Truck tires
One of trucking’s fastest-growing segments, dedicated contract carriage, is feeling the same driver shortages that are hammering other parts of the industry.

Cassidy
JOC Senior Trucking Editor William Cassidy describes the current congestion crisis at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and its impact on inland distribution in this video from the JOC Inland Distribution Conference.

San Pedro Bay
U.S. retailers are pressuring PierPass to temporarily waive at least $9 million in fees to give shippers some relief from severe congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex.

Universal Truckload executive vice president and soon-to-be CEO Jeff Rogers spent years running LTL trucking companies, but don't call him an 'LTL guy.'

Container ships at anchor on Oct. 30th off Los Angeles-Long Beach awaiting berths
Adding to other recent evidence that congestion at Los Angeles-Long Beach is worsening, Hapag-Lloyd yesterday announced delays to multiple services and said the overall situation “has reached a critical point.”

Universal Truckload Services looks forward to hauling more of a product close to the company’s heart — heavy trucks — and is expanding in vertical markets beyond automotive, particularly energy and retail markets.

Hapag-Lloyd again raised its “on-carriage congestion surcharge” for import shipments handled at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (Nhava Sheva), indicating that India’s largest container handler is still battling clogged railyards and that equipment turn times for ocean carriers have yet to improve.

Russia, struggling after it enforced food embargoes on European Union countries, is ramping up its chicken imports from Brazil, registering a massive 291 percent year-over-year increase in imports of the white meat in September.

A group of Mexican produce and meat exporters are sold on the idea of starting weekly ocean service between the ports of Veracruz, Mexico, and Philadelphia, saying it would be faster, cheaper and provide better security and cargo integrity than current trucking routes.

Next Tuesday’s Senate elections could determine the future of federal regulations governing drivers’ hours of service and the publication of driver safety scores, Transplace CEO Tom Sanderson says.

Hanjin Shipping recorded its first quarterly net profit since the end of 2010 in a turnaround driven largely by cost cuts and currency gains that saw the Korean carrier posting third quarter net earnings of $39 million.

The Hong Kong government is facing mounting pressure from container terminal operators and shippers as the port struggles to cope with congestion that remains at critical levels and is delaying ships and disrupting schedules.

LONG BEACH — A Los Angeles-Long Beach port truck driver who said she was misclassified as an independent contractor was awarded a check for $9,000 in unemployment benefits by the California Employment Development Department this week, giving Teamsters fuel in their campaign to organize local drayage drivers.