US Imports Jump 15%

U.S. containerized import volume jumped 15.1 percent year-over-year in March 2014, the largest increase in 13 months, according to advance figures from PIERS, the data division of JOC Group Inc., dated 15 April 2014 by Journal of Commerce

NY/NJ Port Operations Improving

The Port of New York and New Jersey said its container terminals have recorded increases in truck gate moves and reductions in dwell time for containers and that operations are improving following winter disruptions.

    Journal of Commerce

25 March 2014

Truckers Strike to Protest Port Delays

Truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver carried out their threat to go on strike to protest extensive delays at marine terminals that the truckers say are making their economic situation intolerable. Journal of Commerce 11 March 2014

Customs Issuing ISF Penalties

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced its intent to begin issuing liquidated damages against importers and carriers for non-compliance with the ISF (Importer Security Filing) requirements effective from July 9, 2013.  Liquidated damages may be issued in the amount of $5,000/violation.  In addition to issuing monetary penalties, CBP will increase cargo exams and the use of manifest holds for “No ISF on File”.

If you are an a importer experiencing late or inaccurate filings, it is very important to increase  your diligence in complying with processing timely, accurate and complete ISF filings.   We are here to help…please contact Lindsay at 781-961-3540 for assistance!

 

Government Military Sub-Contract Awarded

Unitrans is now a transport sub-contractor to the US Army and Navy Services.  We provide the transportation of military machinery to domestic military defense installations via domestic trucking and through imports from the UK.  The domestic machinery is staged at the military installations for the delivery to war zones.  The military awarded Unitrans as a sub-contractor over other competitors due to their satisfaction with the personalized customer service and detailed follow-up that Unitrans provides.

Third Party Outsource Capabilities

Unitrans is a full service third party outsourcing agent.  Our business supports the importing, warehousing, and fulfillment of local businesses that don’t have the space, time, or staff to operate their own backend services.  We have clients that sell their products on ecommerce websites and outsource the fulfillment of their products to us.  Examples are a local footwear retailer, a large international electronics supplier, and a well known paper goods manufacturer.
 
 

 

Unitrans is Approved for Government Contracts

Unitrans has been certified through the CCR (Central Contractor Registration) process for 2 years. 

This prestigous certification is mandatory for applying and being awarded government contracts.  The lengthy process involves:

  • Obtaining a DUNS number (Data Universal Numbering System), 
  • registering for NACIS codes (North American Industry Classification System),
  • Receiving ORCA approval (Online Representations and Certifications Application), and
  • Obtaining an Open Ratings PPE (Past Performance Score).

We have registered the following 14 NAICS codes to depict our 3 pronged business services that include water/air/road transport and warehousing: 481112, 481212, 483111, 484110, 484121, 484122, 484220, 484230, 488510, 488991, 492110, 492210, 493110, 493190.

Our overall performance rating scored a 92.

Unitrans Worldwide, Inc. Meets the New Air Freight 100% Security Screening Rule

The U.S. Congress mandated on August 1, 2010 that 100 percent of air freight shipped on passenger flights, both from and within, the United States will be screened   Please be assured that Unitrans is ready to fulfill this requirement for your domestic transit and U.S. export shipments, and has been operating under similar screening requirements for some time.  Our air freight screening fees are 15-25 cents per Kilo. 

The new screening regulations will not impact our scheduled domestic air operations, so we can assure you of our ability to offer on-time delivery of your overnight and/or second day air shipments to major cities across the USA.  Our transport solutions offer you the ability to tender your freight in a manner that best suits your business requirements. 

Be assured, that Unitrans is ready and fully able to comply with the new screening rules, and in the process is able to provide the service integrity and consistency on which you depend and deserve.

Going Green in the Supply Chain!

With going green at the forefront of everyone’s mind, “green logistics” of lowering the carbon footprint is equally a priority for supply chain executives! 

Both an increase in global environmental awareness and greater regulatory and governmental pressures has combined to leverage companies into reducing their carbon footprints.  In Europe, “green legislation” is becoming a reality and eventually will in other countries.

One of the biggest carbon footprints is created through the supply chain and logistics operations in its production, storage, and transportation of goods. 

Therefore executives are rightly being forced to examine their approaches and respond accordingly.  Additionally, long-term competitive strategy is a primary concern and going green has become a crucial consideration towards achieving their goal of creating and advertising environmentally friendly supply chains.

There are three main challenges for the industry to overcome if green logistics is to become a reality.

  1. Lack of appropriate technology in place to support companies in their effort
  2. Lack of business processes needed to capture the data and use it effectively
  3. The trade-off between green requirements and lean practices lending to smaller shipments rather than bundling.  

The supply chain going green is an industry issue that is only going to increase in stature. 

We at Unitrans are committed to going green.  Among many simple considerations we make are: reducing truck idling to save fuel and transmissions, recycling the use of packaging materials and shipping paper and metal products to a recycling company, and turning off lights in areas of the company that are not currently in use.