U.S Trucking Industry Struggles to handle increasing volumes
More than 70 percent of goods consumed in the U.S. are moved by truck, but the trucking industry is struggling to meet increasing demand.
There simply aren’t enough drivers.
With an aging workforce, average age 55, almost 900,000 more drivers are required to meet rising demand.
Every business in the U.S is suffering, from retailers to ocean-freight forwarders like DGX.
The more notice you can give us, the more time we have-to ‘lock-in’ a pick-up.
Christchurch Airline Handling Fees Increasing
When you think airline handling fees at Christchurch, most people natually think of Air New Zealand Cargo.
But there are actually two ‘cargo handling’ companies on Christchurch Airport that load/unload aircraft and store air-freight.
Air Menzies is the other player and their major airline client is Emirates.
Air New Zealand do the likes of Singapore Airlines.
In an oligopoly situation, rates for products/services tend to remain much the same.
This is no different in this instance, where Air New Zealand and Menzies have very similar cargo-handling tariffs.
Which are moving up shortly (January 2018)
We’ll need to pass-on these new tariffs.
Checking for Stink Bugs ex Italy can mean delays and extra costs
Brown Marmorated Bugs (colloquially ‘stink bugs’) are being discovered in sea-freight consignments ex Italy.
This is not MPI ‘going over the top’, this is a real biosecurity issue.
Resulting from all these detections, the entire contents of containers ex Italy are being fumigated.
All shipments are lumped together.
This situation also means every container ex Italy will require an extra level of inspection.
Fumigation, re-inspection all come at a cost.
Around an extra NZD 5.00 per cubic metre as well as delays to the deliver time in some cases.
Reminder: Stink Bugs are also a major issue from the U.S as well
Bear with us on this one.