Cargo Insights: Forwarders face stiff tech, regulatory and economic headwinds

Extinction is often triggered by a change in environmental conditions, which causes species with insufficient adaptive characteristics to perish. Forwarders continue to face a complex environment of changing regulatory requirements, shifts in trade, competitive technology demands and stiff economic headwinds. The challenging nature of the business has left many experts wondering if forwarders can adapt, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • July 16, 2019

Air cargo supply chain disruptions expected if U.S. shutdown persists

The current United States federal government shutdown is already the longest in history with no clear end in sight, and industry associations and participants are concerned that aviation and airfreight will suffer in the short- and long-term if it is not resolved soon. Our sister site Cargo Facts reported some of those concerns related to […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 17, 2019

Truck driver shortage souring the American sweet tooth

One of my vices is a fondness for Hershey’s chocolate. This preference is not to say that I avoid products made by other chocolatiers, but when faced with the choice of several brands, Hershey’s milk chocolate is usually the preferred indulgence to my palate. The preference has always been favorable to my wallet, as well, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 5, 2018

Is your website ready for automated shipping portals?

Many of us started our careers in freight forwarding learning how to use the Telex machine to send alerts to destination cities, requiring the typing of shipment information into an awkward device that produced a yellow tape that ultimately transmitted the data. The process was tedious by today’s standards, but when it was combined with […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • August 10, 2018

Are security measures neutralizing airfreight’s chief asset?

“We live and die by the clock. We never turn our back on it – never allow ourselves the sin of losing track of time,” says Chuck Noland, a time-obsessed efficiency expert for FedEx, in the opening sequence of the hit Robert Zemeckis movie “Cast Away.” He speaks to a group of trainees at the […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • July 3, 2018

What will ELDs do to the noble profession of truck driving?

One of the biggest thrills I remember when I was a kid was leaning against the back-seat rear window of my father’s Pontiac Bonneville and gesturing to oncoming truckers to blow their air horns. Once heard, the glee throughout the car was contagious, not only because of the rig’s loud roar but also the impressive […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 2, 2018

New TSA directive unpopular with forwarders

A new directive from the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requiring an additional security declaration to be displayed at intermediate points while tendered cargo is in transit, has drawn the ire of forwarders, which were not contacted for discussion of the rule before it was finalized on Jan. 29. Under the new rule, all […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 11, 2016

Forwarders, logistics companies applaud TPP

All 12 countries involved in the five-year negotiation process for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have reached a meeting of the minds on the free-trade agreement, as have some airfreight organizations, such as the U.S. Airforwarders Association (AfA), FedEx and UPS. The agreement will cover approximately 40 percent of the global marketplace and will accelerate the […]
  • Staff Reports
  • October 6, 2015

AfA applauds Senate passage of ‘fast-track’ trade bill

In a move that was cheered by many American freight forwarders but drew criticism from labor unions, the United States Senate passed the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), earning praise from the U.S. Airforwarders Association (AfA). The legislation would give President Obama more authority in deciding trade negotiations and prohibit Congress from adding amendments. Now that […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 29, 2015

Forwarders’ Forum: A letter to the Vice Admiral

President Obama recently nominated Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Vice Admiral Neffenger brings to TSA three decades of service as a Coast Guard officer and appears to have the skills, experience and abilities to lead the TSA in its risk-based mission to counter the ever-evolving terrorist threat to […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • June 2, 2015

The Handoff: What ground handlers are doing to speed up the process

Chicago O’Hare has always been a tough airport to navigate for the hundreds of tractor-trailers arriving and departing everyday with loads of air cargo. But, so far, the tightest squeeze – literally – in recent memory might be in 2015. With a construction project under way to improve road access surrounding the crowded facilities around […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 8, 2015

Congress gives a nod to legislation to promote trade

Congressional leaders agreed to advance legislation today, giving President Obama authority to conclude key global trade agreements. The legislation, known as “trade promotion authority,” or TPA, would give the President “fast track” authority to get Congressional approval on impending new trade agreements, such as the trans-Pacific Partnership, the trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 17, 2015

AfA calls for new TSA leader

The Airforwarder’s Association wants President Obama to nominate a new administrator for the Transportation Security Administration. The agency has been without a confirmed administrator since the end of 2014, when John Pistole retired. Policy initiatives that AfA said need a confirmed administrator in order to move forward include finalizing pending changes to TSA’s indirect air […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 26, 2015