Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!

A victory for both SoCal ports

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
September 26, 2011

The timing of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn a ban on drayage owner-operators at the Port of Los Angeles could not have been better.

As we have been reporting recently, the inbound cargo volumes at Southern California ports has been trending downward, and one may suspect that the contentious political environment may have contributed to this

It is heartening to learn that the Port of LA may soon be following the example set by neighboring Long Beach on a more progressive solution to cleaning the air in the region.

But the battle may not be entirely over. While the American Trucking Association challenged the port’s authority to enact and enforce a ban on owner-operators, the court did uphold several comparatively minor regulatory port requirements relating to truck parking, financial capability, maintenance and placard requirements.

“We are evaluating the rest of the court’s ruling,” said ATA Chief Counsel Robert Digges, “while the court upheld our argument on the central issue, we will be deciding whether a further appeal is warranted.  We firmly believe the other challenged provisions of the Concession Agreement should have been preempted as explained in a strong dissent by the panel’s Chief Judge.  Should we appeal, that dissent will be very helpful to our effort.”

About the Author

Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Logistics managers have always been under pressure to strike the right distance between specialized intermediaries and the markets they want to serve. That challenge is becoming increasingly complex, however, as mega-brokerage enterprises capture more share.

There are so many ways to analyze the state of truckload capacity, and on top of that there is, perhaps, no other facet of freight transportation that is so directly impacted by myriad moving parts, whether it be driver availability, rates, demand, weather, the economy, and, of course, federal regulations, among others.

The ATA said that the annualized turnover rate for large truckload carriers, which it defines as truckload fleets with more than $30 million in revenue, increased 3 percent to an annualized rate of 87 percent in the second quarter.

If you want to meet some of the most ticked-off people on the planet, talk to any trucking industry retiree who received that letter from the Teamsters’ Central States pension plan notifying them of their potential financial haircut coming in retirement.

Global express delivery and logistics services provider DHL introduced a new flight geared towards Michigan-based importers and exporters out of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.


Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA