2018 has come and gone and the year did not disappoint with challenges and opportunities. The single largest adjustment early in the first quarter of 2018 was the electronic driver logs. This tightened an already limited driver availability which certainly was a main cause of delays. The implementation of the driver logs also came with driver shortages, shortened work days, and new trucking regulations with the addition of less available power units and ocean container availabilities.
The end of the year was highlighted by the increased China/USA tariffs. The financial burden and the unsettling of trade was felt through the financial markets. This along with other industry challenges constantly keep us focused and aware of the ever-changing industry. International transportation and logistics continue to add improving technologies and makes for a dynamic industry.
Reflecting on the year, we’ve seen friends/clients retire, move on, while on a positive note an increase in our own staffing. We all have challenges we faced as we bring 2018 to a close, but Jade International is here to assist you with all the obstacles and hurtles the upcoming year will surely present.
Written by: Scott Hoffman, President of Jade International