Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Mar. 15, 2011

TSA Issues Tougher International Air Cargo Rules

The Transportation Security Administration has issued a new security directive that has caught the air cargo industry off guard. This comes as the TSA is focusing on increasing the level of surveillance on high-risk international shipments, especially from shippers that do not have a history of transactions with a company.

Trucking spot market seeing gains from tight capacity

Truck tonnage levels have continued to show a steady level of increases from the previous year and capacity is continuing to be tight. This has helped the trucking spot market to show increases in freight availability of 12 percent for the week ending March 5.

TCA Will Support Mandatory E-Logs

The Truckload Carriers Association is showing support for the FMCSA’s proposed mandate for electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) to track driver hours of service by adopting a new policy in favor of electronic logging.

DeFazio blasts proposed U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking program

The Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit wrote a letter to Ray LaHood expressing his concern about the plan to allow Mexican trucking companies to operate long-haul in the US.

Budget vote tests GOP unity

With a swelling group of conservatives calling for tougher action in the budget cuts, the GOP unity will be tested over the upcoming resolution and in the continuing discussions.

Private Sector Participation in Intercity Rail Service

The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held a hearing to discuss the potential for increased involvement from the private sector in funding and operations of intercity passenger rail service.

Mica Aims for T&I to Complete Transport Bill in May

John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has released his plans to complete the panel’s work on the long-term transportation legislation by the end of May. This would help to have the deal finalized by the end of the year.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst