MISSISSAUGA, ON – Engagement in the political process at a grassroots level is key to making headway on industry issues, experts are saying.
This morning panelists at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) breakfast meeting titled “Bridging Border Barriers” said fleets and drivers aren’t engaged enough in lobbying efforts at home and in the United States.
With the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on everyone’s minds, the industry analysts said now more than ever engagement from the bottom up is crucial to having a say in the issues that will shape the future of trucking.
President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), David Bradley, said keeping members engaged, is a constant challenge faced by trade associations on both sides of the border.
“I think at some point the carriers will become engaged, but I don’t think we’re engaged enough,” he said. “If everybody does one thing, once a year, that helps.”
Bradley says it’s not always enough to send executives and lobbyists to speak with legislators, because they don’t own and drive the trucks. The stories need to be told by those on the road.
LETELLIER, MB – Mid Canada Transload Services has announced plans to build a new inland port and rail siding at the Canada-U.S. border, about 1.5 kilometers south of Letellier, Manitoba.
KING CITY, ON – Evolving technology and changing regulations alike are contributing to legal challenges for Canadian carriers. And Heather Devine of Isaacs and Co. Barristers and Solicitors has even identified a Top 10 list that will make its presence known in the coming year.
From MELT to marijuana, to ELDs and cross-border databases, click below to check out what you need to know.
LANGLEY, BC – Beginning Jan. 10, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will begin issuing Administrative Monetary Penalty System fines to carriers who do not comply with eManifest requirements, ending the six-month educational enforcement period and its zero-rated AMPS penalties, according to the British Columbia Trucking Association. Empty and in-transit conveyances continue to be exceptions.
Advance Commercial Information (ACI) eMainfest requires motor carriers to transmit manifest information electronically at least one hour prior to a truck’s arrival at the first port of entry into Canada.
Carriers can send information identifying the truck, trailer, shipment(s) and driver to CBSA through its free, web-based ACI portal, a direct connection to CBSA or a service provider.
TORONTO- November 2014 freight volumes dropped 11 percent from October 2014, but truckers still hauled 19 percent more freight in November 2014 compared to November 2013.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A measure of freight moving between the U.S. and its neighbors to the north and south shows for the first time the total value of U.S.-Mexico freight flows exceeded those between the U.S. and Canada.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has decided to spend US$2.5 million to study a flexible hours-of-service safety provision that will allow long-haul truck drivers to split their required sleeper berth time into shorter periods.
ATLANTA, GA — Infinity Transportation Logistics LLC (ITL) recently added to its service offerings, providing expedited temperature-controlled domestic intermodal service to Toronto and Miami, FL from Washington State and Oregon.
WINDSOR, ON – It’s going to cost more…correction…it’s going to cost a whole lot more to build a new bridge connecting Canada and the U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has withdrawn a notice of proposed rulemaking that would have required a commercial motor vehicle to display a label attesting that it was compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) when it was manufactured while the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has withdrawn a plan that would have amended haz-mat regulations on the transportation of flammable liquid material in unprotected external product piping, known commonly as wetlines, on tanker trucks.
ARLINGTON, VA – A measure of trucking freight activity fell last month in the U.S., but remains not far from a record high level hit early this year, accordign to one fleet group, who also offered a preview into conditions for the New Year.
The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 0.9 percent in November to 134.3 from the month before, following an increase of 1.8 percent during October, which was revised downward from a first reported 1.9 percent gain.
This latest index reading is just 1.1 percent below the all-time high of 135.8 reached in January 2015.
AUSTIN, TX and JERSEY CITY, NJ — Don’t let stolen freight ruin your holiday. This year, both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day occur on a Friday, creating two separate three-day weekends, leaving more opportunity for shipments to be left unattended or parked in unsecured locations for extended periods of time.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Notice of a proposed rule that would increase the use of inspection data in making Safety Fitness Determinations for motor carriers operating south of the border is expected to be published by Dec. 29, according to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched a new online registration process that truck and bus companies, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers, and cargo tank manufacturing, inspection and repair facilities use as new applicants for USSDOT registration.
TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) are reminding truckers to keep in mind there are some important dates regarding upcoming border and customs compliance deadlines.