Freight

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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.

August 14, 2013

Freight Shipments Fell 0.2% in June from May

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.2% in June from May, declining after a one month increase, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Freight Transportation Services Index.

August 9, 2013

Annual Transportation Statistics Report Released

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics has just released the Transportation Statistics Annual Report for 2012.

August 9, 2013

Freight Backlogs Paralyze Some Port of Oakland Terminals, Truckers Wait for Hours

Cargo backlogs continue at the Port of Oakland leaving truckers waiting for hours to pick up containers according to the Contra Costa Times.

August 8, 2013

DAT: July Spot Freight Level Beats June for First Time on Record

The number of loads available on one of the nation’s biggest spot markets saw its best July, but new figures also show freight levels over the past week is down from the week before.

August 7, 2013

Port of Baltimore Handles Record Amount of Cargo

Maryland officials announced the Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals handled a record 9.55 million tons of general cargo during its 2013 fiscal year, which was between July 2012 and June 2013.

August 5, 2013

Big Box Segment Drives Container Volume Growth

Domestic intermodal container volume continued its steady performance in the second quarter of 2013 with 9% year-over-year gains, largely attributable to a strong big box segment, with total intermodal traffic rising by 2.4% for the quarter.

July 23, 2013

Freight Index Increases for Second Straight Month

The amount of freight moved in June moved barely higher after surging in May, but it still managed to hit a record high, according to the American Trucking Associations. But that partly reflects a heavier freight mix.

July 10, 2013

Import Freight Traffic Expected to be Slow in Summer, Pick up in Fall

Summer typically marks the doldrums of the import freight season, and this one will likely be no exception, but things are expected to pick up big time in the fall, according to the new Port Trucker forecast from the National Retail Federation.

July 8, 2013

California Seeks to Break Freight Bottleneck

The U.S. Transportation Department says California's Devore Interchange is a critical freight link serving 21,000 trucks each day. Now the state has broken ground on a modernized Devore Interchange that will relieve freight congestion.

June 13, 2013

April Freight Index Falls After Five Straight Monthly Hikes

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1.2% in April from March, declining after five consecutive monthly increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

May 30, 2013

Carriers and Shippers Among Those Named to DOT Freight Committee

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the members of the National Freight Advisory Committee, which will provide advice and recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system.

May 29, 2013

U.S. House Panel to Hold California Hearing Thursday on Freight Movements

A Congressional panel will hold a hearing in Southern California on Thursday to examine how the region’s unique transportation challenges impact the movement of freight throughout the entire nation.

May 29, 2013

Trucking Continues as Dominant Freight Transportation Mode

A new report issued by the American Trucking Associations shows trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation in the United States as even more goods were delivered by truck.

May 29, 2013

Freight Movements Between U.S. & NAFTA Countries Mixed, Trucking Still Dominates

A new U.S. Transportation Department report shows the value of goods moving between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners by all modes of transportation decreased by 4% in March compared to a year ago, but rose 63.7% compared to March 2009.

May 8, 2013

Federal Freight Index Up Fifth Month in a Row

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.3% in March from February, rising for the fifth month in a row, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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