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Global Transportation

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

The Belt and Road Initiative: Rail Service between Europe and Asia

Have you ever considered changing your traditional mode of transportation? Or are you still moving products by air or ocean? As demands change, so must our supply chains. Now is the time to utilize all modes of transportation in the most efficient way possible. For example, you might be surprised how beneficial rail service between Europe and Asia can be for your business today.  » Read More

Smooth Your Customs Clearance Process with this Checklist

Forgetting to make updates to your customs compliance program in a timely manner can quickly lead to unnecessary delays and possible penalties. An end of year customs review can help you identify when things need updating. These regular self-audits can help you rapidly realign your processes.  » Read More

New IMO 2020 Regulations Help Reduce Marine Sulphur Emissions

The latest revision of International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations, known as IMO 2020, calls for cutting emissions of sulphur oxide (SOx) from ocean vessels to less than 0.50% m/m. This bold initiative, which goes into effect on January 1, 2020, will help reduce the environmental impact of the international shipping industry.  » Read More

How Technology is Reshaping Logistics

I always look forward to attending the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual EDGE Conference. It’s a great chance to hear from our customers about their challenges and opportunities, and discuss how C.H. Robinson can provide solutions.

This year was special for me. It was my first chance to really address our industry as CEO, and describe my vision for where our industry needs to go. In particular, I chose to speak about a topic I’m extremely passionate about—how technology is reshaping logistics. For those who couldn’t make it, here is the gist.  » Read More

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Tests the Boundaries of Energy Efficiency

C.H. Robinson is full of people you can rely on who are always up for a challenge. On a daily—and sometimes hourly—basis, our local experts in offices around the globe help ensure logistics problems are resolved in real-time. Like the students and teams who compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, our people never back down from a challenge. This year, C.H. Robinson’s teams in Singapore and Australia are providing the logistics solutions those same students have with their solar car challenge.  » Read More

Expect Uncertainty for Inbound Shipments into Asia and China

Geopolitical uncertainties such as Brexit, the China-U.S. trade war, and the trade conflict between Japan-Korea all impact today’s shipping market. A lot of C.H. Robinson’s coverage of these and other disruptions has focused on what it means for companies shipping into North America. But these same disruptions are also causing serious challenges to the transportation industry in China and Asia at large.  » Read More

What’s Looming for Transpacific Ocean Shipments this Peak Season?

Reoccurring events—like the holiday season—used to provide some level of predictability to ocean shipping trends in the transpacific eastbound (TPEB) trade lane. Typically, holiday peak season volumes ramped up in July, with August and September being the busiest months, and volumes tapered off in October.  » Read More

Global Trends Podcast Discusses Today’s Challenges

Tariffs are the hot topic today, but there are a few other conditions causing challenges for today’s global supply chain professionals. Recently, I had the chance to talk with Eric Kleinsorge, publisher of Global Trade Magazine for a GT Podcast titled Global Logistics & Current Market Trends. The highlights of our conversation appear below. (Special note: The podcast was recorded before the List 4 tariff announcement in August.)  » Read More

Uncertainty in Today’s Air Freight Market: What it Means for You

Reoccurring annual events, like the holiday season, typically bring predictability to air shipping. But lately, out of the ordinary events have disrupted the seasonality we typically expect. The best way to deal with the ever-changing peaks and valleys in air capacity throughout the year is to know both the historical patterns and potential air market disruptors.  » Read More