Posts made in December 2017

Truck Capacity Challenges in the U.S.

The U.S. Domestic & International trucking sectors are currently facing a number of challenges that are causing a significant shortage of available trucking capacity.
Those major factors which are responsible for impacting truck power capacity are as follows:

– Diminishing driver workforce / Difficulty attracting new drivers to the industry
– Limited availability of specialty drivers (HAZMAT, Tank, Refrigerated, Over-weight)
– Restrictive free time schedule / allowance at Rail Ramps
– Tightening truck regulatory requirements – New ELD (Electronic Logging Device) rule taking effect on Dec. 18, 2017, which will strictly limit Hours of Service.
– Growing operational costs for Trucking companies

As the truck power capacity shortage is expected to worsen through the coming months, it may become increasingly difficult for USPTI to pick-up / deliver loads in a timely fashion.
Please allow for additional lead time enabling us to arrange for intermodal pick-ups and deliveries. We continue to work with our inland carriers and will do all that is possible to comply with your requirements but wanted you to be aware of the prevailing operational constraints.
Please contact your USPTI representative with any questions you may have.

USPTI December Market Update

USPTI and our clients continue to watch rates change rapidly. As previously note in our market updates; rates remain volatile. We anticipate rates to remain volatile thru mid-January and then begin to inch upward in anticipation of Chinese New Year. Supply and demand continue to be imbalanced and with trading condition not as robust as anticipated ocean carrier will continue to attempt to find a position where vessel utilization will be acceptable. The below article confirm that spot rate are and will continue to be unstable.

Drewry World Container Index – 30 Nov
The World Container Index assessed by Drewry, a composite of container freight rates on 8 major routes to/from the US, Europe and Asia, is down by 5% to $1147.47/40ft container [updated Thurs, 30 Nov 17].
Two-year spot freight rate trend for the World Container Index:

World Container Index: Drewry assessment on Thursday, 30 November 2017

The composite index is down by 5% this week and down by 19.27% from the same period of 2016.
The average composite index of the WCI, assessed by Drewry for year-to-date, is US $1,480/40ft container, which is $120 lower than the five-year average of $1,600/40ft container. It is also 19.27% lower than a year ago.

Spot rates remain weak on major East-West routes against the backdrop of slowing demand. The World Container Index (WCI), assessed by Drewry on the Shanghai-Rotterdam route, lost $10 from last week to reach $1,304 for a 40ft box. Rates are 21% weaker than in the same period in 2016. Similarly, rates on Shanghai-Los Angeles dwindled by $231 for a 40ft box, and rates on Shanghai-New York shed $23 to reach $1,820 per feu. Rates on Shanghai-Los Angeles are 27% and Shanghai-New York are 29% less than in the same period in 2016