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

24 Apr 2014
Two trucking outfits at least managed to shrug off the winter snow and substantially increase first-quarter profits, while others lowered earnings estimates and froze growth plans.
Heartland Express trucks
24 Apr 2014
Heartland Express passed the first major mile marker on its route to becoming a billion-dollar truckload operator this year, increasing first-quarter revenue 67.2 percent from a year ago to $224.5 million. Much of that additional cash comes from freshly acquired Gordon Trucking.
24 Apr 2014
The Port of Virginia has set a schedule for an appointment system aimed at improving truck turn times at Norfolk International Terminals.
23 Apr 2014
Truck tonnage increased 3.1 percent in March from a year ago — the largest annualized gain this year — and 0.6 percent from February, as trucking companies and shippers recovered from disruptions caused by severe winter weather, the American Trucking Associations said.
The DAT U.S. national average dry van spot market rate is down four cents from its first-quarter high.
23 Apr 2014
Dry van truckload rates on the spot market are dropping from first-quarter highs, but shippers could see rates climb higher as freight demand rises this spring, DAT Solutions warns.
22 Apr 2014
Arizona authorities are urging the federal government to consider some Mexican cross-border truckers’ complaints of unfair treatment and prevent a possible blockade at the largest port of entry in the state.
22 Apr 2014
A “meaningful improvement” in freight demand this winter is pushing truckload rates higher this spring, as shippers look to lock down truck capacity for the fall peak shipping season.
Port of Oakland. Photo: cdrin /
22 Apr 2014
The Port of Oakland has come a long way from last summer, when harbor truckers disrupted the port through sporadic work stoppages protesting new clean-truck rules. But based on recent comments from truckers it still has plenty of work to do to improve turn times in the harbor.
Norbert Dentressangle rose to 24th from 29th after acquiring Fiege’s logistics operations in Italy, Spain and Portugal.
21 Apr 2014
The world’s largest third-party logistics providers showed minuscule growth in 2013 for the second consecutive year, as sluggish trade growth affected forwarding volume and other 3PL segments saw only modest increases.
Truck with Project 21 decal.
18 Apr 2014
EL PASO, Texas — The trucks here crossing the border from Juarez, Mexico, with “Project 21” decals are cleared by U.S. and Mexican customs agents faster than those trucks without the sticker, allowing drivers to get their goods from Mexican factories to U.S. customers faster.
18 Apr 2014
U.S. spot market truckload rates dropped slightly in mid-April, but not by much, a sign truckload capacity remains tight as shippers roll into the second quarter, putting across-the-board pressure on rates.



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