News and Insight

Jul, 19 2021
Freight Insights for Week of July 19

The following insights are taken from a monthly discussion between Sunset’s nine US/MX branches. 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 July 13 call: DOMESTIC Capacity Driver capacity has not grown in relation to … Read More

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Jul, 16 2021
July 2021 US/MX Cross-Border Update

*Update provided in English and Spanish. National Customs Agency of Mexico El Diario Oficial de la Federacion (DOF) published the decree to create the National Customs Agency of Mexico to replace the current General Administration of Customs (AGA). The purpose is to reinforce the National Anti-Corruption Strategies. This will also support control within the different … Read More

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Jul, 14 2021
July 2021 International Market Update

An update from Sunset’s International Team: The following information from our friends at JAS Worldwide details the current International market conditions. Customer communication is vital with the instability of international trade. Please read the following updates and we offer the following precautions: Advanced notice up to six (6) weeks will help alleviate some of the … Read More

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Jun, 22 2021
Sunset Wins Top Workplace for 7th Time

Sunset Transportation is very proud to announce our #37 spot on the Top Workplace in St. Louis for 2021 list for the 7th consecutive year! We love our employees, and it shows! Chief executive officer Lindsey Graves says, “I’m always proud of our Sunsetter team, but receiving this recognition seven times in a row is a … Read More

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Jun, 14 2021
June 2021 International Market Update

An update from Sunset’s International Team: The following story from our friends at Loadstar details the port closures happening currently in South China. International AND domestic shippers should be aware that the closures we’re experiencing due to another wave of COVID-19 outbreaks in China will likely impact 2021 holiday merchandise imports. If you are a … Read More

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Jun, 09 2021
Freight Insights for Week of June 7

The following insights are taken from a weekly discussion between Sunset’s nine US/MX branches. 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 June 8 call: FREIGHT VOLUMES & CAPACITY Diesel FSC average at $3.274 this … Read More

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May, 27 2021
May 2021 US/MX Cross-Border Update

*Update provided in English and Spanish. Customs Clearance with PITA After the new NAFTA / USMCA began, we have heard a few new acronyms in the world of Mexican Customs. Starting with NICO, which stands for the new format of harmonized classification method, and most recently PITA. PITA stands for Project of Customs Technology Integration … Read More

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May, 14 2021
John Sutton speaks on carrier selection standards at TIA conference

Sunset’s Director of Corporate Support, John Sutton, spoke on a 3PL panel at the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) conference this week regarding the push for carrier selection standards. The discussion follows a recent TIA legislative push to establish a national safety standard for motor carrier selection. From the TIA conference, the May Commercial Carrier Journal … Read More

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May, 13 2021
Freight Insights for Week of May 10

The following insights are taken from a weekly discussion between Sunset’s nine US/MX branches. 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 11 call: FREIGHT VOLUMES & CAPACITY Unexpected Road Closure – I-40 AR/TN bridge … Read More

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May, 08 2021
Concerned about summertime capacity?

St. Louis Managing Director Justin Danks takes us through a few of the outside factors affecting TL capacity as summer quickly approaches: Video Summary In 2020, we saw LTL carriers forced into bankruptcy. Now, labor shortages and e-commerce pressure have these already-struggling networks creating embargoes to rebalance and catch up. International transportation is also in … Read More

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May, 06 2021
May 2021 International Market Update

An update from Sunset’s International Team OCEAN: Most trade lanes showing strong growth in the last three months Transpacific Eastbound grew by 23% while the Transatlantic Westbound grew by 11% North American and Asia Pacific imports drive the strong recovery of global container trade. Transpacific reached all time high levels in container trade since August … Read More

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May, 06 2021
Freight Insights for Week of May 3

The following insights are taken from a weekly discussion between Sunset’s nine US/MX branches. 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 4 call: FREIGHT VOLUMES & CAPACITY International Road Check Week 5/4-5/6 HAPPENING NOW. … Read More

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