ASF Logistics is a Mobile, AL based full service international logistics provider, freight forwarder, NVOCC, and custom’s house broker. ASF specializes in providing customers with solutions that provide for the optimum flow of goods, materials, and information. All business conducted as an Ocean Transport Intermediary as defined by the Federal Maritime Commission is conducted only by ASF, Inc. ASF, Inc is licensed with the Federal Maritime Commission as an Ocean Freight Forwarder and Non-Vessel Operating common carrier under Ocean Transport Intermediary License No. 020898NF.

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ASF Logistics announced that the company, which is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, has been recognized as one of the 2012 “Best Companies to Work for in Alabama” in the small business category. 

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Resurgent Economy Causing Truck Capacity Crisis

For some time, U.S. cargo interests were warned a truck capacity crunch was coming, a crunch that never materialized, thanks to slow US economic recovery.

After three quarters of steady economic growth, however, that crunch finally arrived this year, shocking shippers.

That is pushing up inland supply chain costs and transport rates across the board, and shippers should not expect relief soon. These market conditions are likely to last into 2019, most experts say.

Tight capacity and high freight demand are propelling pricing for drayage, and intermodal rail services upward.

While many trucking companies seek to lay blame the ELD mandate, in truth this much needed legislation is only a small piece of a much larger problem more to do with pay scales and terminal congestion. Existing drivers paid by the mile run and faced with new regulations over hours no longer want to sit at congested terminals awaiting drop off or pick up.

Thankfully, a new wave of pay increases, bonuses and the way drivers are recruited and paid is attracting new drivers. However, with the resurgent economy and continued congestion it is going to take some time catch up.
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The Federal Maritime Commisison (FMC) unanimously voted to investigate claims made by a coalition of beneficial cargo owners (BCOs), freight forwarders, and trucking companies that some detention, demurrage, and per diem fees are unfair because their ability to receive cargo and return equipment are out of their control.

The Coalition for Fair Port Practices petitioned the federal agency to establish guidelines to discourage ocean carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs) from charging hundreds of thousands of dollars when the delay in picking up or dropping off the container was out of the shippers' control. Commissioner Rebecca Dye will head the investigation and deliver findings and recommendations no later than December 2, 2018.

Shippers and truckers testified in Jan. 16 about situations in which they were forced to pay "exorbitant fees," in their words, when their containers were inaccessible, due to weather emergencies, a lack of appointment windows within the allotted free time, or federal inspections. Some carriers also accused terminals of using detention and demurrage as revenue generator, rather than a way to spur the timely removal of cargo and return of equipment.

"While many questions remain after the hearing, I do believe it effectively established that the practices surrounding detention and demurrage charges can be out-of-date, confusing, inconsistent, and, in my view, often unfair," said Commissioner Daniel Maffei. The statement may signal an openness to granting the petition of the BCOs and truckers.
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Maersk suffers from another serious incident with 4 seafarers missing.

Following the loss of containers overboard from the the Maersk Shanghai at the weekend, the world's largest ocean carrier, Maersk Line, revealed that its liner vessel, the 15,226-TEU Maersk Honam, reported a serious fire in one of its cargo holds at 15:20 GMT Tuesday.

Twenty-three crew members have been safely evacuated to the 4,380-TEU ALS Ceres, while four remain unaccounted for.

The Singapore-flagged Maersk Honam was built in 2017. It operates on 2M Alliance’s Asia-Mediterranean service.

The Maersk Honam departed Singapore March 1, and was scheduled to arrive in Malta March 14 via the Suez Canal, according to Maersk’s most recent online service schedules.
It was in the midst of its 806W voyage, which departed Qingdao Feb. 13.

Maersk reported the vessel was carrying 7,860 containers, and that affected customers would be contacted.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Maersk has stated “We will investigate this incident thoroughly, but for now our focus is on doing our outmost to continue the ongoing search and rescue operations and taking as good care as possible of the evacuated crew members.”

Aiding in the search for the missing crew members are the vessels Gerd Maersk, Edith Maersk and the MSC Lauren.
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Mission Statement

ASF Logistics strives to be the company of choice for global logistics by fostering a collaborative environment of partnerships, teamwork, and creativity. Our goal is to consistently deliver a competitive advantage to our customers through innovative and customized solutions which add value and sets them apart from their competitors.

Logistics & Supply Chain Solutions

  • Vendor management
  • Document management
  • Information management
  • Purchase order management
  • Cargo management and flow optimization
  • Consolidation
  • Carrier management
  • Transport management
  • Import planning and coordination
  • Customs house brokerage
  • Cross-docking and trans-loading
  • Distribution

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