The Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse: Preliminary Findings are Revealed

Source: The Washington Post

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report provides the first detailed examination of what went wrong as the cargo ship, Dali, lost power, veered off course and slammed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, MD last March. It lays out a comprehensive timeline of the events leading up to and immediately after the crash, describing in technical terms a rapid-fire series of problems before the Dali struck the bridge.

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International Roadcheck 2024 is Around the Corner: Are you Ready?

Source: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced this year’s International Roadcheck dates will be May 14-16, 2024, with a focus on tractor protection systems and alcohol and controlled substance possession.

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Understanding FLOW and How it Benefits the Supply-Chain Industry

The Freight Logistics Optimizations Works Initiative (FLOW) is a first-of-its-kind private-public partnership led by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that creates a more complete shared picture of the U.S. supply chain for members, which includes the nation’s busiest container ports, major ocean carriers, and some of the largest retail importers.  

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Lunar New Year is Approaching: Are you prepared for its logistical challenges?

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is one of the most important holiday periods in East Asia. For shippers, it presents specific logistical challenges. Production slows down, operations are limited, schedules get disrupted, and transportation gets delayed leading to significant supply chain disruptions.

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Ocean Container Rates hit $10,000 as Inflation Soars Amidst the Red Sea Crisis

With 158 vessels carrying approximately $105 billion in ocean freight being diverted away from the Red Sea amid the risk of continuing Houthis’ attacks, cargo prices are soaring. 

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Logistics: Retailers Adapt to Changing Consumer Demands

Retailers believe they've finally got inventories in the right place after several years of pandemic-driven volatility sent stockpiles and profit margins on a roller-coaster.
 
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Ocean Freight: BTX Supports World Maritime Day & IMO's Sustainability Initiatives

World Maritime Day, observed each year on the last Thursday of September, was established by the United Nations in 1978. It is meant to raise awareness about the importance of the global shipping industry and the vital contribution it makes worldwide. As an Ocean freight forwarder, BTX Global Logistics honors this day and supports the efforts of the International Marine Organization (IMO) to provide safe, efficient, and sustainable growth in the maritime shipping sector. 

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Ground Transportation: Get Ready for Brake Safety Week 8/20-8/26

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has scheduled this year’s Brake Safety Week for Aug. 20-26 with a focus on brake lining/pad violations. 

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Back-to-School Retail Logistics Trends and What They Reveal

Peak season expectations are some of the most currently discussed topics in logistics, but another key consumer metric not being considered is the back-to-school shopping season.  

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National Motor Freight Classification Changes Take Effect on 8/05/23

In an effort to establish fair measures and standardize freight pricing, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) created the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) system that classifies all commodities in the United States into one of 18 classifications. Effective August 5, 2023, there will be several changes to classifications that you should be aware of as a shipper.

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