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March 8, 2010 - Industry News

Ports Can Expect Double-Digit Increases in Container Traffic in the Coming Months

In March, import cargo volume is expected to gain 13 percent over the same month of 2009.

The ports are poised for significant improvements in retail container traffic, with double-digit increases expected to continue through the summer as the U.S. economy begins to improv

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March 2, 2010 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Doesn't Have Deep Enough Pockets For Employee-Based Port Model

Labor interests and the trucking industry continue to battle it out over harbor trucking. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle)

The mandated use of employee drivers at the ports would result in a huge disruption to interstate commerce, one the trucking industry does not have deep enough pockets fo

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February 25, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Calls Appeals Court Decision on LA Port Concessions a 'Non-Event'

A Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Port of Los Angeles on eight requirements on truck drivers serving the port, but the court battle is not over. (Photo courtesy of Port of Los Angeles)

In response to a Wednesday decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow eight concession agreements to continue at the Port of Los Angeles, the American Trucking Associations called the ruling a "non-event,

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February 24, 2010 - Industry News

CSX, Union Pacific Come Together For Domestic Interline Container Program

The new Umax program will provide customers with access to more than 20,000 containers and more than 600 service lanes. (Photo by CSX)

CSX Intermodal has partnered with Union Pacific Railroad to introduce a new domestic interline container program called Umax

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February 23, 2010 - Industry News

Most Trucks at Port of Tacoma Meet Clean Air Standards

Here, a container is loaded onto a truck at the Port of Tacoma. (Photo courtesy of Port of Tacoma)

About 90 percent of the heavy-duty trucks serving terminals at the Port of Tacoma are meeting the port's 2010 clean truck standard

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February 22, 2010 - Industry News

Domestic Container Activity Improves in Fourth Quarter

Signs of slight improvement may be pointing to a recovery for the intermodal market, especially with domestic containers.

The intermodal market saw some modest improvement in the fourth quarter, with domestic container volume up 9 percent from the year-ago quarter

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February 10, 2010 - Industry News

Carloads Down in January; Intermodal Sees Slight Improvement

U.S. carloads were down 0.7 percent in January to about 1 million carloads from January 2009, and down 17.7 percent from 200

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February 8, 2010 - Industry News

Intermodal Gains Market Share in Fourth Quarter

Intermodal's market share should continue to grow. (Photo courtesy of CSX)

During the fourth quarter of 2009, intermodal's share of U.S. long haul movements of international and domestic containers increased 0.2 percent from the third quarter, with 13.3 percent market shar

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February 8, 2010 - Industry News

Trade Organizations Speak Out Against Ports' Regulatory Efforts

Several industry groups are taking action against the ports' efforts to regulate trucking operations. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles)

In a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the National Retail Federation, writing on behalf of several trade organizations, urged the DOT to oppose the efforts of some ports to regulate the trucking industry

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February 3, 2010 - Industry News

Intermodal Industry Veteran Derrel E. Chappell Joins Schneider National

Derrel E. Chappell has been named director, wholesale business development, for Schneider National's Intermodal division. The move underscores the company's commitment to establishing a significant intermodal wholesale channe

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February 1, 2010 - Industry News

New Program to Help Seattle Port Operators Upgrade to Cleaner Trucks

The truck operators working at the Port of Seattle now have a program to help them upgrade their older polluting diesel trucks with newer models that significantly reduce harmful diesel pollutants coming from the exhaust

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January 28, 2010 - Industry News

AAPA Opts Out of Ports' Efforts to Regulate Trucking

The Ports of Los Angeles, Oakland and New York and New Jersey have been trying to get more control over trucking operations at their harbors, but the AAPA wants no part of it. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

During a meeting of its Legislative Policy Council this week, the American Association of Port Authorities said that it would not be a part of the efforts by the ports of Los Angeles, Oakland and New York-New Jersey to regulat

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January 20, 2010 - Industry News

Trucks Hit By Delays Due to Port of Oakland's New Ban

With the new truck ban taking effect, trucks are getting jammed at the Port of Oakland. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles)

Trucks serving the Port of Oakland were hit by delays Tuesday amid the new ban on old trucks

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January 19, 2010 - Industry News

Direct ChassisLink Expands Into Midwest

Direct ChassisLink will offer chassis for use to drayage companies at marine terminals and railroads in the entire Midwest region starting March 1

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January 15, 2010 - Industry News

Port of Morehead City Reopens After Chemical Cleanup

The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened the Port of Morehead City terminal following a chemical spill of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, which is explosive

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January 15, 2010 - Industry News

Port of Los Angeles to Test Vision's Zero-Emission Trucks

Vision Industries Class 8 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell hybrid-electric truck at the Port of Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Business Wire)

The Port of Los Angeles plans to purchase hydrogen fuel cell hybrid-electric trucks from Vision Industries

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January 14, 2010 - Industry News

Port of Oakland Truckers Granted Second Extension

Port of Oakland truck drivers now have until Feb. 16 to line up financing. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

Truck drivers serving the Port of Oakland now have until Feb. 16 to comply with California's port truck rule aimed at reducing diesel emissions in and around port communitie

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January 13, 2010 - Industry News

Port of Morehead City Closed After Chemical Spill

The Port of Morehead City in North Carolina was closed Tuesday as first responders and emergency management officials addressed a chemical spill of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, the primary ingredient in detonating cords used for industrial explosion

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January 12, 2010 - Industry News

Ports Finally See Some Positive Signs of Growth in Container Volumes

December container volumes were at 1.08 TEU, a 1.7 percent boost over December 2008.

December was a good month for the ports, as retail container traffic saw an end to a nearly two-and-a-half-year streak of year-over-year declines

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January 5, 2010 - Industry News

ATA Seeks Summary Judgment in LA Port Case

The court will hear ATA's motion as well as the Port's cross motion on Jan. 11.

The American Trucking Associations is asking the court to decide some of the legal issues involved in its case against the Port of Los Angeles regarding the Concession Plan prior to going to trial

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January 4, 2010 - Industry News

Environmental Groups Sue Long Beach Over Port Trucking Deal

Environmental groups say a deal between Long Beach and American Trucking Associations is not legally valid.

Environmental groups are suing the Port of Long Beach and the American Trucking Associations, asking that an agreement the two reached to settle an ATA suit against the port should be thrown out

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December 22, 2009 - Industry News

FMCSA Extends Compliance Deadline on 'Roadability' Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the Dec. 17 deadline for compliance on its "roadability" rule for intermodal container chassis to June 30, 201

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December 18, 2009 - Industry News

Door-to-door Reefer Intermodal

Cold Train refrigerated domestic container was so new at the IANA show that the fuel tank still had to be fitted. It will mount under the reefer, within the framework that protects the front of the box and refrigeration equipment.

A unique domestic shipping container bowed in at the NITL/IANA/TIA Conference and Show in Anaheim, Calif., recently

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December 17, 2009 - Industry News

Switching to Rail Freight May Not Be the Greenest Option

One option for a greener transport system would be a transloading model, where truck is used for local transport and rail for the intercity movement. Photo courtesy of Norfolk Southern

The answer to achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions may not necessarily be the greater use of freight rail, but we should consider improved access to intermodal terminals, equalization of rail and truck standards for production of potent NOx exhaus

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December 16, 2009 - Industry News

Port Truckers Can Drive Old Vehicles While Waiting

To qualify for the truck ban extension, the truck must be a Level 3 retrofit and also have a 25 percent NOx reduction capability.

To be consistent with a new California Air Resources Board ruling, the Port of Los Angeles has made another amendment to its tariff to allow certain truck drivers to continue operating their old trucks beyond the Jan. 1, 2010 ba

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