Archive for June 4th, 2020

Getting crews on and off ships and airplanes

The three largest global organizations representing the workforces of the maritime and air transport industries have asked their government members to ensure the continued cross-border movement of these “key workers” to and from their jobs. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a flurry of government bans on international travel, which has obstructed necessary crew changes […]

No letup in volatility for air cargo market

Trailing data released Tuesday by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed total air cargo volume in April plunged 27.7%, year-over year because of the global recession caused by the coronavirus crisis. The airline industry group said it was the sharpest one-month fall in cargo business since it started collecting data in 1990. The figure […]

North American Rail Traffic Fell 16.5% in Week Ended May 30

North American rail traffic fell 16.5% last week, marking the smallest weekly decline in nearly two months, as the economy shows signs of slowly recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, data from the Association of American Railroads showed. Carload volume slid 22.8% for the week ended May 30 on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads, […]

AAR: “Long Way to Go, but Far Better Than 2 Weeks Ago”

“Overall traffic levels last week were down from the prior week as would be expected for a week which includes a national holiday,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray. “However, it is somewhat heartening to note that 11 of the 20 carload categories, including several major commodity areas, improved their showing vs. 2019 […]

Possible protests spur some interstate exit closings, warnings of delivery delays

Businesses like the Love’s Travel Stop in South Holland, Illinois, shut down services to truck drivers in anticipation of potential protests in the Chicago area late Tuesday. A truck driver who stopped in at Love’s wasn’t allowed to fuel up or come inside and was asked to return to their truck late Tuesday. Richard Anderson, shift lead […]

FMCSA issues intermodal chassis inspection waiver

Regulators are giving intermodal chassis providers a three-month reprieve from required annual inspections for recently expired equipment to help alleviate disruptions caused by COVID-19. The waiver, issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on June 1, was granted to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) on behalf of ocean carriers, railroads, leasing […]