Trucking News

The Journal of Commerce’s trucking news and analysis encompasses full truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), private fleet trucking, refrigerated trucking, regulation, drayage, and transloading. Reporting centers on pricing, volume demand, capacity, labor, regulation, and service levels in US and Canadian trucking networks. 

The latest Trucking News & Analysis

UP-CSX interchange changes send shippers scrambling

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Union Pacific sent a notice to shippers Friday that the UMAX interline service would cease in 197 lanes on Sept. 17, blaming CSX Transportation service changes. CSX said the service change was necessary to manage evolving needs, the first step in CEO Jim Foote’s vision to implement precision railroading into the intermodal network.
North-American railTrucking News

Uber upgrades freight business, plans major investment

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
That upgrade for Uber Freight could lead to expanded, pro-active opportunities for shippers.
Truck brokersLogistics Technology News

Strong peak season to test Mexican container capacity

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
Like other emerging markets, it is a “bad news, good news,” circumstance for Mexico. The bad: surface transportation and logistics operations are straining to meet shipper demands. The good: Mexico appears to have arrived on the global trade stage, with all key metrics advancing.
MaritimeTrucking NewsRail NewsContainer linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation NewsLogistics Technology News

ELD surprise: Costing supply chain time, not US truckers

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The loss of supply chain time, not truck drivers, has squeezed US truckload capacity; and there’s one segment of surface transport that’s seen a substantial service change.
Trucking News

Tech-driven drayage peel-off expands at LA-LB port complex

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The E*Dray platform will enhance the ability of beneficial cargo owners and their truckers to aggregate containers into peel-off piles at the ports — and with the new system the potential is there for a substantial reduction in truck turn times.
Marine terminalsTrucking NewsDrayageLogistics Technology News

XPO Logistics expects 'big peak' ahead, plans for growth

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
“We do expect a big peak this year because the economy is so good,” Bradley S. Jacobs, chairman and CEO, said in an interview. “...We’ve started staffing up already. That’s one of the reasons we began adding all the technology we’ve been developing.”
Truck brokers

End of Uber autonomous truck effort shows capacity relief still ways off

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Uber’s decision to scrap its autonomous trucking plans does not mean there will not be “driverless” trucks someday, but it does dispel a notion that had caught fancy, in some circles.
Trucking NewsLogistics Technology NewsBreakbulk News

Slideshow: Trans-Pacific peak season outlook

JOC Staff |
Amid trade tensions, surging economic growth, and surface transportation constraints, this peak season promises to be volatile and challenging for US shippers.
Container linesTrucking News

UPS to test Thor Trucks electric delivery vans in LA

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The largest global transport operator is amping up its efforts to develop electric trucks as fuel costs and emissions rules spur demand.
Trucking NewsLogistics Technology News

US surface shippers ‘shifting’ truck modes more

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The mode-shifting by shippers is not only caused by tight US truckload capacity, but also changing retail dynamics in the “Amazon Era.”
LTL

Stuttgart congestion sparks Hapag-Lloyd warning to shippers

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
At mid-2018, nearly every segment of Europe’s supply chain is straining to keep pace with strong container shipping volume growth — particularly barge and inland haulage. The good news is Europe’s impressive trade growth story continues — a welcomed economic rejuvenation.
Container linesTrucking NewsRail News

Indian truckers end strike after government deal

India Special Correspondent |
Officials told trucker union representatives that the government remains sensitive to truckers’ demands and they will establish an expert committee to examine all core issues.
Trucking NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

India truckers' strike over diesel costs delays northwest freight

India Special Correspondent |
As in Brazil, a segment of India’s truck sector is protesting a rise in diesel prices, and the truckers argue India’s government can take steps to strengthen their business model.
Trucking NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

New rules push up Russian trucking costs

Eugene Gerden, Special Correspondent |
Unlike rail and ocean transportation, Russian auto transport, which accounts for almost 75 percent of all container cargo delivered in Russia, is very non-transparent, with limited statistics available, and that has led to criticism by shippers.
Trucking NewsRail NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Shippers to Wall Street: US truck rates hit profits, forcing change

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Soaring trucking and rising broader surface transportation rates are forcing logistics changes, and there is a distinct trend.
Trucking News

US truckload carriers warn tighter capacity ahead

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Freight demand remains strong, even in summer, carriers say, and that’s allowing them to pick and choose the most profitable freight, with peak season just ahead.
Truckload

US shippers set to suffer if tariffs assessed on containers

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Tariffs on containers are unwarranted and will needlessly raise costs throughout the supply chain, business leaders testifying on Capitol Hill agreed.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsRail NewsTrucking News

Tightening Mexico truck capacity benefiting cross-border rail

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
A variety of factors, including strong domestic US freight demand, is putting pressure on cross-border trucking between Mexico and the United States.
Trucking NewsRail News

US truck driver pay rises, but shortages persist

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Many truckload carriers are on their second round of pay hikes this year as freight demand grows faster than driver supply. Can they keep pace with the peak?
TruckloadLTL

Mexican truck capacity concern ticks up over tractor trailer rule

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
A Mexican government crackdown on double tractor trailers sparks shipper fears of trucking capacity reduction, potentially forcing them to pay more for trucking services or use rail.
Truckload

Heartland soars as US trucking bumps capacity ceiling

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Acquisitions boost revenue, profit for Iowa-based Heartland Express as US freight demand pushes the limits of ‘transportation infrastructure.’
Truckload

US shippers guarantee volume to secure truck capacity

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Shorter (and sometimes longer) contracts, volume commitments, and even higher rates are among the many types of bait shippers are using to capture elusive truckload capacity.
TruckloadBreakbulk News

Why tight US trucking capacity isn’t going away soon

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Once cyclical, problems such as the driver shortage are becoming systemic. That threatens to ‘bake’ higher costs into transportation rates.
TruckloadLTLBreakbulk News

US shippers seek capacity with JB Hunt intermodal, dedicated truck

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
US shippers are desperate for surface capacity and turning to modes they previously shunned as a result.
Intermodal providersTrucking News

Electronic lock rule sparks Chittagong shipper, political protests

Bangladesh Correspondent |
A rule requiring electronic locking of containers and re-imposition of weight limits for trucks is riling Chittagong shippers.
International portsTrucking News

Shipper interest in Mediterranean rises on North Europe routing delays

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Asia-Europe shippers are looking more at southern European ports as intermodal bottlenecks slow container delivery through some of the big North Europe gateways.
International railTrucking News

JOC Chassis Explainer: Shipping industry seeks solutions

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
Chassis has been called the shipping industry’s conundrum, and with good reason. Providing a basic piece of equipment seems simple enough. Yet the issue has taxed US ports and railroad terminals for at least a decade, causing cargo disruptions, delays, and complaints about poor equipment. And as of mid-2018, the industry is still searching for the most efficient solution.
Trucking NewsDrayage

Brazil truckers and shippers battle over post-strike rates

Rob Ward, Brazil Special Correspondent |
Shippers and business groups argue the current truckers’ freight rate table is too generous and would increase shipper costs and retail prices by double digits. The truckers’ union wants a fair rate table and said it will strike again if it is not obtained.
Trucking NewsTrucking laborTransport, Trade, and Regulation NewsBreakbulk News

US shippers and chassis providers clash over planned SE chassis pool

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
Supporters, including some smaller companies, believe the pool will encourage chassis providers to contribute new chassis with the safest features and increase fleet size. Opponents counter the existing pool works fine, and there are legal and operational questions that must be answered before rendering a decision.
Trucking NewsDrayage

NY-NJ makes do without gray chassis pool

Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
A gray chassis pool is not off the agenda, stakeholders say, but as of mid-2018 it appears to be a solution in search of a problem, for several reasons.
North American portsTrucking NewsDrayage

EMS’s LA Pier 300 customer focus system slashes truck turn times

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
<p>It took the new management team at APL’s Pier 300 in Los Angeles only three months to improve truck turn times from the worst in the harbor to the fourth best among the 12 terminals. And they accomplished it by deploying a "customer focus/consumer focus" strategy.</p>
North American portsTrucking NewsDrayage

Tech investors pump funding into ‘predictive freight matching’

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The question shippers are asking is, “If you see the freight, can’t you let me know where there’s carrier capacity available?”
Trucking NewsLogistics Technology NewsDrayage

Analysis: Tight US surface capacity requires early peak season shipments

Lawrence Gross, president, Gross Transportation Consulting |
In the past, resourceful supply chain managers always had alternatives in their hip pocket to meet the unexpected, for a price. Not this year. In 2018, shippers should not expect surge freight capacity.
Rail NewsTrucking NewsDrayage

US portal success hinges on pushing data to users

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Pushing data back to users may very well prove to be the pivotal point at which the container shipping industry shifted en masse to portals. But getting to that step will likely require another cultural shift.
MaritimeLogistics Technology NewsContainer linesTrucking News

Roadrunner reviews financing alternatives amid reorganization

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The trucking and logistics operator — the 15th largest in the United States — may issue new stock or consider new equity or debt capital as it restructures.
LTL

US shippers face daunting intermodal peak season

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
US beneficial cargo owners will face unprecedented challenges using intermodal this peak season. Still, there are time-tested tactics that will ensure the best possible transportation result.
Rail NewsTrucking NewsDrayage

Rising European truck rates show no sign of abating

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
Above-trend GDP growth is boosting the continent's commerce, and that’s triggered a steady uptrend in trucking rates, amid tighter capacity — and several factors suggest an even more challenging transport market is ahead for logistics planners and transportation managers.
Trucking NewsRail News

JOC Blockchain Explainer: Demystifying the buzz for the shipping industry

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Many experts argue that blockchain technology is tailor-made for container shipping’s international logistics work. But blockchain faces numerous hurdles — the biggest of which may be cultural.
Logistics Technology NewsContainer linesTrucking News

Peak season to test year-long US chassis scale-up

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor and Hugh R. Morley, Senior Editor |
Efficient supply chains contain the premise that for every container there is a chassis available. But don't tell shippers that, as the issue has been a thorn in their side and that of other container trade stakeholders for nearly a decade.
Trucking NewsDrayageRail News

UPS order shows CNG-powered rigs still trucking in electric age

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The world’s biggest transport operator sees a combination of fuels and technologies as necessary to meet shipper sustainability goals.
Logistics Technology NewsTrucking News