COVID-19 Updates

Date: 4/6/20 – 1:45pm CST

Update: Airfreight Rates Continue to Climb During COVID-19

For those organizations that use airfreight expedited services, you are continuing to see ongoing increases in the costs/lb/kg IF capacity is even available.  At Redwood, we run a large number of expedited GROUND shipments to meet many of expedited needs for our clients.  In fact, MOST domestic expedites actually take place over-the-road vs in the air.  With our extensive and diverse carrier base providing team service throughout all North America, Redwood can meet expedite demands while containing costs.  If you need diverse solutions to your expedited needs, please reach out to your Redwood representative asap.

 


Date: 4/6/20 – 1:30pm CST

Update: XPO Temporary Closing Specific Locations for Deep Clean

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the following XPO LTL terminals have been closed for an immediate deep cleaning.  Upon completion of the deep clean, these terminals anticipate re-opening by tomorrow, 4/7/20.  We will provide further updates as they are available.  If you need alternative solutions for shipping your product from any of these areas with a multitude of other carrier options, please reach out to your Redwood representative.

Green Bay, WI

Des Plaines, IL

Hagerstown – Greencastle, PA

Youngstown, OH


Date: 4/2/20 – 10:35am CST

Update: UPDATED Listing of State-Issued “shelter-in-place”, and Non-Essential Businesses to Close

“Stay-at-Home” & “Shelter in Place” Orders by State

PA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

CA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

PR        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

Ohio     Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

Canada Currently open for commerce.

Mexico Currently open for commerce.

IL          Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NY        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NJ        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

CT        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WA       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

LA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

.DE       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

HI         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

IN         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MA       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MI        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NM      Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

OR        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WV       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WI        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NV        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

.RI        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

KY        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MD       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

VT        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

ID         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MN      Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

CO        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MS       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NH       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

AK        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

.KS       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MT       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NC        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

TN        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

VA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

FL         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

UT        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

AZ        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

DC        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

GA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

ME       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

The following States issued less aggressive restrictions or partial “Stay-at-Home” orders…

TX        Major populated cities and counties are under a Stay-at-Home order.

OK        Major populated cities and counties are under a Stay-at-Home order.

MO      Major populated cities and counties are under a Stay-at-Home order.

SC        Major populated cities and counties are under a Stay-at-Home order.

WY       Major populated cities and counties are under a Stay-at-Home order.

AL        Major populated cities and counties are under a Stay-at-Home order.

The following sates DO NOT have any Stay-at-Home orders.

NE

SD

ND

IA

AR

 

Shippers should check with their consignees to verify that they are open before shipping. As a general rule, if a business is open (for pick-up or delivery), the carrier will attempt to provide transportation services. However, remote areas, restricted deliveries, appointment deliveries and some other challenging circumstances can affect service

If a shipment is at a carrier terminal and the consignee is closed, storage charges will apply. Or, the carrier may want the shipment re-consigned back to the shipper.  Please reach out to your Redwood Representative for more information and/or questions.


Date: 4/01/20 – 9:30am CST

Update: LTL Carriers are Tightening Restrictions for Available/Non-Available Deliveries

As you know, LTL carriers are considered an essential business and are all working very hard to deliver the food and supplies that America needs as most of us remain in either a quarantine or “shelter in place” status.  We have consistently advised our clients to be sure that their consignees are open and available to receive shipments BEFORE they ship product to them.

Although we have not seen a broad announcement by all LTL carriers, we are beginning to see some announcements similar to the below from Dayton Freight Lines:

“In the last few weeks, we have all experienced many difficult decisions. Dayton Freight used good judgement when making these decisions for the health and safety of our employees and customers. We understand these times bring a lot of uncertainties, and our goal is to continue to transport your freight. In order to do this, we ask that you honor the following:

  • Please call the consignee before scheduling a shipment with us to make sure they are open. This is very important and will help operations continue to run smoothly.
  • If we cannot deliver due to the consignee being closed, we will have to return your shipment and a charge will occur.
  • Due to our capacity limitations, we cannot store freight until the ban is lifted. It’s very important that the shipper is aware of this restraint.

We apologize if the bullet points above seem too direct, but we MUST keep our operations running smoothly to better serve you! Your cooperation with these instructions will help us achieve this goal. This is crucial for the success of our business and yours!”

As you can imagine, LTL carrier facilities are not designed as large, long term storage options…and many locations are starting to hit critical mass and running out of room to store undeliverable product either in house, or in storage trailers.  IF you have product out there where you need short-term storage options, please reach out to your Redwood Representative asap.


Date: 3/30/20 – 10:00am CST

Update: UPDATED Listing of State-Issued “shelter-in-place”, and Non-Essential Businesses to Close

 

“Stay-at-Home” & “Shelter in Place” Orders by State

PA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

CA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

PR        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

Ohio     Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

Canada Currently open for commerce.

Mexico Currently open for commerce.

IL          Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NY        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NJ        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

CT        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WA       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

LA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

DE        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

HI         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

IN         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MA       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MI        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NM      Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

OR        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WV       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WI        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NV        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

RI         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

KY        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MD       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

VT        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

ID         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MN      Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

CO        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MS       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NH       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

AK        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

KS        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MT       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NC        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

 

The following States issued less aggressive restrictions or partial “Stay-at-Home” orders…

VA        Governor issued Non-essential businesses to close but not Stay-at-Home Orders.

TX        Stay-at-Home orders for Houston, Dallas, San Antonio & El Paso.

OK        Safer-at-Home order for vulnerable populations.

 

As with the prior updates, it remains imperative our clients confirm their consignees are open and receiving PRIOR to shipping to them to avoid incremental storage & redelivery costs.  If you have questions, please reach out to your Redwood Representative.


Date: 3/26/20 – 9:45am CST

Update: UPDATED Listing of State-Issued “shelter-in-place”, and Non-Essential Businesses to Close

“Stay-at-Home” & “Shelter in Place” Orders by State

PA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

CA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

PR        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

Ohio     Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

Canada Currently open for commerce.

Mexico Currently open for commerce.

IL          Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NY        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NJ        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

CT        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WA       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

LA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

DE        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

HI         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

IN         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MA       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MI        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NM      Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

OR        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WV       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WI        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NV        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

RI         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

KY        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MD       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

VT        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

ID         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MN      Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

 

The following States issued less aggressive restrictions or partial “Stay-at-Home” orders…

VA        Governor issued Non-essential businesses to close but not Stay-at-Home Orders.

TX        Stay-at-Home orders for Houston, Dallas, San Antonio & El Paso.

OK        Safer-at-Home order for vulnerable populations.

GA        City of Atlanta has issued a 14-Day Stay-At-Home Order effective 3/25/20

 

As with the prior updates, it remains imperative our clients confirm their consignees are open and receiving PRIOR to shipping to them to avoid incremental storage & redelivery costs.  If you have questions, please reach out to your Redwood Representative.

 

 


Date: 3/26/20 – 9:30am CST

Update: Many LTL Carriers Continue to Offer Guaranteed and/or Time-Critical Shipments…BUT

Many of our clients that are considered “essential” businesses during this time of crisis, are extremely busy doing their part to help keep products flowing, shelves full and support the other areas of our economy necessary to keep people fed and safe.  Our carriers are also trying to do their part and navigate the many challenges and restrictions – which are fluid daily – to provide the same support to our important industries.  Along those lines, most carriers continue to offer and provide Guaranteed and/or Time Critical shipments in an attempt to meet the demands of the marketplace.  However, please keep in mind that MOST carriers have suspended the “reimbursement” component for service failures (not meeting the load-specific need) that are typically in place for shipments such as these.  When these limitations are removed, we will advise our entire client base.

At the same time, the enormous reduction of airline capacity has significantly reduced air-expedite options with commercial airlines to provide expedited solutions with typical frequency and predictability.

If you continue to need enhanced delivery services for your business, please reach out to your Redwood representative who can provide a number of workable options to help you meet the demands of your clients.

 


Date: 3/25/20 – 1:00pm CST

Update: Truckload & Volume LTL (8-18 skids) Capacity is Tightening Due to the Pandemic, Redwood Can Help

The Over-the-Road capacity and market continues to tighten in many areas around the country due to COVID-19.  Our team continues to analyze the constant shifting of capacity based on the current flow of essential goods into the marketplace in order to provide our clients with the most up to date, actionable intelligence.  At the same time, outbound tenders continue to scale well above historical averages while at the same time, carrier contract outbound tender rejections are also escalating as capacity tightens. 

Here are some of the hottest markets right now:

Arkansas – 8.82 loads per 1 truck available (WalMart effect)

Tennessee – 5.64 loads per 1 truck available (Memphis is 7.4 to 1)

Georgia – 5 loads per 1 truck available

Texas – 5 loads per 1 truck available (Houston is 6 to 1)

S Carolina – 6.29 loads per 1 truck available

Los Angeles – 4 loads per 1 truck available (heavy industrial/warehouse volume is helping to absorb the current dramatic drop in port volumes)

These trends in tandem may be causing a big heartburn for your operations if enough affordable carrier redundancy doesn’t currently exist within your supply chain.  Let Redwood help!  We have scaled up our procurement strategies to help our clients by leveraging our Digital Freight Matching technology which allows us to secure capacity faster and more economically, while working closely with the thousands of carriers in our network to provide increased, guaranteed capacity.  At the same time, we have increased our intermodal options and private fleet contacts to help meet our client demand.  We can provide instant spot pricing for any lane you may need help with across any mode, with any delivery requirement and/or limitation.

Please reach out to your Redwood representative asap!

 

 


Date: 3/25/20 – 10:30am CST

Update: The Railroads Remain Completely Operational, but ask for Our Help

All major rail lines continue to operate under contingency plans to better assure the safety of their employees and or clients.  During this time, all rail lines are requesting that you provide as much detail as to your volume variances so they can more efficiently plan their dray and/or labor needs, reducing the risk for their employees.  At the same time, PLEASE reach out to your consignees to assure they are open and receiving product PRIOR to shipping – this is critical to control not only excess use of resources, but also equipment and time.  Please coordinate all of these details with your Redwood Representative.

BNSF

UP

CSX

 


Date: 3/25/20 – 10:00am CST

Update: UPDATED Listing of State-Issued “shelter-in-place”, and Non-Essential Businesses to Close

“Stay-at-Home” & “Shelter in Place” Orders by State

PA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

CA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

PR        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

Ohio     Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

Canada Currently open for commerce.

Mexico Currently open for commerce.

IL          Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NY        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NJ        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

CT        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WA       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

LA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

DE        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

HI         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

IN         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MA       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

MI        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NM      Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

OR        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WV       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

WI        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

NV        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

RI         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed.

 

The following States issued non-essential businesses to close but have not issued Stay-at-Home

 Orders…

MD       Governor issued Non-essential businesses to close but not Stay-at-Home Orders.

VA        Governor issued Non-essential businesses to close but not Stay-at-Home Orders.

KY        Governor issued Non-essential businesses to close but not Stay-at-Home Orders.

City of Atlanta – has issued a 14-Day Stay-At-Home Order effective immediately

As with the prior updates, it remains imperative our clients confirm their consignees are open and receiving PRIOR to shipping to them to avoid incremental storage & redelivery costs.  If you have questions, please reach out to your Redwood Representative.

 

 


Date: 3/24/20 – 8:50am CST

Update: The FDA has Provided COVID-19 Product Import Instructions for Industry

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing instruction to the import community regarding the submission of entry information for personal protective equipment and other devices. Following the instructions below will help facilitate the import process for all, especially for products related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. It is in the best interest of the U.S. to facilitate and expedite the importation of products into the U.S. market that address immediate, urgent public health needs.

  • Non-FDA-regulated general purpose personal protective equipment (masks, respirators, gloves, etc.) – Personal protective equipment for general purpose or industrial use (that is, products that are not intended for use to prevent disease or illness) is not regulated by FDA. For these types of products, entry information should not be transmitted to FDA. At the time of entry for these products, Importers should transmit entry information to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), using an appropriate HTS code with no FD Flag; or using an appropriate HTS code with an FD1 flag and do a ‘disclaim’ for FDA.
  • Products authorized for emergency use pursuant to an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) – When importing such products, entry information should be submitted to FDA; however, reduced FDA information is required for review. At the time of entry, Importers should transmit an Intended Use Code of 940.000: Compassionate Use/Emergency Use, and an appropriate FDA product code. 

Below is a list of products and the appropriate product codes that are currently authorized by an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA):

  • Diagnostic tests:  QPK, OTG, QKO, QJR  
  • Masks/Respirators: NZJ

Please bring any further questions about your importations to your Redwood Representative.


Date: 3/24/20 – 8:00am CST

Update: Listing of State-Issued “shelter-in-place”, and Non-Essential Businesses to Close

 

 “Stay-at-Home” & “Shelter in Place” Orders by State

PA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

CA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

PR        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

Ohio     Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

Canada Currently open for commerce

Mexico Currently open for commerce

IL          Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

NY        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

NJ        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

CT        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

WA       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

LA        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

DE        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

HI         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

IN         Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

MA       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

MI        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

NM      Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

OR        Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

WV       Governor issued a Stay-at-Home order. All non-essential businesses should be closed

 

The following States issued non-essential businesses to close but have NOT issued Stay-at-Home Orders…

MD       Governor issued Non-essential businesses to close but not Stay-at-Home Orders

NV        Governor issued Non-essential businesses to close but not Stay-at-Home Orders

VA        Governor issued Non-essential businesses to close but not Stay-at-Home Orders

KY        Governor issued Non-essential businesses to close but not Stay-at-Home Orders

 

As with the prior updates, it remains imperative our clients confirm their consignees are open and receiving PRIOR to shipping to them to avoid incremental storage & redelivery costs.  If you have questions, please reach out to your Redwood Representative.


Date: 3/23/20 – 10:20am CST

Update: A REMINDER about General P&D and Operational Details & Current Limitations for the LTL Carrier Industry

  • LTL carriers are in the considered essential, so they are ALL open for business, with rare exception
  • The LTL carrier approach is to service ALL customers that remain open for business
  • There is emphasis on shipments in the emergency or essential categories
  • PLEASE Have shippers check with their consignees to verify they are open PRIOR to shipping
  • Certain non-essential customers still may not be serviced (remote areas, restricted deliveries, appointments, etc.)
  • Everything is subject to change at a moment’s notice

If you have any questions or need further clarity, please reach out to your Redwood Representative


Date: 3/23/20 – 8:00am CST

Update: The Dept of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during the pandemic. 

Please see graphic below:

 


Date: 3/23/20 – 7:30am CST

Update: Ohio Department of Health Releases Extended Information on Shelter-In-Place Order

Click here for all pertinent details related to the Ohio Shelter-In-Place Order

 


Date: 3/23/20 – 7:00am CST

Update: More States Issues Stay At Home Orders Increasing Delivery Challenges

Below is an updated complete list of “stay at home” orders for all non-essential workers given by state governments:

CALIFORNIA – Effective FRIDAY, 3/20/20

CONNECTICUT – Effective MONDAY, 3/23/20 @ 8pm EST

DELAWARE – Effective TUESDAY, 3/24/20 @ 8am EST

ILLINOIS – Effective SATURDAY, 3/21/20 @ 5pm CST

LOUISIANA – Effective MONDAY, 3/23/20 @ 5pm CST – currently effective THROUGH Monday, 4/13/20

OHIO – Effective Sunday, 3/22/20 @ 5pm EST – currently effective THROUGH Monday, 4/6/20

NEW JERSEY – Effective Saturday, 3/21/20 @ 5pm EST

NEW YORK – Effective Sunday, 3/22/20 @ 8am EST

If you need additional clarity or have questions, please reach out to your Redwood Representative.

 


 

Date: 03/20/20 – 3:30pm CST

Update: Illinois Joining the “Shelter-In-Place” Mandate

The State of Illinois Mandates “Shelter-In-Place”, or stay at home policy effective, 3/21/20 at 5pm cst through the tentative “re-open” date of April 8, 2020.  This means that all business will be closed except for those that are considered essential. Its important that our clients remain in tune with their clients to assure facilities remain open to accept deliveries, otherwise either don’t ship to them, or reach out to your Redwood representative to determine if economical storage options are available.


Date: 3/20/20 – 1pm CST

Update: Carrier Recommendations to Our Clients

Many of our carriers continue to deliver into challenging areas, other than those completely locked out by local governments.  In MOST cases, IF customers are open, our carriers can make pickups and deliveries-  if they are NOT open, they simply cannot do so.  That being said, our clients can save time, money and hassle if you can confirm your consignee is open and receiving product BEFORE you ship.

Along those same lines, many carriers are providing VERBAL PODs only in an attempt to further distance drivers from clients, providing a lower level of contact stress, and certainly reducing the risk of inadvertently passing the virus.  Please understand there MAY be shipments without actual signatures, but with verbal PODs.  Please contact your Redwood representative if you need more clarification or detail.

 


Date: 03/20/20 – 8:00 am CST

Update: All Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses in PA to Close Physical locations as of 8pm 3/19/20 to Slow Spread of COVID-19

List of PA Business Types

Please see attachment providing a list of all industries in PA that will no longer be able to receive deliveries effective immediately.  All RW carriers will do their best to NOT pickup freight destined for this area, however, its imperative our shippers are vigilant in either holding product to avoid return and/or storage charges, or speak to your Redwood representative about available economical storage options (if freight is already moving) we can provide for your product until such time deliveries are possible.

 


 

Date: 3/20/20 – 7:45 am CST

Update: San Francisco Bay Area “Shelter-In-Place” Mandates Limiting Access

California Executive Order

Residents in the counties of San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda along with the cities of Berkeley, Fresno and Oakland have been ordered to shelter in place allowing residents may only go outside their homes for necessities until April 7.  At the same time, deliveries will be allowed for essentials ONLY.  The state of California has also issued a “stay at home” order to all 40 million residents. Although currently very fluid, several freight carriers have indicated limited delivery capabilities if any in this area until further notice. Please be cognizant of this before you ship product to CA.  Redwood may be able to offer economical storage solutions for freight already shipped, please reach out to your Redwood representative for more information.

 


 

Date: 3/19/19 – 1:47 pm CST

Update: Puerto Rico has Ordered all Non-Essential Businesses & Government Offices to Close

Effective immediately, the ONLY businesses allowed to operate during this period are those businesses in food retail, pharmaceutical or medical industries.  If your company does NOT reside in these industries or support their efforts, its important you hold shipments until further notice.  Keep in mind for shipments that are enroute, containerized and has cleared customs in Puerto Rico – they will only actually deliver if it meets the criteria noted above.  Undeliverable freight in PR will be held at the carrier freight terminals until deliveries are allowed. For further clarification or to understand options for freight enroute, please reach out to your Redwood representative or your carrier (s) directly.


Date: 03/19/2020 – 9:00am CST

Update: COVID-19 Impact On Mexico Supply Chain

As we all adjust to COVID-19 reality, I wanted to address a question I am hearing from my customers; what impact will COVID-19 have on Mexico Supply Chains? We are already seeing a significant tightening in the Laredo trucks to load ratio; Official number was 11.54 available loads per truck and getting worse (due to COVID-19). Remember the upcoming produce season (fruit and vegetables will need to move soon!)
 
Here is a summary of the Mexico market factors:
 

  1. Trade continues to move in both directions somewhat normally for now; border remains open in both directions to trade and pedestrian traffic.  Comments have been made as to potential closures by both sides but nothing concrete.  Any closure to tourist traffic could potentially affect the B1 driver program which would really hurt carriers that leverage that program.
  2. USD/Peso has spiked to 1 USD = 24 MXP (roughly a 30% devaluation).  This makes imports very expensive for Mexican companies and Exports particularly lucrative. This impacts the Southbound capacity that feeds the needed northbound.
  3. Fully expect plant shutdowns in some industries (automotive) and large scale ramp ups in others: Food, medical supplies, FMCPG, all have massive plants in Mexico.
  4. The above mentioned issues will drive a further imbalance and high demand for northbound shipments in Mexico.  The already tight border market (and tightening due to COVID-19 and Produce Season) will exacerbate this situation further as there will be a general lack of US capacity for outbound border shipments.  Expect rates to spike accordingly.  
  5. Mexico has a relatively small number of reported COVID-19 cases, mostly driven by a lack of proper testing in place; many more are suspected.
  6. Position of the Mexican government has not been cautious enough which should be cause for concern.
  7. All public schools have been closed for one month however due to lack of sufficient warnings many people are using this opportunity to go on vacation.  People are far less panicked by this situation and not adhering to quarantine recommendations.  This is cause for further concern.
  8. Generally speaking, this is a very fluid situation however we believe with some certainty that there will be significant pressure on northbound rates starting this week and lasting for the next 3 months at minimum.

 
Due to a multi-million USD investment in Mexico, Redwood is well positioned to support you. We move over 30,000 loads a year across the Mexico / USA border. With this is mind, can I get 15-minutes to discuss your Mexico Supply Chains?
 
Here are a few video links of our solutions:
 

 
Please let me know what questions you may have,

Mike Finn
Redwood Mexico


Date: 03/18/2020 – 1:00pm CST

Update: Customer Update

Dear Redwood Logistics Customer,

Whether we partner with you to manage your entire supply chain or help you transport materials for manufacturing or your products to market, your business is our business. Be assured that we will continue to go the extra mile to manage your business with predictability, safety, and confidence.

As the news is dominated by the Coronavirus, we wanted to reach out to let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and business continuity. To ensure the safety of our employees, customers and partners, we are monitoring developments daily and on a real-time basis as events evolve and following the current guidance from the leading government and health authorities.

All of Redwood’s services continue to operate throughout the United States and Redwood Mexico’s cross-border operation. Our management team has a crisis management plan for all employees and services and is prepared to respond to the changing conditions as required with a contingency plan that can be executed on demand. Redwood will continue to operate all lines of service during these times. Our dedicated fleet and brokerage operations will continue to operate through our employees and be supplemented with additional qualified staff if needed.

We have taken steps to ensure the welfare of our employees, customers and vendors. All offices are equipped with operational plans to inform our employees with public health updates and to provide regular updates to our broad client base who visit our offices.

PLUS we have also implemented:

  • Daily office deep-cleaning;
  • Placement of hand sanitizers at entry points, exits, and office space;
  • Education of all office staff to remain vigilant with proper hand-washing, avoiding face touching, and other preventative practices;
  • Limiting non-essential business travel;
  • Requesting relevant travel details be reported to HR as appropriate;
  • Working from home where appropriate and as needed;
  • Limiting both outside visitors and inter-company location visitation.

We are available for questions and further information and can be contacted at 1-844-467-3396 or by email at: hello@redwoodlogistics.com.

As always, thank you for your business and your continued partnership and trust in Redwood. We remain dedicated to providing the superior service you have come to rely on each day.