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Transport Canada COVID-19 Hours of Service (HOS) Emergency Declaration

On Wednesday, March 24, Transport Canada issued a COVID-19 Hours of Service emergency declaration. This declaration covers the identical 8 conditions that the U.S. emergency HOS declaration covers, but there are some important differences.

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FMCSA COVID-19 Hours of Service (HOS) Emergency Declaration

This post was updated April 9, 2020 to include FMCSA clarifications and expansions to their emergency declaration. 

On April 8, 2020 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expanded their emergency declaration that impacts Hours of Service (HOS) rules regulating the trucking industry. While it is common for FMCSA to issue these declarations for loads involved with disaster response, such as hurricanes and fire response, this declaration may be the broadest they have ever issued.

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Helping You Plan Ahead During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak, which is severely affecting business operations around the globe, was recently declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. C.H. Robinson continues to monitor the situation in the U.S. and globally, staying close to our contract carriers and discussing continuity plans in the event shipping trajectories need to be adjusted due to disruptions or closures at any ports. Although this is not the first or the last event to disrupt global supply chains, unpredictable logistics require a proactive approach for importers and exporters to keep business running as usual.  » Read More

Why Real-Time Visibility Should be Core to Your Supply Chain Strategy

Using technology to drive strategy and improve performance—and ultimately create financial value—is top of mind for shippers today managing complex global supply chains. A key component of this technology trend is the need for a supply chain visibility platform.

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Keep Your Cargo Out of Danger: Best Practices for Transportation Risk Management

Omnichannel business models often lead to more complicated global supply chains. With the main focus on maximizing time and cost efficiencies, cargo risk management is often skipped over despite being a critical step in protecting your company.  » Read More

Embracing the rules: Incoterms® 2020

International Commercial Terms, commonly known as Incoterms®, standardize the responsibilities of the buyer and seller in an international transaction and are now used more frequently in domestic transactions in the United States. Incoterms® are used to allocate transport costs, show where risk passes from a seller to a buyer, as well as clearly define the responsibilities for export and customs clearance, not to mention identify who must purchase insurance if required (and at what level), from origin through destination.  » Read More

How to prepare for freight market shifts in 2020

2020 brings balance

As we begin 2020, we can anticipate more balance in the transportation marketplace, according to industry sources. When looking at the classic cycle of the U.S. truckload market, the next six to nine months will be a transitional phase. We just hit the bottom of the market after experiencing oversupply, and now we’re near an upturn. Most analysts are thinking we might start to feel some market parity in the second half of 2020.

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What To Do With All of This Data? Robinson Labs Has the Solution

One of the most frequent comments I get from customers is: “We have so much data but we don’t know what to do with it.” Everyone in the logistics industry says this but they’re each trying to answer different questions – from how do I get my products delivered to customers faster to meet the ever-changing consumer demands to how can I improve dwell times and on-time performance?  » Read More

Global shipping trends: What to expect in 2020

Now that the fireworks are over and New Year’s resolutions are set, it’s time to prepare for global shipping in 2020. And that means looking at ongoing trends and changing regulations. One thing’s for sure, freight forwarding never has a dull moment.  » Read More