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UPS Freight workers approve new labor contract, avoiding strike

UPS Freight workers voted in favor of approving a new labor contract, avoiding the risk of a strike that could have affected shippers transporting their goods around the country.

However, it’s possible the labor turmoil leading up to the contract vote could have a . . .

UPS Tells Shippers to Prepare for Freight Strike

United Parcel Service Inc. UPS -0.19% is telling customers to make alternative shipping plans in case of a strike in its smaller freight division, where unionized workers are set to vote on the company’s final contract offer next week.

UPS Freight workers rejected . . .

NEWS FLASH: Trump notifies Congress of intent for trilateral NAFTA

President Donald Trump has officially notified Congress that his administration intends to keep NAFTA as a trilateral agreement.
The formal notification sets in motion Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) timelines that require submission of final NAFTA text to Congress within 30 days and executive signature of . . .

Mexico instates first ever hours of service regulations

Mexico will enact a law regulating truck drivers’ hours of service this week. It is the first law of its kind in Mexico, as driving time has never been managed on the federal level before.

Prior to the new regulations, HOS rules were set by . . .

Nafta Talks Pick Up as Decision Time Nears for U.S., Canada

The U.S. and Canada are getting ready to decide on key issues as they work to strike a deal to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada’s foreign minister said.

“Our officials did some work. They prepared some issues for me and . . .

The business of blockchain with BiTA

On August 27, PricewaterhouseCoopers released the results of their 2018 Global Blockchain Survey, and their message is loud and clear: “Blockchain is here. What’s your next move?” According to PwC, 84% of respondents are actively involved in blockchain. As things stand, “nobody wants to . . .

President Trump Proposes $100 Billion in New Tariffs on Chinese Goods

Pres. Donald Trump instructed the U.S. trade representative to consider an additional $100 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods in a dramatic escalation of the trade dispute between the two countries . . .

Canada Announces ELD Proposal as US Mandate Takes Hold

As the ELD mandate takes effect in the US, Canada has published its own first draft of rules . . .

California Truckers to Pay 20¢ More a Gallon for Diesel Starting Nov. 1

Beginning Nov. 1, drivers across California can expect to pay an extra 12 cents per gallon for gasoline at the pump, and an extra 20 cents per gallon for diesel . . .

Lehigh Valley GDP Continues to Grow; Reaches Record-High $39 Billion

Lehigh Valley, PA, a burgeoning logistics hot-spot, now ranked 65th largest GDP out of the 382 metro areas in the US . . .

Intermodal Could Gain From Trickle Down of ELD Mandate

Truckload executives predict business conditions in 2018 will be robust due to the electronic logging device mandate and that intermodal could benefit from a trickle-down effect . . .

Hurricane Irma : Florida begins the big clean up after storm

Storm-shocked Floridians returned to shattered homes on Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Irma pushed inland, leaving more than half of all state residents without power and city streets underwater from Orlando and Jacksonville into coastal Georgia and South Carolina . . .

Union Pacific to lay off 750 workers

Union Pacific said it will lay off 750 workers in an effort to cut costs. The layoffs include 500 managers and 250 other workers. The move, which eliminates about 8% of Union Pacific’s managers, will save about $110 million annually . . .

Consumer Comfort Reaches 16-Year High on Economic Optimism

Americans registered their strongest optimism in 16 years on more upbeat views about the state of the economy, personal finances, and the buying atmosphere . . .

Bill Gates Backs Uber Freight Rival

As Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos jockey for the designation of world’s wealthiest man, the Seattle billionaires are united behind at least one local venture. They’re both investors in a trucking logistics startup that competes with Uber Technologies Inc . . .

Adding Whole Foods to its business, Amazon may gain critical new nodes for its distribution network

Amazon.com will use its blockbuster acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc. to become a major player in the bricks-and-mortar retail sector . . .

Chao: Administration still figuring out funding for Infrastructure Plan

The Trump administration has yet to agree on how to fund a portion of a $1 trillion, 10-year infrastructure plan expected to be unveiled this fall, the country’s top transportation officer told House funding leaders on June 15, a week after the White . . .

The Truck Stops Here - New Self-Driving Truck Technology Can Run For 12 Hours

The term “truck stop” may become a thing of the past as new self-driving truck technology makes its way into the industry . . .

Toyota Bring Fuel-Cell Technology to Big Rigs

Project Portal at the Port of Los Angeles tests the feasibility of using hydrogen-powered semis to move freight. At major ports, diesel-fueled drayage trucks that move cargo containers around belch large amounts of emissions . . .

U.S. ports begin to align partnerships with one another in response to big global shipping alliances

U.S. ports are starting to build up their own response to the big global shipping alliances. Federal regulators have given the green light to the port authorities of Georgia and Virginia to discuss coordinating their operations, a potentially critical step in response to the . . .

Engineers Give D+ Grade to US Infrastructure — Again

The country’s infrastructure again received a near-failing grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers, highlighting a lack of improvement four years after the group’s last assessment . . .

Will Amazon revolutionize shipping?

Amazon, which prides itself on upending old ways of doing business, is now looking to transform the shipping industry as it has the retail industry . . .

U.S. factory activity hits two-year high

U.S. factory activity accelerated to more than a two-year high in January amid sustained increases in new orders and raw material costs, pointing to a recovery in manufacturing as domestic demand strengthens and the drag from low oil prices ebbs . . .

Federal Judge Rules Swift Misclassified Truck Drivers as Independent Contractors

A federal judge ruled against Swift Transportation Co. determining that five drivers classified as independent contractors should have been considered employees. The plaintiffs claimed in the case that due to the misclassification, Swift failed to pay them all the wages required by federal and state . . .

Shippers, Carriers Race to Prepare for April Start of Federal Food Safety Modernization Regulation

The April compliance date for the federal government’s new food transportation safety rule is approaching quickly. The FDA’s regulators are preparing to enforce new safety rules on those shippers, carriers, brokers, receivers, and loaders not in compliance within the food supply chain . . .

New York-New Jersey ship to rail port facility breaks ground

Global Container Terminals USA and the Port Authority of New York-New Jersey have begun construction for the ExpressRail Port Jersey ‘Greenville Yard’ facility. The facility is designed to complement the terminal’s big ship handling capabilities and quick transaction time, the intermodal yard will . . .

Trump’s DOT Pick, Elaine Chao, Outlines Priorities for Agency

The effective enforcement of safety, repairing critical infrastructure and expediting the permitting process are priorities at the U.S. Department of Transportation that Elaine Chao said she will address if confirmed as transportation secretary in the Trump administration . . .

Panama Canal Accommodates Largest Capacity Vessel To-Date Through New Locks

The Panama Canal welcomed the largest capacity vessel to-date to transit the Expanded Locks—Hapag-Lloyd’s Valparaiso Express. The 10,589 TEU Neopanamax containership was specifically built to take advantage of the greater capacity offered by the Expanded Panama Canal. This passage ushers . . .

Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Süd

Maersk Line, the container shipping unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, agreed to buy German shipping line Hamburg Süd, boosting its presence on North-South shipping routes. Maersk Line agreed to pay roughly $4 billion, according to people familiar with . . .

U.S. Shipping Demand Turns Upward on Consumer Spending

Trucking, rail shipments expanded in October after a long-term slump, and analysts say e-commerce is helping drive business heading toward the holidays

Roads and railways are busier this fall as U.S. companies ship more goods and materials in response to improving consumer . . .

Self-driving truck makes its first delivery

San Francisco startup, Otto, made the world’s first autonomous truck delivery this past week. The truck was outfitted with $30,000 worth of hardware and software and traveled 120 miles from Fort Collins, CO to Colorado Springs, CO. What product was chosen for the . . .

Higher Driver Pay Overtakes Fuel as Fleets' Top Expense

Trucking’s operational costs fell 6% per mile last year, on a year-over-year basis, helped by a 31% drop in fuel prices that outweighed the highest-ever driver pay as well as increased insurance and truck payment expenses. Those findings were in a . . .

Shipping Braces for Hurricane Matthew

Many ships are changing course to avoid the Category 4 storm. Matthew slammed the coast of Haiti, Cuba, and the major port of Freeport, Bahamas in its path. The hurricane is projected to move past Florida Thursday and make landfall near South Carolina by Saturday . . .

Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy

Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy protection August 31, 2016, after months of trying to raise money and restructure their debt. This triggered a scramble by shippers to locate and gain control of their containers. Hanjin vessels have been arrested and ports are refusing to work . . .

U.S. DOT to examine impact of trucking delays

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) this month began an audit of the potential impact of shipping delays on the trucking industry and its compliance with federal safety laws. The department will examine how delays at ports and other loading and unloading facilities may . . .

Multi-Billion Dollar Freight and Logistics Deal Given Final All Clear

US – EUROPE – WORLDWIDE – Having received all the requisite antitrust approvals from regulators around the world, American parcel giant FedEx has now officially acquired its Netherlands based rival TNT Express in a massive freight and logistics deal. The €4.4 billion acquisition will see the existing . . .

US Dithers over SOLAS Export Freight Container Weighing System as the World Moves On

US – UK – WORLDWIDE – As sectors of US industry rail against the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) incoming Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations, which mandate the weighing of all loaded export freight containers and which take effect from 1 July, the . . .

For second month, US trucking industry loses jobs

The U.S. economy gained jobs in March, but not the trucking industry. The number of employees on for-hire trucking payrolls dropped for the second straight month in March, falling by 2,400 workers. That brings the total number of trucking jobs lost in . . .

Amazon Building Global Delivery Business to Take on UPS, FedEx

In recent weeks, speculation has mounted that Amazon.com Inc. plans to launch a global shipping and logistics operation that will compete with UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp . . .

Third Time's a Charm for UPS at Christmas, But FedEx Stumbles

CHICAGO — After two consecutive years of problems during its holiday peak package season, UPS delivered on time at Christmas this year, while its main rival, FedEx, had a last-minute stumble that left some gifts undelivered until after the holiday . . .

Reefer spot-market-volume surge follows Thanksgiving holiday week

The national all-in average reefer rate, including fuel surcharges, rose a cent to $1.95 per mile last week despite a cent decline in the average fuel surcharge. That average was up from a mid-November $1.93 per mile, and it followed a . . .

Norfolk Southern, Canadian Pacific shares jump amid deal report

Shares of Norfolk Southern spiked Monday after a report that the company was being eyed by Canadian Pacific . . .

XPO begins layoffs of former Con-way staff

XPO Logistics will cut more than 10 percent of former Con-way Inc. staff at the latter’s Ann Arbor, Mich. Headquarters and Portland, Ore. IT center, according to reports from logistics and supply chain news outlet DC Velocity. DC Velocity said an estimated 2 . . .

Truck drivers wanted. Pay: $73,000

There will be a shortage of nearly 50,000 truckers in the United States by the end of this year, according a new report by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). That’s up from a shortage of 30,000 drivers just two years ago, and . . .

Coast Guard believes missing cargo ship has sunk

DEVELOPING — The U.S. Coast Guard was in a desperate search Monday to locate any survivors of a cargo ship that likely sank in a Category 4 hurricane on Thursday . . .

XPO Logistics to Acquire Trucker Con-way in $3 Billion Deal

XPO Logistics Inc. said Wednesday it will acquire trucking company Con-way Inc. for $3 billion, capping a run of acquisitions that will make the company one of the largest freight transportation and logistics providers in the U.S . . .

Tianjin blasts echo across Chinese economy

August 19, 2015 – [TIANJIN] With a swathe of one of the world’s busiest ports in ruins, more than a billion dollars in losses, and some major multinational firms still unable to access their premises, the economic impact of the Tianjin explosions could reverberate for . . .

June 2015 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI)

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, fell 0.3 percent in June from May, falling after a single month of growth, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s . . .

ATA Continues to Call for Revision of CSA Scoring System

American Trucking Associations is again calling for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to improve its Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier monitoring system . . .

First Truck Platoons in United States Only a Few Years Away, Volvo Says

NEWPORT, R.I. — Advancements in connectivity will bring the first truck platoons to U.S. highways in the near future, paving the way for radical changes in the freight transportation network, executives with Volvo Group said . . .

West Coast Longshoremen approve new contract

U.S. West Coast Longshore workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA . . .

Study finds 2013 restart restrictions negatively impacted safety

The American Transportation Research Institute today released the results of a new analysis of the safety and operational impacts stemming from the 34-hour restart restrictions put in place with the July 2013 hours of service changes. Those restrictions, which limited restart use to once . . .

A DIM Future for Packaging

Trying to wrap your head around Dimensional (DIM)Weight Pricing and how it affects your shipping and logistics operations? Asked and answered! Here’s some expert advice on understanding the new models, and how to mitigate the costs . . .

States Pull Back From Highway Projects Amid Uncertainty Over Federal Funding

States are delaying or canceling transportation projects for the second consecutive year while the construction season continues to be plagued with uncertainty over whether Congress will replenish the Highway Trust Fund . . .

West Coast Dockworkers to Vote on Pact as Ports Continue to Cut Freight Backlog

West Coast dockworkers will vote on a tentative port contract over the next month as truckers and terminal operators continue to clear the cargo backlog caused by labor slowdowns during the recent negotiations . . .

Diesel’s Average Price Drops 5.3¢ to $2.864

Diesel’s national average price dropped 5.3 cents to $2.864, the second straight decline after five increases, the Department of Energy reported March 23 . . .

Trailer Manufacturers Chip Away at Weight by Using Aluminum, Composite Materials

Trailer manufacturers have been pursuing weight reduction for years, trimming pounds from body materials and suspension components in response to customer demands for greater hauling capacity . . .

Diesel Rises for Fourth Week, Up 3.6¢ to $2.936; Gas Jumps 14.1¢

Diesel’s national average pump price rose for a fourth straight week, gaining 3.6 cents to $2.936 a gallon, while gasoline prices jumped more than 14 cents, the Department of Energy reported March 2 . . .

US shippers say West Coast ports near gridlock on stalled contract talks

Cargo traffic at several of the biggest U.S. West Coast ports has slowed to near gridlock, negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators for 29 ports said on Monday as contract talks with the dockworkers’ union remain strained . . .

White House will intervene in West Coast ports strike

Labor secretary will aid stalled port talks
With the West Coast dock strike reaching a critical point, the White House announced Saturday that Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez will start talks with the two sides . . .

West Coast Port Lockout Threatened, Though Union Says Deal Is Close

The top negotiator for West Coast terminal operators and ocean carriers said the region’s docks are nearing “complete gridlock” and raised the prospect of a lockout in as few as five days unless a contract deal is reached . . .

Trucking Adds 2,400 Jobs in January; Unemployment Rises to 5.7%

The trucking industry added 2,400 jobs in January as the unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.7%, the Labor Department reported Feb. 6.

The transportation and warehousing sector, which includes trucking, lost 8,600 positions as the courier and messenger subsector lost 14,100 . . .

Indonesia inflation eases on lower fuel prices

Indonesia’s inflation rate slowed in January, official data showed Monday, after the cost of fuel in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy fell on the back of lower oil prices.

Inflation rose 6.96 percent year-on-year, slowing from an 8.36 percent rise . . .

TIA tells agency it should administer tire fuel program

The Tire Industry Association is the logical organization to administrate the consumer education program portion of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s tire fuel efficiency standard . . .

FedEx Net Income Climbs 23% as Unit Profits Rise

FedEx Corp. said net income for its fiscal second quarter ended Nov. 30 rose 23% to $616 million, or $2.14 per share, helped by stronger results in the air, ground and freight units.

In the year-earlier period, net income was $500 million, or . . .

As the Truck Driver Shortage Looms, No Easy Solutions in Sight

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has officially announced that the industry is facing a shortage of about 30,000 drivers. And in order to make up for retirement, turnover, and an overall growth of the industry, the next 10 years must see a yearly employment . . .

FedEx Net Income Climbs 23% as Unit Profits Rise

FedEx Corp. said net income for its fiscal second quarter ended Nov. 30 rose 23% to $616 million, or $2.14 per share, helped by stronger results in the air, ground and freight units.

In the year-earlier period, net income was $500 million, or . . .

As the Truck Driver Shortage Looms, No Easy Solutions in Sight

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has officially announced that the industry is facing a shortage of about 30,000 drivers. And in order to make up for retirement, turnover, and an overall growth of the industry, the next 10 years must see a yearly employment . . .