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October 2015

News and Views for the clients of Universal Logistics

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Universal Logistics honored at
Certified Transportation Network conference

Mark Glionna
Mark Glionna with Top Contributors Certificate given to Universal Logistics by the Certified Transportation Network.

Universal Logistics was recognized as a “Top 5” contributor at the 2015 conference of the Certified Transportation Network (CTN), held October 7-9 in Prague, Czech Republic. Universal was represented by Mark Glionna, Vice President – Client Relations, who accepted the award on behalf of the company, and Paul Glionna, Vice President – Operations.

“Meeting with our Transportation Agents from around the world is invaluable,” explained Mark Glionna. “It gives us the opportunity to meet face to face with our partners to discuss improvements for our clients’ business from both the export and import perspective – keeping in mind the unique logistics requirements of both the shipper and consignee.”

Paul Glionna was impressed by the focus on improving customer service, even in the face of some difficult industry conditions. “My objective is to exchange ideas and gain insights on industry trends and best practices, and implement these with our existing operations.”

CTN is a worldwide group of international logistics providers that moves over one million shipments annually worldwide.

For more information, contact Paul Glionna, Vice President – Operations.

Fallout from the CTAO truckers strike


The strike by members of the Container Trucking Association of Ontario (CTAO) ended on September 22nd, but the fallout is going to be felt for a long time in the form of increased fees and rates. Within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the most significant increase is a 35% spike in container cartage rates. Other direct negative results of the strikeinclude:

  • Out of town FCL deliveries increased above the average 35% increase seen on local FCL GTA deliveries
  • Waiting time reduced to one hour, and waiting time rates per hour increased
  • Destuff and drayage charges increased (cost to destuff containers)
  • Prepull charges increased

For more information, contact David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.

What does the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
mean for your business?


When Canada and 11 other countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, they created the world’s largest trade zone, spanning four continents and generating 40 per cent of the world’s economic output.

The objective is to spur trade by reducing or eliminating tariffs imposed by the participating countries, which include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

New trade opportunities now exist for many Canadian exporters, including beef, forestry and mining companies. However, some other industry sectors, including dairy producers, automobile makers and car parts manufacturers, will be exposed to increased competition from offshore companies. Increased international trade typically results in lower prices, which will be good news for Canadian consumers.

However, final approval of the agreement is not certain as the deal still needs to be ratified in each member country, including Canada, where the newly elected Liberals want to review the details of TPP before ratification.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, General Manager – Customs Consulting Services.

Time to renew NAFTA Blanket Certificates


Don’t forget to get your Blanket NAFTA Certificates of Origin renewed for 2016. Or simplify your life by taking advantage of our NAFTA Management Service, the fast, easy way to ensure your NAFTA Certificates of Origin are fully compliant.

This is important because significant AMPS (Administrative Monetary Penalty System) transactional penalties could apply if you make a claim for preferential treatment without a valid NAFTACertificate.

Get started now by forwarding your 2016 Blanket NAFTA Certificates to or contact Brian Rowe, General Manager – Customs Consulting Services, for more information.

Global Spotlight Quiz
Global Spotlight
Leave the city limits and it won’t be long before you see this.

Global Spotlight Quiz

This mystery city is the capital of a country near the Arctic Circle

See if you can name this city after looking over the following clues:

  • Known as the world’s “Greenest City” for its use of hydro and geothermal power
  • 60% of the country’s population live in the greater metropolitan area of this city
  • First settled by the Vikings in or about the year870
  • Located on a land mass where much of the surface is covered with glaciers (11%) and lava fields (30%)
  • Located near the world’s most active volcano
  • Major banks collapsed in 2008, but are now stable and growing, following an economic rebound led by the tourism and fishing industries
  • The country’s two main airports are located here – one for international flights, the other for domestic flights

Click here to see the answer

For more information about freight to/from this city, contact Debbie McGuire, Manager – FreightSolutions.

Crushed box
What happens when savings
are put ahead of safety?

Quick Tip

Two ways to control the cost of your freight shipments

Looking for new ways to reduce your shipping costs? Start by ensuring you are not wasting money by carrying weight that can be removed. Then make sure your shipping cartons are not bigger than they need to be.

Look for every possible saving, but never do anything that weakens the carton to the point where it could no longer carry your goods safely. That would be a penny-wise, pound foolish mistake.

Gary Jin, Ocean Imports
Gary Jin, Ocean Imports

At Your Service: Gary Jin, Ocean Imports

Meet our go-to expert on international shipping – Gary Jin. Drawing on over 10 years experience in the freight forwarding industry, as well as working at an international steamship line, Gary ensures that our clients’ ocean imports go as planned.

Gary brings a wealth of international shipping knowledge and handles many of our key ocean import accounts.

Gary can be reached by phone at (905) 882-4880, ext. 231 or byemail.

October 2015

is produced monthly for the clients of Universal Logistics. Reader comment and story ideas are welcome. Comments of general interest to all Route readers will, with the permission of the writer, be published. Copyright ©
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Route is produced by Universal Logistics. Editor: Bettina Scharnberg. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained herein, Universal Logistics accepts no responsibility or liability for errors or omissions. Written correspondence should be forwarded to:

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