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Freight Market Decline Continues

Your newspaper this week shows just how difficult things are for carriers these days, as freight rates and volumes continue to nose dive while shippers push for lower fuel surcharges and better deals.

February 6, 2009
Fuel, Business, Logistics, Government

Diesel Drops 2.2¢ to $2.246

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

Diesel fuel’s national average price fell 2.2 cents to $2.246 a gallon, the lowest in more than three and a half years, the Department of Energy said Monday.

February 3, 2009
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

EPA Grants Calif. Request to Enforce Reefer Emissions Rule

California environmental regulators said last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted the state a waiver that will allow enforcement of its regulation requiring emission-control retrofits on refrigerated trucks and trailers.

February 3, 2009
Fuel, Business

Wal-Mart to Test Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Trucks

Wal-Mart Stores will test two types of hybrid trucks and two types of alternatively fueled trucks, the company announced Monday.

February 2, 2009
Equipment, Business, Fuel, Government, Technology, Safety

Paccar Offers Aftermarket Particulate Filter

Paccar Inc.’s parts dealers are offering the company’s Engine Control Systems Purifilter, an aftermarket passively regenerating diesel particulate filter approved by the California Air Resources Board for installation and use in a wide variety of Class 8 trucks.

February 2, 2009
Government, Business, Fuel

Spot Market Freight Rates Dive as Recession Slashes Demand

Rates for freight services bought on the spot market have nose dived to 1990s levels as shrinking fuel surcharges have sent prices falling further while the recession continues to ravage shipping demand.

February 2, 2009
Business, Fuel, Government

3PLs Caught in Middle of Shipper-Carrier Struggle as Cost Reductions Drive Fierce Competition

After surviving a record run-up in fuel prices during 2008, shippers and carriers now face an even bigger supply chain challenge: coping with a sharp downturn in freight volume as businesses cut back on production in response to lower sales.

February 2, 2009
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Graves Says ATA Will Fight L.A. Port’s Concession Plans

American Trucking Associations will exhaust all legal avenues to fight employee-only concession requirements contained in the Port of Los Angeles’ clean trucks plan, ATA President Bill Graves said.

February 2, 2009
Business, Fuel, Government

Retail Diesel Continues Falling

U.S. retail diesel prices continued to edge down last week, as the average dipped 2.8 cents to $2.268 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported.

February 2, 2009
Fuel, Business

Truckload Fleets Maintain Earnings in 4Q Despite Falling Revenue by Cutting Costs

Eight publicly traded truckload fleets weathered the fourth quarter recession by lowering costs, including fuel, and posted earnings that either topped or came close to the year-earlier period.

February 2, 2009

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