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January 30, 2015

Court Awards Seven Truckers $2 Million Over Wrongful Classification Claims

Seven U.S. port truck drivers last week won what a Teamsters Union-backed group called a “historic precedent-setting victory” against one trucking company, when they were awarded more than $2 million in a court challenge over claims of wage theft in the form of unlawful payroll deductions and expenses.

January 28, 2015

West Coast Problems Cause Georgia Ports to See More Freight

Marine ports in Georgia ended 2014 with growth in all cargo sectors, including a 10.2% increase in twenty-foot equivalent container units, and a 7.4% increase in total tonnage, according to new figures released by the Georgia Ports Authority.

January 26, 2015

New Enrollment Requirements for TWIC Applicants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration announced some changes to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential card program, used by truckers and other transportation workers to access the nation’s maritime ports.

January 22, 2015

Labor Unrest Causes West Coast Ports to See Mixed Volumes

Container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 6% in 2014 over the previous year, marking the third busiest year in the port’s history, just behind 2007 and 2006 levels

January 14, 2015

Two Ports Handle Record Volume, Cope with Freight Challenges

Two of the nation’s marine port complexes said they handled record container volume in 2014.

January 12, 2015

Shippers Transport Drivers Join Teamsters at SoCal Ports

Port truck drivers from a major drayage firm serving the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been reclassified as employees and joined the Teamsters Union.

January 6, 2015

Federal Mediator Steps In to Aid West Coast Port Talks

A federal mediator is stepping in to try and resolve months of stalled talks between West Coast longshoremen and port terminal operators and shipping companies.

January 6, 2015

Port of Virginia Delays Start of Truck Appointment System

The Port of Virginia is delaying the implementation of the motor carriers’ appointment system at Norfolk International Terminals until this spring.

December 23, 2014

West Coast Ports Seek Federal Mediator in Labor Talks

The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents employers at America’s 29 West Coast ports, on Monday asked for federal mediation in its contract negotiations with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union.

November 18, 2014

Oregon Seeks EPA Funding For Truck Replacement Program

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is looking for local fleets and owner-operators to participate in a possible truck replacement program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program will pay for up to half the cost of a new truck, provided the old one is scrapped.

November 13, 2014

Container Shipper Horizon Exiting the Business in Separate Deals

Together the deals are estimated to cost around $600 million and expected to close next year, following regulatory approval.

November 12, 2014

Carriers Look for HOS Flexibility to Ease Port Congestion

Trucking interests are preparing a request for temporary flexibility in the hours of service rules to help ease the congestion that is plaguing major ports. “We need some relief now,” said Curtis Whalen, executive director of the American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference.

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

Miami Port, Railway Offering New Service for Faster Shipments

Called the Sunshine Gateway service, this ship to rail transfer allows the port to handle additional volumes and ensures that shipments move more quickly with the potential to reach 70% of the United States population in four days or less

October 20, 2014

Cargo Volume at Port of Los Angeles Highest Since 2008

The increased volume reflects peak season volumes and larger vessels calling at the facility, according to port officials.

October 16, 2014

Virginia Port Export Traffic Jumping, Truck Wait Time Slumping

Exports moving across Port of Virginia facilities in September helped drive a high amount of cargo through port terminals but officials concede truck wait times could be shorter.

October 14, 2014

Economic Watch: Holiday Sales Expected to Jump Following October Container Surge

After a turbulent start to 2014, the nation’s retailers expect sales in November and December to increase a healthy 4.1% to $616.9 billion, higher than 2013’s actual 3.1% increase during that same time frame.

October 9, 2014

Seattle, Tacoma Ports Form Alliance

The Seattle and Tacoma port commissions plan to unify the management of the two ports’ marine cargo terminals and related functions in order to strengthen the Puget Sound gateway and attract more marine cargo for the region.

September 24, 2014

Justice Department Gives OK for Container Chassis Pool in California

The U.S. Department of Justice will not challenge a proposal by Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. and Direct ChassisLink Inc. to enter into a chassis use agreement at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.

September 19, 2014

Video: What Happens When a Truck Picks up a Container?

In this video from Pierpass, watch what the journey of an intermodal container looks like and what it takes to move cargo from gate to gate in a typical truck turn from the Port of Long Beach.

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