Friday, January 11, 2013
With the current status of labor negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance at East and Gulf Coast ports in flux, import volume growth is expected to show modest growth, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is fully aware of the challenges this is likely to present for the industry and recently released a second survey to collect data on the impacts that may accrue from changes to the 34-hour restart rule.
Posted on 01/11 at 11:35 AM
Trucking HOS •
While just a few years ago, the global automotive logistics sector was regarded as moribund at best, a new report suggest that demand from emerging markets are changing all of that.
The nation faces a balancing act between the need to spend more on infrastructure while finally addressing the ballooning national debt, which the nation’s top business lobbyist calls the biggest single threat to the U.S. economic future.
Carload volume—at 241,682—was down 12.1 percent annually, Intermodal volumes—at 178,317 trailers and containers—were down 8 percent.
Posted on 01/11 at 11:32 AM
Rail Freight •
Logistics Management Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently spoke with John White, executive vice president, sales and marketing, for Chattanooga, Tennessee-based truckload and full-service freight transportation provider U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Menlo Worldwide Logistics LLC, a third-party logistics (3PL) subsidiary of freight transportation services provider Con-way Inc., announced this week it has opened up a new 37,000 square meter state-of-the-art warehousing and retail distribution management center in Singapore.
A diverse coalition of over 120 local, state and national stakeholders, ranging from farmers and manufacturers to retailers and wholesalers – representing the totality of the global supply chain – sent a letter today to the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. (USMX) urging both sides to remain at the negotiating table until they “reach a new long-term contract.”
Posted on 01/10 at 11:29 AM
Ocean Cargo •
The TCI, which reflects tightening conditions for hauling capacity and is comprised of various metrics, including capacity, fuel, bankruptcies, cost of capital, and freight, increased nearly two full points.
Posted on 01/10 at 11:28 AM
FTR Associates •
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 1.7 percent from October to November, following a 1.9 percent dip from September to October.