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- Pressure on Shippers to Import Product Before Onset of Tariffs
With a strong U.S. economy, a tight freight market and a looming trade war, industry experts believe shippers have been rushing to get products into the United States several weeks early — ahead of tariffs being implemented by the Trump administration and before the approaching holiday shopping season ramps up.
- Economies of Scale Seen as a Benefit From Navistar-Traton Alliance
HANOVER, Germany — The partnership Navistar International has entered with Traton Group is opening up opportunities for economies of scale with procurement and technology development, Navistar executives said here during the IAA Commercial Vehicles show.
- Jeff Denham, Sam Graves, Derek Kan to Headline Ripon Panel
Two top transportation authorizers in the U.S. House and a senior official at the U.S. Department of Transportation are scheduled to headline a discussion about the future of the country’s infrastructure at the Ripon Society on Sept. 27.
- Economy Keeps Growing, Even With Rising Oil Prices
DALLAS — America’s rediscovered prowess in oil production is shaking up old notions about the impact of higher crude prices on the U.S. economy.
- Georgia Ports Authority Targets Container Capacity, Replacing Talmadge Bridge
Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch plans to double the container capacity of the Garden City Terminal and possibly replace the Talmadge Memorial Bridge that spans the Savannah River.
- DOT Announces Relief Funds for North Carolina
North Carolina will receive $14 million in federal funds to repair damaged infrastructure left in Hurricane Florence’s wake.
- The Case for Natural Gas Engines
I’ve speculated in the past that fleets would tire of natural gas engines, particularly as legislators or regulators began taxing the alternative fuel on the same basis as diesel.
- MEMA Searches for New CEO as Steve Handschuh Announces Retirement
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association announced president and CEO Steve Handschuh has decided to retire effective Dec. 31, as a result of recent concerns with his health.
- Electric Trucks Are Promising, But Industry Must Understand Full Energy Needs
It’s time to start discussing electric trucks in light of the reality that they only handle part of the energy required for propulsion, leaving important aspects of energy production to external power sources.
- Technician Shortage Spurs Fleets to Outsource More Work
The truck technician shortage is causing some fleets to outsource more of their repair and maintenance work to dealerships.
- The Aftertreatment Treatment
Fleets continue to encounter challenges dealing with aftertreatment technologies that are now being refined after major changes in years past. From a maintenance perspective, aftertreatment systems are improving.
- The Dog Days of Maintenance and Emissions Alphabet Soup
Canines and cats make great ride-long partners for some Class 8 truck drivers, but sometimes shedding pets can contribute to maintenance issues.
- Powering Liftgates
Advances in batteries and charging systems, as well as the use of solar panels, are helping to solve the problem of liftgates that drain a truck's battery.
- Dana Showcases Expanded Range of Electric-Vehicle Systems, Components at IAA
HANOVER, Germany — Dana Inc. showcased a broad range of components and systems to support vehicle electrification at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show.
- NAFTA’s Latest Deadline Day Comes and Goes Without Canada Deal
OTTAWA — NAFTA talks probably have missed the latest in a string of deadlines, leaving all eyes on the United States over what will happen next.
- Rigorous Maintenance Essential to Avoiding Brake Problems
Preventive maintenance on the pneumatic system of brakes is essential to keeping Class 8 trucks on the road.
- Not Your Typical Repairs
Most of the work maintenance shops do is repetitive, but sometimes a unique problem can arise, and finding the solution can be a time-consuming process.
- Liftgates Versus Ramps
Liftgates, once beset with maintenance and power problems, largely have overcome those issues and are being used to help deliver more freight faster while preventing driver injuries, industry experts said.
- Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Gribbin to Headline IBTTA Conference in October
New Jersey’s top transportation officer and the former infrastructure guru at the White House are scheduled to headline the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association annual conference next month in Baltimore.
- Intermodal, 3PL Outlook Remains Strong
LONG BEACH, Calif. — The intermodal and third-party logistics industries are experiencing growth that is running parallel to the strength of the economy.
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