Trump administration working to relax truck safety standards
Logistics Management, Jul 19
In no particular order, the Transportation Department wants tweak drivers’ hours of service rules, and is proposing a two-year delay of certain provisions in a driver training rule to allow states more flexibility in how Commercial Drivers’ Licenses are issued. On the other side of the regulatory coin, two U.S. senators are trying to place mandatory speed limits on heavy trucks.
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Summer freight is on its way, just as spring has finally sprung -- and it’s not all about Roadcheck.
The annual Roadcheck inspection blitz kicked off the month by tightening capacity for much of the first week in June. The lane rates that rose sharply during that week dropped back down again after the inspections ended, but van load volumes and rates continue to climb in the Southeast and along the West Coast.
The end result is a big increase compared to the average rates for May. Expect rates to go up some more, at least until the 4th of July holiday.
New tariffs could imperil Best Buy, Dick's and Bed Bath & Beyond
SuplyChainDive, May 29
Earlier this month, Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette called the proposed fourth tranche of tariffs "the big one." It would leave few products and few retailers untouched by steep levies as the Trump Administration tries to renegotiate the country's economic relationship with China.
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U.S. Postal Service Starts Testing Self-Driving Trucks
WSJ, May 21
The U.S. Postal Service is testing self-driving trucks on a more than 1,000-mile mail run between Phoenix and Dallas, the post office’s first use of the technology for long hauls. The move comes as investors and vehicle makers are spending millions on trucking automation.
Better weather helps push van rates upward
DAT, May 6
After declining for several weeks, van rates seem to have turned a corner. The national average rate for May so far is $1.82/mi., which is above the April average. Individual lane rates are also trending upward. Last week on the top 100 van lanes 53 were up, 35 were down and 12 were neutral. It's been six weeks since we've seen more rising lanes than falling. Spring has also brought increased demand: last week the van load-to-truck ratio rose 10%, after climbing 25% the week before.
Please be aware several states (including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) have issued an Order of Quarantine for the Spotted Lanternfly. The quarantine prohibits anyone from intentionally moving any viable life stage of the spotted lanternfly. The Commonwealth of PA is requiring carriers to obtain permits for moving equipment out of the Quarantine Zone (currently this consists of the following counties: (1) PA - Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill; (2) NJ – Hunterdon, Mercer, and Warren; and (3) DE – 19702, 19703, 19707, 19711, 19801, 19802, 19803, 19805, 19807, 19809, 19810). These permits will be good for NJ and Delaware as well.
Carriers doing business and operating equipment in the quarantine zone are required to train drivers how to identify and remove any stages of the spotted lanternfly from vehicles they are operating that originated from the quarantine zone. If a driver finds any spotted lanternfly, they must take steps to properly dispose of them.
Please be wary of shipments into or out of the locations mentioned above. If sourcing motor carrier services for the affected region, please request evidence of proper permit prior to dispatch.
Additional information can be found using the following links:
PDA SLF Quarantine Information
PSU SLF Information and Reporting
Current List of SLF Permit Participants
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C. H. Robinson isn't afraid of Amazon
FreightWaves, May 1
C.H. Robinson (NASDAQ: CHRW) is not afraid of Amazon’s entrance into freight brokerage and welcomes the competition, incoming chief executive officer Bob Biesterfeld told Wall Street analysts on the company’s earnings call this morning. After prepared remarks by Biesterfeld, John Wiehoff, Robinson’s outgoing CEO, and Scott Hagen, the company’s controller and interim chief financial officer, the executives answered questions from equities analysts on both secular and cyclical issues.
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