The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

ATA: Terminals and carriers using congestion-related fees as a 'profit center'

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article titled ‘Shippers and truckers the losers in demurrage blame game’:

Demurrage and per-diem detention fees at gridlocked U.S. ports have turned into a multimillion-dollar hot potato. Cargo interests, truckers, ocean carriers and marine terminals are locked in noisy, seemingly nonstop argument over responsibility for the fees. It’s a […]


Farmer takes office as IANA chair

Katie Farmer, group vice president of consumer products at BNSF Railway, has taken office as the first woman to chair the Intermodal Association of North America’s board of directors.

Farmer succeeded Phil Shook, director of intermodal at C.H. Robinson, who remains on the board.

Trucker Kevin Lhotak, president of Reliable Transportation Specialists, Inc., was named […]


Clean Trucks Program: U.S. Supreme Court rules Port of Los Angeles must roll back some provisions

Finding that only the federal government can impose substantial regulations on the trucking industry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that the Port of Los Angeles must roll back some facets of its Clean Trucks Program.

Thursday’s opinion, written by Justice Elena Kagan, bars Los Angeles from implementing various placarding and parking requirements for […]


Truckload Driver Turnover Tops 100 Percent

The Journal of Commerce says, ‘The rapid increase in turnover heightens carrier concerns over the supply of qualified drivers and shipper worries about truckload capacity and pricing as they prepare for the fourth quarter and pre-holiday peak shipping season.’

The annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload carriers shot past 100 percent in the second […]


Retailers call for freight policy in highway bill

Any new federal surface transportation bill that emerges from the committee of lawmakers conferencing on the measure should include provisions establishing a national policy for freight movement, a group of organizations invested in the shipping and retail industries said Thursday.

The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, which was form to press lawmakers to consider freight issues in […]


Port of Los Angeles will not challenge appeals court ruling on Clean Trucks Program

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 27 ruled that the port cannot force freight-hauling companies to directly hire drivers as employees.

The Port of Los Angeles will not challenge a federal appeals court ruling that tossed out the controversial employee mandate portion of the Clean Trucks Program, officials announced Thursday.

The […]


Judge Tosses Long Beach Clean-Trucks Settlement

A federal judge threw a new twist into the battle over clean-trucks programs at Southern California ports, ruling the Port of Long Beach violated state law by reaching a settlement with the trucking industry without first performing an environmental impact study.

U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder’s ruling Monday says the Oct. 19, 2009, […]


Appeals court to hear arguments on Clean Trucks Program

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled June 10 to hear oral arguments surrounding controversial aspects of the Port of Los Angeles’ version of the Clean Trucks Program.

At stake is whether the Port of Los Angeles should be allowed to limit the types of truckers allowed to haul goods into its terminals.