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November 2022

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On the road again – AAPEX trade show

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John Leis, Director – Client Relations represented Universal Logistics at the 2022 AAPEX trade show, held November 1-3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  AAPEX brings together every aspect of the more than $1.8 trillion global automotive aftermarket industry like no other event.  More than 2,500 exhibiting companies created a dynamic trade show floor with more than 5,500 booths displaying the latest products, services and technologies for more than 51,000 targeted buyers.

“With nearly 162,000 aftermarket professionals from 126 countries converging on Las Vegas for the AAPEX and SEMA shows, it creates the perfect environment for networking!”, says Mr. Leis.

For more information, contact John Leis, Director – Client Relations.

Yes, we handle Special Equipment

In October, our Manager – Freight Pricing, Cathy Fong, attended an information session on “Special Equipment”, held by Hapag-Lloyd at Musket’s yard.  The session was hosted by David Piel, Senior Manager – Special Cargo, who provided information on a wide range of topics:

  • Different types of equipment and their characteristics
  • How different types of cargo are loaded and shipped (one example was the loading of a wind turbine that was oversized and overweight)
  • Cargo packaging
  • Weight distributions
  • Container and equipment loading in compliance with the “CTU (Cargo Transportation Unit)
  • Slot allocations
  • Advantages and disadvantages of on-deck and under-deck cargo, etc.

If you have Project Cargo or oversized shipments, please contact Cathy Fong, Manager – Freight Pricing to learn more about our capabilities and pricing.

Global Spotlight Quiz
Global Spotlight
Bourbon Street is the most famous street in the city, located in the French Quarter.

Global Spotlight Quiz

Name the city nicknamed the “Big Easy”

  • Located in the southeastern area of the state, facing Lake Pontchartrain, which has the longest continuous bridge over water in the world.
  • Mardi Gras, which means “Fat Tuesday”, is a pre-lent celebration which culminates on the day before Ash Wednesday.  Mardi Gras traditions include parades, costumes, tossing of beaded necklaces and parties in the streets.
  • Well known for its Cajun and Creole culture and cuisine, jazz music and Hurricane Katrina.
  • The city’s famous submarine sandwich is called “Po’ boy”.
  • Voodoo culture was introduced by the 1800s voodoo queens.
  • In 1796, this city became the first to host Opera in the United States.

See the answer

For more information about shipping freight to or from this city, contact Debbie McGuire, Director – Freight Solutions.

Quick Tip

Quick Tip

Double check your insurance coverage

Don’t make the mistake of assuming your insurance coverage covers everything you ship.  For example, if you insure books on a regular basis, but have a one-time shipment of picture frames, your standard coverage may not apply (breakage of glass may be excluded).  Always confirm coverage before you ship.

Claudia Charette, US Customs Operations (Buffalo)
Claudia Charette, US Customs Operations (Buffalo)

At Your Service: Claudia Charette, US Customs Operations (Buffalo)

Claudia Charette joined Universal Logistics USA in August 2021, working at our Buffalo, NY office, where she is responsible for handling cross border clearances from 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm.  She has extensive knowledge handling all clearances at all ports across the USA.

Claudia can be reached by phone (716) 882-4100, ext. 2610 or by email.

November 2022

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