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ASF Logistics Coordinates Largest Cargo Loaded at Mobile Container Terminal

ASF Logistics Coordinates Largest Cargo Loaded at Mobile Container Terminal

Mobile, AL (ASF Logistics) : International logistics provider ASF Logistics this week began the process of transporting a 144,800 pound industrial boiler from the Port of Mobile in Alabama to Haifa, Israel, on behalf of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group and Haifa Chemicals. Read more

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ASF Logistics Coordinating Airstream Shipments from U.S. to Australia

ASF Logistics Coordinating Airstream Shipments from U.S. to Australia

International logistics provider ASF Logistics today announced an agreement to providing supply chain and logistics services for Australia-based A&A Industries, transporting Airstream travel trailers from the Port of Baltimore, Maryland in the United States to Port Kembla in Australia on behalf of A&A Industries. Read more

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Mobile, AL-Based ASF Logistics Expands Into Australia

Mobile, AL-Based ASF Logistics Expands Into Australia

Mobile, AL (ASF Logistics) April 22, 2013: ASF Logistics today announced that the Mobile, Alabama-based company is expanding into the Australian market, establishing its own ASF office in Melbourne with a network of affiliate offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Darwin. Read more

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ASF Logistics Named in 2012 Best Companies List

ASF Logistics Named in 2012 Best Companies List

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. Best Companies to Work for in Alabama is an annual program run by Business Alabama Magazine in conjunction with Best Companies Group. Read more

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5 Questions with Steve Chard

5 Questions with Steve Chard

Mobile Pres Register Q. What exactly does a logistics company do? Get trucks, boats and trains lined up for shipping goods? Chard: That's absolutely correct. We are a full service international logistics provider. Essentially what that means to the man on the street is that people who are importing to the United States or exporting from the United States will

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ASF Logistics Mobile in Prestigious Shipment for 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games

ASF Logistics Mobile in Prestigious Shipment for 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games

Mobile Press Register ASF Logistics, of Mobile AL, has been instrumental in putting together a complete logistics solution for supplying essential materials in the construction of a velodrome in Aquadilla, Puerto Rico. Read more

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ASF Logistics Opens Branch Office in New Orleans, Lousiana

ASF Logistics Opens Branch Office in New Orleans, Lousiana

ASF Logistics opens branch office in New Orleans. ASF Logistics, of Mobile Alabama, has announced the opening of a new branch office in New Orleans LA. A spokesperson for ASF Logistics stated, "We are pleased to be able to be in a position to expand our operation in these difficult times, and delighted to be able to better service our

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ASF Logistics in Prestigious International Exhibit Transportation

ASF Logistics in Prestigious International Exhibit Transportation

ASF Logistics, of Mobile AL, has been instrumental in putting together a complete logistics solution for re-locating the "Darwin" exhibition following an engagement at the Natural History Museum in London UK. ASF Logistics has teamed with its partner in the UK, HPL (UK) Ltd, to provide a door-to-door service from the Natural History Museum in London to the Great Lakes

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ASF Logistics Handles State of the Art Roller Coaster Project

ASF Logistics Handles State of the Art Roller Coaster Project

ASF Logistics, Inc. in Savannah, Georgia has been instrumental in organizing a complete logistics service for shipping a wooden roller coaster to the OCT Theme Park in Wuhan, China. The $9,000,000 wooden roller coaster designed and built by Martin & Vleminckx will be the first dueling wooden coaster in Asia, and follows successful completion of the "Fireball" coaster which remains

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Trucking Capacity Problems Persist

US Cargo interests are scrambling to manage their supply chains amid intermodal rail delays and rising truck prices. Interests are now having to pay an extra $300 per container under existing contracts with some ocean carriers seeking to recoup their higher costs in the tight surface transport market.

The truck capacity pressure is trickling down to all modes of inland cargo transportation: railroad, drayage, and transloading and long-haul truckload.

Ocean carriers are responding with a mixture of actions consisting of emergency surcharges, raising tariffs, and suspending or restricting store-door deliveries in the United States.

Weeks after CMA CGM announced a $300 emergency intermodal fee to recoup some of these costs, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Hyundai Merchant Marine notified customers they will also assess $300 per container surcharges.

For MSC, the surcharges will apply in some markets, and in others door deliveries will cease until further notice. HMM will apply the fee on all US door moves but will negotiate on a case-by-case basis.

MOL is restricting door delivery bookings in certain markets but does not plan to institute surcharges, citing the pending merger into the Ocean Network Express (“K” Line, MOL, and NYK Lines) due to be finalized on April 1.

Maersk Line increased its inland tariff on March 14, two days before the CMA CGM surcharge went into effect. Zim Integrated Shipping Services Co. is taking a similar tactic to Maersk Line, adjusting the tariff structure on an ongoing basis.

Meanwhile delays and terminal congestion to rise in the Midwest and Southeast. As a result, trucking companies are applying $75 to $150 per hour in detention fees to cover their lost productivity as drivers wait multiple hours during rail yard backups. Demurrage charges are also being applied more frequently by the railroads, according to ocean carriers, one of the domino effects of a network breakdown. Although the amount varies by location and commodity, storage charges on non-refrigerated boxes typically range from $100 to $175 per day after the allotted free time, based on conversations with draymen.
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Large container ships Hamburg Bay and Happy Lloyd Tolten collided at Karachi Harbor this morning when TOLTEN was maneuvering on arrival. More than 20 containers fell overboard.
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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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