Dec 14, 2017
— Total November POLA volume came in at 924,225 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), which set a new record for monthly volumes in the port’s 110-year history, topping November 2016’s 877,564 TEU, and were up 5.3% annually. POLB November volume was up 14.7% annually at 612,659 TEU, with the first 11 months of 2017 coming in at 6,847,589 for a 10% annual gain. In calendar year 2016, POLB handled 6,775,171 TEU.
Dec 7, 2017
— Truckers in Washington state are meeting with lawmakers to discuss options for addressing the state’s shortage of truck parking, an issue which is expected to face added pressure once the federal requirement for use of electronic logs takes effect next week.
Nov 20, 2017
— The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) took an important step in its regulatory reform efforts when it voted last week to advance a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that simplifies and streamlines its Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Service Arrangements (NSA) and Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRA) rules and procedures.
Nov 17, 2017
— Carriers who are hit with citations for non-compliance with FMCSA’s electronic logging device mandate will not have points recorded against them in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring system, safety officials said today at a public hearing in Birmingham, Ala. It was previously announced that those drivers also will not be put out of service during that period.
Nov 15, 2017
— Uber is working on a fleet of self-driving semi-trucks, but it won’t completely replacing traditional drivers, the company said. In a post on Medium on Nov. 14, Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, the company’s self-driving car wing based in Pittsburgh, laid out its vision for the future of long-haul trucking.
Nov 9, 2017
— President Donald Trump’s vow to scrap or revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement was expected to put a scare into companies considering these kinds of moves. But many are sticking to plans to set up shop in Mexico even if the pact isn’t renewed, according to the experts who help firms relocate and find new plants.
Nov 9, 2017
— With just six weeks remaining before enforcement of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device begins, 60 percent of fleets running between 1 and 100 trucks have yet to adopt ELDs, according to a recent survey conducted by CarrierLists.
Nov 8, 2017
— Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are fighting to save tax-exempt bonds in the GOP tax bill that are used to finance infrastructure projects around the country. In a bipartisan letter earlier this year, more than 150 members of Congress urged House leadership to keep the deduction on tax-exempt municipal bonds, which are considered a critical tool for public-private partnerships and infrastructure rebuilding efforts.
Nov 7, 2017
— Sections of the long-haul and drayage trucking communities are still unprepared for implementation of the fast approaching federal mandate to install electronic logging devices (ELDs) on all commercial trucks and buses by Dec. 18, 2017.
Nov 6, 2017
— The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced they have approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update that sets out aggressive clean air strategies for moving cargo through the nation’s busiest container port complex — which is on pace for the busiest year ever.
Nov 1, 2017
— With conditions ripe for rate hikes of late, truckload rates in all three major segments in October continued their upward momentum, according to monthly spot market rates data from Truckstop.com.
Nov 1, 2017
— While praising efforts to protect the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports from terrorist and cyber-attacks, members of Congress aired concerns Oct. 31 about threats to public safety and the economy if federal funding for maritime security programs isn’t raised to meet new threats.
Oct 31, 2017
— In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians from 2016 to 2026 will be three times higher than was previously projected for the 2014 to 2024 period.
Oct 30, 2017
— DHL opened a 54,000 square-foot, US$10 million global gateway facility at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) last week, adding to Chicago’s growing northeast cargo campus, which DHL said was on track to be “the largest cargo development built at a U.S. airport in more than a decade, when completed in the next few years.”
Oct 27, 2017
— New security measures for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights took effect today, with airline personnel conducting short interviews with travelers at check-in or the boarding gate. The directive was announced by the Trump administration in July as an alternative to banning laptops and other electronic devices from the cabin of inbound flights to the U.S. The new rules apply to American and global airlines and affect roughly 2,100 flights from around the world that enter the U.S. on any given day.
Oct 25, 2017
— U.S. Transportation Command is the first Department of Defense organization to initiate migration of its cyber domain to a commercial cloud provider to improve mission assurance, while strengthening information technology efficiency and effectiveness. Last month, the first wave of five USTRANSCOM IT systems transitioned to a commercial cloud-based solution.
Oct 25, 2017
— Anyone that wakes up each day in a logistics job that centers around moving freight is more than aware of the fact that there is a significant truck driver shortage. That is nothing new; in fact, it is far from it. But that does not mean the driver shortage is viewed as a “whistle by the graveyard” or “nothing to see here” approach. In fact, it is and needs to be the opposite.
Oct 25, 2017
— A shortage of drivers tops the pending implementation of the federal electronic logging device mandate as the biggest trucking business concern, according to an industry trade group. In its annual survey, the American Transportation Research Institute found that motor carriers and the industry in general are most concerned about a lack of qualified drivers to carry the nation’s freight.
Oct 16, 2017
— Like it or not, the era of paper driver logs is over. Technology is available that will automatically record drivers Hours of Service and better ensure compliance with legislation. As of December 18, 2017, commercial drivers with model year 2000 or newer trucks who currently are required to prepare Hours of Service records of duty status (RODS) must start using an electronic logging device (ELD).
Oct 7, 2017
— Tropical Storm Nate, on track to strike near New Orleans overnight Saturday, may cause close to $1 billion in damage across Central America and the U.S., regions already battered by the most powerful month of hurricanes on record.
Oct 4, 2017
— Making the Move.mil website more user-friendly and possibly spreading at least some moves more evenly throughout the year are a few of the things defense transportation officials are looking at to improve the process of moving household goods for service members, as the program that manages service members’ household goods undergoes its own relocation of sorts.
Oct 4, 2017
— USTRANSCOM is now the single manager of the Defense Personal Property Program or DP3, which oversees the Department of Defense’s household goods and privately-owned vehicle shipment programs.
Sep 27, 2017
— Hoegh Autoliners has made a settlement with the US Department of Justice, regarding accusations over price-fixing. According to sources, the Norwegian company is to pay a fine of USD21 million to Middle East exports for illicit actions against competition.
Sep 27, 2017
— Pan Am Railways and DP World have agreed to form a new direct intermodal service connecting the Boston market to Port Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada. The new agreement provides a "viable alternative" to customers in the New England area, said officials representing DP World, the port's terminal operator. Port Saint John provides connections to more than 500 international destinations.
Sep 19, 2017
— The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to pass a $700 defense policy bill for 2018 that would exceed President Donald Trump’s budget request and break statutory caps on defense spending. The bill surpasses the president’s $603 billion defense budget request, the $549 billion cap set by the Budget Control Act and the $696.5 billion House version, with which the Senate version must be reconciled before the NDAA’s final passage by Congress.
May 16, 2017
— The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
Sep 23, 2016
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Nov 10, 2015
— IAM yesterday submitted comments on the U.S. Transportation Command’s recent Federal Register Notice about the Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program. IAM believes the proposed pilot is ill-conceived and poorly timed.
Aug 6, 2015
— IAM attended the GSA pre-solicitation meeting yesterday in Washington D.C. IAM’s Senior Vice-President, Chuck White, and Programs Director, Brian Limperopulos, discussed international trends and issues affecting the industry with both GSA officials and transportation service providers from the industry.