Freight Shipper's News for December 2016

How to file cargo claims, Hanjin Shipping woes, infrastructure spending, and more news.

Dec 08, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: How Shippers Can Report a Lost or Damaged Shipment

From Ryan Transportation—The top reason that a shipper’s cargo claim gets denied is because the bill of lading did not have the damages or shortage notated. This article from Ryan Transportation contains tips on how to successfully document and file a cargo claim:

Retailers Scramble for Holiday Goods as Hanjin Shipping Sinks

From The Los Angeles Times—Hanjin has unloaded its last vessel in California, but retailers across the country are still sorting through the mess left behind by the bankrupt container shipping company. Hanjin’s collapse is forcing big retail chains to spend money to get their goods through ports in time for the holiday shopping season:

Infrastructure Plan Includes $137 Billion for Construction Companies

From ABC News—Donald Trump’s ambitious, $1 trillion infrastructure plan would be spurred by $137 billion in tax credits for construction companies. The incoming president could find strong support for his plan in Congress—the need to fix the country’s aging highways and bridges is one of the few issues Republicans and Democrats agree on:

EXCLUSIVE: The Food Safety Modernization Act and Your Refrigerated Freight

From Ryan Transportation—The FSMA Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule goes into effect in April 2017. This new regulation will hold shippers, freight brokers and trucking carriers accountable for temperature control and clean equipment in reefer shipments. Here are three things you need to know about the new FSMA rule and how it might impact your company’s shipments:

Shipper Demand Rebounds for the Holidays

From The Wall Street Journal—Trucking and rail shipments increased in October after a long slump, thanks in part to more online consumer spending. Domestic freight shipments rose 2.7% in October from the same period a year ago, according to the latest Cass freight index. October marks the first year-over-year volume gain in 20 months:

Ten Retailers Will Grab 66% of Holiday Sales

From USA Today—Buoyed by holiday shopping, the revenue reported by U.S. retailers is expected to increase 5.4% during the fourth quarter of 2016. Walmart is expected to haul in about 23% of nationwide retail sales. This USA Today article reveals eight other companies that control about 66% of retail:

Court Upholds ELD Mandate

From Commercial Carrier Journal—A U.S. Court of Appeals voted to keep in place the federal mandate requiring nearly all U.S. trucking companies to use electronic logging devices. The court rejected a lawsuit filed by the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association claiming the ELD rule was unconstitutional. The Dec. 18, 2017 compliance date for the ELD mandate remains in effect:

Will a Trump Administration Mean Fewer Trucking Regulations?

From Fleet Owner—Donald Trump’s election victory, combined with Republicans’ continued control of Congress, may mean fewer regulations in the future for trucking companies. However, opponents of newer federal rules like the ELD mandate might be disappointed on how much Trump and Republicans can do to ease the regulatory burden on carriers and independent owner-operators:

Mexican Carriers Can Now Lease to U.S. Fleets

From Commercial Carrier Journal—The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has lifted a restriction that barred Mexico-based carriers from leasing commercial vehicles and equipment to U.S. trucking companies. Mexican carriers can now lease equipment to U.S. fleets regardless of where the freight is going, as long as the equipment meets FMCSA standards:

Elaine Chao Named New Transportation Head

From The New York Times—Donald Trump’s pick for transportation secretary is a Washington insider who has served two other Republican presidents. Elaine Chao’s first order of business will likely be a $1 trillion plan to fix and upgrade the country’s highway infrastructure:

J.B. Hunt Has Plans to Expand Fleet

From The Wall Street Journal—While many trucking companies are taking a cautious approach to the economy, at least one major carrier has plans to put more trucks on the road in 2017. J.B. Hunt Transport Services expects to add 500 to 700 trucks next year to its dedicated contract services business. The carrier will add 100 to 120 more trucks for its truckload segment:

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