Archive for August, 2020

Truckers seek $1.8B from ocean carriers for alleged chassis overcharges

The American trucking industry has filed a cease-and-desist request with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) over what it says are ocean container carriers distorting the cost of chassis usage. The American Trucking Associations’ Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference (IMCC) filed the complaintagainst the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) and 10 of its ocean carrier […]

Air Cargo Market Report: China rate rebound takes a breather

Airfreight rates to the U.S. plateaued in mid-August after rising for more than a month, influenced by a drop in demand from South China and passenger airlines temporarily adding more capacity. Still, finding affordable air transport in Southeast Asia, writ large, is difficult. The dip freight activity isn’t expected to last long as retailers gin […]

US intermodal traffic higher for second consecutive week

Weekly U.S. intermodal volumes rose year-over-year for the second week in a row, according to the Association of American Railroads. The increase comes as the ports of Long Beach and Oakland in California reported that imports were up year-over-year in July. U.S. freight railroads originated 278,210 intermodal units for the week of Aug. 15, a […]

Congestion and hefty price increases hit intermodal west coast traffic

Union Pacific (UP) has done it again: for the third time in a month the rail operator has raised charges for traffic moving inland from southern California. Yesterday, surcharges on excess contract cargo rose to $3,500 per container, and spot rates out of Los Angeles are up $1,500. Early in August, UP slapped a $500 […]

FMCSA Awards $80 Million to States’ Motor Vehicle Safety Efforts

Nearly $80 million was awarded to educational entities and state agencies for commercial motor vehicle safety efforts, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced recently. Specifically, $45 million in grants would be dedicated for state-level programs meant to enhance highway safety and advance technological capabilities across agencies. Additionally, $32.7 million in commercial driver license program […]

Demand for reefer monitoring spikes after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic put exorbitant pressure on supply chains – only to expose their vulnerabilities. However, these vulnerabilities aren’t new, especially around food safety and refrigeration. The meat processing plants that shut down, the produce that spoiled waiting for a truck and the dairy farmers who dumped good milk were events spurred by the coronavirus, […]

Cathay Pacific strips seats from 777 aircraft for cargo

After operating thousands of cargo-only passenger flights since late March, Cathay Pacific has deployed two widebody aircraft with seats removed to maximize floor loading of cargo in the passenger cabin. The Hong Kong-based airline removed the economy and premium economy seats from two Boeing 777 passenger planes to create more space for personal protection equipment and […]

Commentary: 20-foot container crunch may impact harvests

The U.S. agriculture industry has faced numerous headwinds during the COVID-19 pandemic, and with harvests just around the corner, there is a trend developing that could impact the availability of the industry’s desired 20-foot containers. Containership lines’ blank sailings over the past few months sparked a strategy for importers to favor 40-foot containers instead of […]

JOC Research Note: Rail the better economic bet for shippers in Q3

Intermodal shippers should save more money using rail in the third quarter compared with this spring when the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) closed US businesses, with trucking rates climbing in June and July, particularly in Southern California where truck and rail capacity are extremely tight. Union Pacific Railroad is instituting a $500 surcharge on excess […]

Quest for Quality 2020: Rail/Intermodal

Like all modes of freight transportation, the freight railroad and intermodal sectors are not operating in normal times. As group news editor Jeff Berman has been reporting, the ongoing impact of the pandemic serves as the main driver for this, and it’s reflected in year-to-date U.S. rail carload and intermodal volumes in data from the Association […]