Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Schilli Distribution Services Foreign-Trade Zone 104, Magnet Site 14 is open

Schilli Distribution Services is proud to announce that Foreign-Trade Zone 104, Magnet Site 14, has officially opened for business. New services and opportunities that we are excited to say will be extremely beneficial to you and your organization focusing on International Freight Shipments and FTZ utilization benefits for Freight Forwarders, Customs Brokers and anyone Importing and or Exporting merchandise.

Simply put, we can now offer and provide all Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) Services.

We have been working for many months, with the cooperation of the Department of Homeland Security and World Trade Center of Savannah, to get our FTZ designation and activation and with great success can now offer 140,000 sq. ft. of General Purpose FTZ space here in Savannah Georgia just 2.5 miles from Gate 4 of the Georgia Port Authority.

would greatly appreciate any time you may have to speak
in greater detail about our new FTZ services and how we can help each other in promoting the benefits and providing these services to our clients. This will help your clients by saving, potentially, a substantial amount of money in Import & Export Duties as well as give you more opportunity to micro manage all the necessary documents for entry and withdrawals for your customers. Also, let me know if there is anything I can do in the meantime, for I have many more resources at my disposal as well as being able to leverage rates in all areas of Warehousing and Transportation. Thanks again and I certainly look forward to speaking with you soon!" - David W. Hahne, FTZ Manager & Business Development Manager.

Schilli Distribution Services is located at 120 Crossgate Rd., Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407.

Phone : 912-963-9949
Cell: 912-220-6232
Fax: 912-963-9950

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rest Breaks

It is going on one year since the “Hours-of-Service Rest Break Rule” went into effect. Take time to review the rule to help prevent violations during your next DOT roadside inspection and to minimize downtime because of taking rest breaks when they are not needed.
Below is the actual wording from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations:
Rest Breaks §395.3(a)(3)(ii) - Driving is not permitted if more than 8 hours have passed since the end of the driver's last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes.
Some important things to remember:

1. Driving is not permitted after 8 hours, but on-duty activity is
allowed as long as driving doesn’t resume until at least 30
minutes of off-duty or sleeper-berth has been taken.

2. The rest break needs to be at least 30 minutes of off-duty or sleeper-berth time, no exceptions.

3. The 8-hour clock starts again after every rest break. On-duty time after a rest break and before driving needs to be counted in the calculation of 8 hours. The FMCSA considers on-duty time as a contributing factor to drivers’ fatigue.

4. It may be necessary to take multiple rest breaks each day. 

For drivers still using paper logs, a useful tool is to take a logbook ruler and measure out the length of 8 hours on the ruler. Use this technique as a quick reference once driving or on-duty time begins to determine when a rest break must be taken without going over 8 hours.
Take rest breaks seriously. Rest breaks can help reduce stress and fatigue which can lead to a crash and/or workplace injuries. Also, during a roadside inspection, a new rest break violation adds 21 points to the driver’s and carrier’s CSA/SMS score. This violation can also result in the driver being placed “out of service” resulting in additional CSA/SMS points against the driver and the fleet.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Community of Drivers

Restoring Faith in Humanity...
One Story at a Time.

Road Warriors
by Carrie Bryant

Brownstown Township, Michigan, USA

The summer of 1990, my kid brother moved to California. Mom and Dad had to get his car out to him, so they decided that Mom would drive it to California two weeks before Christmas, then Dad and I would fly out there and spend Christmas together with both my brothers. The day before my mother left, she fell and broke her left wrist and had to have a cast up to her elbow.

Dad plotted her route by way of Indianapolis. By the fourth or fifth day of her trip, while I was at my parents' house helping Dad, Mom called. She was in Texas, not far from some friends of theirs, but she found herself so tired she pulled off the road for a 20 minute nap. She woke up and drove to a restaurant, where she called their friends. They asked her to come and stay for the rest of the day and night to visit, so she got directions to their place and left the restaurant.

As mom stepped outside, a man came up to her and asked if she was driving a Ford EXP with out-of-state plates, and had she pulled off the road somewhere a little while back to take a nap or something. Mom was wary about all the questions, but the man assured her that he meant no harm. Once she said yes, she was that woman, he asked her to please wait where she was while he made a call and he would come back to explain. He went to his truck, grabbed his radio microphone, and made a call.

When he returned, he told her that truck drivers had been following her since Indianapolis. It seems that a driver had noticed this little white-haired lady with a cast on her left arm and driving a stick-shift cross-country. Since she didn't have a CB radio, and probably didn't have a cell phone, they took it upon themselves to watch over her. They knew what hotel she stopped at for the night. Each morning another driver would pick her up and continue the trip. Any time the driver following her had to go in another direction, he radioed another trucker driver who picked my mother up and continued following her.

Mom never knew she was being followed day and night by these truck drivers. The driver at the restaurant, telling my mother this story, stated that when she had pulled off the road for those 20-30 minutes, the drivers had lost sight of her and panicked. They were looking for her when he spotted her car at the restaurant and stopped to make sure she was all right. Once he confirmed she was the right lady, he had to call the other drivers to let them know he had found her safe and sound, as they were getting ready to call the state police to look for her.

I can't thank those highway angels enough for the care, worry and protection they gave my mom during this trip.

Originally published as HeroicStories #121 on February 15, 2000.  Available in The Best of HeroicStories, Volume 2.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Drivers Needed!!

No, it's not a glamorous job.  You won't have paparazzi clamoring for your picture.  But there is a shortage of truck drivers.  A big one and it looks like it's only going to get worse as more demand for shipping by truck goes up and current drivers retire. 

Trucking companies everywhere are trying to recruit more drivers so their trucks aren't just sitting, but they are finding it harder and harder.  They are looking at different ways to retain the drivers they have as well as recuit new drivers. 

The Tennessean published an article on August 25, 2014 titled "Trucking Industry faces uphill battle to recruit drivers".  It stated that truck drivers were 3rd of the list of the top 10 hardest jobs to fill in Manpower Groups's "2013 Talent Shortage Survey" for the United States.

Age is part of the problem.  You can't get a CDL license until you are 21, so those not going to college still have to wait 3 years after high school to get a driving job.  Also, the training can be expensive, some spending thousands before they are qualified to get a job.

For the full article, click here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

School Bus Safety

As the summer of 2014 quickly comes to an end, schools throughout the country will be opening their doors to students returning from their brief summer recesses.

For 24 million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. The National Safety Council indicates there are approximately 325,000 school buses operating on any given school day, with each traveling an average of 12,000 miles per school year. 

What tragedy could be worse for a parent than to lose a young child in a school bus accident? What tragedy could be worse for a trucking professional than to be involved in such an accident? There are steps than can be taken by professional drivers to minimize the potential for these types of losses.
1. Recognize And Obey The Rules Of The Road – When approaching a school bus, be extra cautious. Look for the possibility of warning signals to activate and be prepared to stop. Remember that in most every state, and in most circumstances, it is unlawful to pass a stopped school bus that is either loading or unloading students. Additionally, most buses are required to stop at railroad crossings, so be prepared. Always maintain a “cushion of safety” to avoid rear-ending a school bus.

2. Obey School Zone Speed Limits – If you must travel through a school zone to complete your delivery, obey the restricted speed limits, and always yield to school buses, clearly giving them the right-of-way.

3. Be Prepared For The Unexpected – When following a bus that is making frequent stops, don’t take a chance making an unsafe pass. Remember that school buses often pick up children during early morning hours, when fog and darkness may cause reduced visibility.

As professional drivers, we must use common sense, be courteous, and stay within the law. Think “CAUTION” anytime you observe a school bus.

At times, the trucking industry will take the position that some accidents are inevitable. Yet, when the cargo is as valuable as that carried by our school buses, nothing less than a total safety effort is acceptable.

Let’s give our children a safe and happy school year!