Archive for September, 2015

Trucks haul 63.9% of U.S.-NAFTA freight, still most utilized mode

The value of U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $93.0 billion in July 2015 as all modes except air carried less freight than in July 2014, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS

AAR Reports Weekly Rail Traffic for the Week Ending September 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sep. 23, 2015 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Sep. 19, 2015.  For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 566,734 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.5 percent compared with the same week last year.

Oil prices up on news of tightening U.S. supplies

On news of slightly decreased U.S. oil supplies Tuesday oil prices rose, with Brent crude up 55 cents to $47.89 a barrel after sinking 2.5 percent Monday. U.S. light crude was up 45 cents to $44.88.

GAO report details cost of food aid shipping requirements

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report issued Friday that cargo preference for food aid (CPFA) requirements increased the overall cost of shipping food aid by an average of 23 percent between April 2011 through fiscal year 2014, or $107 million over what the cost would have been had had cargo preference […]

New customer clearance process to speed US-Mexico intermodal shipping

Certain shippers tapping southbound U.S. – Mexico intermodal services offered by Schneider National won’t have to wait on protracted clearance processes at the border, thanks to new streamlined customs processes announced Tuesday. (This article requires registration at the Journal of Commerce.  To access, please click on the above link.)

Shipper size matters in port diversification choice

The surge in cargo volume that major U.S. East Coast container ports have experienced this year at the expense of their West Coast counterparts has come mostly from large shippers because smaller companies can’t afford to alter their supply chain network, according to one logistics expert.