Chinese New Year 2023 is a time of celebration and preparation for families and businesses alike. For companies, the Chinese New Year can cause disruptions in their supply chain and put a strain on their resources. This blog post will discuss the importance of preparing for Chinese New Year and provide tips for companies on how to navigate the holiday season and maintain the flow of their supply chain.

Chinese New Year Closure Dates

The dates for Chinese New Year 2023 and other traditional festivals are based on the Chinese lunar calendar, and thus they change every year, relative to the Gregorian calendar we use in the West. January 22, 2023 is the first day of the “Year of the Rabbit.” The official government holiday will last from January 21st through the 27th and there will be closures until February 5th with the Lantern Festival. Some factories may close earlier in January, and many will be fully closed for between two and four weeks. So check with your factory contacts to get their exact closure dates.

During CNY, every factory in the country shuts down… Yes, every factory. The official public holiday only lasts for seven days. But, most factories are fully closed for between two and four weeks. Additionally, many Chinese factory workers take extra time off, leaving in the weeks leading up to their company closure dates, which slows production down significantly. Many workers will not return immediately afterward, meaning that it can take up to a month for production to return to full capacity after the holiday.

Understanding the Impact of Chinese New Year on the Shipping Industry

First, it is important to understand the impact of Chinese New Year 2023 on the shipping industry. The Chinese New Year is a time of celebration, travel, and family gatherings. During this time, many Chinese businesses take a break from production and transportation, resulting in disruptions and delays in shipping. In order to avoid delays and ensure the continuity of their supply chain, it is important for companies to plan for the holiday season.

Tips for Companies on Preparing for Chinese New Year

Booking Shipments in Advance

One way companies can prepare for Chinese New Year is to book their shipments in advance. Booking ahead of time ensures that there is space available for their goods and can help to avoid delays in the supply chain. Additionally, it is important to choose a reliable logistics provider that can handle the extra volume of shipments during the holiday season.

Choosing a Reliable Logistics Provider

It is also important to get a clear picture of your shipping requirements and average transit times. This will help companies to anticipate any delays and plan accordingly. Planning shipments several weeks in advance of the New Year is essential for avoiding any disruption in the supply chain.

Getting a Clear Picture of Shipping Requirements and Average Transit Times

Finally, it is important to communicate with suppliers and customers regarding any delays that may occur due to the holiday season. Building resilience into the supply chain is key to ensuring the continuity of shipments during Chinese New Year.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Chinese New Year 2023 can cause disruptions in companies’ supply chains. By following the tips outlined above, companies can prepare for the holiday season and ensure the continuity of their supply chain. Booking shipments in advance, choosing a reliable logistics provider, getting a clear picture of shipping requirements and average transit times, planning shipments weeks in advance, communicating with suppliers and customers, and building resilience into the supply chain are all important steps for navigating Chinese New Year.

Diversified Transportation Services: Keeping the Flow of Your Supply Chain During Chinese New Year

Diversified Transportation Services is committed to keeping the flow of your supply chain during Chinese New Year. Our experienced logistics team will work with you to ensure the continuity of your shipments and the smooth running of your supply chain. Contact us today to as we can help you get your products flown to the United States, LATAM, Europe, or another country in Asia from China.

The pandemic brought many disruptions to the world in 2020, and shipping delays were certainly one of them. However, the industry has managed to handle the situation ever since the pandemic started more than two years ago. Keep reading to understand several ways COVID-19 has changed international shipping and how it may affect you moving forward.

Production Decreases

The pandemic impacted several industries, causing substantial delays, and international shipping was no exception—given that this industry requires human interaction. With such a unique situation, adjustments were certain to take time.

As addressed in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's analysisof international trade in the pandemic era, industrial trade and production dropped significantly during the pandemic. However, the same analysis showcases the industry’s recovery, with both trade and production rising again by 2022. Let’s talk more about how that fall and rise has influenced the market.

Maritime Freight

Maritime freight is essential to international travel as roads can’t take your shipments everywhere. In the same aforementioned OECD analysis, maritime freight rates were also a discussion piece due to their increase during the COVID-19 pandemic—potentially due to vessel capacities and container shortages, among other reasons. When this trend started in 2020, the total outlook of international shipping seemed to forecast long-term difficulties.

Thankfully, there are ways you can reduce stress during your shipment transportation. For instance, Diversified Transportation Services offers international freight forwarding services. We focus on the solutions to logistical issues so that you don’t have to try to solve every problem yourself, working with freight forwarders to move shipments domestically and internationally.

Rethink & Strategize

The ways COVID-19 has changed international shipping doesn’t solely come down to the problems it created. This experience required the industry to rethink and strategize the way it does things. Forward-thinking is a powerful thing in any industry, and now, the pandemic’s side effects present the opportunity for international shippers to engage in that.

For example, as Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer, Ashwani Gupta, recently stated, Nissan previously focused on a quarterly business plan; however, due to the pandemic, the company now uses a strategy that more closely resembles a daily business plan. Suffice it to say, that’s a substantial change; however, exploring and embracing a strategy such as this will help the industry thrive moving forward.

Freight rates can be challenging to calculate since there are many factors that influence them. For example, some factors that can affect your full truckload freight rates are fuel costs and distance. Read on to learn four factors that attribute to full truckload freight rates.

1. Distance

The further your cargo travels, the more expensive your freight rates will be. Usually, you can calculate the rates for distance using the average trucking cost per mile, but keep in mind that this number constantly changes due to market conditions and other factors. Also, keep in mind that if you choose to transport your cargo outside of a carrier’s service area, you might incur additional fees, thus raising your rates.

2. Fuel Costs

Another factor that attributes to full truckload freight rates is fuel costs. Suffice it to say that fuel costs are relevant to any vehicular transportation, but you need more fuel and power to carry full trucks than lighter loads.

The trucks can handle these loads, but they come at a fuel cost that you should always consider for every shipment. Moreover, diesel fuel costs can go up and down throughout the year, so keep an eye on them before shipments so that you know what kind of cost to expect.

3. Capacity

Just like any other business, the transportation industry runs on the supply and demand generated by the economy. If there are not enough truck drivers to meet the demand, you can expect freight rates to rise. However, if there are plenty of trucks but not enough demand, freight rates will fall. It all depends on the supply and demand generated by the current economy.

4. Transit Times

When you need to transport your freight quickly, you rely on expedited freight carriers to do the job. However, expedited services cost more than other options that transport your freight at a slower pace. The faster the transportation service, the higher the rate. So, as you can see, time plays a role in determining your full truckload freight rates.

Due to popular demand, Diversified Transportation Services will be exhibiting at the FABTECH 2022 Tradeshow – North America’s Largest Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding and Finishing Event held at Booth C10247 in Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from November 8th-10th.

As a premium provider of logistics in the United States and internationally for LTL, Expedited, heavy haul, truckload, international air freight and other challenging deliveries within the industrial machinery vertical, we have become the top choice when it comes to providing quality transport from beginning to end.

We have provided the logistical needs for virtually every type of machinery item imaginable. Fabricating machines, bending and forming machines, tooling, press brakes, robotics, stamping, and the list goes on and on. From a single pallet that can move via LTL to a multi flatbed or drop deck installation that requires detailed coordination including cranes and riggers, we have done virtually everything.  When it comes to the Managed Transportation segment, we are the leader.

Some of the benefits of choosing DTS to manage your trade show shipments are:

At Diversified Transportation Services, we get involved and work to ensure that the receiving experience is a pleasant one with the proper level of expectation. By working with the shippers to understand any special needs and communicating with consignees ahead of time, we can overcome any obstacle that is put in our way in order to achieve the success of a safe on time delivery.

Our long history has given us the knowledge when it comes to choosing the correct mode of transport and the best carrier option. While we understand price is of the main concern, getting the goods delivered timely, claim free, and headache free with excellent communication is what we bring to the table. Put your confidence and trust in our 30+ years of logistics experience.

You can read more information on our Industrial Machinery page here.

If you would like to see us at the FABTECH 2022 visit us at our Booth #C10247.

Contact us for a trade show logistics quote at (310) 521-1200 ext. 7 or email us at tradeshowdepartment@dtsone.com.

When working in the shipping and receiving world, one unavoidable issue is when you receive damaged freight.

While receiving damaged freight is frustrating and time-consuming, there are some important steps that you can take to mitigate your damages and prepare your case when filing a claim.

Types of Damaged Freight

Before we begin, it is important to understand the different types of freight damage:

  1. Visible Damage: When the freight you receive has noticeable damage.
  2. Shortage: When a product is missing from the order and you only receive a part of your shipment.
  3. Lost: When the shipment that was tendered to the carrier was never delivered.
  4. Concealed Damage: When you first realize that your freight has been damaged when removing the packaging after the driver has delivered the product.

What to Do If You Receive Damaged Freight

  1. Count and Inspect All Pieces

Whenever you receive freight, the first thing you should do is count and inspect all of the pieces contained in the shipment; whether or not there is apparent damage.

The inspection must be conducted carefully BEFORE signing the delivery receipt.

If a delivery receipt is signed by the consignee with no indication of loss or damage it will severely limit your chances of full recovery from the carrier.

  1. Sign the Delivery Receipt with Specific Details of the Condition of the Product that you Received

After you have counted and inspected all pieces of the shipment, you must notate your findings on the delivery receipt. If you discover that shipment is DAMAGED and/or SHORT merchandise, it is important to specify the condition that you received the product before the truck driver signs their name at the time of delivery.

It is important to be specific and factual when listing the issues on the delivery receipt: i.e. “corners bent, wrapping torn, tarp torn and shredded, two sheets missing”, etc.

When examining your shipment, even damage that is ever so slight should be notated on the delivery receipt.

If the banding, shrink, or stretch wrapping is broken upon receipt, inspect and count the contents in the driver’s presence. Additionally, if you find that any of the products are missing, write a clear exception notation on the delivery receipt such as: “SHORT Two (2) ctns. Paint #1234.”

Shortage and damage notations on the delivery receipt provide the evidence required to establish a “prima facie” claim that the carrier did not deliver the product in the condition that it was picked up in, and therefore, is liable for loss or damage.

Tips and Tricks:

  1. Notating "Subject to Count, Inspection…" should never be used and will not protect you or serve to establish that the carrier is liable for any shortages or damages.
  2. Consignees should note that in the event of a claim, the carrier has the right to perform an inspection and will try to determine whether the product was properly packaged.
  3. If the delivery receipt is merely signed by the consignee, the carrier will generally decline any resultant claim on the basis that there was no evidence that the product was compromised at the time of delivery.

DOCUMENT EVERYTHING

If you receive damaged freight, take photographs of the damaged merchandise and the trailer if the load has badly shifted or is damaged. If possible, get the driver in the picture along with the trailer number, rail car number, or license plate.

It is also recommended that video cameras be installed at all receiving and shipping locations as well as at guard gates and that films be stored for future review.

  1. Call the Carrier Immediately

When a shortage or damage is discovered, CALL THE CARRIER IMMEDIATELY to give them an opportunity to schedule an inspection (whether, or not, an exception was noted on the delivery receipt) and confirm in writing the date and time and the names of the persons who were notified. Also, report all damage and shortages to the shipper in writing, particularly if they are repetitive.

An immediate call to the carrier with email confirmation provides the beginning of hard documentary evidence for the eventual claim file. It also establishes the timeline for the carrier to perform its inspection.

If the carrier fails to make the inspection within the time limit, which is generally 30 days from notice, the consignee should perform the inspection and submit a copy of its findings with its claim.

  1. Save all Packaging and Merchandise

One of the most important steps to take in cases of ALL DAMAGE claims is to set aside the damaged goods and packaging awaiting the carrier’s inspection.

Failure to comply with saving all of the original packaging and damaged goods deprives the carrier of the opportunity to inspect the goods and the packaging, which will in turn, severely hinder your chances to recover damages (unless, of course, you have preserved the evidence by taking photographs, obtained an affidavit from the person having actual knowledge of its condition, etc.).

  1. Pay Your Freight Bill

It may seem unfair but paying the freight charges without delay for a damaged shipment is essential. If you refuse to pay the freight charges; it could delay the resolution of your claim.

  1. File Your Claim

You typically have 9 months from the delivery date, or expected delivery date, to file a claim. If your delivery receipt is not noted as damaged or short, you only have 5 days to report to the carrier that you have discovered a problem with the shipment.

Ensure that you have the following documents to prepare your claim case:

  1. The original Bill of Lading (BOL)
  2. Proof of Delivery (POD)
  3. Freight bill
  4. Invoice or repair bill substantiating the value of the lost or damaged merchandise
  5. Pictures of the damaged freight (if you have them)

At Diversified Transportation Services, we provide concierge transportation services for our customers and will assist you in filing a claim with the carrier. We are also able to offer cost-effective supplemental cargo insurance coverage upon request so that you can rest assured that your product will be amply insured in transit.

Contact Us

What Does STC Mean?

STC (said to contain) is a notation that is commonly used on bills of lading by drivers in the LTL industry.

When a truck driver uses the STC notation on a BOL, it means that he/she is not able to verify the number of pieces/boxes on a pallet and is merely “taking the shippers word” for the piece count on a particular shipment.

Why Is the STC Notation Important?

The STC notation is significant because, from a legal standpoint, the carrier is only assuming responsibility, and potential liability, for a specific number of shipping units/pallets and NOT a certain number of pieces.

bill of lading example

As seen in the bill of lading example above, if a driver picks up a shipment of 26 cartons on 1 pallet and the driver signs the BOL with the notation 1 pallet STC 26, the carrier will only be legally responsible for delivering the 1 pallet; and NOT the 26 cartons.

Therefore, in the example above, if the carrier delivers 1 pallet with 16 cartons and the consignee signs for receiving 1 pallet, the carrier will most likely decline the claim for the missing 10 cartons.

Remember, at the time of pick up, the driver could not verify the number of pieces and did not take responsibility for 26 cartons, only the 1 pallet.

Bottom Line

In summary, it is imperative that your firm operates with sound shipping practices and DOES NOT allow LTL drivers to use the STC notation on the BOL when they are picking up your freight.

As we begin to celebrate our 32nd year in business, I can honestly say that I have never witnessed such a crazy time in the supply chain industry.

With Thanksgiving upon us, we take time to pause and reflect upon what we are truly thankful for.

The past year and a half has reminded me more than ever how valuable our time is on this Earth; and not to take any of that time for granted.

First and foremost, I am thankful for my friends, family, and loved ones who are there for me daily.

From a business perspective, we are thankful for our clients and we are honored to be able to assist them in managing their shipments.

We understand that there are many choices in the transportation industry, and we are extremely grateful to represent our customers as their transportation provider.

We thank you for continuing to trust us through these tumultuous times, and we do not take for granted any of the faith that you have put in us.

Finally, I would like to convey a big thank you to everyone who works alongside me at DTS.

I appreciate all of your continued hard work and dedication to our clients, and for the positive attitude and energy that you bring to the job on a daily basis.

I would especially like to thank you for your patience and persistence, and for going the extra mile to help our customers during these trying times.

From all of us at DTS, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, good health, and happiness.

Marc Meskin
President
Diversified Transportation Services

Due to popular request Diversified Transportation Services will be exhibiting at the FABTECH 2021 Tradeshow – North America’s Largest Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding and Finishing Event held at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL from Sept. 13th – 16th,  2021.

As a premium provider of logistics in the United States and Canada for LTL, Expedited, heavy haul, truckload and other challenging deliveries within the industrial machinery vertical, we have become the top choice when it comes to providing quality transport from beginning to end.

We have provided the logistical needs for virtually every type of machinery item imaginable. Fabricating machines, bending and forming machines, tooling, press brakes, robotics, stamping, and the list goes on and on. From a single pallet that can move via LTL to a multi flatbed or drop deck installation that requires detailed coordination including cranes and riggers, we have done virtually everything.  When it comes to the Managed Transportation segment, we are the leader.

Some of the benefits of choosing DTS to manage your trade show shipments are:

At Diversified Transportation Services, we get involved and work to ensure that the receiving experience is a pleasant one with the proper level of expectation. By working with the shippers to understand any special needs and communicating with consignees ahead of time, we can overcome any obstacle that is put in our way in order to achieve the success of a safe on time delivery.

Our long history has given us the knowledge when it comes to choosing the correct mode of transport and the best carrier option. While we understand price is of the main concern, getting the goods delivered timely, claim free, and headache free with excellent communication is what we bring to the table. Put your confidence and trust in our 30+ years of logistics experience.

You can read more information on our Industrial Machinery page here.

If you would like to see us at the FABTECH 2021 visit us at our Booth #D46947 or email us for an appointment.

Contact Email Phone
Josh Mintz
Branch Manager
jmintz007@dtsone.com 310-521-1200 xt. 302
Michael Doyle
VP of Sales and Marketing
mdoyle@dtsone.com 310-521-1200 xt. 170
Brad Sedam
Business Development Manager
bsedam@dtsone.com 310-521-1200 xt. 1006
Nick Gromow
Torrance Operations Supervisor
ngromow@dtsone.com 310-521-1200 xt. 109

NMFC August 7 2021 updates

NMFC -OLD classification Article 133300

133300 NEW Machinery NOI

 

Diversified Transportation Services Introduces New and Improved Customer Portal

Torrance, CA: Diversified Transportation Services, a shipping and logistics company that has been serving the transportation community for over 30 years, announced the new and improved look of their customer portal. The customer portal offers customers the ability to enter their own orders, receive instant quotes, 24/7 shipment tracking, billing information, and more. This update provides customers with an updated user interface, functionality, and a variety of ease-of-use features.

“Our customer portal allows our customers to utilize our robust and built out transportation management system. The updated look and functionality of our new and improved customer portal should continue to improve our customer’s experience and continue to work towards taking the headache out of shipping,” says Marc Meskin, President at Diversified Transportation Services.

New Site Features and Improvements:

The updated customer portal will be available starting July 7th, 2021. For more information on how to access the customer portal please visit www.dtsone.com or contact your DTS sales representative today.

Transportation management plays a vital role in the success of any business. Most e-commerce firms rely on a truckload logistics provider to fulfill their shipment orders. It has popularized the tremendous benefits accrued by the transportation sector leading to increased commercial vehicles.

Recent studies by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimate 5.9 million commercial motor vehicles operate in the United States. Therefore, for sourcing and delivery of your products, you need a reliable truckload logistics provider.

If you require support in your supply chain, consider expedited trucking services near you. Individual requirements and storage are critical factors when choosing a less-than-truckload logistics firm. This article gives great tips on how to select the right LTL logistics partner.

1. Know What You Are Shipping

Whether you are using full truckload or less-than-truckload shipping, consider the value of your product. Full truckload logistics is most suitable for large volume orders regardless of the size and weight of the stock.

LTL shipping combines shipments from multiple customers. Therefore, it is essential to know the susceptibility to damage of your product. Shippers also need to be aware of the delivery location and expected arrival time.

Most LTL freight companies understand the need for shippers to have visibility of their shipment. The right regional LTL provider will ensure that you can see the load even after the freight leaves the dock.

2. Evaluate the Carrier's Flexibility

LTL shipments make several stops to unpack and repack products. With this in mind, you could weigh the carrier's ability to accommodate changes in delivery. The flexibility of any truckload logistics firm depends on its ability to handle extraordinary requests.

The ideal less-than-truckload logistics provider should be able to adapt to quick changes. Enquire if they are willing to make adjustments in their delivery time. Gauge whether they can assign staff in case of additional shipment.

Shippers should consider if their potential LTL carriers have advanced technology. For instance, a provider with an automated scheduling system can accommodate multiple requests. You need a carrier that prioritizes your convenience.

3. Enquire About the Actual Transit Time

Most carriers announce transit time for LTL and full truckload shipments. Published transit time in a truckload logistics firm can be different from the actual transit time. Weather changes or terminal delays could cause a difference in time.

Before determining the right fit, ask about the precise transit time for your preferred route. Check the carrier's online reviews from clients they have previously handled.

Reputable less-than-truckload carriers have fast track lanes and strong working relationships with existing clients. LTL carriers that have been in the truckload logistics business for longer would be a better choice.

4. Focus on the Value of Services Rendered

When choosing an LTL carrier, look out for those offering service guarantees. Factoring in the value will help you gain perspective on the best regional LTL shipping provider.

Taking into account the transit time, reliability, and customer service will help you decide on your LTL carrier. It's also advisable to ask how the company responds to tight capacity before engaging in a binding contract.

You can use capacity as a negotiating point. The published rates are flexible, and you can haggle your way out to a better deal.

5. Outsource a Third Party to Help with the Selection Process

Deciding on the most suitable LTL shipping carrier can be a difficult task. You can hire a freight forwarder to oversee the selection process. Be sure to consider their capabilities and customer service.

Hire a freight forwarder with an impeccable reputation, safety record, and company stability. These qualities will help you narrow down the field of applicants.

The ideal third-party logistics providers should handle the contract negotiations without any hassle. Entrusting the haggling process to them, ensures you get the best affordable rates. If you have little expertise in truckload logistics, hire an experienced freight forwarder.

Final Thoughts

All in all, the knowledge of your product will help when deciding on the right less-than-truckload carrier. When dealing with truckload logistics, make sure you fully understand the carrier's capabilities.

The three most valuable commodities transported by the U.S. freight system are machinery, electronics, and motorized vehicles. But as a business owner or executive preparing for a major trade show, the shipment most valuable to you may well be your trade show booth.

Trade shows can be stressful even when everything goes well. To avoid unnecessary expense or headache, keep these tips in mind as you’re preparing for your trade show freight shipping.

Finish All Planning Sooner Than Necessary

To make sure your trade show freight shipping process goes as planned, make sure you plan ahead. You’ll want to choose the best option for trade show shipments that’s right for you -- not the cheapest, but the most reliable. If you put off planning until the last minute, you’ll be in danger of paying extra costs and services. Or worse, you may not be able to work with the trade show freight carriers you needed in the first place.

As you’re figuring out what types of transportation options are best for your needs, answer the following questions:

Working on your trade show logistics planning at this advanced level will help ensure that everything goes right, so you can focus on the show once you get there.

Label All Shipments Carefully

Before you ever send anything critical through the mail you should carefully double-check your labeling, and the same is true for trade show freight. Carefully check, and check again, to ensure that your goods have been labeled properly.

Every item must be labeled with the correct show name and booth number, whether they’re all going to the same booth or not. Make sure any attached labels are fastened very securely, and that any previously-used labeling has been carefully obscured or covered up. Preprinted labels with an accurate return address should be used instead of inbound-only labels.

To make sure the delivery goes smoothly and on-time, there are many variables that should be taken into consideration. All packages must be labeled with all the appropriate information, including the name of the trade show event and the company running the booth. The business address and phone number should also be featured on each package.

Fill Out the BOL Completely and Accurately

Once the freight carrier has arrived at the venue, there are particular procedures that must be followed as the items are prepared to be moved from the loading dock. A carefully-written set of instructions should be included with these procedures on how to move and unload the packages correctly so that nothing is damaged. Make sure you inform the freight carrier what these details include.

The BOL that you need to fill out will say which individuals are responsible for the following tasks:

Just like your shipping labels, the BOL must be filled out completely, accurately, and carefully. It’s easy to assume that your handling instructions will be followed just by leaving outbound paperwork with your shipment, but this is often a misconception. Instead, all paperwork should be delivered directly to a customer service desk at the venue to avoid any possible complications.

By being proactive, thinking things through, and remembering the tips on this list, you’ll stay ahead of the curve of events and make your trade show experience a success. Planning ahead and taking all the right precautions will help ensure that your trade show freight will arrive on time in good condition, and all within your budget.

19829 Hamilton Avenue
Torrance, CA 90502
800-460-8540
Get a Quote
Sign up for our newsletter
Copyright © 2022 – 2023 , Diversified Transportation Services. All Rights Reserved
magnifiercrosschevron-down