Commentary

Commentary

Capt. Dick Jacobsen was a “giant” in the maritime industry, displaying leadership and influencing the industry in many positive ways.
Increasing connectivity for trucks is making possible an “Internet of Transportation Things.” What changes will that bring?
There is not enough investment in trucks to maintain a steady growth rate in step with rising demand, despite strong Class 8 truck sales this year.
During what some are calling planned protracted ILWU negotiations, shippers who fear disruption on the West Coast are making U.S. East Coast ports a priority, fearing disruptions on the West Coast. What are the short- and long-term effects of the switch?
The $75,000 bond requirement for motor carrier brokers is no better security than the old $10,000 bond mandate, a commodity trader says. So, why have this special rule?
Better operating margins are finally on the horizon for the less-than-truckload industry. LTL profitability has been dismal for years, with most large carriers reporting operating ratios above 95.
As the growth in the number of exports from Mexico to the U.S. shows no signs of slowing down, the challenges that come as a result of the trade imbalance will not go away. This cycle is not healthy for the transportation industry, and we need to find ways to encourage capacity into the market.
The protectionist tide that was spreading earlier this year is only growing under the weight of geopolitical conflict and a morass of bureaucratic red tape, threatening to derail a U.S. export recovery.
Canals used to be a sleepy topic. Suddenly, times have changed.
Truck-mounted cameras, especially those that capture video of the truck driver during an incident, may be a hard sell to some truckers, but as they realize the amount of control they have over the system — and see benefits — drivers will come around, according to Adam Kahn, senior director of marketing for SmartDrive.
John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, encourages those in transportation and trade to spare some time to think of the seafarers and the important work they do.
As a lead logistics provider managing forwarders and transactional shipments, we question if it matters who is listed as a consignee on a waybill, and who is listed as the notify party.
As of today, July 30, there is no U.S. West Coast longshore agreement in place, a month after the previous six-year pact expired. In any contract year, the time between expiration and agreement is especially volatile, because the risk of cargo-disrupting labor actions is at its highest. And the risk of disruption isn't diminishing.
In five years as Federal Motor Carrier Safety administrator, Anne S. Ferro has changed trucking.