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LTL carrier Estes expands truckload, 3PL services

[caption caption="Estes Express isn’t just buying assets, it’s buying the opportunity to keep up with a trend reshaping its business. Photo credit: Estes."][/caption]Estes Express Lines, the largest privately owned US less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, is expanding beyond its core business by buying a small truckload carrier and a logistics provider formerly...

US tariffs threaten fresh congestion at Mexico border

[caption caption="Cross-border congestion could return as US importers front-load cargo in an effort to get it into the country prior to the imposition of a new 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Shippers should prepare for a fresh round of congestion and delays at the US Southwest border,...

Digital market aims to untangle US cross-border trucking

[caption caption="Digital frieght marketplace Fr8Hub aims to use predictive analytics to help reduce US-Mexico border congestion. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Cross-border truck traffic from Mexico is moving more fluidly in Laredo, with minimal delays compared with the eight- to 12-hour backups reported at the largest US border entry point for trucks in...

Bangladesh truck rates surge ahead of Eid holidays

[caption caption="A rush to get export goods to the port of Chittagong ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday has caused truck rates in Bangladesh to jump sharply. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Trucks fares in Bangladesh have more than doubled ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, as Dhaka-based shippers rush to export goods ahead of the expected...

C.H. Robinson expands in Europe with Dema acquisition

[caption caption="Mid-single-digit volume growth is boosting C.H. Robinson’s trucking business in Europe. Photo credit: Shuttlestock.com."][/caption]C.H. Robinson Worldwide is building on volume growth in its European truckload business by acquiring Dema Service S.p.A., an Italian road transport operator, the company said Thursday. The acquisition, terms of which were not made public,...

US truck tonnage spike belies softer reality

[caption caption="The shifting of freight from the first quarter to April, plus a late date for Easter, helped send the ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index higher than expected. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]After months of dismal surface freight demand, for-hire truck tonnage surged in April, climbing 7.4 percent from March and rising...

April gain in US truck tonnage likely lower than reported

[caption caption="The shifting of freight from the first quarter to April, plus a late date for Easter, helped send the ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index higher than expected. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]After months of dismal surface freight demand, for-hire truck tonnage surged in April, climbing 7.4 percent from March and rising...

Capacity peaking at large US truckload carriers

[caption caption="Truck counts at some of the largest US truckload carriers appear to have peaked late last year, increasing 9 percent in 2018, according to the JOC Truckload Capacity Index. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]The surge in new Class 8 tractors ordered by some of the largest US truckload carriers in 2018...

US surface freight contraction deepens in spring

[caption caption="The Cass Freight Shipments Index has dropped for five straight months, and other indicators spell trouble for US transport operators as well. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]US freight volumes have now declined for five straight months, making the possibility of economic contraction or recession seem much more likely, despite healthy consumer...

Shippers warned to plan for more US-Mexico border congestion

[caption caption="Truck congestion at the US-Mexico border has eased, but could recur as migrants continue to head toward the US. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]Business is returning to “normal” along the US-Mexico border, after weeks of freight congestion and delays at truck crossing points in Laredo, El Paso, and McAllen, Texas, Otay Mesa,...

US moves closer to teenage trucker pilot

[caption caption="Owner-operators strongly oppose the idea of allowing teenagers to drive heavy trucks, but many larger carriers support the idea, and apprenticeships. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]US regulators asking for comments on whether 18-year-olds should be allowed to drive tractor-trailers in interstate commerce should expect their inboxes to overflow. The prospect of...

US moves closer to teenage trucker pilot

[caption caption="Owner-operators strongly oppose the idea of allowing teenagers to drive heavy trucks, but many larger carriers support the idea, and apprenticeships. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]US regulators asking for comments on whether 18-year-olds should be allowed to drive tractor-trailers in interstate commerce should expect their inboxes to overflow. The prospect of...

Trucker bankruptcies reveal perils for carriers, shippers

[caption caption="Bankruptcies among large trucking firms such as NEMF are rare, but cost pressures on smaller carriers are raising red flags for shippers. Photo credit: New England Motor Freight"][/caption]DALLAS — Shippers spooked by the sudden collapse of New England Motor Freight (NEMF) in February and Falcon Transport in April should...

Shippers, truckers wringing out new US capacity

[caption caption="Shippers are looking for opportunities to profit from the loosening of truck capacity and decline in spot rates, while keeping an eye on the economic horizon. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]DALLAS — Truck registrations in the US are up by double digits, but there’s more to the surge in US truckload...

Softening US truck market resets battle for domestic freight

[caption caption="Spot truckload rates have declined more than 15 percent year over year so far in 2019, bringing them back to 2017 levels, according to DAT Solutions. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A price fight is brewing that may prompt US shippers to re-examine the value proposition of domestic intermodal rail in their...

NY-NJ truckers anxious over ‘congestion’ toll

[caption caption="Truck drivers delivering retail goods and food into New York City say that any fee for entering a new \"congestion pricing\" zone will end up in the hands of the shipper. Photo: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Truckers already saddled with an $18 per axle toll to cross the George Washington Bridge into New...

Europe truck rates rise even as demand slows

[caption caption="Road haulage prices in the first quarter of 2019 were higher than in the first quarter of 2018. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Declining demand for European road haulage is pushing up available capacity, but the easing of trucking space is being accompanied by rising rates as the driver shortages worsen and...

US spot truck pricing seen near inflection point

[caption caption="US shippers have pricing power over truckers now, but their advantage may slip away by the end of 2019, Coyote Logistics warns. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]With spot truckload pricing close to 20 percent lower than a year ago, and contract rates either rising slightly or falling, US truck shippers might...

Surging wind energy demand hits US truck barrier

[caption caption="The remote location of many wind-turbine sites makes transportation more expensive and difficult. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]NEW ORLEANS — Logistics managers moving wind towers to inland sites face a growing problem — the size and weight of the shipments. “There are turbine prototypes on tap right now that will be...

Uber-SAP pact brings instant truck pricing to TMS

[caption caption="After initially focusing on building supply for its trucking marketplace, Uber Freight is turning its attention to building demand, particularly from enterprise shippers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Uber Freight’s new direct integration with SAP shows the digital broker is eager to build up the demand side of its marketplace by tapping...

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