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January 22, 2019 –  How the Government Shutdown Impacts the Shipping Industry

Today one month since the start of the U.S. government shutdown, with its initiation day being December 22, 2018.

This is the longest running government shutdown in the history of the United States and has left many government employees with no paycheck and little hope for when policies and appropriations will be agreed upon and operations will start back up again.

The shutdown has had a significant impact on many governmental departments, such as:

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has stopped inspections of foods at high risk of contamination including fruits, vegetables, and seafood.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is currently operating with only 12 percent of its nationwide staff.
  • The Transportation and Security Agency (TSA), who are operating without pay causing many TSA agents to remain at home.

Among the long list of government agencies that have been affected, those related to the shipping industry have not gone untouched.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents aren’t being paid, putting CBP in a similar situation as the TSA, where many are not reporting to work in protest of continued labor without pay. The skeleton crew of CBP agents has deeply impacted cargo releases for airlines, especially those subject to Fish and Wildlife (FW) inspection. A typical FW inspection and release can take an average of 3-5 business days starting from the cargo arrival date. Currently, due to the shutdown, shippers are being forced to wait up to three weeks, or even a month, for the inspection and release of shipments subject to FW inspection, leaving FW merchandise trapped in limbo.

CBP is not the only shipping-related agency affected – the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has closed completely during the government shutdown, except for the two president-appointed top positions.

The FMC will resume operations once appropriations legislation has been approved. In the meantime, the commission has ceased critical operations such as:

  • Responding to inquiries of any kind, whether via email or by telephone, including complaints or requests for dispute resolution services.
  • Accepting online applications or filings for:
    • Service contracts through SERVCON
    • Foreign NVOCC registrations or renewals
    • Tariff registration forms
    • eAgreements Filing System
    • eMonitoring System
  • Accepting rate filings of any kind
  • Accepting financial applications for cruise lines embarking from U.S. ports

Once Congress has approved and passed appropriations legislation and the government commences operations again, it will require time to process all of the backlogged requests which were piling up during the shutdown.

October 15, 2018 – CRST STI Adopts Monday.com Technology to Manage Client Engagement

CRST STI is pleased announce the addition of Monday.com as our tool to manage client engagement and project management.  This technology will allow the CRST STI team to better manage all client assignments by tracking projects and tasks.  All updates and comments pertaining to a project will be saved one place, making collaboration simple and seamless.  Customers will also have access to real time data and updates via Monday.com’s sharable boards.

CRST STI looks forward to servicing customers efficiently and effectively with Monday.com.

 

October 1, 2018 – CRST Specialized Transportation Organizational Announcement

CRST STI is pleased to welcome Hugh Ekberg to the position of President and CEO of CRST International.

Hugh reports:

“When deciding to join the CRST organization what stood out most to me was the opportunity to continue to grow our business, by capitalizing on the full potential of our eight operating companies.   As one of the largest privately held transportation and logistics companies in the United States, our broad array of transportation solutions, including expedited, flatbed, dedicated, brokerage, transportation management, white-glove moving services for high-value products, final mile, drayage and warehouse services can provide a solution to virtually every transportation need.

CRST is an outstanding company with a tremendous future and a talented, passionate team. I am excited to build upon that team as we continue to develop the organization and make it the premier provider for our customer’s transportation needs.  I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this company in the future.”

We are excited to welcome Hugh to the CRST organization and wish him every success in his new role.

March 15, 2018 – CRST Specialized Transportation Organizational Announcement

As an agent for Specialized Transportation, CRST STI is pleased to welcome Bill Clement to the position of President of CRST Specialized Transportation, Inc, effective March 12, 2018.

Specialized Transportation’s success over the past five years has been driven by the development of new capabilities and solutions that build upon its strengths as a specialized, white glove transportation provider.  As a result, Specialized Transportation is well positioned for growth in the rapidly expanding final mile market, in addition to forward stocking and reverse logistics.  Bill will be responsible for driving Specialized Transportation’s continued growth and success in both these new market segments and its traditional high value product business.

Bill comes to CRST Specialized Transportation from CSX Transportation, where he had an impressive 26 year career in multiple markets including Florida, Massachusetts and Mexico City.  Bill joined CSX transportation in 1990 within its Leadership Development Program and was successful in progressive areas of responsibility within operations, equipment maintenance, customer service, sales and finance.  In 2002 Bill was given the opportunity as General Director of CSX De Mexico, and oversaw all lines of business moving to/from Mexico and the CSX Transportation network. When he came back into the United States, he held executive roles as Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Sales & Marketing and most recently as VP of the entire Intermodal business unit.

We are excited to welcome Bill to the CRST Specialized Transportation organization and wish him every success in his new role.