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February 21, 2018 - Industry News

Clean Energy, Harbor Trucking Association Partner for Cleaner-Burning Port Trucks

Clean Energy will provide specialized clean fuel programs for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, above, as the latest part of the Clean Air Action Plan is adopted. Photo via Dave Proffer/Wikimedia

As part of this partnership, Clean Energy will provide specialized clean fuel programs to HTA members and aid help company fleets and individual owner-operators write grants for funding of clean vehicles.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Procurement, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels, Clean Air Action Plan, Drayage, Harbor Trucking Association, Ports

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Record Year for Intermodal Containers at Nation's Largest Ports

Post-Panamax cranes unload intermodal containers at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal. Photo: Georgia Port Authority

Intermodal cargo is booming at the nation’s ports. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach both reported record levels of cargo. Georgia's Port of Savannah hit its highest annual volume ever, and the Port of New York and New Jersey also shattered its previous annual cargo volume record, set in 2015.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Georgia, Intermodal, Ports, Port of New York and New Jersey, Drayage

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Los Angeles Sues 3 Port Companies for Driver Misclassification

Los Angeles City Hall Photo: City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles filed lawsuits against three port trucking companies, alleging that each avoided paying drivers proper wages and benefits by intentionally misclassifying hundreds of truckers as independent contractors.

Tags: Drivers, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors, Wages

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Harbor Trucking Association Promotes LaBar to CEO

The Harbor Trucking Association has promoted Executive Director Weston LaBar to the position of Chief Executive Officer, which is a new position for the organization.

Tags: Leadership, People, Ports, Port Trucking, Drayage, HTA

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

L.A. May Ban Port Companies that Misclassify 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: Driver Pay, Port Trucking, Employment, Los Angeles, Ports, California, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

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

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