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How Are COVID-19-Related Port Restrictions Impacting the Shipping Industry?

August 27, 2021

COVID-19 has caused disruption in every industry, but the shipping industry is under particular stress due to an unprecedented labor shortage. When it comes to drayage shipping, COVID-19 port restrictions are causing further strain. The labor shortage and port restrictions combined are increasing chassis turnaround time, tying up movement of goods at the country’s ports. Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19-related port restrictions. What’s causing the backlog? COVID-19 has caused a tidal wave of problems for the logistics industry, including container shortages and backlogs at ports. Drayage shipping providers have seen particularly long delays due to global supply... View Article

The Benefits of Using a Transportation Management Provider

August 13, 2021

With the economy becoming more global, it’s now more important than ever to ship and receive products efficiently—and the rise of technology has made this process more streamlined than ever before. If your company is still using spreadsheets and fallible human knowledge to optimize your transportation efficiency, you should know that there’s a better way. It’s called a transportation management provider or a transportation management system. A transportation management provider is a software system that helps map out and optimize logistics when it comes to companies transporting, shipping and receiving goods. Whether it’s HAZMAT shipping or receiving new products, a... View Article

Why It’s Important to Know the Company Doing Your Overweight Hauling

July 30, 2021

Ground transportation is the backbone of the world’s supply chain economy. While a lot of equipment and merchandise is transported by plane or by ship, transporting goods by truck is the most common and most important form of supply transportation. This goes for overweight hauling and HAZMAT shipping as well. What constitutes overweight hauling varies by state, country and jurisdiction, but as a rule of thumb, any truck with a gross weight (i.e., everything is included) over 80,000 pounds or a container weight over 44,000 pounds qualifies as overweight hauling. Here are some questions you could ask a company you’re... View Article

What Are Four Types of Hazardous Waste?

July 14, 2021

If you are dealing with hazardous materials (HAZMAT) shipping or hazardous material handling, it’s important to understand what products are considered hazardous. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) groups hazardous wastes into four main categories. Each category requires specific types of handling and shipment procedures. Following is a breakdown of these four types: Listed wastes Listed wastes include four sub-categories: F-list, K-list, P-list and U-list. The F-list and K-List wastes are further identified by an EPA code as toxic, acute, ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxicity characteristic: F-list wastes: These include any wastes that are generated from industrial and manufacturing processes.... View Article

Is It HAZMAT?

June 30, 2021

If you’re shipping materials, it’s important to know whether or not they are hazardous. HAZMAT (hazardous materials) shipping requires special procedures, so it is crucial to properly identify any hazardous materials and handle them appropriately. HAZMAT regulations HAZMAT regulations require the following special treatment of hazardous materials to reduce safety risks. Taking these steps helps protect workers, the public and first responders from the dangers of hazardous materials: Proper classification Appropriate packaging Clear labeling Careful handling Safe stowing Suitable transportation Common types of HAZMAT Following are some of the most common hazardous materials that require HAZMAT shipping. If you need... View Article

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