Posted: 27 Dec, 2018 by Peggy Dorf

If you're covering a load from Buffalo, NY, there's a good chance it actually originated in Canada. The city is on the border, less than 100 miles from Toronto, our northern neighbor’s largest metro area. Buffalo’s nickname, “The City of Good Neighbors,” describes its importa...

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Posted: 26 Dec, 2018 by Matt Sullivan

Shippers had plenty of last-minute freight to deliver before Christmas, and that stopped the slow slide we had been seeing in reefer freight. The demand for fresh food before the holiday pushed volumes up 7% last week, which boosted rates on most of the high-traffic reefer lanes. Those increases cou...

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Posted: 26 Dec, 2018 by Matt Sullivan

A year ago, the spot market was a much more volatile place. Demand was soaring for retail freight, and the ELD mandate that had just taken effect led to a major capacity crunch. Amid all that uncertainly, shipping rates skyrocketed, and it got even crazier in the month to follow. That's worth mentio...

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Posted: 18 Dec, 2018 by Matt Sullivan

In recent years, there's been a spike in spot market rates in December. That hasn't happened so far in 2018. Prices could still go up if there's a capacity crunch around the holidays or if winter weather disrupts supply chains. But for the time being, rates are going the opposite direction. Dry van ...

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Posted: 18 Dec, 2018 by Donald Broughton

Investment analysts debate on TV about the timing of the next recession. The Dow is on a roller coaster ride, and the pundits keep using the word "unprecedented" to describe each day's results. Yes, it's a volatile market. But unprecedented? Not so much.   Get weekly updates on national fr...

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Posted: 17 Dec, 2018 by Peggy Dorf

Demand for fresh produce remains strong, even though most fall crops have already been harvested in the U.S. and spring is still a few months away. As we get closer to Christmas, a larger proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables are imported from Mexico through a handful of border crossings in Calif...

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