Commercial truck drivers’ hours of service (HOS) have been in the news quite a bit recently with emergency changes due to COVID-19 in both Canada and the United States. Now the proposed HOS changes from August 2019 have received their final ruling from FMCSA.

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the world economy, it’s prudent to find ways to keep your shipping business afloat by finding economic relief if and whenever possible. First off, being aware of the changing complexities of the China-U.S. trade war is essential.According to the Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Statistics, China is one of [...]

Truck driving at dust

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.

Blue truck driving down wooded road. HOS emergency declaration blog.

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.

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 [...]

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. 

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.

On August 14, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the long awaited draft rule updating certain parts of the hours of service (HOS) rules. 

If you’re currently navigating the impact of tariff changes as well as the potentially additional billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, we have the information you need to understand what’s changing—and just as important—what you can do about it.

With the May 10 increase in duty rates on certain Chinese-made imports—and China’s subsequent retaliation on U.S.-made goods—I think we can all safely agree the United States and China are in a fully-fledged trade war. So, in an atmosphere of uncertainty, what are the key elements supply chain professionals should consider to stay ahead?