Why California Truck Owner-Operators are Protesting AB 5

California Truck owner-operators planned protests for this week, November 4-6, 2019 over Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5). AB 5, limits California-based companies in the number of workers they can classify as independent contractors versus employees. The bill was approved by the California State Senate 29-11 and by the State Assembly [...]

2019-11-07T14:19:59+00:00November 7th, 2019|Domestic, Industry Spotlight|

FMC Seeks Industry Comment for a Proposed Interpretive Rule on Demurrage and Detention

After years of consideration, on September 13, 2019, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Federal Register Notice “seeking public comment on its interpretation of the Shipping Act prohibition against failing to establish, observe, and enforce just and reasonable regulations and practices relating to or connected with receiving, handling, storing, [...]

2019-09-15T23:23:08+00:00September 15th, 2019|Domestic, Export, Import, Industry Spotlight, Shipping News|

Houston Shipping Industries Seek Veto on Texas SB 2223 Restricting Large Vessels

It’s been quite a year for the Port of Houston, after a fire closure and a major tanker collision, the Houston Ship Channel has been under significant pressure to create safe passage for the 200 private and eight public terminals using the 52-mile federal waterway. Every day, the passage is utilized by [...]

2019-06-13T19:15:58+00:00June 13th, 2019|Domestic, Freight Market, Shipping News|

Houston Shipping Channel Temporarily Closed After Tanker Collision

Already plagued with severe weather, flooding, and legislative battles, the Houston Shipping Channel has been struck with yet another setback. On Friday, May 10that 3:30 PM, a 755-foot liquefied petroleum gas carrier, The Genesis, collided with two barges, containing 25,000 gallons of reformate each, being pulled by a tugboat.  Reformate [...]

2019-05-12T04:19:37+00:00May 12th, 2019|Domestic, Shipping News|

Personnel Shift Causes Freight Crunch at US-Mexico Border

Truckers importing from Mexico into the United States are experiencing severe delays and increased wait-times after the U.S. drastically reduced the number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel handling Mexican border crossings, reassigning them to assist with the processing of illegal immigrants.  Citing a “large scale surge of migrants [...]

2019-04-24T15:38:19+00:00April 24th, 2019|Domestic, Export, Freight Market, Import|

Is the Truck Driver Shortage Real? Study Questions Industry

If domestic carriers are the bloodlines of American commerce, why has this industry found it so difficult to attract and retain drivers to service U.S. supply chains?  And, were the higher trucking rates in 2018 reflective of this driver shortage? The American Trucking Association (ATA) has pointed to an ongoing [...]

2019-04-18T18:53:29+00:00April 18th, 2019|Domestic, Freight Market, Shipping News|

U.S. Trucking, the Congested Road to Balance in 2019

The shipping market may have finally softened after almost a year of tariff increases and U.S. government trade programs wreaked havoc on inventory levels as companies rushed to import additional product and maintain service levels to consumers.  But the mad rush for warehousing, intermodal, and equipment left domestic trucking carriers [...]

2019-04-03T18:18:56+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Domestic, Export, Import, Shipping News|

Shipper Alert: West Coast Port Congestion Expected through Lunar New Year

As reported earlier this month, U.S. West Coast terminals in Los Angeles and Long Beach are experiencing heavy volumes and severe congestion that is expected to last through the upcoming Lunar (Chinese) New Year. 5 TOP CAUSES OF U.S. WEST COAST CONGESTION 1. EQUIPMENT & CHASSIS For West Coast supply [...]

2018-12-20T20:45:55+00:00December 20th, 2018|Domestic, Freight Market, Import, Shipping News, Warehousing|

Intermodal’s PSR Impact on Shippers, Chicago Hit Hard

2019 will be a transitional year for the United States’ rail industry; known for its inefficiencies, U.S. rail freight is on the quest to increase train speeds and improve services by taking steps towards precision scheduled railroading (PSR). In September, CSX, the leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North [...]

2018-12-14T19:54:58+00:00December 14th, 2018|Domestic, Freight Market|

Los Angeles Pool of Pools Calls for Chassis as Mega Vessels Arrive

Recent events have created a dislocation of chassis in LA/LB Port complex and in part, is due to the lingering effects of the Typhoon in the Eastern Pacific. According to the figures provided, there will be 12 extra loader vessels and 3 up-sized vessels calling the LA/LGB port complex over [...]

2018-12-07T21:29:48+00:00December 7th, 2018|Domestic, Import, Shipping News|
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