Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Apr. 11, 2011

obama budget | government shutdown | transportation spendingGovernment shutdown averted in last-minute budget deal, with some cuts to transportation
Late in the night on Friday, President Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to strike a budget deal that contained $38 billion in budget reductions from current spending levels. This averted a government shutdown, but also cut over $1.35 billion in transportation spending.

Coming To A Station Near You- $4 Diesel and Blown Transportation Budgets!
This is an interesting blog by Mike Regan that focuses on the effects of the consistently rising diesel fuel prices and the budgets for all companies that ship their goods domestically and internationally.

FMCSA to Publish Detail of Mexico Trucking Pilot Program
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish details this week of the new program that allows Mexican and US carriers to offer long-distance service into each country.

New TSA air cargo requirements have potential to slow commerce, say experts
According to an update from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) cited in a report by the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), air freight carriers and cargo shipping companies will be requesting information for all shipments on each master airway bill shipping into the US. Many industry experts believe that this could cause a delay in the shipping process.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Creates Driving Healthy Resource
Researchers in the Center for Truck and Bus Safety created the Driving Healthy resource network to provide practical and free health information and best practices for commercial motor vehicle drivers. This network can be found on the website, Facebook and Twitter.

Japan to Conduct Radiation Checks on Ships
With the concern about radiation affecting shipments still prevalent, the three main international ports in Japan are starting radiation checks on ships and containers leaving the country.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst