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August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Southern California Import Container Volume Stagnates, Contract Talks Blamed

Port of Los Angeles. Credit: Port of L.A.

Import cargo volume at the nation’s busiest port complex barely increased, if at all in July, due to shipper concerns about contract talks involving longshoremen working at West Coast ports.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Increases 1.3% in July, Near Record High

Graphic: ATA

The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.3% in July, following a decrease of 0.8% the previous month, according to newly released figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Truck Tonnage

August 19, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Lowest in Five Months, Housing Best Since January

UPDATED -- Consumer prices increased as the slowest pace in five months during July, increasing just 0.1% from the month before, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Consumer Prices

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Deadline Extended for Top 50 Green Fleets Nominations

The deadline to nominate a fleet for Heavy Duty Trucking's Top 50 Green Fleets has been extended through the end of the month to Friday, August 29.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Top 50 Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Efficiency, Sustainability, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Adds 1,500 New Tractors to Fleet

Celadon Trucking Services has purchased more than 1,500 new tractors to add to its overall fleet.

Tags: Kenworth, LoneStar, ProStar, International Trucks, Celadon, Fleets

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

PHH Arval to Transition Go-to-Market Name to Element Fleet Management

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The go-to-market name for PHH Arval will transition to Element Fleet Management between now and the end of 2014. Element Financial Corporation, a Canadian-based equipment finance company, acquired PHH Corporation’s North American fleet management unit for $1.4 billion in cash on July 7.

Tags: Element Financial, PHH Arval, Canada

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Homebuilder Confidence Up Amid Bearish Expectations

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for August, released Monday.

Tags: Economy, Home Building

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Against Prime’s Same-Sex Driver Training Program

A federal court last week issued a ruling against the trucking company Prime Inc. and its same-sex training program for newly hired truck drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Fleets, Prime Inc., Litigation, EEOC

August 15, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Surges, Inflation Tame

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.4% in July for its sixth consecutive monthly gain, according to new Federal Reserve numbers, due in large part to a big increase in activity within the auto sector.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment, Producer Prices

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Ferro Farewell Focuses on Need to Spread Safety Burden

Photo: Oliver Patton

Anne Ferro’s departing message is that the cost of truck and bus safety needs to be distributed more evenly through the supply chain. Too much of the burden falls on drivers who are not paid for all the time they work, said Ferro in an exit interview Thursday with a number of reporters.

Tags: FMCSA, Anne Ferro, People, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

HDT Welcomes New Senior Editor

Stephane Babcock, right, checks out the diesel engine of a Sprinter van with other Bobit Business Media editors in an event at Bobit's Torrance, Calif., headquarters.

Heavy Duty Trucking and Truckinginfo.com have added Stephane Babcock, an experienced journalist and B2B editor, to the editorial team as senior editor.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Employee Sentenced to Prison over Phony Tax Returns

A former financial management specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was sentenced to prison late last month in U.S. District Court, Baltimore, Maryland.

Tags: FMCSA, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Crime

August 14, 2014 - Industry News

Savannah Port Handles Record Amount of Container Cargo in July

A truck moves past containers at the Port of Savannah. Photo: GPA/Stephen B. Morton

The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 twenty-foot equivalent container units at Savannah’s Garden City Terminal, a 19.2% increase over the previous year.

Tags: Georgia, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Savannah

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Purchasing More of Arnold Transportation

Tennessee-based U.S. Xpress, one of the largest privately owned fleets in the country, reportedly is purchasing Arnold’s Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters and at least one terminal.

Tags: Fleets, U.S. Xpress, Arnold Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Stable, Rates Generally Slip

The amount of freight available on the spot market remained stable over the past week, while rates have improved little if any, according to freight matching service provider DAT -- but things could turn around soon.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates, Capacity

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Near All-Time High Despite Slight Drop

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, June 2009 - June 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index declined 0.9% in June from May, falling after four consecutive monthly increases, according to numbers released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index, Freight

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: July Retail Sales Stumble

U.S. retail sales were virtually unchanged in July from the month before, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, but were 3.7% higher than compared to the same time a year earlier.

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

FleetCor Purchasing Comdata for Nearly $3.5 Billion

FleetCor Technologies, a provider of fuel cards and workforce payment services, has signed an agreement to purchase electronic payment services provider Comdata for $3.45 billion.

Tags: Comdata, Fleet Card, FleetCor Technologies, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 13, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Posts Usual Summer Decline

The freight logistics sector slowed in July, following a seasonal trend, with both freight shipments and freight payments down 3.9% from the previous month, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Highway Bill Starts 10-Month Countdown

Photo: Evan Lockridge

President Obama has signed the latest short-term extension of the federal highway program, starting a 10-month clock on yet another funding deadline.The $10.8 billion bill, passed by Congress at the last moment before the Highway Trust Fund dipped into the red, will keep the fund solvent until next May.

Tags: Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Anthony Foxx

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Ups Pay for Solo Drivers

U.S. Xpress, Chattanooga, Tenn., is increasing its base mileage pay and making other compensation changes for over-the-road, solo, non-dedicated truck drivers.

Tags: Fleets, U.S. Xpress, Driver Pay

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Green Fleet Conference & Expo Announces Speakers and Schedule

Mark Smith (left) from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co. will deliver the keynote addresses at his year's Green Fleet Conference.

The Ninth Green Fleet Conference & Expo (GFC) announced its schedule for the annual event Oct. 29-30 in Schaumburg, Ill. The 2014 keynote speakers are Mark Smith from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and John Viera from Ford Motor Co.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Events, Alternative Fuels, Fuel Efficiency

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Makes $100,000 Donation to Trucking Moves America Forward

Photo: Trucking Moves America Forward

The American Trucking Associations has made a $100,000 commitment toward the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign, an industry initiative to showcase the positive side of trucking.

Tags: ATA, Trucking Moves America Forward, Image

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Many Detroit Area Interstates Closed Due to Flooding

Massive rain, described by some media outlets as “historic,” has hit the Detroit area, leading to flooding and closed roads, including many interstate routes.

Tags: Detroit, Weather, Road Closure, Interstate

August 12, 2014 - Industry News

Record Imports Expected for August

Trucks serving major container ports can expect to see record import volume this month as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.

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