Daily Transportation and Logistics News – July 1, 2011

Congressional Push on Trade Pacts Collapses

A bid to break the deadlock in Washington over several free trade agreements skidded to a halt on Thursday when Republicans boycotted a hearing aimed at jump-starting approval of the pacts in Congress.

DOT Announces Scaled-Down TIGER Grants

The Department of Transportation on Thursday announced a slightly scaled-down version of its popular TIGER transportation infrastructure grant program for 2011. The program will decrease from $600 million to $527 million.

Federal Truck Safety Plan Includes Shippers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is adopting a five-year strategic plan that looks beyond truck and bus companies to include shippers and brokers in attempts to improve highway safety.

Mexico May Hike Tariffs If Trucking Plan Fails

Mexico may increase the $2.4 billion in punitive tariffs it places on select U.S. goods if the Obama administration fails to implement a cross-border trucking program.

TIA report points to steady improvement in 3PL sector

Signs of improvement in the third-party logistics (3PL) sector are apparent, based on the results of the 1st Quarter 2011: TIA 3PL Market Report by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA).

Fighting Fraud in Transportation Act of 2011 focused on cleaning up messy brokerage practices

A new piece of legislation introduced by Congressmen Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Frank Guinta (R-NH) is focused on addressing fraud-related issues in the freight transportation marketplace.

Democrats Chase the Transpo Spending Unicorn

The partisan politics that swirl around the much-maligned $787 billion stimulus has all but erased any chance of new transportation infrastructure spending, at least until the economy improves.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst
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