Cargo Insights: Air cargo gains a seat at the security table

Passing through any TSA passenger airport screening checkpoint in the summer can be as unpleasant as getting your driver’s license renewed or receiving dental work – you never know how long the process will take or how much pain will be involved. Most frequent fliers have begrudgingly accepted that the often-tedious process of airport security […]

Cargo Insights: How to regulate the ‘Wild West’ of e-commerce?

Anyone who watched the television show “Gunsmoke” knows that the American “Wild West” could be a dangerous place where notorious outlaws preyed on small towns to enrich themselves at the expense of others. Law enforcement was present but, in many cases, spread thin so the local sheriff would usually form a group of willing and […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
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