Freight

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March 12, 2014

Freight Index Down From Month Before, Up Compared to Year Earlier

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 2.8% in January from December, declining for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Wednesday

March 7, 2014

Cass Freight Index Shows February Increase

Despite continued weather problems, North American shipment volume and freight spending both soared in February 2014.

March 7, 2014

February Intermodal Rail Traffic Increases

Intermodal rail traffic increased 1.1% in February compared to the same time a year ago, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

March 5, 2014

2013 Cargo Thefts Tie Record High, Average Loss Falls

The number of cargo thefts in the United States last year remained the same as it was in 2013, tying the highest level on record, according to a newly released report.

March 5, 2014

Spot Freight Rates Gain from a Year Ago, Mixed Compared to Last Week

While the amount of freight that’s available on the spot market has increased over the past week rates are mixed, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

March 4, 2014

House Bill Seeks to Increase U.S. Port Activity

Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, H.R. 4105. The legislation would replace the current Harbor Maintenance Tax, designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.

February 27, 2014

Spot Freight Rates Higher for Vans and Flatbeds on High Volume

The amount of freight on the spot market has increased along with rates in two out of the three major categories.

February 19, 2014

DAT: Spot Market Rates Fall but Still Strong

Newly released figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT show rates on the spot market are down slightly over the past week in two the three major categories and while it unchanged in another.

February 19, 2014

Cold Weather Freezes Out January Truck Tonnage

Like many other parts of the American economy, trucking felt negative effects in January due to extremely cold weather, snow and ice, according to just released figures.

February 19, 2014

Canada Unveils eManifest Requirements for Inbound Freight

The Canada Border Services Agency has proposed regulations to mandate eManifest requirements for carriers hauling into the country.

February 17, 2014

Economic Watch: Retails Sales Forecast to Increase More in 2014

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy as well as trucking freight is expected to outperform last year’s activity.

February 17, 2014

Intermodal Group Calls on FHWA to Focus More on Intermodal for Primary Freight Network

The Intermodal Association of North American has submitted several recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration to increase its focus on the intermodal movement of freight, following the agency recently releasing a draft designating the nation’s Primary Freight Network.

February 14, 2014

Averitt Rolls Out Climate Controlled LTL Container Service

Less-than-truckload carrier Averitt Express started offering this month climate-controlled services in self-contained, self-powered LTL shipping units. These units can be combined with dry cargo and other climate controlled units.

February 13, 2014

Truckload Linehaul and Intermodal Prices Head Higher in January

Truckload linehaul rates paid in January increased 2.9% from the same time a year earlier, resulting in the largest year-over-year increase in linehaul rates since last February.

February 13, 2014

Spot Market Freight Availability Second Best on Record, Rates Up from 2013

Spot market freight availability rose 24% in January, exceeding December levels for only the second time since 1996, according to new figures from the the freight-matching service provider DAT.

February 12, 2014

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Second Highest Level on Record

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1% in December from November, declining after a one-month rise, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures, but activity is still very healthy.

February 12, 2014

Spot Market Freight Rates and Load Availability Jump

Freight rates and the number of load available on the spot market posted impressive gains over the past week, according to just released numbers from the freight-matching service provider DAT.

February 7, 2014

Fourth Quarter Boasts Strong Performance in Every Intermodal Segment

Building on the industry’s positive 2012 performance, total intermodal shipments improved 4.6% in 2013, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s fourth quarter and year-end Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics.

February 7, 2014

Freight Volume and Expenditures Drop in Latest Cass Index

North American shipment volumes and freight expenditures both continued the decline that began in December after the economy abruptly reversed direction near the end of last year, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

February 5, 2014

Spot Market Freight Rates Hold Steady

Recurring storms and strong month-end demand for capacity helped keep rates elevated on the spot truckload market during the week ending Feb. 1 compared to the previous seven days, according to a composite of the DAT network of load boards.

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