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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.

February 3, 2014

FDA Proposes New Rules for Transporting Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will officially propose a rule that would require certain shippers, receivers, and carriers who transport food by motor or rail vehicles to take steps to prevent the contamination of human and animal food during transportation.

January 29, 2014

Spot Truck Freight Volume and Rates Drop

After a strong start to the month, freight activity and rates on the spot truckload market tapered off during the week ending Jan. 25 compared to the previous seven days.

January 29, 2014

Economic Watch: Trucks Moving More NAFTA Trade

Three of the five transportation modes - truck, rail and pipeline - carried more U.S.-NAFTA trade in November 2013 than they did a year earlier, according to new figures from the U.S. Transportation Department.

January 28, 2014

Missouri DOT Launches “Freight Plan”

The Missouri Department of Transportation has launched the Missouri Freight Plan, the next step in a process started last year to develop the state's long-range transportation plan.

January 22, 2014

Freight Indicators Hit or Near Record Highs

Two measures about the health of the U.S. trucking industry turned in either their best or near-record numbers for December.

January 22, 2014

Spot Freight Rates Gain in Two Out of Three Major Catagories

Freight activity and rates on the spot market remained elevated last week after a surge of freight following winter storms the week before, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

January 21, 2014

TruckersU.com Unveils Freight Service for Small Carriers

TruckersU.com has rolled out a new service designed for trucking companies with 40 or fewer power units to help them get on a shipper’s “approved carrier list.”

January 17, 2014

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Best Since '07, Industrial Production Jumps

The annual rate registered 923,400 single-family homes and apartments, an 18% increase above 2012 figure of 780,600.

January 16, 2014

Economic Watch: Inflation Tame, Overall Conditions Improving

Despite the biggest jump in consumer prices in six months and the first hike in wholesale prices in three months, inflation remains tame, according two new reports.

January 15, 2014

Spot Market Loads Jump 74% Last Week, 2013 Rates and Activity Better Than 2012

Activity on the spot market skyrocketed the first full week of the year, according to new figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT, but rates lagged.

January 10, 2014

Economic Watch: Light Vehicle Sales Forecast to Increase for Fifth Straight Year

Anyone associated with getting to market new light vehicles, (cars, light trucks and SUVs), not to mention sales and manufacturing of them, has reason to be hopeful about business prospects in the New Year.

January 9, 2014

DOT Freight Index Rises to Best Level on Record

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in November from October, rebounding from a one-month decline to reach its highest all-time level, according to a new U.S. Department of Transportation report.

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