UPS Freight Labor Negotiations

UPDATE: 11/11/2018: UPS and Teamsters Ratify UPS Freight Contract A new labor agreement between UPS Freight, the less-than-truckload unit of UPS, and the Teamsters Union was reached over the weekend avoiding a potential work stoppage and service disruptions. UPS Fright announced in their their release, “we will resume normal operations and will immediately begin accepting new… Continue Reading

International Maritime Organization Discusses Implementation of a New, Low-Sulfur Fuel Mandate

Beginning on Oct. 22, 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held a new round of talks centered on ocean-shipping environmental regulations, particularly the proposed January 2020 implementation of a new, low-sulfur fuel mandate. The initiative, coined “Sulphur 2020” by the IMO, will require maritime shippers to begin the usage of low-sulphur fuels in an effort… Continue Reading

Weather Related Service Update: Hurricane Michael

Friday, October 12, 2018:  Storm system Michael is expected to move off the Mid-Atlantic Coast and transition to a Post-Tropical as the storm races northward off the Northeast coastline. Heavy rain associated with Michael will clip parts of Southern New England through Friday afternoon and night. Many in the southeastern states are now attempting to… Continue Reading

Odyssey Overland and Linden Bulk Transportation LLC Honored

The DOW Chemical Company (DOW) has honored two Odyssey subsidiaries, Odyssey Overland and Linden Bulk Transportation LLC, with their Emergency Capacity Coverage Award and 2018 Service Provider Appreciation Award, respectively. These awards exemplify Odyssey’s commitment to providing the highest level of service in challenging markets, and we are proud to be recipients of these prestigious… Continue Reading

Drayage Capacity Update

Much has been written lately about the domestic trucking capacity problem.  The strong economy combined with the aging driver population and increasing regulations have made finding domestic capacity challenging for many cargo types and lanes. While the shortage has been evident in domestic long haul and bulk truck segments, capacity for the drayage of international shipments… Continue Reading

North American HazMat Update

The Outlook: Economic growth, especially in the chemical sector is expected to continue. Some experts even predict the US chemical market to out-pace GDP growth through 2021. This is keeping capacity tight and will further intensify the current crunch for the foreseeable future in the bulk industry. As tight as the bulk sector is at… Continue Reading

BREXIT Update: Potential Impact on the World’s Supply Chain

October 5, 2018 Update: Department for Transport publishes no deal planning information Transport technical notices, setting out plans to be put into place in the unlikely situation the UK leaves the EU without a deal, published. Read full article here. The status of the UK’s move to leave the European Union and what it means… Continue Reading

Weather Related Service Update: Hurricane Florence

Monday, September 17, 2018 – Services continue to be impacted by tropical depression Florence which is producing widespread heavy rains over parts of North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina into Western Virginia. While there are no coastal or warnings in effect, flash flood watches are in effect across much of North Carolina, northern South Carolina,… Continue Reading

ILA-USMX Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

On September 5th 2018, an International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) union release stated that all 59 locals “unanimously” approved a contract extension through 2024 after months of on-again, off-again negotiations. This new deal, combined with an existing labor deal with the separate West Coast unions and port employers that lasts through the middle of 2022, would… Continue Reading