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December 13, 2017 - Industry News

L.A. May Ban Port Companies from Misclassifying Drivers

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 12 to investigate a ban of trucking and warehousing companies that break local, state, and federal employment laws from operating on city property.

Tags: Los Angeles, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

Clean Air Action Plan Approved by SoCal Ports

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Clean Air Action Plan, which seeks to aggressively reduce emissions at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has been approved by the harbor commissions of both ports.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

NFI Acquires CalCartage, Increases Supply Chain Capabilities

With CalCartage’s expertise, NFI can provide heightened specialization in the retail, e-commerce, footwear, and apparel sectors.

Tags: NFI, Ports, Mergers & Acquisitions, Supply Chain Solution, Drayage, CalCartage

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Escapes Worst of Irma, Impact Felt Across State

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams conduct rescue operations in Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard District 7

Hurricane Irma's late shift to the west seems to have spared Florida the worst of the storm, but even with reduced impact, its effects are widespread.

Tags: Florida, Fuel Prices, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Ports, FEMA, Hurricane Irma

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

Southeast Ports Shutting Down Ahead of Hurricane Irma

In a move that will ripple through the supply chain, ports in the Southeast U.S. are shutting down ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Tags: Hurricanes, Intermodal, Ports, Hurricane Irma

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Hundreds of Chassis Sent to Houston as Replacements

Photo: Port Houston

Chassis provider CIMC Intermodal Equipment is sending up to 600 40-foot gooseneck chassis to the Houston area this week as replacements for equipment damaged by Hurricane Harvey flooding.

Tags: Ports, Chassis, Houston, CIMC, Hurricane Harvey, Intermodal

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Imports Could Hit New Record High Following Big Gains

July and August should be two of the busiest months ever seen for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports, possibly setting a new record as merchants enter the back-to-school season and begin to stock up for the holiday season that will follow, according to a new forecast from the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight, Ports, Containers, Port Trucking

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Draytech Summit Offers Glimpse of Port Trucking's Future

New trucks were available to Draytech attendees to check out during the event. Photos: Steven Martinez

The Harbor Trucking Association held its inaugural Draytech Summit, bringing together port servicing companies and technology suppliers to focus on streamlining operations on every level, from dispatch to planning to driver hours of service.

Tags: Events, Ports, General Electric, Drayage, HTA, Intermodal

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Port Strike Highlights Pay, Emissions Regulation Struggles

Picketers at XPO Logistics' port operations say port truck drivers should be classified as employees. Photo via Justice4PortDrivers Twitter

Southern California truck drivers and warehouse workers who serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach once again went on strike on June 19, protesting poor wages and labor practices.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Department of Labor, Ports, Strikes, Driver Pay, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

June 6, 2017 - Industry News

Last Legs for Long-Haul Trucking?

Volvo's Magnus Koeck says a new industry emphasis on regional haul routes was a prime design driver for the OEM's new VNR tractor. Photo: Volvo

A move away from long-haul to regional and super-regional routes has been predicted for years. Volvo's Magnus Koeck says that shift may already be underway.

Tags: Drivers, Volvo Trucks, Ports, Panama Canal, Long-Haul Trucks, Regional Haul, Volvo VNR

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Federal Court Rules Against XPO in Driver Misclassification Case

Photo: Port of Long Beach

A federal district court judge has issued a judgment in favor of five port and rail truck drivers against XPO Cartage in a driver misclassification lawsuit, awarding the drivers nearly $1 million in reimbursement and legal fees.

Tags: Lawsuits, Department of Labor, Ports, Driver Pay, Legal, Independent Contractors

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Harbor Trucking Association to Host Drayage Summit

Image via Harbor Trucking Association

The Harbor Trucking Association is hosting its first Technology in Drayage Summit on June 28 at The Reef in Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Events, Ports, Drayage

April 14, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Ease as Consumer Prices Drop Slightly

Retail sales fell for the second straight month during March, according to the Commerce Department on Friday. Separate reports showed consumer prices declined – but there are expectations that retail imports will continue to grow as the overall economy expands.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, GDP, Consumer Prices, Gross Domestic Product, Ports

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Port of LA Hosts Live Platooning Demonstration

Photo via Port of Los Angeles Twitter

Private and public transportation partners conducted a partially automated truck platooning demonstration in California Wednesday at the Los Angeles Port complex and along the Interstate 110 freeway.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Caltrans, Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, California, Ports, Intermodal

September 9, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Retail Imports Strong

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should be at near-peak levels this month even as retailers work to cope with the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Expect Increase In Retail Imports

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see a small-but-significant increase this month as merchants stock up for the back-to-school season, then see a larger wave in late summer and fall for the holiday shopping season.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Imports, Ports, Port Trucking

July 11, 2016 - Industry News

Massive Container Ship Arrives at Port of NY/NJ

Photo via Global Container Terminals Twitter

The largest container vessel ever to call on the Port of New York and New Jersey arrived at on July 8, having steamed from the recently expanded Panama Canal locks.

Tags: Ports, Containers, Panama Canal, Port of New York and New Jersey

June 27, 2016 - Industry News

Panama Canal Opens Larger Locks; Impact on U.S. Logistics Unclear

The container vessel COSCO Shipping Panama made the inaugural transit of the expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, June 26, after a 14-day journey. It has a container carrying capacity of 9,472 TEUs. Photo: Panama Canal

After many delays, the larger locks of the Panama Canal opened this weekend, allowing larger ships carrying intermodal shipping containers coming from Asia to access East Coast and Southeast ports. While there has been much speculation that this could shift cargo traffic away from the busy West Coast ports, how exactly things will play out is yet to be seen.

Tags: Intermodal, Ports, Panama Canal

June 17, 2016 - Industry News

NY-NJ Ports Pushed to Reinstate Older-Truck Ban

Image: PANYNJ

Key New Jersey politicians along with activist groups, including the Teamsters union, on June 16 pushed for launching a more aggressive program to replace older trucks operating at the Port of New York and New Jersey to reduce the impact of air pollution on nearby residents, per a Journal of Commerce news story.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey, Diesel Emissions

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Port Trucking Company Ordered to Court Over Unfair Labor Practices

Photo via Teamsters Union

In what's being called a historic case, the Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board is looking into whether port trucking company Intermodal Bridge Transport engaged in unfair labor practices toward its drivers by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

Lawsuits Push Port Trucking Company Into Bankruptcy

Premium Transportation Services, also known as Total Transportation Services, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing its financial troubles related to driver misclassification lawsuits and legal costs.

Tags: Bankruptcy, Ports, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Intermodal, Drayage, Teamsters, Labor Unions

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Port Traffic Expected to Return to Normal Patterns

Photo courtesy the Port of Long Beach

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see its traditional buildup toward the summer, despite difficult comparisons with last year’s unusual patterns, according to one report.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Ports

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slip Again, Key Price Indicator Rises

Retail sales in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive month during February, according to a new preliminary Commerce Department report, raising some concerns about overall economic growth this year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Ports, Port Trucking, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices, Used Vehicle Values

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Port Drivers Awarded $6.9 Million in Back Pay

Photo via Teamsters Union

The California Labor Commissioner’s office has awarded 38 truck drivers $6.9 million in back pay after ruling that the drivers had been improperly classified as independent contractors.

Tags: California, Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

August 28, 2015 - Industry News

Southern California Ports to Adopt Appointment System

Photo: PierPass

To reduce truck congestion, a cargo appointment system will be adopted by 10 terminals operating out of the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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

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