News and Insight

Mar, 16 2021
Sunset Transportation Becomes a Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise

Sunset is proud to announce our national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Midwest chapter, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). ST. LOUIS, MO – Sunset Transportation, a privately-owned third-party logistics company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, has been granted certification by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council … Read More

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Mar, 10 2021
Freight Insights for Week of March 8

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 March 9 call: FREIGHT VOLUMES & CAPACITY Diesel FSC average is at $3.143 this … Read More

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Mar, 08 2021
March 2021 US/MX Cross-Border Update

*Update provided in English and Spanish. After the inevitable blow in imports and exports caused by COVID-19, the most important commercial border for Mexico recovers its rhythm at the beginning of this year. There has been a significant rise in demand that includes the movement of new cargo, as well as the movement of delayed … Read More

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Mar, 02 2021
March 2021 International Market Update

An update from Sunset’s International Team: US importers are continuing to experience a complex ocean market as we close the Chinese New Year period and move towards the tail end of the 2020-2021 contract season. Today’s update will focus primarily on the Europe and Asia – North American Trade Lanes, while also highlighting some of … Read More

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Feb, 26 2021
via FreightWaves: Shippers beware of cross-border insurance gaps

In a FreightWaves article published on February 25, Sunset’s Managing Director, Jose Minarro, commented on recent insurance trends being affected by the uptick in inbound Mexico shipments alongside Mark Vickers from insurance provider Reliance Partners. Due to the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, coupled with COVID-19 disruptions, nearly $2 billion in … Read More

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Feb, 24 2021
Freight Insights for Week of February 22

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 February 24 call: FREIGHT VOLUMES & CAPACITY February capacity availability has been … Read More

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Feb, 16 2021
Steve Pandolfo talks 2021 LTL Forecast in February #SunsetSays

Sunset’s Director of LTL Pricing and Procurement, Steve Pandolfo, provides a brief update on the state of the LTL industry as we begin 2021. We move into a lot of uncertainty in the coming year, but a few items seem to keep trending in the same direction.  While 2020 proved to be a service struggle for … Read More

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Feb, 10 2021
Freight Insights for Week of February 8

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 February 10 call: FREIGHT VOLUMES & CAPACITY February capacity availability has been … Read More

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Feb, 05 2021
JOC Intermodal Savings Index: 4Q20

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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Feb, 04 2021
February 2021 US/MX Cross-Border Update

*Update provided in English and Spanish. NICO is here! If you are a current importer in Mexico, this will throw a curve ball at your existing challenges. The year started with Mexican Customs system updates that affected Customs Broker Systems, as well as importers regarding NICO requirements. Harmonized tariff classification is the backbone of all … Read More

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Jan, 27 2021
UPS announces agreement to sell UPS Freight to TFI International for $800M

UPS recently announced their agreement to sell UPS Freight to TFI International in an $800M deal. The agreement includes UPS less-than-truckload (LTL) and dedicated truckload businesses. The decision to sell UPS Freight was reached following a thorough evaluation of the UPS portfolio, and aligns with the company’s “better not bigger” strategic positioning. Summary UPS and … Read More

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Jan, 14 2021
Freight Insights for Week of January 11

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 January 13 call: FREIGHT VOLUMES & CAPACITY Capacity is tight, continuing the … Read More

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