Archive for July, 2012


The trucking industry is growing!

Per the American Trucking Associations, advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.2percent in June after falling 1 percent in May.

In fact, June’s increase was the largest month-to-month gain in 2012.

Compared with the second quarter in 2011, the Tonnage Index was up 3.5 percent.

Per Bob Costello, chief economist for the association:

June’s increase was a pleasant surprise, but the lower year-over-year gain fits with an economy that has slowed. Manufacturing output was strong in June, which helped tonnage levels.

Costello, however, remains concerned about businesses sitting on cash instead of hiring more workers or spending on equipment because of worries about Europe and what’s going to happen after the November Elections.

The Trucking Industry is a bellweather of our nation’s economy. The Industry represents 67 percent of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods.

American Trucks hauled 9.2 billion tons of freight in 2011.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BLOG!!!

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Trucking as a Career

While long-haul truck driving is a job in heavy demand now by trucking companies, it does not seem to be in very high demand by job seekers, even in the face of continuing high unemployment levels.

Trucking industry officials and analysts say there is a nationwide shortage of truck drivers. Last month, a story in USA Today quoted industry experts as saying this is a growing problem, driven by such things as older drivers retiring, fewer younger people entering the field, an increasing government focus on driver safety records and other factors.

In June, the Council of Supply Management Professionals released its 2012 Annual State of Logistics Report, which said trucking companies across America are having difficulty recruiting drivers. In a presentation to the National Press Club, Rosalyn Wilson, author of the report, said a sampling of trucking companies polled in a recent survey found that up to 10 percent had trucks sitting idle because of a lack of drivers.

TruckGauge, an online provider of analysis and information on the trucking industry, predicts there will be a shortage of about 150,000 drivers nationally by the end of the year, and believes that new government hours-of-service rules will push the shortage to 240,000 by the end of 2013.

The nation’s truck drivers transport a wide variety of cargo, including everything from large motor vehicles to small cans of food. Trucks are the only means of door-to-door delivery and pickup for all types of goods-producing companies. In fact, almost all goods experience at least some time on a truck before they reach consumers.

As you can see, the Trucking Industry is a vital part of America’s Economy.  If you’re a young graduate, we can’t suggest a more important job to consider.  See America and get paid for it! Think about it.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BLOG!!!

After a significant dip during the recent recession and a mild economic recovery, the U.S. freight economy, particularly for trucking, is projected to grow significantly in the years ahead, according to the American Trucking Associations’ U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast to 2023, the results of which were announced Monday, July 9.

The forecast, a product of collaboration between ATA, IHS Global Insight and Martin Labbe Associates, lays out the current state of the freight economy and projects an even more robust role for trucks in the future.

“The trucking industry continues to dominate the freight transportation industry in terms of both tonnage and revenue, comprising 67 percent of tonnage and 81 percent of revenue in 2011,” said Bob Costello, ATA chief economist.

Overall, total freight tonnage is expected to grow by 21% by 2023, and revenue for the freight transportation industry is projected to rise 59 percent in that same timeframe.

Trucking’s share of the tonnage market will rise more than 2 percentage points to 69.6 percent by 2023, while the industry’s share of freight revenues will increase to 81.7 percent from 80.9 percent.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BLOG!!!

Ride ‘Em, Cowboys!

Truckers all over the nation are getting pumped up about this year’s National Truck Driving Championships. Last year’s event, held in Orlando, Fla., was a resounding success. This year, truckers will come from all over the country to meet August 7-11 in Minneapolis, Minn. at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

A professional truck driving competition, the NTDC is hosted annually by American Trucking Associations. To participate in one of the 50 state competitions, drivers must be certified accident-free for at least one year prior to the competition. To qualify, competing drivers must place first in one of eight respective classes at the state competition level.

The categories are: Straight Truck, Three-Axle Tractor-Semitrailer, Four-Axle Tractor-Semitrailer, Five-Axle Tractor-Semitrailer (Tank), Five-Axle Tractor-Semitrailer (Van), Five-Axle Tractor-Semitrailer (Flatbed), Five-Axle Tractor (Sleeper Cab) -Semitrailer (Van), and Twin Trailers.

The aims of both the state and national competitions are to test each driver’s knowledge and ability concerning vehicle operations as they pertain to safe trucking. These tests include challenging driving skills and maneuvering tests, a pre-trip inspection, a written examination and federal safety regulations.

These Truck Driving Championships encourage and motivate to thousands of drivers all over the country to maintain an accident-free work record in order to be eligible to compete in the state and national championships. As such, the TDCs promote industry safety and accountability. They provide a huge incentive that also influences other drivers to improve their safety record as well.

Since the program was first introduced in 1937 as the National Truck “Roadeo”, the rules and regulations have changed tremendously — both in number and complexity. A rulebook is published by the Championships committee each year that codifies in great detail almost every aspect of the events.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

Last Friday, June 29, 2012, after 9 short term extensions, Congress passed a transportation bill.

This bill, likely to be referred to as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), includes a number of policy issues that shippers and carriers were watching closely.

For example:

Increasing Truck Weights: The bill directs the DOT to perform a study comparing the safety data of trucks operating above 80,000 lbs to those operating at or below 80,000 lbs. This study must be completed in 2 years. Essentially this provision means that no actions will be taken to raise truck weights for at least 2 years.

Hours of Service: The bill requires DOT to perform a field study on the effects of the 2011 restart rule changes by March 2013. This appears to be timed to be released just prior to the scheduled implementation date of July 2013 for the new restart rules. This indicates that the debate around hours of service will likely increase in volume next spring as implementation gets close.

EOBR’s (Electronic On Board Recorders): The bill requires the DOT to issue a rule requiring electronic logging devices for all commercial motor vehicles. It clarifies that electronic logging devices can only be used to enforce federal regulations around hours of service. We still anticipate that a requirement which mandates electronic logging devices for all trucks is still at least 3-5 years from implementation because FMCSA has indicated a desire for a longer implementation timeline in order to give smaller carriers enough time to comply. Look for the term “electronic logging device” to be used alongside EOBR.

Broker Bond: The required broker bond amount was raised from $10,000 to $75,000. Additionally, the provision clarifies that a motor carrier must maintain a broker authority and broker bond if they are brokering freight to other carriers. Implementation will be around July 2013.

Truck Parking: The bill allows federal funds to be used more widely for truck parking projects. The original effort to address the parking shortage was called “Jason’s Law” and it was largely included in MAP-21.

“Chameleon carriers”: There are a number of provisions that increase the authority of FMCSA to shutdown suspected “chameleon” or “reincarnated” motor carriers. Similarly, the bill grants FMCSA more authority in fining and punishing carriers who operate without valid authority or who ignore orders by FMCSA to stop operating once they have been placed out-of-service as an “imminent hazard”. It is important for shippers to understand the various enforcement powers granted to FMCSA by Congress so shippers can include any adjustments to their carrier qualification procedures.

Detention Time Study: A provision to study the impacts of detention time on driver fatigue was removed from the bill. We still anticipate that detention time will be an area of growing discussion across the industry in the coming years.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to hire the best, to make sure that your business gets to market.

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

384 E. Goodman Road, Ste 242

Southaven, MS 38671

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY:

The U.S. Trucking Industry in comprised of over 564,000 for-hire and private carriers; 95.9% with less than 20 trucks.

The trucking industry employs (directly and indirectly) more than eight million people, or one in 15 civilian workers.

Businesses chose trucks for 88 cents out of every dollar they spend on shipping. In tonnage, trucks carried 68.2% of all freight – 9.8 billion tons in 2004.

Exclusively serves over 80% of all communities in the U.S. for the products and goods they receive.

There are 3.24 million truck drivers in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The average daily run for a long-haul, over-the-road truck driver is nearly 500 miles.

Most long-haul, over-the-road truck drivers average from 100,000 to 110,000 miles per year.

The large truck fatal crash rate dropped 22% from 1993 to 2003.

According to a study by the AAA Foundation, in fatal crashes involving a truck and another vehicle, police assigned one or more unsafe driving factors to the passenger vehicle driver and no factors to the truck driver in 73% of the cases.

Of all fatal crashes involving large trucks, only 1.3% of the time is fatigue on the part of the truck driver determined to be a factor in the accident.

Of the fatal accidents in which drowsiness, sleepiness, or fatigue is cited as a factor, the passenger vehicle driver is cited 94% of the time. A new truck today produces half as much smog-forming NOx emissions as a similar truck manufactured just four years ago.

Over the last decade, fine particulate matter emissions from over-the-road diesel trucks have been cut in half.

Today, over-the-road diesel trucks produce half as much fine particulate matter emissions as off-road sources, which include construction and farm equipment, locomotives, and marine vessels.

The federal and state governments collect a total of 46.6 cents in tax for each gallon of on-highway diesel fuel and 40.6 cents for each gallon gasoline.

Commercial trucks make up only 10.6% of all registered vehicles, but pay 33.7% or $31.3 billion in combined federal and state highway-user taxes.

Commercial truck taxes average nearly $16,000 per vehicle. Commercial, class 8 trucks logged 114.1 billion miles in 2003, the equivalent of making over 115,000 cross-country trips per day.

The average class 8 unit (vehicles weighing over 33,001 lbs.) travels more than 43,000 miles per year, the equivalent of driving nearly two times around the world.

In 2003, commercial trucks consumed nearly 50 billion gallons of diesel and gasoline.

By now, you’re asking, “Okay. Where can I find a company that will fit MY transportation needs?”

The Transportation Firm, LLC knows that your supply needs are unique. And that’s exactly why we’ve pooled together the best minds in the industry to create specific solutions customized to suit your ever-changing operating environment.

From precise design to seamless execution, our dedicated transportation transportation professionals are involved every step of the way to provide you with the most accurate and economical transportation the industry has to offer.

The Transportation Firm, LLC

8880 Riverdale Olive Branch, Mississippi 38654

Recruiting: 662-349-2318

Telephone: 662-349-2309

Fax: 662-349-2310

E-mail: info@transportfirm.com