Today's Trucking

CTA wants harmony on 11 issues

January 30, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Leaders of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and provincial trucking associations have come together to identify 11 industry issues that could benefit from improved harmonization.

The call is designed to support a new task force under the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety, established in September 2016, and complements existing initiatives like the National Task Force on Weights and Dimensions.
“This is a great opportunity for further collaboration between industry and government,” said Stephen Laskowski, president and Chief Executive Officer of the alliance. “CTA commends the provincial trucking associations for their efforts in contributing to our submission and looks forward to working with all interests in addressing the issues identified.”


More long-haul infrastructure needed to reduce carbon emissions: CTA

January 24, 2018 by elizabeth

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance says infrastructure and fuel technology has not kept pace with the trucking industry’s desire to reduce its carbon footprint.

Submitting its comments on the upcoming federal Clean Fuel Standard regulation to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the group said the increasing environmental policies would have to address some of the implementation and infrastructure challenges faced by long-haul fleets, which consume the bulk of the fuel used by trucks.


Trucking groups call for updated NAFTA

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – Three of North America’s largest trucking associations – the Canadian Trucking Alliance, American Trucking Associations, and Mexico’s CANACAR – have come to the defence of the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Trucking associations to promote NAFTA

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – This continent’s three largest trucking associations will release a joint statement on the value of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Monday, as they attempt to reinforce the value of a deal that they see as a business driver.


CTA calls for more tax incentives to go green

October 19, 2017 by elizabeth

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is urging the government to change how it looks at applying green initiatives to the trucking industry in its 2018 pre-budget paper submitted this week.
The CTA says there are administrative and competitive challenges with how the Government of Canada has modeled its carbon pricing system, and that the government should be removing barriers for fleets that want to invest in greener technology.
Its annual submission for the federal government’s pre-budget consultations also prioritizes support and investments for on-going industry issues related to taxes, cross-border trade, and highway infrastructure, the group said in a release today.


Analysts: Participating in politics is crucial

October 18, 2017 by elizabeth

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.


Stop thinking about ‘driverless’ trucks: CTA

September 22, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance has told Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications that truck drivers will continue to be needed as automated vehicle technologies advance. In fact, the technologies could make the idea of operating a commercial vehicle more inviting and accessible to a new generation of drivers.


CTA announces infrastructure wish list

September 7, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) released its trade infrastructure priority list today, providing it to Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
The CTA says the list comes after consultations with its provincial associations to gather input on building stronger, more efficient trade corridors.
The CTA created the list after Garneau announced more than $2 billion for the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative (TTCI), in early July. The fund is designed to strengthen Canada’s trade infrastructure, including ports, waterways, airports, roads, bridges, border crossings, rail networks and the interconnectivity between them. The CTA’s wish list meets the criteria of the program, and is being used to lobby for funds for these projects.
CTA president Stephen Laskowski, says the list isn’t exhaustive, but covers both specific projects, and general areas for consideration.


ACI turnaround option extended until Dec. 31

August 30, 2017 by elizabeth

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) is extending the turnaround option for drivers that arrive at the border without their advance commercial information (ACI) form until the end of the year.
Recurring delays and outages at the border caused CBSA to make the exception on a 90-day basis back in May. Outages have continued, resulting in the policy being extended until Dec. 31, 2017.


Border Barriers: A trucking wish list for NAFTA

August 16, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON — So it begins. The North American Free Trade Agreement that governs every load of freight crossing the Canada-U.S. border is now formally being renegotiated. In the midst of talk about tariffs and taxes, however, regulators are also looking for ways to streamline the crossings themselves.


OTA supports zero-tolerance for drivers on weed

August 4, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – As it engages in consultations with the provincial government, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is supporting the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) position that the trucking industry should be held to a zero-tolerance policy on for being under the influence of marijuana.


Commercial vehicles are top priority: Goodale

July 26, 2017 by elizabeth

OTTAWA, ON. – The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, says the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has made improvements to facilitate the movement of commercial vehicles its top priority.


Alliance submits wish list for NAFTA talks

July 19, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has officially submitted comments on cross-border trade to Global Affairs Canada, as governments prepare to renegotiate aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The association’s submission covers 11 related areas of interest including: in-transit truck moves, cargo pre-clearance, government investment at ports of entry, harmonization of security programs, the trend in rising cross-border fees, the movement of food products and related inspections, and e-commerce, among other topics.

“Many of the comments by the carrier community contained in our submission are longstanding issues that have been impeding cross-border trade,” said president Stephen Laskowski. “CTA is eager to work with Ottawa, Washington, and the business communities on both sides of the border to try and resolve these issues for the betterment of the economies in the U.S. and Canada.”


Temporary fix to avoid ACI penalties

May 29, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON — Trucks that arrive at the Canada-U.S. border without Advanced Commercial Information (ACI) will for a 90-day period be allowed to turn around without incurring Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPS), Canada Border Services Agency has announced.

eManifest requirements have been mandatory for highway carriers since January 11, 2016, and carriers still have to transmit cargo and conveyance data electronically before arriving at the border.

It’s good news for the Canadian Trucking Alliance. The group has recently been citing recurring delays and system outages, and for several months been working with the agency to solve issues surrounding the AMPS linked to ACI reporting requirements.


Clad in plaid for your dad

May 12, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association was the top fundraiser among workplaces participating in Prostate Cancer Canada’s 2016 Wear Plaid for Dad campaign, and the Canadian Trucking Alliance is looking to build on that success — and help fight a cancer that will affect one in eight men in their lifetime.