Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Mar. 14, 2011

japan earthquake | japan shipping | shipping lane issuesJapan’s earthquake may disrupt global supply chain

The earthquake that struck Japan on Friday has caused many ports and companies to plan for a possible disruption in the global supply chain. While many seaports and airports were reporting no problems (see below), many precautions have been taken to ensure the safe transit of goods.

West Coast Ports Operating Smoothly

With the earthquakes in Japan affecting the supply chain for many, the operations at all West Coast ports were proceeding without interruption on Friday.

EOBR Alliance Decries Unfairness of DOT’s Plan to Pay for EOBRs on Mexican Trucks

The group of carriers that has been pushing mandatory electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) is upset with the DOT’s plan to fund the devices on Mexican trucks that will be operating in the US.

February retail sales show sustained growth, says Commerce and NRF

According to data from the US Department of Commerce and the National Retail Federation (NRF), February’s retail sales increased by about 1 percent from January. They also reported that the year-over-year increase was 8.2 percent.

Truck Orders May Signal Stronger Recovery

ACT Research has found evidence of self-sustaining expansion in equipment orders throughout last year, and now 2011 shows signals of long-term confidence in the economic recovery.

DOT Opens Another $2.43 Billion in Rail Grants

Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood has made available the $2.43 billion in rail grants that Florida Governor, Rick Scott rejected. Other states can now apply for the funds for new projects.

Obama Says US Prepared to Tap Oil Reserve

President Obama has indicated that the US is prepared to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to make sure that enough oil is flowing. He has also indicated that he will be on the lookout for price gouging as fuel prices rise.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst