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East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion

East and West Coast Ports to Battle for U.S. Region After Panama Canal Expansion.Transportfolio

Editor’s note: This post originally ran in October 2015. Since the Panama Canal is scheduled to open this Sunday, June 26, we wanted to share it with you again.

Port ImageYou might think that shippers along the East Coast will be the biggest beneficiaries of fierce competition between the East and West Coast ports. In fact, the battleground on which ports compete for customers will likely expand and move several hundred miles west, toward Chicago and Memphis. It will take in other metropolitan areas like Detroit and Columbus, and encompass a newly contested region that accounts for more than 15% of the U.S. GDP. » Read More

4 Strategies for Planning that Best in Class Companies Use

4 Strategies for Planning that Best in Class Companies Use.Transportfolio

Planning Strategies

Between all of the logistics forecasting and post mortem discussion that go into it, planning can seem like a never-ending cycle. But this critical annual task doesn’t have to be a painful process. Many best in class companies build their supply chain strategy around four best practices. Keep them in mind as you start thinking about your plan for 2017.

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Outlook on U.S. Exports: Forecasting the “Perfect Storm” or Something Else?

Outlook on U.S. Exports – Forecasting the “perfect storm” or something else?.Transportfolio

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Many of us are familiar with the term “perfect storm.” This cliché term implies conditions are ideal for the creation of a pending negative event. Recently, it has been used to describe the outlook for U.S. exports. Exporters continually hear the rumbles of thunder from the industry and economic press decrying the longstanding trade imbalance for the United States and their trading partners, recounting the fact that imports significantly outweigh the exporting of goods.
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How Customs Assists Can Help You Win

How Customs Assists Can Help You Win.Transportfolio

Does your company supply materials to foreign manufacturers/suppliers to produce a product? Just like star basketball players rely on assists to score in the big game, customs assists help produce products. However, when it comes to customs, assists can be tricky.
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#1 Way to Save on Global Forwarding

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Want a quick “win” in global forwarding costs? Look at ocean cargo consolidation (less than container load, or LCL). It enables you to take the best advantage of space. But you’ll need to work with a forwarder that has specific LCL capabilities to get the greatest possible savings.
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