Senior editor William B. Cassidy covers trucking for The Journal of Commerce. He is based in Washington, D.C.

E-mail Bill.
Follow Bill on Twitter.
Bill's profile on Google+.

The number of westbound 40-foot equivalent ocean containers available in Chicago and Kansas City surged in early April, another sign the West Coast container logjam has broken and the Chinese New Year reprieve is over.

More from

Large, diversified truckload carriers found detours around the "soft patch" in the U.S. economy during the first quarter, with most increasing revenue and profit. A lack of drivers may have held back...
A graduated licensing program for commercial drivers is needed to bring younger people into the trucking industry, ATA executives said.
highway work
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Trucking Associations is increasingly optimistic a long-term highway bill will pass this year, following another short-term funding extension.
The Teamsters union lost another round in its terminal-by-terminal organizing battle with Con-way Freight, the second-largest U.S. less-than-truckload carrier. To date, the union has three victories...
The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index rose 5.1 percent year-over-year in March and climbed 2.3 percent from February, a sign of healthy freight demand at the end of the first quarter.
Werner Enterprises easily passed a slow-moving economy in the first quarter, increasing trucking revenue 6 percent and net profit 61 percent. Freight demand remains strong in April, the company said.
The number of job openings for transportation, warehouse and utility workers rose sharply from a year ago in February, as a milder winter created more opportunities in logistics businesses.
In the latest of several major logistics acquisition, Echo Global Logistics acquired $561 million 3PL Command Transportation, bringing its total annual revenue within range of $2 billion.
Truck tonnage increased in March after a February fall, riding a wave of stronger consumer confidence, retail sales and U.S. imports.
Con-way Truckload is purchasing 635 new tractors with automated manual transmissions in a bid to attract drivers — especially new recruits.