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The Fall of Old Fashioned Break-ins; the Rise of Cyber Theft

The encouraging news for the transportation industry in 2013 was a reduction in the occurrence of physical break-ins and stolen trucks. However, it was also reported that cyber theft will be the preferred avenue driving cargo theft for the next decade. Cargo theft by cyber-crime demands less physical effort and is harder to detect, catch and prosecute. In 2013 there were 101 incidents of fictitious pickups accounting for 9% of reported cargo theft. Fictitious pickup can be explained as using

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Map-21 the $302 Billion Proposed Transportation Funding

The Map-21 Highway Trust Fund money is likely to run out in August. Map 21 expires September 30. Many in the transportation industry note frustrating, inefficient, and costly road congestion due to maintenance needs. At an intermodal station in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 26, President Obama announced a$302 billion plan to address these concerns. The new transportation spending plan, if passed by Congress, would be partially funded by a one-time transition revenue from business tax refor

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The FMCSA CSA Program Comes Under Fire From NTSB

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is getting some heat from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In January, the NTSB published its annual top 10 list of safety issues. Three of them directly related to highway safety: 1. Distracted Driving; 2. Driving While Impaired; and 3. Better Safety for Vehicle Occupants. The NTSB has called to question whether or not the FMCSA is doing enough to address these safety issues with their drivers. Specifically, NTSB C

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FMCSA Helps Veterans Move From Military to Civilian Life

More than 300,000 new jobs are expected in commercial trucking before 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. On July 3, FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) Read More

Federal Maritime Commission Calls for Comments on Proposed Changes to OTI Bond

The Federal Maritime commission is accepting feedback on proposed changes to the OTI Bond. The purpose of these amendments is to adapt to a changing market. The new regulations will affect the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediary's. The FMC's aim is to improve transp

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FMC Approves Rewrite of OTI (Ocean Transportation Intermediary) Regulations

Recently, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted 3-2 to move forward on a proposed rewrite of OTI (Ocean Transportation Intermediary) regulations. The new regulations would require: 1. OTI's to renew their licenses every two years; 2. foreign-based non-vessel ocean common carriers (NVOCC) to keep a full-time staffed U.S. presence; 3. more stringent qualification requirements for new OTI entrants, regarding age, experience, and character; and 4. increase in OTI bonding lev

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TIA Releases New Fair Labor Standards Act Framework

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) saw a record attendance at the 35th Annual conference held in April. Over 900 3PLs, brokers, forwarders, and suppliers attended the event, the most ever at a TIA convention, according to Perishable

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35th Annual TIA Convention And MAP 21

For the 8th Consecutive year GSIS was in attendance for the TIA Convention. We made many new friends and thank all those in attendance for an educational and entertaining week. The past 12 months in the 3PL industry have, like the economy, had its ups and downs. Most notably the introduction of MAP 21 of the

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FMC Chairman Voices Commitment to Increase Exports and Reduce Regulatory Burdens

On April 16, Commissioner Mario Cordero, who replaced Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky as Chairman of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) earlier in April, testified to Congress regarding the Fiscal Year 2014 FMC budget. In his presentation, Chairman Cordero outlined two primary ways the Commission could promote our nation's economic recovery: (1) work

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Scrap Metal Scams, a Hazard for International Freight Forwarders

As prices for all metals continue to climb, there has been an increase in occurrences of illicit scrap metal trading. International Freight Forwarding companies are often unwitting accomplices to these schemes. Recently, the British International Trade Association (BIFA) issued a warning to its members and to the international trading community about this issue. The UK Parliament had recentl

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