Trucking Logistics

The DAT national average dry van rate climbed 10.3 percent from $1.95 per mile in early May to $2.15 per mile in the week of July 5, though it has dropped since then.
Supply chain disruptions caused by extreme winter weather set the stage for truck rate hikes that pushed transportation costs higher in the first half of 2014, and on through July.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is moving forward in a fledgling effort to reduce long truck wait times at some ports in the U.S. by holding a forum in Southern California next month and another in Baltimore in the fall.

The U.S. government will study vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology that could form the backbone of future systems aimed at improving passenger car and truck safety.

Company by company, truck by truck, motor carrier bankruptcies threaten to sap freight capacity from an already tight truckload shipping market in the U.S. as freight demand rises.

As trucks travel interstate highways, onboard sensors are collecting, sending and receiving information, with the lion’s share going to and coming from a fleet management system. But as technology advances, the truck is being knit into a broader, more open network.

Drug Transport, a 55-year-old trucking company also known as DTI, is joining the growing list of smaller carriers filing for bankruptcy protection as trucking costs rise in the U.S.


Weekly wrap-up for Aug. 16, 2014
Diversions related to the ongoing negotiations on the U.S. West Coast between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association continue to have an impact elsewhere.

As global demand for refrigerated transport service rises, Ryder Europe is adding more temperature-controlled trailers to its rental fleet in the United Kingdom.

The Cass Freight Index remains up year-over-year.
Although freight volumes and expenditures in the U.S. are beginning to see seasonal drops, numbers still remain higher than last year’s tallies.

The JOC.com Truckload Capacity Index rose slightly in the second quarter, climbing 0.7 percentage points to 81.7.
Some large truckload carriers expanded their fleets in the second quarter, but overall capacity remains tight.