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October 26, 2017 - Industry News

New Legislation Introduced to Fight Driver Abuses at Ports

Photo via Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Twitter

Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) introduced two separate bills on Capitol Hill that are aimed at addressing labor and environmental issues at our nation’s ports.

Tags: Legislation, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Emissions Reduction, Ports, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Drivers

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Imports Expected to Hit New Monthly, Annual Records

Boosted by continuing retail sales growth, August is expected to be the busiest month on record for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports and 2017 is on track to set a new annual high, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Friday by the trade group the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the consulting firm Hackett Associates.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Containers, Port Trucking

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Imports Could Hit New Record High Following Big Gains

July and August should be two of the busiest months ever seen for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports, possibly setting a new record as merchants enter the back-to-school season and begin to stock up for the holiday season that will follow, according to a new forecast from the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Freight, Ports, Containers, Port Trucking

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

Intermodal Shipments Post Fourth-Quarter Gain, Down Last Year

Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Intermodal freight volumes returned to growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, posting a 1% year-over-year increase that tempered volume declines earlier the year, according to the Intermodal Association of North America.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Port Trucking

September 28, 2016 - Industry News

Hanjin Woes Boost West Coast Spot Market Truck Freight, Rates

As the West Coast feels ripple effects from the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Co., nationally the number of loads on the spot truckload freight market fell 5% during the week ending Sept. 24 compared to the week before as truck capacity increased 3%, according to DAT Solutions, its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Port Trucking, Freight Rates

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

Spot Van, Reefer Rates Dip; Hanjin Bankruptcy Could Push Them Higher

The number of loads on the DAT network of load boards gained 20% during the week ending Sept. 17 compared to the week before and the number of trucks added 19% as the spot market rebounded during the first full week after the Labor Day holiday but it barely translated into higher rates.

Tags: Spot Freight, Port Trucking, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 9, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: September Retail Imports Strong

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should be at near-peak levels this month even as retailers work to cope with the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

July 15, 2016 - Industry News

Port Drivers Reach $5 Million Settlement in Misclassification Suit

Photo: Justice for Port Drivers

A class-action lawsuit representing nearly 400 Southern California port truck drivers has resulted in a $5 million settlement agreement with port trucking company group QTS, ending the three-year-long suit.

Tags: Lawsuits, Ports, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Labor Unions, California

July 12, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Expect Increase In Retail Imports

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should see a small-but-significant increase this month as merchants stock up for the back-to-school season, then see a larger wave in late summer and fall for the holiday shopping season.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Imports, Ports, Port Trucking

June 17, 2016 - Industry News

NY-NJ Ports Pushed to Reinstate Older-Truck Ban

Image: PANYNJ

Key New Jersey politicians along with activist groups, including the Teamsters union, on June 16 pushed for launching a more aggressive program to replace older trucks operating at the Port of New York and New Jersey to reduce the impact of air pollution on nearby residents, per a Journal of Commerce news story.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey, Diesel Emissions

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Program Grants Amnesty to California Carriers That Misclassify Drivers

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office is accepting applications for an amnesty program that will allow carriers to reclassify drivers as employees and avoid liability for misclassifying them as independent contractors.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Employment, Independent Contractors, Drivers, California

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

Port Trucking Company Ordered to Court Over Unfair Labor Practices

Photo via Teamsters Union

In what's being called a historic case, the Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board is looking into whether port trucking company Intermodal Bridge Transport engaged in unfair labor practices toward its drivers by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

March 18, 2016 - Industry News

Lawsuits Push Port Trucking Company Into Bankruptcy

Premium Transportation Services, also known as Total Transportation Services, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing its financial troubles related to driver misclassification lawsuits and legal costs.

Tags: Bankruptcy, Ports, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Intermodal, Drayage, Teamsters, Labor Unions

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Slip Again, Key Price Indicator Rises

Retail sales in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive month during February, according to a new preliminary Commerce Department report, raising some concerns about overall economic growth this year.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Ports, Port Trucking, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices, Used Vehicle Values

January 8, 2016 - Industry News

NY-NJ Port Authority Revises Older-Trucks Plan

Photo: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is proposing to deny access to trucks with model year 1994 and 1995 engines, effective January 1, 2018, and to require that, effective March 1, 2016, new trucks seeking to serve the port terminals must be equipped with a 2007 or newer model year engine..

Tags: Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Port Drivers Awarded $6.9 Million in Back Pay

Photo via Teamsters Union

The California Labor Commissioner’s office has awarded 38 truck drivers $6.9 million in back pay after ruling that the drivers had been improperly classified as independent contractors.

Tags: California, Ports, Teamsters, Strikes, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

October 15, 2015 - Industry News

Driving Independent Can Pay Off in California, Study Shows

California is the Golden State for earning a living by driving a truck independently vs. doing so as a company employee, new study finds. Photo: VTTI

California owner-operators can earn substantially more than company drivers in the Golden State, per a new study released by the California Trucking Association.

Tags: Port Trucking, Owner-Operators, California

August 28, 2015 - Industry News

Southern California Ports to Adopt Appointment System

Photo: PierPass

To reduce truck congestion, a cargo appointment system will be adopted by 10 terminals operating out of the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Congestion, Port Trucking

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Oakland Port Tests Sensors to Measure Wait Times

Photo via Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland has announced that it is testing sensors to measure how long trucks servicing the port are waiting to enter marine terminals.

Tags: Ports, Congestion, Port Trucking

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

NOLA Protest Ends As Port Addresses Trucker Concerns

A three-day protest at the Port of New Orleans by independent truck drivers has come to an end after meetings between the truckers and terminal operators.

Tags: New Orleans, Ports, Driver Pay, Port Trucking

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Port Truckers Protest in New Orleans

Local TV station reports on trucker protest at Port of New Orleans.

Truckers at the Port of New Orleans are sick and tired of handling damaged boxes that they don't get paid for and are protesting, according to a local TV station.

Tags: New Orleans, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

East Coast Ports Could Gain 10% of Asian Goods by 2020

Photo: Photocapy via creative commons.

Following an expansion of the Panama Canal in 2016, up to 10% of container traffic to the U.S. from East Asia could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020, according to research by the Boston Consulting Group and C.H. Robinson.

Tags: Ports, Panama Canal, Port Trucking

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Ports Returning to Normal

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Bill Would Authorize Governors to Intervene in Port Strikes

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

A bill introduced on June 5 would expand the powers granted by the Taft-Hartley Act regarding labor disputes at U.S. ports allowing state governors the intervention powers currently reserved for the President.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, U.S. Senate, Port Trucking

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Port Trucking Group Unveils Plan to Reduce Congestion

Photo via Port of Long Beach

The Harbor Truck Association has announced that it is supporting a new plan to reduce congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Ports, Strikes, Port Trucking

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