Archive for October, 2020

Average Diesel Price Declines for Sixth Time in Seven Weeks

The national average price of diesel decreased seven-tenths of a cent, according to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly data released Oct. 19. The fall is the sixth drop in the past seven weeks. Trucking’s main fuel now costs $2.388 a gallon, 66.2 cents less than a year ago. Gasoline, meanwhile, dropped 1.7 cents to an […]

Post-pandemic peak, is freight still flowing into cities?

A Pew Research Center survey found that 22% of Americans moved or knew someone who movedbecause of the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, Axios reported that rents in Manhattan were falling while people searching for new homes across the U.S. on the Compass Real Estate website were up 40%. The mass exodus from major cities like […]

Container slots sell out, risking holiday ‘shipageddon’

“The ships are 100% full. The containers are 100% full. You can’t get a container built. You can’t pick up a ship from the spot market. The whole container-shipping cycle is at absolutely full pelt,” exclaimed Jeremy Nixon, CEO of Ocean Network Express (ONE), the world’s sixth-largest container line. October’s ocean container market is “unbelievable,” […]

House Democrats try to claw back COVID aid from cargo airlines

The third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives is asking four cargo airlines to return more than $630 million they received in emergency funding to keep workers from losing their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, saying they aren’t entitled to the money because cargo business is roaring. South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, the majority whip […]

Freight Traffic Rises as Staggers Turns 40. Serendipity?

The AAR reported on Oct. 14, 2020—40 years to the day that President Jimmy Carter signed Staggers into Law— that for the week ending Oct. 10, 2020, total U.S. rail traffic was 520,452 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.9% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads were 230,964, down 5.2% compared with the same […]

Drayage shortage crimps supply chain amid quick demand recovery

The amount of available drayage capacity in the market to handle container movements has dwindled in recent months due to a combination of factors. Those include a quick rebound in volume at ports and inland rail terminals, a slowdown in shippers unloading and returning containers, and drivers exiting the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

Trucker Pay Increasing as Driver Shortage Grows, Industry Capacity Tightens

As capacity tightens in the trucking industry, some carriers are beginning to announce pay hikes. While the frequency of these increases are not yet nearing the rapid pace of hikes the industry saw during the busy year of 2018, some industry watchers said they would not be surprised to see more jumps. “I’ve seen a […]

Lack of passenger flights holds down airfreight

The limited passenger service worldwide is keeping a lid on airfreight volumes, which should be growing faster based on strong global manufacturing activity and retail sales as the world adjusts to the coronavirus. The International Air Transport Association reported this week that air cargo demand in August improved nearly two points from July, but was […]

After an unprecedented punch to the gut, intermodal roars back

Intermodal freight operators entered the year expecting modest gains over a somewhat lackluster 2019 in which the industry handled some 13.7 million rail container units. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Businesses shut their doors and sent employees to work from home. Consumers sheltered in place, unemployment skyrocketed, and the economy contracted to levels not seen […]