Virginia Trucking Association elects officers
Ward Best, Vice President of Atlantic Bulk Carriers of Providence Forge, has been re-elected Chairman of the Virginia Trucking Association (VTA), the statewide trade association of Virginia’s trucking industry.
Best has worked for Atlantic Bulk Carrier since 1996. Best has served on the VTA Safety & Human Resources Council and was elected to the VTA Executive Committee last year. He has actively served on a number of other industry and safety-related organizations and associations.Read more
IMC COMPANIES TO LAUNCH NEW WEST COAST COMPANY: PACIFIC DRAYAGE SERVICES
IMC Companies, a Memphis-based leader in nationwide intermodal logistics, recently added another company to its family of brands. On August 19th, IMC Companies launched Pacific Drayage Services (PDS) to provide drayage and warehousing services to customers in the Seattle and Tacoma markets. The PDS fleet is made up entirely of company-owned trucks and employee drivers. IMC Companies has ordered 150 new company trucks to bolster their presence on the West Coast. The new fleet of Mack trucks was a $20 million capital expense.
“We’re committed to expanding our presence on the West Coast,” said Mark H. George, Chairman of IMC Companies. “This strategic growth means that we are able to serve our valued customers via every major rail and port facility in the United States.” (more…)Read more
FMC to gauge detention/demurrage fairness on flow merits
The top United States maritime regulatory agency on Friday unanimously approved interpretive rulemaking recommendations aimed at helping it gauge whether levied demurrage and detention fees truly incentivize the retrieval of cargo and return of containers.
The Federal Maritime Commission agreed to the recommendations stemming from a year-and-a-half effort led by commissioner Rebecca Dye to address complaints from cargo owners and drayage drivers over what they considered unfair fees for failing to pick up cargo and return equipment in a timely manner. (more…)Read more
Port Report: Sourcing shifts for U.S. imports boosting Southeast Ports
The trade war with China is forcing U.S. Shippers to look for new sources of low-cost consumer goods. Southeast seaports are benefitting from those switches as shippers opt for lower cost and more accessible gateways.
The value of China’s exports to the U.S. are down 12.3 percent through the first half of 2019 to $219 billion. The drop stems from President Donald Trump’s escalation of tariffs against China with another 10 percent tariff slated to take effect this coming September 1 and December 15 on $300 billion worth of imports coming from China.Read more
Chamber Partners with IMC Companies Host Japanese Delegation
International marine drayage company, IMC Companies, recently hosted a delegation of logistics consulting and service providers from Japan. The event sponsored by the Greater Memphis Chamber, highlighted Memphis-area logistics companies for potential future business opportunities.
The group, led by Japan’s Funai Soken Logistics, Inc., visited the IMC Companies corporate office and Memphis terminal and the FedEx distribution facility. “We were delighted to host this fine delegation of Japanese logistics providers at our headquarters and terminal,” said IMC Companies Executive Vice President Donna Lemm. “They were extremely knowledgeable about our industry, and we shared ideas to benefit both of our countries.” (more…)Read more
The Open Choice Chassis Model – When, or If, or Ever
After years of transition away from ocean carrier sourcing model, wherein chassis were made available by carriers at no charge for users, circumstances have evolved to the point where there are a small number of equipment providers that supply chassis to trucking companies, beneficial cargo owners and cargo carriers. (more…)Read more
Port of Virginia’s massive expansion project is done, but not everyone is happy
After about two years, the Port of Virginia has finally been able to put a bow on one of its major expansion projects.
Virginia International Gateway, one of the two main terminals, is now 800 feet longer. It can accommodate three ultra-large container ships at once and features more than a dozen new stacking yards to pack in more containers to be whisked away by truck or by rail. (more…)Read more
GIS President Discusses Industry Related Topics
Gulf Intermodal President, Will Connell, recently interviewed with Alessandra Barrett, Editor of the Journal of Commerce, during the 2019 Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston, Texas. Will discussed industry topics such as chassis availability. the resin boom, and the driver shortage. “At IMC Companies and Gulf Intermodal, we’ve increased our (driver) compensation in the last couple of years over 30% and we offer an excellent benefits package to try to make sure we can have the drivers we need to make sure we can provide (our) customers great service.” (more…)Read more
New chassis location to speed turn times in CP’s Chicago yard
Truck drivers picking up cargo owners’ containers in Canadian Pacific Railway’s Bensenville Terminal near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will have a new location to pick up chassis, which should offer quicker turn times.
The location will be inside the DNJ Intermodal Depot, which is within CP’s property and less than a mile from the ingates to the terminal. Because CP Bensenville is a grounded rail yard, truckers must pick up chassis before getting a container. This depot will hold chassis for the Consolidated Chassis Management’s (CCM’s) cooperative Chicago and Ohio pool, TRAC Intermodal-Hapag Lloyd, and the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative. (more…)Read more
Kevin Mott uses military experience to help drivers every day
Helping drivers keep their wheels turning is the priority of the Driver Services Department. They are often the people whom drivers call while on the road with questions. They serve as advocates for drivers in their daily operations handling all aspects of roadside repairs, storage, fuel updates, and owner operator tractor repair support.
“Our internal process always starts with listening to what the driver, operations, or a repair vendor needs. Every phone call or email we receive is different because every driver, operations member, or repair vendor is different. Because we tend to know everyone personally, we try to tailor our interactions with them individually to make our support more effective.”
– Kevin Mott, Driver Services Manager (more…)