March 2012 - Issue 71    


AIT Renews its SmartWaySM Transport Partnership Certification Status

AIT Worldwide Logistics is proud to announce the renewal and extension of its certification with the SmartWaySM Transport Partnership, a voluntary program designed by the Environmental Protection Agency to improve the environmental performance of freight delivery systems in the United States.

As a leading competitor in the transportation and logistics industry, AIT committed itself to establishing incentives for fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reductions when the organization joined the program in July of 2008.

Scoring and ranking for SmartWaySM approved partners was based on 8 separate emission categories; AIT received the highest ranking in 6 of the categories and the second highest ranking in the remaining two.

Earning this distinction demonstrates AIT’s ongoing commitment in promoting the environment and supporting those within our industry who embrace similar green initiatives.

AIT will continue to review its environmental commitment and implement procedures to enhance business with our partners and customers across the globe.

AIT Attends Retail Industry Leaders Association's Tradeshow

In the third week of February, members of AIT's new Retail Logistics division traveled to Dallas, Texas and represented AIT Worldwide Logistics at the Retail Industry Leaders Association's (RILA) 27th annual Logistics Conference. 

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MIA GSC Masters Heavy Equipment Challenge

Last month, AIT's Global Service Center in Miami had a unique opportunity and demonstrated the ability to handle a complex logistical challenge involving heavy equipment: door to door delivery of industrial pipes bound for a Colombian water treatment plant.

The pipes were received at the AIT facility on a Thursday afternoon. AIT employees paid their usual close attention to detail by hand-loading containers and efficiently maximizing available space. With aggressively expedited ocean service, the team ensured the cargo would arrive in Colombia three and a half days later on the following Monday morning.


Demand for Temperature-sensing Technology for Cold Chain Shipments Increases

Vendors of cold chain sensors, packaging and transportation services are expanding their range of services to meet an increasing industry demand. According to an industry study, eight of the top 10 pharma products are projected to require constant temperature monitoring by 2016.

Temperature-sensing instruments include “indicators” - chemical sensors that change color if excessive temperatures were encountered - and dataloggers which are credit card-sized electronics that take temperature measurements at specific times. Information gathered by dataloggers can be downloaded upon arrival and some electronic indicators also allow for wireless communication.

“Our indicator business keeps growing each year, so we know there is still a need and believe that there will be even more of a need when (pharma companies) start shipping direct to consumers,” says Matty Toomb, VP of sales and marketing, American Thermal Instruments (Dayton, OH).

For more information on how AIT can assist with your cold chain shipments contact AIT's cold chain experts.

Source: Pharmaceutical Commerce, March/April 2012

GRI for Trans-Pacific Eastbound Shipments Announced

Effective March 15, 2012, APL will apply a General Rate Increase (GRI) to all dry and refrigerated shipments for the Asia – US and Asia – Canada lanes.

In addition, please be advised that space and equipment availability on export is getting tighter again. AIT's ocean experts recommend to plan ahead and book as early as possible.

Most carriers will also be adjusting their BAF for the second quarter with a slight increase. 

Global Cargo Markets Dip in January

Despite slight growth in December, freight markets plummeted 8 percent, year-over-year, in January, International Air Transport Association data revealed. Cargo load factor also took a nosedive last month, dropping from 44.3 percent in January 2011 to 41 percent; capacity fell 0.6 percent, year-over-year. 

IATA attributes such losses - and the 2.5 percent drop in global cargo markets from December to January - to the impact of factory closures resulting from the Chinese New Year. This event also led to the respective 8.1 percent and 7 percent, year-over-year, declines in international and domestic demand, according to a press release. 

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CBP Proposes Changes to In-bond Rules

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would make substantial changes to the way imported merchandise is transported inland under a bond, enabling the cargo owner to defer payment of duties until it reaches the destination port or is exported. 

The primary fixes involve making the in-bond process electronic and tightening up procedures to better track merchandise and prevent diversion. In the past, CBP has had difficulty ensuring that in-bond merchandise is properly entered and duties are paid, or that it is exported.
Goods that travel through U.S. territory and are exported without entering domestic commerce do not require payment of duties. 

The proposed rule would require carriers or their agents to file electronic, instead of paper, in-bond applications. The application would also require additional information, including the six-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule number, if available, and information related to the safety and security of the goods. The rulemaking attempts to establish a 30-day maximum to transport merchandise under bond between U.S. ports for all modes. 

Carriers would have to electronically request permission from CBP to divert from the intended destination port to another port. They would also have to report the arrival and location of the merchandise within 24 hours of arrival at the destination port of entry. 

CBP has opened the docket for public comments, which must be filed by close of business on April 23. 

Source: American Shipper, February 23. 2012 

Diesel Jumps 9.1¢, Vaults Past $4 a Gallon

Gasoline Leaps 13¢ to $3.721 for Ninth Gain in 10 Weeks

Diesel jumped 9.1 cents to $4.051, the first time it has topped $4 since November and the highest price since May, the Department of Energy said Monday. 

Gasoline prices soared 13 cents to $3.721 a gallon in the largest weekly increase in nearly a year, DOE said following its weekly survey of filling stations. 

Diesel’s seventh increase in eight weeks left it 33.5 cents over the same week last year. Gasoline is now 33.8 cents higher than a year ago after its ninth gain in 10 weeks. 

Diesel has posted a net gain of 26.8 cents in the past two months, following a cumulative drop of 22.7 cents in six weeks before that. 

Gasoline has gained a cumulative 49.2 cents in the past 10 weeks. Monday’s increase was the biggest since a 13.7-cent jump March 7, 2011, and the price was the highest since June.

Source: Transport Topics, February 28, 2012



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