Trucking Logistics

Trucking Logistics

Transportation 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

18 Oct 2019
Dockworkers involved in contract negotiations at the Port of Montreal received support this week from an international union that attended a hearing on whether the ports are so important to public health and safety that they can’t be subject to a strike or a lockout.
18 Oct 2019
The amount of time container ships spend at port continued to rise in the first half of 2019, despite relative gains in terminal efficiency, according to an analysis of JOC.com port productivity data.
18 Oct 2019
Downward rate pressure caused by overcapacity and the wide range of fuel surcharge levels carriers are presenting to cargo owners suggests that fuel cost will become a competitive battleground in the aftermath of IMO 2020.
18 Oct 2019
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says its hands-on approach in helping APM Terminals resolve issues that led to congestion and high dwell times late last year after a surge in cargo is part of a continuing strategy to improve the port’s competitive edge.
18 Oct 2019
A slight increase in eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates reflects final shipments that left China before Golden Week, but dozens of blank sailings already announced for October-November indicate carriers expect imports to be weak going forward.
18 Oct 2019
The spot market on Asia-Europe remained basically flat this week as carrier rate increases and capacity adjustments arrested a downward slide.
18 Oct 2019
Faced with massive truck congestion daily, officials at Bangladesh’s main port are studying the feasibility of building an automated overhead conveyor system to move containers more efficiently.
17 Oct 2019
PMSA President John McLaurin says the high costs and environmental rules at California ports have chased freight away, but acknowledges other factors such as the four-corner strategy of national retailers and costly intermodal rail rates have contributed to eroding market share.
17 Oct 2019
CSX Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad reported weak intermodal volume for the third quarter, but insisted their networks are lean, efficient, and ready to fully capitalize when the market rebounds.
17 Oct 2019
Peter Tirschwell, vice president, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit discusses the International Maritime Organization's mandates for carbon emission reduction by 2050 and the most likely paths to reaching that goal.
17 Oct 2019
Sponsored: JOC LogTech 2019 Panelist Glenn Jones, global vice president of the AI-enabled platform Blume Global, on steps needed to move industry past limited understanding of visibility as just track and trace and his vision for where it can go.
17 Oct 2019
GCT has joined with a number of other terminal operators in participating in the IBM- and Maersk-developed TradeLens platform to get better access to container data and visibility.
17 Oct 2019
APM’s terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey, which is undergoing a major upgrade, will be led by an executive with shipping, intermodal and chassis experience, starting Nov. 1.
17 Oct 2019
US imports from China fell 9.3 percent in September, the fifth straight monthly decline. Coupled with 37 blank sailings for October and November, it appears peak season will end on a sour note.
El Dorado, a new tech experience at TPM20
17 Oct 2019
The two-day "El Dorado" tech experience will address the growing need among beneficial cargo owners, third-party logistics providers, container lines, ports, and other freight transportation interests to understand the true value of technology and navigate an increasingly complex landscape of vendors and emerging technologies.
17 Oct 2019
Citing environmental concerns, most carriers are rejecting the northern sea route through the Arctic as an option for container shipping, despite the commercial benefits derived from the shorter transit.
16 Oct 2019
Emergence of platforms across modes will help breakbulk market implement new tech. JOC Senior Editor Eric Johnson on challenges, steps forward for project cargo shippers that want to leverage tech for improved visibility, data.
16 Oct 2019
Full scrubber-equipped strings on the Asia-Europe trade may give their carrier operators a competitive advantage over other shipping companies using higher-priced low-sulfur fuel.
16 Oct 2019
J.B. Hunt Transport Services said its intermodal volume was flat in the third quarter, a positive given the 4.5 percent decline in total intermodal volume across the industry.
16 Oct 2019
Mexico’s fourth-largest port by volume is bucking the trend of slower cargo growth by posting solid gains in volume this year that far outpace the rise in cargo through all Mexican ports combined.
16 Oct 2019
Importers seeking relief amid the ongoing US-China trade war could consider re-classifying their products or seeking tariff exclusions, but the process can be costly and time-consuming.
16 Oct 2019
Industry sources say an approved “SOP” document to regulate logistics costs is expected to be circulated to stakeholders in the coming days as the Indian government proceeds with a sense of urgency to conclude what is seen as a game-changer for the country’s ocean trade.
16 Oct 2019
There is no driver shortage, says the author. Trucking added drivers last year during a time of record-low unemployment, and presumably, the most competitive conditions possible in terms of available career alternatives to life in the driver’s seat. That doesn’t square with a hypothetical chronic shortage.
15 Oct 2019
Shippers are being urged to plan carefully for 2020, as signs begin to indicate the US truck market may swing again next year.
15 Oct 2019
West Coast port managers say sharing cargo information through digital portals and disseminating information on truck turn times is motivating marine terminals to improve performance, but brokers and forwarders remain skeptical.
15 Oct 2019
The first step in dredging the harbor in Norfolk will begin in January 2020, kickstarting a project that will make the Port of Virginia the deepest harbor on the East Coast.
15 Oct 2019
Getting containers to inland factories on time is a crucial part of the production process, and delays can cause costs to mount quickly.
15 Oct 2019
The number of blanked sailings is growing on the Asia-Europe trades as carriers sit becalmed in the slack season with no clear idea of whether to expect a pre-Chinese New Year rush.
15 Oct 2019
Coyote Logistics’ chief strategy officer urges shippers to prepare now for a truckload market in 2020 that could look very different than today’s.
15 Oct 2019
Although Typhoon Hagibis was the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades, carriers are reporting only minor disruptions to schedules and minimal damage to port infrastructure.
14 Oct 2019
Carriers will blank at least 37 individual sailings this month and next and suspend an entire weekly service as they attempt to stop further erosion in freight rates in the eastbound Pacific.
14 Oct 2019
Bangladeshi shippers are relieved after the local customs agent that handles Cosco Shipping’s business in the country had its license reinstated.
14 Oct 2019
While the “phase one” trade agreement reduces tensions between the US and China, the two sides are nowhere near reaching a more comprehensive deal at this time, a US-China business expert says.
14 Oct 2019
Sailing withdrawals and rising utilization levels on the Asia-North Europe route are not translating into spot rate increases, suggesting carriers are again chasing market share.
14 Oct 2019
DP World will invite 10 Indian startup businesses to participate in an interactive technology program as it seeks to leverage the benefits of blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, simulators, and the internet of things (IoT) for the development of smart trade solutions.