FMC to gauge detention/demurrage fairness on flow merits
The top United States maritime regulatory agency on Friday unanimously approved interpretive rulemaking recommendations aimed at helping it gauge whether levied demurrage and detention fees truly incentivize the retrieval of cargo and return of containers.
The Federal Maritime Commission agreed to the recommendations stemming from a year-and-a-half effort led by commissioner Rebecca Dye to address complaints from cargo owners and drayage drivers over what they considered unfair fees for failing to pick up cargo and return equipment in a timely manner. (more…)Read more
Port Report: Sourcing shifts for U.S. imports boosting Southeast Ports
The trade war with China is forcing U.S. Shippers to look for new sources of low-cost consumer goods. Southeast seaports are benefitting from those switches as shippers opt for lower cost and more accessible gateways.
The value of China’s exports to the U.S. are down 12.3 percent through the first half of 2019 to $219 billion. The drop stems from President Donald Trump’s escalation of tariffs against China with another 10 percent tariff slated to take effect this coming September 1 and December 15 on $300 billion worth of imports coming from China.Read more
The Open Choice Chassis Model – When, or If, or Ever
After years of transition away from ocean carrier sourcing model, wherein chassis were made available by carriers at no charge for users, circumstances have evolved to the point where there are a small number of equipment providers that supply chassis to trucking companies, beneficial cargo owners and cargo carriers. (more…)Read more
GIS President Discusses Industry Related Topics
Gulf Intermodal President, Will Connell, recently interviewed with Alessandra Barrett, Editor of the Journal of Commerce, during the 2019 Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston, Texas. Will discussed industry topics such as chassis availability. the resin boom, and the driver shortage. “At IMC Companies and Gulf Intermodal, we’ve increased our (driver) compensation in the last couple of years over 30% and we offer an excellent benefits package to try to make sure we can have the drivers we need to make sure we can provide (our) customers great service.” (more…)Read more
New chassis location to speed turn times in CP’s Chicago yard
Truck drivers picking up cargo owners’ containers in Canadian Pacific Railway’s Bensenville Terminal near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will have a new location to pick up chassis, which should offer quicker turn times.
The location will be inside the DNJ Intermodal Depot, which is within CP’s property and less than a mile from the ingates to the terminal. Because CP Bensenville is a grounded rail yard, truckers must pick up chassis before getting a container. This depot will hold chassis for the Consolidated Chassis Management’s (CCM’s) cooperative Chicago and Ohio pool, TRAC Intermodal-Hapag Lloyd, and the North American Chassis Pool Cooperative. (more…)Read more
Kevin Mott uses military experience to help drivers every day
Helping drivers keep their wheels turning is the priority of the Driver Services Department. They are often the people whom drivers call while on the road with questions. They serve as advocates for drivers in their daily operations handling all aspects of roadside repairs, storage, fuel updates, and owner operator tractor repair support.
“Our internal process always starts with listening to what the driver, operations, or a repair vendor needs. Every phone call or email we receive is different because every driver, operations member, or repair vendor is different. Because we tend to know everyone personally, we try to tailor our interactions with them individually to make our support more effective.”
– Kevin Mott, Driver Services Manager (more…)
DNJ Intermodal Services Opens New Location in Bensenville
Chicago, IL: DNJ Intermodal Services (DNJ), a member of the IMC Companies family of brands, opened a new location in Bensenville, IL near the west side of O’Hare International Airport. DNJ will operate a neutral chassis pool that will help the trucking community expedite freight to and from the Bensenville rail ramp. This location will service the Canadian Pacific Railway.Read more
IMC Companies Named in Top 100 For-Hire Carriers in North America
Transport Topics names IMC Companies a leader in the top for-hire carriers in North America. IMC Companies ranked 80 out of the Top 100, an increase of two positions from their 2018 ranking. The Transport Topics Top 100 and accompanying […]Read more
IMC Companies Receives Multiple Workplace Safety Awards from Great West Casualty Company
Five regional companies recognized for safety achievements
IMC Companies was presented safety awards by Great West Casualty Company as part of Great West’s Annual Workplace Safety Awards Program. Five regional companies within the IMC Companies Family of Brands were recognized: Atlantic Intermodal Services, DNJ Intermodal Services, Gulf Intermodal Services, and H&M Intermodal Services were awarded the Platinum Safety Award; Intermodal Cartage Company was awarded the Gold Safety Award. (more…)Read more
Port Of Savannah’s $3 Billion Investment Plan Paves The Way For New, Lower Cost, Efficient And Consistent Rail Service Between The East Coast Port And The St. Louis Region
The St. Louis Regional Freightway and the Port of Savannah are forging a partnership to create a new connection between the St. Louis, Mo. region and the largest single-terminal container facility in the western hemisphere. In response to record movement of 4.3 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in fiscal year 2017, the Port of Savannah is investing $3 billion to increase its containerized cargo capacity from 5 to 8 million TEUs by 2028. (more…)Read more