News and Insight

May, 20 2022
Freight Insights for May 2022

The following insights are provided by Sunset’s Strategic Account Management team. Trends and discussions range from seasonal manufacturing and agriculture trends that affect available capacity to general insight into outside factors affecting freight volumes. Below is a summary of the May insights: DOMESTIC Capacity National average price of Diesel surged to $5.61/gal as of 05/16/2022. Load-to-truck … Read More

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May, 16 2022
Special edition: #SunsetSays talks carrier selection

In conjunction with the May 17-19, 2022 International Roadcheck week, Director of Corporate Support John Sutton talks carrier selection and dishes on a key ingredient in Sunset’s “secret sauce” — safety. What does Sunset do to ensure we work with only the highest quality of carriers? Sunset’s Corporate Support team manages contracts with partner carriers … Read More

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May, 06 2022
JOC Intermodal Savings Index: 1Q22

The Journal of Commerce (JOC) provides an in-depth quarterly report into the US intermodal market to facilitate conversations between shippers and logistics companies about transportation modal decisions. The JOC Intermodal Savings Index — the Spot Index and the Contract Index — measures how much an average shipper should anticipate saving on the rail versus over-the-road … Read More

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Apr, 29 2022
April 2022 US/MX Cross-Border Update

The following report was written by the Sunset Transportation cross-border team, stationed at the World Trade border in Laredo / Nuevo Laredo and Querétaro, MX. Insights are drawn from multiple sources, including our in-house transportation experts and industry data. https://www.dat.com/https://www.freightwaves.com/ Transactional and Committed Markets As we begin Q2 of 2022, the market has seen a … Read More

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Apr, 06 2022
via FreightWaves: Another China lockdown jeopardizes electronics, auto supply chains

An update from Sunset’s International Team: The following information details the current International market conditions. Customer communication is vital with the instability of international trade. Currently, the China shutdowns are directly impacting customer suppliers. Production facilities have come to a complete halt, placing customer inventory in jeopardy. Additionally, local transportation is highly restricted, and rates are skyrocketing locally … Read More

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Mar, 29 2022
March 2022 US/MX Cross-Border Update

The following report was written by the Sunset Transportation cross-border team, stationed at the World Trade border in Laredo / Nuevo Laredo and Querétaro, MX. Insights are drawn from multiple sources, including our in-house transportation experts and industry data. https://www.dat.com/https://www.freightwaves.com/ Transactional and Committed Markets In 2022 the market is better positioned to purchase more trucks … Read More

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Mar, 28 2022
What to expect when you are expecting high fuel costs this summer

Sunset’s VP, Strategic Accounts Jill Gross talks fuel price trends and what to expect this summer as diesel prices increase. Following the initial impact from COVID in 2020, OPEC and oil producing nations cut production by roughly 10% of the global supply. As the economy recovered throughout 2021, oil producers have not been able to … Read More

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Mar, 18 2022
Lindsey Graves speaks at FreightWaves 3PL Summit on culture and women in leadership

Sunset’s Chief Executive Officer, Lindsey Graves, spoke at the FreightWaves 3PL Summit this week for a fireside chat about company culture and women in 3PL leadership roles, hosted by Mary O’Connell. In an industry that’s traditionally male-dominated, Lindsey shares her experience being a second-generation, female owner and the “culture keeper” at Sunset Transportation. “Back in … Read More

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Mar, 16 2022
UPDATE: Chinese ports and operations shut down due to COVID lockdown

UPDATE:  More lockdowns directly impacting Sunset customer freight from Shanghai. via Reuters.com: SHANGHAI, March 28 (Reuters) – China’s financial hub of Shanghai launched a two-stage lockdown of its 26 million residents on Monday, closing bridges and tunnels and restricting highway traffic in a scramble to contain surging COVID-19 cases. The snap lockdown, announced by the … Read More

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Mar, 15 2022
Ginny Polach named a 2022 WIT Top Woman to Watch in Transportation

Sunset’s Director of Human Resources, Ginny Polach, named a 2022 Top Woman to Watch in Transportation by the Women in Trucking Association.  ST. LOUIS – Sunset Transportation, a Top 10 women-owned third-party logistics company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is proud to announce Ginny Polach as a 2022 Top Woman to Watch in Transportation by … Read More

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Mar, 11 2022
via The Loadstar: Canadian Pacific staff vote for strike action as merger with KCS looms

UPDATE: via The Loadstar Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) is in for a bumpy ride: 3,000 employees have voted for a strike, to begin as early as 16 March, while rival Canadian National (CN) and various interest groups are calling on the US Surface Transportation Board (STB) to impose conditions on the merger of CP with fellow … Read More

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Mar, 09 2022
What can shippers do to mitigate ongoing cross-border capacity crunches?

Sunset’s Cross-border Managing Director, Jose Minarro, welcomes us into the (full) Sunset warehouse in Laredo, Texas to talk shipper options for the ongoing capacity crunch in the March edition of #SunsetSays. Summary: Warehousing in the U.S. is at full capacity and Laredo facilities are feeling the pressure at 98% capacity. Freight that historically would have … Read More

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