Daily Transportation and Logistics News – July 11, 2011

Rails Warn of Lengthy Flood Problems

Major railroads are warning customers that shipment delays, detours and track outages from the flooding Missouri River could last weeks longer, suggesting the river will have disrupted normal rail routes for much of the summer.

NITL files petition with Surface Transportation Board, calling for new reciprocal switching rules

The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) filed a petition with the United States Surface Transportation Board (STB), requesting that the STB adopt new rules regarding reciprocal switching between Class I railroad carriers.

Free Trade Bills Advance in Congress

Congressional committees moved three long-stalled free trade agreements closer to ratification as members held a “mock markups” for implementing the bills Thursday. These FTAs are with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

Clean Fleets’ bench gets deeper

As part of an effort launched by the White House earlier this year aimed at reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third in the next decade, President Obama unveiled the National Clean Fleets Partnership.

FAA Proposes $689,800 FedEx Hazmat Fine

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a civil penalty of $689,800 against FedEx for allegedly violating hazardous materials regulations while handling shipments in 2009.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst
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