Friday, March 25, 2011
Class 8 vehicle commercial trailer net orders increased more than 25 percent—to 21,990—in February over January, according to data from ACT Research Co., a provider of data and analysis for trucks and other commercial vehicles.
European import and export volumes are off to a decent start, according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report from Hackett Associates and the Bremen Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.
Railroad volumes were up again for both carload and intermodal for the week ending March 19, according to data from the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
Earlier this month, Pacific Northwest-based refrigerated motor carrier Brown Line, LLC, a subsidiary of Lynden Transport, acquired the operations of Port Side Trucking, a Kent, Washington-based refrigerated trucking company.
New market intelligence on Japan is being made available to shippers this week.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
A few weeks ago, Congress signed off on extending funding for federal highway and transit funding through September 30, the end of the fiscal year. This multiple month extension was the seventh of its kind, albeit the lengths have differed for each one.
The combination of the fragile-but-improving overall U.S. economy and tighter enforcement of unsafe truck drivers is reigniting fears of truck capacity shortages later this year, top trucking officials and analysts are saying.
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says it currently is in a period of “phased implementation,” it advises motor carriers and shippers that the CSA program is fully in effect. Enforcement procedures can range from simple warning letters to full-blown compliance reviews for the most egregious violators.
“If you are successful, America will be successful,” and with those words Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security, welcomed attendees to ProMat 2011 and to his keynote speech, titled “Fortune Favors the Brave: The Net Gain of Supply Chain Security in a Risk-Based World.”
Truck tonnage saw its first decline in three months, according to data released this week by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).