US Transportation Policy

US Transportation Policy

Aerial view of portion of Port Canaveral
30 Jul 2014
A U.S. House Republican has asked Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to review whether the granting of a 35-year container terminal concession at Florida’s Port Canaveral to United Arab Emirates-based port operator Gulftainer will impact national security.
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.
12 May 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government will likely be required to send back to the ports all proceeds from the Harbor Maintenance Tax under soon-to-be-enacted legislation, eventually resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars per year in federal money flowing back to seaports.
09 May 2014
WASHINGTON — Long-delayed legislation agreed to by House and Senate leaders yesterday will allow U.S. ports to take on deepening projects without congressional approval and obtain federal reimbursement later.
30 Apr 2014
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in Chicago last week it’s “plausible” that Congress will reform the nation’s corporate tax system by the end of the year, giving President Barack Obama the $150 billion he needs for his four-year, $302 billion transportation plan.
29 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON — Long-delayed U.S.
Canadian and U.S. flags
24 Apr 2014
CHICAGO — The Canadian ambassador to the U.S. yesterday said the United States should use all of its harbor maintenance taxes for U.S. port work and shouldn’t impose a fee on U.S.-bound containers coming through Mexican and Canadian ports.
16 Apr 2014
The Port of Jacksonville is poised to get the congressional go-ahead to deepen its harbor in order to handle larger container ships, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a needed report.
15 Apr 2014
In the brutal war for cargo that is underway in today’s world of powerful shipping alliances, the last thing the Southern California ports want to do is subsidize competitors by helping them pay to deepen their ports, the president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission said yesterday.
14 Apr 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. — The severe capacity constraints shippers experienced on U.S. roadways in the first quarter will become the norm unless the federal government acts to offset the impact of new regulations with productivity-enhancing measures.
11 Apr 2014
A national standard of care is needed to give freight brokers guidelines on how to use federal CSA safety data when contracting carriers, the Transportation Intermediaries Association says.