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Changes in the works for Canadian shipments to the US
Truckinginfo
There are two new changes (one official and one potential) that will both help and hinder cross-border trade between Canada and the United States, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced new regulations changing potential suspensions and removals from the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism list of trusted traders. CTA says this is the good news.
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Canada watchdog wants tougher safety rules for trains
Reuters
Canadian railways should bring in automatic braking systems and video recording devices to help prevent accidents like a fatal 2012 passenger train derailment, the country's transportation watchdog said. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada's proposals would apply to both passenger and freight travel, bringing railways in line with air travel, where flight recorders and automatic pilot systems have long been required.
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Report indicates weaker Canadian freight volumes
Bulk Transporter
TransCore Link Logistics reported weaker recent Canadian Freight Index volumes. The month-over-month load volumes had a 7 percent decrease and the year-over-year volumes fell by 14 percent. However, the equipment postings for the same time period increased by 6 percent as did the year-over-year equipment postings, which saw a significant increase of 11 percent.
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US and Canada expand partnership in trade and security
The Heritage Foundation via Albany Tribune
In December 2011, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper released the Beyond the Border Action Plan. The plan — part of the Beyond the Border strategy announced earlier that year — offers a cooperative strategy and joint vision intended to boost security and facilitate the flow of goods and people between the two nations.
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SCL and PMAC members vote to merge associations
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
Members of Supply Chain and Logistics Association Canada and The Purchasing Management Association of Canada have voted overwhelmingly in favour of amalgamation at respective AGMs. The positive vote paves the way for both organizations to become the Supply Chain Management Association.
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Trucking


PIT celebrates, Gaz Metro expands
Today's Trucking
FPInnovations' Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) group has marked its fifth anniversary with a celebration that saw 300 guests on hand at the Transport Canada test track operated by PMG Technologies in Blainville, Quebec. That's where, twice a year, PIT runs the Energotest trials, which have become a key vehicle and component testing event for the trucking industry, with both fleets and manufacturers involved.
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Trucking industry grapples with shortage of drivers
The Windsor Star
In a city with nearly double-digit unemployment, a recruiter with 100 available job openings sat alone in an empty room, inside the 400 City Hall Square building in Windsor, Ontario. But such is the state of the trucking industry, which faces an acute shortage of drivers. "People don't want to drive anymore," said Rebecca Wis-mer, a recruiter from Kee Human Resources, which hosted the job fair and represents about 50 companies.
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Ontario truckers decry New York legislation to dissolve Peace Bridge Authority
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
The internal turmoil between U.S. and Canadian board members of the Peace Bridge Authority has taken on new heights that could jeopardize much needed infrastructure improvements at the second busiest border crossing between the United States and Canada, according to the Ontario Trucking Association.
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Rail


Is the global recovery in train?
Export Development Canada
Railroads and modern Canadian history are inextricably linked. They were an essential economic development tool, getting people in and products out. We are still highly dependent on these same rail networks to get Canadian products to international destinations. Global hunger for Canadian resources has increased the demands on our infrastructure, and in recent years, its limits have been tested. If the world is on the verge of a U.S.-led recovery, can our rail systems handle the growth?
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Union: Via Rail strike averted
The Canadian Press via CBC.ca
Via Rail and the union representing some of its workers reached a tentative deal ahead of a midnight strike deadline, the Canadian Auto Workers said. The union did not release details of the tentative settlement and said ratification votes were being scheduled. "We're very pleased to have reached a tentative deal with Via Rail," said Bob Orr, assistant to the union president.
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Air


Halifax airport welcomes cargo plane on expanded runway
CBC.ca
A fully loaded 747 cargo plane carrying casino slot machines bound for Peru left the expanded runway of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, Nova Scotia, opening new markets for air shippers in the Maritimes. A $28-million runway expansion was completed last year at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, stretching the main runway from 2.7 kilometers to 3.2 kilometers.
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Feds pass Fair Rail Freight Service Act
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
The federal government has passed the Fair Rail Freight Service Act Bill in the House of Commons. The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, welcomed the passage of the Bill, commenting, "Our government is pleased to see that another significant step has been reached regarding this important legislation."

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CITA and OTA develop advice on best practices in shipper-carrier relationship
Ontario Trucking Association
A group made up of shippers from the Canadian Industrial Transportation Association and motor carriers from the Ontario Trucking Association met in Toronto, recently with the goal of opening a mutually beneficial dialogue on working together to identify opportunities for efficiencies in the goods distribution system.

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International Civil Aviation Organization headquarters to remain in Montreal
CNW
The member airlines of the National Airlines Council of Canada welcome the announcement that the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization will remain in Montreal. "Montreal is an international civil aviation hub, and benefits from world-class aviation expertise and facilities," said George Petsikas, President of the NACC.

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Marine


Inside the market dynamics of slow steaming
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
Alongside the decision of taking vessels out of service to offset excess capacity in recent years, the practice of "slow steaming" is arguably the most visible component of the marine shipping industry's continuing strategy to deal with slow worldwide economic growth.
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Fednav adding 6 new ships to fleet
Montreal Gazette
Fednav Ltd., Canada's international maritime bulk carrier, is adding six new 34,000-ton vessels to its fleet. They will operate in the St. Lawrence Seaway region and be equipped for ice navigation. The six vessels will be built in Japan by the Oshima shipyard and will have much improved environmental performance over six other Oshima-built vessels delivered to Fednav a decade ago.
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