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October 16, 2013

No Trucks Serving Baltimore Port Due to Strike

Several media outlets Wednesday morning reported operations at the Port of Baltimore have been shut down due to a strike by members of the International Longshoremen’s Association.

October 11, 2013

FTR's August Trucking Conditions Index Improves

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index reading of 9.52 in August is a full point improvement from the July reading.

October 10, 2013

Cass Freight Index up in September, but Don't Expect Strong Q4

Freight costs continued to rise in September, showing the largest month-to-month increase since March, but it's not due to a raise in rates. Meanwhile, North American shipment volumes also rose for the second month in a row, according to the Cass Freight Index.

October 9, 2013

Freight Index Hits Near All-Time High

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry in the U.S. rose 0.4% in August from July, rising for the second consecutive month to reach the second highest level in the history of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index which goes back to 2000.

October 7, 2013

Intermodal Traffic Hits Near Record High

Intermodal rail traffic in the U.S. during September hit the second-highest weekly average of any month on record, according to new figures from the Association of American Railroads.

October 2, 2013

Economic Watch: September Auto Sales Slip

A more than two-year streak in U.S. auto sale gains came to an end in September, but don’t read too much into the decline, say analysts. Early estimates show new sales fell 4% in September compared to the same time a year ago, to a little more than 1.1 million vehicles.

October 1, 2013

Florida Approves $150 Million in Seaport Improvements

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet have approved $150 million in bond proceeds to finance projects at Florida ports through the Seaport Investment Program

September 26, 2013

Economic Watch: Three New Reports Show Slow Improvements

Growth for the nation’s economy picked up dramatically in the second quarter of the year with the gross domestic product increasing at an annual rate of 2.5%.

September 26, 2013

Spot Freight and Rates Stronger Than Usual for September

DAT overall spot market load availability increased 2.3% September 15-21, compared to the previous seven days. This follows earlier released figures showing August was down 1.8% from the month before but was up 16% compared to the same time a year ago.

September 24, 2013

ATA Economist: Industry Faces Capacity Crunch

ANAHEIM -- The trucking industry is looking at a severe capacity crunch in coming years with a variety of factors contributing to the situation, according to Bob Costello, chief economist of the American Trucking Associations.

September 24, 2013

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 1.4% in August

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.4% in August after falling 0.6% in July. The latest gain was the largest since May.

September 24, 2013

Economic Watch: Trucking Freight Boom Forecast

There could be a lot more freight for trucking to move in the future from the nation’s manufacturing sector.

September 19, 2013

Long Beach Port Volume Hits Six-Year High, Exports up Dramatically

Containerized cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach surged 16% in August compared to the same month a year ago, with double-digit percentage gains in both imports and exports.

September 17, 2013

New Legislation Seeks to Boost U.S. Port Freight

U.S. Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have just introduced legislation they say would support the American trade economy and significantly strengthen American ports.

September 11, 2013

Freight Shipments Rose 0.3% in July

Freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.3% in July from June, rising after a one month decline.

August 27, 2013

Rates and Freight Generally Down on the Spot Market

New figures from the freight matching service provider DAT show available freight on the spot market has fallen over the past week.

August 27, 2013

Economic Watch: Increasing Traffic Congestion Points to Improving Economy

If increased traffic along the nation’s highways is a accurate indicator of increased commerce and an improving economy, then things are better overall than they were the same time a year ago according to one firm, Inrix, which monitors traffic congestion.

August 21, 2013

Spot Market Freight Rates Remain Strong Despite Weekly Drop

Freight rates on one leading spot market have declined over the past week, but they remain stronger than usual for this time a year, especially in two sectors.

August 20, 2013

Economic Watch: Freight Tonnage Index Strong Despite Drop

The amount of freight moved last month fell for the first time since April, according to newly released figures.

August 19, 2013

Legislation Would Prevent Shippers from Avoiding Port User Fee, More Money For Ports

U.S. Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash. and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. have introduced legislation to provide more money for American ports, including many in the Pacific Northwest, by closing a loophole.

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