Trucking Logistics

The key to making the Cargomatic free-flow program work is to have enough BCO partners to generate a sizable block of containers each day to keep the equipment operator or operators busy, Mark Wheeler, general manager at WBCT, told a workshop at this week's TPM Conference in Long Beach.

The truck drivers that shuttle containers to and from marine terminals are the backbone of the shipping industry, but that’s not how they are treated at marine terminals, said Robert Curry Sr., president and CEO of California Cartage Co. and a 60-year veteran of the harbor drayage industry.

The gray chassis pool in Los Angeles-Long Beach has been operating for only four days, but the harbor trucking community likes it.

Brazilian truck drivers rolled back many road blockades this week after President Dilma Rousseff signed a "trucker's bill" aimed at resolving some long-standing truck driver grievances. However, trucker protests continue at a diminished level in parts of the country, according to news reports, cutting into truck traffic at a key Brazilian port for soybean exports.

The tentative agreement between West Coast longshore workers and terminal operators is already affecting truck pricing, with spot market dry van rates from Los Angeles rising 4 cents to $1.92 per mile on average in the week that ended Feb. 28, according to DAT Solutions.

Truckload carrier C.R. England is raising driver pay for the third time since November and the second time in the last 40 days, while offering bonuses to successful driver trainers.

Old Dominion Freight Line
Old Dominion Freight Line will keep its long-term expansion rolling this year, spending $463 million on terminals, tractors, technology and people.

Trucking companies and shippers in the United Kingdom are asking for financial help from the government as they struggle to recruit truck or lorry drivers.

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives this week would establish national hiring standards for shippers, brokers and other parties contracting or using trucking companies.

A Western Star truck leased by Penske in Australia.
Penske Truck Leasing and sister company Penske Automotive Group are expanding their heavy-truck leasing business in Australia, targeting operators with older trucks.