Trucking

  • Shippers hit by trucker shortage and bad weather pushing up transport costs

    Feb 15, 2018 — Shippers are fearing for their bottom lines amid claims the US truck driver shortage will intensify after a year in which hurricanes and high demand drove up rates.
  • Senate confirms rail, truck agency administrators

    Feb 15, 2018 — The U.S. Senate confirmed Ronald Batory as administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and Ray Martinez as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • ELD Mandate Presents Opportunity to Boost Fuel Efficiency, Technology Vendors Say

    Feb 13, 2018 — Complying with the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate may create new expenses for new adopters of the technology, but the devices also could generate fuel savings for carriers depending on the type of system they deploy and how they use the data.
  • Embark’s self-driving truck completes 2,400 mile cross-U.S. trip

    Feb 7, 2018 — Embark’s autonomous trucking solution just demonstrated what it could be capable of in a big way: It make a coast-to-coast trip from L.A. to Jacksonville, Florida, driving 2,400 miles from one end of the U.S. to the other.
  • Cargo Theft Explodes in Mexico

    Feb 6, 2018 — Cargo theft in Mexico has exploded since 2015, and totaled more than 4,000 thefts in 2017, according to SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center’s annual report on cargo theft in the country. The 1,105 thefts in 2015 grew by 61% to 1,773 in 2016. That number grew by 127% to 4,030 last year.
  • A glimpse into the future of forwarding – through a cloudy crystal

    Feb 2, 2018 — Freight transportation performance last year turned out to be one of the best in almost a decade, resulting from many factors, including strong business investments, increased consumer confidence, more construction and improved factory output. Freight forwarders saw strong results last year in the ocean, air and trucking sectors, as tightening supply conditions led to strong inventory demand due to restocking of shelves, partially depleted by surging e-commerce growth.
  • Cargo Thefts Drop as Police, Fleets Fight Back

    Feb 1, 2018 — Cargo thefts fell 36% in the fourth quarter of 2017, a continuation of a steady drop as fleets addressed the issue and states with large cargo hubs devoted more law enforcement manpower to the problem, according to CargoNet.
  • Trucking Industry Concerned About NAFTA Ending

    Jan 23, 2018 — The North American Free Trade Agreement became a critical component in the national economy when it was implemented in 1994. The trade deal is now facing major changes as partner countries rework its many provisions – a process that has been marred by contentious negotiations and a possible pullout by the United States.
  • Amazon Begins to Act as Its Own Freight Broker

    Jan 19, 2018 — Over the past two years Amazon.com Inc. has dabbled in the transportation and logistics industry. But recently, the e-commerce behemoth began to directly broker freight to truck drivers, rather than solely rely upon third-party firms such as C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Transport Topics has learned.
  • FMC Urged to Set Guidelines for Detention, Demurrage Charges

    Jan 17, 2018 — Cargo owners and trucking companies urged the Federal Maritime Commission to set guidelines on detention and demurrage charges when unforeseen circumstances take place, such as a weather emergency or labor slowdown.
  • ELD Mandate, Driver Shortage Spur All-Time Record Trailer Orders in December

    Jan 16, 2018 — Fleets are ordering thousands of dry vans to deal with exceptionally tight trucking capacity pushed to the edge by the ELD mandate. Carriers are resorting to much more drop-and-hook to compensate for the lack of drivers, and they need significantly more trailers to manage the demand.
  • TRB Researchers Look at Safety, Relationship Between Pay and Driver Fatigue

    Jan 12, 2018 — The wages earned by truck drivers are too low, forcing them to work long hours, according to a report presented to trucking industry researchers at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board here. Members of the Trucking Industry Research Committee also discussed truck parking, fatigue management and the link between driver pay and safety.
  • Rollout of Active Steering in Trucking Draws Near

    Jan 3, 2018 — Active steering is steadily moving beyond the prototype stage and is expected to become available in commercial trucks within the next couple of years. The rollout of automated steering should occur in stages, beginning with lane-keeping assistance and lane-centering capabilities, which could reach the market by 2020.
  • Canada Announces ELD Proposal as US Mandate Takes Hold

    Dec 19, 2017 — As the electronic logging device mandate takes effect in the United States, Canada has published its own first draft of rules that would require the devices for truck drivers. Once finalized, the mandate will be rolled out within two years.
  • ELD Mandate Magnifies Parking Shortage, Washington Truck Exec Says

    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.
  • Analysis: Recent Merger in China May Herald a Revolution in Hauling Freight

    Dec 5, 2017 — Even as China embraces ride sharing and delivery drones, and builds vast networks of airports and high-speed rail, it still depends on long-haul trucks to carry 80% of its cargo.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

    May 18, 2017 — The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.