Diesel prices up 14.3 cents per gallon


Not good. Citing unrest in the Middle East, diesel prices increased 14.3 cents to settle in at a national average of $3.716 per gallon, the highest since 2008. Via JOC.com:

Oakland truckers plan a strike at the port Dec 15-18, 2009


Update: 9:00am PST – Received reports that police presence in and around the port/terminals is pretty heavy. Also rumors that the strike might only last through today. I received a copy of a flier that’s been circulating amongst the drivers at the Port of Oakland. Supposedly it’s being organized by the Northern California Port and [...]

Cargo Free Fall


I just did a quick scan of logistics related headlines and a common theme is the drop in cargo volumes many companies and ports are reporting. Here are a few of the headlines: Kuehne & Nagel CEO: Doesn’t See Cargo Mkt Recovery Air France-KLM Jun Passenger Traffic -6.4%;Cargo Traffic -0.4% Port of Portland numbers continue [...]

C.H Robinson Acquires London Based Forwarder


Eden Prairie, MN based logistics provider, C.H. Robinson, has acquired London based freight forwarding company Walker Logistics Overseas, LTD (“Walker”). Walker, established in 1977, is a global, fully integrated import and export door-to-door provider specializing in air and ocean freight, warehousing, courier, and logistics solutions. Walker has over 75 employees in five offices throughout the [...]

Cargo Insurance – Are you covered?


Cargo insurance might be on one of the least understood concepts in freight transportation. I have seen many claims come through from shippers expecting full recompense for damaged cargo only to find out that the shipment was covered for pennies on the pound under limited liability. I once had a customer who thought he was [...]

One container ship equals pollution of 50 million cars


Complete article from gas2.org I can see it now…outrage and calls for a complete end to global trade.

YRC reportedly seeks $1 billion bailout


Too big to fail??? Various media reports are reporting that YRC Worldwide Inc. will petition the government for $1 billion in tarp funds to help alleviate pension obligations. After posting a $415 loss in the first quarter, the company is reportedly experiencing difficulty in dealing with the economic downturn. YRC is one of the nation’s [...]

Flu pandemic and its potential affect on logistics


I just read a pretty interesting article from IEEE spectrum about the affect a global pandemic could have on the U.S. freight rail networks and ports. Obviously with the recent outbreak of the swine flu (H1N1), I have been wondering what kind of affect a flu pandemic (or for that matter, any broad catastrophe) would [...]

Popularity in using ocean containers for housing grows


As of an hour ago it was a front page news item on Yahoo!: While a number of resourceful people have converted shipping containers into make-shift shelters at the margin of society for years, architects and green designers are also increasingly turning to the strong, cheap boxes as source building blocks. Shipping containers can be [...]

CBP 10+2 ISF 2009 Outreach Schedule


With the start date of DHS’ 10+2 security filing rapidly approaching, CBP is hosting trade outreach events in various cities across the country. The events are designed to provide the global trade community with additional information regarding the new Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements (10+2) as well as provide a basic understanding of [...]

U.S. Domestic Truck Tonnage Up

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According to a report from the ATA (American Trucking Association), U.S. domestic truck tonnage during the month of November increased 1.7 percent over the previous month, marking the first increase in volumes since June. Although, it is not all good news as domestic volumes are still down significantly. Via Trucknews.com: November’s tonnage was 1.8% lower [...]

Diesel fuel prices


I was just browsing some of the excellent resource offerings we have here on 3PLwire.com (ahem) and decided to take a look at the most recent diesel fuel prices from the Official Energy Statistics from the US government. It’s no secret that the cost of fuel has plunged over the last couple of months after [...]