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1. Intermodal is the transfer of products using multiple forms of transportation — trucks, railroads or ocean carriers. In 2012, intermodal container volumes rose by 5.9 percent over the previous year with 13.1 million moves, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report. That number surpassed the previous benchmark year of 2007 by 9.8 percent. For the third straight year, domestic containers experienced the highest growth rate – 12.2 percent over 2011 – with volumes topping five million for the first time.
2. Seasonally adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage increased 2.9 percent in January 2013 — up 6.5 percent over the same period last year — after jumping 2.4 percent in December 2012, the American Trucking Associations reports. From November 2012 through January 2013, tonnage increased 9.1 percent. Trucks carry 67 percent of all domestically moved freight in the United States, the ATA says.
3. Run-off-road, rear-end and lane change maneuvers account for 23, 28, and 9 percent of highway accidents, respectively, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The NHTSA advocates the installation of vehicle collision avoidance technologies to help prevent these types of accidents. If electronic stability control systems were installed on the U.S. fleet of commercial tractor trailer combination units, these systems could prevent an estimated 4,659 crashes each year, the NHTSA says.
4. In 2010 nearly 12.5 billion tons of freight with a value of approximately $10.5 billion moved by truck in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Those figures are expected to grow to around 18.5 billion tons valued at $21.7 billion in the year 2040.
5. Transportation insurance brokers, wholesalers and underwriters responding to a survey conducted by NIP Group said insurance premiums for the trucking segment increased in the fourth quarter of 2012. Of those participants in NIP’s Transportation Insurance Pricing Survey (TIPS), 66 percent said they believe premiums had increased by as much as 10 percent in Q4 2012.
6. Among the participants in the TIPS survey conducted by the NIP Group, 53.2 percent said insurance premiums for the intermodal trucking segment increased between 1 percent and 10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012.
7. Class 8 truck net orders for March 2013 came in at 21,817 units, representing an 11 percent increase compared with same month in the previous year, according to Bloomington, Ind.-based FTR Associates. Class 8 trucks are those with gross weights of 33,001 pounds or more, and include all tractor trailer trucks.
8. In 2012, there were 793,470 drivers of heavy and tractor-trailer trucks employed in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median hourly wage was $19.05 and the mean hourly wage was $19.80 for those drivers. Annually, the median wage in 2012 was $39,620 and the mean wage was $41,190.
9. Fuel and driver wages (excluding benefits) are the largest cost centers for trucking companies; together they represented 62 percent of the average operating cost in 2011, according to the report, An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking, published in late 2012 by the American Transportation Research Inc. (ATRI).
10. The average fuel cost per mile for trucking fleets in 2011 was $1.71; converted into hourly figures using an empirical average truck operating speed, the total average industry cost per hour was $68.20 in 2011, according to ATRI.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WATE) - Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam told a gathering of trucking company executives in Indianapolis Thursday he had no knowledge of a scheme to withhold fuel rebates.
Haslam was in Indianapolis for the 2013 Scopelitis Transportation Seminar, an event dedicated to the transportation industry. Roughly 400 trucking industry executives were at the event.
Though the event had been in the works for the last year, it was only two weeks ago that Haslam was named as first guest speaker.
The event's organizers said Haslam wanted to personally address the trucking industry and brief them on the status of the investigation.
"It was humbling. It's embarrassing. We don't talk that way. We don't act that way," he told audience members.
Speaking to a crowded room of about 400 trucking executives, Haslam said his short-term goal is to make any wrongs against trucking companies right and to pay back money owed with interest.
He again expressed his disgust with the allegations of alleged rebate fraud revealed in an affidavit.
Haslam said a long-term goal of the company is to reestablish trust with customers.
"It pains me greatly when I talk to a trucking company CEO and he says, 'Look Jimmy, I don't know about the trust factor. I don't know about the integrity issue,'" Haslam said.
He said there are 5,000 trucking companies involved in contracts with Pilot, and of those only 400 were involved with manual rebates. Of those, 250 saw an adjustment made.
"We are going to have a chief compliance officer. I take the blame for us not," said Haslam.
Haslam said last week he has been talking to trucking companies since the fuel rebate scandal broke, personally contacting hundreds of them.
Federal authorities are investigating whether the Knoxville-based truck stop chain cheated customers out of rebates on large fuel purchases.
The company has hired an external company called FTI to assist with finances, and an internal audit is addressing money owed.
He said though the company's reputation has been damaged, oil companies continue to work closely with Pilot and the company is assuring customers they will continue to have the same high supply of fuel.
Pilot business is down one and a half percent following the FBI raid, Haslam said, but he blames that on a shrinking market.
He also said there was a large amount of confusion after the April 15 raid, and the affidavit revealed only the "potential for wrong-doing."
Many trucking companies at the seminar said they're still doing business with Pilot and have no plans to stop.
President of the American Trucking Association Bill Graves asked Haslam questions that were submitted by different trucking companies who are looking for answers.
"Absolutely not," Haslam replied.
During his address, Haslam said Pilot hasn't had many issues with creditors, saying the company is still working well with banks and even oil companies despite the investigation.
Delays at U.S.-Mexico border crossings cost the U.S. economy $7.8 billion in 2011 as improvements lagged behind traffic growth, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.
And the cost could rise to almost $15 billion annually if the value of U.S.-Mexico truck trade reaches $463 billion by 2020 as predicted, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The Senate’s debate of an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system is focused on securing remote stretches of the border instead of long-needed improvements in technology, infrastructure and staffing at border crossings, according to Matthew Hummer, a senior transportation analyst at Bloomberg Government.
The Senate bill includes funding for 3,500 additional Customs officers and earmarks $6.5 billion for border security, Bloomberg said.
With few exceptions, monthly surface trade among Nafta trading partners Mexico, the United States and Canada have risen steadily every month in a year-over-year basis, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data.
Modernizing land ports of entry, which average more than 40 years old, would cost $6 billion according to a 2011 Customs and Border Protection report, with about half that cost earmarked for the southern border, Bloomberg reported.
The concept of driverless cars got a generally warm reception at a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Thursday, May 16.
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In Granbury, TX, south of Fort Worth, seven people were still unaccounted for on Thursday, May 16, after a deadly tornado struck on the outskirts of town Wednesday night. At least six people were killed and dozens injured.
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OOIDA Senior Member Jeff Yeip has over 25 years on the road and 3 million miles on his odometer. But at just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, the Tennessee owner-operator hit a milestone no trucker ever wants to reach: being beaten and robbed while fueling up at a truck stop.
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NEW YORK — The price of oil fell below $93 on Wednesday after disappointing economic reports from Europe and the U.S.
By late morning in New York, benchmark oil for June delivery was down $1.78 to $92.41 a barrel. That marks five straight days of declines after oil rose above $96 last week.
New figures released Wednesday showed the eurozone's economy continued to contract in the first quarter, keeping it in recession for a sixth consecutive quarter. And a report in the U.S. showed factories cut back sharply on production in April, suggesting economic growth may be slowing this spring.
That added to the pressure on oil prices seen Tuesday after the International Energy Agency raised its forecast for U.S. oil production while cutting its prediction for global crude demand.
The dreary economic news is overshadowing the latest data from the Energy Department showing that oil supplies declined unexpectedly last week.
Crude supplies declined by 600,000 barrels, or 0.2 percent, to 394.9 million barrels, in the week ended May 10. Analysts expected an increase of 300,000 barrels. Still, demand for gasoline and distillates such as diesel remain below year-ago levels.
Meanwhile, traders were monitoring news that the EU has launched an investigation into possible price-fixing on the oil markets. Three oil companies, Britain's BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Norway's Statoil, as well as Platts, a division of McGraw Hill Financial which compiles prices for energy markets, confirmed they were being investigated.
The EU, which did not name the targets of its investigation, said oil companies "may have colluded in reporting distorted prices."
"Even small distortions of assessed prices may have a huge impact on the prices of crude oil, refined oil products and biofuels purchases and sales, potentially harming final consumers," the EU said.
Brent crude, a benchmark for many international oil varieties, was down $1.32 to $101.17 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.
In other energy futures trading on Nymex:
— Wholesale gasoline fell 5 centx to $2.79 a gallon.
— Heating oil lost 4 cents to $2.83 a gallon.
— Natural gas added 2 cents to $4.05 per 1,000 cubic feet.
The next most important areas cited were tracking downtime and reducing total cost of ownership (both 18%).
SAN DIEGO — Two new trucking rules — one from California and the other federal — could have wide-ranging effects on the fresh produce industry from the shipper all the way to the retailer.
A panel of industry experts outlined the two regulations and their implications during the Expert Council Workshop Series, May 15, at United Fresh 2013.
Of the two, the California Air Resources Board’s Transportation Refrigeration Unit, is the more challenging, said Kenny Lund, vice president, support services, for The Allen Lund Co. Inc., La Canada, and chairman of the United Fresh Supply Chain & Logistics Council.
The rule requires all reefer units operating within California or entering the state to have engines manufactured in 2007 or later.
To comply, older units can be retrofitted with an Environmental Protection Agency-approved filter designed to remove 85% of the particular matter produced.
But the filters cost at least $8,500 and have been plagued by performance issues, so few operators have chosen this route, Lund said.
“It’s simple economics,” he said. “Coming out of this recession, they don’t have the financial wherewithal to comply with some of these rules.”
In surveying the hundreds of small owner-operators that Alan Lund contracts with to haul produce, only 25%-30% meet the CARB regulation, Lund said.
“So if you’re 25% compliant, how do you eliminate 75% of the trucks and move half of the U.S.’s produce? And how can the state (of California) regulate interstate commerce?”
Although CARB doesn’t have the authority to stop truckers, it teams with the California Highway Patrol, said Joe Rajkovacz, director of governmental affairs and communications for the Western Trucking Alliance, Upland.
In addition, CARB’s two dozen or so inspectors focus on areas where large numbers of truckers congregate, such as the Flying J Truck Stop near Barstow, to perform spot inspections.
Rajkovacz said he’s already heard anecdotal stories of out-of-state truckers refusing to haul into California because of the regulations.
Not only can CARB ticket drivers of non-compliant reefer units, but it also can fine shippers, truck brokers and even produce receivers for knowingly using non-compliant truckers, he said.
The state already has made headline by fining an Ontario, Calif., egg producer $300,000 for using non-compliant units.
New Jersey and Oregon also are exploring similar rules, Rajkovacz said
As a result, Lund said he is working with the United Fresh Produce Association to put together an industry task force to try to address the issue.
The revised national hours of service regulation, expected to become effective July 1, would increase the amount of rest truck drivers would be required to take in many cases, said Steve Lohman, North American transportation manager for Chiquita Fresh North America, Charlotte, S.C.
Drivers who have put in 60 hours during seven consecutive days or 70 hours during eight consecutive days would be required to take off 34 consecutive hours before hitting the road again.
But those 34 hours now will have to include two periods between 1-5 a.m. — something that didn’t used to be required.
If a driver finishes in the morning, the rest period could extend to as long as 51 hours before he could legally climb behind the wheel again.
But if the driver doesn’t come off duty until the evening, the period could be as short as 34 hours.
In the case of Chiquita, Lohman said about 80% of the loads are picked up or delivered during the morning.
Lohman said he’d heard industry estimates the new rest provisions could extend overall trucking times by up to 10%. So he examined Chiquita Express’ routes, which included 48,000 loads last year, and found the impact would be about 12.5%.
The impact most likely will be felt more by long-haul routes, where drivers routinely max out allowable time on the road, Lohman said.
Although it’s too early to tell what impacts the revision will have, he said it could possibly cause freight rates to increase.
“It could mean more trucks and more drivers to move the same amount of freight,” he said.
This rule comes on top of existing driver shortages.
Lohman suggested working with your carriers to forecast your freight needs, which will help reduce spot-market capacity needs.
He also recommended making long-term commitments with carriers and exploring ways to consolidate loads with nearby shippers with similar loads and markets.
An Illinois tour bus company has been ordered out of service for being an imminent hazard to public safety, according to a Thursday news release from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
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A Georgia attorney who has filed a class action lawsuit against Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J has hired The Freeh Group, headed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, to conduct a forensic investigation into the truck stop chain’s alleged fuel rebate scam.
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Thief disguised as truck driver steals 15,303 bottles of JUICE from company warehouse (well, they do cost $10 each!)
Juice cleanses are in high demand these days, so much so that on Friday, a thief stole 15,303 bottles of BluePrint juice from the company's warehouse in Queens, New York.
A man posing as a truck driver filled out a shipment slip, used a forklift to load the pricey products - which cost around $10 a bottle - into his truck and then drove away with the goods, which are valued at a total of around $153,000, according to the New York Post.
Whatever the burglar's intentions, however, he will have to act quick; the bottles were due to be pressurized at a facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania before being made available for consumption. In their current raw state, the juices will only be good for five days, instead of the usual 30.
Unlikely heist: 15,303 bottles of BluePrint juice (pictured), valued at a total of around $153,000, were stolen on Friday. But since the bottles had not yet been pressurized, they will only be good for five days
Zoe Sakoutis, co-founder of the popular juice company, explained: 'We realized this happened when our real driver showed up a couple of hours later.'
As of Sunday evening, no arrests have been made.
Juice cleansing is a widespread phenomenon these days, and has been raved about by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce and Sarah Jessica Parker.
BluePrint juices - which come in a variety of flavors like pineapple apple mint and lemon cayenne agave - are one of the most popular choices among people looking to cleanse their bodies of toxins.
Each cleansing program includes six different raw and organic fruit and vegetable juices a day, which are used as meal replacements.
According to an interview with Musee Magazine, one day's worth of the BluePrint Cleanse includes 20 pounds of fruits and vegetables.
The company was launched seven years ago by Erica Huss and Zoe Sakoutis, both of whom had experienced the health benefits of juice cleanses.
The juice heist was no doubt a shock, but the loss incurred is merely a drop in the ocean for the company, which grosses more than $20million a year.
BluePrint juice, which is available throughout the U.S. and Canada, is delivered directly to consumers' doors for $45 to $75 a day.
It can also be purchased at grocery stores such as Whole Foods.
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