Opinion, Business, Logistics

Opinion: Shippers — One Carrier or Many?

Shippers depend on trucking as the key element in meeting their transportation goals. The old slogan, “If you got it, it came by truck,” is as valid today as it was 30 years ago.

March 5, 2012
Business, Logistics

Expanded Canal Offers Only Modest Savings to Shippers, U.S. Maritime Consultant Says

The expansion of the Panama Canal will have the greatest effect on shipments to a handful of states stretching from Ohio to Georgia but will offer only modest cost savings to shippers, a consultant to the U.S. Maritime Administration said.

February 23, 2012
Business, Logistics

NIT League Files Petition for STB Adoption of New Freight Railroad Switching Rules

The National Industrial Transportation League has filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board asking the agency to adopt new reciprocal switching rules to allow captive rail shippers to use a second railroad.

July 19, 2011
Business, Logistics

Global Shipper Group to Incorporate

The first formal association of international shippers, including the National Industrial Transportation League, has formed under the banner of the Global Shippers Forum to raise the profile of freight groups in an increasingly global marketplace.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
June 3, 2011
Business, Logistics

ATA Leaders Advise Federal Government to Drop Attempt to Regulate Wait Times

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The leadership of American Trucking Associations last week urged the federal government not to attempt to regulate the speed with which trucks are loaded and unloaded.

May 23, 2011
Editorial, Business, Logistics

Detention Self-Help

There’s no doubt that the failure of some shippers and consignees to promptly load or unload trailers is a serious issue for the trucking industry. Because of this, most fleets have added detention rules into their contracts with their customers, detailing just how long it should take for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

May 23, 2011
Business, Logistics

ATA Board Votes to Oppose Regulating Detention Times

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American Trucking Associations said its board of directors voted to oppose efforts at regulating detention times — the time drivers and trucks wait to load or unload their cargo.

Transport Topics
May 18, 2011
Government, Business, Logistics

Shippers Cite Concerns on FMC Investigation of Ocean Carriers

A shipper group has expressed “profound disappointment” over a so-called fact-finding investigation by the Federal Maritime Commission into numerous U.S. importer and exporter complaints about “perceived malpractices” by ocean carriers that resulted in supply-chain service disruptions and rate and surcharge increases in late 2009 and 2010.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 13, 2010