The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association met for three days this past week without concluding negotiations; at the weekend, the parties announced a week-long recess in the talks. German carrier Hamburg Süd announced plans to acquire the container operations of Chile’s CCNI, in a move resembling the deal between larger competitor Hapag-Lloyd and Chile’s CSAV, and Crowley is reported to be in talks to acquire Horizon Lines’ Puerto Rico assets. Earnings reports by U.S. truckload carriers are pointing to a stronger freight recovery in the United States, though rail service continues to be held back. And on Friday, Anne S. Ferro announced her departure from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after five years leading the agency.
US Transportation Policy
US Transportation Policy
United States Environmental Protection Agency Honors Coalition for Responsible Transportation Members
Menlo's Carl R. Fowler Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce to Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness
12 Jun 2014
The U.S. Congress is considering taxing oil companies to pay for federal highway construction, as legislators debate whether to save the primary engine of surface transportation infrastructure funding with a short-term fix or something more ambitious.
10 Jun 2014
President Barack Obama’s signing into law of major port legislation today is just one step toward the United States getting its maritime trade gateways up to snuff.
09 Jun 2014
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will assess cybersecurity at ports across the nation after a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office that showed the DHS wasn’t doing enough to stop cyber threats.
06 Jun 2014
Customs brokers and forwarders are asking the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission to create procedures to help them better handle potential work stoppages at U.S. West Coast ports.
02 Jun 2014
The US Congress is rummaging through the stamp drawer to find dollars for federal highway construction.
30 May 2014
Congressional appropriators, or those with the purse strings, aren’t bound to follow the guidance set forth by the Water Resources Reform Development Act, which President Barack Obama is expected to soon sign into law.
27 May 2014
U.S. shippers and freight brokers would have to ensure trucking companies are registered with federal authorities, have adequate insurance and have a “satisfactory” or “conditional” safety rating before hiring or contracting them, under legislation unveiled last week in the House of Representatives.
23 May 2014
The Senate’s vote for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act has sent the long-delayed port and waterway bill to President Obama for his likely signature.
16 May 2014
WASHINGTON — Soon-to-be enacted U.S. port legislation will inject a modicum of fairness into a port funding program that has split the industry since the Harbor Maintenance Tax was created in 1986. The result is a big win for West Coast ports that have seen billions in taxes collected from their imports support competitor ports.
16 May 2014
WASHINGTON — It’s finally happened. Senate and House leaders have reached an agreement on long-delayed legislation that would authorize major port and inland waterway projects, speed up port deepening work and reform the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. In other words, Congress is addressing some of shippers and transportation provider’s major concerns, including a lack of equity for donor ports and the diversion of Harbor Maintenance Tax dollars from ports.
14 May 2014
WASHINGTON — There’s plenty of bad news coming from Washington when it comes to long-term highway funding. With the federal Highway Trust Fund, the main engine of highway construction, set to dry up as soon as late August, states are already shelving long-term projects. In other words, trucking companies shouldn’t expect any relief to congestion, even if there is still enough money to fill potholes left by the brutal winter.