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October 7, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight

October 2, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Auto Sales

October 1, 2013 - Industry News

Florida Approves $150 Million in Seaport Improvements

Port of Miami via Wikimedia Commons

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

Tags: Florida, Freight, Ports

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

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%.

Tags: Economy, Freight, GDP, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

September 26, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Freight and Rates Stronger Than Usual for September

DAT map shows where load-to-truck ratios are the best for vans.

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.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

ATA Economist: Industry Faces Capacity Crunch

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello speaking at TMW Transforum this week.

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.

Tags: Drivers, Economy, ATA, Freight, TMW

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: ATA, Truck Tonnage, Freight

September 24, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Trucking Freight Boom Forecast

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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

Tags: Economy, Freight, Manufacturing

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

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

Containers at the Port of Long Beach. Photo: Port of Long Beach

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.

Tags: Port of Long Beach, Imports, Freight, Ports, Exports

September 17, 2013 - Industry News

New Legislation Seeks to Boost U.S. Port Freight

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Freight, Ports

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Rose 0.3% in July

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, July 2008- July 2013

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

Tags: BTS, TSI, Surface Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

Rates and Freight Generally Down on the Spot Market

Credit: DAT

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

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

August 27, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, Traffic Congestion, Freight, Inrix

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Remain Strong Despite Weekly Drop

Spot market freight rates are remaining stronger than usual for this time of year says DAT. Credit: DAT

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.

Tags: Fleets, Freight, Owner-Operators, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Freight Tonnage Index Strong Despite Drop

July truck tonnage falls from June, but is up from the same time a year ago. Credit: ATA

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

Tags: Economy, ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Freight, Ports

August 14, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Freight, BTS

August 9, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight

August 9, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Drivers, Freight, Ports, Owner-Operators

August 8, 2013 - Industry News

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

Credit: DAT

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.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

August 7, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Freight, Ports

August 5, 2013 - Industry News

Big Box Segment Drives Container Volume Growth

Second Quarter 2013 Intermodal Volume Comparisons

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.

Tags: Intermodal, IANA, Freight

July 23, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Economy

July 10, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Economy, Freight, National Retail Federation, Imports

July 8, 2013 - Industry News

California Seeks to Break Freight Bottleneck

Credit: U.S. DOT

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.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Freight, I-15, I-215, Highways, California

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