According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the newly adopted ACI eManifest program is creating unacceptable delays and compliance issues for motor carriers, across Canada. Stephen Laskowski, Senior VP at the CTA acknowledges that Canadian carriers are reporting significant delays, sometimes amounting to multiple days, due to uncertainty over eManifest policies. The daily reports prompted comments from Laskowski, describing the problems encountered as "above and beyond what could reasonably be attributed to learning curve issues."
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced proposals for 2013 that will amend the way motor carriers are evaluated and safety ratings are determined. The main focus of the 2013 amendments will allow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to lower carriers’ safety ratings without needing to perform an audit on-site.
When it comes to trade, growing concerns about the rising costs of good, exchange rates, freight costs, and surcharges from some of America’s top exporters, such as China, has led some to look a little closer to home.
While only about six Kansas City Southern (KSU.N) trains crossed the border back and forth between Laredo, Texas and Mexico just a few years ago, today, ten trains are making the run with everything from chemicals to cars.
New regulations could ensure safer roadways by requiring health exams for commercial truck drivers. It is no secret that the truck driving lifestyle isn’t exactly healthy. Truck drivers are often forced to sit for long periods of time and eat unhealthy fast food. Finding time for exercise is nearly impossible. The American Diabetic Association reported that 86 percent of truck drivers are overweight, and 66 percent of those drivers are considered obese. There are a wide variety of health ailments that go along with obesity. New regulations may keep obese drivers off of the road.
We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Eli Mueller of Navistar at the 2012 Trucking Social Media Convention. He was also a featured speaker providing information on the purpose and use of social media in today’s transportation industry.
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a nonprofit organization that was formed to combat one of the nation’s fastest growing and most heinous crimes, human trafficking for the sex trade industry. TAT educates members of the travel plaza and truck industry on how to recognize the signs that someone is a victim and what to do about it. The organization also works with law enforcement agencies, the FBI and other groups.
Because there is a shortage of truck drivers right now, the retailers and supermarkets that depend on them have to turn to dedicated-fleet services instead.
Several carriers, among them J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT) and Werner Enterprises Inc. (WERN), are benefitting from this trend. These dedicated-fleet services, which are offered by carriers that set aside a fleet for certain customers, are very popular right now because people who need to ship items are dissatisfied with the uncertainty associated with getting their hands on shipping vehicles.
The largest obstacle currently facing the trucking sector and many other industries is the US fiscal cliff. Collapsing economies in Europe and slowed growth in China could also potentially reduce US GDP growth to below 1% or eventually into a recession. If the US debt situation isn't handled by the government in the near-term, increased lending rates could eventually drive the US into a recession. The natural economic cycle suggests that the US growth will decline around 2014 or 2015.