Trucking Logistics

Old Dominion Freight Line drayage truck.
Old Dominion Freight Line is expanding its U.S. intermodal drayage network at ports and inland railheads, strengthening the less-than-truckload carrier's connections with global shippers.

Swift Transportation truck
A big hike in truck driver pay seems to be paying off handsomely for Swift Transportation. The number of Swift trucks lacking drivers has dropped about 20 percent from the end of the second quarter, and line-haul truck utilization has improved more than 3 percent.

One of the unintended consequences of the Los Angeles-Long Beach PierPass program, which includes a traffic mitigation fee on containers that move during the day peak-time hours, is that retailers send their trucks to the harbor at night specifically to avoid the fee.

A busy warehousing operation in Mexico
Ryder System is expanding its inland distribution network in Mexico, starting with a transloading center for Chrysler at the Gulf Coast Port of Altamira.

American Trucking Associations Chairman Philip L. Byrd Sr. said the ATA is "bound and determined" to roll back changes to federal rules on drivers' hours of service, and to win revisions in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Complaince Safety, Accountability program .

The Carlyle Group took advantage of a short spike in YRC Worldwide's stock price last week to sell more than 4 million shares for $89.4 million.

Average U.S truckload spot market rates slipped slightly in the week that ended Sept. 20 as the number of shipments on the market dropped 3.5 percent, DAT Solutions said. However, both rates and freight activity are “robust” when compared with a year ago.

Equipment finance activity jumped 13 percent year-over-year in August, a sign of stronger transportation and construction demand and an increase in line with other economic indicators.

Truck tonnage rose to a record high in August, while intermodal and truckload pricing saw continued strength, signs that intermodal rail and trucking are ramping up for their fall peak seasons.

Truckers and intermodal operators may be pessimistic by nature, but capacity is tight in both sectors, freight is growing faster than gross domestic product, and rates are on the rise. So it’s time for overland carriers to “stop complaining,” a transportation expert told the IANA conference.