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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Increases Flexibility for Truckers

In early May 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revised driver Hours of Service (HOS) 49 CFR Parts 385 and 395 regulations to provide greater flexibility for truckers, subject to those rules without adversely affecting safety. The Electronic Logging Mandate was originally implemented back in December 18, 2017 [...]

2020-06-15T14:06:39+00:00June 15th, 2020|Domestic|

Judge Rules Against ABC Test On California’s AB5 For Trucking

As first reported in November, California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) legislation sought to limit California-based companies in the number of workers they can classify as independent contractors versus employees. But according to the latest ruling from state courts, the validity of AB5 and how truckers are classified cannot be implemented.  [...]

2020-01-17T20:57:27+00:00January 17th, 2020|Domestic, Industry Spotlight|

GREEN Act Extension Would Support Project Cargo Through 2026

On November 19, 2019, Congress introduced an extension of the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency (GREEN) Act with support of the current Wind Power Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for an additional 5 years, through 2026. Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency (GREEN) Act WHO WOULD [...]

2019-12-04T15:38:54+00:00December 4th, 2019|Domestic, Import, Industry Spotlight|

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|
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