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November 10, 2014

Cass Freight Index Shows ‘Turmoil’

Some freight is having trouble entering the country and moving quickly to final end users while, the “transportation ecosystem is finding itself in turmoil” as freight shipments, particularly imports, climb in anticipation of a stronger holiday shopping season this year.

November 10, 2014

Domestic Containers Drive Intermodal Traffic Surge

Total intermodal freight volume rose 5.1% in the third quarter of the year compared to the same time in 2013, while domestic U.S. and international volumes individually reported gains in of 5.5% and 4.7%, respectively.

November 7, 2014

Intermodal Rail Traffic Sets New Records

According to the Association of American Railroads, it totaled 1,381,749 containers and trailers, up 4.9%, or 64,071 units, over October 2013.

November 3, 2014

Intermodal Rail Traffic Has Third Busiest Week

The week ending Oct. 25, rail intermodal traffic was up 6.7% compared with the same week last year -- higher growth than that of rail traffic overall.

October 29, 2014

UPS Expecting Record Holiday Volume, Up 11%

With 56 days left until Christmas UPS is expecting to set another record this holiday season in terms of the number of packages it will deliver.

October 23, 2014

FedEx Predicts Record Holiday Volume

The season is expected to be bolstered by three volume spikes throughout December, occurring the first three Mondays of the month and each expected to surpass 20 million shipments in volume.

October 22, 2014

Cargo Volume Hits 7-Year High at Long Beach Port

Cargo container traffic rose 7.3% in September at the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month last year, marking the Southern California seaport’s busiest September since 2007, the Port’s peak year.

October 21, 2014

Record Truck Tonnage Remains Steady in September, Up from Year Earlier

The amount of truck tonnage hauled in the U.S. during September was unchanged from the month before remaining at a record high level, according to new American Trucking Associations figures.

October 8, 2014

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Record High in August

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index, which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.6% in August from July, rising for the second consecutive month.

September 30, 2014

National Freight Plan Needs to Address Congestion, GAO Says

Truck and rail traffic are expected to grow, good news for the economy as well as the carriers -- but with growth comes congestion, and transportation planners need more information and better direction from Congress on how to manage the problem. That’s the message from the Government Accountability Office.

September 9, 2014

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

September 9, 2014

Cass Freight Index Advances, Freight Spending Slips

North American freight volumes bounced back in August from a normal July dip, but it did not lead to a similar increase in freight spending, according to the Cass Freight Index.

September 4, 2014

Two LTLs Report Tonnage Gains

The less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight saw its August billed revenue per day increase by approximately 10% above last year's level, according to a disclosure it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

September 3, 2014

ODFL Raises Third Quarter Expectations

The North Carolina-based operation also affirmed its previously announced expectations for growth in its LTL revenue per hundredweight.

August 19, 2014

Southern California Import Container Volume Stagnates, Contract Talks Blamed

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.

August 13, 2014

DOT Freight Index Near All-Time High Despite Slight Drop

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.

August 13, 2014

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.

August 8, 2014

Refrigerated Intermodal Service Ends Between Pacific Northwest, Midwest

A refrigerated intermodal container service between the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest has ended due service from partner BNSF Railway that allegedly was not so hot.

August 4, 2014

Intermodal Shipments Post Solid Second Quarter Gains

International containers increased 9.6%, trailers improved by 4.3%, and domestic containers grew 7.6% quarter-over-quarter, all indications that the intermodal industry is recovering from a harsh winter and a contracted economy.

July 29, 2014

Exel, DHL Supply Chain Form Freight Brokerage

Contract logistics provider, Exel, and its sister logistics company, DHL Supply Chain, have formed a new freight brokerage company, Exel Freight Connect.

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