Trucking Equipment

Trucking Equipment

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26 Aug 2021
US railroads have begun to control the number of containers leaving ports on trains per day to tailor volume to equipment and labor capacity, but some are skeptical this new strategy will resolve the crippling congestion in inland US markets.
08 Jul 2021
Port officials in Savannah, Jacksonville, and Wilmington, North Carolina, have signed a deal to maintain the South Atlantic Chassis Pool through 2028 on the condition the pool will grow and chassis quality will significantly improve.
18 Jun 2021
Chassis providers are struggling to provide equipment for ocean containers in the US Midwest and Pacific Northwest as shippers hold onto chassis excessively even more frequently than earlier this year, according to importers and TRAC Intermodal.
15 Jun 2021
Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific Railroad are having trouble getting containers to shippers, in part because their supply of 53-foot chassis is very low.
07 Jun 2021
Top trucking and intermodal providers are raising penalties on shippers who do not promptly unload and return 53-foot trailers or containers.
20 May 2021
Although the Port of Charleston will be leaving the regional chassis pool in the Southeast, port officials in Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Wilmington, North Carolina, remain optimistic that they can upgrade the fleet with safer, modern equipment.
19 May 2021
An exodus of drayage drivers to the flatbed and dry van truckload sectors is further limiting already constrained capacity and equipment availability in key inland markets.
19 May 2021
US shippers and truckers are struggling to expand their trailer pools as demand for drop-and-hook trailer service rises and manufacturing backlogs stretch into 2022.
13 May 2021
Land use has been a problem as imports have surged across top US ports, causing issues on how to balance space to devote to inbound and outbound containers in key interior cities.
13 May 2021
The US Commerce Department has reaffirmed a large antidumping duty on Chinese-made chassis in a final determination that will impact the transportation of international and domestic containers.
13 Apr 2021
A US International Trade Commission vote Tuesday clears the way for a countervailing duty on Chinese chassis and is likely to open the door to tripling the cost of chassis to importers, exporters, truckers, and chassis providers.
17 Mar 2021
The Commerce Department will push ahead with an anti-dumping duty on Chinese-built marine chassis, which would raise prices on equipment at a time when there are dislocations and shortages in several US ports and rail hubs.
08 Mar 2021
A chassis shortage has slowed the supply chain since storms hit Texas nearly three weeks ago, and it could be another couple weeks before cargo slows return to normal.
04 Mar 2021
The digitization of truck manufacturing will directly benefit shippers by creating more capacity and making more capacity readily available, a study by IBM suggests.
15 Jan 2021
A chassis shortage has caused some containers to idle at BNSF’s ramp in St. Paul, Minnesota, an offshoot of the congestion in Chicago, but not as disruptive given the relative small rail volume in the Twin Cities.
11 Jan 2021
DCLI ran out of chassis last week in Chicago, and cargo owners are frustrated because Union Pacific will not release their containers to draymen with trucker-owned chassis.
07 Jan 2021
The chassis network on the East Coast has held up during the recent import surge due to better communication and data, and more reliable equipment.
24 Dec 2020
After battling a huge surge in container traffic and labor shortages in rail yards, drayage, and receiver docks during the second half of 2020, US chassis providers are expanding their fleets.
23 Dec 2020
Because asset owners can’t economically invest in excess capacity for volumes that may never materialize, the risk of supply chain disruption caused by external shocks, especially surprise surges in demand, likely will never go away.
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.
06 Oct 2020
A widely-used drayage management solutions provider has added the truck parking marketplace SecurSpace to help drivers find parking and equipment storage options directly in their transportation management systems.
06 Oct 2020
DCLI is ending contracts with NVOCCs because it believes truckers are better partners in the merchant haulage business, but other chassis providers will not follow suit and plan to keep conducting business with everyone.
29 Sep 2020
TRAC chassis are in short supply in Columbus, Ohio, because the equipment provider said repairs were necessary on chassis returned from the cooperative pool that was disbanded last month.
21 Sep 2020
Lawyers representing ocean carriers, OCEMA, and CCM have asked the FMC to dismiss ATA’s complaint into chassis, arguing the regulatory body lacks jurisdiction and only cargo owners can bring such a case.
20 Aug 2020
A chassis dispute between trucking executives and ocean carriers has reached an impasse, spurring American Trucking Associations to seek a resolution from the US Federal Maritime Commission.
12 Jun 2020
Focusing on differentiated services will help container lines weather the unpredictable demand cycles of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, liner industry veteran Ron Widdows told JOC Uncharted.
20 May 2020
The JOC Truckload Capacity Index indicates large US carriers are making deeper cuts in their fleets after an unprecedented 10-quarter expansion in available capacity.
08 May 2020
With tensions on the rise, groups representing ocean carriers and truck companies are open to meeting to resolve their differences on chassis.
07 May 2020
Brokerage solutions maker Trucker Tools will pull parking data into an app-based platform to aid truck drivers searching for available spaces.
21 Apr 2020
Daimler and Volvo will combine efforts to develop hydrogen fuel-cell technology for heavy electric trucks to meet future emissions and shipper sustainability targets.
24 Mar 2020
The truck plant shutdowns follow a wave of broader automotive factory shutdowns the previous week, led by the big three automakers, Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, who were followed by Honda, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
13 Mar 2020
DCLI has invested $80 million in upgrading chassis, including going to all-radial tires in Memphis and the Gulf Coast, a major benefit of controlling its own equipment rather than outsourcing to a cooperative, the company said.
09 Mar 2020
CMA CGM has joined the gray pool in Memphis, a win for those advocating for truckers to use any chassis for any container to eliminate chassis splits and other inefficiencies that cost shippers money.
02 Mar 2020
The success of the newly combined equipment lessor FlexiVan-AIM will rest in part on whether shippers are ready to realize the benefits of data from GPS-equipped chassis, which can be used to improve efficiency of container movements between terminals and distribution centers.
DCLI to leave Chicago cooperative chassis pool
20 Feb 2020
DirectChassis Link, one of the three largest US chassis providers, will be exiting the Chicago cooperative chassis pool this year, a blow to those who envision a market in which any chassis can be used on any container.