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. 

Truckload market cycle in the U.S.

As we wrap up 2019, it’s not too late to prepare for the conditions of the changing transportation market and review expectations for the coming year. Here’s a brief update about the transportation market in the final quarter of 2019.

Ecommerce is on the rise in South America. Double-digit growth is expected for 2019 with sales of $71.34 billion (USD), tying it with the Middle East and Africa as the world’s second-fastest-growing retail ecommerce market. That’s great news for shippers looking to expand their online retail presence in South America.

On June 13, 2019, The Canadian Ministry of Transportation (Transport Canada) announced a formal plan to implement electronic logging devices (ELDs) in Canada. I was able to interview Marco Romano, vice president of North American Surface Transportation at C.H. Robinson, regarding some of the details.

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 [...]

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. 

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 [...]

ELD Mandate line of trucks in Robinson blue

For many in the supply chain industry, a cyclical pattern of tension and slack is a familiar occurrence. While freight volumes and the supply of trucks and drivers constantly strive for equal balance, they often fall short. Here are the five key freight trends worth watching in late 2019.

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 [...]

Semi truck driving at night

Our industry’s cyclical pattern of tension and slack has become familiar to many of us. Freight volumes (demand) and active supply (trucks, drivers, trains, and containers) seek balance, but often fall somewhere across the balance spectrum. Currently, we are early in a shift from high tension to low. As such, there are several new trends [...]