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

10 Jul 2014
The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex is struggling with marine terminal congestion and long trucker turn-times caused
June Class 8 truck orders in North America were 41 percent higher than in June 2013.
03 Jul 2014
June Class 8 truck orders in North America were 41 percent higher than in June 2013, alleviating what analysts believed would be a slowdown for the summer months.
02 Jul 2014
Indian Customs has put in place at Chennai Port new regulations that authorities believe will help tackle truck congestion in the harbor and on roadways connecting the cargo terminals.
ODFL truck
02 Jul 2014
Old Dominion Freight Line has opened two container drayage facilities in Front Royal, Virginia, and Portland, Oregon, in response to customer demand.
01 Jul 2014
Beneficial cargo owners and harbor trucking companies that consistently experience long turn times at container terminals may want to fire their ocean carriers.
A truck with motion blur in sunlight
30 Jun 2014
NAPLES, Fla. — Truck driver hours of service rules could evolve to become more flexible, but only following concrete safety gains and reduced fatalities on U.S. highways, a federal regulator told trucking and logistics executives at the SMC3 Connections 2014 conference here.
File photo of Pier T at the Port of Long Beach
30 Jun 2014
With a potential U.S. West Coast labor disruption just days away, truck traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is reportedly slow and congested, making it difficult for some shippers to get containers out of the port complex that handles 40 percent of U.S. trade.
27 Jun 2014
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is looking whether a program designed to alleviate congestion by encouraging shippers to move cargo during nontraditional hours at Los Angeles-Long Beach isn’t delivering better service in exchange for higher fees.
U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade by truck
27 Jun 2014
While trucking companies have been complaining about a major imbalance between the U.S. and Mexico for months, data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics suggest just how big the imbalance might be.
Person moving pallet of goods
27 Jun 2014
Expedited transportation companies increasingly are focusing on detailed, custom levels of service to the pharmaceutical business. But speed isn’t necessarily the most important thing they deliver for drug shippers.
Boxes on pallets
26 Jun 2014
NAPLES, Fla. — Expanded use of dimensional pricing in ground package shipping will push more less-than-truckload carriers to test or offer dimensional pricing as an option to shippers, according to speakers at the SMC3 Connections 2014 conference here June 23-25.

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Commentary

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?