Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Feb. 16, 2011

president obama | obama budget | state of the unionWith the recent proposal of the 2012 fiscal year budget by the White House, many people, organizations and groups have been commenting on the aspects that affect their interests. There is a wide range of news stories that reflect the opinions of different industries. Here are a few that affect the transportation and logistics industry.

Shippers, Carriers Cite Flaws in Obama’s Budget

Ports Concerned About Federal Budget Cuts

White House Boosts FMCSA Budget 10 Percent

Tightening our belts, strengthening our future

There were also a lot of other important news articles that have been published.

White House Proposes $50 Million for Cross-border Trucking

With the new budget proposal, there will be funding for the new cross-border trucking agreement between the US and Mexico. The money will help to bolster truck inspections and will reduce retaliatory tariffs that have been imposed since 2007.

Give the Obama administration a break

This is a great blog by Patrick Burnson explaining why the critics should give President Obama and his administration a break from the criticism. The blog states the facts about Obama’s goals and how the US remains on track to meet many of them.

Port Tracker report calls for solid first half of 2011

In another great sign that the economy is on a steady pace of improvement, a report was released that shows import volume to be up 6 percent annually for the first half of 2011.

FMCSA Extends HOS Comment Period to Cover Additional Documentation and Clerical Amendments

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the comment period on the hours of service proposal an extra week, from February 28th to March 4th.

Cuban Box Terminal Will Become Transshipment Hub

The new hub will help to improve transshipment of containers to ports in North and South America. It will also become an important transshipment hub for cargo to and from the US when the trade embargo is lifted.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst