Today's Trucking

Spear goes on offensive in ATA address

October 29, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – American Trucking Associations president and CEO Chris Spear went on the offensive during his annual state of the industry address today, calling for changes to everything from minimum driving ages to new drug testing tools and a massive infrastructure investment.


Trucking, shipping groups dig into USMCA changes

October 3, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Whether you call it USMCA or the unofficial brand of NAFTA 2.0, North America’s new trade agreement is being greeted with a sigh of relief by transportation industry lobbyists and analysts alike.


Testing our Metal: Tariffs hit Canada’s trailer makers, upfitters hard

August 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Falcon Equipment had eight to nine months of trailer orders on the books as a July 1 deadline for steel and aluminum tariffs approached. The B.C.-based manufacturer waited as long as it could. But eventually there was no choice.


Capacity remains tight despite trade and regualtion uncertainty: FTR

June 14, 2018 by elizabeth

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The economy continues to be strong, with spot rates, employment rates, and load postings all reaching record-setting levels in the last several weeks, but trucking is still susceptible to coming changes say industry analysts.


NAFTA deal still in question

January 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The future of NAFTA remains uncertain as negotiators prepare for their latest round of meetings, this time in Montreal. Months into discussions, nobody even knows if U.S. President Donald Trump will decide to outright scrap the deal that governs every load of cross-border freight.

With about 10 million trucks crossing between Canada and the U.S. each year, there is plenty of business at stake. A recent survey by Export Development Canada even found that 26% of exporters would shift their business to the U.S. if the agreement was revoked outright.

Trade between the U.S. and Canada tripled between 1986 and 2017, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association executive director Ruth Snowden observed, during a January 17 seminar hosted by the Fernandes Hearn law firm in Toronto. “If [NAFTA] goes, it could be very significant.”


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.


New Ambassador Bridge good for trade: CTA

September 8, 2017 by elizabeth

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) applauded the Canadian government for issuing the permits required for the Ambassador Bridge expansion project to continue.
The Detroit International Bridge Company, building a privately-funded six-lane crossing to replace the current, 87-year-old, Ambassador Bridge, announced the granting of the permits earlier this week. The current bridge will come down once the new one is in place.


Mexico’s trucking industry a world apart

May 1, 2017 by John Smith

BANFF, AB – Mexico has clearly realized the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The southernmost member of the trading block is now Canada’s third-largest trading partner, behind only the U.S. and China. “It has been good to us. It has been good to our economy,” says Rogelio F. Montemayor Morineau, president of the 5,000-member Canacar – Mexico’s national trucking association, referring to the trade deal.

It has clearly played a role in the Canadian economy, too.


IN PRINT — Trump Card: How “America First” policies could change the trucks you buy

February 22, 2017 by John Smith

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week can be a decidedly patriotic affair. Sessions during the related Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue event open with color guards and music videos featuring the Star Spangled Banner. But it was a promise of “America first” that was weighing on the minds of many participants.


Trump, Trudeau commit to pre-clearance, Gordie Howe Bridge

February 15, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The inaugural meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resulted in a joint statement by the two leaders. And while the statement didn’t mention NAFTA, it did mention the importance of deepening the relationship between Canada and the U.S.

The statement touches on some issues pertaining to the trucking industry, namely the quick completion of the Gordie Howe International Bridge in Detroit, which is cited as a vital economic link between the two countries.

In addition, it commits to implementing pre-clearance operations for cargo.


Exports and imports rose in December

February 7, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – Canada recorded a trade surplus for the second consecutive month in December, with exports up 0.8% on the strength of higher energy products, and imports up 1%, largely on increases in aircraft and industrial machinery, Statistics Canada reports.

But in terms of volumes, exports were down 1.4% because of drops in metal ores, non-metallic minerals, motor vehicles and parts. Import volumes were up 0.4%, based largely on industrial machinery, equipment and parts.


Dear @realDonaldTrump: No #FakeNews here, but we have worries

January 18, 2017 John G. Smith

Dear Mr. U.S. President-Elect,

Would it be better to refer to you as @realDonaldTrump? It seems Twitter is your favored way to communicate.

So let’s do this 140 characters at a time. Re-tweet and comment as you see fit.


November Freight Volumes Down from Oct, Up from 2013

April 26, 2016 by TEONA Baetu

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.


U.S.-Canada Freight Flows Fall Below U.S.-Mexico Level

January 11, 2016 by sehui

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.


Canada-U.S. Freight Value Falls Nearly 14 Percent

October 29, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The value of freight movements between the U.S. and Canada fell significantly in August, according to a new report. The U.S. Transportation Department reports it totaled US$48 billion in August, down 13.6 percent from August 2014, as all modes of transportation carried less value of U.S.-Canada freight than a year earlier, due to lower mineral fuel prices.