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Smooth Moves In A Dynamic Shipping Environment

Our customer is a nonprofit organization which connects companies who have goods with nonprofits in need, and individuals who want to help them.

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April 2016 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business

Institute for Supply Management.

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the second consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 83rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business.

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MIQ Logistics Named On Transport Topics Annual Rankings

Overland Park, KS, April 12, 2016 – MIQ Logistics is pleased to announce its selection by Transport Topics as a Top Freight Brokerage Company, Top Airfreight Forwarder, Top Ocean Freight Forwarder, and Top Warehousing Company for 2015. Transport Topics accurately and objectively documents the size and scope of the largest operators in the North America and provides timely analysis of trends shaping the industry.

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MIQ Buying Power Cuts Customer’s Transportation Spend

Our customer is a business unit within a global corporation that develops and manufacturers healthcare, graphic arts, optical devices, and high-tech products. Another business unit within the corporation requested our customer combine transportation services, and use their carrier as a way to save money through volume rates.

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index Fell 4.5% in March

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American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 4.5% in March, following a 7.2% surge during February. In March, the index equaled 137.6 (2000=100), down from 144 in February. February’s level is an all-time high.

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Cass Freight Index Report – March 2016

Cass Information Systems Inc.  

Freight shipments slowed to only a 1.4 percent rise in March, following an 8.3 percent jump in February. Expenditures for freight declined 1.0 percent in March—reversing a portion of the 6.3 percent increase in February. Manufacturing and building construction have been on an upward trend and have just started showing up in the supply chain.

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April 2016 Logistics Link

Read MIQ updates and industry news in the April 2016 Logistics Link.

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U.S. Economic Snapshot

“The U.S. LEI increased slightly in February, after back-to-back monthly declines, but housing permits, stock prices, consumer expectations, and new orders remain sources of weakness,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director of Business Cycles and Growth Research at The Conference Board. “Although the LEI’s six-month growth rate has moderated considerably in recent months, the outlook remains positive with little chance of a downturn in the near-term.”

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Regulatory Compliance Updates – April 2016

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) amended the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention to require shippers to provide the Verified Gross Mass (“VGM”) of containers carrying cargo before those containers can be loaded aboard a vessel.  Without a VGM, the amendments also prohibit the vessel operator from loading a packed container.  The SOLAS amendments are effective July 1, 2016; are not expected to be postponed; and, are globally binding – all Countries party to the convention have undertaken to implement amendments.  There is no exception to this requirement.  If the acceptable VGM documentation is not timely provided by the shipper, that container will not be loaded on board the vessel.  As your NVOCC or Freight Forwarder, MIQ will require from your or your supplier the following data:

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Port Tracker report calling for more normalized volumes in coming months

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United States-bound import volumes appear to be taking steps to more normalized seasonal patterns, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.

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