Author: Yelda Ozkoca

The Challenges Posed by Overweight Containers and Tri-Axle Transportation

Overweight containers are one of the most challenging types of shipments that importers often deal with. Not only do overweight containers incur additional charges at port, they also cause additional transportation costs to be incurred by carriers. Transportation of overweight containers also poses safety risks, and requires the use of specialized carriers with a permit and the use of trucks such as tri-axle trucks. Overweight containers can legally travel on a ship or on a rail and still meet the International Standards Organization maximum payload restrictions. Truckers must have a special permit to carry overweight containers. There are weight...

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Verified Gross Mass

VGM is an abbreviation that stands for Verified Gross Mass. Container weight verification requirements, as outlined by the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), have been required since July 1, 2016. The verified gross weight includes the mass of the material used to package the items, and the cargo items themselves. It also includes the weight of the container together with the loading equipment. There are two methods of determining, or calculating, Verified Gross Mass. The first method includes weighing the whole truck plus the cargo container, then deducting the mass of the truck. The second method involves...

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Damaged Cargo Claim Procedure

Organizations, as well as people, often feel very uneasy whenever they hear that their cargo has been damaged on delivery. The item might be something they ordered online, or a container they want to reach a certain destination safely, as an exporter or importer. The damage of a container or cargo is inevitable when goods are being shipped from one destination to another. Therefore, there is a clear procedure that a logistics company can follow to claim compensation for the damaged goods. In most circumstances, the responsibility of freight forwarders is determined by the cargo shipment terms that they...

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Amazon Prime Comes to Mexico

In March, Amazon launched Amazon Prime Mexico, in a bid to capitalize on its extensive logistics network and capture a bigger share of the Mexican e-commerce market. According to the Wall Street Journal’s Robbie Whelan, at least six major logistics companies have invested heavily in their logistics operations, allowing them to import and export to countries in Latin America. Upgrading one’s Amazon account to an Amazon Prime subscription has benefits such as free, one-day delivery to Mexico’s four-largest cities. Additionally, the expansion will offer two-day shipping to the rest of the country. Products will be delivered from Amazon’s fulfilment...

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The Internet of Things (IoT) and How It will Help Logistics

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a phrase that explains the concept of physical devices being linked to the web, and each other. It is a computing technology that enables physical devices to exchange data. The physical devices can be objects, animals and digital machines given special identifiers, and the capacity to exchange information over the internet without human intervention. The use of it in modern logistics is gathering pace, as developers work around the clock to address fundamental challenges. On the other hand, the cloud (or more formally, cloud computing) is the ability to access personal or business...

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