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ATLANTA, GA – UPS has announced it has expanded its global Dangerous Goods (DG) shipping program to include 400 additional commodities that can be accepted in its global air network and 300 additional commodities across its European ground network. In addition, the company has also increased the permitted quantity of select dangerous goods accepted for shipment.
According to UPS, there is a growing demand in a variety of industries to move items classified as DG products. The company gave the example of healthcare companies who need to transport chemicals used in cleaning laboratory equipment as well industrial manufacturing companies who transport paint, compressed gases, adhesives and other DG products like batteries.
The company said it will now ship these items between 36 countries.
“UPS helps companies meet strict and often complex requirements when shipping dangerous goods,” said Teresa Finley, chief marketing officer of UPS. “Now we can meet our customers’ expanded needs for a one-stop solution to ship both conventional and dangerous goods.”
Using UPS Worldship, customers can verify if dangerous goods shipments meet requirements and can also notify UPS when the shipments are ready for processing.
Click here for more information on UPS’ handling process of DG products and the network of countries the company will ship DG products to.
InterNex Capital, an asset-based digital lender, provided a $1.8 million revolving credit facility to Horizon Express and Horizon Logistics.
The facility is being used to refinance existing debt and provide the business with additional liquidity. With the additional liquidity, Horizon Express and Horizon Logistics purchased new trucks and hired additional employees.
“One of the main reasons a trucking company fails is undercapitalization. As the owner of Horizon Express, Inc. and Horizon Logistics, Inc., it is my number one goal to pay my drivers and employees weekly. Maintenance, tires and fuel continue to burn, whether your customers pay you on time or not. In an industry where the net terms are 30 days or longer, you need a strong financial partner to meet the demand. I couldn’t be more excited to work with InterNex Capital. When everyone else turned their backs, InterNex stepped in and gave us the funding we needed to grow. Being up 28% YTD over last year would not have been possible without our partnership with InterNex Capital,” said Shad Klinge, president, Horizon Express and Horizon Logistics.
“We are very excited to work with Shad to help him expand his business. We have seen an increased need for funding within this sector and we look forward to assisting many other companies in the trucking industry. Our customer portal is designed to solve short-term working capital needs while providing businesses with an easy-to-use solution that also provides the data and analytics they need to effectively expand,” said Matthew Gillman, managing director of Sales, InterNex Capital.
InterNex Capital provides revolving lines of credit up to $5 million to solve working capital needs for small and medium sized B2B businesses.
EDWARDSBURGH CARDINAL, ON – The 730 Truck Stop located at County Road 22 and Highway 401 in this community has been destroyed by fire, local media report.
Fire teams were called to the site at 11:45 pm on Saturday, and were still on the scene mid-way into Sunday morning. No major injuries were reported
But it’s not the first time the business was hit by fire. Another blaze destroyed the facility in April 2009, the Brockville Reporter notes.
The tower had been stolen Sunday from Egg Lake, north of Winnipeg.
Police in Canada are seeking information regarding a stolen tower used to support a cellphone booster and wireless Internet.
Police have requested that any citizen with information about a truck or trailer transporting the tower materials should contact the department.
READING, Pa. (WPVI) --
A cat doused in gasoline, stuffed in a trash bag, and almost crushed by a garbage truck is on the road to recovery in Berks County. The cat has been named 'Miracle Maisy.'
LAFAYETTE, Calif. (KGO) --
A UPS truck plunged 40 feet off a Bay Area road Wednesday. The driver, identified as 34-year-old Dennis Salazar, was found safe in Concord after missing for several hours.
California legislators last week passed a bill to increase the excise tax on diesel fuel by 20 cents per gallon to help fund a $52 billion infrastructure plan, according to a report by Reuters.
The increase in the tax rate will bring the state’s excise tax on diesel fuel from 16 cents to 36 cents per gallon over 10 years. It also increases the state sales tax on diesel from 9 percent to 13 percent. The state’s gasoline tax will also increase from 28 cents to 40 cents per gallon during the same time period.
The state is expecting to generate a combined $10.8 billion by increasing the diesel excise and state tax rates, along with $24.4 billion from the 12-cent gasoline tax increase. The state will also begin charging an annual vehicle fee between $25 and $175, depending on the value of the vehicle, which is expected to raise $16.3 billion each year.
The new tax rates will go into effect Nov. 1, according to news station KCRA. The station also reports California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators agreed to restrict any future greenhouse gas regulations on commercial trucks to help truckers adjust to the new tax rates on diesel.
The state’s Assembly, which needed 54 votes to pass the bill, voted 54-26 to adopt it, while the state’s Senate voted 27-11 to pass it. Brown, who reportedly helped negotiate the plan, is expected to sign it into law this week.
A trucker’s quick thinking left a suspected meat thief frozen in his tracks at a rest stop in Indiana this morning.
Minnesota based trucker Joel Schumacher was stopped last night at a rest area in Indiana off of eastbound I-74 with a trailer full of frozen meat. Around 4 a.m. this morning, Schumacher caught a man in his trailer attempting to steal the meat. Thinking fast, Schumacher locked the suspect in the trailer — which was -10 degrees — and called the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office.
When police arrived on the scene, they said that they could hear the suspect pounding on the walls of the trailer to be let out.
The suspect was identified as 51 year old Malcolm Denton of Shelbyville.
Denton was taken into police custody and charged with Unauthorized Entry of a Vehicle and Theft.
This isn’t the first time that a truck driver has outwitted a thief by trapping him in a truck’s trailer (there was an incident in early March in which a delivery truck driver used this trick to detain a liquor thief until police could arrive, for example), but it IS the first time that we can recall that a suspect was trapped in a refrigerated truck.
PHOENIX, Ari. — Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation announced Monday morning that they are merging to form a new company called Knight-Swift Transportation.
According to reports, the merger is an all-stock deal with a combined enterprise value of $6 billion.
The new entity will trade under the ticker KNX, the companies said in a joint statement, adding the deal “combines under common ownership two long-standing industry leaders creating North America’s premier truckload transportation company with $5 billion in annual revenue and a ‘Top 5’ truckload presence in dry van, refrigerated, dedicated, cross-border Mexico and Canada, and a significant presence in brokerage and intermodal.”
The company will remain headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona with close to 23,000 tractors, 77,000 trailers and 28,000 employees.
Each Swift share will convert into 0.72 shares of Knight-Swift via a reverse stock split. Each share of Knight will be exchanged for one Knight-Swift share.
The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.
MADISON – The federal government should act quickly to save dairy farms in Wisconsin and New York from a trade dispute, leaders from both states are urging.
The top farm leaders in Wisconsin and New York sent the letter Friday to a top official in the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging the federal government to step in and help farmers who may go out of business because of changes in Canadian dairy policies.
The cascade reaction has put dozens of farms in Wisconsin at risk of losing a buyer for their perishable product since dairy processor Grassland Dairy Products of Greenwood will no longer be shipping to Canada. Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel and New York Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball are urging the U.S. government to help.
"If these multi-generational farm families cannot find another market for their milk, they will be forced to sell their cows and go out of business," Brancel and Ball wrote in their letter to Michael Young, the acting U.S. deputy agriculture secretary. "We urge USDA to assist us in our efforts to help our producers by exercising its authority to purchase cheese and butter in storage and distribute it through USDA’s nutritional aid programs, including food banks and our national school programs."
At issue is a U.S-Canada trade dispute over what’s called “ultra-filtered milk,” a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. Grassland said it lost its Canadian business when Canada changed its policies to give domestic farmers an edge over the U.S.
About 75 farms in Wisconsin have already been told that, in less than 30 days, Grassland will no longer buy their milk – leaving the farms without a place to ship their product in an already oversupplied market.
That's a problem for the farmers, whose cows must be milked every day and who don't have the capacity to store the milk being produced by their cows for more than a short period of time.
The only solution for those farmers could be to sell their cattle and shut down their farms. Milk truck drivers and others face losing their jobs as well.
The losses for the dairy industries in Wisconsin and New York alone – in not having Canada as a market for ultra-filtered milk – could run into hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the National Milk Producers Federation, an Arlington, Va., trade group. Wisconsin's 9,200 dairy farms have nearly 1.3 million cows and support tens of thousands of other jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been pressing for changes to the Canadian policy for months, including in a June 2016 letter to then-U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and in a December letter to then-President-elect Donald Trump.
Dairy farmer Jennifer Sauer of Waterloo said she and her husband, Shane, are urgently seeking a processor for the milk from their 120 cows on their third-generation family farm. The April 1 letter canceling their milk contract because Grassland lost its Canadian business shook them.
“You open that envelope, and you know that your business could be gone by May,” Jennifer Sauer said last week.
Earlier, Grassland said ultra-filtered milk helped support more than 700 Wisconsin dairy farms and the company’s plant in Greenwood. For now, about 75 farms are losing their milk contracts with the company because of the new taxes, according to the farmers.
ILLINOIS -- State troopers conducted a 24-hour crackdown on commercial vehicles, and the results are alarming. Nearly half of the trucks inspected were breaking the law in some way. Nearly one-in-ten had to be yanked off the road.
Troopers were looking for any violations under the Illinois vehicle code and federal motor carrier safety regulations. Warnings and tickets resulted from more than 14-hundred checks. Some trucks were even taken out of service.
On their way from Wisconsin to southern Illinois, John and Katherine Richardson make a stop in Champaign County. They say some time before they passed a semi-truck driver that made them worry.
"He was either texting or he was going to sleep, one or the two, and definitely should've been off the road," says John Richardson.
The couple says they have plenty of respect for truck drivers, but situations like that make them glad Illinois State Police were keeping a close eye on them, at least for a day. Troopers did more than 1,400 commercial motor vehicle -- or C-M-V inspections. They issued 624 written warnings and 123 citations. They also took 138 "dangerous" trucks and unqualified drivers out of service.
"It does surprise me that we have as many violations that they discovered," says Kent Miller, safety director at Franey Trucking in Champaign.
Part of his job is making sure their trucks and drivers are equipped to be on the road. He says troopers actually checked three of their drivers during the campaign.
"It went very well. We didn't have any violations."
State police say those can come from the driver or the vehicle. A driver on the road for more than the authorized amount of hours or without the right paperwork can be put out of service. So can a truck with unsafe conditions. Miller says his company does 90 day inspections on their trucks and significant training for their drivers, but says they won't resist the occasional check-up from police.
"It keeps the trucking company safe and requires the trucking company to do proper maintenance, keep their drivers in the right hours of service to control fatigue."
Katherine Richardson says, "If they're doing something wrong they should be caught."
They've done this check for four years now in honor of a trooper killed when he was hit by a semi. Trooper Tracy Lillard of District 10 in Pesotum says the number of "out of service" violations was pretty high this year. Last year they did about 200 more inspections and removed 24 fewer trucks and drivers from the road.
More regulations are on the way for truck drivers across the country. Starting December 18th every commercial vehicle driver will need an Electronic Logging Device. It will help keep track of their hours on the job.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A Staten Island, N.Y. trucker was arrested Thursday because he was driving with a suspended license and his New Jersey trucking company owes more than $234,000 in tolls and fees, police said.
Police with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey stopped a 2006 Mack truck with an attached trailer around 11:30 a.m. on the Outerbridge Crossing on Staten Island after they saw the driver pass through the EZ Pass lane without paying the toll, Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority, said.
Police charged Robert Pearson, 60, with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and petit larceny. Pearson had 29 suspensions on his license stemming from nine incidents, Pentangelo said.
Port Authority police also discovered that the truck's owner, JMS Consulting of East Bay Avenue in Barnegat, has more than 1,742 open violations of unpaid tolls and fees totaling at least $234,750, Pentangelo said.
A phone number listed for JMS Consulting is disconnected.
The truck driven by Pearson was towed from the scene because of safety violations, Pentangelo said.
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