Transportation of goods is one of the largest contributors to Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at 10.5 per cent of the national emissions profile. Carriers and brokers are taking steps to reduce or offset their contributions to the emissions.  Since 2012 in Canada, the SmartWay Program has been running to help companies increase efficiencies and decrease emission levels.

Freight availability on DAT load boards also set a new record as the DAT North American Freight Index rose 9.3 per cent month over month and increased 18 per cent compared to June 2017. The amount of freight available is growing faster than new drivers are coming into the industry and that is putting a lot of pressure on the price of transport.

Dave Lepp, Vineland Growers’ Cooperative reviews trucking operations with one of his drivers. Photo by Glenn Lowson.

With added mandates and rules in the transportation industry, it is more important than ever to build sustainable and successful relationships with your logistics companies. These are a few areas that can really help to solidify a proper partnership.

Wait time can greatly affect the produce industry’s ecosystem, disrupting a logistics strategy. Capacity for drivers continues to be an issue and the more time drivers are spending sitting in a dock the less time they spend on the road.

The Grower is launching a new column called “Making Moves.”  Jennifer Morris, president of Two Roads Logistics, Toronto, Ontario, writes about Blockchain. What does it mean and how can it apply to transportation?  

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