Entries by Mike Mento

Mexican cargo theft spike rattles shippers

Shippers that move goods in Mexico will want to watch the upcoming election and post-election period closely for signs that the country’s incoming leader is prepared to take steps to crack down on the growing rail/truck cargo threat from thieves. (Above: A freight train rail yard in Mexico.) Photo credit:… Source: Trucking

Brazil truckers end strike, but cargo delays to persist

One person was killed during the Brazil truckers’ strike, which also resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in cargo damages, mainly foodstuffs and meat, along with widespread cargo delays. (Above: The truckers’ blockade on the Regis Bittencourt Highway near São Paulo earlier this week.) Photo credit: Abcam. The disruption and… Source: Trucking

US regulators add some flexibility to trucker ELD work rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Thursday provided guidance on when drivers can use trucks for personal conveyance, among other guidance areas. (Above: Trucks travel on a US highway.) Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Truckers who run out of legal driving hours while waiting to load or unload at a customer site can… Source: Trucking

XPO Logistics to buy 770 big rigs as LTL demand rises

  The new tractors will be a combination of replacement and new vehicles that will help the second-largest less-than-truckload operator improve service and utilization — and attract drivers. Photo credit: XPO Logistics. XPO Logistics is joining the stampede to the new truck sales lot. The transportation and logistics operator said Thursday it will… Source: Trucking

Trucker, BCO collaboration turns around LB’s TTI

Via frequent outreach to truckers, BCOs, and the railroads — including a culture change — Total Terminals International (TTI) has gone from having the worst truck turn times at the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach to becoming one of the more efficient terminals. (Above: The Port of Long Beach.) Photo… Source: Trucking

Canada's moment

The strong container volume flowing through ports from Vancouver to Halifax brings new challenges requiring infrastructure investment, innovation, and the Canadian emphasis on collaboration. Over the last seven months, Canadian shippers and forwarders got a taste of what happens when that formula falls short. Harsh winter weather and a surge of imports,… Source: Trucking

Roadcheck focus on ELDs to trim US truck capacity further

The annual Roadcheck truck safety inspection blitz that starts June 5 could be the first real test of electronic logging compliance. Thousands of trucks will be stopped and checked by state and federal inspectors, and they will focus on hours-of-service violations. That could push up already high spot market prices… Source: Trucking

Paralyzing Brazil truckers’ strike continues despite truce

Shippers are suffering throughout the logistics chain, with essential supplies not getting through and imports and exports frozen at the country’s main ports. Perishables are rotting away in many trucks or are stuck at the “full to bursting” port facilities. Photo credit: Rob Ward. Chaos has been inflicted on Brazil’s transport… Source: Trucking

Tracking incoming TEU called key to finding portside US trucks

Shippabo’s founder Nina Luu says shippers struggling to find drayage trucks should start their search at sea, with better visibility into inbound containers. That means using technology to better connect importers, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and trucking operators in flexible networks. (Above: A crane positions a container on… Source: Trucking