Trucking Logistics

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Trucking is the dominant mode of domestic freight transportation in the United States. It is divided between for-hire trucking, composed of long-haul and regional truckload carriers and less-than-truckload carriers, and private, shipper-owned fleets. Smaller, niche operators include drayage truckers that haul intermodal containers from rail yards and seaports, and flatbed companies that handle heavy freight.

News & Analysis

Cass Freight Index through June 2014
09 Jul 2014
Five straight months of growth have pushed North American freight shipments to a height not seen since the beginning of the recession, according to the Cass Freight Index.
09 Jul 2014
In the article titled “Teamsters initiate labor action at LA-Long Beach in midst of longshore talks,” published on July 6, a quote drawn from a tweet was misattributed to a longshoremen.
09 Jul 2014
Manitoulin Transport has gained full ground coverage of Manitoba through its purchase of Jomac Transport, it said, the second major acquisition in seven months for one of North America’s largest less-than-truckload carriers.
08 Jul 2014
Cargo-handling and gate operations in Los Angeles-Long Beach were back to normal this afternoon after a waterfront arbitrator ordered longshoremen not to honor picket lines established by striking truck drivers.
APL terminal file photo
08 Jul 2014
International Longshore and Warehouse Union longshoremen in Southern California walked off their jobs about 9 a.m. at Evergreen and APL terminals in the Port of Los Angeles today.
07 Jul 2014
Cargo-handling and gate operations at marine terminals in Los Angeles-Long Beach continued without interruption today despite threats by the Teamsters union to initiate an “indefinite strike” against three trucking companies that serve the United States’ largest port complex.
07 Jul 2014
Roughly 400 unionized truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver are threatening to strike, alleging that they are being paid less than the minimum rate established by the government, CBC.ca reports.
07 Jul 2014
A threat by the Teamsters union to launch a strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach got off to a slow start today as truck drivers were passing out informational flyers in the harbor, but were not setting up picket lines.
07 Jul 2014
One of North America’s largest trucking operators grew a little more last week, as TransForce officially finalized the acquisition of Transport America, Inc.
Chassis
07 Jul 2014
For five years now, cargo interests and truckers have been adjusting to a new environment in which shipping lines no longer provide chassis, yet the transition period still has a few years to go before the trade adopts a new model or models, according to an industry expert.
06 Jul 2014
With no contract in place and a tradition of bucking its leadership to make a point, Southern California members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union may choose to honor Teamsters’ pickets on July 7 despite a pledge by its leadership in San Francisco that “cargo will keep moving” on the U.S. West Coast.

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Apparently, the U.S. Congress is of the view that $75,000 is a more appropriate bond requirement for the brokerage industry in terms of offering protection to those who might be injured if a broker went out of business. Will it really have that effect?

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