What is the Bridge Law?

What is the Bridge Law?

The Bridge Law was established in 1974 under the Federal Highway Act to set the maximum gross weight for a standard truck to 80,000 lbs. This law dictates how that weight is distributed in the container by setting the axle maximum limit to 12,000 lbs for the steering axle, 34,000 lbs for the drive tandems,…

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Drayage Costs Rise as Service Levels Drop

Drayage Costs Rise as Service Levels Drop

Container drayage services, to and from intermodal ocean and rail terminals in the U.S., are rapidly changing this year. The new standard is lower service levels at higher costs, with the main contributing factor being the national driver shortage. The National Driver Shortage When the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) requirement went into effect last…

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Carrier Consolidation Weakening Competition

Carrier Consolidation Weakening Competition

Ocean Network Express (ONE)—which is the result of the recent NYK, MOL, and K Line merger—begins servicing shippers in April. This, along with COSCO’s pending acquisition of OOCL will leave the industry with three alliances and three owners within each. The consolidating carriers believe this will lead to greater competitiveness in the industry, while shippers…

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Adding Fuel to the Fire: Trucking Market Update

Adding Fuel to the Fire: Trucking Market Update

The trucking industry has been experiencing a consistent capacity crunch that has continued into 2018. As the demand for shipping is expected to rise, it doesn’t look like the tight market will let up anytime soon. So, what’s contributing to this current trend? Driver Shortage The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average age of…

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How Importers Can Help Keep Children Safe

How Importers Can Help Keep Children Safe

The Consumer Product Safety Act of 2008 requires manufacturers and importers of products intended for use by children 12 and under to place permanent distinguishing marks, also known as tracking labels, on these products. Tracking labels enhance recall effectiveness and product traceability in the event of a safety recall. They also help consumers identify whether…

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Customs User Fees to Increase

Customs User Fees to Increase

Import clients will see an increase in U.S. Customs user fees, effective January 1, 2018. These fees will be adjusted to reflect inflation. Below are three examples of the current fees and what the adjusted fees will be.   Current Effective Jan 1 Minimum Merchandise Processing Fee $25.00 $25.67 Maximum Merchandise Processing Fee $485.00 $497.99…

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UPDATE: Preparing for New ACE Deployment

UPDATE: Preparing for New ACE Deployment

Updated: Customs will be undertaking an ACE deployment on January 6. To avoid the possibility of late payments, Mohawk will authorize two days’ worth of duty payments, ahead of time, for as many shipments as possible. Doing this will help avoid any service disruptions due to failures resulting from this update. We are actively working…

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From Trucks to Trains: ELDs Could Cause an Increase in Intermodal

From Trucks to Trains: ELDs Could Cause an Increase in Intermodal

The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate—which requires motor carriers to install devices that automatically record driving time—is steadily approaching and many truckers still haven’t complied. As of October, nearly one million truck drivers haven’t purchased ELDs and many are still strongly against e-logs altogether. You can read tweets of displeased truckers under the hashtag #ELDORME.…

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