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COVID-19 NEWS CENTER

COVID-19 NEWS CENTER

June 19, 2020 PEAK SURCHARGE REVIEW Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen parcel carriers announce peak surcharges in the wake of COVID-19. As always with these charges, they...

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USMCA Replaces NAFTA

USMCA Replaces NAFTA

Do you ship to Canada and Mexico?  Effective July 1, 2020 the  U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). USMCA will...

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2020 Truckload Market Snapshot

2020 Truckload Market Snapshot

2019 was a shipper’s market. In early 2019, rates were down over 20% vs. 2018.  By mid-year 2019, the slight tightening of capacity due to rate restrictions, increased insurance...

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Brexit Becomes A Reality

Brexit Becomes A Reality

Leaving seems to be a trend in the UK as of late. Harry and Meghan have officially stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family and the UK has begun its separation from the...

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Are You Ready for the Lunar New Year?

Are You Ready for the Lunar New Year?

In the world of shipping, disruptors come in many forms – natural disasters, political climate, yearly holiday closings, etc. And if you’re thinking holiday closings are over,...

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UPS Rates to Increase in 2020

UPS Rates to Increase in 2020

Following suit of FedEx, UPS has announced their General Rate Increase for 2020 with an effective date of December 29, 2019. The announced average increase is 4.9% for UPS...

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FedEx Rates Take the 2020 Jump

FedEx Rates Take the 2020 Jump

It’s that time again. On September 16, 2019 FedEx announced the General Rate Increase for 2020, with an effective date of January 6. The announced average increase for Domestic...

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Keeping Up with your Records

Keeping Up with your Records

International shipping is a challenging and complex environment. Tariffs, unique trade regulations per country, complicated routes and longer-than-average shipping times all...

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Protect Yourself From Fraud

Protect Yourself From Fraud

In our increasingly electronic, connected world, we’re constantly under attack by individuals and institutions with the intent to facilitate some form of fraud, whether it’s...

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Trade War Update

Trade War Update

Shipping internationally is a complicated and sometimes arduous process. Trade wars, carrier alliances and capacity issues are all contributing to rising international shipping...

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Section 301 Tariff Alert – Additional 25% tariff effective May 10, 2019

The Summer of Tariffs

Tariffs seem to be all the rage right now. Everyone is doing it, the US, China, Canada, the EU. Will 2018 be the summer of tariffs? It’s looking that way. The Office of the...

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2020 Truckload Market Snapshot

Are you in the right lane?

Most people are always looking to work smarter not harder which is why businesses consistently strive to become more efficient and streamline shipping processes. In the current...

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New Tariffs and Talk of Trade War

New Tariffs and Talk of Trade War

“Trade War” makes a good headline. It’s both eye-catching and stress-inducing, especially for US importers. We’re taking a moment to go beyond the headlines and dig into the...

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