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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|

May Accepts October 31 BREXIT Extension

The European Union (EU) has agreed to delay the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU until October 31, 2019. The decision avoids a political crisis days after Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, failed to come to an agreement with Parliament on a BREXIT strategy. May has voiced her desire for [...]

2019-04-11T14:13:23+00:00April 11th, 2019|Export, Freight Market, Import, Shipping News|

New 44 FT Draught Restrictions for Drying Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced a fifth draught reduction for ocean vessels passing through the new locks of the Panama Canal as a severe dry season hits Central America. Ocean carriers have been warned that after April 30th, the maximum draught for transiting the new locks will be restricted [...]

2019-04-03T19:34:56+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Export, Import, 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|

Fires force Houston Ship Channel to Close for Cleanup

More than 60 ships remain stranded in the Houston Ship Channel this morning as emergency responders look to skim gasoline ingredients from the waterway from a fire that occurred on March 18th. The region’s worst chemical disaster in 14 years occurred after three tanks at an Intercontinental Terminals Co.’s (ITC) [...]

2019-03-25T16:32:42+00:00March 25th, 2019|Freight Market, Shipping News|

Déjà vu? LA-LB Equipment Export Challenges Further Port Congestion

Import volumes may have leveled off since the beginning of the year, but congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex has steadily found new ground.  Turn times, on average, are exceeding 100 minutes and over 50 percent of chassis equipment, while more available, is displaced causing extreme delays. A frustrated [...]

2019-03-25T12:53:10+00:00March 20th, 2019|Export, Import, Shipping News|

‘Bomb Cyclone’ brings Hurricane Strength Winds to the Midwest

An intense winter storm system will rapidly bring hurricane-force wind gusts, blizzard conditions and a flood threat across the United States today. Known as a ‘bomb cyclone’, the storm is expected to be one of Colorado’s most dangerous storms ever. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning along the [...]

2019-03-13T13:52:55+00:00March 13th, 2019|Green News, Shipping News, Uncategorized|

Final ISF-5 Enforcement Starts March 15 for U.S. Importers

Effective March 15, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is ending its delayed enforcement period for ISF-5 type violations and will begin issuing liquidated damage claims. Back in April of 2018, CBP published a rule (effective May 14, 2018) expanding the definition of Importer Security Filing (ISF) Importer for certain [...]

2019-03-05T15:04:10+00:00March 5th, 2019|Customs, Import, Shipping News|

USTR Report Highlights China’s Failed WTO Commitments as Tariff Deadline Approaches

The U.S.-China trade dispute has seeped into 2019 and shippers are watching closely as the March 1st tariff deadline approaches.  Back in December, the United States and China called a 90-day truce on the escalating tariff war as the two economic powerhouses negotiated on a range of trade issues spurred by [...]

2019-02-06T16:39:17+00:00February 6th, 2019|Customs, Freight Market, Shipping News|

Winter Storm Jaden brings Chicago Freight to a Grinding Halt

A winter storm warning is still in effect through January 31st after Winter Storm Jaden brought up-to six inches of snow from the Michigan Peninsula down through Missouri. With wind chills values 30 to 60 degrees below zero, the trucking industry has stalled operations with interline services, like Norfolk Southern, [...]

2019-01-30T14:49:55+00:00January 30th, 2019|Freight Market, Shipping News|
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