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U.S./Mexico Shipping Series Part 6: How to Improve Your Customs Broker Relationship

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As I wrap up this series, I realize just how much information we’ve already covered about shipping freight across U.S./Mexico borders. We’ve looked at operating on both sides of the border, redefined transportation success, and even asked the tough questions for choosing a customs broker. The final point I want to drive home is what to do after you choose a great customs broker: Build a strong, mutually beneficial relationship that will last for years.
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20 Years of Delivering Logistics Solutions in Poland

Celebrating 20 Years Delivering Logistics Solutions in Poland | Transportfolio

What started as a single office in Grodzisk Mazowiecki in 1997 has now evolved into 420 in-country logistics experts spanning seven offices. On behalf of C.H. Robinson, it has been our privilege to be an integrated part of the vibrant transportation market in Poland for the past two decades. Last year alone, we helped 6,000 customers deliver more than 341,000 shipments. Of course, these statistics are only part of Poland’s greater story, and what it means to us to still be an active part of it, 20 years later.

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Why Truckload Lead Times Matter and How to Improve Them

Why Truckload Lead Times Matter and How to Improve Them | Transportfolio

First come, first served is a familiar statement to most of us. Maybe the phrase reminds you of a free tchotchke given out at the local baseball game. Or maybe you’re reminded of events that serve free food. But very few of us think about truckload capacity when we hear the phrase. And maybe we should.

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Why We Need Truck Drivers

Why We Need Truck Drivers | Transportfolio

Technology allows us to control so much of our lives—we shop, we browse, we research, we buy. We expect convenience and fast delivery regardless of the product we’re ordering or its location. But how do those goods actually get to us? The answer is simple: Truck drivers.

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3 Key Differences Between EU and U.S. Truckload Procurement

3 Key Differences Between EU and U.S. Truckload Procurement | Transportfolio


Recent years have seen a frenzy of mergers and acquisitions between U.S. and EU companies. Some firms want one truckload procurement process that works everywhere. Does that approach work? Not exactly. There are differences you’ll need to consider. Listen in on my recent discussion with Adrian Gonzalez in Talking Logistics to learn about the differences between the U.S. and EU markets.

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Supporting Carriers with a Discounted ELD Program

Supporting Carriers with a Discounted ELD Program | Transportfolio

Carriers across the country are in the process of choosing the right electronic logging device (ELD) for their business in preparation of the upcoming ELD mandate. Meanwhile, many shippers aren’t sure what actions they should take—if any.
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5 Reasons Why LTL Rates Are Changing & How to Cope

5 Reasons Why LTL Rates Are Changing & What to Expect | Transportfolio

If you’ve been in transportation or logistics for any length of time, you already know that nothing stays the same for long. Recent less than truckload (LTL) rates and capacity levels have been below the levels we saw from 2005-2010. But that’s about to change—and it’s already started.
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What is LTL Freight & How Can It Work for You?

What is LTL Freight & How Can It Work for You? | Transportfolio

Less than load (LTL) freight is the transportation of products or goods that does not require a full truckload due to the smaller nature of the parcel. Therefore, there are typically many separate shipments being transported on one truck. LTL shipments are usually arranged on pallets and can range anywhere from 150 pounds to 10,000 pounds.
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3 Ways to Prepare for Peak Flatbed Shipping Season

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Construction season, which takes place in the warmer months, means that flatbed shipping’s popularity grows. As a result, for small to mid-size shippers, finding and sourcing flatbed capacity becomes increasingly difficult this time of the year.

Thus, due to the seasonal swings and a fragmented carrier base in the flatbed market, many shippers delve deeper into their route guides and often resort to spot market bidding as their route guides are exhausted. This leads to increases in costs as well as more time spent trying to procure capacity.

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5 Key Considerations for Oversized Loads & Wide Loads

5 Key Considerations for Oversized Loads & Wide Loads | Transportfolio

Oversized Load

Before jumping into the key considerations for these types of shipments, let’s first explain what qualifies a shipment as a wide load. In the United States, and wide or oversize load is a vehicle and/or load that is wider than 8’6” (2.59 m). Each U.S. state has slightly different requirements for oversize shipments, so it’s important to know the legal requirements for each state.

For that reason, and many others, navigating the specialized world of flatbed shipments can be tricky, especially when shipping oversized loads like tractors, combines, bulldozers, cranes, steel beams, wind blades, or prefabricated homes.
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