen in Strait of Hormuz: Two British Ships Seized 

Strait of Hormuz, an extremely important economical area between the Persian Gulf and Oman Gulf with $1.2 billion worth oil transported each day is in a tense situation. In particular, Iran is accused of seizing two British tankers and attacking a few more ships, as well as shutting down the U.S. drone. Read more here.

Trending Transportation Updates: June 2019

There were many new and exciting updates in the shipping industry last month. Check out some of the top stories and transportation updates in June!

Transportation Updates: June

Roadcheck 2019 Reveals Violations

The International Roadcheck 2019 is the largest inspection on the commercial motor vehicles in North America. This year, a 72-hour truck review took place from June 4th to June 6th. The theme of inspection is steering and suspension systems. According to the recent news, hundreds of drivers and trucks are now out of service due to uncovered violations. Despite the inspection, many drivers were understanding and thankful for safety efforts. Read more here.

US Supreme Court declines to accept the challenge to steel tariffs

After President Trump approved the new steel tariffs, the representatives brought the challenge to the Supreme Court because of the tariffs being ‘unconstitutional’. For now, the Court refused to accept the challenge. “It is rare for the Supreme Court to agree to hear a case before a ruling by the Court of Appeals, and our appeal will now be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit,” Alan Morrison, the counsel of record for the case, told Supply Chain Dive in an email. “We continue to believe that we have a strong legal case that Section 232 is unconstitutional”-, said Tim Meyer, the law professor at Vanderbilt University and counsel for the petitioners. Read more here.

H&M will be the first company to test Maersk’s carbon neutral biofuel

Over the recent year, Maersk has been working on the development of the carbon-neutral biofuel to reduce carbon footprint. It was announced that H&M is the first company to participate. The tested biofuel consists of used cooking oil and heavy oil, and according to Maersk, reduces emissions by 85 percent compared to regular bunker fuel. Read more here.

The US declares tariffs on all imports from Mexico effective June 10

According to a statement from President Donald Trump, the U.S. will force tariffs of 5% on all goods imported from Mexico starting June 10. The decision is meant to address an immigrational issue or ‘an emergency at the Southern Border’. President Trump stated that is Mexico will not reduce the number of immigrants entering the States, the tariffs will rise by 25 percent by October. Read more here.

Trending Transportation Updates: April 2019

There were many new and exciting transportation updates the transportation and shipping industry last month. Check out some of the top stories that made headlines during April!

Amazon has bought Canvas robotic systems

Famous for the use of different robotic devices from Google, Toyota and Kiva systems, Amazon acquires Canvas systems. Founded just in 2015, Canvas has already demonstrated robust innovation with its focus on cart fulfillment devices. “We are inspired by Canvas Technology’s innovations, and share a common vision for a future where people work alongside robotics to further improve safety and the workplace experience,” the Amazon spokesperson said. To read more about Canvas systems acquisition, click here.

DOT assigned $900 billion for the transportation grant program

Recently, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $900 million in elective grant capital through the BUILD program (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development). “These BUILD Transportation grants will provide needed infrastructure investment to better connect rural and urban communities around our nation,” announced the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. To read more about the DOT grant program, click here.

Walmart starts using more than 4,000 robots

In their efforts to give employees more time to serve customers live, Walmart expands

 its robotic device network. The giant retailer has announced to add more than 4 thousands robots to handle the operations. Mostly, devices will be used to check product availability, correct pricing, and supplies location. To read more about Walmart’s new robots, click here.

Companies support Earth Day

On Monday, April 22, the world celebrated its largest environmental movement – Earth Day. Many logistics and retail companies have joined the initiative to push sustainable shipping and production trend forward. For example, Walmart partnered with HSBC to develop a supply chain sustainability program for the suppliers. To read more about the Walmart green initiative, click here.

Trending Transportation Updates: January 2019

There were many new and exciting developments throughout the transportation and shipping industry last month. Check out some of the top stories that made headlines during January!

The UK Prepares Supply Chain as Brexit Nears

The United Kingdom and European Union had 18 months to seamlessly manage the transition, but with roughly 3 months left to an official Brexit deadline, no agreement has been reached between the parties. Due to the undefined outcome, experts forecast ports and highways are in danger of delays and congestion. Sellers, suppliers, and carriers are preparing for a cliff-edge scenario. In particular, DHL claims to be “very well prepared, even for the worst case.” Meanwhile, the UK awarded 3 freight contracts to avoid extreme congestion in the English Channel in case negotiations won’t lead to a deal.

Read more about the Brexit preparation here.

Amazon signs a 7-year contract with the French robotics company and tests delivery robot

Amazon has recently announced a 7-year agreement with French robotics manufacturer, Balyo. The company will supply the retail giant with autonomous forklifts, which can handle from 3,000 to 15,000 pounds. Before Balyo, Amazon has utilized Kiva systems robots since 2012.

Also, the retailer announced it is testing “Scout,” a new delivery robot. The six-wheel device is described as a “fully-electric delivery system.” The robot is following a programmed route and moves with a pace of an average pedestrian, and operates on weekdays during daylight. It is designed to deliver packages to customers’ doors.

Read more about Amazon new delivery robot or Balyo agreement.

Ocean Alliance extends the agreement until 2027

The Ocean Alliance members have recently met in China to extend the “world’s largest operational agreement between shipping companies.” The original agreement was signed in 2017 and was about to expire in 2023, although the CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen and OOCL decided to push the expiration date to 2027.

Read more about Ocean Alliance agreement here.

Walmart about to open high-tech consolidation facility

Walmart has announced its plan to open a high-tech consolidation center in Colton, CA. A 340,000 square-foot facility will start its work in July and will mainly sort, receive and ship orders from suppliers before sending it to a distribution center.

Read more about the Walmart consolidation center here.