Canada-U.S. Truck Border Crossing Figures Reveal Surprises

WASHINGTON, D.C. --New analysis of data shows truck traffic between Canada and the U.S. has declined while it has increased between the U.S. and Mexico. The Journal of Commerce reports U.S. Transportation Department figures show since the second quarter of 2005, truck crossings between Canada and the U.S. decreased 16 percent but grew 19 percent between the U.S. and its neighbor to the south Also, truck crossings at both U.S. borders have increased since 2009, as the level with Mexico approaches what the U.S. has with Canada. It reports in the second quarter of this year, Mexican border truck crossings with the U.S. were up 2.6 percent year-over-year, while crossings at the U.S. Canadian border dropped 1.6 percent. Compared to the first quarter of the year, Canadian truck crossings increased 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2015, while there was a 5.1 percent jump in June from May after falling in April from May. At Detroit, the second-largest U.S. truck border crossing, truck volumes increased 3.4 percent from the first quarter, according to JOC, but were down 4.6 percent year-over-year.

FMCSA Grants HOS Exemption to Certain Haz-Mat Loads

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last week announced its decision to grant motor carriers transporting security-sensitive hazardous materials requiring a security plan an exemption from the county's hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that prohibit truckers from driving more than eight consecutive hours since the driver's last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of 30 minutes or more.

Heading Southbound? Cargo Thefts on the Rise

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - If you head southbound to pickup or deliver some freight, then beware once you have take possession of it because a new report says cargo thefts are increasing. From April through June in the U.S., cargo thieves stole more than US$19.5 million in freight from the country's supply chain, according to theft prevention and recovery service CargoNet. Nationwide, cargo theft increased 8 percent in second-quarter 2015 year-over-year. The total estimated value of stolen cargo was up US$8 million when compared year-over-year. The average cargo theft was worth about US$168,308 in stolen goods, but some categories such as electronics were much higher. The median theft was worth US$338,464. April had the most recorded cargo thefts in the U.S. at 70, then decreasing in May with 67 incidents and 57 in June.