When ports are hit with severe winter weather, chassis shortages, intermodal rail delays or an unexpected spike in container volume, life can be difficult for harbor truckers. When all of those factors converge at the same time, as they did this year, life is downright miserable in the drayage industry.
The busiest container gateways on the U.S. East and West coasts are trying to bring order to the chaos of intermodal chassis. It won’t be quick or easy.
While it is obvious that beneficial cargo owners shipped early this year through the West Coast in anticipation of the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, reports of cargo surges at Canadian and U.S. East Coast ports in May and June indicate retailers were also diverting shipments away from West Coast ports.
Manufacturing growth in Canada’s central province of Ontario is boosting freight traffic with the U.S. and increasing demand for faster cross-border trucking service.
Marten Transport provided evidence this week that tightening truck capacity is leading to higher contract truck rates.
States are being urged to review their permitting processes for oversized truck shipments following an accident last year that led to an interstate bridge collapse.
TRAC Intermodal has launched a program to add or refurbish several thousand chassis in its Metropool, the largest chassis pool in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
The surge in import volumes and freight traffic seen at U.S. ports and on intermodal rail lines and highways in the second quarter sent spot market truck volumes and rates soaring in June.
Logistical changes that focus on making high-density lanes for core trucking customers could be at the center of the trucking industry’s attempts to quell imbalance and driver shortages.
Following slower intermodal train speeds and rail service disruptions that hampered volume growth in the second quarter, J.B. Hunt Transport Services has lowered its expectations...