Gulf Coast Ports Continue Strong Gains

Gulf coast ports have continued to trend upward with container volumes from October through November. This can be attributed to an increase in imports such as steel, plywood, and bagged goods, as well as an increase in exports of petroleum and crude oil. “Our volumes continue to be strong — we continue to hear about […]

Fall Season Profitable for East Coast Ports

According to the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), Fall shipping season has been extremely profitable for U.S. ports on the East and Gulf coasts. Ship berthing time has gone down, new and expanding businesses are utilizing the anchorages, and increased capacities coming online next year have added to the attractiveness of greater efficiency. GPA recently reported […]

Railroads and Unions Back to Negotiations

The potential for a rail strike is once again a possibility starting November 14th as members from the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division (BMWED) have rejected new labor contracts. These are the same labor contracts that have been in revision since January of 2020. This recent rejection sends both unions and railroads back […]

Diesel Prices Increase After Oil Production Cut

Blink and you’ll miss it – diesel prices are on the rise again, increasing by an average of $.40 in the span of a single week. These price increases come shortly after the OPEC Oil cartel and its allies announced that it will be decreasing oil production. This production cut comes only a few months […]

Hurricane Ian Anticipated to Cause Supply Chain Delays

Hurricane Ian is due to touch down on the U.S. coast sometime later this afternoon, and though the storm is slated to hit Southern Florida, the effects of the storm are sure to be felt across the country. Ian, which has been upgraded to a category 5 hurricane, is projected to move through the Tampa […]

Freight Volumes at Four-Year High

Freight shipments have gone up 3.6% – more than a four-year high in August of 2022. This is according to the Cass information system, a shipment index that measures the number of intercontinental freight shipments across north America that tracks everything from raw materials to finished goods. Stronger Cass data is indicative of the ongoing […]

Crisis Averted: Class I Railroads Will Not Strike

The railroad strike has been narrowly averted after a 20-hour negotiation meeting between unions and rail management. The two parties were able to reach a tentative deal early on Thursday, September 15th, with involvement from the United States President, Joe Biden. Railroad workers are governed by different labor laws compared to most workers, one that […]

TLC Reports on the Railroad Situation

As we monitor the situation regarding Class I railroads and their potential shut down at 12:01 AM on September 16th, we would like to take this time to shed some light on the current situation and thank our partners in advance for their patience with our team at TLC as we continue to assist with […]

Precautions for Possible Class I Railroad Strike

Class I railroads are making arrangements to keep in compliance with federal regulations in anticipation of a strike occurring on September 16th. Preparation includes suspending shipments of hazardous materials and security-sensitive shipments. In response to new contract negotiations, 10 out of 12 unions are in position to accept new conditions. The two non-confirmed unions are […]

U.S. Ports Bloated, All We Can Do is Wait

U.S. ports are bloated due to congestion, and the only solution is to alleviate it is time. Currently, the average dock time is over at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is up to 30 days. The average on-dock rail dwell over at the ports is 12 days – with no immediate relief […]