Friday, April 12, 2013
Coming off a better than expected month in February, retail sales were somewhat lackluster in March, according to data released today by the United States Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF).
Carload volume—at 280,748—was up 3.7 percent annually, and intermodal—at 231,648 trailers and containers—was up 0.2 percent.
Posted on 04/12 at 09:27 AM
Rail Freight •
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The budget, which was released Tuesday, April 10, is calling for a total of $76.6 billion in discretionary and mandatory budget resources for the DOT, representing a 5.5 percent increase—or $4 billion—above the 2012, enacted level, according to the White House.
Posted on 04/11 at 10:05 AM
The United States Postal Services’ (USPS) desire to eliminate Saturday delivery—as part of an effort to become financially solvent—is not likely to come to fruition.
Posted on 04/11 at 08:57 AM
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 1.2 percent from January to February, matching the gain from December to January.
Now that the impact of federal budget sequestration on the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is on hold, the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates is calling for gains in April United States-bound import cargo levels.
Posted on 04/10 at 11:52 AM
Port Tracker •
ILA membership signs off on six-year Master Contract with USMX.
Posted on 04/10 at 09:19 AM
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
IARW president and vice president of Global Cold Chain Alliance comments on the rankings.
On the eve of President Barack Obama’s FY 2014 budget release, freight interests in the Nation’s Capital on Tuesday were telling policy leaders that it’s never too early to be thinking about the next multi-year highway bill—and, more importantly, how to pay for it.
Posted on 04/09 at 01:07 PM
Fuel Tax •