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California’s New Labor Bill

On September 18th, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the “Employees and Independent Contractors” bill into law. This law, also known as Assembly Bill 5 or AB5, will rewrite California’s employment laws to make it harder for employers to classify …

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Manufacturers are Dodging Tariffs with Transshipping

As tariffs on Chinese imports pile up, manufacturers are finding new ways to prove the adage “constraints breed creativity.” A time-tested strategy consists of shifting manufacturing operations to change a product’s country of origin. Shipping products that lack a “Made …

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Preparing for Peak Hurricane Season

The arrival of Hurricane Dorian is a big signal that it is time to prepare for peak hurricane season. In fact, suppliers should make sure to prepare for a particularly powerful hurricane season this year.

NOAA forecasters monitoring atmospheric …

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Effects of New HOS Rules on the Trucking Industry

On August 14, the DOT officially announced proposed changes to federal hours of service regulations for truck operators. The rule seeks to enhance safety and give commercial drivers more flexibility in managing their driving time. But amid indicators that indicate …

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Air Cargo Market Tries to Find its Footing

Last year saw an extraordinary rate of growth for air cargo. No one expected 2019 to replicate that level of demand. Still, even with mild expectations, the global air freight market has been strikingly weak in the first half …

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For Customer Loyalty Think Smarter, Not Cheaper

Lately, it seems the shipping industry is staring down an all too familiar problem: the race to the bottom. This means annual RFPs and frequent carrier switching, costing shippers money as they spend time finding and onboarding new carriers. But …

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Trade in the Face of a No-Deal Brexit

The European Union represents a unique project in economic integration. Likewise, Brexit represents a unique problem in trade relations. The single market created by the EU has meant an absence of duties and quotas for Member States, along with free …

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Global Markets Sound Alarm as Hong Kong Protests Escalate

As Hong Kong enters its tenth week of increasingly violent and disruptive demonstrations, both companies and the people on the ground are growing increasingly nervous.

On Friday, roughly a thousand protestors dressed in black staged a sit-in at Hong Kong …

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As Low-Sulfur Regulations Loom, Carriers Brace for Change

Shipping is cleaning up its act, but not everyone appears to be ready.

Oceangoing vessels have burned heavy oil, the world’s dirtiest propulsion fuel, since switching over from coal. Starting on January 1, 2020, the industry will take a big …

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Is Market Concentration Leading to an Oligopoly?

The container shipping industry has long had a healthy market environment with a wide selection of carriers to choose from. But in just the last few years, the industry has seen a sharp increase in consolidation. Some experts warn that …

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