Trucking Logistics

Trucking Logistics

Trucking news and expert analysis of trucking companies across the United States, from trucking industry news about such leading freight carriers as Swift Transportation and Old Dominion Freight Line to smaller regional trucking firms plying various cross-border and domestic routes.

The trucking industry landscape — both for asset and non-asset companies — is being transformed by new customer expectations and an explosion in logistics technology that amounts to a digital revolution. JOC coverage analyzes why and how transportation and logistics providers can either harness that technology or risk falling behind their competitors, unable to meet rising customer demands. For trucking companies and their customers, automating and improving processes also provides greater efficiencies and greater return on their investment.

JOC.com ranks the largest trucking companies each year and also provides rankings of the largest truckload and less-than-truckload carriers.

News & Analysis

25 Nov 2020
CMA CGM on Dec. 4 will launch Seapriority Express from Yantian to Los Angeles with guaranteed equipment availability and priority loading in China, and chassis availability in Southern California.
25 Nov 2020
US federal maritime regulator’s decision to increase scrutiny of container lines is part of a larger global effort to monitor how carriers are behaving.
25 Nov 2020
Shippers shouldn’t expect carriers to easily agree to increasing their minimum quantity commitments (MQC) within trans-Pacific service contracts, said Philip Damas, head of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
25 Nov 2020
The number of truck drivers at carriers with up to 100 trucks fell by more than 150,000 from July to October, tightening already scarce capacity, according to an analysis of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data.
25 Nov 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a discussion with Ben Cubitt, senior vice president, Consulting and Networking Services, for Transplace. Cubitt sees shippers adding some new tools to their contracting kits as the market remains volatile, including mini-bids that generally focus on a select number of lanes and cover a short period of time.
25 Nov 2020
Canadian Pacific has made no secret of its ambition to claw some of the container line volume away from its larger rival Canadian National Railway, with new initiatives at Saint John and Vancouver aimed at just that.
24 Nov 2020
The leadership change at the Port of Montreal comes as the second-largest Canadian port moves forward on a new terminal after a month-long series of strikes in the summer.
24 Nov 2020
The holiday season began with strong on-time last-mile delivery rates for FedEx, UPS, and USPS, but consumers are likely to see one- to two-day delays during an unusual 2020 holiday season.
24 Nov 2020
The increase in one-way container moves means drivers spend more time waiting on line at different terminals, and running down the hours of service they can legally drive.
24 Nov 2020
Yang Ming has joined the growing list of container lines to offering a digital quoting and booking channel, with its use of software from BlueX Trade also a sign that this trend is taking root in Asia.
24 Nov 2020
Toronto-based freight marketplace Shipz has partnered with a trio of software firms to enable users to access to adjacent tools, part of a continuing trend of forwarder-focused technology providers partnering to augment their value.
24 Nov 2020
The ratio of cargo rollovers at transshipment ports continues to rise with carriers unable to maintain reliable schedules and battling to return equipment to Asia to serve the booming export trades.
24 Nov 2020
New York–based new trade compliance automation startup Altana AI has designs on creating a new version of much-maligned trusted trade cargo facilitations programs.
23 Nov 2020
The European Commission's Green Deal will add 288 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity to Europe's grid by 2050, along with 40 GW in tidal and floating solar energy generation.
23 Nov 2020
US retailers benefited from higher inventory levels during Q3; however, the outlook through the end of the year remains uncertain following slowing growth in October retail sales.
23 Nov 2020
The industry’s proposal calls for the R&D fund to be financed over a 10-year period by a levy on shipping companies of $2 per tonne of marine fuel consumed.
23 Nov 2020
Rates and demand on the major east–west trades out of Asia have remained at high levels deep into the traditional slow season, driving up profitability and leaving shippers with the check.
20 Nov 2020
The FMC’s order drew immediate support from organizations representing truckers and agricultural exporters, who have testified about carrier practices they say contribute to port congestion and bottlenecks in the international supply chain.
20 Nov 2020
CMA CGM is the latest carrier to post a highly profitable quarterly result in what the CEO has called “a favorable environment” that is expected to continue into the fourth quarter.
20 Nov 2020
The 95-year-old founder of A-P-A Transport helped define LTL trucking in the regulatory era, before establishing NY Waterway.
20 Nov 2020
CMA CGM said its surcharge will apply to worldwide reefer shipments to Tianjin, including from the US, while MSC said its surcharge would be levied on reefer shipments from Europe.
20 Nov 2020
Major and regional container carriers in recent years have added shuttle services on routes connecting ports in Mexico to the United States, particularly Tampa and Miami.
20 Nov 2020
Loadsmart more than tripled the amount of capital raised through a $90 million round announced Friday as it seeks to automate the brokerage and optimization of US domestic transport modes.
19 Nov 2020
California agricultural exporters say failing to deliver their products on time to overseas customers can result in buyers attempting to “wiggle out” of contracts that contain firm deadlines.
19 Nov 2020
The US Federal Maritime Commission has rejected an argument from container lines that it lacks the authority to hear the American Trucking Associations’ complaint over so-called merchant haulage moves.
19 Nov 2020
Convoy has seen considerable volume growth for a program under which loads are pre-staged for drivers, prompting the freight broker to develop more predictive capability to route empty equipment to shippers’ facilities.
19 Nov 2020
Indian shippers are preparing for other carriers to levy equipment surcharges for US-bound cargoes after Mediterranean Shipping Co. said it will do so starting Dec. 3.
19 Nov 2020
The forwarding share of Maersk’s business has remained constant over the past five years, and CEO Soren Skou is confident that the carrier’s logistics-focused strategy will not upset that relationship.
18 Nov 2020
While not as high as their prior forecast, shippers in the eastbound trans-Pacific should still expect service contract rates next spring above current levels because carriers will continue their policy of tight capacity management, Drewry says.
18 Nov 2020
Zim this week announced new Asia-Australia and US-Mexico services and said another new service announcement would come soon.
18 Nov 2020
The share of revenue from Maersk’s logistics sector continues to grow as the carrier expands its landside business.
18 Nov 2020
Shippers forced out of air and ocean trades by limited space and high rates are turning to overland transport from China to Europe, but the high demand is stoking capacity and equipment issues.
18 Nov 2020
Feeder vessels are seeing over 48 hours berthing delay in Colombo and nearly 36 hours in Singapore, lowering the number of possible voyages and raising costs.
17 Nov 2020
The latest episode of JOC Uncharted features a discussion with Daniel Walsh, president and CEO of TRAC Intermodal, who will share how TRAC guarantees that carriers operating premium trans-Pacific services will be able to fulfill the equipment guarantees in their contracts with customers.
17 Nov 2020
By giving customers a chance to designate shipments for delivery on ships generating fewer emissions than those powered by bunker fuel, CMA CGM is able to capitalize on its unique assets: LNG-powered ships
17 Nov 2020
By giving customers a chance to designate shipments for delivery on ships generating fewer emissions than those powered by bunker fuel, CMA CGM is able to capitalize on its unique assets: LNG-powered ships