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April 24, 2014 - Industry News

Big Fee Hike to be Proposed for Some U.S. Bound Cross-Border Shipments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced proposed changes to the fees it charges to recoup costs for conducting agricultural quarantine inspections at U.S. ports of entry.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Safety & Compliance, Freight, Canadian Trucking Alliance

April 24, 2014 - Industry News

Pam Transport Back in the Black

Dry-van trucking company PAM Transportation Service has moved back into the black with the release of its first quarter financials.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, PAM Transport

April 24, 2014 - Industry News

Landstar Reports Record First Quarter Income, Revenue

The asset-light trucking and logistics provider Landstar System has reported record first quarter net income of $27.6 million, or 61 cents per diluted share, on record first quarter revenue of $688 million.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Landstar

April 24, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Profit Falls, Old Dominion Earnings Grow 13.2%

Parcel delivery and trucking giant UPS has reported a lower first quarter profit despite higher revenue, while another major less-than-truckload player hit a record.

Tags: UPS, Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Earnings, UPS Freight

April 24, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Good Shipments and Orders Leap

Shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods in the U.S. both posted solid gains in March, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

April 24, 2014 - Industry News

Teamsters Overrides Three Locals, Implements New UPS Contract

The Teamsters Union has rolled over on the desires of some of its members, overriding earlier votes that continued to delay a new national contract with parcel carrier UPS.

Tags: Drivers, UPS, Fleets, Teamsters, UPS Freight, Labor Unions

April 24, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Increasing Production In Second Half Of Year

With increasing order backlogs, Navistar International is upping its production rates at its heavy truck assembly plant in Escobedo, Mexico, as well as its bus assembly plant in Tulsa, Okla.

Tags: Navistar, Truck Orders

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Stoughton Trailers File Unfair Trade Petition Against China

Stoughton Trailers announced that it has filed an unfair trade petition regarding imports of 53-foot domestic dry containers (“domestic containers”) from China.

Tags: China, Trailers, Stoughton, International Trade Commission

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Swift Agrees to $4.4 Million Settlement Over Driver Class Action Lawsuit

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The trucking company Swift Transportation has agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a federal class action lawsuit over claims if failed to inform prospective drivers about their rights involving records used during the hiring process.

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Kenworth of Pennsylvania Opens New Parts and Service Location in Pittsburgh Area

Kenworth of Pennsylvania has opened a new parts and service facility in McKees Rocks, an industrial area and suburb four miles west of downtown Pittsburgh.

Tags: Aftermarket, Dealers, Kenworth of Pennsylvania

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Heartland Earnings Jump 67%, Profit Falls 28%

Iowa-based truckload carrier Heartland Express has reported record operating revenue for the first quarter of the year, but its profit fell 28.4% from the same time a year ago.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Heartland Express, Gordon Trucking

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Minnesota's Interstate 94 Closed This Weekend for Bridge Demolition in St. Paul

Photo Courtesty of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Both directions of Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., will close this weekend as crews continue work on the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge east of downtown St. Paul.

Tags: Minnesota, Highway Construction

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

NPTC Announces Safety Award Winners

The National Private Truck Council recognized those fleet members who continue to elevate safety performance during the group’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition.

Tags: Safety, NPTC

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Recover from Last Week

Spot market freight rates have recovered somewhat after declining across the board last week, according to new numbers from the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Sales of New Homes Sink, Manufacturing Rising

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- Sales of new single-family homes in the U.S. plunged during March, hitting it lowest level since July and marking the third decline out of the last six months.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Manufacturing

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

Knight Transportation Profit Soars

The truckload carrier Knight Transportation saw its first quarter profit surge 26% above the level from the same time a year ago, according to just released numbers.

April 23, 2014 - Industry News

First Lawsuit Filed Over Deadly FedEx Freight-Bus Crash

The first known lawsuit stemming from a crash between a FedEx Freight truck and a bus that killed 10 people earlier this month has been filed.

Tags: Accidents, California, Safety & Compliance, Litigation, I-5, Interstate 5, FedEx

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Carper Will Air Fuel Tax Hike with Senate Colleagues

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., is a longtime supporter of raising federal fuel taxes to pay for highways and will float that idea with his colleagues as they draft the next highway bill. Carper sees a gradual fuel tax increase as a fiscally responsible approach to highway funding but is open to other ideas as well, according to his office.

Tags: Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Senate, Congress, Fuel Tax, Gasoline Tax, Diesel Tax

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Gibson Tire Service Joins Marangoni Network of Independent Dealers

Marangoni Tread North America announced that Gibson Tire Service in Charleston S.C. has converted their retread operation to the Marangoni family of products.

Tags: Tires, Marangoni, Tires and Wheels

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Smith’s Alive, CEO Plans Volume Production

Smith Electric Vehicles is alive and operating, even if it’s not building trucks for a while, according to Bryan Hensel, the specialty builder’s CEO and co-founder, refuting reports that the company had closed.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, EVs

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

TravelCenters Of America Offers Courtesy WiFi in Some Restaurants

TravelCenters of America is now offering free WiFi in the restaurant dining rooms of 39 TA and Petro locations.

Tags: WIFi, Petro Stopping Centers, TravelCenters of America, Truckstops

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

NPTC Elects New Leaders, Board of Directors

Bedford Monday, CTP, general manager of Schwan Food, was elected chair of the National Private Truck Council Board of Directors at the group’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition held April 13-15 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tags: NPTC, People

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Report Finds Problems with FMCSA Hours-of-Service Study

The American Transportation Research Institute on Tuesday released the findings of its evaluation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s field study report on the new hours-of0service rules.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, American Transportation Research Institute, Hours of Service, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, HOS, ATRI, Safety & Compliance

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Dealership Rush Profit Drops Despite Higher Sales

The largest network of commercial truck dealers in North America saw a drop in its first quarter profit despite a 26.7% gain in its revenue.

Tags: Truck Sales, Rush Enterprises, Dealers, Earnings

April 22, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Global Telematics Market to Grow from $17 Billion to $39 Billion in 2019

A new report forecasts the global commercial telematics market to grow from $17.3 billion this year to $39.15 billion in 2019, representing an compounded annual growth rate of 17.7%.

Tags: Telematics, Economy, Information Technology

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