In the U.K. there has been palpable fear going around in the logistics circles at the thought of a no-deal Brexit, a possibility that seems to be inching closer with every passing day. In that context, a British retail expert pointed out the odds of an “explosion” in goods sold in the grey market if no-deal Brexit becomes a reality. The grey market is the unaccounted for market that sells unauthorized but legitimate goods, predominantly to circumvent taxes and customs duty.
A no-deal Brexit would cause the prices of legitimate products imported into the U.K. to rise by roughly 10 percent due to scarcity. Unauthorized sellers could make use of this situation to unload such products, which they typically overstock in bulk to leverage against an uncertain future.
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The American Trucking Associations (ATA) predicts trucking’s share of total freight tonnage will dip to 68.8 percent in 2030 from 71.1 percent this year, even as tonnage grows to 14.2 billion tons in 2030 from 11.7 billion tons.
“China has a 15-year head start – whatever you want, someone’s doing it. You can’t just shift your business to Vietnam and expect to find what you’re looking for.”
– Wing Xu, the operations director for Omnidex Group, on the practical difficulties in moving manufacturing from China to Southeast Asia.
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One of the primary talking points in the context of electric vehicles is the improvement in range over the years. For instance, the 2018 Nissan Leaf has a range of 151 miles on a full charge – a two-fold increase in range from its 2011 model, but at nearly the same price point.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has stated that the company will not bring down the costs of its Model 3 to below $35,000. However, even at this price, the Model 3 will be comparable to the cost of a gasoline-powered car. With continuous improvements in battery range, there could soon come a time when electric cars are functionally and financially a better option compared to a gasoline-powered car for the average consumer.
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