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Owner Operator Legal Battle Brewing, Port of Los Angeles Plays Hardball, trucking transport, owner operator trucking,

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Owner operator trucking professionals that have been operating a trucking transport in the Port of Los Angeles might see a little light at the end of the legal tunnel they see before them. The legal battle that has been brewing between the American Trucking Association and the Port of Los Angeles could take several years before any final decision is reached according to many legal eagles watching this affair. A little light appeared in the tunnel before the American Trucking Association the other day as a preliminary injunction against the concession banning owner operator trucking professionals from operating within the Port of Los Angeles was granted.

The legal battle will surely escalate now and the Port of Los Angeles will have to spend more money it doesn’t have during a time when many report that the port could be in serious financial hot water. The port was apparently able to access public funds in its battle to implement its concession against owner operator trucking in the Port of Los Angeles and has to date spent many millions on litigating this affair. The legal costs are probably just beginning to pile up though as it appears that we’re probably going to see this legal battle go a few rounds that will take years to complete. The tax payers can look forward to a large legal bill and very little could be accomplished other than wasting time and money in the end. Hopefully, the two parties involved come to their senses and work something out that allow them to reach common ground before this legal affair gets out of hand. Otherwise this legal battle could get a little heated and it could lead to complications for all involved.

http://www.todaystrucking.com/news.cfm?intDocID=23806

Trucking Industry Can Help Clear Freight Backlog, Europe’s air freight backlog, trucking logistics, trucking transport, freight carriers

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Air freight carriers are moving air cargo across European skies once again after almost a week of being essentially frozen in place due to air spaces across Europe being closed due to dangerous volcanic ash that can clog airplane engines and cause other problems. The backlog of freight that needs to be moved is going to take a certain amount of time considering the finite amount of capacity that exists to move air freight in Europe and surrounding regions. Transporting a portion of the freight by trucking transport is one idea that’s being thrown around as away to reduce the backlog of air freight and the amount of time that it will take to get the backlog of freight cleared. In fact, the idea is considered by many in Europe’s freight industry to be the best solution for the current problem with time sensitive air freight that needs to make it to destination before it begins to spoil.

Estimates by many freight industry professionals suggest that the backlog of air freight could take as long as two weeks to clear. Unfortunately, a percentage of this air freight isn’t going to be able to wait for two weeks and they’re probably going to have to prioritize the freight. Transporting a large percentage of the freight that isn’t as time sensitive seems like an excellent idea? Also, if you need to, and the timeline involved with the trucking logistics of a shipment works, moving a percentage of the freight by trucking services could probably work as well. They need to find away to remove the weekend ban on trucking in some regions of Europe, if this idea is going to work though. At present trucking movements are going to be severely hampered over the weekend, when they’ll probably be implementing this idea first and with bans in place the job is going to be difficult.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…tm_medium=email

European Air Freight Moving Again, Air freight carrier’s take a breath, freight carrier

Monday, April 26th, 2010

European air space is finally open to flights after six days of being closed due to volcanic ash originating in Iceland and many air freight carrier industry professionals around the world are breathing a little easier. A full schedule of flights will probably be in the air today, but on Wednesday and Thursday a reduced number of flights were in the air. There were still a few air space restrictions in place due to the ash clouds in regions of Sweden as of Wednesday, but the air has cleared since then. Air freight carrier movements in southern Sweden and over all Europe are going to be a little congested for awhile, but at least the air freight is once again moving. The backlog of air freight will eventually be cleared though and before you know it things will be back to almost-normal.

Does this mean the disruptions in air freight carrier movements due to the volcanic eruptions in Iceland are over? The prevailing wind currents will be the ultimate determiner of whether or not the volcanic ash from Iceland will once again be a problem for air freight movements in Europe and all regions of the world. The thick ash will be carried to where ever the winds takes it, once it slows down after being ejected from the volcano and the winds aren’t as predictable as they use to be. The volcano is probably going to continue to erupt for a time though and this means that volcanic ash is going to be in the news and the lives of the world’s air freight industry professionals for awhile.

We do expect this problem to exist for awhile, so monitoring of the winds and volcanic ash as it travels across the skies should allow us to decrease the effect the ash clouds will have on air freight movements around the world. Air freight movements are still likely to be disrupted at times though and this is going to mean time, money and inconvenience for the air freight carrier industry and its customers. Will insurance or other entities cover some of the expenses that will be occurred because of disruptions due to volcanic ash? Don’t hold your breath waiting for this to happen. Insurance companies will likely call this an act of nature and compensation for the problems that the volcanic ash causes will be unlikely. The costs will likely have to be absorbed by the industry or passed onto the customer in some way.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…tm_medium=email

Congestion for Trucking in Container Terminals, 5 kilometres of trucks & a 12 hours wait, trailer trucking, trucking transports, trucking services

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Most experienced American owner operator trucking or trailer trucking professionals could probably tell you a tale or two about a congestion problem they’ve had to deal with at a container terminal in the United States. Of their frustration at having to wait for an hour or two in a line that was hundreds of yards long and composed of any number of trucking transports. What would you say if you had to wait for half a day in a 5 kilometre line of trucks? This was exactly the situation for truckers working in the Durban Container Terminal in South Africa back in February. Truckers always have the right to protest of course. If anybody is paying attention, the trucker in question better grab them quick because congestion problems in the Durban Container Terminal are nothing new and may fall on seeming deaf ears.

The other day there were more reports of congestion problems in the Durban Container Terminal, which must be slowing down the job of trucking services in the terminal, and causing a little frustration for all involved in this affair. It doesn’t appear, so far at least, that the wait times and length of the line of trucks waiting to make it into and out of the container terminal is as long as back in February, but they still have time to see what they can do about setting a new record.

American truckers working in the container ports of American that complain about their wait times and the length of the line of trucks they wait in while working can read this and realise what a wonderful trucking life we have in America as compared to many parts of the world. It might even make them aware that waiting in line can be an opportunity to take care of other tasks or even to do a little light reading or paperwork. The best lesson of this situation being that attitude on the job is important and the things we think on the job often determine our mental attitude and the way we work.

http://www.worldcargonews.com/htm/n20100420.810815.htm

Operation Roadcheck is on the Way, June 8 to 10 is the date, trailer trucking, trucking transport, trucking services

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

There’s probably a few worried trailer trucking firms and owner operator trucking professionals making plans to try to be at their best during the expected 72-hour safety blitz by the safety agency officials from June 8 to 10. Called Operation Roadcheck by many, the upcoming trucking transport inspection period is estimated to be the largest targeted trucking services inspection on the planet. This year’s edition is apparently going to go on your official CSA 2010 score, so the score you achieve is going to possibly affect your CSA 2010 ratings and your relationship with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association.

If you have had a less than stellar record before? This period is a chance for you to show the FMCSA that you’re a different and safer transport driver. It could also be a chance for you to set a good example for young drivers in the industry and put your professional safety standing in order. Young drivers, who will be experiencing Operation Roadcheck for the first time, might want to seek advice from experienced drivers in order to prepare a little better. The better prepared you’re for anything that might happen during an inspection or the more knowledge of the process you have the easier the affair is bound to go, when you’re talking to officials from the FMCSA. Drivers with an outstanding safety record, this is your time to shine and try to pass on some of your wisdom to drivers who are looking for advice on how to be a safer and more professional driver.

Whatever your current safety record is or future CSA 2010 rating? There’s only a short time to prepare and get your truck in order before Operation Roadcheck begins, so you better start getting ready. This doesn’t of course guarantee that everything will go without a hitch, but it certainly is going to help.

http://www.todaystrucking.com/news.cfm?intDocID=23782

New European Container Transport Service, Container transport to Ireland, container transports

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Customers that need to move container transports between the Port of Southampton and the destinations of Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Greenock, South Shields, Grangemouth and Portugal have a new service they can use. It was announced the other day that one feeder operator would begin providing weekly services between these destinations in the future, which will give customers that need to move container transports between the locations in question another option. This new service apparently means that they’re five current container transport services available for customers between these destinations. It also means that customers have a nice variety of shipping services to select from and the companies involved have competition that pushes them to improve services for customers.

Is this too much capacity for the ports in question? This is an interesting question, but certainly one that will be answered in the future. One would think that there are maybe agreements in place that were one of the main reasons for the company in question enhancing services between the destinations in question. One thing is for sure, there’s going to be a more ships traveling between the Ports of Southampton, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Greenock, South Shields, Grangemouth and Portugal in the weeks and months ahead.

If the customers that the new service needs to be healthy and competitive show up for a ride, the shipping company in question is going to be pretty busy in the future. If things go as well as the company has planned for their new shipping service, they might even think about adding more services between these destinations in the future. All of this of course all depends on many factors, but it’s certainly something that the company in question has taken into account.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…20017768303.htm

Europe’s Air Freight Carrier Nightmare, Sit & Wait Approach, freight carriers

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

There’s an air freight carrier nightmare occurring in Europe right now that’s probably going to continue to cause disruptions and other problems, even weeks after flights resume, according to many air freight carrier professionals taking part in the current chaos. Reports are coming in from a few regions of the world of air freight carriers stopping taking orders and bookings and this of course is going to throw a wrench into the supply and demand chains of many industries.

Will this increase the cost of air transport for customers in the coming weeks? There are certainly a few that think this is a possibility, if not an absolute that can’t really be helped. This of course isn’t going to come as a surprise to most reading this article, but it certainly isn’t going to be welcome news for customers either, and it will obviously mean significant changes in the plans for many that need to use air freight services in their business operations.

One thing is for sure we’re getting to see firsthand the chaos that can occur when airports are closed for days at a time and the effect this has on air freight movements and the air freight industry of the regions affected as a whole. There’s also a lot of air freight sitting in warehouses and airports around Europe and other regions of the world at present and this is a situation might not be sustainable for an extended period of time. At some point something has to give, if pressure keeps building, and the resulting problems could be far beyond anything we might have imagined. This is probably a worst case scenario, but it’s certainly something that the agencies involved in this affair must take into account as they continue to ground planes in Europe and keep airports closed to traffic.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…20017768716.htm

New Shuttle Service Between Zeebrugge & Teesport, Shuttling Europe’s trailer trucks, trailer trucking, trucking transport, transport services

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Trailer trucking firms that have been hoping for an increase in transport services between the European ports of Zeebrugge and Teesport are about to get their wish. It was announced the other day that the providers of the current service are going to start a weekly door-to-door and quay-to-quay service between these two ports in a few days. Apparently, the company decided to increase services between these two ports in order to meet demand for the service from trucking transport firms using the service.

This is great news for Europe’s freight trucking industry that has had to deal with all kinds of problems during the past twenty months. Hopefully, the demand for freight trucking services continues to increase between these two ports and it begins to rub off on the other ports in the region. The good thing is that Teesport is centrally located, so it should make it a logical destination for firms that are moving freight in the region. In addition, transport services to Zeebrugge are going to allow for better coverage for Belgium, northern France and southern Germany, which should allow trucking firms to start competing in these markets a little better.

Once you look at this situation, it appears that Teesport and Zeebrugge are obvious choices for an increase in transport services for trucks that are carrying freight to destination that logically connect with these ports. In fact, if the volume of freight is as high as expected, we could see the company add even more runs between these two ports and other ports in the region as the volume of trucking loads that needs to be moved in Europe starts to increase.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…20017766245.htm

Looking for Space for Freight, The price of the business of freight, freight carriers, freight rates

Friday, April 16th, 2010

It appears there’s a crisis of sorts that has freight carriers dealing with unusually high air freight rates and a lack of available capacity for the demand for services. The crisis has some freight carriers looking under every available rock for another solution that costs a little less and allows them to get customers freight to destination in a more reliable and cost efficient manner. Freight forwarders and shippers have to get real creative in finding alternatives that in many cases are apparently including both sea and air freight options in order to find the best solution. This of course isn’t a surprise, since companies will do whatever is necessary in order to get the job done as efficiently and profitably as possible.

Things appear to be pretty chaotic at times lately in the freight markets around some parts of the world and this of course makes it difficult to accurately predict the future. If the air rates continue to be high and ocean freight capacity difficult to find for shippers though, it is probably going to make the job of some freight forwarders and shippers more difficult. Also, if demand exists to move freight the price isn’t going to be important for some shipments as others and the volumes of some type of freight are probably going to increase more than others. This is going to make some types of freight more attractive for companies and they might certainly look at more long term contracts with high volume freight less worried about the cost of transport.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…20017766232.htm

Container Transport Up in February and January, Volumes of containers increasing, container transport

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Light the candles and break out the party hats, it could be time to celebrate an end to the bad times in the container transport industry and welcome back the goods times we remember. That’s if you think the latest container transport volumes for February are good enough to celebrate about? According to the European Liner Affairs Association (ELAA) the volume of westbound containers between Asia and Europe went up by over 50 percent in February as compared to the volume of containers reported in February of 2008. Does this mean we’re going to see container volumes continue to go up? This is exactly the question that most people in the container transport industry will be asking themselves after hearing about the increase in container volumes and if you have the answer to this question you could be rich over night and heralded as a genius by history.

The news that the volume of containers being moved between Asia and Europe went up by such a spectacular amount is obviously good news. The real question we’ll all be asking is whether it’s just a blip on the radar screen or something that indicates a true pull back of the recession. The volumes recorded for January and February are apparently comparable to the volumes of containers that were transported in the same months in 2008. What this exactly means for the future is the question?

We certainly should stop for a moment to toast to the improvement in container volumes in January and February, but we should still be wary of a return to the volumes of old in the months ahead. We need to try to keep business rolling forward and get some momentum behind the business of freight in the world, now that the volumes of containers has started to increase and return to the levels of old.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…20017766238.htm