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March 18, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index 'Moving in Right Direction Again'

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index performed better in February after plunging 4.5% in January, but weather was still a factor in the numbers.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage, Freight, American Trucking Associations

March 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Inflation Tame, Housing Starts Slip

The U.S. Labor Department reports the Consumer Price index increased 0.1% in February from the month before, the smallest hike since last October, while gaining just 1.1% over the last 12 months.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Home Starts, Inflation

March 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Posts Biggest Jump Since August

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Manufacturing increased 0.8% compared to the month before, nearly erasing a 0.9% decline in January, which the Fed attributed to extreme weather.

Tags: Economy, Industrial Production, Freight

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul Rate Increasing, Intermodal Forecast Higher

Truckload linehaul rates continue to rise, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index. With demand increasing and capacity decreasing, along with the last two quarters showing an unusually high number of carriers exiting the business, capacity is tight,

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Truckload

March 13, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Improve Following Two Monthly Drops

The 0.3% increase follows a downwardly revised 0.6% decline in January while the December drop was revised down to 0.3%.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Post Big Increases

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Rates on the spot market have spiked over the past week, according to new figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Index Down From Month Before, Up Compared to Year Earlier

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2009-January 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 2.8% in January from December, declining for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Wednesday

Tags: U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Shows February Increase

Despite continued weather problems, North American shipment volume and freight spending both soared in February 2014.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

February Intermodal Rail Traffic Increases

Intermodal rail traffic increased 1.1% in February compared to the same time a year ago, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Association of American Railroads

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

2013 Cargo Thefts Tie Record High, Average Loss Falls

Credit: FreightWatch International

The number of cargo thefts in the United States last year remained the same as it was in 2013, tying the highest level on record, according to a newly released report.

Tags: Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Gain from a Year Ago, Mixed Compared to Last Week

While the amount of freight that’s available on the spot market has increased over the past week rates are mixed, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

House Bill Seeks to Increase U.S. Port Activity

Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, H.R. 4105. The legislation would replace the current Harbor Maintenance Tax, designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.

Tags: Legislation, U.S. House of Representatives, Freight, Ports, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Port Trucking

February 27, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Higher for Vans and Flatbeds on High Volume

The amount of freight on the spot market has increased along with rates in two out of the three major categories.

Tags: Freight, DAT, Spot Freight

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

DAT: Spot Market Rates Fall but Still Strong

Newly released figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT show rates on the spot market are down slightly over the past week in two the three major categories and while it unchanged in another.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Cold Weather Freezes Out January Truck Tonnage

Credit: ATA

Like many other parts of the American economy, trucking felt negative effects in January due to extremely cold weather, snow and ice, according to just released figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Canada Unveils eManifest Requirements for Inbound Freight

The Canada Border Services Agency has proposed regulations to mandate eManifest requirements for carriers hauling into the country.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Freight

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retails Sales Forecast to Increase More in 2014

One of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy as well as trucking freight is expected to outperform last year’s activity.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Freight

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Group Calls on FHWA to Focus More on Intermodal for Primary Freight Network

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Intermodal Association of North American has submitted several recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration to increase its focus on the intermodal movement of freight, following the agency recently releasing a draft designating the nation’s Primary Freight Network.

Tags: DOT, Intermodal, U.S. DOT, FHWA, Freight, MAP-21

February 14, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Fleets, Freight, Temperature Control, Averitt Express

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Fleets, Freight, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

February 13, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Second Highest Level on Record

Freight Transportation Services Index, December 2008- December 2013. Credit: U.S. DOT

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.

Tags: Economy, For-hire Truck Tonnage, Freight

February 12, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Intermodal, IANA, Freight

February 7, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

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