Get Metals Shipments to the Right Place at the Right Time, Every Time

After posting an extremely high growth rate in 2021, US metals and steel output increased by about 5% in 2022 and is on track to continue expanding this year. Some of the industries with the highest metals and steel needs right now are residential construction, white goods,  aerospace, transportation and engineering, among others. This year,… Continue Reading

CVSA’s International Roadcheck: May 16-18, 2023

CVSA’s annual three-day International Roadcheck is scheduled for May 16-18, 2023.  The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck, the largest enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, will take place May 16-18, 2023. During this time, CVSA-certified officials will conduct inspections at weigh/inspection stations, designated inspection areas and along roadways throughout Canada,… Continue Reading

NMFC 2023 Classification Changes

To our valued customers, In our efforts to provide the most pertinent information regarding your logistics operations, we are sharing the recently proposed FCDC (Freight Classification Development Council) changes to the current NMFC (National Motor Freight Classification) standards in which all LTL freight is classified. In order to determine if any of your current freight’s… Continue Reading

Fuel Related Surcharge Reduction – Hawaii / Guam / Micronesia

Dear Valued Customer, Please review the latest communication from Matson:  As a result of a decline in marine fuel prices, Matson will reduce its fuel related surcharge by two percentage points, effective this Sunday, February 19, 2023. The surcharge for Hawaii service will be reduced from 48% to 46%; for Guam/CNMI service, it will be… Continue Reading

You’ve Come a Long Way: A 20-Year Retrospective on the Logistics Industry 

When Odyssey Logistics & Technology began providing outsourced logistics management services to the chemical industry and other process manufacturers in February 2003, the world looked a lot different than it does today. It’s the year that the US Department of Homeland Security officially began operations, smartphone technology was emerging, Tesla was founded and iTunes music… Continue Reading

What’s Ahead for Transportation & Logistics in 2023?

The way companies handle transportation and logistics changed dramatically in 2022 as organizations worked through the lingering impacts of the pandemic, dealt with new challenges and revisited their long-range success plans.  Just a few years ago it wasn’t unusual at all to see warehouse employees walking around making notes on clipboards, transportation managers sending individual… Continue Reading

Guam Department of Agriculture Invasive Species Inspection Fee

Dear Valued Customer, We at Odyssey Hawaii would like to inform you that we have been advised that the Guam Departure of Agriculture has announced plans to change its Invasive Species Inspection Fee collection process effective January 1, 2023. In order to provide our customers with a 30 days’ notice, effective January 22, 2023: Odyssey… Continue Reading

Rail Disruptions

  Friday, February 24, 2023:  Progressive Railroading: “Railroads and unions settle on paid sick leave” Friday, December 2, 2022:  This morning President Biden signed legislation that imposes the tentative contract on the rail unions that did not ratify and could have went on strike 12/9/22. The legislation blocks a national strike by the rail unions…. Continue Reading

2023 Hawaii GRI Notice

Dear Valued Customer, The water carriers serving Hawaii have just announced unprecedented general rate increases with the Surface Transportation Board, affecting both westbound and eastbound shipments.  The combination of increases is the largest we’ve seen in any single year in at least the last 30 years. In addition, the State of Hawaii will continue with… Continue Reading