Posts Tagged ‘freight carriers’

Owner Operator Trucking, EOBR & CSA 2010, PeopleNet wants to help you!

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Owner operator trucking professionals who are getting a little nervous about the upcoming implementation of CSA 2010 and EOBR (electronic onboard recorder) regulations should take a look at two new service offerings from PeopleNet. PeopleNet has created two new services they expect to have a positive impact on a freight carriers CSA 2010 score. In fact, they are so confident they even offer a no-cost guarantee for trucking services that sign up.

The CSA 2010 is designed to assess carriers and drivers most recent 24 months of driving history and crash data using the new Safety Measurement System (SMS). Using this data they hope to identify problems with unsafe driver behaviour before it becomes a serious problem and reducing the number of accidents, fatalities and injuries related to the trailer trucking industry.

PeopleNet’s EOBR is in line with current safety regulations and will continue to be in compliant with the recent FMCSA ruling 395.16. A low-cost fleet management system with eDriver Logs that allows fleets to electronically monitor drivers hours of service and stay in compliance with the hours-of-service regulations in force.
PeopleNet’s CSA 2010 service bundle is a little more involved and covers the full range of safety features that help transport trucking professionals when they’re on the road. On board event recording of all of the important information; engine-fault-code monitoring, speed alarms and more with Speedgauge; and onsite help by PeopleNet Professional Services to make sure customers are ready for CSA 2010 by helping them understand the technology and how to implement it to assess, measure and impact trucking safety performance.

There could be some heavy fines on the horizon for trucking firms and owner operator trucking professionals that aren’t ready for EOBR and CSA 2010, if sources and the FMCSA are correct? Current estimates around the freight trucking industry indicate that freight carriers will be up to 8.5 times more likely to end up paying more than normal and being told by the FMCSA what they need to do to get in line with the new regulations.

What violations are the ones most cited by the FMCSA? According to sources five of the top 10 most frequently cited violations in 2009 were related to hours-of-service violations, so you might want to make sure your paper work is in order and correct?

Freight Carrier’s LNGs Deliver the Gases to Market

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The international freight carrier fleet of LNG carriers work in the business of transporting gases to destinations around the world. The world’s gas carrier fleet works in a rather specialized sector of the worldwide freight carrier industry delivering bulk gases used in business and industry to destination from projects around the world.

The LNG carrier sector has been keeping a low profile during the recent rough financial seas for the worldwide freight shipping industry. The current financial sheets of the world’s LNG carrier operators reflects the competitive environment on the world’s trade routes for LNG carriers, but fortunately the essential nature of the transport of gases means the transport of gases has continued to grow despite the rocky financial seas for the freight shipping industry during recent times.

Expectations for future growth in LNG carrier demand is high as new opportunities in this sector have attracted new players to the industry of late. Re-gasification projects abound and more can be seen on the horizon of this sector of the freight carrier industry and in addition existing projects around the world have been looking at the possibility of implementing freight shipping vessels to help them transport gases in the future. Floating re-gasification projects are becoming more popular and ship based solutions to problems with transporting gases have been shown to be often both feasible and cheaper to implement. Older LNG carriers are also being refitted and reborn as floating storage and re-gasification units as new LNG carriers have arrived to replace them and they needed to find a new use for these older vessels. At present reports have Kuwait, Brazil, and Argentina with working floating re-gasification units on site and Dubai is preparing to take delivery of a converted LNG carrier that will act as a floating storage and re-gasification unit in the near future.

China’s Growing Tanker Fleet in Future?, Controling the flow of imported oil, freight carriers, freight carrier

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Bulk oil shipments are taken by the large tankers of the world’s oil freight carriers to destinations around the world in some of the largest vessels ever to float on the oceans blue. Bulk tankers of this type are used to transport bulk liquids of many different kinds to market, including hazardous and potentially lethal bulk liquids that are used to power the world’s industries.

China has been making moves designed to make the country as self-sufficient in the future as possible. Part of this plan is a desire to control the domestic and international flow of bulk oil into the China. China has recently made a few choices that have a few freight carrier industry analysts thinking that China is moving toward purchasing the new tanker capacity it needs to make sure at least 40 percent of the bulk oil imported into China is transported on tankers owned or controlled by Chinese shipping interests.

Towards this end many in the worldwide freight carrier shipping industry think that there are Chinese shipping companies currently planning to increase the size of what’s already one of the world’s largest bulk tanker fleets by as much as five times its present size in order to handle this job. This means Chinese shipping interests that are planning on bowing to government pressure in this goal are going to have to order a bushel full of new tankers. At present the new orders haven’t been seen on the books of the world’s shipyards, but if China is going to move toward the goal of transporting a large percentage of the imported oil it uses to power its industries, it will have to get started on this job soon.…w+hong+kong+arm

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.…tm_medium=email

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.…20017768716.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.…20017766232.htm

Recession Starting to Pullback?, Increase in air freight in Hong Kong, freight carrier, freight carriers

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The increase in air freight carrier movements to Hong Kong in the last month or so has many in the freight industry thinking that the recession could be starting to recede and the world economy starting to pick up speed. The truth of this belief is of course the question and one that will be keeping many people in Asia up at night. The volume of air freight being taken to destination by air freight carriers traveling to Hong Kong did increase last month and it has continued to go up according to sources. Does this mean that the recession is starting to lessen? This is a good question, but one that we don’t really appear to have the answers for yet. The only thing we really can say is that there are more customers that want to move air freight to and from Hong Kong.

The fact that air freight volumes have been going steadily up in Hong Kong is of course probably not a surprise to many, since Hong Kong is part of China. China has been spending huge amounts on increasing their air freight carrier industry of late and this is certainly going to have had an effect upon the volume of air freight traveling through Hong Kong.

According to the belief of many in the industry the long term prospects for air freight business to continue to grow in Hong Kong and the surrounding regions is also excellent and many in the industry expect to see the demand for air freight services to continue to rise. Hopefully, these forecasts are correct and at the same time air freight traffic in the other regions around the world starts to increase as well.…20017766618.htm

Diesel Prices Return to “Normal”, Prices at Nov. 2008 levels, $2.90/gallon, freight carriers, container shipping, container trucking

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Diesel prices hit their highest point since November of 2008 last week, as the average price nationwide rose to $2.90/gallon. That’s mostly bad news for freight carriers, who have to try to pass those higher costs on to suppliers or see their profits diminish. It’s hard to tell what is “normal” in the fuel market given the volatile nature of fuel prices in the last two years, but things are returning to pre-financial-meltdown levels.

That increase is a measure of economic activity driving fuel prices higher; container shipping traffic is forecasted to grow during 2010. The added amount of container trucking will add to the demand for diesel as we go forward.

Trucking logistics firms will need to look at fuel-saving alternatives in this high-diesel-price environment. Intermodal transport becomes more of a factor, especially if the railroads in an area are electric; they will both be less affected by the increased price of diesel and used what gas they do use more efficiently. Since most ships run on diesel, moving things onto the seas isn’t a huge advantage, although shipping is more fuel-efficient, albeit slower.

If the increase in diesel is deemed to be normal and we’re going to be stuck with these prices, alternative fuels are going to get a big push. Biodiesel will get a long look as a fuel additive at $3/gallon levels, and electric trucks might get more of a push; range is a factor, but if you can make a Porsche muscle-car electric, you’ll have a shot at making a interstate transport truck electric as well.


Poaching Truckers Raising UK Eyebrows, European trailer trucking industry, trucking services, trucking transport, freight carriers

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The trucking transport industry of Europe has been a cut throat business during the past twenty months what with truckers from all over continental Europe competing for contracts. Then European Union does have laws in place to keep a handle on the chaos, specifically the Combined Transport Directive (CTD), but trucking freight carriers that need to find business in order to survive are always finding ways to skirt around the laws in place to govern the business of freight in Europe. A trailer trucking business can start to go south quickly if the freight business they need to keep the doors open decides to go with another trucking firm. Trucking firms often need to go the extra mile in order to find the contracts they need in order to keep the doors open and they’ll often drive along the edge of the rules in order to achieve their goals.

Danish and Spanish trucking firms aren’t licensed to work in the United Kingdom, yet recently there have been trucking contracts awarded to firms from these two countries that has been raising a few eyebrows and hackles of trucking firms and owner operator trucking in the United Kingdom. Apparently, they have discovered a hole in the laws that govern trucking services in Europe that normally requires a trucking firm to have an operators’ license, or be conducting freight business under the European cabotage regulations for trucking firms registered outside the United Kingdom.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has been making noises about truckers from outside the United Kingdom encroaching on the trucking business of firms that have paid to operate trucking services within the United Kingdom. This is understandable, since they thought they were paying for the right to bid on contracts within the United Kingdom when they paid for their license. In addition trucking firms that operate within the United Kingdom do so within a very strict set of laws and regulations designed to keep people and freight safe in the United Kingdom. They also have the experience and equipment that’s been gained working under the rules and regulations in place and this could have a significant effect on the safety level of the freight movements in doubt.

The ability of trucking firms that haven’t paid for the right to still be awarded these contracts is unfortunate and it will take time to plug the hole in the laws. Under the current laws a trucking firm from outside the United Kingdom can operate within another country of the European Union as long as any sea journey involved travels from one member state to another. The freight movements in question also has to be one of at least 100 kilometres and the last past of the road movement of the freight must be within a 150 kilometre distance of the original point of destination. If the freight movements in question fall within these criteria the trucks in question can operate in the United Kingdom as long as they wish.

Any action designed to plug the hole in the trucking laws of Europe isn’t likely to appear tomorrow or even the next day. They’ll talk about the problem a bit and if they think something should be done about the problem, they’ll stick some kind of patch on the hole. This doesn’t mean that trucking firms won’t find another way around the new plug, but then they’re in a battle of sorts to keep the trucking rolling and the money flowing.…tid=20017756037

Feb. New Class 8 Truck Sales Up 20% from Jan, Still 24% Down from Feb 2009 Levels

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Sales are still not good for new truck dealers, and that’s continued good news for freight carriers who are interested in expanding their fleet. Class 8 truck sales were up in February by 20% over January; that’s good news, but given the lame numbers from January, that’s a left-handed complement on a par with “He runs well for a catcher.”

Measured year-to-year, new truck sales were down a roughly a quarter from February 2009 (7628 versus 10,064); that’s not good news when you note that a year ago was in the teeth of the recession and lenders were shaking in their boots after overextending credit in the years leading into the Black September meltdown of 2008. A shaky recovery has started since then and lenders are not quite reaching for the Depends like they were last winter.

However, the used truck market is in a buyer’s market given the amount of bankruptcies in the trucking transport industry. New emission standards for 2010 have also raised the prices of new trucks, so a combination of higher prices and a glut of good used-truck substitutes have driven the demand for new trucks down.

The good news for trucking service firms is that it’s going to be easier to get good used trucks, lowering your cost of replacing trucks or expanding your fleet. New truck dealers might be looking to drop prices in order to start moving inventory as well. The bad news is that your competitors or new entrants can buy those trucks cheap as well, leading to continued downward pressure on freight rates.